Journal article

Evaluating air quality with and without air fresheners

Nigel Goodman, Neda Nematollahi, Giovanni Agosti, Anne Steinemann

Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health | Springer (part of Springer Nature) | Published : 2020


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 st..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the supporters of this study: the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program through the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, CSIRO Land and Water, the Melbourne School of Engineering Teaching and Learning Infrastructure Fund, and the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship through the University of Melbourne. We also thank Kirsten Raynor, Trish Harrison, Behzad Rismanchi, George Fox, and the University of Melbourne Infrastructure Services staff for their generous assistance. Finally, we are grateful to the anonymous reviewers of this paper.