Consumer Voice - - Household Detergent Powders -

The fra­grance ranged from per­fumed (Ariel Matic, Henko Stain Cham­pion) and flo­ral per­fumed (Henko Matic, Uni Wash) to slightly per­fumed (Surf Ex­cel Quick Wash, Rin, Tide Plus, Su­per Nirma Blue) and soapy (Surf Ex­cel Matic, Ac­tive Wheel, Fena, Nirma, 555, Ghari).

Fra­grances added to many clean­ers, most no­tably laun­dry de­ter­gents and fab­ric softeners, may cause acute ef­fects such as res­pi­ra­tory ir­ri­ta­tion, headache, sneez­ing, and watery eyes in sen­si­tive in­di­vid­u­als or al­lergy and asthma suf­fer­ers. The Na­tional In­sti­tute of Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health has found that one-third of the sub­stances used in the fra­grance in­dus­try are toxic. But be­cause the chem­i­cal for­mu­las of fra­grances are con­sid­ered trade se­crets, com­pa­nies aren't re­quired to list their in­gre­di­ents but merely la­bel them as con­tain­ing ‘fra­grance’.

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