Thanks for the American Cleaning Institute for sponsoring this post. #PacketsUp
From babies to teens and everything in between, kids create LOTS and LOTS of laundry. That means kids of all ages often spend time in the laundry room with their parents. I certainly remember a time when my toddlers loved to sit in the laundry basket. More recently, my young niece and nephew sometimes like to play “big kids” and help me with the laundry.
Family Wellness is My Top Priority
When my kids were little, I’m sure we had baby gates and child safety locks throughout the house, but I can’t remember if we took extra precautions in the laundry room. Did I drop the ball? I’m lucky that I did not find out the hard way.
The wellbeing of my family is my top priority. Keeping them safe and healthy is my number one job as a mom. This includes my extended family. I’d hate for a niece or nephew to be injured on my watch. If there’s wellness information I think is important to share with my friends and family, I’m on it!
That’s why I’m excited to team up with the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) to help spread the word about keeping laundry rooms safer from coast to coast.
Want to know more?
In 2012, liquid laundry packets were introduced in North America. They have become more and more popular across the US. However, these highly-concentrated packets are meant to be used for laundry – not played with or eaten . So the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is working closely with manufacturers to inform families about the proper usage, storage and handling of these products.
Haven’t we heard this before?
Yes, accidental exposure to liquid laundry packets has been in the news from time to time, but according to an ACI survey in 2017, we need to further educate parents and caregivers about proper storage of these items, especially when it comes to protecting the youngest family members. ACI has definitely made great progress, but the survey revealed that more work needs to be done.
What you can do today!
- Store laundry packets high and out of reach of children and pets
- Never store packets on the floor, on open shelves or on top of the washer/dryer
- Keep laundry packets in their original containers
- Lids should be closed and secured during and after use
- NEVER allow children to handle packets
- Avoid storing packets in humid conditions. They can stick together and break open.
- Never attempt to rinse off a packet
- Do not reuse laundry packet containers
Keeping laundry packets out of the view of children greatly reduces the risk of accidental exposure. When they are in sight, kids may be tempted to interact with them.
Go to packetsup.com for more information and sign up for a free laundry room cling. Order extras for the grandparents while you’re there. Also check out this infographic for some great tips on reducing the chance of kids coming into contact with laundry packets.
Help spread the word to make sure your family and friends have safer laundry rooms. Tell them to pass it along too! Follow #PacketsUP on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest in laundry room safety habits!