How to Clean Up Spilled Laundry Detergent

Ironically, cleaning items can cause messes of their own. If you've accidentally spilled the laundry detergent, here is what to do; just don't leave it!

Steps

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    Vacuum up powdered laundry detergent. This is an effective and fast way to catch most of it. If needed, you might have to move the washing machine or use a narrow nozzle to reach under it.
    • Do not vacuum up spilled liquid laundry liquid unless you have a vacuum cleaner suited to wet cleaning.
    • Don't leave the detergent on the floor. It can make the floor slippery, and infants and pets might be tempted to eat it.
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    Wipe up liquid laundry detergent. It is very sticky and will leave a slippery and sticky residue on the floor if not wiped up. This residue will also act as a dust and fluff magnet, so remove it as quickly as possible by using kitchen paper towels or rags.
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    Run a mop over the floor if the space still feels sticky or dirty. This can also remove any mess made during the clean up.
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    Check any other areas that the detergent may have fallen into or onto, such as a bench, inside machines, on other cleaning equipment, etc., and wipe off and sweep up.
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    Consider storing the laundry detergent in a place where it will be less likely to spill. There is a range of suitable laundry detergent containers on the market that can hide the less pretty boxes and make your laundry neater and safer.
    • Beware leaving it on top of a front loader or dryer. The machine's movements can cause the detergent to "jump" and fall.

Warnings

  • Always store detergents out of the reach of children and pets.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen paper towels or rags or a sponge
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop and bucket
  • Safe storage containers and area

Article Info

Categories: Laundry