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Consumer Warning: Toxic Ingredients in Laundry Detergents

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When you think about toxic contaminants, you're probably like most people and think about outdoor air fumes, garbage-choked waterways or industrial waste.

But the fact of the matter is most people spend the majority of their time indoors  as much as 80-90% in most cases. You spend a great deal of time working, studying, sleeping, eating, and even exercising in very enclosed spaces indoors.

So, wouldn't it make sense to understand more about potential toxic contaminant risks in the indoor environments you spend so much time in  particularly, your own home?

In fact, the typical home in the US contains anywhere from 3 to 10 gallons of contaminants from glass and bathroom cleaners to garden pesticides and fertilizers

And sometimes it's the routine things you do  habits you're so used to doing a certain way things you never give much thought to the potential dangers you could be exposing yourself and your family to - like when washing your clothes.

Yes, I'm talking about doing your laundry.

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