We’re all familiar with the joyful smiles that amazing-smelling laundry can bring to our family, but the same laundry detergent that gives you clean clothes can also turn that smile upside down if you’re not taking proper care. Follow our laundry safety tips to ensure you have a childproof home, so the only thing you’ve got to worry about is to never run out of Gain!
Doing Laundry the Safe Way
Follow the instructions: The number one thing you should keep in mind when it comes to doing laundry is to always follow the recommended product instructions, particularly the statements under the ‘Caution’, ‘Warning’, ‘Danger’, ‘Poison’, and ‘Keep out of reach of children’ labels.
Handle with care: Always close the package after use, and handle laundry pacs with dry hands. This way, you can prevent the pacs from dissolving before they’d get into your wash. If any spills occur, immediately clean them up. Be sure to wash your hands after doing laundry, as well as any utensils you’ve used during the laundry process.
Don’t mix different chemicals: Lastly, never mix Gain’s liquid and powder detergents with any other substance as this could cause unexpected reactions or dangerous fumes.
How to Store Laundry Detergent Products
Safety starts with storing. Here are three easy-to-remember tips to help you prevent accidents in the laundry room.
Store safely: Besides keeping products out of reach of children to ensure the safety of your children, keep products in their original containers with the labels intact. Never use empty detergent containers for storing other stuff, especially materials intended for human consumption.
Close pack when you’re finished: After each use, completely close the container, and immediately store the container in an appropriate location, which is out of reach of children.
Keep detergents locked away: Use childproof cabinets and drawers when it comes to detergent storage.
Disposal of Detergent Products
Follow the recommended detergent disposal information that is indicated on the package label. Never use empty detergent containers for storage of any other materials, especially for anything intended for human consumption.
In Case of an Accident
The chemicals present in laundry detergent products may be harmful if swallowed and can cause serious eye irritation. If an unwanted incident does happen in your home, there’s a number of things you can do:
Ask for assistance: Call Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222 or Emergency 911) or seek medical attention.
Cleanse with water: If it got into you or your child’s eyes, rinse with water immediately for 15 minutes, and ask for medical advice as needed.
In case of bodily contact: If you got laundry detergent on your skin or clothes, remove contaminated clothing, and rinse skin well with water. If you have laundry detergent allergy, your skin might get itchy, red, and break out in rashes. The solution is to replace your old cleaner with a hypoallergenic laundry detergent.
In case of ingestion: If swallowed, drink a glass of water or milk, and contact your local poison center or doctor immediately. In all cases, please read the warnings and follow the instructions on the packaging.
Once again, always read the warnings and follow the user instructions on the product packaging, so you know what to do before unintended exposure happens.
Now that you’re all trained up on laundry safety, you can rest easy knowing that while you’re creating fragrant and fresh laundry, you and your family are safe too!