The other day while shopping at Target with my mom, I saw a sale on Tide laundry detergent. We do a lot of laundry around here with Poo-caso child, so I thought I’d better stock up.
We usually use Tide because they have a lot of great scents. But this one I had never seen before. It’s called “purclean”, and according to the label, it’s the first bio-based detergent. The fragrance, Honey Lavender, is what really attracted me, as it sounded so simple and natural.
I’m used to seeing Tide in a bright orange container, but this one was clear, with a simple, clean looking label. If you know me, you know that I’m wacky about smelling things. I of course popped the top off, eager to know what Honey Lavender smells like.
The scent is…natural. It’s not aggressive or in-your-face florally strong. If laundry detergent had a personality, this one would be laid-back, down to earth, and easy going. 😀 So I got two bottles, and in my domestic bliss, was very excited to do my first load of laundry with it.
When the load was finished and I took the clothes out of the washer, I caught the Honey Lavender aroma and was very pleased with it. I then tossed them in the dryer without a fabric softener sheet, which I had just run out of.
Long, boring, story short, when the clothes were all dry and folded, they still smelled clean, and had the pleasant scent, albeit a little less noticeable after being in the dryer. One thing I dislike is that the laundry detergent fragrance goes away the next day. I like my clothes to smell like they’ve just been washed, and for it to last longer. As far as getting the clothes clean, I noticed absolutely no difference between the Purclean and the detergent I usually use, which is generally Tide Original.
Despite what my fascinating tale may lead you to believe, I am not at all picky about laundry detergent. I do like Tide the most, but I have no qualms about using another brand. If given the choice between the Honey Lavender Purclean, and, say, Tide with Downy fragrance, I’d choose the latter. No hard feelings, I just need something that is going to smell fresh days after being washed, especially with a toddler.
I hope that you found this review helpful!
UPDATE: Since writing this blog post, I noticed something very strange happening to my laundry. Pictured below is the insane amount of suds that are generated when I use the new Tide detergent. At first I thought it was because I put too much in, so I tried using less next time. The same thing happened again. Then I thought maybe the load was too heavy, because sometimes if I put two blankets in at once, for example, too much water is absorbed and it becomes uneven. Nope. The load of laundry I did when I took this pic was very small, and I used a tiny bit of detergent. My only other thought was that it was my washing machine causing this, like it had some weird suds disease.
I must mention how frustrating this was. A little bit of excess soap doesn’t bother me, but what I didn’t like was having to wash everything twice, just so that the clothes weren’t soaking wet and soapy. I wanted to get to the bottom of this, so I decided to do my next load of wash with the other bottle of detergent we had in the laundry room, to test what would happen. I think it was Arm & Hammer.
Suspecting that the suds were caused by the Tide, I was not at all surprised to find that things were perfectly fine when I used the Arm & Hammer. No suds, nothing out of the ordinary. The moral of the story is that I am now a little leery about using the Tide Purclean in the future, and will probably go back to the original. Beware!