Back in September I purchased a P&G Sample box (see what else I received here) from Wagjag and Tide Pods Free & Gentle was one of the samples I received.
They only sent one pod, so although I would have liked to test out one load of towels for the softness quotient and one load of whites for the stain-fighting aspect, I had to choose only one. I went with the towels because I figured I would be able to easily judge the difference between what came out of my dryer and what was already in the linen closet.
For reference purposes, I'll let you know that I washed the towels in cold water (as I do with my regular detergent) and I did use my usual fabric softener sheets in the dryer. My usual brands are Purex and Gain, respectively.
Before I get into my analysis, here's what this product can do according to P&G:
The towels were clean, soft and fresh, but was the difference really enough to justify the price?
With most things, there are pros and cons. The Tide Pods are pre-measured and easy to pop into the drum of your washing machine. You don't have to worry about spills, liquid detergent gunking all over the lids or powder leaving a layer of dust on everything in your laundry room. You won't use too much or too little - that problem has been solved for you.
My towels came out just as clean and soft as ever, so Tide delivers on the promise of clean. There's no heavy scent - in fact there's no scent at all, but I find that the detergents I use rarely have a lasting scent anyway. I rely on my fabric softener to take care of that job.
As for the pre-measured pods - I prefer to use as much or as little as I feel I need. Sometimes I'm only doing a small, quick load, and using a pod seems like it may be a waste to me.
Since it does the job, let's take a look at the economics for a moment. Times are tough and saving a few pennies on something you have to buy and use on a regular basis matters to me.
As I mentioned previously, my regular detergent is Purex. It offers 96 loads at about 13 cents a load. Let's say it's been a really dirty month (which rarely happens in this house full of couch potatoes) and I used double portions of detergent every time I did a load and only got 48 loads out of that particular bottle. That would average out to 27 cents a load. That's not going to happen, and the truth of our usage is probably somewhere in-between.
Tide Pods Free & Gentle offers 72 loads at about 36 cents per load. What you're paying for here is convenience. It's the same reason a bag of chips costs more at the gas station than at the grocery store. If you prefer this format and are willing to pay the price, you will definitely get clean clothes.
You may also be concerned with allergies, in which case this may be an option for you, but this product is also available in a liquid form which equals out to about the same cost per load as the pods (unless you're buying the small bottle and using extra, then the cost is shocking: almost 60 cents a load!)
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My final word is that this product does what it says, but I am not willing to pay anything extra for it. I would recommend it to those who have allergies and don't mind paying a premium for their detergent.
Product Rating: 4 smiles out of 5
Product Website: www.pg.com
Product Type: laundry detergent
Would I purchase?: no
Would I recommend?: *yes - see final word
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