Laundry pods have featured in the news this week after cases of people eating them in what’s being referred to as the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’. In case you didn’t already realise that this is a pretty terrible idea, this graphic looks at the chemical reasons why you really don’t want them anywhere near your mouth.
Note: the original structure of denatonium benzoate had a missing nitrogen atom. This has now been corrected in the current version of the graphic.
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References & Further Reading
- What’s inside squishy, tasty-looking tide pods? – P Di Justo, Wired
- The clean chemistry of laundry detergents – R Baguley and C McDonald
- Laundry detergent ‘pod’ ingestions – a case series and discussion of recent literature (£) – M C Beuhler and others
- Laundry detergent pod ingestions – is there a need for endoscopy? – E Smith and others
- Pediatric exposure to laundry detergent pods – A L Valdez and others