Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Air Fresheners and Laundry Detergents.



Professor Anne C. Steinemann at University of Washington does research into how pollutants affect humans and the environment. Her recent work has focused on toxic ingredients present in commercially produced air fresheners and laundry detergents. 

The problem with common household cleaning products, says Steinemann, is that they contain hundreds of chemicals that are not listed on the ingredients list. Many of these chemicals may be harmful, even in very small amounts. According to Steinemann,common air freshener chemicals, such as limonene, generate additional hazardous pollutants such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, linked with cancer, and ultrafine particles, linked with heart and lung disease. 

Phthalates are used in almost everything - from personal care products to house paint. Studies show phthalates easily leech into the bloodstream and remain present in urine for a long time; evidence suggests that some phthalates may disrupt the endocrine system.

It's definitely worth thinking about the products you bring into your space - work or home.


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