LAUNDRY DETERGENT PACKETS THAT YOU JUST TOSS INTO
THE WASHING MACHINE HAVE RISEN IN SALES.
-- SUSAN --
BUT THEY MAY NOT BE THE BEST CHOICE.
MICHELLE LI IS HERE WITH THAT.
THE SAFETY CONCERNS FOR KIDS ARE REAL -- MORE THAN
20-THOUSAND CALLS HAVE BEEN MADE TO POISON CONTROL
CENTERS SINCE THE PACKETS WENT MAINSTREAM IN 20-12.
Alex Rohde is much better now, but it was touch and
go just 9 months ago after he bit into a Tide detergent
pod from a package that had just been brought home
from the store.
He had so much diarrhea and so much throw-up coming
out of his mouth.
It was horrible.
It was bad And when he turned blue, I would say, was
probably the scariest part.
Except for the part when he quit breathing.
His mother says Alex got the pod when one rolled under
some furniture after the lid of the package popped
open spilling all of them on the floor.
Alex was airlifted to the hospital and ended up on
a ventilator for seven days.
Consumer Reports says the candy-colored packets contain
highly-concentrated detergent that is toxic to ingest.
One big issue here is with the packaging.
Now when these products first came out, some of the
biggest manufacturers used clear containers that resembled
And some of their lids were flimsy and not designed
to deter children.
Costco made the switch to an opaque container for
its Kirkland detergent and has improved the lids.
Procter and Gamble, the maker of Tide, has also introduced
an opaque container with a child resistant lid.
Another important change we think manufacturers should
make - redesign the packets themselves so that they
don't look like candy.
If you think your child has been injured, do as Michelle
did and call the poison control hotline immediately
ANOTHER REASON TO THINK TWICE ABOUT SINGLE USE DETERGENT
PACKETS - CONSUMER REPORTS DIDN'T RECOMMEND ANY OF
THEM IN ITS LAST RATINGS IN PART BECAUSE THEY DON'T
DO WELL IN THEIR NEW COOL WATER TEST.