As parents, we’re always having to make sure that things in our homes are put up at a safe distance from our kids, rooms are baby-proofed and kids can’t get into things they’re not supposed to. I don’t know about you, but sometimes there are certain items that never really dawned on me that could be very harmful for a child if they got a hold of it. Liquid laundry packets are one of those things. When I first saw them in the grocery stores, I thought they were one of the smartest things I had seen in a long time. I use them almost exclusively now and they are so much easier to use. In fact, when we moved back in June, we didn’t have a washing machine or dryer at our home for the first month. Being able to just take a couple liquid laundry packets with us, instead of lugging a big bottle of laundry soap with us to the laundromat, was such a plus.
However, while the liquid laundry packets can be so incredibly helpful for us adults, they can be extremely harmful to young kids. Kids can get hurt from accidentally ingesting them or getting the liquid into their eyes. Each of these packets contains a concentrated liquid laundry detergent that can cause serious injury if it ends up in the hands and mouths of children. Most of the ones I have used are colorful and pretty, so I can definitely see why a child would be interested in playing with one.
The American Cleaning Institute® represents makers of household cleaning products and have launched the KEY Pledge consumer safety education campaign. This campaign brings education and awareness to consumers to teach them the proper usage, storage, and handling of these liquid laundry packets. The ACI urges parents, grandparents, caregivers and anyone with children in their home to take a look around your home, especially your laundry room and your routine in there to make sure that kids are safe. Here are some ways you can make sure your kids are safe:
- Always store your liquid laundry packets out of the reach of children
- Always store the packets in the original packing so they are easily identifiable
- Don’t let kids handle the packets at all
- Be sure to read the instructions on the laundry packets packaging before use
Approximately 1% of the 2 million calls made to the American Association of Poison Control Centers in 2013 were related to liquid laundry packet exposures (-American Cleaning Institute®)
The ACI is encouraging consumers to get involved and take action to keep kids safe from liquid laundry packets. You can take the KEY Pledge online at keypledge.com and while you’re there, you can read up on their simple steps on how you can be the KEY to your family’s laundry safety.
Keep single-load liquid laundry packets out of the reach of children
Educate your family and friends about the safe use and storage of these new laundry products
You serve a key role in laundry safety
When you take ACI’s KEY Pledge to a safe laundry room and routine, you will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes* where you can win a $2,500 gift card for a laundry room makeover! Find out more about the KEY Pledge and the sweepstakes HERE.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends on December 31, 2016 at 11:59p.m. ET. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S., the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 21 and older. Void where prohibited. For Official Rules, go to http://www.keypledge.com/Keypledge/TermsConditions.html. Sponsor: American Cleaning Institute