You may have heard the recent holiday advertising/PR campaign from Tide, warning parents to keep their children safely away from Tide Pods laundry detergent due to potential choking and poison hazards. Tide, obviously acknowledging the dangers to children, recently designed a new safety feature in the packaging called the Child Guard Zipper. But, unfortunately, two deaths have been tied to the product and Consumer Reports strongly urges households with children not to use them at all.
If it’s not good for kids, why on earth would you even consider using them in your home? Even if you don’t have kids, you’ve likely had a child visitor in your home in the past few months – maybe a niece or neighborhood friend – that could be in danger. And it’s highly likely you don’t keep your detergent locked up in an out-of-reach cabinet. These small little pockets of poison can easily get loose and fall off a washer or shelf onto the floor. Aside from the danger to kids, there are plenty of other reasons not to use Tide Pods and other ‘laundry bombs.’
They’re Bad For Your Washer (and Dryer!)
The pod detergents don’t dissolve well, even when washed in hot water. There are endless online complaints about this issue, many citing how the remains get caught in the bottom of the machine, and can stick to side of the dryer leaving “melted globs of glue” on the drum.
They’re Bad For Your Clothing
Because they don’t dissolve well, Tide Pods often stick to clothing as well. One online customer complained “If you try to pull it off it will tear the garment!” Another talked about the terrible smell on they leave, “The worst part is that after only being in the closet for a couple of days the clothes have that weird musty smell to them and I know that I did not hang them up wet.” And another stated “If I wear a shirt washed with these, I smell like I was mugged by an Avon lady.” There are many other documented experiences of streaks and spotting from not dissolving properly.
They’re Bad For Your Pets
The pods pose the same risk to pets as they do to kids. The pods can look like toys or treats to your Bella, but they are extremely poisonous and potentially deadly. Your little fur-ball can more easily puncture the pods with their teeth, which may be as dangerous to your pet as swallowing them whole. That’s because they’ve got a much higher concentration of detergent, which means a higher concentration of toxins.
They’re Bad For People
As mentioned already, the danger to kids is pretty clear. The pods are problematic to adults too. They can squirt into the mouth or eyes if punctured. And because of the high detergent concentration with low dissolving results, they’re leaving more residue on your clothing, towels, and bedding – causing rashes and other skin reactions. One woman commonly reported “My husband’s face broke out this week in some kind of rash right after I washed the sheets.”
They’re Bad For Your Wallet
Yes they’re pre-packed and super easy to use, but the pod convenience is costing you money. The little bombs are many more pennies per load of laundry. This is in addition to the cost of the damage it’s causing to your machines and clothes.
There are so many ways Tide Pods have proven to be harmful, it’s a wonder that they are still on the shelves. Is it really worth all this badness for the convenience of being pre-measured? We say no; it’s a bad wash. We highly recommend you don’t use them in your facilities or with Coin Meter machines.
Quote Sources: Consumer Reports, Walmart website reviews, Tide website reviews