Household Items

Household products in your home, garage, or shed can be a potential poisoning case waiting to happen. While these products are not harmful if used properly, they can be dangerous if used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount. Think about the products you may currently have in your home:
  • toilet bowl cleaner
  • oven cleaner
  • automatic dishwasher detergent
  • gasoline
  • antifreeze
  • air fresheners
  • mouthwash
Young children are often attracted to household products because they are colorful and resemble products they like to eat or drink. Keep household products out of reach of children—store them up and away or locked if possible. Children also like to mimic adults’ behavior. Talk to your children about not touching, tasting, or smelling anything unless a trusted adult says it’s ok. If you or someone you know comes in contact with one of these products or another chemical, cleaner, or household product, call NC Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. In many cases, our nurses and pharmacists can give you treatment recommendations to keep you at home.
Little kid removing container from cabinet in kitchen at home