Gain flings! Original Liquid Laundry Detergent, 81-Count

Last updated date: June 26, 2020

DWYM Score
8.4

Gain flings! Original Liquid Laundry Detergent, 81-Count

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Overall Take

This laundry detergent is compatible with both traditional and HE washers and dissolves just as well in cold water and hot. It's available in pod form, so you don't have to measure out the detergent. Since this detergent comes with a scent booster, it is able to keep clothes smelling fresh for up to six weeks after every washing. In our analysis of 101 expert reviews, the Gain Gain flings! Laundry Detergent, 81-Count placed 5th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 26, 2020:
Checkout The Best Laundry Detergent for a detailed review of all the top laundry detergents.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
21,645 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This detergent does an impressive job softening fabric and brightening whites and colors. Pods are accompanied by the citrusy and amber scent of Gain that many love. Available in a tub of 81 pods, these don’t leave a soapy residue on clothing.
- BestReviews
The pacs are designed to be used in both HE (high-efficiency) and standard washers in any water temperature.
- The Spruce
Each pod is concentrated, so they provide twice the cleaning power over other liquid laundry detergents.
- French Garment Cleaners
Gain Flings Detergent Pacs are suitable for both regular and HE washers and dissolves easily in both hot and cold water.
- Home Product Advisor
If you are after fresh-smelling laundry, you will not go wrong with Gain Flings’ Liquid Laundry Detergent Pacs. The fragrance packs a wallop and your clothing will stay scented for quite a while.
- Ode Magazine
These pods were great at getting out body oil stains.
- Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Gain flings work in both HE and standard washers. That should cover 99.9% of all household washers.
- Costco Insider
With the Flings, there’s no measuring, no hauling around heavy bottles, and no messy spills. Honestly, they are pretty much dummy proof.
- Guy Counseling
What experts didn't like
Childproof packaging can be tough for even adults to open.
- BestReviews
May need two pacs to treat stubborn dirt and stains
- Home Product Advisor
Surprisingly, Gain had some of the most expensive pods of all the options tested, but they were only the fourth most effective.
- Showbiz Cheat Sheet
But I’m going to level with you – Gain’s laundry pacs are more expensive than the company’s traditional bottle product.
- Guy Counseling

From The Manufacturer

Gain flings! Laundry detergent pacs in Original Scent. Detergent plus Oxi and Febreze, three big things in one fling!

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Overall Score: 8.5
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Gain + Aroma Boost Liquid Laundry Detergent
8. Gain + Aroma Boost Liquid Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 2
Tide Original Scent HE Turbo Laundry Detergent
9. Tide Original Scent HE Turbo Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
Tide Pods Liquid Laundry Detergent
10. Tide Pods Liquid Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 7
Presto! Liquid Laundry Detergent
11. Presto! Liquid Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
ARM & HAMMER Clean Burst HE Liquid Laundry Detergent
12. ARM & HAMMER Clean Burst HE Liquid Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 9
Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent
13. Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 9
Tide Free and Gentle Laundry Detergent Pods
14. Tide Free and Gentle Laundry Detergent Pods
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 5
Tide Plus Febreze Laundry Detergent
15. Tide Plus Febreze Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Laundry Detergents

Keeping your clothes clean, bright and free of dirt and grime not only extends the life of your garments but also boosts your confidence as you get ready to tackle a busy day. In other words, you’re going to need a laundry detergent you can rely on to look and feel your best. There are a few things you need to look for when choosing the best detergent for your family.

Perhaps the biggest and most important feature is the laundry detergent’s cleaning power. Will it get out your child’s grass stains after soccer practice or the ketchup that they accidentally spilled on their favorite dress? Tide Pods 3-In-1 Laundry Detergent, 81-Count is an excellent example of a detergent that does just that. Tide uses 10 times the cleaning power to get clothes cleaner than other brands.

Next, determine how well the detergent fights strong odors and how long it keeps clothes and linens smelling fresh. Arm & Hammer OxiClean Fresh Scent Liquid Laundry Detergent contains baking soda, an ingredient that is known for its ability to tackle unpleasant smells. Then there’s Gain flings! Laundry Detergent, 81-Count, which leaves your laundered items smelling fresh for as long as seven weeks.

Check to make sure that the detergent works with your traditional or high-efficiency washer. Then look to see if it minimizes the amount of suds, as too many suds make it harder for your clothes to rinse clean.

Once you have a winning detergent, you’ll need to pick a scent. Of course, you can always change the scent to match the season. You may opt for a burst of citrus or a hint of lavender. Some brands even offer that “fresh off the line” smell.

DWYM Fun Fact

Up until World War I, traditional soap was used to clean clothes and linens. During the war, soap became scarce. This led to the invention of laundry detergent. It wasn’t until the first washing machine was manufactured in the 1940s, however, that laundry detergent became a regular item on household grocery lists. In fact, by 1953, the United States sold more laundry detergent than it did soap. Laundry detergent has undergone many changes over the years with the most recent changes leading to the replacement of harsh chemicals with more environmentally friendly ingredients.

The Laundry Detergent Buying Guide

  • Pay attention to the “best used by” date on the detergent container. While most laundry detergent doesn’t expire, it can lose its effectiveness. That means it may not remove tough dirt and stains or leave your clothes smelling as fresh as it once did.
  • Store powder detergent in a dry location, as it is highly susceptible to moisture. Liquid detergent, on the other hand, is sensitive to high temperatures, so you’ll want to store that type in a room with temperatures that range between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Always place any form of laundry detergent on a high shelf or lock it in a cabinet where children can’t access it. Some ingredients within the laundry detergent are toxic when consumed.
  • Be careful not to get any of the detergent in your eyes. The detergent contains chemicals that may irritate your eyes. In the event that you do get some in your eyes, it is recommended that you rinse your eyes with water for 15 minutes.
  • Check to see if the detergent you like in the scent you desire has a matching fabric softener or dryer sheet in the same scent. Competing scents may or may not combine well.
  • When comparing the price of laundry detergent, you’ll need to divide the cost by the number of loads. Tide Pods 3-In-1 Laundry Detergent, 81-Count and Gain flings! Laundry Detergent, 81-Count are on the higher end at approximately $.25 per load. In the middle, you’ll find Mighty Pacs Laundry Detergent, 2-Pack. This detergent costs $.17 a load. On the lower end is Arm & Hammer OxiClean Fresh Scent Liquid Laundry Detergent at just $.09 per load.