Teenagers' newest fad? Consuming laundry pods. The outcomes aren't clear - or protected

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

By 2015, jokes about wanting to consume the pods had become so rampant that even The Onion had to satirize the topic.

Ann Marie Buerkle, Chairperson of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, told Good Morning America: "Teens trying to be amusing are now putting themselves in danger by ingesting this poisonous substance". Soon enough, the ideas turned into reality, giving birth to one of the social media's deadliest trends in the recent times.

Dr. Alfred Aleguas Jr. of the Florida Poison Information Center, said any amount of detergent from the pods that is swallowed can lead to diarrhea and vomiting. "It's toxic soap chemicals that these teenage children are putting into their mouths". Tide has been proactive in keeping their products safe, childproof, and keeping the public informed.

Now, teens are posting videos of themselves biting into the detergent packets on social media.


At the same time, the absorbable portions of the laundry pod that have made their way into your stomach and GI tract can migrate into your bloodstream and vital organs, including your brain.

Back in March 2017, College Humor posted a of a college student ruminating whether he should eat a laundry pod while seeing a bowl of them while studying and alone.

The rising popularity of Tide pods brought more online stupidity, with the bursting texture of the pods an apparent focus of attention for daredevils.

Other makers of pod-style detergent packaging have followed similar routes to child-proof their containers.


Tide's parent company Procter and Gamble are so concerned by the craze that they've released their own statement.

Vlogger Drew Philips actually went shopping for pods and filmed himself actually cooking and making salad with them (it was a joke, but still).

You should not eat laundry detergent pods. Swallowing it often causes mild stomach upset, if there are any symptoms at all, but poison center experts say the new highly concentrated single-load liquid laundry detergent packets seem to be different.


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