Recent research done by Anne Steinemann of the University of Washington in Seattle has discovered that the fragrance chemicals found in detergents and dryer sheets release toxic chemicals into the air.
Our analyses found more than 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from dryer vents, with the highest concentrations of acetaldehyde, acetone, and ethanol. Seven of these VOCs are classified as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and two as carcinogenic HAPs (acetaldehyde and benzene) with no safe exposure level, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. As context for significance, the acetaldehyde emissions during use of one brand of laundry detergent would represent 3% of total acetaldehyde emissions from automobiles in the study area.
It’s time to break out the good ole washing board and head to the river.
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