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Air re-fresheners, reed diffusers, and candles - are they bad for you?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I know that they may affect allergies, but how about overall health?

I have an oil (citrus cilantro) reed diffuser (I think that's what they are called :P) to freshen up the smell of my room. Is it healthy?

Are there alternatives to making a room smell good, other than boiling stuff and getting plants and flowers?

Should rooms have an odor?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 11, 2011
at 03:42 AM

Heh, my friends affectionately refer to my apartment as a "cave", I hope because it's little more than a hole in a wall, small and run-down.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 11, 2011
at 02:55 AM

perhaps... I would actually LOVE my house to smell like a cave (I'm assuming we are outside and near the entrance, not entrenched in guano).

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on November 11, 2011
at 02:11 AM

different times, different genders, different standards ?

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on November 11, 2011
at 02:10 AM

different times, different genders, different standards ?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 11, 2011
at 01:41 AM

I love that all the girls are chewing you out. LOL...Ewwwww ewww smelly!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 11, 2011
at 01:03 AM

But this is a paleo website, obviously he's asking if they're "paleo", or healthy by "paleo" standards.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on November 10, 2011
at 09:12 PM

He didn't ask if they were paleo, he asked if they were bad for you.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 10, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Don't see why a down vote but I'll hook ya up....rock the stench!

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on November 10, 2011
at 07:14 PM

this grokette certainly cares.

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3500a01a57b6dedc97bd48a97a3a6e21

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on November 10, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Hi!

Try some of these:

  • peel an orange and let the skin in the room for a the day

  • bake an apple. Alternative: peel an apple and place its skin in a frying pan, no oil though. (I did not try this personally but was told it works, great in the kitchen...

  • put some essential oil like teatree or some drops of your favourite perfume/ aftershave on top of a warm surface (I use the radiator or the stove, after it has been cooling down for a while, it will last for hours

  • there are some air refresheners that use bamboo sticks that have to be placed in a small jar with essential oil (you have to turn them upside down every 4-6 days and use only a few bamboo sticks during the first weeks)

  • make yourself a cup of coffee :)

  • for those who like X-mas, how about a X-mas tree? (Ups, sorry, this is a plant...)

(I assume the room is clean...)

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on November 10, 2011
at 09:19 PM

Yes yes yes yes yes! Seriously, get rid, you can get gorgeous smelling candles from partylite that have no nasties. Baiscally you are sniffing up into your system a load of nasty chemicals that are potentially poisonous. You may notice on an airfreshner bottle they have a warning to only use in a well ventilated room, there is a reason for that.

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:41 PM

I personally like candles and wax warmers (like Scentsy), but I don't really have any info on the healthfulness of those.

However, if you want to make a room smell good more naturally I would stick to pure essential oils. A reed diffuser should be fine so long as the oils are pure, natural essential oils.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:37 PM

any smell is better than a bad smell, unless its fake strawberry

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on November 10, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Personally, I'd stick with reed diffusers and candles with labeled ingredients, no "fragrance" line item in the ingredients, and a "no phthalates" disclaimer. I have a reed diffuser from Out of Africa brand that seems pretty OK. I'm going to make my next one, though: essential oil in a neutral carrier oil (like almond oil) with bamboo skewers as the reeds.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 10, 2011
at 06:07 PM

No, they're not paleo. Pretty sure, Grok didn't care what his cave smelled like.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on November 11, 2011
at 01:03 AM

But this is a paleo website, obviously he's asking if they're "paleo", or healthy by "paleo" standards.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 10, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Don't see why a down vote but I'll hook ya up....rock the stench!

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on November 11, 2011
at 02:10 AM

different times, different genders, different standards ?

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on November 10, 2011
at 09:12 PM

He didn't ask if they were paleo, he asked if they were bad for you.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on November 11, 2011
at 02:11 AM

different times, different genders, different standards ?

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

(1784)

on November 10, 2011
at 07:14 PM

this grokette certainly cares.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 11, 2011
at 01:41 AM

I love that all the girls are chewing you out. LOL...Ewwwww ewww smelly!

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 11, 2011
at 02:55 AM

perhaps... I would actually LOVE my house to smell like a cave (I'm assuming we are outside and near the entrance, not entrenched in guano).

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on November 11, 2011
at 03:42 AM

Heh, my friends affectionately refer to my apartment as a "cave", I hope because it's little more than a hole in a wall, small and run-down.

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