Tide Stain Release in-wash booster is used with laundry detergent, not by itself, to help get your laundry cleaner by removing stains and odors.
It comes in three forms: powder, liquid and dissolvable pacs.
The pacs are great for anyone without a laundry room: college students, people who live in apartments, travelers, or anyone who appreciates the convenience of having laundry products pre-measured. The pacs are like little pillows, 1 1/2 inches square and 1inch thick, and weigh about 3/4 ounce each so the ingredients are concentrated, although the package recommends using two for very dirty or extra large loads. They are filled with white powder and have two tiny pockets full of orange liquid on the outside. They need to be kept dry because they dissolve in water and you shouldn’t handle them if your hands are wet.
Tide Stain Release Ingredients
Well, what the heck is it that gets your clothes clean?
Tide Stain Release contains oxygen-based bleach, sodium carbonate, bleach activator, and enzymes. (Oxygen bleaches like OxiClean need either hot water or a long time to work without an activator.) So you are adding an oxidizing bleach, water softener, and enzymes to the wash to help get your laundry cleaner.
Effectiveness of Tide Stain Release
So how well does it actually work at getting clothes clean?
Nothing beats regular liquid bleach at getting whites white but this product does a good job on organic stains (like food, grass, and body fluids) and is safe for colors and is better for the environment. (No phosphates, either.) There is a notable difference on whites compared to using regular Tide alone but don’t expect it to make those old boxer shorts or stained tee shirts look new. Tide Stain Release also does a good job removing odors.
In case you’re wondering, it dissolves well and you shouldn’t notice any clumping or residue on your clothes.
The best way to describe the smell is to compare it to fruit punch bubble gum. Don’t worry, the smell isn’t very strong on your clothes, although children might like it better if it was!
Other Tips for Cleaner Laundry
Don’t overload the washer.
Use the hottest water that is safe for the type of laundry.
Use water softener (washing soda) if you have hard water.
Use the right amount of detergent and dissolve it in the water before putting the clothes in.