The Laundress recalls 8 million laundry and cleaning products over bacteria exposure risk

Recalled items from The Laundress.
Recalled items from The Laundress. Photo credit Photo courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Millions of laundry and cleaning products from The Laundress have been recalled due to bacteria exposure risk, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Included in the recall are 8 million units of laundry detergent, fabric conditioners, stain solutions, surface cleaners, and other cleaning products.

Those who have affected products are advised to “immediately stop” using them, according to the recall from the CPSC.

The recalled products might contain multiple different bacteria, including Burkholderia cepacia complex, Klebsiella aerogenes, and Pseudomonas. The bacteria can enter the body through the eyes, open wounds, and by inhaling it.

“The company is aware of 11 consumers who have reported Pseudomonas infections and is investigating these reports to see if there is any connection to the recalled products,” the CPSC release said.

The recalled items have lot codes “beginning with a prefix letter F, and the last four digits numbered 9354 or less, H and the last four digits numbered 2262 or less, and T and the last four digits numbered 5264 or less.”

The Laundress has created a website for consumers to find a complete list of impacted products.

The bacteria carries the most risk to those who are immunocompromised and people with chronic lung conditions or external medical devices. If exposed, there is a “risk of serious infection that may require medical treatment,” according to safety regulators.

Those who are at risk are advised to rewash clothing, dishes, or surfaces with different products, even with the “risk of bacteria being present on cleaned clothes is low.”

Items affected were sold online at Amazon and in Bloomingdale’s, The Container Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Nordstrom, and Brooklinen through September.

"We deeply apologize to all our loyal customers for this situation," The Laundress said in a Facebook post. "We are undertaking decisive steps with our suppliers to ensure production processes meet our safety and quality standards."

For a refund, consumers should take a photo of the lot code with their “initials and the date written in marker,” the CPSC said. Consumers should then visit to submit a reimbursement request.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission