Toxins in Carpet Fresheners

What Toxins are in your Carpet Fresheners?

If you have carpets chances are that is one of the main places you are sitting, laying and playing with your children. Children themselves spend most of the time sitting and playing on the floor.

You want your carpets to stay clean and healthy, which is often a feat in itself if you have pets or children. There are many carpet deodorizing powders on the market to “help” with this solution. But are they Toxins in Carpet Cleanershelping or hurting?

Carpet deodorizing powders are meant to be completely vacuumed up after application. Unfortunately, the powder or its residue can easily be left behind.  It may have sunk too deep into the carpet fibers, meaning that even high-powered vacuums won’t be able to pull it out.  Carpet deodorizers contain many unsafe ingredients linked to lung damage, kidney damage, nervous system damage, hormone disruption and blood disorders along with probably carcinogens. Chances are they also contain a lot of “fragrance.”  Fragrance is the protected trade secret of as many as 3,600 ingredients, many of which are toxic or have never been tested for safety. Once the residue has been left behind it will continue to be inhaled.

Sometimes you still need a solution for your carpet and the smell it has acquired. Like many safe cleaning ingredients, baking soda is your answer.

  • Grab a glass jar;
  • Fill it with baking soda and some drops of a deodorizing essential oil.
  • Sprinkle on your carpet (this works best in a shaker/salt jar) let set.
  • Vacuum.
  • Your carpet will be safe and smell amazing, and no one will be inhaling toxins.


Deet Alternative: Toxins In Your Insect Repellant

Deet Alternative: Toxins in your insect repellant

Looking for a Deet Alternative?

It’s that time of year! The bugs are out, and the myths and wives tales start about what actually works. 
This one is tricky. Being toxin free is a goal, but mosquitos carry diseases and no one enjoys being covered in bites regardless. 

New this year? The CDC has stated that lemon eucalyptus is as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitos!  Depending on your area, amount of exposure and time of day (after dusk is peak) use your judgement on what is best for you! 

Mosquitos carry diseases so protection is warranted. Your risk is determined by your length of exposure and location. You should determine what is best for you and your family.

Toxins Found in Insect Repellent: 

DEET: Risks include damage to brain and other organs.

Icaridin: (Saltidin) Still considered a toxin, but proven as effective and less toxic than DEET.

Wristbands: Some studies show effective for only 18 seconds.

Electronic Devices: Shown not to work.


  • Wear long clothing
  • Avoid scented soaps and fragrance items.
  • Essential Oils: Geranium, Peppermint, Lavender, Citronella, and Lemon Eucalyptus are effective for short amounts of time.

CDC (Center for Disease Control) Statement :

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