Danes promote old-fashioned cleansers

Denmark's environmental protection agency has suggested that Danish householders use traditional techniques to remove stains rather than commercial chemical preparations. It identified D-limonen, benzyl alcohol, NTA and dibutylphthalate as "critical" components of commercial products. Though health risks are low, precautions should be taken with these chemicals, the EPA says. The most efficient way of avoiding risks altogether would be to use traditional alternatives to commercial stain removers, such as buttermilk to remove ballpoint ink stains and onion to clean leather, it concludes. See report.

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