1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 11, 2008

:224 Scented Laundry Products

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:224 EcoTip: A University of Washington study of common laundry products and air fresheners found all the tested products emitted at least one chemical that was regulated as toxic or hazardous but not listed on the label. Five out of six of the products had carcinogens.

The study was authored by Anne Steinemann, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs. She is quoted as saying:

Be careful if you buy products with fragrance, because you really don’t know what’s in them. 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. 


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More information about this study is posted on the University of Washington News site at:


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