Videos show teens daring each other to eat detergent pods

Videos show teens daring each other to eat detergent pods

A potentially deadly new trend is sweeping social media - and parents are being warned to be on the lookout.

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In the freakish challenge, kids from all across the country are recording themselves putting Tide Pods in their mouths and popping them.

According to reports, the challenge was originally featured as a joke in The Onion, a satirical news organisation.

Multiple videos have been uploaded to YouTube of people taking part in the challenge. The challenge consists of actual, real people filming themselves eating the pods, trying (and failing) to keep them down, then daring friends to do the same.

If you thought that the "Ice bucket challenge", "Mannequin challenge" and the "Invisible Box challenge" were way out off rails, take a moment to discover the brand-new craze that has inundated social media.

Look, we'll say this right off the bat - Tide Pods and other such detergent products look bloody delicious.

The video, just one of hundreds, is both foolish and disgusting - in addition to risky - and doctors are urging people to refrain from attempting the challenge.

As Buzzfeed noted, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission felt compelled to speak out this weekend against the "Tide Pods challenge" that may well be poisoning thousands of... trend-followers. In extreme cases, consumption can be "life-threatening".

Following the craze, Tide issued a statement: "Our laundry packs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes ..."

"They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children". College Humor touched on the same subject in a 2017 video, called "Don't Eat the Laundry Pods", where a man eats an entire bowl of pods and ends up in the hospital.

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