This bizarre and dangerous trend has gone viral. Teens around the country and jumping on the bandwagon and popping laundry soap into their mouths.
As the slightly older generations we remember hearing that if we swore or misbehaved we were going to have our mouths washed out with soap. It was a real threat to some households, and not a pleasant one. The soaps at that time were far purer and less toxic, they just simply tasted really bad and no one, no matter how badly behaved, was made to actually eat the soap.
We will give you, the pods are pretty, mouth sized and to a small child baby to 3 or 4 they may look like candy. But teens should simply know better. Let’s take a look at the ingredients and the probable outcome of eating one.
Tide pods contain petrochemical solvents known as 1,4-dioxanes which are also found in paints and varnishes. The detergent also can irritate the skin and burn the eyes. Effects of biting into the pods can include coughing, choking, trouble breathing, coma, and even death.
You will notice the toxicity the moment you bite the pod open. Your body will do its best to reject it, gagging you, making you drool, choking you – these are all distress signals not to swallow.
The best advice is never to put a tide pod near your mouth at all let alone in it. If you do bite into one, spit it out as fast as possible and rinse your mouth with tons of water. If you begin to feel sick call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.
If you do swallow a pod, please go directly to the emergency room. Do not wait. It could mean the difference between organ damage or future health and even life and death.
What is in a Tide Pod?
Alcohol Ethoxylate (AE) – Allows water and grease to mix, helping to remove greasy stains..
Alkyl Ethoxy Sulfate (AES) and Alkyl Sulfate (AS) – Two anionic surfactants that help liquid detergents bind to impurities in fabrics.
Amine Oxide – Commonly used in detergents and shampoos.
Citric Acid – Removes odors.
Cyclodextrin – Removes Odors.
Enzymes – Breaks down stains.
Ethanol – Solvent.
Hydrogen Peroxide – Bleaching agent.
Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (LAS) – Removes stains.
Percarbonate – bleaching agent.
Polyethylene Glycols (PEG), Polyethylene Oxide (PEO) or Polyoxyethylene (POE) – lubricant and surfactant.
Polymers – Penetrate soils and break them up.
Polyvinyl Alcohol – A water-soluble synthetic polymer.
None of this is digestible.
Fleeting minutes of pseudo-fame on YouTube won’t mean much if you aren’t around to see the number of hits.
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