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Are Tide Laundry Pods Edible?
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Post# 977659   1/9/2018 at 15:54 (283 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Post# 977667 , Reply# 1   1/9/2018 at 16:27 (282 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        
I think there is a perfect anlysis of the topic already

This hits it way to much on the head of the nail...

Post# 977672 , Reply# 2   1/9/2018 at 16:43 (282 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Toddlers have died from eating them.

Post# 977990 , Reply# 3   1/12/2018 at 10:32 (280 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
There is a fad

among college students. They have to take a picture of themselves doing it.

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Post# 977991 , Reply# 4   1/12/2018 at 10:34 (280 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
"You just can't fix stupid"

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Or I guess the modified version would be. "Life is like a package of Tide Pods, you just don't know when it will kill you."

There have been ten reported deaths from ingesting Tide Pods. Two from toddlers, and eight from elderly dementia patients. College students, well you should just know better.

Post# 978003 , Reply# 5   1/12/2018 at 11:40 (280 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
SOAP "BOX" OPERAS, anyone?

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People, no one should EVER even be making cookies, cakes or candies designed to resemble these Poisonous Pods!

Somehow, my daughter watching all these "You Tube Challenges" has yet to stage a Laundry Detergent Eating Challenge involving the likes of these...

And it isn't because of any danger of her ingesting these that they AREN'T in my house (she knows damn well better anyway) it's because there are a whole LOT of brands that all of a sudden have to make these, store's private-label-brands, too, that make me avoid the Popularity Contests, or those endless Soap & Detergent Commercials pitting a "Brand X" against whatever that national brand, advertised...

-- Dave

Post# 978038 , Reply# 6   1/12/2018 at 20:32 (279 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        

No! They're not!

Post# 978083 , Reply# 7   1/13/2018 at 07:51 (279 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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There is seriously something wrong with the teen age kids.

Rob Gronkowski is spokes person for the Tide Pod Challenge educating little children not to eat the pods.

So now teenage kids are eating the pods and posting pics on Social Media. WTF ?

Post# 978141 , Reply# 8   1/13/2018 at 14:58 (279 days old) by gfm8959 (Long Island, NY)        

riskier than swallowing goldfish, panty raids or piling into a phone booth.

Post# 978168 , Reply# 9   1/13/2018 at 16:29 (278 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

I think the manufacturer needs to provide "sampler" kits so the college kids can have a more varied selection to eat. I mean, kids just can't eat enough detergent. Back in the day some kids would have to eat Ivory soap for cussing every now and then, but, it never really took off. Not like 'shrooms or Windowpane.

In any event, it will likely be the end for traditional mouthwash.

Post# 978210 , Reply# 10   1/13/2018 at 21:47 (278 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Post# 978213 , Reply# 11   1/13/2018 at 22:09 (278 days old) by kenmore_elite (Cal)        

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Madness has overtaken us.  Ingesting Tide pods!  

Post# 978274 , Reply# 12   1/14/2018 at 10:17 (278 days old) by kd12 (Arkansas)        

But why Tide Pods, of all things? Other than color, they look exactly like Cascade dishwasher soap pods and you don't hear about people eating them.

Post# 978280 , Reply# 13   1/14/2018 at 12:51 (278 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        
Action Pacs vs Pods

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The Pods do look tastier and they come in their own candy bowl.


But seriously, P&G sort of forced everyone into the dishwasher pacs because they simply work so much better than even the best powder.  I reluctantly use them now.  But still using Tide powder for the laundry.

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Post# 978293 , Reply# 14   1/14/2018 at 14:06 (278 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        
Dishwasher pods

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I tried a Cascade Platinum pod recently.  It dissolved completely during the short prewash period and generated so much foam that the spray arm movement was restricted.  The next water change being a short prerinse, very little detergent was left for the much longer, heated main wash period (3rd fill).

So, no.

Post# 978390 , Reply# 15   1/15/2018 at 01:55 (277 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Some people have gotten so STUPID they will eat anything!!!!

Post# 978407 , Reply# 16   1/15/2018 at 04:53 (277 days old) by liamy1 (-)        
Why Tide Pods?

Why not Gain? Why not Persil?

Going to assume it’s because of the recognizability of the Tide brand. Tide is practically an American institution. Would imagine everyone on the NA continent knows what Tide is.

Even though here in the U.K. we lost Tide back in 1972, would say everyone in the U.K. knows what it is just down to the amount of times you notice it mentioned/product placement in US shows. We know even more so now thanks to this new “craze” (and the news a few years ago about US stores locking up Tide as was being stolen from stores in the thousands).

One point of interest to me, in Europe, these liquid capsules/pods have been on the market since 1997 (starting life as Persil “capsules” and Ariel “liqui-tabs” and never once heard of an injury/death from pod abuse UNTIL the roll out world wide. No idea why that is though.

Post# 978414 , Reply# 17   1/15/2018 at 06:44 (277 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Dishwasher Pods not as POPULAR?

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Maybe it's easier to catch someone going under the sink for dishwasher tablets than to sneak into the laundry...

Might I also say, the scent of those Cascade, Finish, whatever generic store brand to me, aren't anywhere near appealing as the scent of Tide and supposedly those other brands of laundry pods must be... Remember also, the packaging of those laundry detergent pods also resemble a candy jar, as well!

Again, I cannot make up my mind which brand to go with--so many to choose from, and Tide is definitely overrated, that I feel sorry for the underdogs that I have to narrow it down to, but if it's not that, then it's the excessively childproof packaging these detergents are forced to incorporate on their packaging that I am even left with a package that I can't open, or I defeat the means to close, and in either case, am hopefully lucky if I am the only one using these to WASH WITH, and I don't have to count how many tablets are there, each time!

-- Dave

Post# 978510 , Reply# 18   1/15/2018 at 21:14 (276 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        
Dishwasher Action Pacs Foaming

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Glenn made me curious so I checked it out when I was running a load just now.  This is about half-way through the heated wash cycle, doesn't seem too bad but I have fairly hard water here.


I used to use the Cascade Complete powder and I like that better because I could fill both the pre-wash and main wash compartments.  But after they took the phosphates out it doesn't work well at all for me.


With a heated wash cycle (I think it heats to 145) and the Platinum Action Pac it does pretty well, no complaints.  But I used a lot of builder grade, featureless dishwashers in apartments and they all did OK when the detergents still has phosphates.  I'm sure they are terrible now!


What do you use instead of the pacs?  Are there powders left that still work well?

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Post# 978531 , Reply# 19   1/16/2018 at 05:00 (276 days old) by iej (Ireland)        

Seriously, how is this even a thread?!
They're not edible, they're a severe irritant and they're rather toxic.

Keep them out of reach of children, dogs and anyone adult who fails to recognise they're not edible!!

Post# 978535 , Reply# 20   1/16/2018 at 06:09 (276 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Here 'ya go. This is great stuff. Everybody I have given a sample to has made the switch. Blows the supermarket drek out of the water.

Oh, and the laundry detergent is also great!

None of it smells edible.

Post# 978569 , Reply# 21   1/16/2018 at 11:50 (276 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I've been using Cascade Institutional powder (now renamed as Cascade Fryer Boil Out, same formula) for years.  Has phosphates and bleach.

Post# 978621 , Reply# 22   1/16/2018 at 19:46 (275 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        
Saw on FB, had to share

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Post# 978624 , Reply# 23   1/16/2018 at 20:09 (275 days old) by iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
Just waiting

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For someone to post a tossed pod salad recipe.

Post# 978644 , Reply# 24   1/16/2018 at 22:28 (275 days old) by Diesirae7 (Central Illinois)        

Crazy trends... That's why I come home each evening and watch Keith Appleton channel on youtube... so interesting and relaxing

Post# 978645 , Reply# 25   1/16/2018 at 22:48 (275 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        
They Just Keep Coming

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Post# 978652 , Reply# 26   1/17/2018 at 00:09 (275 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Post# 978658 , Reply# 27   1/17/2018 at 02:48 (275 days old) by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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Haven`t we done stupid things at young age ?
Like starting a serious nicotine addiction just to be part of the cool kids ?

Eating Tide pods as a dare is a bit extreme but I think most of them are clever enough not to get them in their eyes and not to swallow.
Others would climb onto trains and get fried.
Guess most parents would rather want their kids "eat" detergent instead if they could choose.

Post# 978676 , Reply# 28   1/17/2018 at 09:19 (275 days old) by extmaxspin (St Charles MI)        
Another FB Find...

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Post# 978710 , Reply# 29   1/17/2018 at 13:59 (275 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
From Hurts Donut :

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Local business selling edible ‘Tide Pods,’ some customers more amused than others

Read more here:

Post# 978818 , Reply# 30   1/18/2018 at 08:40 (274 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Update, Youtube is taking down the vids:

Seriously, society is finished. When I was in school I could not think of one person who would think such a thing was cool or socially acceptable. I mean I knew kids who did really, and I mean really dumb stuff, but even they knew this could get you poisoned.

Second- where are the parents? I am all for letting kids be independent, but this should certainly involve some strong consequences. If I had kids and I caught them doing just thinking about this, lets just say CPS would be knocking.

And sadly the kids who already have common sense have to be lectured like a toddler on the obvious.

BTW, that commercial is show cringey I doubt its going to do anything.

Post# 978855 , Reply# 31   1/18/2018 at 14:38 (274 days old) by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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Post# 978872 , Reply# 32   1/18/2018 at 17:03 (273 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I was taught by my parents from the time I was able to crawl, that cleaners, medicines, etc. were poison, and would make me sick or kill me if I swallowed them or even put them in my mouth.

Post# 978885 , Reply# 33   1/18/2018 at 18:15 (273 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Post# 978914 , Reply# 34   1/18/2018 at 23:07 (273 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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A call to completely ban these--until kids have something else to mess with like those...

-- Dave

Post# 978917 , Reply# 35   1/19/2018 at 00:06 (273 days old) by Maytag85 (SoCal )        

Tide pods are a gimmick.

In the summer of 2014, my mom wanted to try a different laundry detergent, and she bought tide pods. They didn't even work, and that was when the 2006 Kenmore front load washer and dryer was in the laundry room.

I don't mind powder or liquid detergent, but I don't really car for tide pods.

Post# 978939 , Reply# 36   1/19/2018 at 07:12 (273 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Yeah, Tide wants people who eat the stuff to "call them back to see how they are doing". Should read "our attorney's and insurer's want to make sure your dumb-ass doesn't die or try to sue us".

From today's Breitbart:

Post# 979098 , Reply# 37   1/20/2018 at 01:57 (272 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Go ahead and LET the dumbards eat the pods--will only narrow the gene pools!!!There was a story on Fox news about this.They show shots of folks biting the pods and the liquids in them drooling out of their mouths.As ridiculous as the dumbards eating tobacco worms!Yes,they eat those,too!If the worm ate tobacco--would be as dangerous as the pod if not even more.

Post# 979186 , Reply# 38   1/20/2018 at 16:00 (272 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

This guys got it right

Post# 979265 , Reply# 39   1/21/2018 at 00:35 (271 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Absolutely-that man has it RIGHT-feed the Tide Pod to your Washer-NOT your mouth.

Post# 979396 , Reply# 40   1/22/2018 at 05:24 (270 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I use this detergent in my old-school Kitchenaid.  It also has chlorine in it like the stuff from Worldwide Janitor.  So far I a very pleased with its performance.  I can tell a difference when Tony does the dishes with chlorine based gel and when I do them with this.  I think it does a better job than the Cascade fryer boilout does.  I have a water softener and had to abandon using ANY pods/packs in my would foam out the door!

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Post# 979571 , Reply# 41   1/23/2018 at 11:55 (269 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Don't feed the Bears!.....

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Post# 979783 , Reply# 42   1/24/2018 at 19:27 (267 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Too many kids with the dirty filthy munchies!

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Post# 980014 , Reply# 43   1/26/2018 at 14:18 (266 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Post# 980017 , Reply# 44   1/26/2018 at 14:56 (266 days old) by Whatsername (Loveland, CO)        

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Saw in a different thread everyone on this site is all for washing kids' mouths out with soap, but god forbid a kid beats them to it!

Post# 980048 , Reply# 45   1/26/2018 at 21:09 (265 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        
Tide Pod Doughnuts..

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Post# 980112 , Reply# 46   1/27/2018 at 13:45 (265 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Post# 991549 , Reply# 47   4/20/2018 at 14:28 (182 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
Leave my pods alone!

I just hate it when they mess with these pods. I use them for my family's laundry and I'd hate for them to be discontinued! Consumer Reports should just leave my tide pods alone! And NO!!!! I've never eaten them nor will I NEVER eat them! I know better than that! So should college students!

Post# 991578 , Reply# 48   4/20/2018 at 20:36 (181 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Eating Tide Pods

Makes me think of something equally as dumb, A Good friend of mine ran the furnace service dept for a large oil company in my hometown, one day back in the 60s he said a man called and asked him, Mr Jones, if I mix a gallon of gas with 5 gallons of fuel oil and run it thru my oil furnace will it clean it out, James said Damn right it will clean it out, and hung up..LOL

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