Household Products

Household Products

Some of the most common household and personal care products can be very hazardous.  These include: cleaning substances, laundry products, cosmetics, garden supplies, automotive products, pesticides, toys, fuels, paints and pool products. These products come in many shapes, sizes and colors.  Liquids, powders, granules, sprays and aerosols can easily enter the body through the mouth, eyes, nose and skin.

Children are often attracted to the bright colors, interesting containers and sweet smell of household products.  Often household products are mistaken by children for something that is good for them to eat or drink.  For example, a liquid cleaner may be mistaken for a juice.  Do not rely on the smell or taste of a household product to deter children.

Tips to Prevent Household Product Poisoning:

  • Lock up household cleaners, pesticides, auto products, garage products, and cosmetics where children cannot see or reach them.
  • Store chemicals and household products in their original containers.
  • Do not reuse empty household containers.
  • Post the number to the Georgia Poison Center on all phones.
  • Make sure all family members and baby sitters know the number of the Georgia Poison Center 1-800-222-1222 or 404-616-9000.

Be aware of the following products found in and around the home. Make sure they are stored in locked cabinets out of the reach of children and pets.

The poisons marked with an asterisk (*) can be very dangerous. Be very careful when using and storing these poisons

Kitchen/Laundry Area



  • air fresheners
  • ammonia
  • bleach
  • bug killers
  • carpet/upholstery cleaners
  • cigarettes/chewing tobacco
  • dishwasher detergents
  • disinfectants
  • drain cleaners
  • furniture polishes
  • laundry detergents
  • fabric softeners
  • floor cleaners
  • liquor
  • metal cleaners
  • oven cleaners
  • medicines
  • plants
  • rust removers
  • scouring powders
  • spot removers
  • spray starches
  • vitamins


  • cigarettes/chewing tobacco
  • cologne/perfumes
  • make-up
  • medicines
  • plants
  • mothballs


  • air fresheners
  • after-shave lotions
  • cleaners*
  • colognes/perfumes
  • false fingernail
  • removers*
  • hair remover
  • hair styling products
  • lotions/creams/oils
  • make-up
  • medicines*
  • mouthwash*
  • nail-polish removers
  • rubbing alcohol*
  • shampoos
  • shaving creams
  • soaps
  • toilet bowl cleaners*
  • vitamins


  • berries
  • bug killers
  • fertilizers
  • flowers
  • flower bulbs
  • mushrooms
  • shrubs and trees
  • weed killers
  • antifreeze*
  • bug killers*
  • fertilizers
  • gasoline
  • glues
  • kerosene
  • lighter fluids
  • lime*
  • lye*
  • mothballs
  • paints
  • paint thinners
  • pool supplies
  • rodent killers
  • turpentine
  • weed killers*
  • windshield wiper fluids*

Living Room

  • cigarettes/chewing
  • tobacco
  • liquor
  • plants
  • tape or stereo cleaners
  • VCR cleaners