Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pop In, Stand Out



I've always viewed product demos with a mixture of skepticism and awe.  There's no doubt that they're compelling, but I've been let down too many times by "miracle" products to fully trust in anything these days.  So when I got an opportunity to review Tide Pods, I decided to put it to the test and see what it could really do.  And since I'm a former lab geek, let's approach this old-school experiment style :)

Purpose: To test the performance of Tide Pods on frequently encountered stains like food, dirt, and makeup

Materials:
  • White fabric swatch
  • Tide Pod 
  • Food stain 
    • soy sauce - high usage frequency / high staining
  • Dirt stain 
    • the black gunk stuck to the car.  I don't know how, but the kids and I are constantly brushing up against the cars and leaving long, black streaks on our clothes
  • Makeup stain 
    • black powdered eyeliner.  I drop the container at least once a year making a giant mess of everything and nothing seems to completely remove it.  I've tried makeup remover / dish detergent / laundry detergent, there's still a faded black glob. :(

Procedure:  Apply stains to new white t-shirt fabric and toss it in with a load of laundry.  Household of 5?  You bet we always have some laundry somewhere at the ready.

Results:  The whole load of laundry came out clean as expected, but I was really interested in seeing my fabric swatch.
I was amazed by how completely the stains had been removed.  The swatch was 100% clean and there was no sign it had ever been stained.  The best part?  I didn't have to do anything special to achieve it - no soaking / stain sprays / scrubbing / pretreating at all.  All I had to do was start the washer, pop the pac in with the laundry, and let it do its magic.  Per the package, each pac contains 3-in-1 detergent technology that cleans, brightens, and fights stains.

Conclusion: While laundry isn't rocket science, I loved that this made it completely brainless.  No more squinting at hard to read measurements on detergent caps and trying to determine which one best correlates to your load size, no giant, heavy detergent bottles, no crusty detergent caps, and no accidental spills - this might now be the cleanest, most organized room in the house!

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93 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I just might have to try these. Curry, powder or sauce leaves a stain that won't budge. And I've got a lipstick stain on a favourite white blouse that I believe has become permanent. I am ready to pull out the fabric paint!!!

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  2. coconut oil! i always have to spot treat it with dish soap before the laundry. If these pods come in unscented, I may have to try them!

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  3. Whoa! I'm sorry, but my eyes just widened and jaw just dropped. My worst stains.. are oil stains, esp. if it's in curry too. They are so difficult lol but that is one heck of a pod! I'm definitely adding this to my grocery/to-buy list for the weekend. Thank you so much for the review S!

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  4. Really great to hear that it worked so well! For me the toughest stains are sweat stains. Have never found anything to take them out.

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  5. Grease! I have a couple spots from Ramen on a skirt from Anthropologie that absolutely refuse to come out D:.

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  6. My husband works in home repair so I see a lot of different stains but I must say one stain that always gives me a fight and most always wins is this stuff called purple pipe cleaner. He does not do plumbing often but when he does I'm quick to get his clothes in the wash! Thanks for your help in the fight agenst stains and thanks for the chance at your giveaway!
    *Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  7. The toughest stains for me has to be sweat stains (so so obvious on white shirts!) and whatever chemicals/solutions (Lugol's solution & permangante) from lab that somehow always find itself onto my clothes. Oh yeah, ketchup stains (darn you, kid who was playing with a pack of ketchup and popped it right in front of me...), soy sauce, and fruit (cherries...) stains are also a pain in the butt too.

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  8. Grease based stains are the worst for me! My pants always seem to brush against my bike chain. https://twitter.com/Ehhmi/status/386293814358339584

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  9. Grass stains are tough. My sons get really dirty when they play outside.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  10. tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/386516573101359104

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  11. Grease or motor oil stains are very hard to get out.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  12. tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/386527418652979201
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  13. coffee stains

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  14. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/386558935236239360

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  15. My kids manage to stain their clothes with ketchup all the time! I love how pretty the Tide pods are.

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  16. wine and mustard are really hard....

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  17. tweet https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/386867600321282048

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  18. I am still struggling to get grass stains out of my girls leggings. amypugmire@live.com

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  19. tweet. amypugmire@live.com
    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/386974224214007808

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  20. I actually used the pod and it didn't remove the black squid ink on my white t shirt :(

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  21. Great review. Grease definitely tough to get out.

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  22. I would say oil is pretty hard to get rid off.
    Just the other day, on the first day that I wore my new blouse, I got fountain pen ink on it!!! Uh, so frustrating!

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  23. Mustard and ketchup stains are the worst!

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  24. The toughest stain for me to remove is baby formula spit up, no matter what I do it never disappears.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  25. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/387712314385788929

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  26. Nail polish. I have some maroon-ish nail polish that I tried to get out with acetone before putting in the wash and it is sadly going nowhere.

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  27. Wow. I never really considered using the 'pods' because I thought they were so weird. I didn't think they would work very well. Thanks for the demonstration!

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  28. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/388342176603574272
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  29. Ketchup and mustard. Picnic season is still upon us, so is tailgating and we always end up with a few of these!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  30. To me, the toughest stains are from grass and red wine.

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  31. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/388507359900741632

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  32. Grease stains and grass stains are tough to get out in my experience.

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  33. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/389130982487359488

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  34. Definitely grease! I can never get it out.

    thisisme79 @ gmail dot com

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  35. Anything you don't treat immediately! Oil, pen, etc.

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  36. wine stains
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  37. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/390290176003407872
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  38. Ink! Such a pain to get out!
    lynnbulk83(at)yahoo

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  39. https://twitter.com/lynnlynnbobin/status/390466048899555328

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  40. Great review! I'm definitely going to check them out!

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  41. https://twitter.com/channynn/status/390840812545662977

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  42. I have a tough time with oil and grease stains.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  43. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/392700514254610433

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  44. Food stains from my kids can be impossible sometimes!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  45. I think grass and tomato based stains are the worst.huntandride@hotmail.com

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  46. https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/392997449360359424
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  47. https://twitter.com/imprfctbutloved/status/393193306156314624

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  48. cooking oil and hair oil from my hard care line

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  49. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/394179074282631168

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  50. Grass stains are the worst!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  51. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/394262106880483328
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  52. With 3 boys food stains are everywhere, for me spaghetti sauce is the toughest stain
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  53. tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/394432527529566208
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  54. I always have a hard time with blood and grass stains.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  55. Mysterious toddler stains. lol

    gigiofca@gmail

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  56. tweeted: https://twitter.com/gigiofca/status/395790891689840640

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  57. My husband works at a golf course and sprays the greens to treat for bugs etc. However, they add a blue dye to the product so they know where they are spraying it and don't miss any areas. It not only stains all of his clothing but his shoes and feet as well. I am usually able to get a little of the stain out but he wears blue spotted clothing most of the time.

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  58. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/395985293142016000
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  59. My son;s baseball pants are white. WHITE. WHY????? This might help

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  60. I have these mysterious grease-like stains that just won't come out with the usual methods (i.e. dish detergent).

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  61. grass stains! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  62. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/396107366661255168

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  63. The worst stains for me are from tree sap. Those never go away no matter what. =/

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  64. I think the toughest stains are the grease. No matter how I wash them...they are still visible!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  65. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/396366310113697793

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  66. I hate those sweat stains! I have ruined many shirts because of that!

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  67. i find some food stains to be hard to remove

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot)com

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  68. i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/396495196369612800

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot)com

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  69. Grass stains are the hardest for me.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  70. Mud & grass stains on my son's pants.

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

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  71. http://twitter.com/ccboobooy/status/396791336222744576

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  72. food grease for sure for me. I can get out most stains, even blood, with just one treatment. but grease? it can take three or four washes/treatments to get my clothing back to normal!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  73. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/397050907742846976
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  74. my two year old makes the worst stains with her food pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  75. tweeted https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/397085059762900992 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  76. Wine is the toughest stains.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  77. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/397103350799269888

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  78. Definitely grease and grass!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  79. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/397113104078622721

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  80. I would go with grease and spaghetti sauce

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  81. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/397124141146312704

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  82. I think food stains are the toughest!
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  83. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/397135349131907072
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  84. Grease stains are the hardest for me to get out.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  85. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/397144565611638784

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  86. Right now the toughest stains are from the green makeup from Halloween.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  87. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/397160052617793537

    slehan at juno dot com

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  88. grass stains for sure!

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  89. https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/397206786463133696

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  90. Grass stains

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  91. https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/397208136093691905

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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