" BOSTON (CBS) – You use products like shampoo, soaps and household cleaners every day, but do you know what’s in them?
" A new study by a local group says the information you need is not always on the label and that what you don’t know could hurt. That claim is getting the industry up in arms.
The Silent Spring Institute in Newton tested 50 types of household products like cleaners, cosmetics and personal care products.
“The goal of this study is to get a broad picture of how people are exposed from everyday consumer products to chemicals that are potentially linked to cancer, children’s growth and asthma,” says Julia Brody, PhD of the Silent Spring Institute.
She says the study found a troubling amount of chemicals she calls potentially harmful. She advises avoiding antimicrobial products like some hand sanitizers and soaps, and staying away from many products that contain fragrances.
“For example air fresheners and dryer sheets,” she says "
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