I am not sure what I was thinking when I bought Tide Washer Machine Cleaner. I do not even like the smell of Tide so why would I think this would have a different scent. I guess I figured since it would not be in my clothes that it would not be an issue. As it turns out I was wrong. The scent did linger and worse, it developed a sour or stale scent after a few days. I got the feeling that the cleaner did not actually get rid of whatever was causing the smell in my laundry room but just masked it with the scent.
Packaging: The cleaner comes in a box with three packets that are conveniently measured out one for each use. When I opened the box I could already smell Tide even though the cleaner was sealed in foil packets. I am guessing that the smell permeated the box at the manufacturing plant. Total Net Weight of the box is 7.9oz. One nice thing is that each packet has the instructions printed on it so if you wanted to throw the remaining packets in a drawer you could get rid of the box. The Box can be recycled, I am not sure about the packets.
Instructions for use: The instructions for a top load washer are to put the contents of one packet right into the washer tub. For front load washers, put the cleaner in the detergent cup. From reading online I learned that you have to remove a plastic liner from that areas of your front load washer. Check with your washing machine manufacturer if you are unsure how to use this to clean your machine.
Once you have the cleaner in your machine, set it for either the maintenance cycle or a hot water wash with extra rinse. If your washer does not have a cycle with an extra rinse then run another short cycle to rinse the machine after use. Do not use Tide Washer Cleaner to wash your clothes. If you have any clothes in your machine, remove them before use.
How often you should use it: It is suggested that you use Tide Washer cleaner once a month. I did not like the scent so I never used it again.
I have been dealing with a nasty smell in my laundry room for some time. At first I thought it was a gas leak but we had the gas line checked and there was no leak. Then we suspected sewer gas but no issue was found there either. Finally after doing some research I started to suspect my washing machine was the cause of the intermittent rotten smell in my laundry room, so the first thing I tried was Tide Washing Machine Cleaner.
I have a top load washing machine so I made sure my washer was empty first and then put a packet of the cleaner into the wash tub. I do not have a maintenance cycle so I choose the Whites setting and selected a hot wash and warm rinse. I also selected an extra rinse.
During the washing machine cleaning cycle I could smell the cleaner very strongly throughout my downstairs. My husband thought it smelled great because he loves Tide but I am not a huge fan of it so I was hoping it would not linger.
After the cleaning cycle was done I did not smell the nasty smell in my laundry room but the Tide smell was so strong that I ran another clean water cycle through in hopes it would go away. It didn’t.
Over the course of the week I did a couple loads of laundry and the Tide smell was less but I started to notice that it was beginning to smell stale or sour with a mix of the Tide scent. At that point I decided to try Clorox Washing Machine Cleaner . The new cleaner took care of the residual Tide scent, and the sour smell. It left me with just a clean mild bleach smell. I also took some other steps to stop the smell from coming back which I detailed in this article: How to Get the Rotten Smell Our of Your Washing Machine
Final thoughts and Rating
I can not recommend Tide Washer Cleaner. It is not just that I did not like the scent, but I feel that the cleaner just masked the dirty smells with the strong scent. I will not be using the two remaining packets of cleaner so it appears I wasted my money buying this.