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Manufacturers of Tide Products Complaint - If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It

Review by chloegirl on 2011-04-18
For some reason and I do believe it has to do with the "green thing" going on in our country, Tide had taken upon itself to change detergents for washing cloths. After two weeks of scratching, itching and breakouts in rather private parts I am sick and tired of these companies changing their products. And no suds!!! Even the new washing machings only us 'LOW SUDS". Thats great if it works but the Ultra does not clean cloths at all.

It's ok if you don't get your clothes dirty but look at all the families with children or families whose bread winner does construction. And the chemicals they are using for their new product are not healthy.
Comments:24 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-10-20
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-04-18:
I don't wash clothes that are very dirty, so I don't need a detergent as expensive as Tide, but I agree that for the price it should do a good job cleaning even the dirtiest of clothes. Maybe it's time to try some other brands. I like Arm & Hammer and Purex, and they are both reasonably priced when on sale. They even have unscented versions for sensitive skin.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
I like Venice's suggestion of Purex. I work with someone who develops an itchy, uncomfortable rash whenever their clothes are washed in anything other than Purex.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-04-18:
My daughter has eczema and I'm sensitive to smell, so I always try to buy unscented laundry detergent with no dyes or perfumes. They used to be hard to find, but now a lot of brands make an unscented variety. I think Tide does, too!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
I wash extra dirty clothes. If they changed the formula I will be extremely disappointed. I pay quite a bit for Tide but may as well use the cheap stuff with some Whisk if it won't do the trick. So far I haven't noticed a difference but I am still using Tide purchased last year.
Posted by *Brenda* on 2011-04-18:
My husband put one of those little tide ultra packets in the dishwasher (because they look the same as the dishwashing things). Luckily my dishes just smelled like tide.....
Posted by *Brenda* on 2011-04-18:
the stain booster things I mean
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
I use Seventh Generation which seems to work great. Plus, it isn't bad for your skin or the environment. One container seems to last for quite some time.
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-04-18:
I've noticed a big difference in washing detergents probably the past 6 months. I have a top loader machine so obviously can lift the lid and see the suds right there. Items that once came out sparkling clean have to be pre-treated or run your machine through the drain cycle and the tub filled again along with some more detergent. What's amazing is I have no heavily soiled clothing, just the same as always. If this is government mandated energy savings/environmental savings at work, forget it. What's saved when clothes have to be washed twice?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
Good point Nohandle. I have heard alot of the same about green dishwashing products not working as well as the old school products also.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-04-18:
Progress is an illusion.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
I wash my husband's dirty clothes from the site when he goes out inspecting the job in Singapore in Seventh Generation and it works quite well. But, I don't think all the environmental type products work as well. I tried a cheaper brand that didn't work at all.
Posted by Starlord on 2011-04-18:
Suds don't do anything that helps cleaning. People don't know tha, just as they don't know a vacuum cleaner does not need to sound like a 747 taking off to clean your floors. I used to sell Amway, and we had a laundry detergent called SA-8 that produced very little if any sudsing. I used to ask for a just-laundered washcloth, and filled a bowl with water and a bit of SA-8, then dipped their washcloth in the water, and the stuff that came out, that was left in the laundry was impressive.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
Starlord, as a warewash & laundry specialist for several years...suds have a lot to do with dirt removal. It encapsulates the particles and carries them away. I could bore you with a bunch of technical jargon involving surfactants and such, but i'll spare you...lol!
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-04-18:
Dirm, I have to agree with you on that. I do believe that suds serve a purpose.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
Suds--no suds. I say that if you find something that works well, stick with it. I have used SA-8 in the past when someone I knew sold Amway. It did work very well and one container lasted quite a long time.
Posted by CrystalSword on 2011-04-18:
I found the same problem using Tide....the itching and rashes where one shouldn't have them....I will NEVER use Tide again. I have better luck with Arm & Hammer, Gain, Sun, even Purex....not a big fan of Cheer either.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
I like Purex too. In the past, Tide has made my skin very itchy. I like the smell of Tide, but I have never had an issue with Purex.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
And I will only use Tide .. my favorite being Tide w/a touch of Downey. I also like the Amway laundry detergent...the only problem is it's hard to order Amway products without being hounded to start my own pyramid scheme..lol.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
I love the Tide with Downy but it is too much of a hassle ensuring that I don't have any towels or washcloths in the pile.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
Why's that, Blue? I wash my towels with it all the time...is there something I should know??
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
Fabric softener isn't great for towels. I can't use it on my mattress covers either. It kills their absorbency. Kinda makes water roll right over them.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
Really? I never knew that, or noticed. Now I'm going to have to experiment though!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-18:
If your towels have buildup, add vinegar instead of fabric softener the next time you wash them. That breaks the softener down. Alternatively you can put them in the tub with Epsom salts then wash them. It should make them nice and fluffy again. I got wary of what I used softener on when I was washing diapers.
Posted by wjk898 on 2012-10-20:
When they forced 'em to take phosphate out of detergents they became useless. Phosphates are needed because of its unique binding properties. Clothes are cheaper though these days aanyway, so I just toss things that I cant get clean and buy new.

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