In partnership with Tide
That’s the number of games my small people played this past weekend. They have a practice or training every night of the week. I travel for work constantly and run my own business. Free time is in short supply. In fact, I often feel as though it is impossible to get it all done – and by that, I mean life. Meals. Carpools. Laundry. Quality time.
So I totally get all these posts and videos about how to “hack” your life to make life easier – quicker, healthier meals? Sign me up. A trick to clean the house? Do tell. And it seems like I see a LOT of talk about laundry hacks that claim to make bargain detergent more effective. We all know that laundry isn’t easy, and we definitely want to know how to get odor out of clothes, but does washing clothes with baking soda and vinegar + bargain detergent really help me crack the laundry code?
I see these laundry hacks popping up everywhere – and I just knew these sounded too good to be true. Well friends, I’m going to put them to the test – and I bet you can guess that classic Tide just crushed them.
I was recently invited to the Tide Lab in Cincinnati, Ohio where we re-created a perfect Saturday to see just how effective Tide is when challenged by some old school laundry hacks – especially when it comes to removing tough stains and getting odor out of clothes that can be trapped inside.
Imagine with me, if you will – a perfect Saturday. It starts with donning my favorite athletic wear and getting in a solid workout.
That workout I did? It was a tough one and I definitely managed to sweat.
Tide vs. Vinegar – now, your mom (or a friend) may have told you to do a quick Google search of ‘how to’ get body odor out of clothes and you would have uncovered vinegar is a common laundry hack for this problem– especially after those clothes have faced a strenuous workout and a day lounging around – and you may have been tempted to try it out – in the hopes of saving money and tackling that pesky lingering bad smell. But here’s the science – you would need to use four to five cups of vinegar for it to make it to the rinse cycle (not cost-effective) and many detergents do not play nicely with vinegar. In fact, I learned that vinegar might hurt more than it helps; since it is an acid it can lower the optimal pH of your detergent making it less effective. As so much of what we are cleaning from our clothes comes in the form of body soil (which is invisible), you want to trust that your clothes are truly being cleaned.
Tide has re-engineered its entire formula to tackle these modern laundry challenges.
Can you tell how my sweatshirt was cleaned? (Hint: I think you can tell from who is smiling and who isn’t which sweatshirts were washed with Tide instead of the hack!)
Disclosure: I am proud to be partnering with Tide to share how #TideBeatsHacks – as always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.