But one guy tried to push the envelope even further by vaping a tide pod. It doesn't end well. Exposure to the concentrated cleaning chemicals can cause second and third-degree burns to the nose, mouth and throat, as well as "difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness. seizures, fluid in the lungs, respiratory arrest, coma or death". They can also be easily bit into.
The first YouTube video that saw someone eat, or pretend to eat Tide Pods, was posted on January 7 2018 by TheAaronSwan669 and soon after, more and more videos started to appear online.
YouTube says channels sharing the videos will now receive a "strike".
How risky are Tide Pods?
Tide even has a page on their website devoted to the safety and correct use concerning the laundry pacs. They should only be used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children. They also have a section including information about what to do if an incident occurs. Some say the products can be mistaken for candy. "Do not induce vomiting".
"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of people who use our products".
In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, laundry detergent packets are held for a photo, in Chicago.
College Humor's Don't Eat the Laundry Pods video, which showed a college student attempting to eat Tide Pods, teed off the online hubbub in 2017. In December 2015, The Onion posted a satirical narrative from the perspective of a little boy with the intent of eating a Tide POD. Or at least, one of the last - but let's not give them any dumb (er) ideas.
Although it made some early appearances, the meme did not seem to become wildly popular until the later half of 2017, when the Twitter community became invested in the joke. The tweet got over 8,000 retweets and 25,000 likes. It's a "challenge" where many teens are biting into a Tide Pod or cooking them in frying pans, then chewing them up and spitting them out.
In turn, this spurred users to discuss eating Tide Pods with some tweets on the subject becoming memes gaining over 7,000 retweets and 25,000 likes.