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That "fresh laundry" smell, even in some popular "green" detergents, is often off-gassing toxic chemicals.

That "fresh laundry" smell, even in some popular "green" detergents, is often off-gassing toxic chemicals.

Photo Credit: Irum Shahid , stock.xchng. Ahhhh, the scent of fresh, clean laundry. You can buy laundry detergent in every fragrance from lavender to citrus to "fresh rain" -- whatever that's supposed to smell like. But next time you do a pile of laundry, you may want to change your detergent. That "fresh laundry" smell, even in some popular "green" detergents, is often off-gassing toxic chemicals. The University of Washington recently conducted a study on 25 commonly used laundry detergents . They found that these detergents emit an average of 17 chemicals each, ranging from limonene (which gives products a citrus scent) to formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. The researchers placed all 25 samples in a glass container, then tested the surrounding air for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Every product emitted at least one known carcinogen. Because cleaning product manufactur...

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