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I got a Tide Pod and "downy unstopables in-wash scent booster" in the mail today.  It was a free, unasked-for sample.  Not too happy about this.

If I give it to my friend, they will use it and stink then I can't spend time with them.

If I give it to someone I don't like, they will think I'm being nice and lovely which will confuse them.

If I throw it in the trash, then it just adds to the problem.

What can I do with this?

- does the stink repel rats or other unwanted animals?
- can I use it to kill a wasp nest that I need to eliminate?

What does one do with this?  No, it's not going in the washing machine.  I would never get the stink out.  
 
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Maybe donate it to a "food pantry"? Folks who are having trouble making ends meet need more than just food.

Leave it at a laundromat.

Leave it anonymously in the detergent aisle at a store next to its kin. Someone who's getting a box of them anyways might just slip it into their purse and be happy.

Leave it anonymously in someone else's mailbox?

Write "return to sender" and put it back in your mailbox with the flag up. (Your mail carrier might just relocate it down the road? but also might get the hint not to leave those in your mailbox in the future?)
 
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I feel bad about passing on something this toxic for someone else to use - plus that encourages people to have stinky clothing.  there's too much of that in the world as it is.

(side note, when using a public laundry, people over-soap their clothes and a residual remains in the machine.  Unless the clothing are really encrusted with cowshit or grease, there's enough residual soap in the machine that we don't need to add extra)

Return to sender is an idea, but they will just toss it out as it has my name all over the packaging.  

It would be neat if there was a use for this kind of thing.  
 
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I would return it to Tide themselves with an explanation, similar to what you've written here.
They are responsible for the actions of their advertising people.

I'm surprised that they are sending these out unasked for after the 'stupid kid' episodes with the pods here in the states?
Let alone the risk of being sued by a household with serious scent sensitivities.




 
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I'd put it on the shelf at the store by the Tide stuff (maybe hidden a bit so people actually reaching for the Tide pods will see it).  Then if someone uses it, they're likely offsetting the purchase of one Tide pod in the future.  So it doesn't encourage another one to be made.  

That's how I think about situations where someone finds a bag of petroleum based fertilizer in their shed.  Just put it into the consumption stream so that it gets used instead of a level 1 person buying another bag while you hem and haw over the bag you have in the shed.
 
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