Posted by: 2in10 | 11/13/2010

smells “good”

But is it? USA Today in late October ran an article by Wendy Koch entitled, “Study: Fragranced products emit harmful chemical not on the label.”

For those of us who sneeze, itch, and get a tinny taste in our mouths when we are exposed to the odors (fumes?) in the laundry product aisle of the grocery store or someone’s strong cologne, this news is no surprise.

The article begins: “Popular scented products — including those claiming to be ‘green’ — emit chemicals not listed on the label, including some considered toxic and possibly carcinogenic, a study says.” The study, by lead author Anne Steinemann and published in the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review, looked at products like air fresheners, laundry detergents, soaps, and cleansers.

The article points out that limonene, alpha-pinene, ethanol, and acetone were the most commonly found chemicals in 25 products tested. The last three are classified as toxic or hazardous under U. S. law.

A bill is pending in the Senate to require manufacturers to list ingredients in fragrances but that is not currently required.

Better yet, follow their advice to buy unscented products, use vinegar and baking soda to clean, and ventilate with fans and open windows as much as possible. (And when you look back at my entry about favorite soap products without sodium lauryl sulfate, skip those that have fragrance and find something fragrance-free. We can vote with our dollars, too.)

Carolyn

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