Your favorite laundry detergent could be harder to find on New York store shelves thanks to a law that went into effect, making several popular laundry detergents illegal to sell in New York.

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Many popular cleaning, personal care, and cosmetic products contain potentially cancer-causing chemicals and the New York State Department of Conservation established a legal limit on the amount of these chemicals that can be found in such products.

During the manufacturing of cleaners and chemicals, a compound called 1,4-Dioxane is created and laundry detergents, on average, have the highest concentration of this compound.

The law, which went into effect on January 1, 2023, lowers the maximum allowable concentration of 2 parts per million of 1,4-Dioxane for household cleaning and personal care products, down to 1 part per million.

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The tricky part is that 1,4-Dioxane doesn’t appear on product ingredient lists, it can only be found out by testing in a laboratory. The website Ingredients Matter sent several different types of laundry detergent to an independent lab to be tested for 1, 4- Dioxane. The lab tests discovered that several of the most popular brands of laundry detergent contained illegal concentrations of 1,4- Dioxane.

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Arm & Hammer Clean Burst was found to contain the highest concentration of the compound – more than two times to legal limit. The brands that were found to be over New York’s legal limit were Tide Original, Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Free & Clean, and Gain Original+Aroma Boost.

In a press release, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said,

“DEC prioritizes the health and well-being of New Yorkers and our environment, and the implementation of new laws for chemicals in everyday household products is part of our state’s ongoing commitment to protect communities.”

So long as manufacturers are working to lower the levels of 1,4-Dioxane in their products and show proof of doing so, they can apply for a one-year waiver from compliance.

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