Novel Eco-Friendly Herbal Based Air Freshener Formulation as Air-Borne Fungal Repellent in Indoor Environments Through Real Time Monitoring

Document Type : Original Research Paper


Madras Christian College. East Tambaram, Chennai, India


Air fresheners are the synthetic products, used to improve the quality of indoor air by removing unpleasant or disturbing odours, in addition they disinfect the air by removing allergens and in turn add pleasant odours. However, these fresheners since they contain varied chemicals, which on magnification in a closed environment may cause respiratory illness. Therefore, constant usage of these air fresheners would deteriorate the ambient quality of indoor air. Even air fresheners which claim to be “green”, since these lack regulatory norms, they too emit hazardous or chemically harmful compounds. Hence there is a dire need to use alternative products that substantiate the quality of indoor air.  The present study aimed at exploring the efficacy of medicinal plant extracts of Azadirachta indica, Menta piperita and Aloe barbadensis in controlling air borne fungi in indoor environments by creating a simulation of an indoor environment and checking the efficiency of these natural air fresheners. About 60-70% reduction in the vegetative structures (colony diameter) and 30% reduction in reproductive structures were observed after exposure for 11 days to environment containing Azadirachta indica and Menta piperita extracts. Thus this study has novelty in formulating herbal based air fresheners based on the proven antifungal activities of these medicinal plant extracts, thereby replacing the usage of commercial air fresheners in the near future in controlling indoor air borne fungi. Since these natural formulations undoubtedly disinfect the indoor air, has commercial prospects and are eco-friendly, cost-effective with no health implications.  


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