Tide Free and Gentle Liquid Laundry Detergent Review

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It can be overwhelming when you’re in Costco looking for laundry detergent and there are so many options. There’s often Tide, Kirkland Signature, ECOS, and more. Then, each brand has HE, Free and Clear, pods, liquid, powder, and more. What is the difference and what does it all mean? We’ll break it all down for you as well as give an honest review of the new to Costco Tide Free and Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent.

Tide laundry detergent is known for being the top brand. Several tests by Consumer Reports, Cnet, and more have confirmed Tide is the best at getting stains out compared to all other leading brands. Now that Costco is carrying it we figured it’d be a great time to review it and see if it’s as good as they say. Having a two year old (that loves to play with her food) leaves no shortage of stained clothing. Spaghetti sauce, ketchup, peanut butter, red wine (just kidding!), blueberry juice, and more are just some of the food stains we are constantly trying to get out of clothing, not to mention grass and dirt stains.

Our first impression was that Tide did a great job. All clothes came out extremely clean. We didn’t do a side-by-side comparison like the CNET article we linked to, but we were very happy with the results compared to the other detergents we’ve used before. Another reason we’ll be using this going forward is that we have another infant in the household now. Infants skin is generally very sensitive, which is where the Free and Gentle part comes in to play. This means it’s free of dyes and perfumes, which is very important for a 2 week old baby. The Tide Free and Gentle is dermatologist recommended, accepted by the National Eczema Association and recognized by the National Psoriasis Foundation. Anyone with sensitive skin or skin allergies should be using this type of laundry detergent. Tide Free and Gentle is considered hypoallergenic.

Over the years we’ve tried Kirkland Signature, ECOS, All, and other laundry detergents. After doing in-depth research for this article and our own testing we can comfortably say that Tide is the best laundry detergent out there. We’re excited Costco is now carrying the Tide Free and Gentle liquid laundry detergent. We definitely recommend looking for it next time you’re in the store. In short, with Tide Free and Gentle you get a deeper clean that is also gentle on skin. Read on for a list of frequently asked questions about laundry detergents that will help you make a more informed decision for your next purchase.

Tide Free and Gentle Liquid Laundry Detergent Ingredients

Water, Alcoholethoxy Sulfate, Citric Acid, Ethanolamine, Borax, Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate, Polyethyleneimine Ethoxylate, Laureth-9, Propylene Glycol, Diquaternium Ethoxy Sulfate, Sodium Formate, Diethylenetriamine Pentaacetate (Sodium Salt), Lauramine Oxide, Disodium Diaminostilbene Disulfonate, Calcium Formate, Protease, Dimethicone, Amylase

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Costco Laundry Detergent vs Tide

Kirkland Signature is the Costco laundry detergent brand, with a label that says Ultra Clean. It has a rating of 2.8 out of 5 stars on Consumer Reports website. After reading the reviews the biggest complaint was that the Costco brand does not do a good job on those extra tough stains. When using Tide you know you’re using the highest rated stain removing laundry detergent you can buy.

Is Costco Laundry Detergent Same as Tide?

Our sources tell us the Costco laundry detergent is definitely not the same as Tide.

Liquid Laundry Detergent vs Pods

Pods are a few seconds faster per load than liquid laundry detergent. However, tests have shown that they do not work as well as liquid laundry detergent. Also, pods are more expensive than liquid laundry detergent.

Liquid Laundry Detergent vs Powder

Powder is generally the least expensive laundry detergent type. If you want to pre-treat a stained area you must form a paste with the powder, which can be time consuming. Also, powder does not work well with cold water washes, as it doesn’t dissolve very well, sometime leaving residue on the fabric.

Why Use Liquid Laundry Detergent

  • Great for pre-treating stains or spot cleaning
  • Low cost compared to pods
  • More effective on oil and grease stains as it can penetrate the fibers

The Best Costco Laundry Detergent

Tide does the best job of removing stains from clothing. Kirkland Signature is generally lower in cost, but as they say, you get what you pay for. We would not recommend ECOS for anyone.

How much is Tide at Costco?

Prices may vary by location. In most locations the current price is $24.99 in warehouse. Online on Costco.com it is currently $29.99.

How many loads do you get?

The container is 208 fl. oz. That gets you roughly 158 loads of laundry.

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