Cascade and Finish top dishwasher detergent tests

Cascade and Finish top dishwasher detergent tests

 

Dishes that sparkle and metal pans that shine: Dishwasher detergents have come a long way in reliably producing clean loads. In fact, two-thirds of the 35 tablets, packs, powders, and gels in our latest dishwasher detergent tests were excellent at resisting the buildup of white film that consumers have complained about since phosphates were banned from dishwasher detergents for environmental reasons.

Most of the detergents we tested aced our hard-water performance test, which uses water with a hardness level well above that … (read more)

Tide Pods dominate the single-dose detergent market

Tide Pods dominate the single-dose detergent market

Single-use laundry detergent packs have been called an emerging public health hazard by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Last month, the Consumer Products Safety Commission issued a safety alert for the packs, calling them harmful to children. Those warnings have done little to squash demand for Tide Pods, which are projected to earn $ 500 million in first-year sales for Procter & Gamble.

To put those earnings in context, only one in five new consumer-packaged-goods launched in 2001 earned … (read more)

Tide starts pitching its laundry detergent to men

Tide starts pitching its laundry detergent to men

For the first time in its 66 year history, some Tide commercials are featuring husbands doing the laundry. Imagine that—men washing and folding their family’s clothes. What’s next? Vacuuming? Maybe so. Men are spending two more minutes a day on chores than they did eight years ago—an average of 16 minutes a day. At that pace it’ll take a while for them to catch up to the 52 minutes of daily housework performed by women. Still, cleaning brands are taking notice … (read more)

Detergent pods an emerging public health hazard, says CDC

Detergent pods an emerging public health hazard, says CDC

A report released today by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what we’ve known for some time: that exposure to single-use laundry detergent pods is an “emerging public health hazard in the United States,” with young children being most vulnerable.

The CDC report is based on an analysis of data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Of the 1,008 laundry detergent exposures reported between May 17 and June 17 of this year, … (read more)