What's the Tide Pod Problem?

USU student hospitalized after eating Tide Pods

A chain of donuts shops has created the Tide Pod looking donuts to poke fun of the weird and risky craze that has some people attempting to eat the actual laundry soap pods.

Grab Green is known for making natural cleaning products that really work, and their laundry detergent pods are no exception.

These are Tide Pods you can actually take a bite out of.

Nationally, teens have been biting into the pods, recording it and posting on social media. What the heck is going on people.

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Alongside this, College Humor's "Don't Eat the Laundry Pods" video posted in March 2017 was viewed more than three million times and the Internet phenomenon has spread to become a popular meme.

"This isn't something to be playing with", said Julie Weber, director of Missouri Poison Center. He noted this challenge is worrying due to its social nature as well as the tendency of teenagers to move from one risky trend to another. "We are deeply concerned about conversations related to intentional and improper use of liquid laundry pacs and have been working with leading social media networks to remove harmful content that is not consistent with their policies".

"The intentional misuse of these products poses a real threat to the health of individuals", Kaminski said.

'There is a reason why laundry manufacturers advise that pods are kept out of reach of children and that is because they can cause serious harm if misused, ' Weir said.

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