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 ¼ cup, 1/3 cup or ½ 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?