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This topic explore how air fresheners, scented cleaning products, scented laundry detergents, and perfumes may affect health.
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Asthma related to cleaning agents: a clinical insight -- Vandenplas et al. 3 (9) -- BMJ Open

"These data indicate that a substantial proportion of workers who experience asthma symptoms related to cleaning materials show a pattern of bronchial reaction consistent with sensitiser-induced occupational asthma. The results also suggest that quaternary ammonium compounds are the principal cause of sensitiser-induced occupational asthma among cleaners."

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European Commission Fact Sheet: Allergenic fragrances in cosmetic products

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Cleaning products and air fresheners: emissions and resulting concentrations of glycol ethers and terpenoids. [Indoor Air. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

While effective cleaning can improve the healthfulness of indoor environments, this work shows that use of some consumer cleaning agents can yield high levels of volatile organic compounds, including glycol ethers--which are regulated toxic air contaminants--and terpenes that can react with ozone to form a variety of secondary pollutants including formaldehyde and ultrafine particles.
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Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products

"We detected 55 compounds, indicating a wide range of exposures from common products. Vinyl products contained > 10% bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and could be an important source of DEHP in homes. In other products, the highest concentrations and numbers of detects were in the fragranced products (e.g., perfume, air fresheners, and dryer sheets) and in sunscreens. Some products that did not contain the well-known endocrine-disrupting phthalates contained other less-studied phthalates (dicyclohexyl phthalate, diisononyl phthalate, and di-n-propyl phthalate; also endocrine-disrupting compounds), suggesting a substitution. Many detected chemicals were not listed on product labels."

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Household Products Database - Health and Safety Information on Household Products - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Health and safety information about a variety of household product chemicals from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

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Caution: These seven household items may feminize baby boys - Environmental Working Group

"High phthalate levels have been linked to decreased sperm motility and concentration and altered hormone levels in adult men; in a recent study of 134 newborn boys and their mothers, researchers found distinct differences in the reproductive systems of the boys whose mothers had the highest phthalate levels during pregnancy. Further research revealed that those moms' phthalate levels weren't uncommon -- in fact, an estimated one quarter of American women would have similarly high phthalate levels. ...

 

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Fragrance: Diethyl phthalate (DEP) is often used as part of the "fragrance" in some products. Since DEP won't be listed separately, you're better off choosing personal care products, detergents, and cleansers that don't have the word "fragrance" on the ingredients list. ...

 

Air Fresheners: New research from the NRDC demonstrates that, just like fragrances in personal care products, most air fresheners contain phthalates. That even goes for the ones labeled "fragrance free." NRDC suggests that you open your windows and use fans to circulate air and keep it fresh."

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Healthier Alternatives to Fragranced Consumer Products - Dr. Anne Steinemann

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Chemical Watch | News| Increased risk of heart problems following long-term use of cleaning products

Researchers have found that long-term use of household sprays and scented products is associated with reduced heart rate variability in older women, which suggests an increased risk of cardiovascular health hazards.
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Study Highlights Hidden Dangers In Everyday Products -- Even The "Green" Ones - Forbes

Study Highlights Hidden Dangers In Everyday Products -- Even The "Green" Ones - Forbes | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it

"A first-of-its-kind, peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Health Perspectives... reveals an alarming number of unlabeled chemicals of concern in commonly used household and personal care products" ...

 

"Fragranced products – including air fresheners, dryer sheets, and perfume – and sunscreens had the largest number of target chemicals and some of the highest concentrations. Fragrances can trigger asthma and some have been shown to mimic estrogen, including making breast cancer cells grow in laboratory studies."

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Worst Household Chemicals: Ratings and Reviews | Product Search | GoodGuide

Find safe, healthy and natural household chemicals products via our ratings on health, environmental, and society factors.
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