"Laundry packets are different and need to be handled differently. 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," said Nancy Bock, ACI Senior Vice President of Education.
Bock offered the followingregarding single-load liquid laundry packets:Do not let children handle laundry packetsDo not puncture or pull packets apartStore out of child's sight and reachKeep the container closed and dryPackets quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands, or salivaPackets can rupture, releasing contents into eyes
While these safety reminders coincide with National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23, 2013), Bock stated that safe use and proper storage of all cleaning products is a year-round necessity.
"It is possible to prevent accidents involving these products and prevent a trip to the doctor's office or emergency room," said Bock, who serves as Vice Chair of the National Poison Prevention Week Council.
Parents and caregivers should always keep the toll-free number handy for their local Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222.
You can download a free safety poster for your laundry room by visiting ACI's website at .
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI () and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.
SOURCE American Cleaning Institute