Single-use laundry pacs are convenient, but there are a few things you should know about them.
The Convenient Pac That Packs a Deadly Punch
Single load liquid laundry packets are a new laundry innovation that contain highly concentrated detergent. Their convenience appeals to adults responsible for the family’s laundry, but their bright colors and small size make them attractive to children. If not handled properly, the laundry packets can lead to injury if the contents are swallowed or the detergent comes in contact with the eyes.
Since coming on the market in 2011, the National Poison Data System has received more than 35,000 calls from January 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015 involving children exposed to the chemicals in the packets. Of those, 769 children required hospitalization, and two children died.
To keep children safe, follow these guidelines.
1. Keep the laundry packets out of the reach and sight of children.
2. Read the product label before use.
3. Do not cut, tear or puncture the packets. They are designed to dissolve in water.
4. If the packets stick together, throw them away.
5. Always handle the liquid laundry packets with dry hands. The film that encases them is designed
to dissolve quickly, even in small amounts of water.
6. Do not use single load liquid laundry packets when washing laundry by hand or pre-treating stains.
7. Add the packets to the bottom of the washing machine (in both front loading and top loading machines) before adding the clothes. Do not put the packets in the washer’s dispenser drawer.
8. Ensure that the recloseable bag or container in which packets are stored is tightly sealed after use and during storage.
9. Store laundry packet containers away from food, so children don’t confuse them with something they can eat.
10. Keep the laundry packets in the original container with the labels intact.
*If you think your child has been exposed to the contents of a single-load, liquid-laundry packet, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.*