The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Special Needs Adults and Cleaning

Are you a caregiver for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia?

Caregiver 2If you are caring for an individual who is diagnosed with or showing signs or symptoms of dementia, all cleaning products, including laundry packets, should be stored in a locked cabinet or a closet when not in use.

Liquid laundry packets contain highly concentrated detergent. If not safely stored or handled properly, laundry packets can lead to injury from ingestion and/or exposure to the eyes.

Safety Tips for Caregivers

Store laundry products safely.

  • All cleaning products, including laundry packets that come into the home, should be stored and locked away in a cabinet immediately.
  • All cleaning products should be stored up and out of reach in a locked closet or cabinet when not in use .
  • Always keep cleaning products in their original container with labels intact.

Pay attention during use.

  • Remember: when doing laundry, don’t leave the product out where it can be accessed.
  • After removing the desired number of laundry packets, immediately re-close the bag or container and store it up and out of reach in a locked cabinet or closet.

Know what to do.

  • Laundry product labels contain first aid information and are a valuable resource.
  • Familiarize yourself with product labels and know where the safety information is located on the label. Know what to do before unintended exposure happens.
  • If you think someone has been exposed to a laundry packet, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 and immediately seek medical attention.


Caregiver Action Network

National Institute on Aging: Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral

Alzheimer's Association Home Safety Information