7 toxic chemicals hiding in your waterproof, stain-resistant, and wrinkle-free clothes
- Clothes that are billed as "waterproof," "stain resistant," or "wrinkle-free" often contain chemicals that have been linked to adverse health effects.
- Many clothing items, such as blue jeans, also carry a dye that can release cancer-causing chemicals.
- Toxicity depends on the dose and how often you're exposed, but there are ways to avoid chemicals like formaldehyde in your t-shirts and leather jackets.
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Your clothes probably aren't killing you, but they could contain some unpleasant chemicals.
Modern clothing is often formulated and treated with compounds that help soften them or prevent them from getting stained, wrinkled, or soggy. Those same compounds have been linked to adverse health effects such as skin irritation, developmental issues, and even cancer.
Take a look at some of the common chemicals lurking in your jeans, T-shirts, and workout clothes, among other items.
Raincoats, or any waterproof item, could contain "forever chemicals."
Popular brands have manufactured T-shirts and underwear with phthalates.
Lead has been discovered in baby bibs.
The chemical smell of new clothing could signal the presence of formaldehyde.
Azo dye, found in blue jeans, can be carcinogenic.
Organic compounds called NPEs lurk in many clothes.
Leather jackets could contain chromium.
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