The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a safety alert regarding liquid laundry detergent packaged in small plastic ‘pod’ containers. A number of major detergent brands offer the detergent pods as as a stain removal booster or as an easy alternative to measuring out detergent.
According to the CPSC, the small, soft, liquid packs are attractive to children because they resemble candy, toys and teething products. The pods’ plastic packaging is designed to dissolve in water with the effect that saliva or sweaty hands can quickly release their toxic contents. In 2012 alone, the CPSC has discovered 500 incidents of children and adults being injured by the detergent pods.
After ingesting the product, children had to be hospitalized due to serious adverse effects, including loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, throat swelling and difficulty breathing. The CPSC has advised parents to keep the detergent pods locked away in their original packaging and out of the reach of children.
Full CPSC Safety Alert here: /documents/390-Laundry-Packets.pdf