ACI has been conducting surveys on cleaning habits for decades.
ACI conducted a national survey in 2017 among 1,000 parents and caregivers, half with children under the age of 4, which gathered insights about current laundry safety habits among parents with young children. While highlighting positive behaviors to prevent accidental exposures, the findings also point to a need for further education.
Below are the results from the survey:
- 43% of families with children under the age of four reported that their children can see liquid laundry packets when not in use.
- 19% of families with children under the age of four reported storing liquid laundry packets on an open shelf.
- 15% of families with children under the age of four allow their children to take part in loading liquid laundry packets into the washing machine drum.
In 2015, ACI conducted a national survey among 1,000 parents and caregivers and below are results:
- Sixty-one% of parents are storing laundry packets in-sight or in-reach of children
- 81% of them mistakenly think their children cannot reach the packets
- 1 in 4 parents place detergent packets on the washer or dryer while doing laundry, making them easily accessible to young children
- One third of parents who bring their children with them into the laundry room admit they can reach the laundry detergent
- Roughly 3 million American households with children under the age of 4 years of age are storing liquid laundry packets on the washing machine, an area that could easily be reached by children
- 69% of parents do not store laundry packets in a locked cabinet or closet