OK, I’m about to tell you a secret. Up until this past year, we kept our water heater set at a very low temperature. That meant three things: I saved money on heating water, my water never got very hot….ever, and my showers had to be quick. And despite the fact that the water heater sits right next to my washing machine, none of that slightly hot water made it to my laundry.
I never thought about the fact that washing ALL of my clothes in cold water might not be the best idea.
At the teenagers’ insistence (I have been complaining for years about my lack of hot showers) CandyMan turned the temperature up and we’ve got honest to goodness hot water in the house.
Now? the water heater is one of our highest energy-consumers. We’re paying for those hot showers and laundry washed in hot water….
Tide Coldwater Review
I was intrigued when I was asked to review Tide Coldwater with SheSpeaks. First of all, Tide is my go-to detergent of choice. I love the way it smells and CandyMan is particularly partial to Tide (ie – it doesn’t irritate his nose!).
The thing that caught my attention was the fact that different temperatures effect how detergents work….or should I say how WELL detergents work. As I researched Tide Coldwater I had an AHA! moment (similar to an OOPS moment…). I liked my electric bill better back in the day when I wasn’t using so much hot water, but I might have to admit that my laundry has suffered. I was just chalking it up to me being lazy about treating stains…
So here’s what I learned about Tide Coldwater and HOW it cleans laundry better with cold water than normal detergent:
About Tide Coldwater:
Tide Coldwater is specially formulated to clean in cold water conditions better than the next leading regular liquid detergent in warm. And, with Tide Coldwater, you can save money on your energy bill. In fact, you can save up to 80% of energy in every load.
Like most Tide detergents, Tide Coldwater contains surfactants. Surfactant molecules have two parts. One is “water loving” and the other is “water hating.” The water-loving (hydrophilic) part breaks the surface tension of water. The water-hating (hydrophobic) part is attracted to oil and grease in soils, loosening and removing them from fabrics.
Tide Coldwater is specially designed with an increased amount of surfactant chemistry (as compared to regular Tide) that allows it to penetrate easily into fabrics. Tide Coldwater is also specially formulated with an increased amount of polymer technology (as compared to regular Tide) to suspend dirt particles to help prevent them from redepositing on fabrics, helping keep both your colors bright and your whites white.
A few more facts: You can use Tide Coldwater with colors and whites, delicates and jeans and towels. You can also use it just fine with hot or warm water if you so chose. Pretty cool.
In the end, I was very impressed with the job that Tide Coldwater did. My clothes were clean and they smelled good. What more can I ask? I would MUCH rather pick up a bottle of Tide Coldwater and use cold water with all of my loads than pay the extra money to heat water for 10 loads of super-sized laundry every week.
And now for my video review (where I show you my horribly messy laundry room and mountains of dirty clothes….)
Disclosure: I received a full sized bottle of Tide Coldwater and will also receive a gift card for taking the time to write this post. However, all opinions are my own.
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