Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The American Cleaning Institute. All opinions are mine and are accurately reflected in this post.
Parents + Grandparents: Don’t Make The Same Mistake I Did With Liquid Laundry Packets
When I found out that my daughter and granddaughter were coming to visit in July, I did what every mom and grandma would do.
I vacuumed, changed the linens, dusted, decluttered, scrubbed the walls and baseboards, went grocery shopping, inserted safety plugs in the outlets, made sure all of my medications were out of reach and moved the cleaning solutions from a bottom shelf to a top shelf.
The one thing I forgot to do?
Place the liquid laundry packets (I normally leave laying out) back into their original container on the shelf. Ugh. When I saw my curious granddaughter reach for a packet, I felt like the worst grandparent in the world.
How could I forget to put them away?
After I stopped beating myself up, I realized that a) I’m human and b) if this is something I’ve overlooked, chances are someone else has too.
To help reduce the number of accidental liquid laundry packet exposures in children, The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) created PACKETS UP!®, an educational initiative for parents and caregivers. Since 2013, ACI has worked closely with industry manufacturers to equip parents and caregivers with information on the proper usage, storage, and handling of liquid laundry packets.
The ACI’s goal is to help reduce the number of accidental liquid laundry packet exposures in children by keeping laundry packets up and out of reach of young children.
They recommend that we treat liquid laundry packets like any other chemical solution. In other words, always keep liquid laundry packets in their original containers and make sure that those containers are securely closed before, during, and after use.
Locking detergent packets in a cabinet is an effective way to keep these products out of reach of young children because let’s face it, accidents can happen in an instant.
Since I’m human and prone to error, I’ve placed this PACKETS UP! reminder cling on my washing machine. I also ordered one for my daughter. By placing the cling in a visible location, parents and grandparents will have a daily reminder to store laundry packets up and away from curious kids and grandchildren.
Tip: Visit the American Cleaning Institute website and complete the order form to get a FREE reminder cling for your home. Then, share this post with all of the parents and grandparents you know so they can order a free cling also.
By working together to help spread awareness surrounding liquid laundry packet safety, we’ll help reduce the risk of accidental ingestion.
Because at the end of the day, we’re all just humans trying to do our best.
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