What is 1,4-dioxane?

1,4-dioxane is a chemical that can be found in:

  • Bath Products
  • Detergents
  • Foods and Food Additives
  • Glues
  • Lotions
  • Makeup
  • Medicines
  • Paint Strippers
  • Pesticides
  • Shampoos

1,4-dioxane is not always added to these products on purpose, but it may show up in very small amounts in some of the things you use. Ingredients to look for include PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, and polyoxyethylene. Also, ingredients with the word or syllable “-eth,” or “-oxynol” may contain 1,4-dioxane. Based on current science, the amount of 1,4-dioxane in these products is not likely to be harmful, even if you use them every day.

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1. What is 1,4-dioxane?
2. What can 1,4-dioxane do to my health?
3. How do I know if 1,4-dioxane is in my drinking water?
4. 1,4-dioxane has been detected in my well. What does the level mean?
5. Which wells are tested?
6. What if I want to test my water?
7. Is the a filter I can put on my faucet to remove 1,4-dioxane?
8. Can I use my well water for drinking?
9. Can I use my well water for bathing, washing hands, or laundry?
10. Should I be concerned about breastfeeding my child if I drink water with 1,4-dioxane?
11. Water comes into my basement. Do I need to worry about 1,4-dioxane in the water?
12. Can I use well water in my humidifier?
13. What if I want more information about the 1,4-dioxane plume?