Special report: Pods of danger!

Single-dose liquid laundry detergents are convenient and easy to use. But they can also be poisonous. In the first six months of this year, poison-control centers received more than 6,000 reports of young children ingesting the pods or getting them in their eyes or on their skin.

PODS OF DANGER: Single-dose liquid laundry detergents are convenient and easy to use. But they can also be poisonous. In the first six months of this year, poison-control centers received more than 6,000 reports of young children ingesting the pods or getting them in their eyes or on their skin. Nineteen month old Wyatt Wilhite is an example of this. His parents say he spent time in a pediatric intensive care unit after biting into one of the pods that poisoned him.

Those highly concentrated pods are more harmful than regular liquid detergent. Consumer Reports has been warning about the dangers since the pods went mainstream back in 2012.

Single-dose liquid laundry detergents are convenient and easy to use. But they can also be poisonous. In the first six months of this year, poison-control centers received more than 6,000 reports of young children ingesting the pods or getting them in their eyes or on their skin.
Single-dose liquid laundry detergents are convenient and easy to use. But they can also be poisonous. In the first six months of this year, poison-control centers received more than 6,000 reports of young children ingesting the pods or getting them in their eyes or on their skin.

Over the years, manufacturers have tried to make the pods less accessible to young children. Containers are now opaque instead of clear, and some of the packaging is harder to open.

Some manufacturers, including Procter & Gamble, maker of Tide Pods; Sun Corp., maker of All Mighty Pacs; and Cot’n Wash, maker of Dropps, recently announced that they plan to coat their laundry pacs in a bitter-tasting substance. And Procter & Gamble says it will increase the burst strength of the pods to make it harder for them to break open and release the highly concentrated detergent.

Consumer Reports applauds those changes. But until there is a meaningful decrease in the number of injuries, it will no longer recommend liquid laundry pods. And we strongly urge households with children under 6 years old to avoid them.

The danger is with liquid detergent pods, not those filled with powder. But to be safe, Consumer Reports says always keep any detergent out of the reach of children. Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars and trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.

For specific questions about your child’s safety call our local chapter of Safe Kids Worldwide at 706.321.6183 or e-mail them at safekidscolumbusga@gamail.com.

CONSUMER REPORTS RATINGS OF LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENTS: Among laundry detergents, Tide is far and away the biggest-selling brand. Consumer Reports tested several types of Tide, along with more than 50 other detergents. Each detergent is judged on how well it removes tough stains. Testers use swatches that are saturated with common stains such as blood, wine, dust sebum—commonly called ring around the collar—chocolate ice cream, and grass.

Among the detergents tested were Wisk, OxiClean, several Tides, and ones from Sam’s Club and Costco. And for the first time, Consumer Reports tested three from Persil. The brand is popular in Europe, but it’s new to the U.S. The company launched the detergents in Walmart and plans to expand to other retailers later in the year.

Kristina Privette’s Favorite Laundry Detergent Recipe:

2 gallons of warm H2o (distilled water)
¾ cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
½ cup Super Washing Soda
½ cup Baking Soda(or you can use Borax)
10-20 drops of your choice of essential oils

1) First bring 2 gallons of water to a boiling.
2) When it’s still hot add it to a bucket that will hold 2 gallons.
3) Add in your baking soda and super washing soda.
4) You will have to stir the mixture until it dissolves.
5) Then add your soap and transfer the mixture to your final holding place. We prefer large 1/2 gallon glass jars since the oils you use may leech the plastic.
***I learned the hard way you should make sure the baking and washing sodas aren’t added to the hot water and soap until it’s almost cool(could be a science experiment explosion in your kitchen otherwise).

Kristina Privette’s All Purpose Cleaner Recipe:

32 ozSpray Bottle
2 oz natural soap (Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castille Soap)
30 oz of distilled water
3 drops of lemon essential oi
3 drops of rosemary essential
3 drops of cinnamon essential oil
3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops of clove essential oil

1) Fill the spray bottle up with the water
2) Add soap
3) Then at the oils.
4) Place the lid on it and shake.
*Shake really well at time of use
*I use it to clean a multitude of household surfaces

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