The Danger of Air Fresheners

The Danger of Air Fresheners

by Terri Bonin

It’s time we had a heart-to-heart about air fresheners. Look, I know they smell nice. Or at least we think they smell nice. Now that I’m completely off of air fresheners, candles, and all things scenty, I find that I get headaches every time I’m exposed to the scents now. I can’t walk down the laundry and cleaning aisles at the grocery store anymore without holding my breath and actually, I just skip them altogether now because I don’t buy that stuff.

I think that the reason I get headaches from smelling those things now is…



That they’re junk.


I know that’s a bit harsh but come on y’all. Many contain phthalates, which is a group of chemicals that may affect human reproduction and development. That seems like a bad thing, yes? When using a “peppermint” scented air freshener, you’re really smelling synthetic compounds that were formulated to smell like peppermint. Personally, I’d prefer to use actual peppermint. I totally understand the desire to make your space smell good and that is a great thing! But overwhelming your family and friends with chemical compounds formulated to smell good just doesn’t seem like the best idea to me. That’s why I use Young Living essential oils in my diffuser. They are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and they not only smell great, they also benefit your body in many different ways. I would rather people come to my house and enjoy the smell while benefitting from the oils instead of smelling something that I know isn’t good for them. Essential oils can support your immune system, provide relief during cough and cold season, and even support an improved mood. These oils are the real deal and all I use on my family.


~ Terri


ps… If you’re looking for more “Dr. Mom” wisdom then just text HEALTH to my number 281-747-8467 and I’ll walk you through my favorite tips on natural living for optimal health and wellness!



Hi Friend… I’m married to my hubs who also happens to be my favorite dentist! Brace yourself for this next part: We have eleven amazing kiddos, on purpose! Said kids are growing up fast and multiplying now, too! So our family is basically the size of a small city!

I’ve home-schooled our children for 25 years and have several more to go until we graduate our youngest who is nine. I was crunchy before it was cool and used essential oils before it became a fad. Therefore I fill this space with thoughts on marriage, mom hacks, wellness tips, and peeks into our crazy, messy, beautiful life. I hope you find this space happy and helpful!

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