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Scented laundry products deemed a health hazard

September 01, 2011
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ROCKVILLE, MD — Air vented from washing and drying machines that use the top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheet contains hazardous chemicals, according to ScienceDaily.

The findings, which were published online in the journal, Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, went on to say that two of the chemicals being emitted are classified as carcinogens, the article stated.

"This is an interesting source of pollution because emissions from dryer vents are essentially unregulated and unmonitored," said lead author Anne Steinemann, a University of Washington (UW) professor of civil and environmental engineering and of public affairs.

"If they''re coming out of a smokestack or tail pipe, they''re regulated, but if they''re coming out of a dryer vent, they''re not," Steinemann added.

Currently, manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients used in fragrances or in laundry products, the article noted.

The research coming out of UW is building on earlier research that looked at what chemicals are released by laundry products, air fresheners, cleaners, lotions and other fragranced consumer products, the article added.

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