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Tide Simply Plus Oxi
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Post# 1056627   1/5/2020 at 17:53 (180 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I've recently been using Tide Simply Plus Oxi. It's one of those yellow bottle detergents.


I got it for because:

-I felt I needed to be cost conscious that day, so a cheap detergent was in order. This was on sale for $3.50/bottle.

-I've never tried Tide Simply, and thought it might be interesting to try. Sort of a lemons to lemonade thing--I have to economize, but I could use the chance to try a new-to-me detergent.

-I chose this particular variety of Tide Simply, hoping it might be the best performing of the Tide Simply line available at that store.


Although I did consider All, which was the same price, and something I've used before and has worked satisfactorily. Plus All has an unscented version, which I generally prefer these days. But "I've never tried Tide Simply!" won in the end.


I've used it for many loads now. I honestly have mixed feelings.


First, the positive, as far as I can tell, it's working well enough as a detergent. Most of my laundry needs are freshening, and this stuff seems to do the job well enough.


I also wonder if it isn't working better than what I remember of All. Although such comparisons are hard--I haven't used All in a long time, and there might be other variables at work. One variable: I've used unscented versions of All. A more fair comparison would be a "regular" version of All.


I also don't find the scent particularly obnoxious or lingering, which is a huge plus for me.


It also doesn't  have a million suds left in the rinse when I do towels.


On the minus side, laundry doesn't seem to be as soft as it was with Tide purclean (my last detergent).


And I'm using larger doses than was the case with regular Tide. So a bottle doesn't last as long, and the cost per load may not be more favorable vs. regular Tide.


And, I think, the biggest minus is the question of value. Regular Tide probably has more cleaning power. I've historically used smaller doses with satisfactory results. And regular Tide isn't more expensive if one shops carefully. In some cases, it's possible to get regular Tide on sale for less than the sale price I paid for this Tide Simply!


I'm happy enough that I'll use this stuff up--it won't be a detergent that lingers around that I repalce day to day, and slowly use up with less critical loads of laundry. And I suppose I'd be willing to buy it again. I'd possibly consider this or some other Tide Simply if it seemed like a good match for a particular need. One thing I'm thinking right now--I like the way this stuff behaves with towels, and so it might become a "towel detergent." a general daily driver, I'd be more likely to go back to regular Tide--particularly since there are regularly good sales.






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Post# 1056639 , Reply# 1   1/5/2020 at 20:24 (180 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I bopped on over to CR online to see how the detergents you’re referencing fared in tests. Unfortunately, they have yet to test Tide Simply Clean & Fresh With Oxi. They have, however, tested the plain version.

I checked on All, as well, and the Stainlifter version scored significantly higher than Tide Simply. They list the cost per load for each at 11 cents. All Stainlifter is the highest scoring low-cost detergent (barring Sam’s Club’s “Members Mark” which scored a 70).

All: Overall score of 67. Did well removing dirt and body oil, OK removing grass stains; less successful on blood, wine & tea.

Tide Simply Clean & Fresh: Overall score of 49. Did well removing body oil, OK removing dirt; only fair at removing grass, blood, wine and tea stains.

For the sake of comparison, Tide Ultra Stain Release (21 cents/load) scored an 88. Excellent at removing body oil, dirt, grass; very good at removing blood, tea and wine.

They haven’t tested the newer Tide Heavy Duty yet. I picked up a jug of that at HyVee a few days ago, but haven’t used it yet. Unlike Tide’s flagship Ultra Stain Release, which is recommended only for HE machines, Heavy Duty is formulated to work in all types of washers.

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Post# 1056642 , Reply# 2   1/5/2020 at 20:39 (180 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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I bought a small bottle of the regular liquid Tide with Oxi for $3 last year.


I used it three times for towels but the fragrance was so bad I ended up using it to clean outdoor patio furniture.


I'm not allergic or sensitive about just smelled plain bad to me, like something you'd smell if you drove by a chemical plant.  And the smell intensified with each wash like it was building up in the towels.


It's sort of alarming that I'm so out of the mainstream...most people most like it as I can't believe P&G would launch something without testing it.

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Post# 1056648 , Reply# 3   1/5/2020 at 21:23 (180 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I wish CR had tested Tide Simply Plus Oxi. It would be interesting knowing the results. I have a feeling it might do better than some other versions in the Tide Simply line.


All's results are interesting. Perhaps next time I'll have to try that version. As I say, I've used All in the past, and it worked OK, but wasn't great. But the past versions were all unscented--often marketed for people with skin issues, so there might be more power in other versions of All.

Post# 1056651 , Reply# 4   1/5/2020 at 21:27 (180 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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the fragrance was so bad


I don't like the scent in this Tide Simply Plus Oxi. But it doesn't seem strong or lingering, which is a huge plus.


I remember trying a sampler of Persil Original. Initially, I liked the scent--until I found that it was strong and lingered on my laundry.

Post# 1056652 , Reply# 5   1/5/2020 at 21:40 (180 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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I do a lot of walking outdoors and some of the smells coming from dryer vents these days are incredibly strong, even from several yards away. 


I always hope it's not a pet bed they are drying.  Imagine some poor dog with strong sense of smell having to sleep on something like that!

Post# 1056656 , Reply# 6   1/5/2020 at 22:05 (180 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I've noticed the strong scent from dryer vents, too. It's sometimes surprising how noticeable the scent can be even at a good distance!


I hadn't thought of pet bedding--but yes, that would be terrible for a dog with a good sense of smell to have to put up with a strong detergent scent! Unfortunately, I can imagine some people specifically choosing such a detergent in hopes of covering up "dog smell."

Post# 1056672 , Reply# 7   1/6/2020 at 06:58 (180 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Strong scent from dryer exhaust likely is from fabric softener sheets.

That being said many compound things by using highly scented laundry detergent, then throwing one, two or even three fabric softener sheets into dryer.

You would think by now someone would try to launch a study or something to see just what chemicals dryer sheets (along with fragrance from laundry products in general) are polluting air we breathe.

Walking past some homes or buildings you want to gag from stench coming out of dryers.

Post# 1056673 , Reply# 8   1/6/2020 at 07:04 (180 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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In general have found even with scented versions of Tide or American Persil if one gets dosage down to suit load, after through rinsing very little scent remains.

For those still adding phosphates to wash loads, even with liquid detergents, then you need to lower dosage.

Many TOL and even MOL offerings of liquid detergents on sale today are rather concentrated. As such it is important to again match load size/soil level to dosage. Otherwise all that extra "soap" not only has nothing to do; but will leave residue that will require extra rinsing to remove.

New version of Persil liquid froths less and rinses cleaner. The latter perhaps is why it also packs less of a scent residue. Previous version was rather highly scented, and could be difficult to rinse.

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