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Tips from Child Safety Expert, Kimberlee Mitchell

How to properly use, store and handle single-load liquid laundry packets before, during and after you do your laundry

Recently, you may have seen the new single-load liquid laundry packets, a new product form that allows you to get your laundry done more efficiently and effectively. However, it’s important to remember these laundry packets contain highly concentrated detergent and need to be treated just like any other common household cleaner when it comes to safe usage and storage.

There are small things you can do before, during and after your laundry routine. Check out my safety tips below to ensure you and your family remain clean and safe!

Before you start your laundry:

  • Out of Reach and Out of Sight: Eliminate the opportunity for curious children who are exploring the house to get into single-load liquid laundry packets.
    • As soon as you bring this product into your home, immediately store them safely away from children, either out of their reach or within locked cabinets or drawers.
  • Label Lessons: Keep single-load liquid laundry packets in their original containers with the labels intact to prevent misuse.
    • Familiarize yourself with laundry product labels and know where the safety information is located on the label.
    • In the event of an emergency, also keep the Poison Control Center phone number (1-800-222-1222) available at all times.
    • Teach young children that laundry products and their containers are not toys.

While Doing Laundry:

  • Eye on the Prize: Focus on your laundry routine and reduce distractions by doing this task in the absence of young children.
  • Safe Handling is Key: Know exactly how to handle single-load laundry packets:
    • Do not let children handle laundry packets
    • Do not puncture or pull packets apart
    • Packets quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands, or saliva so it is necessary to keep them dry

After You Finish Up:

  • Don’t wait, pack it up! Always close the single-load liquid laundry packet container or pouch and make it a habit to put them away immediately after use.
  • Reuse = Misuse: Never reuse empty single-load liquid laundry packet containers for storage of any other materials, especially for anything intended for human or pet consumption.

About Kimberlee Mitchell:

Kimberlee Mitchell is a national child safety expert and owner of a professional babyproofing service called Boo Boo Busters®. Kimberlee founded Boo Boo Busters® after the birth of her first child in 2001. The company serves both Los Angeles and Orange counties and has childproofed more than 5,000 homes since 2002.

Kimberlee has a passion for lowering the injury statistics for young children across the country. The combination of motherhood, her TV news background and her distinctive child safety knowledge, has afforded her a uniquely powerful voice as a spokesperson for child safety-related issues on both a national and local level. Kimberlee is now the media "go to" for both hard news and entertainment related stories that involve baby/child safety and offers a solution-oriented educational perspective to child injury.

Kimberlee has served as a child safety media expert for ABC, Fox, NBC and CBS news organizations along with Style Network’s "Dress My Nest" starring Tom Filicia and "Guiliana & Bill" starring Bill and Guiliana Rancic, PBS’s Peabody award-winning "A Place of Our Own" and Bravo’s "Bethenny" starring Bethenny Frankel.

Mitchell currently lives in her native Southern California with her husband of 16 years, her daughter, 11, and son, 9.