Plug-In Stinkers (And Others) Taken Off Shelves

We always thought those things you plug into a wall receptacle to "freshen" the room were a waste of electricity. Why do people spend money on that stuff? The explanation has to be that many of us live lives of stinky desperation. Maybe they wouldn't feel so crappy if they took a breath of actual fresh air once in awhile. Or, cleaned out the cat box more often.

"Managers at 111 Walgreens stores in Minnesota and thousands more nationwide pulled three types of air fresheners off their shelves over the weekend, after advocacy groups reported that some sprays, gels and plug-in fresheners contain potentially hazardous chemicals."

"The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) tested 14 air fresheners from a retail store and reported that most of them contained "a veritable cocktail" of compounds, including some that have been linked to development problems in babies and breathing difficulties in adults."""The decision was to get them off the shelves if there was any chance that they were dangerous," said Walgreens spokeswoman Carol Hively, who said the directive affects 5,850 stores nationwide. "We'll have an independent study done to see what that shows.""

Here's another mystery. The people that design and market these things. Do they use them personally? How else to explain bad ideas being recycled and emulated.

Here's the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) press release on it. The sampling results from 14 brands are here [pdf file] Via::Minneapolis Star Tribune Image credit:: Oh My Apartment, Cat Litter Box