Ban on Chemical Levels in Laundry Detergents: NY State

Effective January 1, 2023, the New York State Department of Conservation established a new legal limit on the amount of some toxic cancer-causing chemicals that can be found in many popular cleaning, personal care, and cosmetic products.


The specifics

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 new law changed the previous 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.  Manufacturers must demonstrate they are working to lower the levels of 1,4-Dioxane in their products in order to apply for a one-year waiver from compliance.


Which laundry products will be effected?

Arm & Hammer Clean Burst was found to contain the highest concentration of the compound – more than two times the legal limit. Other 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.

*1,4-Dioxane does not 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.