UW Study: Avoid scented laundry detergenton August 24, 2011 @ 2:02 pm (Updated: 3:14 pm - 8/24/11 )
A new study out of the University of Washington found that scented liquid laundry detergent and scented dryer sheets emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents.
"I found seven hazardous air pollutants," said Professor Anne Steinemann, the lead researcher. "I also found two hazardous chemicals, acetaldehyde and benzene, that are classified as carcinogens and for which the EPA has established no safe exposure level."
Steinemann said emissions from dryer vents are essentially unmonitored and unregulated. She recommends avoiding scented laundry products altogether.
"Another approach is go back to what our grandparent's used, which is use baking soda and vinegar to launder products," she recommended. "And do we really need dryer sheets for our clothing? So we can think about taking more simple approaches rather than using a bunch of scented products."
Exposure to the fumes, she said, can cause dizziness, headaches, asthma attacks and skin rashes.
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