Tide pods are arguably the world’s most popular laundry pods. They pack massive cleaning power, convenience, and ease-of-use in one tiny pouch. It’s safe to say that doing laundry has never been simpler.

But do the Tide pods also contain softener? The short answer is yes, most of them do. However, there are differences between products and even Tide pods without a fabric softener. Here is a quick breakdown for you.

What Kind of Tide Pods Have Fabric Softener?

Did you know that Tide sells 15 separate types of laundry pods? And they all come with a different softener (or without any softener at all).

Some of the most popular Tide Pods with softener are:

  • Tide Pods 3-in-1 with Spring Meadow Scent — they contain a detergent, stain remover, and a color protector. However, they do give your laundry an enduring fresh smell, and Amazon reviewers agree you don’t need to add a softener.
  • Tide Pods 4-in-1 Plus Downy — they come with a Downy softener, in addition to the detergent, stain remover, and color protector. The Fabric Protect technology takes gentle care of your clothes. Plus, these pods also pack a Downy April scent.
  • Tide Pods 4-in-1 Plus Febreze — they come with a signature Febreze scent, as well as a detergent, stain remover, and brightener. This one can tackle even set-in odors and provides long-lasting freshness.

As you can see, the 3-in-1 doesn’t technically include a fabric softener. However, users swear by its single-step effectiveness. Even if you skip the softener, your laundry will come out extra soft and smell great.

Should I Add Extra Softener when Using Tide Pods?

While you can, you don’t need to — especially if you’re using the 4-in-1 formulas, since they all feature a fabric softener. Laundry pods are made to make your life easier, and there is no real need to add an extra step.

What’s more, laundry pods are already a pricier way to wash your clothes. By doubling on fabric softener, you will only increase your costs. Not to mention that the scents might mix with an unpleasant end result.

What About Tide Pods Without Softener?

There are three Tide Pod formulas that don’t feature a fabric softener:

However, the only Tide Pod without added perfume is the Free & Gentle formulation.

In addition to being scent-free, this Tide Pod also contains zero dyes and it’s perfect for sensitive skin. In fact, it became the first and only detergent approved by both the NEA and NPF (National Eczema Association and National Psoriasis Foundation, respectively). It’s also my personal recommendation for anybody with a skin condition or a scent sensitivity.

Final Thoughts

It’s safe to say not all Tide Pods are created equal. This is why it’s best to shop around and find the best product for your laundry needs.

What is your favorite type of Tide Pod? Tell me in the comments below. And, if you want to learn even more about using laundry pods (the right way), make sure you check out my dedicated guide.

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