Recently I had a coupon for a couple bucks off Tide AND Tide was on sale at Target. So I decided to give their new detergent for sports apparel (affiliate link) a try.
Tide plus Febreze Freshness™ Sport Liquid Laundry Detergent is supposed to be great at removing sport stains like grass, dirt, clay and blood. Oddly enough, the promotional materials made no mention about how technical materials benefit from different treatment nor did it say it removed sweat STANK.
It has mostly positive reviews online, so I figured it would be safe to make a switch from what we usually use and give it a try. Plus Tide is available at a wide variety of stores, so if it was easier to buy what we need all the better.
When I opened it I was surprised at how strong the Febreze-y smell was. My first reaction was that it was kind of “fruity”. But I measured out the appropriate amount, dumped it in and washed the clothes.
Pulling them out of the dryer I can definitely say they didn’t have any perspiration stink on them anymore… but that Febreze smell was definitely present. And when I went for a run in clothes that had been washed with it, I could still smell that scent AFTER the run. That was actually a little offputting.
Later that day my husband asked, “Did you do something different to my workout clothes?”
“Why?” I asked innocently.
He replied with, “They smelled really strong. I wanted to rip the shirt off because the smell was driving me crazy.”
I then told him that it was the new detergent and he said, “Yeah… don’t ever wash my clothes with that again. In fact, I feel like all of them need to be re-washed to try eliminating that smell.”
So if you like your clothes to end up with a strong, lingering scent this may be good for you. But I think in our household we would prefer our clothes to smell clean but not perfumed.
(And now I have nearly a whole bottle of Tide detergent that probably won’t get used unless I find someone who wants it!)