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Bizarre story: Tide detergent thefts on the rise!

Posted March 13, 2012


So much for stealing iPods and expensive electronics. Thieves around the country are getting in on the hot black market for Tide laundry detergent. Seriously. Read on for the details on this bizarre outbreak of laundry detergent thefts.

Apparently, Tide has become a "form of currency", according to this article. People are stealing the mountain fresh liquid and reselling it for $5 to $10 per bottle on the streets. Some are even reselling it to other stores!

Clearly people do not realize that there are MUCH less expensive brands of laundry detergent out there! Who here willingly pays $10 (or even $5) for a bottle for laundry detergent? Obviously these people paying $10 per bottle on the black market need a couponing intervention.

So if you find yourself being approached on the sidewalk by a guy selling Tide out of the back of his van, you may want to think twice about making that purchase.


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  • joloha Mar 15, 2012

    Definitely good for HE machines because it doesn't really suds up much. Whites are really white, haven't needed bleach for anything! Good luck! :o)

  • heremeaj Mar 15, 2012

    joloha - thank you so much, am just back to this thread. I am going to make this detergent. My friend said her daughter uses it to keep her chef's coat white and it works great. Also, that for HE machines just reduce from 2 Tablespoons to 2 teaspoons of detergent and you are good to go. I LOVE vinegar as a rinse, it makes all the lint and pet hair go away from dark clothes and saves me buckets of I can go sell stolen Tide!! Just kidding, that still has me shaking my head in disbelief.

  • joloha Mar 14, 2012

    @usmilewme2- I got this recipe off of pinterest-
    Finely grate 3 bars of fels naphtha laundry soap (cut in 1/2 lengthwise and grate in food processor (fast method) or you can use a handheld grater (slow method) can also use Zote Soap or Dr Bronners
    1 55oz box of Super Washing Soda
    1 4 lb box of Baking Soda
    1 4lb 12 oz box of Borax
    2 small containers of Oxi-clean (try to get around 60 oz total- the brand I buy comes in 30 oz) The scoop that comes with these is 2 tbsp, so I use this for measuring my detergent.
    If you like your clothes to have a scent, I've read you can mix a container of the softener crystals in with your batch, but I haven't tried that. I just use vinegar in my softener dispenser. Mix together in a large container and store in airtight container. Made this at the beginning of January and it should last us a few more months. We really like it, got everything at Wal-Mart for around $15 and it only takes a few minutes to whip up.

  • thekeslings Mar 14, 2012

    How funny... my husband and I both get rashes but from only Tide. I love the Clean Burst Arm & Hammer and I often get it for $2 after sales and coupons and I think it does a great job. Wisk also really surprised me. (Prior to couponing I always bought Gain and still do if it's a good deal but I love A&H more) If I have a grease stain from cooking I put some Dawn dishwashing liquid (the original blue kind) and the stains come right out and it doesn't matter what I'm using.

  • usmilewme2 Mar 14, 2012

    joloha, how do you make homemade detergent >>>>

  • bpatrickcox Mar 14, 2012

    "Tide keeps on working after other suds have quit..."

  • sewcountrycrafts Mar 13, 2012

    Hmm... Maybe I should bring my TIDE on vacation when I visit my sister in NY?! I'll TRADE it for a decent Pastrami on Rye with mustard (...and *NOT* the kind of mustard we can get really cheap or free at SD's at HT with coupons!) LMBO! :p

  • joloha Mar 13, 2012


  • joloha Mar 13, 2012

    @hearmeaj: we've been using homemade powdered laundry detergent since January and love it! Clothes have all come clean and it dissolves well even in cold water. No sensitivity issues either. Filled a 2 gallon container and have just under 1/2 left. (You only use 2 tbls per load, we do ALOT of laundry!) Vinegar works great as a fabric softener too. All of our clothes and towels are soft and fresh smelling.

  • StunGunn Mar 13, 2012

    I'm just glad it's not like Sudafed. When I first heard the story of Tide being stolen, I thought they were making drugs out of it! It's my favorite detergent, but this is just crazy!