Foul odors can arise quickly in a car interior due to the enclosed space. You can easily remedy this with a scented product. But you need to ask: How safe is a car air freshener? A lot of these products, after all, contain artificial chemicals.
Some people spray a typical home air freshener into the car cabin. Others hang one of those tree-shaped fresheners on the rearview mirror. The problem is that a lot of these products contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). According to Scientific American, VOCs may aggravate symptoms of common allergies and asthma.
Another study by the National Resource Defense Council in 2007 tested 14 air freshener products purchased at Walgreens. Researchers concluded that most of the fresheners contain chemicals that may cause reproductive issues.
The Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission, though, have not ruled one way or another, citing the lack of overall studies.
We will not say with absolute conviction that car owners should immediately discontinue their use of these products. Rather, we recommend that they exercise caution. This means you would be wise to consider natural alternatives. You can make your own natural freshener by pouring a few drops of your choice of essential oil on a felt cloth and suspending it from the rearview mirror.
You can also remove most odors by removing the source of the smell. This can be done through a professional vehicle detail. Most odors emanate from the upholstery, particularly if you eat or smoke in the car.
Our restoration work also includes odor removal. Contact Henry’s Auto Detail if your car is starting to smell like dirty socks. Look at our testimonials to see why we’re Lynnwood’s trusted auto detailing service. Car fresheners may not be safe, so consider natural alternatives for an alpine fresh scent.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek and Woodway