For many the thought of their laundry detergent being a source of unwanted cancer promoting chemicals in their household sounds strange. However,there is an ingredient that many companies use in laundry detergents,hair care products, and cleaning formulas that is cancer causing. A synthetic petrochemical carcinogen called 1,4-dioxane.
Since hair care products, cleaning formulas and laundry detergents are all susceptible to containing this toxic chemical byproduct, which is not listed on product labels, David Steinman from the Green Patriot Working Group (GPWG) began a study in 2007 to see which consumer products are the worst offenders. This year, his organization along with the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), released the results of a portion of the study conducted last year on laundry detergents.
When cleaning products and detergents are processed using ethoxylation, a cheap technique that lessens the severity of the harsher ingredients, 1,4-dioxane is created. Since it is considered a byproduct of ethylene oxide reacting with other ingredients, 1,4-dioxane is technically considered a contaminant and thus does not have to be included on product labeling. As a result, consumers are largely unaware of its presence in major household products.
For the study, Steinman evaluated 20 different laundry detergents from both conventional and “natural” brands. Evoxa, an independent, third-party laboratory that is highly respected for its rigorous methods and high standards, conducted all product testing. The results are as follows:
1. Tide (P&G) – 55 parts per million (ppm)
2. Ivory Snow Gentle (P&G) – 31 ppm
3. Tide Free (P&G) – 29 ppm
4. Purex (Dial Corp.) – 25 ppm
5. Gain 2X Ultra (P&G) – 21 ppm
6. Cheer BrightClean Detergent (P&G) – 20 ppm
7. Era 2X Ultra (P&G) – 14 ppm
8. Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight Co.) – 5.0 ppm
9. Wisk 2X Ultra (Sun Products Corp.) – 3.9 ppm
10. Woolite Complete Detergent (Reckitt Benckiser) – 1.3 ppm
11. All laundry detergent (Unilever) – 0.6 ppm
12. Dreft powdered detergent (P&G) – non-detectable (ND)
13. Sun Burst (Sun Products Corp.) – ND
Shaklee Corporation has been green even before it became a trendy thing to do. Shaklee creates a line of cleaning products called Get Clean that we love around our home.
One particular formula that works well for stains is what I called Soak the Impossible. You know those stains that you think you will never get out. I challenge you to try this on some of your tough stains and you will pleasantly surprised. I have even had people tell me that they have used products like OxyClean and have not had the good results that they have had with this formula.
Green Clean ShakleeSpeedyFormulas2009to see some quick cleaning formulas with Shaklee Get Clean Products
SOAK THE IMPOSSIBLE: Use 1/8 C. Fresh Laundry
Concentrate (Powder) or Fresh Laundry Concentrate
(Liquid) with 1/8 C. Nature Bright. Dissolve in water
and soak clothing