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  • Writer's picturePaul Cummins

Air "Fresheners" and Safety

Fabuloso not so fabulous! This pervasive cleaner made its way north from South America to homes and offices everywhere, until it was found to harbor a dangerous bacterium. I can't stand its aroma, nor that of any other perfumy thing. An article in the POST today says you can't trust what's in any so-called air freshener, even the "natural" ones. Manufacturers are not even required to say what they put in them. The EPA says that 75% of them may pose health risks.

My excellent sense of smell really helps in detecting gas leaks and oil spills, but it means I can't stand anything but fresh air inside. Good air, good light, are the first things buyers perceive upon entering a house. I've seen shoppers leave within 5 minutes if the home smells musty.

Lots of plug-ins does not bode well for selling prospects either. I've mentioned before that I recommend sellers keep the HVAC fan on continuously to assure there is no stagnant air. Turning a bathroom fan on in the basement works too. Or, open some windows in good weather.

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