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