Look-Alike Products

Look-alike products

"Good products" can become"bad products" when you don't follow label directions and instructions.

  • Sparkling Laxative & Ginger Ale (bottle) Sparkling Laxative (cherry flavor) & Red Soda Pop—These laxatives look and smell very much like soda to a young child. They can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances if ingested in large amounts.
  • Cleanser & Grated Cheese—These products and their containers are both very easy to confuse. You can prevent this confusion by never storing food products and cleaning products in the same cupboard.
  • Mouse bait pellets in a box and Candy in the same type of box—These products are not so much look-alikes as sound-alikes. To a young child the brightly colored boxes are both attractive and when shaken they sound identical.
  • Chocolate Laxative & Chocolate Candy—Many medicines look and taste like candy, but they are not candy. Never call medicine candy to encourage a child to take it. All medicines (and vitamins) should be stored out of reach of children.
  • Beer & Soda Pop—There are many beers and alcoholic beverages on the market that resemble sodas and fruit juices. Be aware of these similarities so that you don&'t store look-alike beer and soda side by side in the refrigerator. Even small amounts of alcohol can cause problems in small children.
  • Lamp Oil & Cranberry Juice—This is a good example of two liquids that are almost identical in color and consistency. Lamp oil contains a petroleum distillate which can cause severe respiratory distress when ingested.
  • Mothballs & MiniƱMarshmallows—Placing a few mothballs on a table next to a few mini marshmallows, you will see how similar they look. Once again, you cannot rely on the strong scent of the mothballs to be a deterrent.
  • Look-alike Products
    Pine cleaner & Apple Juice—If you hold these two containers side by side you&'ll see that the liquids are almost identical in color and consistency. Drinking a pine cleaner could be deadly.
  • Red decongestant or cold preparation & Red Hot Cake Decorations—If you place a few of each in a sandwich bag and ask a child if it&'s candy, they will most likely say "yes". These two products are very similar. Many adults cannot tell the difference. It&'s important to store products in their original containers. Don&'t carry medicine in your purse or pocket in a plastic bag.
  • Dishwashing Liquid & Lemon Juice (both with lemons on the label)—Many adults, as well as children cannot read. They use pictures as a guide to what is in a container. Be aware of products like these.
  • Windshield Washer Fluid & Blue Punch/Kool Aid—These two products are not only similar in color but are also both sweet tasting. Windshield Washer Fluid is one of the most toxic substances to ingest. As a safeguard, all garage items should be stored on a high shelf (about 4-1/2 - 5 feet off the ground) and never in old food containers.