Tide Detergent Ingredients A-Z

Every bottle of Tide is the product of years of scientific research. Unique formulas with purposeful ingredients helping deliver the cleanest clothes you can get. Since every Tide product is specially formulated to meet different needs (for example, we have regular as well as hypoallergenic washing detergents), each one contains some unique ingredients. No matter which Tide detergent you use, it’s important to know that each ingredient is carefully selected. To even be considered for our products, it must be known to be safe for its intended use. We hold ourselves to the highest bar for safety, and you can learn more about our ingredient safety process here.

On this page, you can find an A-to-Z list of the ingredients in Tide PODS, liquid, and powder products, as well as information about each ingredient.

For specialty products, such as our Tide to Go Pen, Tide Laundry Boosters, Tide Washing Machine Cleaner, and Tide Antibacterial Fabric Spray, please visit SmartLabel® for the full list of ingredients.

 

Ingredient Name

What is it

What it does

A

Acrylamide - Methylacrylamideopropyltrimethyl ammonium chloride copolymerProcess aidProvides opacity to formula
AlcoholProcess aidAllows ingredients to combine
Alcohol ethoxylatesSurfactantCleaning agent
Alcohol ethoxy sulfateSurfactantCleaning agent
AmylaseEnzymeCleans starch based stains

B

BentoniteProcess aidProvides softening benefits
BenzisothiazolinonePreservativeStabilizes formula

C

C10-16 alkyldimethylamine oxideSurfactantCleaning agent
C12-16 ParethSurfactantCleaning agent
C14-15 ParethSurfactantCleaning agent
C10-16 ParethSurfactantCleaning agent
Calcium chlorideProcess aidThickness regulator, stabilizes formula
Calcium formateStabilizerStabliizes enzymes in formula
Cellulase enzymeEnzymeCleans clothing fibers
Colorants (Liquitint Blue AH, Blue 1)AestheticsGives pleasing color to the product

D

Denatonium benzoateBittering agentGives film a bitter taste
Diethylene glycolProcess aidAllows ingredients to combine
Diethylenetriamine pentaacetateSodium saltCaptures soil, keeps dirt in suspension
DimethiconeProcess aidSuppresses foam in washer
Dipropylene glycolSolventAllows ingredients to combine
Disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonateBrightenerWhitens and brightens clothes

E

EthanolamineProcess aidHelps with stability and balancing pH
Ethanolamine citrateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Ethanolamine laurateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Ethanolamine myristateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Ethanolamine palmitateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Ethanolamine oleateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Ethanolamine stearateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water

F

Fatty acids, C16-18 and C18-unsatd.Wash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Fatty acids, saltsSurfactantCleaning agent
Fluorescent brightenerBrightenerWhitens and brightens clothes
Fragrance, PerfumeScentProvides freshness

G

GlycerineProcess aidAllows ingredients to combine

H

Hydrogenated castor oilProcess aidStabilizer, keeps formula intact

L

LipaseEnzymeCleans grease stains

M

MannanaseEnzymeCleans vegetable stains
Methoxypolyoxymethylene melaminePolymerHelps stabilize perfume
Modified CellulosePolymerKeeps dirt in suspension
Monoethanolamine (MEA)-citrateSurfactantCleaning agent
MEA-LASSurfactantCleaning agent
MEA-laureth sulfateSurfactantCleaning agent

O

Organosilicone copolymerProcess aidSuds reducer, suppresses foam in washer

P

Palmitic acidWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Pectic lyaseEnzymeCleans pectin based stains like tomato and wine
PEG-136 polyvinyl alcoholPolymerKeeps dirt in suspension
PEGProcess aidAllows ingredients to combine
Pentasodium pentetateCleaning aidHelps cleaning in hard water
Phenylpropylethyl methiconeProcess aidSuds reducer, suppresses foam in washer
Polyethyleneimine ethoxylatePolymerKeeps dirt in suspension
Polyethyleneimine, alkoxylatedPolymerKeeps dirt in suspension
Polyvinyl alcohol polymerFilmKeeps ingredients in chambers
Propoxylated ethoxylated aminePolymerKeeps dirt in suspension
Propylene glycolProcess AidAllows ingredients to combine
ProteaseEnzymeCleans protein based stains

S

Siloxanes and siliconesProcess aidSuds reducers, supress foam in washer
SimethiconeProcess aidSuds reducers, supress foam in washer
Sodium AluminosilicateProcess aidWater softener
Sodium bisulfiteProcess aidStabilizer, keeps formula intact
Sodium borateProcess aidStabilizes enzymes
Sodium C10-16 alkylbenzene sulfonateSurfactantCleaning agent
Sodium carbonateProcess aidHelps balance pH
Sodium carbonate peroxideColor Safe BleachWhitens and brightens clothes
Sodium citrateProcess aidHelps balance pH
Sodium cumene sulfonateProcess aidHelps stabilize formula
Sodium FormateProcess aidHelps formula thickness
Sodium laurateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Sodium laureth sulfateSurfactantCleaning agent
Sodium lauryl sulfateSurfactantCleaning agent
Sodium myristateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Sodium oleateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Sodium palmitateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Sodium phenylnonanoate sulfonateWash AidWhitens and brightens clothes
Sodium polyacrylateCleaning aidKeeps dirt in suspension - helps with whiteness
Sodium salts of C12-18 fatty acidsProcess aidCoconut derived suds reducer, suppresses foam in washer
Sodium silicateProcess aidHelps balance pH
Sodium stearateWash AidHelps cleaning in hard water
Sodium sulfateProcess AidHelps balance pH
Styrene/Acrylates copolymerProcess aidOpacifier, stabilizes formula
SubtilisinEnzymeCleans protein based stains

T

TrimethylsiloxysilicateProcess aidSuds reducer, suppresses foam in washer
Tripropylene glycolSolventAllows ingredients to combine

W

WaterProcess aidAllows ingredients to combine