Detergent pod packaging changes to keep kids safe

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Those detergent pods are colorful and a little too attractive to kids, and now manufacturers are working to change the packaging. The idea manufacturers are going for is to make the packaging less appealing for children so they won’t try to taste what’s inside.

Over the last 3 years, more than 32-thousand children ingested detergent pods… all of them under 5 years-old. Manufacturers are changing the product’s packaging, making containers so kids can’t see the pods inside. They’re also adding easy-to-understand symbols so children understand they shouldn’t eat the pods.

One doctor said something more important still needs to change, more important than the packaging itself or where you decide to hide these pods around your home.

“They’re talking about trying to put symbols on it to make it look less attractive to children,” says Ira Helfand, a physician at the Family Care Medical Center in Springfield, “but really, they should change the way the pods look so they don’t look like candy.”

NBC reports at least 30 children a day require medical attention after eating a pod.

Joan Corbin of Hampden told 22News, “Yes kids should be supervised, but we should also have some type of regulation on products that we’re selling to families.”

Tide pods-maker, P&G has teamed up with “Safe Kids Worldwide” and the “American Cleaning Institute” to teach parents how to properly store detergent pods.

They suggest:

  • Locking up liquid pods, away from children.
  • Keep laundry pods in their original container.
  • If you have a child under the age of 5, buy traditional liquid detergent instead.
  • If your child gets ahold of a pod, wash the child’s face, hands, and mouth immediately, no matter if it’s opened or sealed.

If your child opens a pod, call 9-1-1 and the Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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