The Tide Pod Challenge: Everything You Need To Know
By Stonewater Recovery · 2 minute read
A strange phenomenon swept the country in early 2018 as teenagers from coast to coast started consuming Tide laundry detergent pods as part of a viral trend called the Tide Pod Challenge. Parents, professionals, and commentators alike were stunned by the trend. For kids to become so willing to interact with laundry-related activities and products, eating them is not what parents had in mind. Kids are eating laundry detergent pods in America. Few people have an answer for it. Time magazine reported that within the first three weeks of 2018, there were thirty-nine reports of teenagers intentionally misusing laundry pods, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. This year is not the first year that a number of teenagers have willingly consumed laundry detergent in previous years. Though the numbers are not overwhelmingly large, the trend, as small as it is, is consistent. Government organizations are heeding warning to parents and teenagers alike telling them the simple truth: don't eat laundry detergent.