I just got interviewed for a radio show about the latest headline
“Laundry detergent pods remain a health hazard”
Laundry detergent that is in a bite sized container and looks like candy? – Yep, that would be something that would attract small children. Since May of 2012, there have been 17,000 calls to Poison Control involving laundry pods.
This story, reported last
year by CNN, was not the first incident to involve the pods but it was the first death:
(CNN) — Last year a Florida mother of a 7-month-old came back to her room to find that her baby had accidentally eaten one of those bright colored laundry detergent pods.He had been sleeping in a laundry basket with the pod when it happened. They rushed him to the hospital, but it was too late. He died, of poisoning from the detergent, according to the Kissimmee, Florida, police department.
The American Cleaning Institute launched a campaign to teach parents about the safety risks and to educate them on the importance of proper storage. Manufacturers such as Tide have redesigned the look of the pods and have made their containers safer by adding a double lock feature.
With all the publicity over the pods, their containers and their design, you would think someone might bring up the dangers in the ingredients inside the pods. The pods are filled with a concentrated laundry soap that is the real danger. Sarah Lozanova, from Mother Earth News, has a great chart to help you learn what to avoid in your laundry detergents.
The warnings about the pods precede National Poison Prevention Month. As Carl Lanore said on Super Human Radio, “this is not about poison prevention, but instead learning about safer alternatives. You wouldn’t leave a loaded gun in your home, even if it were under lock and key. That’s what we are doing with these dangerous chemicals.”
To protect your family you can do three simple things. Learn what ingredients are in the laundry detergent you are using in your home. Keep it in a very safe place away from your children. And try looking for a safer alternative for your laundry. You can even try making your own laundry soap with simple, safe ingredients.