Room fresheners may cause headaches, depression and other maladies. A recent study finds that the “volatile organic compounds” found in aerosols such as air fresheners are associated with increased incidence of headache and depression among women, and higher levels of diarrhea, earache and other symptoms among young children. The study authors warn this may indicate heightened risk for other groups who are home a large percentage of their time, such as the elderly.

Safer: Use baking soda, lemons and other natural odor remedies. Don't use aerosols in confined spaces.

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