Tide Pods are still in the news these days, but for an entirely different reason. In a recent announcement by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Procter & Gamble has initiated a voluntary recall of approximately 8.2 million bags of Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods, and Ariel Pods liquid laundry detergent packets distributed across the United States. This recall comes in response to a critical safety concern regarding the packaging of these products, which poses a risk of serious injury to children and other vulnerable individuals.

Nature of the Hazard

The primary hazard associated with the recalled laundry detergent packets lies in the integrity of their outer packaging. The flexible film bags designed to secure the contents have shown a propensity to split open near the zipper track. Such a defect exposes the highly concentrated detergent within, presenting a dual risk: ingestion and skin or eye injuries. The ingestion of laundry detergent, especially by children or individuals with certain health conditions, can lead to severe consequences, including death.

Recall Details

The recall encompasses products manufactured between September 2023 and February 2024. Consumers are advised to examine their laundry detergent packets for specific lot codes, which can be found on the bottom of the package. The affected products range from bags containing 12 to 39 detergent packets, including various scents and formulations under the Tide, Gain, Ace, and Ariel brands.

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Upon discovering an affected product, consumers are urged to take immediate action to secure the bags away from children and other vulnerable individuals. Procter & Gamble is offering a comprehensive remedy plan, which includes:

  • Full refunds for the purchased products.
  • Free replacement child-resistant bags to store the detergent packets safely.
  • Provision of cabinet locks for additional security in storing laundry materials.

Consumer Contact

Consumers who have purchased the recalled laundry detergent packets are encouraged to reach out to Procter & Gamble for assistance. They can contact the company toll-free at 833-347-5764 during business hours or click here for further information and instructions on participating in the recall.


While there have been no confirmed cases directly linked to this packaging defect, Procter & Gamble has received four reports of children accessing the liquid laundry packets in the United States. Three of these reports involved ingestion incidents during the period when the affected lots were sold. However, it remains uncertain whether these laundry packets originated from the recalled bags. Better safe than sorry, right?

Distribution and Retailers

The recalled laundry detergent packets were distributed through various retail channels, including major stores nationwide such as Big Lots, CVS, Family Dollar, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart. Additionally, they were available for purchase online through platforms like Amazon.com and other websites. The products were sold at prices ranging from $5 for a single 12-count bag to $30 for four 39-count bags in a box.

Manufacturer and Origin

The Procter & Gamble Company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the manufacturer of the recalled laundry detergent packets. These products were manufactured in the United States.

The safety of consumers, especially vulnerable populations such as children, remains paramount. Procter & Gamble's proactive approach to this recall underscores its commitment to addressing potential hazards promptly and effectively. By following the outlined remedy procedures and taking precautionary measures, consumers can mitigate the risks associated with these defective laundry detergent packets.

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