Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fabric Softeners That Aren't Toxic?

Fabric Softeners-Compare & Learn about Dangers!

Going Green with Laundry and WHY....

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Subject: Fabric Softeners = Health Risks From Dryer Exhaust and Treated

Chemicals found in fabric softeners by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA)Identification of Polar Volatile Organic Compounds in Consumer Products
and Common Microenvironments, 1991 Reference: Lance Wallace, EPA; Phone
703.648.4287 and Polar Organic Compounds in Fragrances of Consumer Products

Symptoms of exposure are taken from industry-generated Material Safety Data
Sheets (MSDS)Compiled by Julia Kendall (1935 - 1997); distributed by EHN

Alpha-TERPINEOL -- Causes CNS disorders ... "highly irritating to mucous
membranes"... "Aspiration into the lungs can produce pneumonitis or even
fatal edema." Can also cause "excitement, ataxia (loss of muscular
coordination), hypothermia, CNS and respiratory depression, and headache."

"Prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact."

BENZYL ACETATE -- Carcinogenic (linked to pancreatic cancer). "From vapors:
irritating to eyes and respiratory passages, exciting cough." "In mice:
hyperanemia of the lungs." "Can be absorbed through the skin causing systemic
effects." "Do not flush to sewer."

BENZYL ALCOHOL -- Causes CNS disorders. "...irritating to the upper
respiratory tract" ... "headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drop in blood
pressure, CNS depression, and death in severe cases due to respiratory

CAMPHOR -- Causes CNS disorders. On EPA's Hazardous Waste list. Symptoms:
"local irritant and CNS stimulant" ..."readily absorbed through body tissues"
..."irritation of eyes, nose and throat"
..."dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles and convulsions." "Avoid
inhalation of vapors."

CHLOROFORM -- Neurotoxic. Anesthetic. Carcinogenic. On EPA's Hazardous Waste
list. "Avoid contact with eyes, skin, clothing. Do not breathe vapors ...
Inhalation of vapors may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness,
drowsiness, irritation of respiratory tract and loss of consciousness."

"Inhalation can be fatal." "Chronic effects of overexposure may include
kidney and/or liver damage." "Medical conditions generally aggravated by
exposure: kidney disorders, liver disorders, heart disorders, skin
disorders." "Conditions to avoid: HEAT..." Listed on California's Propostion

ETHYL ACETATE -- Narcotic. On EPA's Hazardous Waste list. "...irritating to
the eyes and respiratory tract" ..."may cause headache and narcosis (stupor)"
..."may cause anemia with leukocytosis and damage to liver and kidneys" "Wash
thoroughly after handling."

LIMONENE -- Carcinogenic. "Prevent its contact with skin or eyes because it
is an irritant and sensitizer." "Always wash thoroughly after using this
material and before eating, drinking, ...applying cosmetics. Do not
inhale limonene vapor."

LINALOOL -- Narcotic. Causes DNS disorders. ..."respiratory disturbances"
... "Attracts bees." "In animal tests: ataxic gait, reduced spontaneous motor
activity and depression ... depressed heart activity ... development of
respiratory disturbances leading to death."

PENTANE -- "Danger -- Harmful if inhaled; extremely flammable. Keep away
from heat a Avoid breathing vapor." "Inhalation of vapors may cause headache,
nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, irritation of
respiratory tract and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapors
may cause central nervous system depression. Contact can cause eye
irritation. Prolonged exposure may cause dermatitis (skin rash)." rash)."
Do Fabric Softeners Make You Sick?

Exposure can result from the outgassing of vented dryers or from treated
fabrics (e.g., clothes, sheets, towels), which are in close proximity to you.
Questions to ponder:

Have you been enjoying a walk in the neighborhood and found you have
suddenly fallen without realizing why?
Do you get a numb feeling in the side of your face -- and the doctors can't
find the reason?

Do you get a sudden onset of dizziness or a headache?

Fabric softeners, like other fragrant products, contain petrochemicals, used
in untested combination. These chemicals can adversely affect the central
nervous system (CNS) -- your brain and spine.

CNS exposure symptoms include: aphasia, blurred vision, disorientation,
dizziness, headaches, hunger, memory loss, numbness in face, pain in neck and
spine. CNS disorders include: Alzheimer's Disease, Attention Deficit
Disorder, Dementia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Multiple Sclerosis,
Parkinson's Disease, Seizures, Strokes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Written by Julia Kendall.

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