Evaluating air quality with and without air fresheners

Goodman, Nigel, Nematollahi, Neda, Agosti, Giovanni, and Steinemann, Anne (2019) Evaluating air quality with and without air fresheners. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, 13 (1). pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

Air fresheners emit a range of volatile organic compounds, which can include hazardous air pollutants. Exposure to air fresheners has been associated with health problems such as migraine headaches, respiratory difficulties, and asthma attacks. To reduce pollutant exposures and potential adverse effects, air fresheners can be discontinued from use within indoor environments. However, little is known about how much air quality can be improved and over what time. This study evaluates the effects of air fresheners on air quality with a focus on d-limonene, a prevalent and dominant compound in air fresheners and one that can generate hazardous air pollutants. Using workplace environments, the study analyses and compares d-limonene concentrations in restrooms that use air fresheners, that discontinue the use of air fresheners, and that do not use air fresheners. In restrooms that use air fresheners, d-limonene concentrations averaged 6.78 mu g/m(3) compared with 0.84 mu g/m(3) in restrooms that do not use air fresheners. Further, after discontinuing the use of air fresheners, d-limonene concentrations decreased up to 96% within 2 weeks with an average reduction of 81% and an average concentration down to 1.17 mu g/m(3). These findings suggest that a straightforward strategy, such as ceasing the use of air fresheners, can produce measurable benefits for indoor air quality.

Item ID: 60930
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-9326
Keywords: Air fresheners, Fragrance, Fragrance-free, Restrooms, Volatile organic compounds, Indoor air quality
Copyright Information: © Springer Nature B.V. 2019
Funders: National Environmental Research Program (NERP), CSIRO, Land and Water, University of Melbourne
Projects and Grants: NERP Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 07:37
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
87 CONSTRUCTION > 8705 Building Management and Services > 870503 Residential Building Management and Services @ 50%
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