Staying in safe mode when you’re a mom can mean many things. It will probably mean waking up early and staying up late and lots of worrying about if you’re doing this mom thing right. Staying in safe mode means be vigilant, observant, and cautious.
When you have big kids tearing through the house, it can mean breaking up fights, making sure curfew is met and striving to stay on top of all the new technology. However, when you have little ones crawling or toddling around, being in safe mode means keeping things out of their mouths, stopping their kamikaze-like falls off high places, and generally keeping them alive and in one piece. Not always an easy task. With big kids or little ones, safe mode means staying on step ahead of your kids. Always.
One of the ways moms of little kids need to stay in safe mode is to keep products that could be harmful if swallowed away from curious fingers (and mouths). Liquid laundry packets are one of those things that need to be kept away. However, many parents just aren’t doing that.
Recently the American Cleaning Institute and KRC Research conducted a survey of 1,000 parents with children under the age of 4 in the home and the results were alarming. 81% of parents mistakenly think their children can’t reach their laundry packets, when in reality they can. Where do most parents store their laundry packets? About 3 million American households with children under 4 years of age are storing laundry packets in one of the worst places: on top of the washing machine. Sure it’s convenient for the parents, but that also makes it convenient for little ones to reach them too.
Did you know most parents do NOT keep laundry packets in a locked cabinet?
And most parents also do NOT keep laundry packets on a high shelf out of the reach of little ones?
Make sure you’re in safe mode with your laundry items!
Step 1. Keep liquid laundry packets stored in their original packaging.
Step 2. Make sure laundry packets are kept high up and out of reach of young children, especially those under 4.
Step 3. When not in use, always store laundry packets out of sight, preferably in a locked closet or cabinet.
Check out the video from American Cleaning Institute reminding parents to be vigilant about laundry room safety:
Staying in safe mode when you’re a mom might mean all the difference. Being safe rather than sorry is a saying for a reason!
Now go lock up your laundry packets!