Has laundry detergent made your itch, or given your kid a rash? A new UW study is confirming what some people have suspected all along: scented laundry detergents emit toxic chemicals.
In the rough and tumble world of laundry, fresh scents abound.
"Three quarters of the laundry detergents that people bring in here have scents in them," says John Paukstis, manager of the Queen Anne Laundry Room.
Paukstis was surprised to learn those scents are toxic. Researchers say at least two of them are considered carcinogens by the EPA.
"It's the first time I've ever heard anything like that," says Paukstis.
Researchers say part of the problem is that manufacturers aren't required to disclose the ingredients in these cleaners. The Household Product Labeling Act, under review by the US Senate, would change that.
Advice from the researchers: avoid the fragrance or go old school and use baking soda and vinegar.