Saturday, September 23, 2017

I hate laundry detergent pods

A while back, I got a screaming deal on Tide pods, combining a rebate promo with a large coupon  as well as store brand detergent pods on crash n burn. :I did the maths, final cost was comparable to what I usually pay per load for liquid laundry detergent.

Nothing but trouble, and yes, I am following manufacturer's directions:

1-pod gets stuck between large gasket and front window of my washer. I have a top of the line, Speed Queen HE front loader that I love. I got it, in particular, as it only uses just over 11 gallons of water. We are on a well and septic. Solution is to wipe it out, after removing all of the now "rinsed" laundry, place it back in the rear of the machine, return the wet clothes and run the machine all over again, doubling my energy costs and water usage.

2-pod doesn't fully dissolve, meaning that once again, I have to rewash some clothing (although not all usually). That doesn't work 100% and I've had to hand wash and scrub the residual, blue soap in the sink, using a brush. Kind of defeats the purpose of owning a machine

3-and this: the outer shell of the pod (at least this is what I suspect) isn't completely dissolving, leaving behind a sticky, glue like substance on some of the laundered items (better than the full load), and once again, I am found brush in hand, clearing this off the fabric in the sink. The texture reminds me of the glue like substance used to adhere some paperboard coupons onto paper flyers.

I've complained to Tide, and await a reply (not holding my breath). Others on forums have been complaining about these pods since 2012 with Tide's response being to remind the customer of proper usage instructions, to say sorry, and sometimes offer a Tide pods coupon, which is the last thing the customer wants, as the product sucks. Many are throwing ruined clothes away, but admittedly not attempting to soak or try to clean the items again.

Anyone else ever have had or are having issues with detergent pods? Normally twice if not more expensive than traditional alternatives, I hadn't bought them. Guess that was a good thing. Now I have a lot to use up, although I am thinking of offering them up to college boy or my older son who doesn't live with me. I have also seen reports, with photos, of a greasy slimey black reside building up on some folk's washing machines, under the agitator for example. I spent a small fortune on my machine with the intention of getting many years out of it. Grrr . .

22 comments:

soap snob said...

I too hate pods in a front loading machine. Have found them only to work/dissolve completely in hot water, smaller loads. With a front loader remember to dry the front seal and leave the door open or it will get funky. Not sure I will buy another front loader. They sound great, but I find them to be troublesome and finicky.

Carrie said...

Could you maybe cut them open and squeeze them into the drawer where you normally put your liquid detergent? I know it would be a pain, but then at least you aren't wasting them and you shouldn't have to scrub, soak, or rerun your washer. Just a thought.....

CT Bargain Mom said...

If you have unopened containers you could sell them on Facebook sites. Some love them & you could at least recoup your costs. We have had better luck with the arm and hammer powder pods, but I open the little pod and dump it into the powder compartment for loads on a timer (ones I want dryer ready for 5am when I get up)

slugmama said...

Maybe dissolve the pod in hot water before pouring into the detergent compartment? Might be able to extract the membrane when doing this. It's a PITA but might avoid future problems until you use these up.

lab1281 said...

I dealt with something similar in a store brand product. I realize my suggestion will mean more work but it should reduce the product issues you are having.

Cut the pods and drain the liquid into the normal dispenser. Save the gel like pod. After I had saved 3-4 of these I used them in place of the detergent in hot water loads only. The laundry came out clean and I had no gel mess at all.

Hope this helps!!

JustGail said...

I've never use the pods, never tempted, as I like to adjust the amount I use depending on what I'm laundering. Not to mention the cost. I have no doubt you are following instructions, I wonder if it's not due to using a front loader? I am wondering if the manufacturer really takes that into account. Maybe their testing was done on empty front loaders, or on loads of uniform items, not a mix like real-world users have. Anyway, thanks for giving me another reason to stick with the jugs of liquid.

Meg B. said...

Well, I never used them, but I do know that when I had me HE front loader, (Whirlpool Duet) the salespeople at the appliance store told me NEVER to use them, on any front loader. They told me to only use He detergent, and then, even less than recommended.
I didn't like my front loader. I got it because we too, are on a septic. But, since I could only load it to the halfway point, I felt like I was doing twice as much laundry. I didn't feel it got my clothes clean enough. Even with the precautions, I kept getting an error signal because the line was filled with suds. I now have a top of the line top loading Speed Queen commercial washing machine.
In any case, if you're going to keep the pods, I would try pre-dissolving them in a dish of hot water.

Softie said...

I use the Members Mark pods from Sams Club. Never had a single problem and I really like them.

Juhli said...

If you have any unopened packages I'd try returning them in exchange for the liquid.

Julie Vidani said...

I've used Tide pods exclusively for years. never had a problem, except once in a while when running a short load with cold water. they seem to need hot water to dissolve. If I'm running a cold load, I do as above and empty the pod or dissolve it in hot water first.
My husband sold Tide products for many years for Procter & Gamble and it's all I use.

CTMOM said...

Thanks for the responses. Using these has turned laundry, which I don't mind doing, into a real pain. I'll try several suggestions: only using for hot/white load once a week and placing in the drum, for all other loads in cold/warm-will predisolve the pod, which defeats their selling point but I'd like to be able to use these up. All else fails, I may list these on a Facebook tagsale site and try to recoup some $. I've bought an opened tub of Costco Kirkand dishwasher tabs that someone used 2 or 3 of and decided she couldn't stand what she perceived to be a strong smell, which I never really noted.

Shanna said...

I haven't used the pods in a long time but didn't have too many problems with them. My problem is that in less than 12 yrs I've gone thru 2 sets of fronts loading washing machines. I hate them and will never ever buy another set. Both times the bearings rusted out on them. I guess they're good at doing that bc of the way they spin around. Or at least that is what we were told by our technician. We ended up buying the old fashioned top loading washing machine set and they work great. I had not only my technician tell us never to buy the front loading but the guys from Lowe's that delivered them to us lol

Anne in the kitchen said...

I use pods almost exclusively, but I only use All free and clear. so I never experience any bluing because the product does not have it. As far as cleaning goes, I do spot treat stains before I wash clothes, but I have never had an issue with things not getting really clean.

Linda said...

I bought some and sent a few to my daughter to approve for her son going to college. She said they were fine. Because of his allergies, I bought ALL Free and Clear. They worked fine for me as I tried a couple before I sent them to her. Then, I sent him a bag of the pods for use at college. He reported they did not get his clothes clean. Since he never did a load of laundry anywhere at all until he got to college, she told him to use them, they were fine. I only used them when I had to go to laundromat. I have never had a stain like you showed with gunk. I would march those right back to the store and get a refund on the whole kit and caboodle. The store WILL give you a refund.

obscure said...

I use gain pods and have never had a problem but I have a top loader

Sue said...

I don't use pods OR dry detergent, ever. I wash 85% of my laundry in cold water. Since dry granules barely dissolve in cold, I just didn't see how the pods could dissolve properly, either.

I've used both front and top-loading washers. It's strictly top-loaders for me. Besides, the newer washers ALL perform with very little water. Front loaders no longer have the monopoly on water-saving capabilities.

Arlene from NJ said...

I recently broke my ankle and can't go down the stairs to where my washer is so my husband is in charge of the laundry for now. He bought Tide Pods on sale and he likes them. I never used them before but so far, the pods have been dissolving and nothing is stuck to my clothes. Also, I have a top loading washer so that might be the reason why I can use them and they work well.

Rhonda said...

I like Tide pods and Gain pods, but I have an old fashioned top loading washer with agitator.
My daughter got a SpeedQueen this year and she has success with pods too, but her Speed Queen is also a top loader.
My guess is your front loader and pods aren't compatible and that's too bad. Pods are so convenient and not messy.

My daughter and daughter in law had front loaders for years and both had multiple service calls and repairs. I didn't think their clothes came out very clean either.
I plan to never get a front loader.
I'm sorry, none of this actually helps your situation.

Ms. Sandie said...

I only use pods (detergent and bleach pods) with white load on hot.

Carrie A. said...

I have a top load HE washer. When our roommate moved in she used the pods. But we quickly discovered they don't work well in a top load either.

JoAnn said...

I have also had pods not dissolve. I thought it was because I was using cool water to wash. My dad has a front loader and hates it. Make sure you regularly clean the door seal because it will get moldy and stinky. I have an HE top loader and hate it too. It has a small agitator and doesn't use enough water. I have washed clothes and found that some items have dry spots on them when they come out! You can really tell on a grey shirt. It was just an average sized load, not over stuffed either.

Lucy M said...

I just bought a new Maytag top loader with an agitator. I am using the pods from BJs, the "skin" is thinner than the tide pods (got two Tide pods free with the new washer) but both dissolved just fine in cold water in my washer. It does have an extremely long wash cycle though. After reading all these problems I'm glad we didn't go with a front loader.