A Review of Tide’s New Purclean Laundry Detergent


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!14657784_10209439963969308_954734_n.jpg


9 thoughts on “A Review of Tide’s New Purclean Laundry Detergent

    • Hi! We had exactly the same issue – weird thing is it had occurred halfway through use of the detergent bottle. Crazy amount of suds and causing errors with our machine which is only a couple months old. Tried a load with the old tide detergent in an orange bottle and no problem.


    • Yes, me too. So disappointed that I have had to use two rinse cycles. Can’t keep doing this because I hate wasting water. I would ask for my money back, but I purchased this from Amazon and don’t think I can.

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      • Very frustrating. I would try contacting Amazon, see what they can do? Or maybe go right to the source and try calling Tide’s customer service-I would think you’d at least get some coupons in the mail! Good luck!


  1. Too many suds my front load would not drain sober thought it was the drain pump. Expensive fix.
    I changed my detergent that didn’t suds up so much and it was fine. No problems. Beware


  2. Too many suds, my front loader would not drain thought it was the drain pump. Expensive fix.
    I changed my detergent that didn’t suds up so much and it was fine. No problems. Beware


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