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Beware of Social Media Suggestions for Storing Cleaning Supplies

New campaign encourages people to keep cleaning products in original packaging

May 5, 2022

Social media platforms such as Pinterest and TikTok have become popular sources of information for people looking for ideas to clean and decorate homes and facilities. But sometimes these suggestions can be hazardous, such as when they offer unprofessional advice on cleaning product storage.

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is calling for social media platforms to stop the spread of unsafe cleaning product storage trends. One such trend shows storing liquid laundry packets and other cleaning products in unmarked, glass or clear plastic containers, instead of their original packaging. This trend is supposed to make a product storage area aesthetically pleasing. Instead, the trend creates a serious safety hazard for young children or adults with cognitive disorders who may be tempted to consume the unlabeled cleaning products.

A recent ACI survey found 30% of Americans reported seeing social media posts where cleaning products or liquid laundry packets were removed from their original packaging and stored in clear or glass jars for decoration. Of those who have seen these types of posts on social media, 68% said they have tried or considered trying a new storage idea for cleaning products that they saw online.

ACI has launched a series of Pinterest ads calling out the dangers of this trend and educating social media users on safe product storage tips. In addition, ACI sent a letter to the Pinterest executive committee alerting them to the trend and reminding them of their responsibility in curbing the spread of dangerous practices.

“Laundry detergent packets and all cleaning products should always be kept in their original containers and stored out of sight and reach of children,” said Brian Sansoni, ACI senior vice president of communications and outreach.

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