Are Air Fresheners Toxic to you? I don’t know, you be the judge; because this is what I found the other day when I realized my air freshener that was plugged into the wall apparently started to leak. I found the paint chemically removed off the baseboard and my vinyl plank basement floor had melted away. The odoriferous aspect of the fresheners works like a benzene ring which is found in chemical solvents. I don’t know about you, but I am unplugging all of these in my house and immediately removing them to stop breathing toxic chemicals.