'Don't eat laundry detergent': Tide Pod meme prompts police warning


The challenge consists of an individual putting one or more detergent pods in their mouth.

So it's no wonder that when something like the absurdly ridiculous Tide Pods Challenge rolls around, kids thoughtlessly try to jump on it.

So, they've come up with a detergent deterrent to get ahead of the narrative, and show that, hey, they've done all they can to warn people that you shouldn't eat Tide Pods, no matter how amusing the premise of digging in on a bag of laundry detergent seems to be. Manufacturers have been concerned about toddlers mistakenly ingesting them, but now teens are popping them on goal and posting videos of the results online, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner. Some even choose to cook the pods, boiling them in water and even placing them on top of pizza.

"Rob Gronkowski records a PSA to warn people not to eat laundry detergent" is a sentence I never thought I would write, but it's 2018 and seemingly any outrageous thing is possible now so here we are.

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Ingredients in the pods include ethanol, hydrogen peroxide and polymers-a highly toxic mix of detergent meant to wipe out dirt and grime, according to a CBS News report.

The pods are bright and colorful and to children, they can look like candy.

More than 62,000 children under the age of six were exposed to laundry and dishwasher detergents, between 2013 and 2014. "No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?" Two of those deaths were toddlers and eight were seniors with dementia.

The parent company of Tide, Proctor and Gamble, released a statement saying tide pods "Should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if it is meant as a joke".