'Don't eat laundry detergent': Tide Pod meme prompts police warning

Laundry Detergent Packets - American Association of Poison Control Centers

Tide Pod Challenge: Teens risk death in crazy new social media trend to eat detergent tablets

Rob Gronkowski, who isn't necessarily known for being a responsible adult, is a spokesperson for Tide for their pods.

"I think it's kind of foolish because, number one, I think most of the problem comes from the coating itself... if you look at data for liquid soap ingestion, just liquid soap ingestion by itself doesn't cause too many problems", Dr. Joe Krug of St. Vincent Health told WXIN.

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Millennials around the country are swept up in recording themselves performing a unsafe new challenge in which they eat washing tablets.

Multiple videos have been uploaded to YouTube of people taking part in the challenge. The National Capital Poison Center warns that eating detergent pods can cause "serious injury or even death".

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How legit is the Tide Pod Challenge?

The newest internet craze has become the "Tide Challenge" and it involves people posting videos of themselves putting the toxic laundry detergent pods in their mouths, eating them, putting them in various foods and posting for all to see.

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Following the craze, Tide issued a statement: "Our laundry packs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes ..." 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 meant as a joke". You hear that, folks? The so-called "challenge" of eating the pods started in 2016, but the ridiculous trend has recently experienced a resurgence thanks to a series of memes depicting the pods as "forbidden fruit".

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