While this post is sponsored by P&G and Tide, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I occasionally switch up my detergents. But I always come back to Tide. During my cloth diapering journey (6 years so far!), I’ve always heard how well Tide worked for others. And then once I became a cloth diaper educator, Tide remained a detergent that I always recommend.
So when P & G reached out to me to try their Tide + Ultra Oxi powder detergent, I was excited. I mentioned earlier that I’m already a longtime Tide user. I’ve seen a few different formulations and updates in their detergent since I started using cloth diapers. I particularly like a sorta recent update that made the detergent rinse out easier. That clean rinsing really shines with the Tide + Ultra Oxi. I have moderately hard water with high iron content. I usually always do an extra rinse because there is just too many suds for my taste in that final rinse. But not with this stuff. There wasn’t a single detergent bubble in that final rinse. I was impressed!
Check out this link for Tide’s cloth diaper care info. I’m so happy to see a major brand have something like this posted! One step closer to making cloth diapers mainstream!
I don’t have long term usage with the particular detergent. But I’ll tell you my first impressions and I’ll keep you updated with my thoughts as I continue to use it. And I WILL be continuing because so far, so good!
I have an old school top load Speed Queen and washed a full load of about 30-32 diapers, plus cloth wipes and wet bags. Here’s what I did:
- For the prewash, I use the heavy duty cycle on hot. None of the cycles are all that long and the extra agitation can never hurt. You can also use warm or cold for the prewash. But my high iron content makes it a pain to get laundry clean. The hot water helps. I used Tide + Ultra Oxi to the 1 line.
- For the main wash, I use the same cycle as above, the heavy duty cycle on hot. This time I use Tide + Ultra Oxi to the 4 line.
I like the smell. In the box it’s fresh smelling, but not overpowering. You can still smell it while the wash cycle is going, but again, it’s not over the top. Once everything came out of the dryer, I couldn’t smell any fragrence at all. Which is good. I smelled nothing. No stink. Just clean.
I can’t say if it helped with stains yet as this load didn’t really have much poo to clean off. My laundry does get dingy looking due to the water content. I’ll be looking to see if the Tide + Ultra Oxi makes a difference with that longterm.
One thing I did notice is that everything seemed a bit softer than it usually does when it comes out of my dryer. I could be nuts, or it could be a coincidence. Either way, I think it’s safe to say that I pretty impressed so far. I look forward to using up the rest of the box on my cloth diapers and clothing. I’ll be sure to update this in a month or so to let you know how things go!
Find out more here, including more info on the detergent as well as where you can purchase some yourself!
Anyone else use Tide + Ultra Oxi detergent on your cloth diapers? I’d love to hear from you!
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.