I recently wrote an article about laundry detergent pacs, and when I shared it on SR101's Facebook Page several people shared their thoughts and opinions about a new product, Tide Pods, including having a discussion of how well (if at all) these pacs dissolve in cold water.
I just bought some of the ALL gel packs, but I got the clear ones. Kinda wondered about this happening! I have used the Tide stain remover pods and had issues with them not dissolving all the way in the washer.
I called Tide and they told me that since I live in a cold climate area, that in the winter months I need to wash in warm water to get them to dissolve all the way. Just makes me wonder if these will have the same effect in my washer since I prefer to use cold water all year.
I have used the Tide ones and they work great! Have not had any troubles at all.
Thanks so much for these ladies allowing me to share their words and experiences here.
I'd love to hear from even more of you, telling me what you think about these pods, and why. You can share your own review here, or read other reviews of Tide laundry detergent that have already been submitted.
Tide Pods Warning: Several Children Have Mistaken Them For Candy
I just read an article about Tide Pods, the newest type of packaging of laundry detergent from Tide, and wanted to share this warning with all parents, grandparents and child care givers who may consider using them, or who already do.
Your kids may think, because of the packaging of both the bowl shape, and the multiple gel looking colors within each individual laundry detergent pac, that they are candy and try to eat them.
I guess, to an extent, all laundry detergent pacs (and dishwasher detergent pacs too) may suffer from this problem, and to that extent it is a good reminder for all us parents to keep all cleaning and laundry supplies out of the reach of children.
However, I do believe that the colorful design and fish bowl packaging makes these pods even more susceptible to this problem then others.
The article from Slate, states that nearly 250 reported cases so far have been reported in 2012 where a child swallowed a Pod or a similar laundry product. (That article was in The Slatest, and I can't find the new link with the redesign of their site, but here's a link to a PDF from the CPSC discussing this same issue.)
Since each of these packets is ultra concentrated to hold an entire load worth of detergent in the small container it can have even more severe impact on children's health than other types of laundry detergent ingestion. The article stated:
Several children have been hospitalized for days after swallowing the detergent, but no deaths have been reported. The capsules have the potential to cause harsher symptoms than regular-old detergent ingestion because each packet contains a full load’s worth of the cleaning product.
To try to fix the problems, at least in the short term while it reconsiders packaging further, Procter & Gamble stated it would add a double latch to the lid of the box. This will, of course, just make it more difficult for a child to get the detergent, but will not address the issue of it being enticing in the first place.
So, what can and should we do as parents? Here are some thoughts to keep in mind:
Keep detergent packages closed when not in use, and in an area out of children's reach, preferably in a child proof cabinet
Talk to our kids about what these detergent pacs are, and how they are not candy but instead soap
Do you guys have any other ideas and suggestions for child safety in this regard?
In addition, I would love to hear your own experiences, good or bad, about Tide Pods, either in regard to child safety but also the way in which they work. You can share your Tide detergent review here, and I already have on short review below.
***Update 1: I got this very sobering comment today from a reader, who stated.
My child is in the ER at this moment. What irresponsible packaging; made to look like candy and sold in things that look like candy jars. What are they thinking? I hold P&G entirely responsible for this.
This is just another reminder of how precious our children truly are, and how we've got to take reasonable precautions to protect them from harm.
I don't know you or your child's name, dear reader, but I pray that your baby is helped by the doctors and is back up, and running around soon. ***End Update
***Update 2: Another reader shared a story about what happened when her dogs broke into her laundry detergent. Of course, it wasn't the pods, but it still is a reminder of how dangerous these laundry supplies can be. You can read her experience here. ***End Update
They Aren't Dissolving Properly In Front Loading Washer
D. Hardaway shared this picture of the problem she's been having with these laundry detergent pacs.
She has a front loading washer, and the Pods are not dissolving properly when she uses them, which means she finds the remains of the pack stuck to the gasket when she opens the washing machine at the end of the load.
Has anyone else encountered this problem? If so, were you able to fix it? Is there a certain technique people should be using when use this product in their front loading machines?
I'd love to hear from others about this issue, so if you've got tips, suggestions, or have the same problem tell me about it here.
Caution HE Washer Users: The Pods Have More Suds Than Normal Tide Liquid
Cas shared her experience with this product as it relates to those who have front loaders, also known as HE washing machines.
Tide Pods are certainly dangerous for children. My heart aches for those children and their parents.
However, a word of caution to those who have HE washers. The pods have more suds, which is not good for HE Washers.
I will be donating my container of pods and going back to Tide liquid for HE. The warranty on the washer is not valid if the suds damage the washer.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience Cas.
I was immediately interested in your comment, because you're right, you need to use a soap with lows suds, which is HE compliant, in your machine to keep it from getting messed up. I've written an article all about high efficiency laundry detergent here if anyone is interested in more information about this topic.
I am surprised to hear, however, that you think it might harm your machine. Despite the fact that all Tide products are so expensive, I've always felt pretty comfortable with the fact that none of them will ruin my clothes, or in this case a machine, if it says it is HE compatible. Therefore, I did some research about the Pods on Tide's website.
What I learned is that P&G claims that the product works in all types of machines, meaning it is dual compatible. Normally such claims are thoroughly tested in the labs to make sure they are true, for both legal and practical reasons.
I'm not saying this isn't true -- after all I've heard too many horror stories on this site where a product claims to be safe for a surface and it really isn't (here's a blatant example, if you're interested), but I would like to hear from more people with their experiences, just to get a better sense of what others think. (I can't test it myself since I neither have an HE washer, nor can I use the Tide Pods since they all have scent and I only use scent-free laundry supplies!)
And as a bonus I bought some for my 91 year old mother who was complaining about how hard it had become to lift the detergent bottles. (She can't use powder because her hands shake too much and powder flies everywhere.)
I have been using the Pods since shortly after they were introduced.
By the way, I have pretty sensitive skin, but have not been bothered by them.
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