Tide Pods vs Homemade Laundry Soap

A few words on laundry.

Way back {here} I did a post on homemade laundry detergent.

We’ve gotten a lot of emails regarding this post, mostly about my opinion on the efficacy of my soap, and questions about its consistency (it’s pretty liquid-y!)

So, I jumped at the opportunity to do a product review on Tide Pods and be able to compare the two!

I still use it, the price is right, after all.

In fact, my son did a little science fair experiment on it a while back, and here are his results:

(homemade detergent didn’t get the stains out nearly as well, and the shirt was dull and dingy!)

Now, while I do love the price, and really its performance on a regular day-to-day basis, I do find my home-made stuff lacking in a few ways.

First, I do miss the amazingly clean, fresh smell of store-bought laundry detergent.  Especially on my towels.  Homemade detergent doesn’t smell bad, it just doesn’t smell on garments and linens…and I miss it!

Second, as you can see on the picture above, it doesn’t do a fantastic job on crazy stains.  Our clothes are clean, but not necessarily sparkly clean.   It does well on minor things, but I always seem to find myself dumping in more than I should, just because…just in case…well, it’s homemade!

And thirdly, as crap(happy)py as this may sound, I live in a tiny rental in a beach city (ps I LOVE where I live!) and I have to use coin-operated laundry machines that are not in my house.  (are you astonished?  I didn’t think I’d be able to function without my W/D!) So, my 5-gallon bucket of homemade detergent is in my garage around the corner, and it refills my recycled laundry container every couple of weeks, which I have to lug back and forth from the laundry room, along with my 5 loads of laundry, quarters, dryer sheets, key to the laundry room, vinegar, etc!

I know, I know, cry me a river!

But, I have recently found a solution to all three of my homemade-laundry soap woes.

get excited for Tide Pods!

First…they make my stinkin’ laundry smell good again.  They come in a few different scents, I personally enjoy the Spring Meadow and the Ocean Mist scents.  I love opening the door of the washing machine and breathing in that good, clean smell!

Second…Just one pac removes more stains than 6 caps of the liquid bargain brand.*  That one tiny thing packs a powerful punch, and my favorite shirts are just as bright and white, even just using that one teeny, tiny pac!  It’s a 3-in-1 detergent that cleans, brightens and fights stains!  {actually, the only 3-chamber unit dose on the market}


Third…I realize that not all of you have the same laundry woes as I do.  In fact, most of you probably don’t, but everyone can use a little more space in their cupboards, and can afford to simplify a little, and rely on quality products.  I have thoroughly enjoyed only tossing a handful of Tide Pods on top of my basket on my trip to the laundry room, and am amazed that that little pac can do such a great job at removing my tough stains.

Have you tried Tide Pods?

I love them!

and in conjunction with Tide Pods,

I’m excited to announce a sweepstakes for a $100 Visa Gift Card!

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 Based on stain removal performance of 1 pac of Tide Pods vs. 6 doses of the leading liquid bargain brand base variant in a standard top loading machine.