The Laundry Sanctuary
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I trust that I am not alone when I say that laundry is probably my least favorite household chore, and with three kids, somehow the loads never end. I’ve always made a joke that going from two to three children was sort of easy, with the game changer being the extra laundry. Now with older children, I thought the volume of laundry would lessen, with the baby stage and going through multiple onesies in one day behind us. To my surprise, it’s the same if not more. Bigger clothes, I guess!
There are no washer and dryers in the apartment units in our building, so we all use a shared laundry room downstairs, which means we need to bring our detergent along with us. When my children were smaller, I remember panicking every time we were in the laundry room. Some tenants would leave opened detergent bottles or laundry packet containers on the tables, which were easily accessible to kids. I would make it a point to keep them in their strollers, or better yet would pile all three of them into a laundry cart on wheels and push them all over the laundry room as I moved my clothes from washers to dryers. They just thought they were going on a fun ride, but I was keeping them close to me. Even today, I am still cautious with them down there, and we still store our detergents on the top shelves.
In partnership with the American Cleaning Institute, I want to raise awareness of laundry safety during National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25, 2017), by sharing a few tips on how you can have clean clothes and prevent accidents in your home or wherever you are doing your laundry. The American Cleaning Institute is committed to better living and safe product storage. Organizing your laundry room or where you store your detergent space not only keeps it looking clean, but it is one quick and easy way to keep your children safe.
If liquid laundry packets are your go-to, always keep them stored safely away from children, out of reach or locked in cabinets and drawers. Here are some helpful safety tips to remember:
These products aren’t toys so don’t let children handle them.
Be careful not to puncture or pull packets apart.
Packets can quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands, or saliva.
Make it a habit to store the laundry packets out of sight.
Always keep the container closed and dry.
Always ensure re-closable bag or container is tightly sealed after use and during storage.
As with other laundry products, keep packets in their original container with intact labels.
If you think a child has been exposed to a liquid laundry packet, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.
The American Cleaning Institute has an educational activity sheet for children to help you teach little ones that laundry packets are not toys. I used this sheet with my children to reinforce what’s safe and unsafe to play with in our home and laundry room. I encourage all parents to download the activity sheet, and work with your children to color and fill it in. Children act fast, and so do accidents, so it is super important we are aware and prepared.
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, we encourage you to take ACI’s laundry safety Pledge. Take the time to take the pledge and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $2,500 Amex gift card to go towards a laundry room makeover!