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Laundry pods pose serious threat to children.

Steven Hutchinson

Recent reports have highlighted the dangers that laundry pods pose to kids, such as coma, trouble breathing, heart problems, and even death. Kids swallowing laundry pods has led to a skyrocketing number of poison cases in the ER--30 calls a day, which is about one call every 45 minutes. People don't realize how toxic these highly concentrated laundry packets are," said Dr. Marcel J. Casavant, "it isn't worth the risk when there is a safer and effective alternative available." This is not a recent problem. Between 2012 and 2013, there were 17,230 reports of children aged 6 and younger who had swallowed or inhaled the pods. In 2015, Consumer Reports made the decision to exclude laundry pods from their list of recommended laundry detergents due to these risks.

Sources: Casavant M, et al. Pediatrics. 2016; American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).