Laundry detergent packets such as Tide Pods are poisonous and extremely dangerous to eat. They are concentrated and come in a variety of different chemicals. Potential effects of eating detergent include seizures, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, coma, and death.
- American Association of Poison Control Centers http://www.aapcc.org/press/83/
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission https://cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/390%20Laundry%20Packets.pdf
This excellent YouTube video below explains in full detail exactly what can happen to people who bite into laundry detergent packets and precisely what happens to the human body once detergent is ingested:
Why are kids eating tide pods?
Just like the Cinnamon Challenge or any other Internet fad, the “Tide Pod Challenge” became a thing in late 2017. People chew up a laundry packet and spew soap from their mouths in an effort to impress friends on social media.
Tide released a PSA addressing the dangers of the challenge:
I am not the expert here, but I do know one thing: I once wrote an article about getting more views on Snapchat. Keep in mind, nobody can see your snapchat score – it’s only on your own phone. But people like to see that score go up. I didn’t expect anyone to read the article. I was wrong. That article has been read hundreds of thousands of times. People are reading it right now as I type. The bottom line is a lot of people out there want attention online – that includes kids, teens, and even the Kardashians.
But for what?