In partnership with Tide.
I love getting my kids involved in dinner prep but I hardly ever do it because let me tell you, with four kids in the kitchen, things get MESSY. I usually end up supervising the cooking and their clothes, knowing I’m the one who will be trying to get tough food stains out of their shirts next day.
I’ve always used an old-school laundry hack that my grandma told me about – baking soda to make my bargain detergent more effective to remove tough stains (washing clothes for a family of 6 adds up!). But I never saw the results that my grandmother promised. I knew there had to be a better and less time-consuming way.
So I consulted the laundry experts at Tide and was so excited when they invited me out to their headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio to do a live test. Tide against my grandmother’s laundry hacks. They promised that by the end of my time there, I would be able to let go of stains (and the worry of stains) and embrace the fun of sometimes getting messy! First, they asked me to hold a taco night with my family and I encouraged the kids to get their aprons super messy! You’ll see how these tested later on…I couldn’t believe the results.
During my visit at the Tide Lab, we combined bargain detergent with laundry hacks (some even older than Tide!) and none of them beat Tide on getting the stains out of the clothes, removing lingering odor, or brightening whites. We tested hacks like washing clothes with baking soda with bargain detergent and we learned that hacks are ineffective approaches to cleaning clothes that don’t account for modern fabrics (like polyester or synthetic cotton) and new, bigger HE washing machines. In fact, in January Tide re-engineered its entire formula to tackle these modern laundry challenges.
A group of mom bloggers brought their aprons from all over the country and we tested out washing with baking soda plus bargain detergent hack in the Tide Lab, creating a paste to try to remove our taco night-stained aprons. One of my aprons was a baking soda laundry tester… it was washed with baking soda plus bargain detergent, the other apron washed with Tide’s newest product, Tide Ultra Oxi. It was no question that Tide worked better than the hacks. The aprons washed with our “hacks” still had stains on them, while the ones washed with Tide were clean.
After the weekend I spent at the Tide Lab, I learned that not only does Tide beat my grandmother’s trusted baking soda plus laundry detergent hack, but the common laundry hacks of vinegar for odor and lemon juice for whitening as well. And we tested ALL of them. Adding baking soda to the washing machine with bargain detergent didn’t work, among others.
The worst for me was putting a bag of lemons to the test against Tide. We squeezed an ENTIRE bag of lemons…so tedious. And Tide whitens as well or better than the juice of a full bag of lemons. Tide is designed for use on both colors and white clothing, but lemon juice isn’t; in fact, lemon juice has bleaching power and may fade colors if not used correctly.
Another well-known hack? Using vinegar plus bargain detergent to eliminate that lingering odor on your clothes. Not only did we learn that it’s ineffective but who wants their house to smell like vinegar while you pre-soak? Not me. In fact, I also learned that vinegar might hurt more than it helps; since it is an acid it can lower the optimal pH of your detergent making it less effective.
None of the hacks worked well. Baking soda for laundry didn’t cut it and neither did lemon or vinegar. So adding baking soda plus bargain detergent to laundry was out… and Tide was in.
After coming home from Tide’s Headquarters, I immediately stocked up on Tide and started using Tide Ultra Oxi.
I love it because it is Tide’s first detergent combination that gives us the benefit of tough stain fighting with built-in pre-treaters. It works due to a breakthrough enzyme in the liquid that specifically targets tough stains like spaghetti sauce, fruit juice or ketchup. Now there’s an easy-to-use solution for the messiest messes. (It’s like they made it just for my family!) You can get in a liquid laundry pac (POD) or in liquid formula. Tide Ultra Oxi is the best solution for modern-day laundry challenges.
Did you know that one dose of Tide Ultra Oxi removes stains better than 4 doses of bargain detergent and an ENTIRE box of baking soda in the washing machine? Yes… you read that right: Even adding a whole box of baking soda with bargain detergent to remove stains in clothes didn’t do the job. I’ve completely switched over and have seen the results.
There’s also the newly re-engineered Tide Laundry Detergent. It is an upgraded formula that delivers greater cleaning power, developed with today’s modern synthetic fabrics and HE washing machines in mind.
It’s also available in the new Fresh Coral Blast fragrance – I’m using it in my home now, too! It has a technology that activates its pleasant scent the more you move! It smells so good – I notice it every time that our kids walk by. 🙂
Thanks to Tide, I’ve given up on hacks like baking soda, lemon juice & vinegar plus bargain detergent. I’ve also stopped worrying about messes from family taco night, now that I know about the power of Tide.
I’m officially leaving my baking soda to use just for cooking – I’m telling everyone Tide Beats Hacks. The proof is in the pudding apron.
Spread the word, try for yourself, and let me know about which stains Tide helped beat!