Researchers detected 530 volatile organic compounds in all of the products tested, including eco-friendly “green” products with and without fragrances.

Researchers from the United States have found that many household cleaning products, including those marketed as supposedly eco-friendly and “green,” could be harmful to humans.

A peer-reviewed study, titled “Volatile organic compounds emitted by conventional and ‘green’ cleaning products in the U.S. market,” was published in the journal Chemosphere on Sept. 13.

As part of their study, researchers from the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed 28 cleaning products and two air fresheners for hazardous human-made chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), checking the air quality impacts of the products and measuring the number, concentrations, and emission factors of VOCs.

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