Single-load liquid laundry packets have become widely available over the past couple of years. Many consumers have found these packets to be an easy and convenient way to wash clothes. However, it is important to remember these powerful packets contain highly concentrated detergent and require the same discipline as common household cleaning products when it comes to safely using, handling and storing.
In 2012, poison control centers received reports of 6,229 unintended exposures to highly-concentrated packets of laundry detergent by children 5 and younger. At a conference I attended, a representative of the American Cleaning Institute shared the sad outcome of a seven-month old who died as a result of chewing on a laundry packet or ‘pod’. She went on to show us how very eye-catching, bright colored and almost candy-like the pods appear.
It is vital for parents and caregivers to keep single-load liquid laundry packets away from children to help prevent the risk of serious injury from ingestion or exposure to eyes.
Practice the following safety reminders:
• Do not let children handle laundry packets.
• Do not puncture or pull packets apart.
• Store out of the child’s sight and reach.
• Keep the packet’s package closed and in a dry place.
• Packets quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands, or saliva so it is necessary to keep them dry.
As with any household cleaning product, it is important that we all follow proper usage instructions and store the product safely out of reach of children. Home is a safe haven; we want to be sure to keep it safe for everyone.