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

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Goodman, NB and Wheeler, AJ and Paevere, PJ and Agosti, G and Nematollahi, N and Steinemann, A, Emissions from dryer vents during use of fragranced and fragrance-free laundry products, Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health pp. 1-7. ISSN 1873-9318 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11869-018-0643-8

Abstract

Fragranced laundry products emit a range of volatile organic compounds, including hazardous air pollutants. Exposure to fragranced emissions from laundry products has been associated with adverse health effects such as asthma attacks and migraine headaches. Little is known about volatile emissions from clothes dryer vents and the effectiveness of strategies to reduce concentrations 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 as changes in switching from fragranced to fragrance-free products. In households using fragranced laundry detergent, the highest concentration of D-limonene from a dryer vent was 118 μg/m3 (mean 33.34 μg/m3). By contrast, in households using only fragrance-free detergent, the highest concentration of D-limonene from a dryer vent was 0.26 μg/m3 (mean 0.25 μg/m3). After households using fragranced detergent switched to using fragrance-free detergent, the concentrations of D-limonene in dryer vent emissions were reduced by up to 99.7% (mean 79.1%). This simple strategy of switching to fragrance-free products significantly and almost completely eliminated D-limonene emissions. Results from this study demonstrate that changing from fragranced to fragrance-free products can be a straightforward and effective approach to reduce ambient air pollution and potential health risks.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:indoor air quality, intervention, dryer vent, fragrance, fragrance-free, detergent, laundry, emissions, volatile organic compounds, VOC, air quality
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Environmental Health
UTAS Author:Wheeler, AJ (Dr Amanda Wheeler)
ID Code:130713
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2019-02-08
Last Modified:2019-03-18
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