Liquid Laundry Pods: a Rising Household Danger

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Jun 2015
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Thirty kids per day. That’s the rate of kids requiring medical attention because of a surprising household danger — liquid laundry detergent pods.

Sure, those little pods make the laundry process just a little bit more efficient (or if you’re trekking to a laundromat, your load a little lighter). But if you have kids under 5 years old, you might want to stick to standard liquid detergent.

A new report from  Safe Kids Worldwide says the ease of access to liquid laundry pods has resulted in 32,000 reported incidents in kids under age 5 since 2012.

“Young children are explorers and they like to put everything in their mouths and so liquid laundry packets which dissolve in water can either dissolve on wet fingers or dissolve when they are put into the mouth,” Kate Carr, the President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, tells  TODAY. “When that happens, there can be some serious consequences for young children.”

So Safe Kids Worldwide teamed up with Tide manufacturer P&G and American Cleaning Institute  (ACI) to spread awareness about the usage and storage of products like detergent pods. One example of their efforts? ACI’s KEY Pledge, which uses materials like posters, infographics and videos regarding the use of pods.

Here are some takeaways for your family:

  • Like any other household cleaning product, keep pods out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Keep the pods sealed in their original container, labels intact.
  • Don’t let children handle the pods.
  • If you think a child has consumed some or all of a pod, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately. Wash the child’s face, hands and mouth.

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