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Dryer Sheets

Low Risk

Also known as:

All® Dryer Sheets Bounce® Downy® fabric softener sheets Gain® Purex® Snuggle®

dryer sheets
Possible Symptoms
  • unpleasant taste
  • minor stomach upset
  • choking hazard
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Rinse any exposed skin with lukewarm water and soap.
  4. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.

Additional Information

Quick Facts about dryer sheets:

While some laundry products can be a hazard to young children, dryer sheets aren’t typically one of them. Dryer sheets are squares of wispy disposable fabric like polyester that contain fabric softeners and chemicals, which give them a pleasant fragrance, but the amount of these chemicals is low.

Dryer sheets can be a choking hazard if small children put them in their mouth. That’s why it’s important to store dryer sheets and all other laundry products out of children’s reach.

If you notice that your child has tasted or ingested part of a dryer sheet, it is important not to panic. Most children will react to the taste and may cough or gag on the dryer sheet. Take the product away from the child and remove any pieces of the dryer sheet from the mouth. Wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth and you may give them some water to drink to get the taste out of their mouth. Do not try to induce vomiting.

After you have removed your child from the situation, immediately call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. Treatment recommendations are often determined by the amount ingested. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions and our team of medical professionals will help to walk you through the next steps.

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