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Air fresheners safe for pregnancy and babies’ rooms
Many women wonder which air fresheners are safe to use during pregnancy and in the baby’s room. Air fresheners have become very popular recently, whether they be plugged into the wall or sprayed into the air from a can. We are inundated with advertising and products that allow us to have our home effortlessly smelling fresh and clean with no work, so it’s important to consider air freshener safety.

These products seem to be a safer alternative than candles as they don’t require you to have an open flames in your home. However, this quick and effortless way in making your home smell wonderful does not come without its own set of harmful side effects. Most air fresheners contain some level of harmful VOC’s, phthalates, and formaldehyde. Many of these chemicals have a long list of health side effects that include cancer and asthma. Keep this in mind when choosing an air freshener for the baby room.

Candles as an air freshener for the baby’s room
Most consumers are not aware that lead is commonly used in candle wicks as a stiffening agent. Burning even a single lead containing candle can release harmful levels of lead and other metals into the air. These metals can then find there way on to the surfaces in your home and into the lungs of you and your family. Recently the EPA has banned candles containing over 0.06 percent lead (by weight) in the wicks of candles. There is no readily available method of determining if a candle contains a lead core wick as this is a common practice both in the United States and abroad.

In response to the recent ban of the use of lead, many candle manufacturers are shifting to the use of zinc and tin as a substitute. Metal cores aside, burning candles also releases many harmful organic chemicals into the air.

Candles commonly contain a percentage of paraffin wax, a petroleum product which can release carcinogenic compounds and toxic fumes as it burns.

The good news is that you do not have to give up the simple pleasure of burning candles in your home. Beeswax candles are made of all natural ingredients that can be safely burned inside the home. Be careful of the wicks, though, as you still want to avoid the use of metal core wicks.

So what is the best air freshener for your baby room?

  • First things first, find and eliminate as many odor causing items in your home. This begins with the obvious items such as food, garbage, and laundry and to the not so obvious old newspapers, furniture, and carpets. Keeping your home as clutter free as possible will help reduce odors dramatically.
  • If you own a pet, be diligent in keeping their sleeping areas clean and as “hair free” as possible. Cats and dogs have their own special needs when it comes to grooming and up keep.
  • Clean your home on a regular basis with healthy, low odor products.
  • If your home is equipped with air filters and vents, change them on a regular basis with high quality HEPA filters.
  • Open a window and let fresh air circulate throughout your home. Remember, clean doesn’t have a scent
  • If you still want to infuse a smell into your home, choose beeswax candles and essential oils. These smells are truly all natural and safe for you and your family.