Laundrypedia: Detergent Ingredients

Laundrypedia: Detergent Ingredients Explained

Every Tide detergent contains many ingredients with long, complicated names. So you have a better idea of what does what, here is a list of the most common ingredients in Tide detergents.

Alcohol Ethoxylate (AE)

A non-ionic surfactant. Surfactants allow water and grease to mix, helping to remove greasy stains from your garments.

Alkyl Ethoxy Sulfate (AES) and Alkyl Sulfate (AS)

Two anionic surfactants that help liquid detergents bind to impurities in fabrics. They are two of the most widely used tools for removing stains.

Amine Oxide

An amphoteric surfactant, commonly used in detergents and shampoos. Used along with other surfactants to remove stains. Can be anionic, cationic or non-ionic.

Citric Acid

Found in lemons and citrus fruits, it’s mild and helps to remove bad smells from clothes. Known as a chelating agent, which is used to soften water.


Another chelating agent that removes malodors from garments.


Naturally occurring proteins that break down stains into smaller pieces to make stains easier to remove.


A clear, colorless alcohol used as a solvent in detergents.

Hydrogen Peroxide

One of the simplest and most common bleaching agents.

Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (LAS)

The most widely used anionic surfactant in the world. Removes stains from your garments.


Sodium percabonate is a bleaching agent used in detergents.


Provide pleasant, calming, joyful scents released from product itself and from fabric.

Polyethylene Glycols (PEG), Polyethylene Oxide (PEO) or Polyoxyethylene (POE)

A polyether compound used for many things, including as a lubricant and surfactant.


Penetrate soils and break them up making the soils easier to remove and help prevent stains from re-depositing on fabrics.

Polyvinyl Alcohol

A water-soluble synthetic polymer used to make the casing for liquid tabs and
Tide PODS®.