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February 26, 2015 02:08 PM

Contact: Brian Sansoni, American Cleaning Institute, 202.662.2517 or

American Cleaning Institute Response to Detergent Packets Safety Legislation

  • Bill Unnecessary; Companies Have Made Changes to Packaging to Impede Child Access
  • Detergent Manufacturers Are Fully Committed to Reducing Children’s Accidents
  • ACI’s Consumer Awareness Outreach is Educating Parents and Caregivers about Safe Use and Storage of Laundry Packets
  • As With Any Household Product, Parents and Caregivers Are Key to Safe Use and Storage of Laundry Packets

Washington, DC, February 26, 2015 – The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) issued the following statement in response to the introduction of congressional legislation addressing the safety of detergent packets:

"The American Cleaning Institute is aware of new legislative proposals addressing liquid detergent packets. The fact is, legislation is unnecessary because there are already comprehensive activities taking place addressing the safety of detergent packets.

"Manufacturers of liquid laundry detergent packets are very committed to reducing the number of accidents with these products involving children, which are used safely by millions of consumers. These pre-measured products provide a convenient way for consumers to do laundry.

"Manufacturers have already made major changes to their packaging including the addition of easy-to-understand safety icons, improving warning labels to advise proper use and storage instructions, and changing to opaque packaging so the laundry packets are not visible from the outside.

"In addition, ACI and its detergent manufacturer members are actively engaged in a process –administered by the standard-setting group ASTM International – to enhance and standardize laundry packet labeling and packaging.

"ACI also released a voluntary guidance document for liquid laundry detergent packet manufacturers which advises on ways to label and design packages to help reduce the likelihood of child exposure to these products. This guidance encourages that safe handling and usage information is clear and prominently placed on the label.

"ACI and its member companies have directly engaged parents and caregivers, as well as stakeholders, government agencies, poison control centers, pediatricians and other medical professionals, alerting them to the potential for childhood accidents if these products are not properly stored.

"Manufacturers of these products are also actively engaged with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to coordinate actions to reduce accidents.

"In 2013, ACI and a group of liquid laundry detergent packet manufacturers launched a multi-year consumer laundry safety program – known as the KEY Pledge – to prevent accidents by educating parents and caregivers about the safe handling of liquid laundry packets. These laundry safety messages have reached millions of consumers with safety videos, partner engagement, information tools, and an on-line pledge process that has generated a groundswell of support for sharing prevention messages through the news media and outreach via social media and mommy bloggers.

"ACI will continue working to reach as many parents and caregivers as possible, reminding them of the importance to keep laundry packets away from children, which is true of other household cleaners as well. No matter what type of detergent a parent or caregiver uses, it should be stored out of reach and out of sight of children."

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 ( and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.