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Are Air Fresheners Toxic to Pets?

No one likes the smell of a stinky house – especially a stinky house caused by your pet! The natural reaction of most homeowners is to plug in or spray the air freshener to cover up those nasty odors.

Before you reach for the air fresheners, it’s important to know many can be very toxic to animals. One of the most prominent offenders included on the ingredient list for a number of air fresheners are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). VOCs are also found in paints, fossil fuels, benzene, formaldehyde and cigarette smoke.

VOCs can cause:

  • Nose, throat and eye irritation
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Loss of coordination
  • Damage to central nervous system, liver and kidney
  • Cancer

One of the latest “natural” alternatives to air fresheners today is essential oils. But, don’t be mistaken – essential oils are also defined as volatile and can be very toxic to animals.

Choose a Natural, Safe Alternative

Looking for an all-natural, pet friendly air freshener alternative? Try simmering spices, herbs, citrus peels and mints on your stovetop or in your crockpot. Create your own combination, or try one of these pleasant recipes posted by Modkat for yourself!

Holiday Delight

  • Peels from two apples
  • Six cinnamon sticks
  • Two tablespoons of whole cloves
  • One teaspoon of vanilla
  • One orange peel
  • ¼ cup of fresh or frozen cranberries

Rosemary Lemon

  • One sliced lemon
  • Several sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Two cups of water

Cinnamon Orange 

  • Two quartered oranges
  • Six cinnamon sticks
  • Two tablespoons of whole cloves
  • Two cups of water

Stop by Kansas City’s best pet store at our Brookside or Lee’s Summit location to discover more all-natural, pet safe products!