There is a new viral challenge game amoung teens online that involves putting a Tide laundry tablet in your mouth and then eating it. Stupid I know.
The game is called the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ and a whole load of videos are popping up on YouTube with teens bursting pods in their mouth, putting them in cereal and even on top of pizzas.
Obviously laundry detergent is not to be eaten and doctors are extremely worried that this viral dare game could have some horrifying results with it’s effects on the body.
Now this should probably go without saying, but laundry detergent isn’t supposed to be ingested. This means that the viral dare has become a bit of a worry – especially considering some of the participants look pretty young, as we’d imagine the adverse effects could be even worse on younger bodies.
Even the Tide packet say ‘May be harmful if swallowed’.
Speaking to Maxim, Dr. Alfred Aleguas Jr., managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa, let people know how the game could harm you.
“Swallowing even a small amount of the highly-concentrated detergent found in pods can cause diarrhea and vomiting,”
“In some cases, some of the detergent could even find its way into the lungs and cause breathing difficulties.”
the evolution of the tide pod meme is literally:
tide: don’t eat our pods
people: why tf would we eat the pods you morons
people: make memes about tide thinking ppl would eat the pods
unsurprisingly, also people: “tide pod challenge”, where you eat the pods
— Jenna Miles (@MilestoJenna) January 11, 2018
And it’s not just swallowing the tablets that could cause you harm.
“You’ll get burns to the skin, burns to the eyes, and a lot of problems that are more severe. Burns to the respiratory tract, burns to the esophagus,” Dr. Joe Krug told WXIN.
Procter & Gamble, the parent company of Tide, have issued a statement: “Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes and they’re used safely in millions of households every day.
“They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children. They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if it is meant as a joke.”