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Emissions from dryer vents during use of fragranced and fragrance-free laundry products

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Goodman, NB, Wheeler, AJ ORCID: 0000-0001-9288-8163, Paevere, PJ, Agosti, G, Nematollahi, N and Steinemann, A 2018 , 'Emissions from dryer vents during use of fragranced and fragrance-free laundry products' , Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.1007/s11869-018-0643-8.

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Abstract

Fragranced laundry products emit a range of volatile organic compounds, including hazardous air pollutants. Exposure tofragranced emissions from laundry products has been associated with adverse health effects such as asthma attacks and migraineheadaches. Little is known about volatile emissions from clothes dryer vents and the effectiveness of strategies to reduceconcentrations and risks. This study investigates volatile emissions from six residential dryer vents, with a focus on D-limonene.It analyses and compares concentrations of D-limonene during use of fragranced and fragrance-free laundry products, as well aschanges in switching from fragranced to fragrance-free products. In households using fragranced laundry detergent, the highestconcentration of D-limonene from a dryer vent was 118 μg/m3 (mean 33.34 μg/m3). By contrast, in households using onlyfragrance-free detergent, the highest concentration of D-limonene from a dryer vent was 0.26 μg/m3 (mean 0.25 μg/m3). Afterhouseholds using fragranced detergent switched to using fragrance-free detergent, the concentrations of D-limonene in dryer ventemissions were reduced by up to 99.7% (mean 79.1%). This simple strategy of switching to fragrance-free products significantlyand almost completely eliminated D-limonene emissions. Results from this study demonstrate that changing from fragranced tofragrance-free products can be a straightforward and effective approach to reduce ambient air pollution and potential health risks.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Goodman, NB and Wheeler, AJ and Paevere, PJ and Agosti, G and Nematollahi, N and Steinemann, A
Keywords: indoor air quality, intervention, dryer vent, fragrance, fragrance-free, detergent, laundry, emissions, volatile organic compounds, VOC, air quality
Journal or Publication Title: Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
ISSN: 1873-9318
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s11869-018-0643-8
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Copyright 2018 The Author(s)Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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