Oh hey, thanks for stopping by to read this. Just wanted to mention that I paid for these products myself and I wasn’t asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post in any way. Cloth diaper detergent is an important issue for me and I just wanted to share. All opinions are my own! 🙂
Washing cloth diapers can be a hot button issue, and choosing a cloth diaper detergent is a polarizing subject. I’ve been a loyal Tide user for 5 of my 5 1/2 years of cloth diapering and weathered the change to the Ultra formula and Tide with Actilift. So what made me break up with Tide? The recent scent change, which they denied to me but confirmed to others. I even tried opening the box to air it out but I just couldn’t do it. Sorry Tide, you had to go. I tried Gain but it wasn’t love. I’d heard a lot about Persil Pro Clean Power Pearls and decided to give it a try. Move over Tide, there’s a new cloth diaper detergent in my laundry room!
I read a bunch of reviews of Persil laundry detergent (affiliate link) on Amazon (FYI there is one seller of the U.S. version of the detergent on Amazon, but the price is $30 for a bottle half the size of the one I bought at Wal Mart for nearly half the price) did some research and found that it’s been a beloved brand in Europe since 1907. Persil is made by Henkel, sold by Unilever in some countries and according to Wikipedia, Miele imports it into the U.S. and Canada as the recommended (and expensive) detergent for its washers.
Persil ProClean is available exclusively at WalMart in the U.S. via Unilever. I’m not a fan of the store; I’m more of a Target (affiliate link) gal. (Below is what my husband says applies to me. No way, I love Target!)
My husband and kids love the place, so my husband brought home a bottle for me. It is a “pearl” format in a liquid type bottle, though they also have a liquid version, a sensitive formula liquid, and power caps that are suitable for standard and HE machines.
I tried the original scent, and I find that it is a pleasant, light scent, much more mild than even the old Tide scent. After washing & drying a light scent remains but it is not overwhelming. Best of all, my clothes (and my cloth diapers) are clean. A 75 load bottle was $17.97 (19 cents per ounce), the same price as a 102 load box of Tide Original powder (12.6 cents per ounce), making it considerably more expensive but still within my current budget.
I’ve also found that the pearls are mess free, not leaving dust and/or spilled bits like always seemed to happen with powder or liquids. Keep your eye on Coupons.com (affiliate link) for $3 printable coupons.
I won’t be going back to Tide (though I’d consider it if they changed the scent back)! Have you tried Persil?