Y’all ever just get the urge to eat a tide pod? pic.twitter.com/9vy49VdG7U— ursula ? (@xangirI) December 31, 2017
If we’re speaking frankly, nope. Never actually. It may be a no-brainer for most people out there but eating laundry detergent is not suitable for your body. Jana L. Anderson is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and she shared the details of what happens to you when you eat these laundry detergent pods, and it doesn’t sound too enticing. Keep in mind these pods are primarily filled with a super concentrated detergent that you’re attempting to ingest.
“The pods are in plastic wrapping, which puts them under some pressure, so when you chew on them they will explode in the mouth and coat the mucous membranes inside,” Anderson says. The alkaline pH of the highly concentrated liquid can cause immediate irritation in the mouth and vomiting, Anderson says. When the pod ruptures upon the first bite, it can also get in the eyes and cause burning or abrasions.
you guys still doing Tide pods?— Guantanamo Bae (@djschoeny) January 17, 2018
that’s cute. pic.twitter.com/MQKFR3VzlM
Can I get a number 6 with an extra side of NOPE! Mucous membranes, vomiting, abrasions none of these things sounds enticing in the least. If that doesn’t deter you enough, don’t fret we’ve only just begun. Most people just chew on it but if you’re either insane or unlucky enough to swallow some of the detergents you’re in for a treat! Once the detergent enters your digestive system, it will cause sharp stomach pains and diarrhea.
“The chemicals can cause burns on the back of the mouth and down the esophagus, That’s why the body typically immediately revolts and people vomit because the stomach is burning,”
Now, if you’re fortunate you’ll get an extra reward for your super smart decision. While you’re trying to choke down that delicious looking pod, some detergent may just splash into your lungs. Most people gag or start coughing after immediately biting into the TIde pods. This can cause some detergent to splash into your lungs.
“People can also cough and aspirate on their own vomit, which contains the detergent, so it can go into the lungs. Anything like detergent that’s very reactive, or contains surfactants, is going to be very irritating for the lungs,”
That sounds like it’s totally worth the 100 likes you’ll probably get. YouTube and other platforms will remove your videos anyway. So you should just save yourself the trip to the emergency room and let the Tide Pods clean your clothes.