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The Real Cost of Being Clean

By Lewis Braham - 2013-07-16T19:53:16Z

Photograph by Anthony Arciero/Gallery Stock

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Air Fresheners

Consumers spent $2.5 billion on air freshener in the past year, according to IRI. An un-fun fact: Air fresheners have endocrine disruptors called phthalates in them. “In laboratory animals, phthalates cause testicular degeneration syndrome -- reductions and malformations in the male genitalia,” says Robin Whyatt, a professor of environmental health at Columbia University. “Any researcher looking at phthalates goes scent-free pretty quickly.”