Journal article

Fragranced laundry products and emissions from dryer vents: implications for air quality and health

N Goodman, N Nematollahi, A Steinemann

Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health | Springer | Published : 2020


Fragranced laundry products emit numerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including terpenes such as limonene. Fragrance emissions have been associated with adverse health effects such as asthma attacks and breathing difficulties. Further, fragrance terpenes are primary indoor air pollutants that can react with other compounds and contribute to both indoor and outdoor air pollution. This paper examines volatile emissions and exposures from fragranced laundry products, and the implications for air quality and health. The paper synthesizes and analyzes data from studies conducted across the United States (US) and Australia (AU), providing results in three main themes: adverse health effects..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the supporters of this study: the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub funded by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program; and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). We thank Professor Spas Kolev, School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, for his exceptional expertise and generosity, and for granting use of his laboratory facilities in Australia. We also thank Ian C. MacGregor of Battelle in Columbus, OH, United States, for his excellent analytic work in the United States. Finally, we deeply appreciate the anonymous reviewers of this paper.