When ozone and skin oils meet, the resulting reaction may help remove ozone indoors, but it can also produce a personal cloud of pollutants that affects indoor air quality, report researchers.

In a computer model of indoor environments, the researchers show that when ozone, a form of oxygen that can be toxic, reacts with skin oils carried by soiled clothes, it produces a range of volatile and semi-volatile gases and substances. Some researchers have likened the reaction to the less-than-tidy Peanuts comic strip character.

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