Toxics in scented laundry, air fresheners?

More bad news for consumer products this time in the laundry market (which has seen its big share of public advocates complaints) as well as air fresheners.

A study from the University of Washington (UW) found that chemicals with potential toxicity or health hazards are being used in top selling laundry products and air fresheners, and they are not listed on any product labels that were tested.

“Be careful if you buy products with fragrance, because you really don’t know what’s in them,” said Anne Steinemann, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs “I’d like to see better labeling. In the meantime, I’d recommend that instead of air fresheners people use ventilation, and with laundry products, choose fragrance-free versions.”

Steinemann noted that the European Union recently enacted legislation requiring products to list 26 fragrance chemicals when they are present above a certain concentration in cosmetic products and detergents. No similar laws exist in the US.

Her study was published online this week by the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review.

One Response to Toxics in scented laundry, air fresheners?

  1. steven chasan 8 September, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    I like the aquaballs as they are either unscented of fragranced using essential oils. They do hundreds of washes and contain no harsh chemicals. On the Eco friendly store site you can also buy airscense which is a air freshener fragranced as well with essential oils. The site also has other non-toxic products and hundreds of eco tips

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