I am the mother of a five-year-old son. In other words, I am a referee, coach, chauffeur, serial picker upper, Band-Aid applier, noise specialist and doer of massive, unending loads of laundry.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box of Tide Vivid White + Bright Powder Laundry Detergent was the scent. Many detergents have an overpowering fragrance but this detergent has a very mild, fresh aroma. The second thing I noticed was how little detergent was required per load. In an attempt to save money I had been experimenting with some off-brand detergents, which required using copious amounts in an attempt to get truly clean clothes. Those attempts led to failure and some less than clean loads of laundry—OK but not good enough for me and my family.

The Tide Vivid White + Bright Powder Laundry Detergent surpassed my expectations. My son’s clothes were actually clean! Paint, marker, grass, dirt smudges and other active child stains were gone, and the clothes even smelled fresh. I threw one of my son’s beloved, ratty, old never-been-cleaned dinosaur slippers in the wash to compare results and I was astonished—the washed slipper looked vibrant, rejuvenated and brand new. I will definitely continue to use Tide Vivid White + Bright Powder Laundry Detergent—if it can bring my son’s dinosaur slippers back to life then it’s the brand for me!

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