Family Laundry Safety Tips

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My kids have always loved helping me with chores around the house. Even when my kids were toddlers who made MORE work for me when they “helped”, they would carry their little shirts and socks to the laundry hamper, they’d help toss them into the washer, and they’d help “fold” their clothing, which mostly just looked like wadding it into balls, but how can you resist, right? 🙂

My kids have been helping me since they were both quite young, which means that safety around cleaning products has always been a part of the conversation. They are old enough to know better nowadays, but when they were small we’d have talks about how they aren’t to help with laundry supplies, especially detergent, and that they should never, ever put things in their mouth.

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Over the last little while, we’ve switched to use more and more laundry pacs, like Tide PODS, in our daily laundry routine because they are so simple, cost-effective, and great for our HE washer. However, if you’re using laundry pacs and you have small children at home, you definitely need to be aware of the safety precautions that need to be taken. Kids under three, who touch and taste everything they get their hands on,  are especially at risk if pacs are left out or not properly stored.

Right now, P&G, along with, have teamed up to share the “Up, Up and Away” program, promoting the idea that we should seal pacs up, store pacs up, and keep pacs away from our kids.


We often think about how we can childproof rooms likes the bathroom and kitchen, but many of us overlook the fact that there are dangers in the laundry room as well. We started using laundry pacs because of how convenient they are and I love how efficiently they clean our clothing, but they absolutely must be stored out of the reach of our children. Tide and Gain containers  have secure closures – and are also designed so that the pacs are not visible to children through the packaging. They are even adding a bitter taste to the outer layer of the Tide, Gain, and Ariel laundry pacs so that if children access them, the bitter taste might compel them to spit it out.

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Those most at risk of harm from ingesting the pacs are children between the ages of one and three. Be sure to always follow directions on the label, and if your child ever does get the contents of the pac in their mouth, eye or on their skin, please contact Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.

Even though my children are older now, we still keep our Tide PODS up in a cupboard and out of sight. If you ever look after younger children or have relatives with children, it’s a good idea to keep your laundry pacs safely stored at all times.

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For additional information on laundry safety, please visit the AAP’s or