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 . .