New research finds laundry detergent pods could be endangering your children

New research finds laundry detergent pods could be endangering your children (1)

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New research finds laundry detergent pods could be endangering your children

Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio have found laundry and dishwasher detergent a danger for young children.

The Research Institute looked at just over 62,000 children under the age of six who had been exposed to the daily cleaning method, and found that there was a 17 percent increase between 2013 and 2014 in those having a negative encounter with laundry detergent, and a 14 percent increase in those ingesting dishwasher detergent.

Critics say the colorful pods are arguably attractive to young children due to their likeliness to popular candy.

Scientists found the pods were involved in two deaths and over two dozen poisonings within that time period, with U.S. poison control centers receiving over 37,000 calls from concerned parents after their children had consumed the tightly-packaged cleaning liquids.

Those numbers equate to approximately thirty calls every day, more specifically one call every 45 minutes.

New research finds laundry detergent pods could be endangering your children (2)Serious side affects of consuming liquid laundry tabs include heart problems, difficult breathing, falling in to a coma, and even death.

The research has also revealed that brightly-colored liquid detergent pods are significantly more dangerous than traditional detergent methods, with 45 percent of pod-related calls to the poison control center being referred to medical center for treatment, compared to just 17 percent of traditional laundry detergent calls, and just four percent of traditional dishwasher detergent calls.

The pods’ lethalness not only lies in the highly concentrated ingredients compared to traditional detergent, but also the potential for the liquid to squirt to the back of the throat—even reach the lungs—when a child bites down on the pod.

In an effort to reduce the harming of children through cleaning products, the ATSM International Standards agency published standard safety recommendations for liquid laundry packets in 2015, but the specifications were on a voluntary basis, which critics claim does not seriously encourage global liquid pod producers to combat the issue.

Manufacturers have responded to the study, which was released in the May 2016 Pediatrics journal, saying consumers should expect upgraded packaging in the next few months, making it harder for young children to open the plastic wrapping enclosing the tabs.

Experts are recommending perhaps the simplest way to avoid making detergent a danger for young children is simple: store the chemicals on a high shelf.

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Mosquito Repellant Techniques

It estimated that there are over 3000 species of mosquitoes in the world out of which roughly 200 can be found in the US.

Mosquitoes might seem quite harmless but in actual sense are quite dangerous due to their ability to transmit a number of life threatening diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis and even dengue.

As such, it would be in the best interest of every individual to look for ways through which to get rid of mosquitoes or at the very least, avoid them.

This said, the following overview of – anti-mosquito tips might prove invaluable when it comes to avoiding mosquitoes

Mosquito Repellant Techniques (2)

  • Clear bushes around the home

This is perhaps one of the best tips when it comes to getting rid of mosquitoes within a home environment.

As you well know, mosquitoes thrive in bushy areas as the bushes offer shelter from direct sunlight while at the same time preventing evaporation of stagnant water where they might have laid their eggs.

By clearing bushes, you will be in essence exposing them to harsh climatic conditions from which most will perish while at the same time, destroying their breeding grounds

  • Window mesh

If you are in an area where mosquitoes are a real problem, installation of a window mesh can be a great idea.

Window meshes create a barrier between the inside of a house and the outside and by doing so; prevent entry of mosquitoes and any other insects inside a house.

As a norm, the mesh is usually made from strong synthetic material but is also available in wire form for better durability

  • Natural mosquito repellents

Natural mosquito repellants are also another great option when it comes to getting rid of mosquitoes.

There are quite a number of plant species that are natural irritants for mosquitoes and as a norm, mosquitoes tend to give a wide berth to areas in which the Mosquito Repellant Techniques (3)plants grow.

By growing these plants in your garden or within your house, you can be able to get rid of mosquitoes from your home environment. Better still, you can also make your own body repellent by extracting oils from these plants and applying them on your body.

A good example of plants that have natural mosquito repelling capabilities include cinnamon, vanilla, eucalyptus and even the citronella plant

As a rule, if you have planted any of these – anti-mosquito plants in your home, you should periodically break off a leaf or two so as to enable them release their pungent aroma and drive off mosquitoes

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