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on March 20, 2010
Tide Stain Release booster is used with laundry detergent. The pre-measured pacs are great for anyone without a laundry room at home or who appreciates the convenience of having laundry supplies pre-measured.
Ingredients are oxygen-based bleach, sodium carbonate, bleach activator, and enzymes. Oxygen-based bleach turns to hydrogen peroxide and whitens through oxidation. The sodium carbonate is a standard water softener and the activator is included because oxygen bleach requires either hot water or a long time to work without it. Enzymes are proteins that actually break down molecules of fat, protein, or carbohydrates to aid in stain removal. All of these ingredients are common laundry chemicals.
The pacs weigh about 3/4 ounce each so the ingredients are concentrated, although the instructions recommend using two for very dirty or extra large loads. They need to be kept dry because the pouch and the powder dissolve very quickly in water. Don't handle them with even slightly damp hands.
I tested one packet in a triple-load front loader with a normal amount of detergent and cold water just to put it to the test. It was a load of fairly dirty dark clothes but I threw in some whites, mostly dirty tee shirts and old kitchen towels, and light colors, including bath towels, just to see what would happen.
So how well does Tide Stain Release work at getting clothes clean? There was a notable difference in the whites compared to using regular Tide alone. It did not remove old collar stains or underarm stains but did a good job on recent food stains including oily stains and tomato stains.
It also did an excellent job removing odors and the laundry came out of the washing machine smelling vaguely like fruit punch bubble gum. It even removed the set-in, slightly greasy smell from the cotton dish towels. I prefer unscented laundry products but this smell is pleasant and clean if a little too strong in the package.
I would definitely recommend this product to help with organic stains or odors, especially for colored fabrics that can't handle liquid bleach or in areas with hard water. Regular liquid bleach beats oxygen bleach at getting whites white but this stuff does a good job on organic stains and is safe for colors and is better for the environment. Using warm or hot water and allowing the clothes to soak in the water with sufficient detergent and the Tide Stain Release should increase its effectiveness by giving it more time to work.