GS-48

LAUNDRY CARE PRODUCTS FOR HOUSEHOLD USE

GS-48 specifies performance requirements and environmental and health requirements for household laundry care products, such as concentration, reduced toxicity, biodegradability, and reduced and recyclable packaging. Companies can use GS-48 to guide their product development, and are invited to apply for Green Seal certification. The standard covers the following products labeled for household use:

  • laundry detergent products
  • stain and spot removers
  • bleaches and fabric softeners
  • anti-static and anti-wrinkle products
  • fabric refreshers and prewash products
  • laundry starch/sizing/fabric finish
  • combination products that may serve several of these functions

A subset of these product categories includes bio-based products, and those containing enzymes and microorganisms. A comprehensive list of the product categories included in or excluded from GS-48 can be found in Appendix 1 of the standard.

Latest version: Edition 1.4, September 12, 2019
This new edition includes a conditional exemption for titanium dioxide for enzyme-based products. For more information, please visit our Standard Revisions page.

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