Journal article

Volatile chemical emissions from car air fresheners

Anne Steinemann, Neda Nematollahi, Justine Lew Weinberg, Jennifer Flattery, Nigel Goodman, Spas D Kolev

Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health | Springer Verlag | Published : 2020


Air fresheners, used in a variety of indoor environments, emit a range of volatile chemicals, including some classified as hazardous. However, little is known about the emissions from air fresheners designed for use in cars. This study investigates the volatile organic compounds emitted from car air fresheners, identifies potentially hazardous compounds, compares emissions between so-called natural and regular versions, and assesses whether ingredients are disclosed. Using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, 12 car air fresheners were analyzed for their volatile emissions. Air freshener types included car vent clips, wraps, hanging ornaments, cans, and spray. Results reveal that the air fr..

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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; and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). We also thank the anonymous reviewers of this paper.