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What is it?
1,4-dioxane is a respiratory tract irritant and probable carcinogen found in trace amounts in cosmetics and personal care and cleaning products. It is a contaminant created during the manufacturing process. People are can be exposed to 1,4-dioxane through skin absorption.
What is it in?
It can be found in products that lather such as toothpaste, shampoo and body wash.
How to identify and avoid?
Because it’s a contaminant, 1,4-dioxane normally doesn’t appear on product labels. Watch the label for Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) – a petroleum based ingredient that acts as a foaming agent. SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. Additionally, look for PEG compounds, and chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth and oleth on product labels.