Fabric Softeners

In a 1991 study, chloroform was found in tests of fabric softeners.
(“The Health Risks of Twenty Most Common Chemicals Found in Thirty-One Fragrance Products,” www.herc.org - Health and Environmental Resource Center, 2002)

Fabric softeners contain some of the most toxic chemicals (like chloroform, benzyl acetate and pentane) that are known to cause cancer and/or damage to lungs, brain, and nerves. These chemicals are even more dangerous when heated in a clothes dryer. The toxic fumes then go into the neighborhood air and everyone for blocks around is forced to breathe them in. Babies, children, older people, and people who are already sick are especially hurt by these chemicals, and the damage can be permanent, causing lifelong illness. Most fabric softeners have fragrance added to them, which makes them even more toxic. To soften fabrics and reduce static cling, add a cup or more of plain baking soda to each wash.
(“What’s Wrong With Fabric Softeners,” Neighborhood Health Notice! www.ourlittleplace.com - April 2002)

In RI, contact Toxics Information Project (TIP), Tel. 401-351-9193,

or E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org, for more on this concern.

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