Heart Palpitations

Air Freshener To Blame

For the past 4/5 weeks I’ve been suffering with what I can only describe as palpitations. My heart would flutter, resulting in a weird sensation in my chest. Using my watch, which has a heart sensor, I’d track what was happening – every so often, when I felt the flutter, my watch would indicate that my heart was speeding up for a second or so. It wasn’t normal.

I’d been reading up on the symptoms and was ready to visit my GP to see if he could figure out the cause of the palpitations. Scholarly articles say that most palpitations are harmless, and I didn’t really want to overstretch our NHS unless there was a need to do so.

I racked my brain in a last ditch attempt at figuring out what why it was happening. Was there something different that I’d been doing? or had something been introduced into my home that could cause the feeling of butterflies in my chest? Bingo!

Glade Sense And Spray was introduced into my home around the time my palpitations began. I removed the batteries from the automatic air freshener, and within two days my symptoms have almost disappeared. A coincidence? perhaps not. Here is a safety warning related to the product:

Danger Extremely flammable aerosol. Pressurised container: May burst if heated. Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects. If medical advice is needed, have product container or label at hand. Keep out of reach of children. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Protect from sunlight. Do not expose to temperatures exceeding 50°C. Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking. Do not spray on an open flame or other ignition source. Do not pierce or burn, even after use. Do not breathe spray. Caution. Use only as directed. Use only in well-ventilated areas. People suffering from perfume sensitivity should be cautious when using this product. Air fresheners do not replace good hygiene practices. Contains hexyl salicylate. May produce an allergic reaction. Insert correctly (+/-). Do not re-charge. Do not open battery or dispose in fire. May explode, leak or cause damage. Use AA batteries only. SOLVENT ABUSE CAN KILL INSTANTLY


We put lots of faith in companies to produce safe products, such as air fresheners. I guess they are safe, if we don’t breathe in the spray as suggested by SC Johnson & Son… which does beg the question: why buy if you can’t savour the smell of Clean Linen, etc?



  1. Because I’ve always had cats and dogs, I was put off using plug-in air fresheners shortly after they began to appear on the market. I have also suffered from palpitations since I was young and played either tennis or hockey, as well as taking aerobic classes on a daily basis. I finally got the palpitations under control when I started taking Propanolol as a migraine preventative. Hopefully, now you’ve got rid of the Glade Sense and Spray, your symptoms will permanently go away. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Holy smokes. Great problem solving! I’m leary of aerosols. I think back to the 80’s and 90’s when I used to use A LOT of hairspray (had to for those awesome, big hairstyles lol) and sometimes I wonder what lasting damage I could have done. All in the name of vanity. Hope you continue to feel better!

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  3. I can’t believe this! I’ve been getting heart flutters too and I’ve just got one of those air freshener 😡 Thanks for this Shaun mine is now in the bin!


  4. If you ever have those symptoms and they don’t disappear with the air freshener, please please please don’t hesitate to “bother” the NHS. They won’t mind, and the consequences of not bothering them are too significant.

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    1. At first, I was putting the palpitations down to anxiety. Issues seem to have been never ending for the last four years. I was a day or two away from visiting my GP, but was reluctant because I didn’t want to be prescribed tablets once more.

      I don’t know how the air freshener came to mind to be honest, but I’m glad it did. I now feel great.

      I guess delaying is a man thing. Stupid really. Many thanks for your sound advice 👍

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