This may seem like an obvious warning from health experts, but there are a number of people who get sick or even die from ingesting laundry pods each year.
Over the past five years, two children and six adults have died after eating colored laundry pods. A non-profit consumer advocacy group revealed this statistic after conducting research into the dangers of these pods.
Consumer Reports and other safety advocates argue that the colorful, squishy packets look too much like candy for those who don’t know what they are. They argue that they should be redesigned to look less appetizing so that no one would confuse them for a tasty treat.
One group, in particular, is especially at risk of ingesting these pods: elderly adults with dementia.
“Family members caring for anyone who is cognitively impaired should not keep pods in the home,” says James Dickerson, Ph.D., the chief scientific officer at Consumer Reports.
“We also continue to believe that manufacturers should modify the appearance of laundry packets, so they do not look like candy,” he continued.
“Manufacturers of liquid laundry detergent packets are fully committed to reducing accidental access to these products, which are used safely by millions of consumers every day,” said the American Cleaning Institute.
Laundry detergent manufacturers have started to create containers that are harder to open and no longer clear so people cannot see what is inside.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life among people living with dementia,” said Procter & Gamble, makers of the Tide Pods. P&G also says that they are collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Association to better prevent such accidents.
What are your thoughts on these laundry pods? Do changes need to be made to make them safer? Let us know in the comments!
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