Tide Free and Gentle Laundry Detergent Pods

Last updated date: May 28, 2019

DWYM Score
7.5

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We looked at the top 1 Laundry Detergents and dug through the reviews from 5 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Psoriasis, EWG, Baby Brown Sugar, Spokesmama and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Laundry Detergent you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 58 expert reviews, the Tide Tide Free and Gentle Laundry Detergent Pods placed 7th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 2, 2019:
Checkout The Best Laundry Detergent for a detailed review of all the top laundry detergents.

Expert Summarized Score
6.7
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
2,435 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Tested by dermatologists and doesn't contain harsh ingredients like dyes or strong fragrances. Designed to prevent skin irritation. Pods are easy to use and feature ingredients that cleanse, fight stains, and brighten clothes. The specialty detergent is affordable.
- BestReviews
The National Psoriasis Foundation, NPF, announces that Procter & Gamble products Tide Free & Gentle Liquid Laundry Detergent, and Tide PODS® Free & Gentle Laundry Detergent are the first products to receive the NPF Seal of Recognition in the household product category.
- Psoriasis
Not only was Tide Free + Gentle cost effective, but it worked well on keeping Cadence’s skin from any allergic reactions and it was so good on price, I would even use it to wash my own clothes!
- Baby Brown Sugar
June 9, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Multiple users had issues with pods not dissolving in washer.
- BestReviews
Moderate Concern: respiratory effects, general systemic/organ effects; Some Concern: chronic aquatic toxicity, nervous system effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage
- EWG
Just went to dermatologist on Monday after two weeks of awful, painful, itchy rash. He said it was "probably your dog." My dog is probably cleaner than he is. The only thing I did was change from liquid Tide Free and Gentle to Tide Pods Free and Gentle. Nothing "gentle" about it. I have trouble breathing at night while I am sleeping on the sheets washed with Pods. It is taking several washes to get the Pods out of everything: clothes, towels, sheets.
- Spokesmama

From The Manufacturer

Taking care of sensitive skin doesn't have to be hard. Each individual pac of Tide PODS Free & Gentle HE Turbo laundry detergent cleans, fights stains, brightens fabrics and is specially designed free of dyes and perfumes. Simply put in one pac for most loads, but use two pacs for large loads and three pacs for extra-large loads. For a simple, worry-free laundry experience that's gentle on skin, Tide PODS Free & Gentle laundry detergent will keep your family looking and feeling great. It outperformed the leading free detergent on 10 different stains.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Tide Original Scent HE Turbo Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Gain + Aroma Boost Liquid Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Presto! Liquid Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
4. ARM & HAMMER Clean Burst HE Liquid Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 9
5. all Mighty Pacs Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 2
6. Tide Pods Liquid Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Tide Free and Gentle Laundry Detergent Pods
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Mrs. Meyers Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Tide Plus Febreze Laundry Detergent
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Laundry Detergents

  • 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.
  • Individuals who have sensitive skin will want to look for detergents that have a USDA Certified Biobased formula. The product label will also point out that the detergent is gentle on skin.
  • When comparing the price of laundry detergent, you’ll need to divide the cost by the number of loads. Tide Original Scent HE Turbo Laundry Detergent is on the higher end at approximately $12 for 64 loads, which comes out to about $0.20 a load. Presto! Liquid Laundry Detergent is also $.20 per load at $20 for 106 loads. In the middle, you’ll find Gain + Aroma Boost Liquid Laundry Detergent at $10 for 64 loads, which comes out to $0.15 per load. On the lower end is Arm & Hammer Clean Burst HE Liquid Laundry Detergent. This detergent costs $7 for 100 loads for a total of $0.07 a load.

DYWM 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

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 son’s grass stains after soccer practice or the ketchup that your daughter accidentally spilled on her favorite dress? Tide Original Scent HE Turbo Laundry Detergent is an excellent example of a detergent that does just that. Tide uses HE Turbo Clean technology to get clothes six times 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 Clean Burst HE Liquid Laundry Detergent contains baking soda, an ingredient that is known for its ability to tackle unpleasant smells. Then there’s Gain + Aroma Boost Liquid Laundry Detergent, 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.

Take into consideration how environmentally friendly the laundry detergent is. Presto! Liquid Laundry Detergent is EPA Safer Choice Certified and made up of plant-based enzymes, making it a greener option.

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.