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Post# 613687   7/31/2012 at 10:47 (1,815 days old) by DJmankiewiz ()        

This week i have been using Tide's new product. They are called Tide Pods.They are pods that you just throw in the washer basket. Does anybody use tide pods? Also works in any water temp.

Post# 613692 , Reply# 1   7/31/2012 at 11:07 (1,815 days old) by mysteryclock (Franklin, TN)        

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Tried 2 1/2 big containers of them. They are really convenient and seem to do a very good job at getting out stains without as much pretreating in a variety of wash temps. I've never found anything better before or since at removing greasy stains from placemats, for instance.

Unfortunately, placemats is ~all~ I'll be using them for from now on since they started to break everyone in the family out pretty seriously mid way into the 3rd container. I'm not sure if they have some kind of leave-in fabric coating like ActiLift or what but whatever it was ended up totally irritating us. Which is a shame because they were an interesting concept that actually worked...almost.

So it was back to regular Tide HE powders, after which everything cleared up. Still use the pods for the placemats though!

Post# 613701 , Reply# 2   7/31/2012 at 11:22 (1,815 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

We haven't tried them because of the reputation Tide has of being very, very sudsy.
We don't like suds here because they don't rinse easily.

Post# 613755 , Reply# 3   7/31/2012 at 14:23 (1,814 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Whirlcool -

Charlotte has moderately soft water and I get not one suds bubble from the pods. I've only used about 6 trial packs, but that's enough to give them a decent shake I think.

No suds, nada...none, not even when I used two per load in my large cap. Kenmores on a full setting.

I am happy with other detergents, but I'd use these!


Post# 613768 , Reply# 4   7/31/2012 at 14:49 (1,814 days old) by jerrod6 (Center City Philadelphia Pennsylvania, U.S.A)        

I tried them in 3 loads then trashed the rest of the pods.  They didn't seem to suds so much but  left  my clothes feeling rough even when using fabric softener.  During 2 loads the undissolved pods landed in the washer boot and I had to stop the machine to dislodge them.


Lastly  I got the mountain scent or something like that, and  everything was left with a very very strong scent of pine sol or something.....the scent was just way over the top.


Out they went.....never to come back in their current form.

Post# 613769 , Reply# 5   7/31/2012 at 14:51 (1,814 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
Don't eat them!

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Gordon is right, I have softened water and whether in the SQ front-load or any of the vintage top-loaders, I get few if any suds. The Purex pods seen to perform similarly as far as sudsing, but the cleaning isn't quite what the Tide pods can do. I haven't done the math, but the price of the Pods vs. their liquid counterparts remains suspect...

Post# 613778 , Reply# 6   7/31/2012 at 15:25 (1,814 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Have Pondered What Is "Up" With All These Pod Type P

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One assumes that once liquid detergents become thick to a point of being gels there are few options for dispensing.

Ariel gel goes into caps which are deposited in drum, but that works best with front loaders. Tide still must contend with an American market that is still mainly top loading washers.

Post# 613784 , Reply# 7   7/31/2012 at 15:40 (1,814 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

I grew suspect of Tide pods when I read a response to an article on the internet from a former factory worker who said a few workers were coming down with skin cancer working around the chemicals, she thought is was the dyes. Don't know if anyone else saw it, it was on Yahoo news.

Post# 613845 , Reply# 8   7/31/2012 at 20:54 (1,814 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        

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Detergents in general are suppose to rinse out so easy, why dose the horrific scent used in Tide products linger, after rinsing twice!
If there is a scent left, then something is not rinsing out!
Just experienced this with liquid Tide (original scent) with "ActiLift"

Never again!

Post# 613878 , Reply# 9   7/31/2012 at 23:22 (1,814 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
I've Told Ya

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Some time ago P&G and one assumes Unilever along with other detergent makers did marketing research and it was determined customers wanted scent to linger on laundry. It seems certain segments of the market were upset when laundry would emerge from the dryer and or having been stored away after wash day, and not retain whatever scent came from the detergent and or fabric softener.

Enter the chemists who came up with various ways to embed or cause fragrance to remain on laundered textiles days, weeks or perhaps months after the wash is done. This technology is designed to withstand many rinses as well, which explains even if the drain water is clear you'll still find very scented laundry.

After using some Amercian or French liquid/gel detergents not only is the laundry well scented, but the Miele washer's tub,boot and probably anywhere else the water touched as well. Ariel Excel "Alpine Frachie" gel is famous for this.

Post# 613880 , Reply# 10   7/31/2012 at 23:25 (1,814 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"why does the horrific scent used in Tide products linger, after rinsing twice!"

Because P&G cannot formulate anything without making it smell like a perfume factory on steroids.

I think if a new product they're formulating clears their sinuses, that's good.

If it makes their eyes water, that's even better.

If the paint on the lab walls starts bubbling, that's as good as it gets.

Post# 613884 , Reply# 11   7/31/2012 at 23:46 (1,814 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Actually It's Not Just P&G

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First time one went to a French supermarket in Paris was quite bowled over by scent in the laundry product aisle. That was twenty years ago and things have only gotten worse.

P&G, Unilever, Le Chat, Bonux, Ariel, et al, they all reeked IMHO. Even the detergents for babies packed a powerful fragrance punch.

As for Tide one quite liked the older versions. Such a nice clean and fresh scent.

Post# 613975 , Reply# 12   8/1/2012 at 11:24 (1,814 days old) by dirtybuck (Springfield, MO)        

Items like these always make me wonder if enough detergent is added in the dose to get laundry really clean. The water in my area is quite hard.

Post# 613987 , Reply# 13   8/1/2012 at 11:55 (1,813 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"Items like these always make me wonder if enough detergent is added in the dose to get laundry really clean."

And besides, who wants to be one of the Pod People?

Post# 614019 , Reply# 14   8/1/2012 at 15:00 (1,813 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
"who wants to be one of the Pod People?"

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Seems like a lot of people do actually, if you believe what P&G is saying. From what I've read and been told, they claim that sales of the pods are brisk. These are certainly where P&G is placing investment dollars and future hope and aspirations for profits.

These have about the highest cost per load of anything out there, but in a market where mid-level and private label detergent sales have risen the past few years at the expense of the higher tiered products, you'd think that now would be a not-so-great time to introduce a pricey product. I think consumers overall don't think that far into their purchase decision to place a value on cost vs convenience.

Consumers really seem to like the "just grab one and throw it measuring" concept.

Post# 614022 , Reply# 15   8/1/2012 at 15:23 (1,813 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
My Major Objection:

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To Tide Pods is this:

It took some doing to come up with a packaging strategy that used more resources than liquids, but P&G seems to have managed it handily.

I'm sticking to my powdered detergent, which contains no water weight, and which comes in a biodegradable cardboard box made from renewable resources, I own a measuring cup and two hands, and I do not have such an exalted opinion of myself that using them is beneath my dignity.

Post# 614025 , Reply# 16   8/1/2012 at 15:35 (1,813 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I suppose these pods are most popular among suburban dwelling, office working people whose clothing is consistently soiled.

Common sense says you will need more detergent on heavily soiled items than ones lightly dirtied. People who do physical work will have some clothing heavily soiled, and others not so. The pods would be difficult to adjust for soil levels and types.

My sister, whose husband is a farmer, uses both liquid and powder detergents. Greasy garments from them working on equipment are usually cleaned with the liquid, and items soiled with ground-in dirt from the fields are washed using powdered. Sometimes they have both, and are pre-treated with liquid, and some powder used also.

Post# 614033 , Reply# 17   8/1/2012 at 16:57 (1,813 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I tried them, and they seemed to clean well, but had issues with suds not rinsing out. It wasn't that there was too much suds in the wash cycle; just that it refused to go away during the rinses. They are certainly very convenient and very strongly-scented. You're supposed to use two pods for heavily-soiled loads. The marketing is aimed straight at the 18-30 year olds, as is evidenced by the "Pop Goes The World" TV adverts.

Who knows...if the young set latches on to them, we may look back on the days when detergent actually had to be measured and lugged around in boxes or bottles. I never thought dishwasher tablets would catch on, but nearly everyone I know uses them. In fact, Finish Powerball tablets have become my daily driver.

Post# 614040 , Reply# 18   8/1/2012 at 17:27 (1,813 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
I hands-down agree on the pod packaging...

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It's just wasteful of space - shelf space and shipping crate space. The best for that is indeed powder, and I too am currently going back to it in a big way.

The liquid's bottles are however VERY recyclable for the record. At work, several times we have had to purchase large amounts of municipal sourced recycled detergent bottle plastic, which we call "regrind". We use regrinds from various sources actually in our production of many plastic parts. Using the detergent bottle material however is quite an experience, because the entire plant, even with its 2+ story ceiling (for heat management) strongly reeks of a blend of detergent. Its quite funny actually.

Does anyone remember the square shaped Dynamo bottles from the 70s? At least something like that today would fit efficiently into a packaging box for shipment. All these round bottle are wasteful in my view....

Post# 614110 , Reply# 19   8/1/2012 at 22:58 (1,813 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

"supposed to use two pods for heavily-soiled loads"

Perhaps so, but then that may be too much.

Post# 614319 , Reply# 20   8/2/2012 at 21:42 (1,812 days old) by djmankiewiz ()        

Well I am going back to liquid and powder detergents since I have finished the pods this week.


Post# 614800 , Reply# 21   8/5/2012 at 04:33 (1,810 days old) by zanussi_lover (Nottingham, UK)        
Tide Pods = Ariel Liquitabs

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We have had Pod Unit dose detergent in the UK since 2001, Most people buy them for convenience, but I personally feel they aren't worth it. They can make machines smelly as the plastic can form a gungey sludge in the outer tub of Front Loaders.

I think Powder detergent is the best as you can vary how much you use for the degree of soiling of the laundry, and you can use it for Prewash in Commercial Coin Op Machines.

Post# 861056 , Reply# 22   1/10/2016 at 14:17 (556 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
I use them.

I use them at my house. My mom bought them when they first came out. They work very well. The first load I did was a load of darks on the cotton/normal cycle on my lg. It saved me from the stress from having to measure. Excuse me if I am late by the way.

Post# 861078 , Reply# 23   1/10/2016 at 17:11 (556 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Measuring laundry detergent is stressful?

Post# 861107 , Reply# 24   1/10/2016 at 19:40 (556 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Wow, was it really 3-12 years ago that I first discovered laundry pods/pacs? I still have probably 30 Tide pods, but rarely use them with the auto-dosing Maytag. I need to finish them up before they get old, leak, and stick to each other. Gotta say, I really loved the convenience of pods....but not even having to toss a pod in when loading is even easier, LOL.

Post# 861450 , Reply# 25   1/12/2016 at 15:46 (554 days old) by joe_in_philly (Philadelphia, PA, USA)        
You don't know if you don't try it

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I have heard that the secret to longevity is the ability to adapt to change. It is great that you are open to trying new things, and now have a washer that automatically doses the detergent for you!


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