Tide Original Liquid remains the most popular product marketed by Tide, but there are many other products manufactured by Tide. These products include high-efficiency liquid detergents, powdered detergents, detergent Pods, stain removers and laundry boosters. Tide Liquid detergents are also available in different formulations such as Free & Gentle (contains no 1,4-dioxane), Clean and Sensitive, Sport, Ultra, Coldwater Clean, Color guard, Tide with Bleach, and Tide with Downy. There are numerous fragrances available from Tide detergents also.
Tide manufacturers, Procter and Gamble had come under scrutiny for the inclusion of an ingredient that had the potential to cause cancer. The chemical 1,4-dioxane, considered a carcinogen, has since been reduced or removed entirely from Tide detergents. This chemical is included in detergents to reduce the risk of skin irritations. This chemical is a byproduct, therefore no regulations require it be listed as an ingredient nor are there any regulations governing the amount allowed in a detergent. Tide has voluntarily undertaken other processes that will reduce the level of 1,4-dioxane in their detergent. Different methods of formulation and the use of higher quality ingredients can be used to ensure the reduction of the hazardous bi-product 1,4-dioxane, though the level in Tide products is unlikely to cause adverse effects.
WHAT I SMELL: I was just at the grocery store and I kept smelling Tide laundry detergent. I didn’t think much of it as I was at the grocery store, but let me explain that I loathe the smell of Tide. I would almost rather not wash my clothes than to have to use Tide because the smell is just nauseating to me. Well, as it turns out, when I got home I sniffed my arm and sure enough what I was smelling was me. Now, I spritzed this on about four hours ago and this was the result.
The original Tide laundry detergent was a synthetic designed specifically for heavy-duty, machine cleaning (an advance over the milder cleaning capabilities of FeWA and Dreft). Tide was first introduced in U.S. test markets in 1946 as the world's first heavy-duty detergent, with nationwide distribution accomplished in 1949. Tide claimed it was "America's Washday Favorite." Authority was quickly gained in the U.S. detergent market, dwarfing the sales of ; and accelerating the demise of two of its main competing products, Rinso and Gold Dust Washing Powder, both then brands. These other brands came in the more familiar soap-powder and soap-flake forms. Tide, however, came shaped as a white powdered bead. The line was expanded to include an orange-tinted clear liquid form in 1984. Today, most formulations of liquid Tide, both concentrated and regular, are dark blue, with the exception of "Tide Free", which is clear. Each year, Tide researchers duplicate the mineral content of water from all parts of the United States and wash 50,000 loads of laundry to test Tide detergent’s consistency and performance.