Laundry Pod Challenge Among Teens Alarms Parents, Health Experts

Dangerous challenge on social media focusing on laundry pods

Dangerous challenge on social media focusing on laundry pods

Even if they feel that their child would never participate in such a "challenge", parents of tweens and teens should sit their kids down to explain that the risks involved with participating in the Tide Pod Challenge can be risky, even deadly. For example, one recipe includes mixing the Tide pods with gelatin and leaving the mixture in a cooking pan overnight to harden.

What did it meme for you?

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the people who use our products", P&G, the makers of Tide, said in a statement. " wrote Lawrence Police Department on Twitter, while alluding to the trend".

The pods are bright and colorful, and to children they can look like candy.

Needless to say, ingesting chemicals meant for cleaning is generally not advised.

According to doctors consuming the pods could even be lethal. Two years ago, Consumer Reports stopped recommending the convenience laundry pods due to the danger of poisoning.

Teens putting detergent pods in their mouths in new online video craze.

P&G replaced the original clear packaging with more opaque and harder-to open child-proof packages. CBS News sites ingredients in the pods are ethanol, hydrogen peroxide and polymers, helpful for erasing dirt, but fatal if ingested.

A number of videos of the challenge have been uploaded to YouTube, while memes of the challenge have exploded across multiple social media platforms.

Even with the changes, laundry pods should be kept away from children.

A spokesperson for the American Association of Poison Control Centers told us that in the first 11 days of 2018, there had been 40 reported exposures to liquid laundry detergent pods by 13- to 19-year-olds.

Now parents have to keep an eye out for not only their little ones, but their teens as well.

Tide Pods are meant to be used for laundry as an alternative to powder or liquid detergent. Videos appear to show people biting into the detergent pacs and spitting them out. "Our focus is simply on providing the facts".

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