“Warning! Don’t Eat The Poisonous Detergent Pods!” By Judy Molland
“Have you seen those new detergent pods?
They are small, brightly colored, and children have been eating them because of their bite-size shape, and candy-like colors. Yum!
As a result, childhood poisonings from these new detergent packets have soared in recent weeks, with the total climbing to more than 1,200 this week from about 200 in late May.
The detergent packets were introduced by various companies over the winter as a convenience that can be easily dropped into a washing machine. This is puzzling to me. Do you find it especially difficult to pour liquid in a cup, and then into your washing machine?
The New York Times reports that health authorities have been concerned since late March, when poison control centers around the country noted a small number of reports from parents whose children had opened and swallowed the brightly colored laundry detergent products.
Poison control centers first starting putting out alerts about two to three months ago, not long after the products were introduced in the United States. By late May, the number of reported cases had reached 200 to 250 nationwide, prompting widespread news media attention and an announcement from Tide, which makes one of the most popular forms of the products, that the company would change its packaging to make the packets more difficult for children to tamper with.
Still, poison control centers say they continue to see more and more cases. This week, the California Poison Control System announced that at least nine small children in that state were taken to emergency rooms between Saturday and Tuesday after exposure to the packets, bringing the state’s total number of cases to at least 91. Six of the latest cases in California involved Tide Pods. Two were linked to Purex Ultra Packs, and one involved All Mighty Paks.
So far this year, there have been at least 1,210 cases reported to poison control centers in the U.S. Thankfully, no child has died, but at least 11 children have been placed on ventilators, and 10 have been intubated.
And the solution?
Bruce Ruck, who is the assistant director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System, says the way to avoid kids getting poisoned is to hide the packets: “Put them up very high in a locked cabinet. You don’t want to store these on top of the washing machine or dryer, because kids will stand on chairs to get stuff.”
How about detergent companies just stop making these brightly-colored pods?
What do you think?”
Well, WE think it might be time to turn to laundry & cleaning products that aren’t poisonous at all!
Our family has been using non-toxic, plant-based, concentrated, & biodegradable cleaners for almost 50 years so we may be a little biased here indeed, but we’ve had more than 1 grandchild, and more than 1 pet, ingest a Shaklee cleaning product over the years. And you know what? We’ve never had to call 911 or worry at all. And our laundry is just as clean as can be too!
Our Shaklee journey started with 1 little Shaklee “Basic H” blue bottle, is it time for your story?