Joe is pretty sure that the previous owner of our truck owned a dog who was always wet. I don't notice it because he chooses to cover it up by attaching Febreeze air fresheners to the air vents. It is very hard for me to even be in the truck because of how strong the Febreeze is. I can even smell it on B's clothes after he has been in there only a few short minutes. If I can smell it on them, just imagine what they are breathing in. The Febreeze tag line is "So you can breathe happy", but breathing in toxic chemicals does not make anyone happy.
I went in search of the product MSDS and it is hard to find. It is not on the Febreeze website, but rather you have to go to the parent site of Proctor and Gamble. If a company has nothing to hide then they will put all information on a product right where you can buy it. Sadly, the 'New Car Smell' MSDS isn't going to do you any good as rather than be open about what is in this product P&G has chosen to hide behind the guise of proprietary information on their fragrance blend which they say is 100% of their product. The Vanilla MSDS gives a bit more of a break down including the following chemicals:
Benzyl Acetate - Formed by the condensation of benzyl alcohol and acetic acid. It is often used in fragrance blends because of its strong jasmine smell. It may case adverse health effects and has an exposure limit.
Ethyl Acetoacetate - May cause adverse health effects and is flammable.
3,7 Dimethyloctan-3-ol - An artificial flavour additive that is flammable, can cause serious eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life.
Vanillin - Synthetic vanilla used in place of real vanilla. May cause eye and skin irritation.
"So you can breathe happy" I don't think so P&G.
We have now replaced Joe's Febreeze car air freshener with a homemade non-toxic air freshener. It doesn't just mask odours it absorbs them. The jar fits into any cup holder including the one's you find in the doors so it is easy to find a spot for it. Just shake it up every few days to keep it fresh and replace every 6 weeks.
Making your own air freshener
What you need
1 small mason jar
3/4 cup of baking soda
5 drops of essential oil (scent of your choice)
Small piece of breathable fabric (I picked burlap because I had some on hand)
- Scoop baking soda into the mason jar. You want it to be about 1/4 full.
- Add essential oil to the baking soda. I have used peppermint, grapefruit, Balance, Purify to name a few (not all together, obviously).
- Cut a small round piece of breathable fabric that will fit in the place of the lid. I used burlap but you could also use lace or whatever you have on hand.
- Fumble with getting the lid ring on for about 15 minutes and think about hammering it into place but then by magic get it to screw on evenly.
- Place in any cup holder in your car. The closer to the stink, the better.
Have you tried making this yet? Let me know how it turned out!
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