Dishwasher and Laundry Detergent Alert
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We've had several blogs over the last four years on the merits of using detergent pods for laundry or dishwasher loads. There are reasons for choosing the pods, and we've argued both against the detergent pods and in favor of them.
We've also consistently complained that the companies selling detergent pods shouldn't make them in bright colors that might easily be confused with candy by children.
Now, it appears that this issue is continuing to evolve. In fact, Consumer Reports has withdrawn their support for detergent pods because of the danger to children.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, just in the first 4 months of 2016, nearly four thousand kids five and under have been victimized by exposure to detergent pods.
“Some children who have gotten the product in their mouths have had excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping. Some get very sleepy. Some have had breathing problems serious enough to need a ventilator to help them breathe. There have also been reports of corneal abrasions (scratches to the eyes) when the detergent gets into a child’s eyes.” – AAPCC
In addition, the National Capital Poison Center has stated, “Biting into laundry detergent pods can cause serious injury or even death.”
Unfortunately, the detergent manufacturers have not addressed the pods candy-like appearance, and have instead decided to make the detergent containers more difficult to open.
So, use your discretion, but CR and others are now recommending against the detergent pods, at least in any households with children.
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