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.