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Child poisonings from laundry detergent packets prompt legislation

Child poisonings from laundry detergent packets prompt legislation
News from WXYZ:

WASHINGTON D.C. – Highly concentrated laundry detergent in brightly colored, palm-size packets are proving so tempting to young children that 17 members of Congress filed legislation Thursday to make the toxic products less attractive to kids. 

Poison control centers nationally have reported 899 calls so far this year about small children ingesting or otherwise coming in contact with the chemicals.

The packets, first introduced in America three years ago, triggered calls for safety improvements early on. The product is an innovation designed so consumers can transport detergent in smaller and more portable containers.

Legislators have called for tougher safety requirements for them, so far unsuccessfully.

The new bills introduced in Congress would mandate standards from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to reduce the toxicity of the detergent and require safer, child-resistant packaging within 18 months.

“Anyone with common sense can see how dangerous it is to have liquid detergent in colorful, bite-sized packets that children will inevitably swallow,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California), who introduced a House version of the bill. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 11,713 calls last year regarding c…………… continues on WXYZ

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Crystal Wash 2.0 claims to clean your clothes sans detergent
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Crystal Wash

As far as washing machine accouterments go, detergent is deemed a necessity. But, one company is trying to change all that with Crystal Wash 2.0, an odd spherical device that promises to supplant your Tide, Gain and other traditional clothes-cleansers.

The $ 50 Crystal Wash 2.0 (converted, about £32, AU$ 64) claims to be a natural dye-, chemical- and perfume-free alternative to regular detergents that won’t upset sensitive skin or cause colors to fade.

Peer inside its round enclosure to find a bunch of mineral-based bio ceramic “beads” that contain antibacterial and antioxidant properties. They also produce hydrogen peroxide and work to maintain a pH level of at least 8.5 in your water — according to Crystal Wash, this helps optimize each cleaning cycle so you get the best possible results.

Crystal Wash

Each Crystal Wash 2.0 is supposed to last for at least 1,000 washes (at one wash per day, that’s over 2.5 years). Considering that the super-size 150-ounce, 96-load Tide Original costs about $ 17-$ 20, the savings are significant (if Crystal Wash 2.0 works, that is). But, this eco-approach to laundry does have to be…………… continues on CNET

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