7 laundry safety tips for parents

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Got a houseful of pint-sized button pushers? Or a small child gifted at getting into the smallest of spaces? Whether you have a separate laundry room (lucky you!) or a washing machine in full view, there are a number of simple steps to take to keep children safe when it comes to laundry

1. Behind closed doors

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If you do have a laundry cupboard or room, make sure you keep the doors to it closed or secure so young children can't get into it.

2. Put everything on lockdown

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Use child safety settings and locks on your machine if you have them. These can prevent children both from tampering with the controls and also stop them from closing the door of the machine. The latter is particularly important on front-loading washers and dryers to keep children from ever crawling inside.

3. Out of sight, out of mind

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Keep laundry products out of sight and out of reach of children, ideally in a locked cupboard that's high up off the ground.

4. Stick with the original

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Always keep laundry products in their original containers with the original label on them, so they can't be mistaken for anything else. Close them tightly when not in use.

5. Tools not toys

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Never let your children handle or play with laundry products. This is one job you don't want their help with.

6. Dry subject

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Only handle laundry products with dry hands – laundry tabs and packets dissolve quickly when in contact with water, wet hands, or saliva.

7. Mop up any mess

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Clean up any spills immediately. And always wash your hands after handling laundry products.