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Problem with Tide Pods

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Hi. I have been using the Tide pods and lately I've noticed that they don't always dissolve and when they don't they leave a slimy residue on my clothes.

If they go through the dryer it will dry in a hard plastic-like clump that CANNOT be removed. The sleeves of one of my sweaters were literally fused together by this 'clump' and when I tried to separate them I ended up ripping the fabric.

Have you heard of this happening to anyone else?

I washed my husband's brand new $350 dollar wool coat and now I fear it may be ruined.

Any suggestions?

Share a Little Background Info

The only thing I can think of that might be a trigger is that we have hard water. Our water softener has been on the fritz for the past few weeks (we are waiting for a part to fix it). I didn't notice this issue until the water softener stopped working.

I'm thinking that maybe Tide Pods don't work with hard water??

Lessons Learned


Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I'm sorry this happened. Yes, I have heard of this problem with Tide Pods and other single dose laundry products. There could be several things that cause the problem.

If your water is too cold, the pods may not dissolve fully. If you overload your washer, the pods won't dissolve correctly. If you don't use enough water for the amount of clothes, the pods won't dissolve correctly. If the pod is placed on top of the clothes, it won't dissolve completely. And, if the pod gets caught in the sleeve or leg or pocket of a garment, it won't dissolve correctly.

The hardness of the water should not be an issue.

Once the "pod stained" clothes go in the dryer, it is very hard to remove the outer film that has "melted" in the heat. The best thing to do is soak the clothes in hot to warm water to aid melting. This may take several days and you can gently pry the fibers apart.

Good luck!

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