Improve Child-Safety for Poisonous Laundry Detergent Pods


Target: A. G. Lafley, President of Proctor and Gamble

Goal: Respect the safety of children by making laundry ‘detergent pods’ look less like candy

Although detergent pods are a very convenient new invention, they pose a health risk to small children. Consumer reports claimed that since 2012, poison control has received close to 8,000 pod related incidents involving young children ages 5 and under. In August of this year, a Florida child died from consuming one of these detergent pods. His death highlighted the threat that comes along with using detergent pods in a family household.

A small child who accidentally consumes these detergent pods can suffer severe consequences. It can cause vomiting, breathing problems, and chemical burns to the throat and mouth. If the liquid detergent is ingested, it can cause an even worse reaction because the pods are highly concentrated.

It’s difficult for a child to distinguish the difference between the colorful wrappings of the detergent pod with the colorful wrappings of their favorite pieces of candy. On top of that, the detergent pods have a gummy-like texture, making it further resemble their favorite candy. The company needs to change the look of these detergent pods. If they changed the colors or the packaging, then it would no longer appeal to children. This one simple change can save a child’s life.

Laundry detergent is highly dangerous in itself, so there shouldn’t be detergent that resembles candy on the market. Please sign this petition and tell Proctor and Gamble to take responsibility and change the packaging and make the detergent pods look less appealing to children.


Dear  A. G. Lafley, President of Proctor and Gamble,

When Proctor & Gamble came out with their new Tide Detergent Pods, it was a very convenient new way to do laundry. Everybody who has dealt with spilled laundry detergent were happy because the pods were easier to use than traditional methods of detergent. Unfortunately, over the past year, there has been thousands of incidents and one death due to the consumption of these detergent pods. We believe it is due to their colorful packaging, which appeals to young children.

Please find a way to make the detergent pods unappealing to children. The product does not need to be packaged and feel like a gummy candy and it does not need to have patterns of vibrant purple and orange colors in it. Make the small change and save the life of a child.


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