Warning issued after teens eat laundry detergent pods for new internet challenge


"The American Association of Poison Control Centers has said this is a big risk", said LoVecchio.

But where did the Tide Pod Challenge get its origin from?

Teenagers have been posting videos of themselves chewing and gagging on the small, colorful detergent pods and daring others to follow suit.

College Humor posted a viral video about eating laundry pods in 2017, in which a man goes back and forth debating whether or not he should consume the pacs before ultimately caving into the temptation and binge eating an entire bowl of them.

It's a social media trend that could quickly turn deadly.

The company advised that if the detergent is swallowed, the person should drink water or milk and then contact poison control. "That number rose to over 10,000 in 2013 and close to 12,000 in 2014".

If someone swallows a small amount of the concentrated detergent in the pods, it could result in diarrhea and vomiting.

These laundry packs contain highly concentrated detergent which can harm the human body when ingested.

This led the Tide pods to be referred to as the "forbidden fruit", which only served to increase people's curiosity in them and the desire to try out the challenge themselves.

"They don't always have the comprehension at 13, 14, or 15 years old of lifelong consequences", said Dr. Karen Jenkins, medical director of the Piedmont Medical Center emergency department.

"A lot of people were just saying how stupid I was or how - why would I be willing to do that", he said. And it can even creep into the lungs and burn the respiratory tract, making it incredibly hard to breathe, Dr. Alfred Aleguas Jr., managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center told USA Today.

In recent years, the company even made the pod containers more childproof after reports of children mistaking them for candy and eating them unknowingly.

"Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes, and they're used safely in millions of households every day", the statement read.