The cleaning ingredients in single dose detergent pods are concentrated and perform comparably with the specific brands' liquid counterpart in removing stains and soil.
U.S. poison control centers received more than 17,000 calls — or about one per hour — about children who'd been exposed to chemicals in laundry detergent pods in 2012 and 2013, a new study found.
Laundry detergent pods were introduced to the U.S. market in 2012. The all-in-one packets contain detergent that’s released in the wash, so users don't have to measure detergent in a cup.
Overall, the centers received 17,230 calls about children younger than six who were somehow exposed to the liquid in laundry detergent pods. That’s roughly four calls per 10,000 children in that age group, according to the researchers.