Washing Detergent Ingredients Explained
An effective detergent recipe has several parts. The main ingredients are usually surfactants, enzymes, bleach, builders, and polymers. Tide detergent includes a diverse set of ingredients, which all work together to offer tough stain removal, cleaning, and whitening power.
These are the core stain removers in the detergent. They remove anything greasy from fabrics, and they work well on stains and food residues. Detergents like Tide Powder include several different surfactants to remove different types of stains.
Enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that break down stains into smaller pieces to make them easier to remove. There are several different types of enzymes present in your washing detergent, each of which works to break down and remove a specific type of stain like grass or blood.
Bleach brightens your whites and removes colored stains. Tide Plus Bleach Powder detergent is color safe, so you can use it effectively on colors − not just your white laundry loads.
These deal with hard-water molecules during the washing process, allowing surfactants get on with their job of removing stains. So, the harder the water, the more builders your detergent should have.
A liquid washing detergent like Tide Liquid includes a few different polymers. Each performs a specific function, such as keeping stains from depositing themselves onto other garments after they’ve been removed by the surfactants.
Detergents also contain other ingredients, like perfumes to help your clothes smell great; brighteners to help them shine bright; buffers to maintain the acidity balance in the water; and suds suppressors to prevent excess suds from spoiling the wash.
Tide Detergents With Alternative Ingredients
Knowing what’s in your detergent is also important if you have any allergies or you want to avoid certain ingredients, and that’s why we’ve come up with products like Tide Free and Gentle, and Tide purclean™.
Tide Free and Gentle ingredients are free of dyes and perfumes, making them suitable for sensitive skin. This hypoallergenic detergent comes recommended by dermatologists. You can see the rest of our products formulated for sensitive skin here. And, if you want a detergent with a more natural touch, try Tide purclean™, our first bio-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide.
A bio-based product is one made with a certain amount of renewable materials from a natural source. Tide purclean™ is 65% bio-based, and it’s certified by the USDA BioPreferred program. It comes free of dyes, chlorine, phosphates, ethanolamine, and optical brighteners.