What's Going Down Your Drain?

Your Laundry Detergent Matters.

40 billion loads of laundry are done in the United States each year, and a majority of these loads use leading, conventional laundry detergents. These detergents include hazardous chemicals in their formulas that not only tarnish our planet's most precious resource, but also disrupt the ecosystems that live within it.

With 128 million households in the US completing over 300 loads of laundry on average each year - there's over 26 lbs of chemicals, per household, discharged into our water supply from liquid detergents every year.
At Dirty Labs, we're looking to create a cleaner future by reimagining how laundry detergents are made—because what we pour down our drains matters.

While waste water from homes does get treated, many of the chemicals cannot be filtered out and re-enter our waterways and drinking water.

1,4-Dioxane.
1,4-Dioxane is an EPA classified carcinogen that is a by-product created during the manufacturing process of common surfactants, or cleaning agents. You won't see 1,4-Dioxane on any ingredient list, but you can look for ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES), Laureth-6, Laureth-7, and Polyethylene Glycols (PEG), which are all very likely to contain 1,4-Dioxane in trace amounts—or more.
Why it's a problem.
Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that are pervasive throughout human water resources and have been found in aquatic environments and organisms. Microplastics are not readily biodegradable, are bioaccumulative (meaning they gradually accumulate substances such as pesticides or other chemicals), and are difficult to filter out of drinking water.  

Packaging Impact.

All that liquid detergent is stored in big plastic jugs, which further harms our environment. Dirty Labs, on the other hand, uses recyclable aluminum bottles to reduce plastic by over 68,000 metric tons per year—that's 6 plastic jugs per household. If every household used Dirty Labs we'd eliminate about 768,000,000 jugs each year.

Source: Dirty Labs Life Cycle Assessment 2020.

A cleaner, safer future is possible.
To us, dirty-free cleaning means getting the job done without sacrificing safety for you, your family, or the planet. We’re committed to making our vision for a cleaner future a reality. With a focus on nontoxic, biodegradable ingredients, responsible sourcing, and renewable manufacturing practices, we are making conscious product decisions for a cleaner planet.