Detergent Pods Poisoning Children

You can’t blame the household products industry for devising these new handy “detergent pods”. And who would have guessed that kids would be interested in tasting these yummy things?

Candy Like Detergent Pod

Toxic Detergent Disguised as Candy Poisons Kids

Duh, who would have guessed that kids would be interested in tasting these things? And why doesn’t the detergent industry consider it a compelling imperative to make the pods unappealing to children? And not to remove personal responsibility from the discussion, why aren’t parents and caretaker storing these products in a safe place, where other household cleaning products should be stored, away from curious kids who put everything in their mouth.

Any caustic cleaning agent, whether it be a petrochemical toxic cleaning agent, or “biobased” vinegar or washing soda, are dangerous if swallowed.  Pure castile soap may not kill you if you eat it, but unfortunately mild soap won’t clean all that we need cleaned.

One solution to this problem of kids eating detergent pods might be to take the candy colors out of the  pods.  I’m sure all of you have figured this out already.  I who generally shun fads and gimmicks decided to try out Seventh Generation ‘Natural Dishwasher Detergent Packs’ which are white in color, and chlorine free.  I love them and they work, much better than some other ‘natural’ detergents that I have tried. Probably kids wouldn’t die if they ate these like they will if they eat more toxic detergents that may contain chlorine and lots of other dangerous ingredients.

USDA Certified Biobased Product

Choose biobased products


I noticed an emblem on the front of the Seventh Generation package that says USDA Certified Biobased Product / product 78%’.  I found out that the emblem is part of a U.S. Government program to promote non petroleum, biologically derived products.

“Biobased products are commercial or industrial products (other than food or feed) that are composed in whole, or in significant part, of biological products, renewable agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials), or forestry materials.”

The percentage on the label refers to how much of the products is plant based, and it must be more than 25% percent.

Want to see how many American companies are manufacturing USDA Certified Biobased Products?

If you have a biobased product that you would like to have certified by the USDA (United Stated Department of Agriculture) then click on the link and see all the categories.  They include Contruction materials,  Janitorial, Personal Care.

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Julia has been practicing green cleaning for several years as the owner of As You Like It Home Cleaning and organic gardening for almost 20 years running Julia Houriet Custom Gardening. She studied landscape design at Radcliffe Seminars in Cambridge Massachusetts. Her expertise is gleaned from education and years of experience.

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