This post is sponsored by The American Cleaning Institute® All views and opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago, I saw a lot of media buzz surrounding laundry packets and how children are mistaking them for candy – one child in particular, accidentally consumed a packet. Thankfully the child is now doing OK after a rather long hospital stay.
Recently I was asked by ACI to share their message with you and it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.With everyone rather busy with the festive season and all the preparations that go with it the little ones tend to have more leniency than normal.
Put these simple steps into action to avoid accidents in YOUR laundry room.
The American Cleaning Institute® recently conducted a survey and found that 86% of consumers are improperly storing laundry packets. I don’t know about you but this is a rather alarming rate.
Take a look at this important safety video.
5 Tips to Keep Kids Safe in the Laundry Room
1. Store your laundry packets in their original container or pouch. If the packets are stored out of the original container it has the potential to attract your curious little ones. Additionally, in the case of an emergency you will have the numbers to call and the steps to take as outlined on the packaging. Make sure to read these for every brand you buy so you are familiar with it. When the product container is empty, throw it away properly. Do not reuse product packaging for other uses.
2. Store your laundry packets out of reach and sight. Use locks if needed.
3. Store your laundry packs immediately after use. That one minute where you are transferring clothing from the laundry hamper to the washer could be just the time your toddler needs to grab one.
4. Never let your children handle or play with the laundry packets. The packets dissolve quickly when in contact with water, wet hands, or saliva.
5. Wash your hands after handling laundry packets.
Remember that single-use laundry packets are very concentrated and can be toxic. Even a small amount of the detergent can cause stomach problems or eye irritation. If you have older kids ask them to also help you keep their younger siblings safe. Have a talk once your toddler can understand about things that are acceptable to eat and not eat.