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Tide Pods Belong In The Washing Machine, Not In Kids Mouths

So what’s up with this crazy Tide Pod trend where kids all over America and the world are videotaping themselves eating plastic squares of laundry detergent?  It seems that this new social media trend gives a new, much different and deadly meaning to “washing your mouth out with soap.”

Parents are rushing their kids to the hospital for eating laundry detergent with a reported 86 cases so far this year, according to the AAPCC.

Tide Pods are well known among the adult community for doing what they are intended to do: to remove stains, keep the brights brighter and the whites whiter.  But America’s youth see the pods as an opportunity for the next big dare.

The viral “challenge” of eating a colorful-swirly Tide Pod recently littered the internet where hundreds of videos showed kids (plus a few birdbrained adults) gagging on, coughing, and spitting out mouthfuls of the soap, appearing on a variety social media feeds easily found by kids.

Tide Pods, made by Procter & Gamble, released a statement saying they have no intention of discontinuing the product anytime soon but are concerned with the dangerous trend.  Recently they paid high profile NFL star Rob Gronkowski to appear in a video, telling people the dangers of eating the Tide Pods, and well….just not to do it.

Tide Pods are made with powerful and potentially deadly chemicals and cleaning agents meant solely for washing laundry.  Officials warn eating a Tide Pod can lead to seizure, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, coma, and even death.  In 2015 Proctor & Gamble started adding an ingredient, denatonium benzoate, into their products so children or anyone for that matter, would not eat the detergent.  It’s supposed to be one of the bitterest tasting substances and is made to stop anyone from eating and swallowing the detergent.

Unfortunately, the nasty bitter agent hasn’t completely stopped kids from eating the pods, however many of them who’ve “accepted the challenge” are seen spitting out the detergent pretty quickly.

YouTube and Amazon have both taken steps to try and prevent the “challenge” from spreading, with the video platform committing to taking down any videos of people eating Tide Pods and Amazon removing reviews that recommend people do so.  In addition, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) was forced to release yet another alert warning consumers not to eat the pods on January 22, 2018, with steep warnings against eating Tide Pods.

Although it seems like a no-brainer to us as adults not to eat a Tide Pod, this social media trend warrants having an open conversation with your children about it, and to help them better understand the dangers of ingesting potentially deadly chemicals.

If you or a loved one misuses a laundry packet or has a question about the risk of exposure to one, immediately contact the national Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

About Katherine Rez

For many years Katherine spent her much of her time journaling for fun, reading books, and writing several short stories for adults, and children. She eventually found herself in a career writing high-level processes and procedures for corporate and startup businesses. Combined with her love of health, American values, and family, she now writes for a variety of websites from health and entertainment, to news and politically driven websites.


  1. Well… low and behold the Godless, Satan worshiping, power-mad, NWO-elitist ghouls have found another way of culling the dumb-(m)asses – you have to hand it to them – when will they run out of schemes; after all, there is abortion, euthanasia, chem-trails, legal drugs (pharmaceuticals and now marijuana)the LBGT movement that takes procreation out of the equation, food and water supplies and lest not we forget WARS and ISLAMIC TERRORISM! Wake the hell up SHEEPLE, your being played like a fiddle! R.I.P. USA! REVOLUTION will be the final SOLUTION – GUARANTEED!

  2. I admire your group and will be happy to chat free medical advice any time though being retired I am unlicensed. My background is to be a Lifetime Emergency Physician Teacher and thus part of FAAEM. I provided Emergency Medical Care to some 200,000 patients over 45 years treating my patients as my equal – full information and immediate copies of what I wrote.

    These pods – if tempting to kids – should be altered by the responsible company though often that come from pressure from consumers, e.g. Moms. And perhaps you would be joined by the 32,000 or so emergency physicians who like all products hurting children to be modified and quick.

    I help the newly forming Diamond Mothers of America fight back against Managed Care (e.g. Kaiser) for withholding care and then sedating to death young daughters – cases moving toward federal court (in our dreams). We are going to transform “Managed Care” back to having the patient be the North Star around which all else rotates and NOT STAKEHOLDERS.

    I am happy to have you post my name, title, and email. My nick name is Hospital Cop and/or Rural Doc. I will also restore all 750 rural hospitals closed by Clinton-Newt BBA 1996.

    • Thank you, Charles. Feel free to post your information because you never know how you can help others. We are all a big family, supportive of those who believe in American values and stand behind our great country.

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