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SCENTED LAUNDRY PRODUCTS MAY POSE UNKNOWN HEALTH RISKS

SCENTED LAUNDRY PRODUCTS MAY POSE UNKNOWN HEALTH RISKS
News from Sky Valley Chronicle:
(SEATTLE, WA) — Many of those scented laundry products millions of people use – detergents, softeners, and fabric sheets in dryers – may contain toxic chemicals.

Anne Steinemann, a University of Washington professor of civil and environmental engineering and the lead author of a new study, says her latest research project showed more than 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including two classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as carcinogens, being emitted by clothes dryers that handled laundry washed with a top-selling scented liquid laundry detergent and dried along with scented dryer sheets.

The testing process involved washing and drying new, pre-rinsed organic cotton towels in the washers and dryers of volunteer homeowners. All the machines were meticulously cleaned before testing began and during the drying process, a canister placed inside the dryer vent opening captured the exhaust, which was then analyzed.

Among the compounds found in the exhau…………… continues on Sky Valley Chronicle
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