Laundry Detergent Pods Pose Hazard to Small Children
The pods in question are all-in-one packets that contained a pre-measured amount of detergent to be used in the wash. However, since the introduction in 2012, the products have faced the same speculation as similar pods used in dish washers: children can mistake the pods for candy and can easily ingest the harmful chemicals.
According to experts, this speculation is well deserved. In fact, U.S. poison control centers received more than 17,000 calls concerning children who had been exposed to the chemicals in the detergent pods in 2013 alone – this averages to roughly one call every 30 minutes.
The most common result of laundry pod-exposure was poisoning, which occurred in 71 percent of exposed children. Further, 13 percent of children exposed to the chemicals inside the pods required hospitalization, with 94 percent of injuries requiring hospitalization involving children under six.
Keeping Children Safe
Because the pods are often brightly colored, small children can often mistake them for candy. Manufacturers have since attempted to change the color of the pods to make them less appealing.
New standards even recommend adding an outer film with a foul taste to prevent ingestion.
Nonetheless, pods should be kept well out of reach of children.
Never leave the pods unattended where a child can access them, even if you are only leaving the room to collect more clothes.