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Liquitab detergents

Early Years professionals should be aware of the importance of storing chemical items, such as laundry detergents, in a lockable cupboard, out of the reach of children, both within their establishment and to raise awareness with parents.

Liquitabs are a laundry detergent. They are an alternative to traditional powder, liquid or tablet style detergents used in washing machines and dishwashers. They are placed in the drum area of washing machines and in the "tablet" slot in dishwashers.

Over recent years there have been cases involving young children who have been injured after biting into or placing colourful liquitab detergents in their mouths, after mistaking them for sweets. In addition to children swallowing detergent, doctors have also previously raised awareness of the risk of injury to young children who get liquid detergent in their eyes.If children are affected by chemical products then medical treatment should be immediately sought.

If used correctly, these products are completely safe and very effective. However, as an Early Years professional you can ensure detergents are locked away, out of reach and sight of children within your care. You can also ensure this message is passed on to parents and carers.

For more information, visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents information on Liquitabs.