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Since its founding in 2004, the Laundress has been the "it" detergent brand for all your laundry needs. (It doesn't matter if you were sprucing up a cashmere sweater, washing a silk skirt, or spot cleaning your upholstery, the Laundress had a luxe, chemical-free formula to get the job done.) But, as a surprise to many of its devout consumers, the Laundress recently issued a safety notification to stop using all of its products for the time being.
"We have identified the potential presence of elevated levels of bacteria in some of our products that present a safety concern," the New York-based brand wrote on its Instagram account on Thursday, November 17. "Based on our investigation to date, we are not aware of any adverse health impacts related to this issue."
Confused? Nervous? Honestly, we don't blame you. But, to keep you up to speed with this developing story, we're sharing everything you need to know about this surprising announcement.
Why Did The Laundress Issue a Safety Notice?
Since its initial announcement, the Laundress revealed that tests found an elevated amount of "opportunistic" pathogens like Pseudomonas. Though Pseudomonas naturally occur in soil and water, higher levels can result in a risk of infection—especially for those with weakened immune systems. Though the Laundress has yet to detail the infection risk, the brand notes that bacteria can be inhaled or enter the body through the eyes and broken skin.
Which Products are Included in the Safety Notice?
Though the Laundress is working closely with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, it just released a lengthy list of products included in the safety notice. (Items flagged run the gamut from denim detergent to spot cleaner to glass and mirror cleaner, but the Laundress is exercising extreme caution and encouraging customers to refrain from using all of its products until further notice.)
What Can Consumers Do?
So, what now? As we wait for more information, customers can head over to the Laundress's designated safety website to see if your products have been impacted—and get in touch with the team for a potential reimbursement. If you've already used the Laundress in your home, the brand encourages you to rewash all clothes, dishes, and surfaces for peace of mind.
This is a developing story, so please check back for more information.
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