Tide Coldwater Laundry Detergent Reviews

Positive Reviews


works well, saves energy


Pros: cold water saves energy, works as well as normal detergent

Cons: hard to find, a pit pricey

I first bought a box of Tide Coldwater at Target and was very happy with it. It saves a ton of energy by not requiring hot water (up to 80% of energy use per load), and it works just as well as any other detergent. It does cost a bit more. Target stopped carrying it and I couldn't find Coldwater in any store, so I had to buy it from Amazon, and had to buy 3 boxes of it. So it ended up costing $17 per box for 63-load boxes (146 oz).So I've got enough Tide Coldwater to last me for ages, but that's fine, because I like the stuff. Can't complain about effective laundry soap that saves 80% on energy. One thing to watch out for is to make sure you use the cold water cycle. My sister-in-law once...
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possitively wonderful results


Pros: smells great and works wonders

Cons: none

I have always loved Tide, but when they came out with cold wash I was a bit sceptible. I went ahead and purchased it and have been hooked ever since. I love the smell since it never changed, but I wash my clothes in nothing but cold water and the results are great. I actually see the difference in the softness and overall "non" shrinking and fading of clothing. I would recomend this product to anyone.

Negative Reviews


Sneaky marketing ploy by Tide - for all your GREENWASHING needs.


Pros: none - this is greenwashing

Cons: plastic packaging, special soap is not required for washing in cold water

FIVE STARS?? Folks - you have GOT to be kidding me. You actually shell out money for this. Tide Coldwater is not biodegradeable nor is it petrochemical free. It is just another clever corporate attempt to green wash a product by responding to customer research. People say they want to save money on washing clothes and they are willing to use cold water. So, Tide responds by promoting a product that is supposedly designed for washing in cold water. Guess what? It's bogus. Just wash your clothes in cold water anyway and buy biodegradable soap that doesn't have petrochemicals in it. It makes your clothes last longer and will save you money. If you really want to save money --...
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Pros: none

Cons: NOT a green product

I am quite surprised to see this item on Green Home. Green?? Not even close. Those reviewing this with high marks must not understand what "environmentally friendly" really is. I agree with Jenn, your clothes will look better longer if you wash in cold and get yourself a proper biodegradable laundry product. Hang to dry when possible or dry on low heat. I thought this website was devoted to all things green so I'm really not sure how glowing reviews could be here for such a non-green item.

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Love It

I love Tide, so when I discovered their coldwater detergent I was pleased as punch. I've saved so much by washing everything cold! It works as well as regular tide, I'd say. I love that it cleans as well as on a hotwater setting, too.

Had to move on

I started buying this right after it came out and used it until we switched to Charlie's Soap about two years ago. I really did like the change this made in my laundry and it did a great job.  We stopped using it because we wanted an unscented detergent and then we were having a baby and going to be doing cloth diapers and so moved on. I really do recommend it for the convenience of finding it in the store and if you don't mind scented detergent.

Love this product


Pros: use for all washables

This is the only detergent that I use. I absolutely love it for everything, from delicates to sheets and towels. No need to wash in any other temperature which helps save money.