For over 70 years Tide has been changing the way we do laundry and continually helping deliver the cleanest clothes you can get.
The story began in the 1930s. David “Dick” Byerly was a P&G scientist who was determined to develop the world’s first heavy duty detergent which would allow for a clean better than any other product available. After 7 years of experimenting the project was cancelled but he kept working on it in his spare time. After 14 years he finally created a prototype product that was quickly named Tide. Tide launched in 1946 and was called The Washday Miracle. Since 1949, Tide has been the leading laundry detergent in the US.
Top Load Washing Machines
The 1950s saw affordable top loading washing machines become available, providing households a chance to experience the benefits of a better wash. A box of Tide came packed inside each new washing machine to show the power of the two working together.
In 1968, consumers needed an easier way to remove tough stains, like food and blood. Thanks to Tide XK, the first US detergent with enzymes, clothes could say goodbye to some of the toughest stains without the previous hassle.
1984 saw another huge laundry innovation: Liquid Tide. With twice the number of ingredients as leading liquid detergents, Liquid Tide made consumers laundry process easier as well as cleaned more effectively. A new self-draining cap meant consumers no longer had to deal with drips.
Just 4 years later, Tide with Bleach was the first detergent with full strength color safe bleach. Now consumer’s colors could get the same quality stain removal and deep clean as their whites.
Then, in 1992, Tide introduced a compact liquid detergent, Ultra Liquid Tide, which cut down on packaging. This gave consumers an even better and more efficient Tide clean.
2005 saw the revolutionary Tide Cold Water introduced. Formulated with special ingredients and designed to give a powerful clean with less heat, it allowed consumers to wash at a lower temperature, saving them money.
But it was 2005’s other invention that set pulses racing. The Tide to Go Stain Releaser Pen allowed consumers to touch up stains anywhere and in any situation on-the-go.
There are worse disasters than stains, and those caught in the middle of them need all the help they can get – even if it’s just clean clothes. Tide Loads of Hope launched in 2005 after the Hurricane Katrina devastation, providing families affected by disasters a mobile Laundromat that washed, dried and folded their clothes. Over 60,000 loads of laundry have been cleaned for families since it started.
Tide PODS® was launched in 2012. Now consumers don’t need to worry about dosing: one little pac is all that’s needed. A single pac can clean, fight stains and brighten with no pouring or spills.