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 (203 days old) 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 05:25

Post# 984916 , Reply# 1   3/2/2018 at 05:15 (203 days old) 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 (203 days old) 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 (203 days old) 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 (203 days old) 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 (202 days old) 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 (202 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I vote for Tide with Bleach.

Post# 984942 , Reply# 7   3/2/2018 at 08:30 (202 days old) 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 (202 days old) 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 (202 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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 (202 days old) 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 (202 days old) 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 (202 days old) 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 (202 days old) 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 (202 days old) 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 (202 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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 (202 days old) 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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