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Your Laundry Detergent May Contain Toxic Ingredients

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When most people think of pollution, they think of the outdoors-garbage-choked streams or industrial waste.

But you probably spend a large portion of your time indoors-as much as 80 to 90 percent of your life.

You work, study, eat, drink and sleep in enclosed environments where air circulation may be restricted.

The typical American home contains 3-10 GALLONS of toxic materials-everything from glass and bathroom cleaners to garden pesticides and fertilizers.

Health effects of ingredients in common household products include:
Respiratory problems 
Eye irritation 
Cancer 
Disruption of the endocrine system


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