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Fragranced products contain volatile compounds.  

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - In a recent study, household cleaning products might not be as clean or as "green" as you may believe.

A study done by scientists at the University of Washington, Battelle Memorial Institute and the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, tested 25 consumer products, which you may have in your home.. The items studied included laundry products, personal care products, cleaning supplies and air fresheners.

Of the household cleaning supplies tested, all of them contained VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, which can be hazardous and can also affect indoor air quality.

Under current regulations, most consumer products are not required to list the ingredients in the products, but may instead use the term "fragrance" in place of the ingredients.

Some studies have shown exposure to these fragranced products has lead to asthmatic issues, headaches and some other allergies.

22News asked Henry Warchol of Westfield whether labels should be more clear on cleaning supplies? "The labels should be very clear like they're going to label smoking cigarettes now. They should be as clear as that," said Warchol.

Since most of the ingredients aren't listed, you won't be able to tell ahead of time which cleaning supplies could be harmful.

Of the 25 products studied, 19 of them claimed to be "green" "non toxic" or "natural" either on the product itself or in advertising. However, of these "green" products, there was no statistical improvement in the amount of hazardous chemicals or carcinogens in the products.

The word "green" may just refer to more environmentally friendly packaging and not necessarily the contents itself. Plus there are little if any regulatory definitions on green products even when they are advertised as such.

If you want to read the study for yourself follow this link .

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Suzann wrote Nov 18, 2010
    • Thanks, Cynthia.  

      I do believe there are so many “unknown” carcinogens out there in so many different shapes and forms, and who knows what the combinations of things might do. For instance, if you breathe air and drink water. (Kidding.)

      But my personal, albeit probably ignorant, opinion is that we have to keep our personal selves as healthy as we can with the most wholesome foods we can find and as many vitamin supplements as we can afford! That, and not smoking, is probably all we can do (plus keeping on top of the products, as your article mentions).  

      Many years ago I lived in a wonderful little house with my husband Mike - it was on a lake, and there were houses all around the lake. Within the few years that I lived there, a WHOLE lot of people got cancer (including my husband, who died) - I mean someone in almost every house around that lake.



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