Household Cleaners

A study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy examined pediatric household cleaning product-related injuries. According to the study, an estimated 267,269 children 5 years old or younger were treated in US emergency departments for household cleaning product-related injuries from 1990 to 2006. Most of the injuries were poisonings, with the majority occurring among very young children; children one to three years of age accounted for 72 percent of cases. The product most-commonly associated with injury was bleach (37 percent,) and the most common source or container was spray-bottles (40 percent). The primary mechanism of injury was ingestion (63 percent).

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Additional Household Cleaners Resources 

  • Household cleaning product-related injuries treated in US emergency departments in 1990-2006