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Consumer Reports: Laundry Detergent Poisonings

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Laundry detergent pods are a convenient way to do your laundry. There is no 
guesswork or measuring! But as Consumer Reports has been reporting, these colorful 
pods can pose a danger to young children. 

Poison control centers have received more than 9,500 reports of children 5 and under 
coming in contact with or ingesting pods since early 2012. Kids are naturally drawn to 
them. And they're water-soluble, so as soon as they go into the mouth, they start to 

Though pods from Tide and Costco's Kirkland Signature are top performers in 
Consumer Reports' cleaning tests, their candy-like packaging and easy access are a 
real concern. Procter and Gamble, maker of Tide Pods, told Consumer Reports that it 
would help address the problem by phasing out its clear plastic containers, hopefully 
by the end of year. But the company says it has no plans to phase out Tide's easy open pouch you can see into, which it says some consumers prefer. Consumer Reports
is concerned that these appealing pods may still find their way into young children's 

Then there's Costco's Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Pacs that come in clear 
containers. They look a lot like those used for snack food, and they're easy to open, too. 
Costco also told Consumer Reports that it will be introducing an opaque container in 
August, followed by a child-deterrent lid by early next year. 

The bottom line here is it's really important to keep all detergent out of the reach of 
curious children.

If a small child ingests one of these pods, it can lead to excessive vomiting and has 
caused some victims to stop breathing. The pods can also cause serious eye injuries. 

If you suspect your child has come into contact with a detergent pod, call the poison 
control hotline immediately, at 800-222-1222.


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