Tide, Rob Gronkowski team up to warn people not eat Tide Pods

Tide, Rob Gronkowski team up to warn people not eat Tide Pods

Primarily seen on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the "Tide Pod Challenge" has rapidly grown as the latest fad among teens and young adults looking for an easy way to get views.

Back in 2015, the Onion published a joking article from the perspective of a child wondering what it would be like to eat the highly enticing red and blue-colored detergent, looking like sweets.

"I think it's kind of foolish because, number one, I think most of the problem comes from the coating itself... if you look at data for liquid soap ingestion, just liquid soap ingestion by itself doesn't cause too many problems", Dr. Joe Krug of St. Vincent Health told WXIN. At least 10 deaths have been linked to ingesting detergent pods, according to the CBS News report. "Two were toddlers. Eight were seniors with dementia".

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Even if people aren't really eating Tide Pods on objective, Tide knows that some day, this meme-turned-DIY-recipe of a laundry pod could become somewhat of a PR nightmare should a bunch of tweens decide that, hey, they really want to show how cool they are by seeing who can eat the most Tide Pods. "It's toxic soap chemicals that these teenage children are putting into their mouths". Even if meant as a joke.

The next year, Consumer Reports said it would no longer recommend detergent packets, citing "the unique risks" while urging the "adoption of tougher safety measures".

"Making that laundry packet opaque, less attractive, less colorful, reducing the toxicity and the strength of laundry detergent", Buerkle said. The danger to little kids is so high that researchers have recommended the parents of children under six years old not buy these at all and instead use regular detergent only.

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