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Tide Total Clean Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent, Fresh Linen (88 loads,150 fl oz.)

Combining four powerful tools in one formulation, Tide™ Total Clean Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent, Fresh Linen (88 loads, 150 fl oz.) gives you more cleaning power for your buck.

Why Should I Use Liquid Laundry Detergent?

You’ll find that Tide Total Clean Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent, Fresh Linen offers several advantages over powdered detergent. It eliminates the chance of finding undissolved powder stains on your clothing after washing, is quick and easy to use, and offers outstanding cleaning and stain-fighting capabilities.

What Clothing Is Tide Liquid Detergent Made to Work With?

You can use Tide Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent, Fresh Linen with any clothing. It is designed to work just as well with bright colors as with lights or darks.

What Advantages Does This Washing Liquid Offer?

You’ll enjoy a number of advantages with Tide liquid laundry detergent. It’s ultra-concentrated, so you need less to clean more. A single container can clean 88 standard loads. The no-fuss dispenser ensures that you’re able to release as much or as little detergent as necessary with no hassles, and the convenient clear measuring cup makes it simple to measure out exactly as much detergent as needed.

For standard loads, just fill the cap to bar 1. For larger loads, aim for bar 3. For HE washers, fill the cap to bar 5. Add your clothes to the washer, pour in the liquid washing detergent, set your wash cycle, water temp and level, and close the lid.

What Scent Does This Clothes Washing Liquid Feature?

Tide Fresh Linen is clean and light, not heavy or overpowering. It’s perfect for all seasons and all clothing, ensuring that your wardrobe always smells clean and fresh.

What Does This Liquid Detergent Accomplish?

Tide designed this liquid laundry detergent to accomplish four tasks. It whitens whites, brightens colors, removes odors, and gets stains out of clothing.

The best laundry detergent: 2019 review of pods and liquid detergents

We gathered a group of top-selling laundry detergent brands, then tested them to see which one cleans the best.

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Laundry detergents are not all the same. It turns out that some brands pack more of a cleaning punch than others. That means some are better than others at lifting stains and purging fabric soiled by food, wine, grease and other common contaminants. And even the form of the detergent, liquid or pod, can affect how clean your laundry will get.

After comparing the options from various retail outlets including Amazon, Walmart and Costco, we settled on nine detergent brands. We chose them since they’re top sellers at those sites, and because they’re all-purpose detergents meant for mainstream wash-day use. We intentionally did not include specialty products designed to primarily tackle baby clothes or delicate items.

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We then systematically put these detergents through our washing machine test lab. The process entailed weeks of washing, over 100 hours in all. In other terms, that’s more than 80 washing machine cycles plus dryer cycles to match. We also painstakingly examined 135 fabric stain strips with an industrial-grade reflectance colorimeter to precisely determine the effectiveness of each detergent. And when all was said and done, the clear winner was Tide HE Turbo Clean liquid. It was far and away the best at eliminating a host different types of stains and soils.

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The second best cleaner in our group was another Tide product, Tide Pod 3 in 1 HE Turbo pods. Its stain-fighting abilities came close to liquid Tide. It cleaned with consistently good results from load to load too. That’s something the other detergent pod in our test group, All Mighty Pacs Free and Clear, failed to do. In general, All’s laundry pods couldn’t remove stains as well either.

The dirt on detergent testing

Scientifically evaluating the effectiveness of detergent is a rigorous, labor-intensive process that’s similar to the method we use to test washing machines. There’s a few key differences though. First, we stuck with one washing machine. In this case we used the Whirlpool WTW7500GC. We chose this appliance partly for our own convenience. It was already sitting in a berth inside our test lab. And since we thoroughly tested the washer during the review process, its performance was a known quantity. Using the same washing machine throughout testing also controlled for any appliance-related variables.

For each brand of detergent, we performed three test runs. With nine specific detergent brands, that comes to a minimum of 27 washing machine cycles. And after we finished the test cycles, we ran additional wash cycles with just water to purge any residual soap. We didn’t assess the mechanical action of the washing cycle, like we do when we test individual washers. That’s because how physically hard or gentle a machine is on fabric is a characteristic of each individual washer, not the detergent it’s using.

Here are examples of two cloth stain strips. The top is a strip before washing. Below it is a strip after washing.

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Otherwise, our methodology is identical. Inspired by guidelines laid out by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), we use 8-pound loads of laundry, with the same test items in each run. That includes a mix of “filler materials” such as fitted sheets, hand towels and pillow cases, plus specially calibrated cloth stain strips. These strips, which we buy from Swiss test material company Swissatest, meet AHAM’s strict guidelines for soil consistency.

Each cloth test strip has five stain areas, each soiled by a different mixture of contaminants. The stains are as follows: sebum (skin oil), carbon (black), blood (pig’s blood), cocoa (chocolate and milk) and red wine (aged). Each is designed to represent the chemical and physical properties of numerous similar substances.

For instance sebum mimics the natural oils produced by your skin. Carbon represents petroleum byproducts like motor oil and mineral oil. Blood is a good predictor of protein-based pigments including grass stains. Cocoa simulates a range of organic pigments, such as stains caused by coffee and chocolate.

We use an industrial reflectance colorimeter to take readings of our washed stain strips.

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We score the results for each load with the help of a reflectance colorimeter. The sensitive tool allows us to measure the percentage reflectance of each test strip stain, both before and after washing. Comparing these two values then gives us the percent change that has occurred. From there we can calculate a percentage of how much stain a detergent removes (and leaves behind).

We found that Tide HE Turbo Clean liquid was the best at removing stains in our test group of laundry detergents.

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The best detergent for everything

Hands down, Tide HE Turbo Clean liquid is the best detergent. Across the board, Tide got our test loads cleaner, and with the least stains remaining, regardless of the substance. It really shone when it came to stains for wine and cocoa. Only an average of 36.6% of wine stains remained after washing. That number might sound high, but overall it’s actually pretty good, especially compared with the other detergents.

For instance, the worst detergent for removing wine stains was Arm & Hammer Clean Burst. The liquid laundry soap left 52.3% (average) of its wine stains behind on our test cloth strips. And on average Tide left just 40.2% of cocoa stains behind. All Free and Clear liquid was the least effective at ridding fabric of cocoa. After washing, 79.6% (average) of cocoa stains still remained on its test strips.

Both All and Arm & Hammer had trouble removing cocoa stains.

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Across all five tough stains, Tide left 52.1% (average) of staining behind. That makes it the best overall performer in this group of detergents. Tide doesn’t come cheap though. Priced at $11.97 for a 100-ounce container (12 cents per ounce), it’s the most expensive of the liquid detergents we tested.

Tide Pods 3 in 1 HE Turbo detergent pods were almost as good at attacking tough stains as liquid Tide.

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The best detergent pod

Tide triumphed here again. Each little Tide Pod 3 in 1 HE Turbo got test loads virtually as stain-free as Tide liquid did. With an average of 53.5% of stains remaining, it was second best. The Tide Pods were also proficient fighters of red wine (43.6% remaining) and cocoa stains (44% remaining).

In terms of fighting stains, both Tide liquid and Tide pods came out on top.

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More impressive though was the consistent clean these pods provided. Across three test runs, the Tide pods notched stain removal results that were essentially identical (52.8%, 53.5% and 54.2% stain remaining). The other laundry pod in our group (All pods) fared much worse. Not only did it leave clothes dirtier on average (58.2% stain remaining), performance was wildly inconsistent between each wash (57.1%, 63.2% and 54.3% stain remaining).

If saving cash is your motivation, however, look elsewhere. At $20 for container of 81, these pods are pricey. They work out to about 25 cents per pod (one pod per load).

Total percent of stains removed

Arm & Hammer 34 All Liquid 38 Arm & Hammer w/ Oxy 39 7th Generation 40 Gain 41 All Pods 42 Kirkland 43 Tide Pods 47 Tide Liquid 48

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Higher percentages mean better overall stain removal.

The best budget detergent

Rounding out our list of top three detergents is the Costco Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean HE Liquid. It came in third in our group with an average of 56.9% stain remaining. It did leave more of our test wine stains behind (45.3%). The same is true for cocoa stains with 54.8% of those still clinging to our test strips.

However, you can grab a huge 194-ounce container for $13.59. That calculates to just 7 cents per ounce, the most affordable detergent in this group. Despite its rock-bottom price, the detergent came close to matching Tide’s stain-removing power.

Total percent of stain remaining

Arm & Hammer 66 All Liquid 62 Arm & Hammer w/ Oxy 61 7th Generation 60 Gain 59 All Pods 58 Kirkland 57 Tide Pods 53 Tide Liquid 52 Higher percentages mean worse overall stain removal.

Here’s the full list of laundry detergents in our test group

Liquids

  • All Free and Clear
  • Arm & Hammer Clean Burst
  • Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean
  • Gain + Aroma Boost
  • Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean HE Liquid
  • Seventh Generation Concentrated Free and Clear
  • Tide HE Turbo Clean

Pods

  • All Mighty Pacs Free and Clear
  • Tide Pods 3 in 1 HE Turbo

Today’s high-efficiency laundry detergent pods, liquids and washing machines use less water per load.

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A note on high-efficiency washing machines

Decades ago, washing machines consumed a lot more water than today’s high-efficiency (HE) models. According to Energy Star, modern HE washers use 14 gallons of water per load. Standard washing machines, on the other hand, need 20 gallons. Because of this difference, you can’t use ordinary detergent in an HE washing machine. Instead, these appliances require specifically formulated HE detergent. Most washing machine models sold now are high-efficiency though. The popularity of HE detergents has risen as well, which is why we chose HE instead of standard soap for our test group.

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Tide Total Care

by Debra
(Houston, Texas USA)

There’s a new type of Tide called “Tide Total Care”. I had never heard of it but I had a $1 coupon for it so I bought some at Wal-Mart. It was $6.97 for 29 loads. Usually I have four or five products to do laundry.

This one seems to cover them all. It has Downy so I didn’t have to use fabric softener separately. I usually use Woolite for delicates but I do not need it with Tide Total Care.
It is strong enough for jeans and heavier clothes. I haven’t had to use stain out products either. It has a nice smell but not too overpowering. Usually I alternate between Tide Free (no perfumes or dyes) and Tide Clean Rinse.
I have been able to wash sweaters instead of hand washing them with this detergent. I can also use it with pantyhose without it being too strong. It is my new go-to because I will be able to save money by only using Tide Total Care instead of buying several products to do laundry.
Even with sheets, it had a nice clean sheet and they did not come all wrinkled. I will buy the big bottle next time since laundry is almost a daily chore.

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