Out of Reach, Out of Sight: Simple Steps to Prevent Laundry Packet Poisonings

Survey: 86% Admit They Don't Safely Store Single-load Liquid Laundry Packets.

Article ID: 615315

Released: 19-Mar-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: American Cleaning Institute

  • The American Cleaning Institute provides information on safely using single-load liquid laundry packets at Keypledge.com.

Newswise — Washington, DC, March 19, 2014 – In a survey conducted for the American Cleaning Institute (ACI – www.cleaninginstitute.org), 86% of respondents admitted they are not safely storing single-load liquid laundry packets.

“One child poisoning is one too many,” said Nancy Bock, ACI Senior Vice President of Education and Chair of the Poison Prevention Week Council. The 52nd National Poison Prevention Week is being commemorated March 16-22, 2014.

“We urge parents and caregivers to keep laundry packets and all household cleaning products up, away and out of the reach of children.”

With laundry packet use by consumers on the rise, ACI offers several common sense tips for parents and caregivers:

• Do not let children handle laundry packets• Always store the laundry packets out of reach and sight• Keep laundry packets in their original container/pouch

You can find more useful information about ACI’s Key Pledge laundry safety campaign at www.keypledge.com.

Survey Methodological NotesThe American Cleaning Institute survey was conducted by Directions Research (www.directionsresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative American adults, ages 18 and older who have at least one child under 4 years of age who currently use single-load liquid laundry packets, between Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 and Monday, May 20th, 2013, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older with at least one child under 4 years of age.

Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 9 in 10 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 2.6 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.


The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) 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 (www.cleaninginstitute.org) and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.


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