The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Laundry Safety Tips

Mother and daughter doing laundry

Keep kids safe by storing laundry products carefully, paying attention during use and disposing of products properly. For a healthy and safe laundry routine, follow these guidelines each and every day.

Store laundry products carefully for safety.

  • Keep laundry products out of the reach of children and pets, especially liquid laundry packets.
  • Remember to keep products in their original container with the original label intact and immediately put them away in a secure location after use. 
  • Children are usually curious and explore all the new things they find around a household. Take care to keep laundry products out of reach of young children.

Pay attention during use.

  • Read and follow all recommended instructions on the laundry product label prior to use. Be sure to pay particularly close attention to all ‘Caution’, ‘Danger’ or similar statements. 
  • Never combine laundry detergents with ammonia or other household cleaning agents because some chemical mixtures may release irritating gases. 
  • Remember to clean up any spills, and immediately wash your hands and any items used to dispense or measure products. 
  • Choose to do laundry in the absence of young children so that you can give it your full attention without distractions.
  • Always close the laundry detergent container, box, bottle or pouch immediately after each use. Make it a habit to put laundry products away when you have finished using them.

Dispose of products properly.

  • To protect children, pets and garbage handlers, remember to rinse and re-cap the bottle before throwing away or recycling.
  • Never use empty detergent containers for storage of any other materials, especially for anything intended for human consumption.
  • Teach young children that laundry products and their containers are not toys.

Know what to do.

  • Laundry product labels contain first aid information and are a valuable resource for consumers. 
  • Familiarize yourself with product labels and know where the safety information is located on the label. Know what to do before unintended exposure happens. 
  • Keep the Poison Control Center phone number (1-800-222-1222) available at all times.
  • To ensure the safety of you and your family, cleaning product manufacturers work in close partnership with the Poison Control Centers to share information about products on a routine basis.

The American Cleaning Institute® is dedicated to creating better living through the safe and effective use of cleaning products.