All About Tide Ingredients

Getting clean clothes may seem as simple as adding detergent to your washing machine and pressing the start button, but the detergents you use are actually quite complex. So, just what do they do, and how do they do it?

The secret is in the ingredients –those long, complicated-looking names listed on each package of Tide detergent.

We’ve written a guide to help you get to know the most common ingredients in Tide detergents, so you'll have a better idea of what does what in the wash to help your clothes come out clean and fresh. Because each detergent is different, we’ve broken down the Tide detergent ingredients lists for each product.

We'll show you how detergent is made and how washing detergent actually works, but you can also skip ahead if you just want to know what these laundry detergent ingredients do.

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What Ingredients Are in Tide?

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Tide PODS® Ingredients

Tide PODS® gives you an easy and effective way to get the laundry done. These compact pacs offer a 3-in-1 laundry solution: a laundry detergent, stain remover, and color protector, all in one. Tide PODS® comes with an innovative, multi-chamber design that keeps the key ingredients separate until they hit the wash. But, what’s on the Tide PODS® ingredients list? Check out our table below.

INGREDIENTIN SIMPLER TERMS PURPOSE
linear alkylbenzene sulfonatessurfactantcleaning agent
alcoholethoxy sulfatesurfactantcleaning agent
propylene glycolprocess aidallows ingredients to combine
watersolventall the ingredients are mixed into a solution of water
fatty acid saltssurfactantcleaning agent
dipropylene glycolsolventallows ingredients to mix together
glycerinpolymerkeeps dirt in suspension
polyethyleneimine ethoxylatepolymerkeeps dirt in suspension
alcohol ethoxylatessurfactantcleaning agent
polyvinyl alcohol filmfilmkeeps ingredients in chambers
peg-136 polyvinyl acetatepolymerkeeps dirt in suspension
monoethanolamine citrateprocess aidkeeps formula intact
perfumefragranceprovides freshness
diethylenetriamine pentaacetate, sodium saltcaptures soilkeeps dirt in suspension
sodium bisulfiteprocess aidkeeps formula intact
styrene/acrylates copolymeropacifierstabilizes formula
disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonatebrightenerbrightens clothes
sodium formateprocess aidhelps formula thickness
subtilisinenzymecleans stains
hydrogenated castor oilprocess aidkeeps formula intact
calcium formateprocess aidhelps formula thickness
amylaseenzymecleans starch-based stains
mannanaseenzymecleans vegetable stains
colorantaestheticsaddspleasant color to the product
sodium bisulfateprocess aidkeeps formula intact
benzisothiazolinonepreservativestabilizes formula

This table of ingredients refers to our Tide PODS® Laundry Detergent Original Scent, but there’s a Tide PODS® product for all your washing needs. Learn more about each and its unique active ingredients here. 

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Tide Liquid Detergent Ingredients

When it comes to stain removal or whitening your clothes, Tide laundry detergents have got you covered. You know and love the amazing clean, so why not learn a little bit about the ingredients in Tide Original Scent Liquid Laundry Detergent?

INGREDIENTIN SIMPLER TERMS PURPOSE
waterprocess aidallows ingredients to combine
sodium alcohol ethoxylate sulfatesurfactantcleaning agent
linear alkylbenzene sulfonate sodium saltsurfactantcleaning agent
citric acid mea saltprocess aidhelps balance ph
propylene glycolprocess aidallows ingredients to combine
diethylene glycolprocess aidallows ingredients to combine
polyethyleneimine ethoxylatepolymerkeeps dirt in suspension
alcoholprocess aidallows ingredients to combine
polyethyleneimine ethoxylate propoxylatepolymerkeeps dirt in suspension
boraxenzyme stabilizerhelps enzymes stay active
sodium alcohol sulfatesurfactantcleaning agent
lauramine oxidesurfactantcleaning agent
fragranceperfumeprovides freshness
lauric acid sodium saltwash aidhelps cleaning in hard water
sodium cumeme sulfonateprocess aidhelps maintain formula stability
citric acid sodium saltprocess aidhelps balance ph
dtpa, sodium saltcaptures soilhelps remove stubborn dirt
myristic acid sodium saltwash aidhelps cleaning in hard water
flourescent brightenerbrightenerbrightens clothes
poly siloxanesprocess aidsuppresses foam in washer
hydrogenated castor oilprocess aidkeeps formula intact
calcium diformateprocess aidhelps formula thickness
palmitic acid sodium saltwash aidhelps cleaning in hard water
sodium formateprocess aidhelps formula thickness
oleic acid sodium saltwash aidhelps cleaning in hard water
proteaseenzymecleans protein stains
stearic acid sodium saltwash aidhelps cleaning in hard water
dimethicone & simethiconeprocess aidsuppresses foam in washer
amylaseenzymecleans starch-based stains
sodium hydroxideprocess aidhelps balance ph
liquitint dye®Colorantadds color to formula
ethyl hexyl stearateprocess aidhelps provide formula stability
mannanaseenzymecleans vegetable stains
siloxanes & siliconesprocess aidsuppresses foam in washer

These ingredients are found in our Tide Original Scent Liquid Laundry Detergent, which is just one of Tide’s range of powerful liquid detergents suitable for non-high-efficiency washers. For high-efficiency washers and detergents, we also have a variety of HE detergents with ingredients for exceptional stain-removing power and pleasant scent.

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Tide Powder Ingredients

Whenever you need a laundry detergent that gives you great stain-removal results (even for old, set-in stains), Tide Original Powder is what you need. Read on to discover what ingredients go into Tide powder.

INGREDIENTIN SIMPLER TERMS PURPOSE
sodium carbonateprocess aidhelps balance ph
sodium sulfateprocess aidhelps balance ph
sodium aluminosilicatesurfactantcleaning agent
linear alkylbenzene sulfonatesurfactantcleaning agent
sodium percarbonatecolor safe bleachwhitens and brightens clothes
sodium laureth sulfatesurfactantcleaning agent
sodium polyacrylatepolymerkeeps dirt in suspension
waterprocess aidallows ingredients to combine
silicateprocess aidsuppresses foam in washer
nonanoyloxy benzenesulfonatewash aidwhitens and brightens clothes
fragrancefragranceprovides freshness
palmitic acidwash aidhelps cleaning in hard water
polyethylene glycol 4000process aidallows ingredients to combine
disodium diaminostilbene disulfonatebrightenerbrightens clothes
siliconeprocess aidsuppresses foam in washer
proteaseenzymecleans protein stains
proteaseenzymecleans protein stains
amylaseenzymecleans starch-based stains
lipaseenzymecleans grease stains
fd&c blue #1Aesthetics adds pleasing color to the product

The table above explains the ingredients found in our Tide Original Powder detergent, but you can also learn more about the ingredients in our other powerful powder detergents here

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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.

Surfactants

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

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

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.

Builders

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.

Polymers

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.

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A high-quality detergent, like our Tide liquid detergents, contains a whole host of ingredients that work together to bring you better tough stain removal in one wash. Now you know how your garments get so bright and clean!