Should You Ask Your Doctor About the Tide Pod Challenge?


Tide Pods are an amazingly convenient way to get your laundry clean.  In fact, it is so potent that ingesting it may prove fatal, but it definitely will make you very sick.  Howeber, that is not enough to stop some people who, in the pursuit of fleeting Internet fame, have undertaken the #TidePodChallenge and are consuming the bejeweled sacks of detergent in the hopes of gaining “clout”.  Or maybe it’s because the Tide Pod is a unique high unlike any experienced before?  Doubtful, since no one seems to be having fun and everyone is getting sick; REALLY sick.

How did the trend start?

How did this trend rise and where did it get its beginnings?  After receiving word from the world of toddlers and infants about how (un)awesome eating Tide Pods could be, teenagers thought it’d be great to add the chemical sachet to the list of already stupid insta-fads that have come before it.  It is so ubiquitous that social media video platform YouTube has issued a declaration that it will remove any and all Tide Pod Challenge videos from its service.

The US Consumer Protection Safety Bureau has issued warnings about the toxicity of these pods, but that was in reference to the above mentioned children and toddlers. It is no less dangerous for teenagers or adults and should not be consumed for any reason according to medical professionals.

In 2017 alone U.S. poison control centers reported more than 10,500 cases of children younger than five being exposed to the toxic substance while 220 cases of teenagers being reported as well.  Of those 220 cases, 1 in 4 was because of intentional ingestion.

The Washington Post tells of young 19-year-old Marc Pagan who ate the Tide Pods on a dare: “A lot of people were just saying how stupid I was or how — why would I be willing to do that?…No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?”


What’s it made of?

Tide Pods are composed of polyvinyl alcohol, which give them their jewel-like jelly form, coated in denatonium benzoate, a bittering agent known as the bitterest detectable agent known, to deter ingestion.  Soap works when fatty acid salts in the detergent attach to the grease or oil in clothing stains to clean your clothing. This, in combination with alcoholethoxy sulfate, cleans clothing while disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonate absorbs ultraviolet light to counteract the yellowing process clothes undergo as they age. An enzyme called Mannanase and amylase are used to combat tough to clean stains while subtilisin breaks down the stains left behind by the keratin in the dead skin cells you shed throughout the day.


Diethylenetriamine pentaacetate and sodium salt work to remove heavy metals and soften hard water to make it more effective. Finally, calcium formate keeps the chemicals and packet ready for action and denatures upon exposure to water at which the “folded” chemicals will activate and clean your clothing.


Does any of that sound appealing to you?

It shouldn’t because none of it is written in standard English. No one wakes up in the morning with a craving for alcoholthoxy sulfate. Most of us can barely remember what we ate last night.

So, kids, adults, parents, guardians, and children – stop eating Tide Pods. Tide Pods are a great product for cleaning your clothes, but they’re not for eating and everyone thought that was clear abundant.  But if not, we hope we’ve clarified it for you…if just a little bit.

Best Buy Co, Inc.

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