April 26, 2012
Matt Hickman, Mother Nature Network
Now, you probably have enough to worry about as it is with geese colliding into airplanes, Kim Kardashian considering going into public service, and the fact that your teenager may or may be not drinking hand sanitizer, but I thought I’d bring this to your attention: That big jug of non-black market Tide sitting in your laundry room? Well, it contains trace amounts of a substance deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogenic based on tests performed with lab rats.
According to The New York Times, 1,4-dioxane, a petrochemical solvent found in paints, varnishes, and some cosmetics, has once again, after gaining infamy a few years back, become the questionable household chemical de jour (it’s like we hardly knew ‘ya, phthalates) as environmental and health advocacy groups urge Procter & Gamble to reformulate the massively popular laundry detergent sold in the big orange bottle to contain decreased levels of the cancer-causing chemical.