Phthalates are a group of compounds found in many air fresheners, as well as nail polish, perfume, adhesives, and sealants. Some phthalate compounds are used to keep plastics soft and paints pliable, others are used for their dispersant properties (dispersing fragrance). In 2008, Congress banned some of these compounds for use in baby pacifiers and toys. According to published studies, exposure to phthalates in indoor environments has been associated with allergy and asthma in children and adults. Some studies show that excessive or prenatal exposure can have deleterious health effects.

The simplest way to think about odors is that they are tiny particles that float around in the air. These particles settle out of the air and remain on the floor, furniture, rugs, or other flat surfaces. Once they degrade enough, the smell goes away.

Many home air fresheners contain phthalates. Air fresheners try to cover it up odors with “fragrance,” dispersing stronger smelling particles in the air.  These are a mixture of chemicals and may contain a phthalate compound for its dispersant properties.  Alternatively, scented candles smell pretty, but release soot when burned, and many have artificial scents.  These two odor solutions try to cover up an unpleasant smell with a more pleasant one.

The best solution is to remove the source of the odor, through cleaning. Cleaning removes or dispels odors.  CitruSolution will neutralize most common odors on fiber-based items carpets, rugs, and upholstery-through the action of our naturally-derived citrus cleansers. Annual cleaning will remove most unwanted odors.

But what about those odors that are persistent, such as pet odors? CitruSolution has mild disinfecting and deodorizing properties, and our cleaning process removes most pet hair. But strong odors require the addition of Odorcide 210, a non-toxic deodorizer added to it in order to get rid of the smell of pet urine. (We usually add Benefect, a botanical anti-microbial and disinfectant at the same time.)