Single-Load Liquid Laundry Packets Deserve Special Attention


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Coin laundries can assist by reminding patrons about safe use and storage

WASHINGTON — As single-load liquid laundry packets become more familiar to U.S. consumers, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) reminds the public about safe use of these products. The concentrated detergent in these packets can be harmful if swallowed or exposed to eyes.

“Laundry packets are different and need to be handled differently,” says Nancy Bock, ACI senior vice president of education. “While these products are convenient and easy for consumers to use, it’s vital for parents and caregivers to use and store these products safety and securely.”

She offers these safety reminders regarding single-load liquid laundry packets:

  • Do not puncture or pull packets apart
  • Store out of child’s sight and reach; do not let a child handle laundry packets
  • Keep the container closed and dry
  • Packets dissolve quickly upon contact with water, wet hands, or saliva
  • Packets can rupture, releasing contents into eyes

These safety reminders coincide with National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23). Coin laundry owners and operators can assist by reminding patrons about the safe use and storage of these products.

“It is possible to prevent accidents involving these products and prevent a trip to the doctor’s office or emergency room,” says Bock, who serves as vice chair of the National Poison Prevention Week Council.

It’s recommended to keep the toll-free number handy for the local Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222.


Using the pods in Commercial front loaders

My Dexter washers have soap compartment blocks which keep the pods from passing through when  the customer puts the pod in the soap tray.  The pods block the soap dish instead.  We spend alot of time cleaning up messes even though our signage tell our customers to put the pods in with the clothes.  I am considering cutting out the dish tray blocks and let the soap pods go down directly to the drain.  Maybe if the customer doesn't like the lack of detergent they switch back to liquid and the problem goes away.

The bags specifically

The bags specifically instruct to put the pods directly into the washer. Clearly if they aren't reading your signage, they aren't reading the usage instructions either. Customers typically use 3-4x more detergent than they need, especially in HE washers so you're going to end up with oversudsing issues regardless. It's part of the laundromat business - nobody wants to listen to the experts because they think they know what they're doing (they don't).

We have Dexter washers and

We have Dexter washers and the mess these things create when customers put them in the soap dispenser is a problem.  There is a powdered version pod which leaves a solid block of soap in the dispenser.  The packaging clearly states to place the pods inside the washer with the clothes.  Can't stand the darn things.


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