Tide Washing Machine Cleaner Review – Is it Worth it?

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner caught my eye in a commercial.  I had never heard of a washing machine cleaner and was curious to see if worked the same way those dishwasher cleaners did.  My washer was so bad that I headed to the store to purchase a box of Tide Washing Machine Cleaner in hopes that it would actually clean my washer.
Tide Washing Machine Cleaner

I’m ashamed to admit that we’ve owned the same washer for about 9 years and I never once cleaned it.  I honestly never really thought to clean our washer and it wasn’t until our clothes started smelling like mildew that it really caught my attention that our washing machine was disgusting.

This is a not a sponsored post for Tide.  I’m doing this review on my own because I needed the product and I really wanted to see if this product worked.

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner runs around $2.33 a packet, however Tide doesn’t sell them individually.  I looked for the smallest box at the store.  There was only one, which contained 5 packets.

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner

The instructions were pretty simple, just set your washing machine to hot water, add the packet and run it through your normal cycle.

See how nasty my washer is:

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner

But that wasn’t even the worst of the photos,  When I pulled off the fabric softener dispenser, I nearly gagged.

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner

If Tide Washing Machine cleaner could clean this, they might as well have signed me up to be their next spokeswoman, because I would become a fan for life.

I’ve never been more excited to run my washer.. and since it had to run through the entire cycle there was no peeking allowed.  I had to wait until my washer was done.  It was like Christmas, I couldn’t wait to open it up and see if my washer was cleaned.

To my disappointment.. it looked the exact same way as it started.

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner

But it smelled better.  The mildew smell I had in my washer was gone.  Here I was expecting it to work like those dishwasher cleaners but the cleaning happened in all those drain holes.

My washer still needed to be cleaned, so I got out a bucket filled it up with some laundry soap and water and took scrub brush and started tacking the dirt by hand. To my surprise it also loosened the dirt and came off pretty easy.

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner

Remember that photo I nearly gagged on?  It was looking pretty good.

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner

Once the scrubbing by hand was done, I just ran the rinse cycle one more time and our washer was so clean!

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner

Overall, I am really satisfied with the results I got from Tide Washing Machine Cleaner despite having to do some scrubbing, It’s been over a week now and I’ve done a bunch of loads already and my mildew smell is still gone and I’m pretty happy about that.  I’ve also got a bunch of cleaning packets left and with Tide’s suggestion that I run one a month, maintenance here on out will be easy.

What do you think of the product?  Comment below and tell me if you’ve tried Tide Washing Machine Cleaner.

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Gina is an overwhelmed mother of 4 children which includes twins. She often looks for ways to make life a little easier. When she's not chauffeuring her kids to school, cleaning the house or taking her kids to their activities, she finds her sanity though this blog and through social media. Her journey would not succeed without remembering to put Faith first, Family second and Work third.
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  1. I’ve never used this, but I always leave the lid on the washer open after doing a load of laundry, that way it can air dry, and all the moisture doesn’t stay inside of it. Maybe that would help also with the mildew smell…

    • That’s a great idea. When we first noticed the smell it was on our towels. I just thought the towels were getting old and needed to be replaced. I’m so glad I found out it was the washer.

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