Today's Poll: Should New York ban Tide Pods?
I voted no. My wife and I use a concentrated liquid laundry detergent, and 20 Mule Team Borax, for a laundry booster as needed. Banning Tide Pods is nothing more than a feel good, symbolism. People will still buy it, through the internet, etc.
IMHO the best way to get clean, fresh fragrance-free laundry is as follows:
BEFORE adding items to be laundered -- pour in a capful of All Free & Clear liquid concentrated laundry detergent, then add a half cup of either Borax laundry booster or Arm & Hammer Washing Soda per full load, and pour one cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener cup. Put in laundry. Rinse twice.
Use cool or cold water water except for towels and linens (warm) and cotton whites (hot).
No the vinegar does not linger in the fabrics and make them smell vinegar-y. What it does do is clarify the rinse water, dissipating any soap residue and cloudiness in the rinse water that can dull clothes.
Use balls of pure wool in the dryer or rubber dryer balls to fluff laundry and help drying, without adding fragrance or dryer sheets to the waste stream.
Listen to experts.
I'm amazed that so many people voted "yes"... A few years ago when dishwasher detergent makers were making three color pods that were attractive to young kids, the solution was to advertise "these are not cookies, parents... keep away from your young'uns" and to make the containers harder for youngsters to get into. That seemed to work well enough that a big, tort-avoiding company like Tide started doing the multi-color pods.
Now, older kids are being stupid, challenging Darwin with said stupidity.
After all people, N.Y. is the nanny state... short of an all out ban, possession of more than 7 pods will constitute a felony. A person may possess pods with a Pod Permit. Pod Permits will be issued after a thorough (vetted) back round check by law enforcement and completion of an 8 hour safety course. Pods can only be bought and sold through a NYS licensed grocer. Stay tuned for the Pod Free Zones. Report any loopholes in the SAFE POD ACT to your elected officials. If we can save one................ blah blah blah
LOL Why would anyone give a "down" vote to Billie's post? It made perfect sense to me.