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What have they done to my Tide?

Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at 12:09 AM

I have used Tide detergent forever. I loved the switch to liquid, as powdered detergents always caused me to sneeze. When they came out with the Tide Free, that was great. There was no fragrance, which also can make me sneeze. I switched to Cold Water Tide for some fabrics. Then one day my husband came home with this big bottle of Tide that was for front loading washers. Our washer opens on the top, but this Tide still worked in our machine. Then I went to the store to find my Tide and saw about ten different types, fragrances, etc. There are times when I've been at Wal-Mart and they didn't have the Tide Free or the Cold Water Tide on the shelf.

Now they have changed the container. They have made it larger and, for me, more difficult to handle. This new container says 2X on it and is supposed to be enough for 52 washings. It says I can use half as much as I used to for a load. I suppose that's why it costs more. Those bottles barely fit in my cabinet. I can do OK with the Tide Free with the green top. I can see the lines for load sizes 1, 2 and 3. However, the Cold Water Tide has a dark blue top, and I can't see the lines. I suppose I need to figure out whether those lines are cup, 1/3 cup or cup and use the measuring cups rather than the lid. I have recently found a smaller container of the 2X Tide Free, which is supposedly good for 32 loads. Maybe I can just pour from the big container into a smaller one.

Do we really need all of those fragrances of Tide? If you rinse the clothes, doesn't the scent rinse out?

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I got my Charlie's today. I'll try it out this weekend and report back~!

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 3:46 PM

tgreader, hahahahhah!! Roll Tide!!

I am getting some Charlie's. They sent an email answering questions and were SUPER nice. Can't wait to try it out...THANKS!!

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 11:13 AM

I thought this was going to be an Alabama blog when I saw the title. Darn, I hate to miss some good Alabama bashing....

-- Posted by tgreader on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 10:59 AM

Target is AMAZING! LOL... And lately they have been very relative in price when stacked up next to WalMart. Hope you find your Tide :)

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 1:12 AM

Thanks, I appreciate that darrick_04. We make it to the boro quite often & even to Nashville, so I'll check at Target. Where we lived in Nashville we were only 2 miles from Target. I do miss it since we have moved here.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 9:59 PM

Umm in my experience, all of the bottles have gotten SMALLER, and they same 2x concentrated b/c they liquid now does the same amount of work in half the amount of liquid. It wouldn't make sense for the Tide bottles to get bigger. I can't find the big huge bottles anymore. The kind Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Food Lion sell all come in smaller bottles.

The same bottle that does 92 loads now, is seriously 2/3 the size of the one it replaced. By the way, does anyone realize that just about all laundry detergent are made by three corporations? Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, and Dial [these are the big three]... Also, I do know they sell the "Tide Free" at Target, I am in the boro for school all the time, and would be glad to get you a couple of bottles. No need to waste a trip :)

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 7:34 PM

I use the powder, so it's what I am most familiar with, but they also have a liquid.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 3:22 PM

I've never heard of Charlie's Soap. From what you wrote, it is obviously a powder. Guess I need to check it out on the web site. Thanks.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 2:06 PM

I am a big believer in Charlie's Soap and have used it for several years. I don't know of anyone locally who carries it, and their web site only shows Tennessee retail locations in Knoxville and Dayton. But you can order it at http://www.charliesoap.com , and the prices include shipping. You just use a tablespoonful per load, so a bag the size of a softball is enough for 80 loads.

Maybe we could get someone local to carry the stuff.

By the way, transfer the soap into some sort of plastic container when you get it. The brown paper bag it comes in will get weaker over time and will not survive dropping. (Trust me on this one.)

-- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 12:39 PM

Anything but Tide gives us the itchies.

How do you like Charlie's Soap? I've only recently heard of it. Can you get it locally and how much is it?

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 10:33 AM

This is God's way of telling you to switch to CHARLIE'S SOAP.


-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 9:09 AM

I'm the same way about ALL. They keep changing the sizes, smells and adding other things to it. One time you go in and they have what you want and the next time there is no evidence that it even exists on the shelves or the packaging it totally different and you have to read every type to find it.

Some of the containers are so heavy that I have trouble moving them from my shelf above my washer and then trying to hold with one hand and pour into their little bitty cup without spilling it all over the house.

If you use fabric softener that fragrance competes or completely covers up the first one. Some, like Gain, have too much scent. And then there is your deoderant,cologne or perfume to add more scents. No wonder there are so many people with asthma and allergies; they are on fragrance overload.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Tue, Feb 26, 2008, at 1:53 AM

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