Thread Number: 74680  /  Tag: Detergents and Additives
Is Tide powder detergent still good?
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Post# 984910   3/2/2018 at 03:52 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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As the question the current standard Tide powder detergent still a good detergent? I noted some bad on-line commentary earlier complaining that it's not as good as it used to be.

This post was last edited 03/02/2018 at 06:25

Post# 984916 , Reply# 1   3/2/2018 at 05:15 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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According the latest Consumer Reports, Tide just beat out Persil. 

Post# 984917 , Reply# 2   3/2/2018 at 05:24 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Tide just beat out Persil


I assume that's liquid? I'm wondering about the standard orange box Tide powder. (I just edited the original post to clarify this.)


As for the liquid Tide vs Persil, I have to wonder if there won't be a situation where one wins CR tests one year, and the other fights back and wins the next year...

Post# 984918 , Reply# 3   3/2/2018 at 05:37 by frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        

I use TIDE powder with bleach and I think there is no better detergent. It leaves the laundry fresh and without that perfume smell which I hate. Everyone has their preference but Tide with Bleach it mine.


Post# 984927 , Reply# 4   3/2/2018 at 07:50 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I seriously have to agree with Bob....Tide with Bleach powder, I was hooked on that stuff since the day it came out....

if I need to pretreat, then I use the liquid version.....

Post# 984933 , Reply# 5   3/2/2018 at 08:09 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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I use standard Tide powder, without bleach. I think it easily outperforms Tide liquid on white towels, I seldom use LCB as a result. I fine detergent. Tide with bleach is too expensive in my mind, standard Tide can be purchased at a warehouse club store for a slight discount. Tide is already too expensive in my mind. I may switch to imported Arial; similar, and my machines can handle the suds.

Post# 984934 , Reply# 6   3/2/2018 at 08:09 by appnut (TX)        

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I vote for Tide with Bleach.

Post# 984942 , Reply# 7   3/2/2018 at 08:30 by MrAlex (London, UK)        

What's the difference between regular Tide and Tide with Bleach? Both contain bleach. "Sodium Percarbonate" both have it listed as the fifth ingredient from the top.

Post# 984945 , Reply# 8   3/2/2018 at 08:50 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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I don't think there's any difference. Probably just P&G's marketing department trying to flog the same stuff, several times over.

Post# 984948 , Reply# 9   3/2/2018 at 09:29 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Powdered Tide With Bleach Alternative (also known as Tide Vivid at one point) was a top-rated detergent prior to the tweaking of the enzyme cocktail in liquids. I believe the last time the detergent was listed by CR, its score was in the mid 70s, which would put it in league with regular Tide and Persil liquids.

Update: Just bopped over to CR and noticed that, suddenly, Tide Ultra Stain Release (liquid) gained several points (it now tops the list with a score of 88), while Persil ProClean 2 In 1, which was tied with the Tide product, lost a few points (composite score of 80)--notably in the removal of grass stains.

Tide must have tweaked the enzyme formula recently, which would explain why Persil ProClean 2 In 1 now trails by comparison.

I stopped using Tide Ultra Stain Release with the arrival of a Speed Queen top-loader. Most Tide liquids are recommended for use in HE machines only. My own experience confirmed that. It didn't clean as well as it had in the ultra-concentrated environs of a modern front-loader. Persil's 2 In 1 is now my daily driver.

Post# 984970 , Reply# 10   3/2/2018 at 13:15 by leononmaui (Maui Hawaii)        

Tide with Bleach powder is all I use.
I don't like liquids.
I do add a scoop of oxyclean on certain loads.

Post# 984984 , Reply# 11   3/2/2018 at 15:42 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

I love tide (Now I'm using bleach alternative) powder.

Darryl loves that white persil that smell like Elmer's glue.
Both clean amazingly well. Darryl doesn't like strong scents... And If i could afford, I'd toss 1 large bottle of blue purex crystals on each load.

Post# 984988 , Reply# 12   3/2/2018 at 16:35 by Michaelman2 (Atlanta, GA)        

Tide with bleach powder for whites and light colored items always seems to work well for me. As mentioned by another member, I pretreat with the liquid at times. Regular Tide, no bleach for other darker items.

Post# 985001 , Reply# 13   3/2/2018 at 19:36 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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Another vote for Tide with Bleach powder.  I have used it for years and will continue until P&G stops making it.  It works great and the scent is very mild compared to the liquids.


My local Hy-Vee used to stock it but not anymore and I can only find it at Walmart now.


1/4 cup in my good old solid door Maytag Neptune front loader is the right dose.

Post# 985021 , Reply# 14   3/2/2018 at 21:59 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Frigilux:  Update: Just bopped over to CR and noticed that, suddenly, Tide Ultra Stain Release (liquid) gained several points (it now tops the list with a score of 88), while Persil ProClean 2 In 1, which was tied with the Tide product, lost a few points (composite score of 80)--notably in the removal of grass stains.
Hmm.  I had serious grass (clover) stains on a shirt and jeans from yesterday's mowing.

This is not a scientifically-controlled test so take it accordingly ...

Washed in the F&P (with a pair of socks that didn't have grass stains - wore boots), warm water with Biz powder (4 tbsp + 1.5 tbsp STPP), lowest water level (manual selected), light soil but with a 2-hr soak (includes 5 agitation strokes every minute for the duration).  Better but stains still quite visible.

Washed again, with a large bath towel and wash cloth added and not the socks ... warm water, 2nd water level (auto-sensed), light soil + 2-hr soak ... 6 tbsp Biz + 1 tbsp STPP -- and brushed the stained areas with Persil ProClean 2 in 1.  Grass stains 100% gone.

Post# 985040 , Reply# 15   3/3/2018 at 05:36 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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DADoES-- I get great results in the SQ with Persil ProClean 2 In 1, too. No plans to buy Tide Ultra Stain Release (liquid) until they formulate it to work to its full potential in non-HE machines. There was a noticeable drop in Tide's stain removal power when used in the SQ top-loader; although having said that, its cleaning ability was probably still as good as many other detergents. At any rate, I'm a Persil man, now--with the exception of bath linens (Rosalie's Zero Suds) and blacks (Perwoll Renew + Black). Persil 2 In 1, with a little Clorox for loads of heavily-stained kitchen whites, gets the job done.

Post# 985043 , Reply# 16   3/3/2018 at 06:21 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Tide with bleach is wonderful for items that are mixed white/colored like my great-grandmother's hand-made cotton quilts.

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