Many families use Tide on their cloth diapers, and any time the formula is changed, they worry. All Tide has been “ultra” for the past few years, and it is simply a more concentrated formula. Then Actilift crystals appeared, and users started to wonder what they were, and whether they’d damage their diapers. I realize that cloth diaper detergent is a hot button issue, and some people feel strongly that you should never use mainstream detergents. This post is not for those people. If you do use Tide, this post is for you!
This information is straight from the horse’s mouth (P&G.) Tide “Acti-Lift™ Crystals” are blue speckles that are now in all powder detergents, except for Tide Free & Gentle. These speckles are made up of cleaning enzymes (to deep clean), a cleaning polymer (to break up and lift dry stains) and a whiteness booster (to brighten fabrics – this is not a bleach.) Actilift has always been in the liquid formula. Tide has verified that this is a new addition to the powder.
So, will it damage your diapers? The power of suggestion is strong. Simply asking if you’ve noticed damage since Actilift was added may cause you to blame the detergent for things you may not have otherwise attributed to the detergent. For example, a couple of my 2 1/2 year old prefolds that have been washed every other day & used at night time, have a few small holes. I believe this is due to their age & use, but since I’ve been using Tide with Actilift, I could blame those holes on the new formulation.
Have you used Tide liquid successfully? Then you shouldn’t have issues with the new powder formulation. (The powder has additional softeners so it is a better choice than the liquid for hard water. It can also rinse out more easily since there are no gelling agents added to the powder.) If you’re already using Tide, I can assume that you don’t believe that enzymes or brighteners damage diapers.
If you are really worried about Actilift but don’t want to give up your Tide, consider trying the Free & gentle formulation.
Have you experienced issues with Tide’s Actilift crystals?