Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Laundry Pacs

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Consumer Reports has just released a report, stating that Kirkland Signature’s Ultra Clean Laundry Detergent Pacs perform slightly better than Tide Pods and are cheaper, 8 cents less per load!

The Tide Pods came in first last year and was the only laundry detergent pod recommended but it looks like Costco’s Kirkland brand has nudged them out of first place this year.

Kirkland Signature Laundry Detergent Pacs Costco

We haven’t used these laundry detergent pacs/pods/tablets before. But the instructions seem simple enough. Put 1 pac into the washer drum, then add laundry.

1 pac = 1 medium load.

The pacs look like laundry detergent pre-measured and packed into individual units that presumably dissolves in water (so you shouldn’t touch it with wet hands!).

The container states some patented “Catch and Release Technology” though it’s not clear what that is exactly.

There are 90 pacs in one container and it costs $13.99. There is a $2.75 coupon (limit 1) in June’s coupon book.

This would reduce the price to $11.24 or $0.125 per load. The Tide Pods costs $0.233 per load.

Item number 689476.

The coupon is valid from 06/13/13 to 07/07/13.

Have you tried the Kirkland Signature laundry pacs? Do you like it?

Kirkland Signature Laundry Detergent Pacs Costco

Kirkland Signature Laundry Detergent Pacs Costco

  • Nett

    I had to come on the Internet to see if anyone else noticed their clothes coming out cleaner, brighter, & especially whiter when using the Kirkland laundry Pods. The first time I noticed this was while folding handkerchiefs (yes…my husband still insists on them rather than tissues). The white handkerchiefs definitely looked whiter. Then I noticed that my printed colored blouse looked brighter. I was just wanting to know if anyone noticed the same thing. BTW…my washer is a front load machine.

    • Olli

      hi Nett,
      Thanks for sharing your observations. We don’t use laundry pacs but your comments have us intrigued now! Cleaner, brighter and whiter sounds good 🙂 Maybe we’ll pick up a container next time it’s on sale.

      • Nett

        I forgot to mention that I have a front load washing machine and I do use warm water to wash plus I follow the instructions to drop the pods into the bottom of washer before I load the clothes or towels.

  • Chris Giebler

    I bought these last week and returned them promptly. The packs do NOT dissolve completely. They leave a sticky residue on your clothes. And if you don’t see it, and put the clothes in the dryer, it glues your clothes together. I had to soak clothes in HOT water to get the “glued” clothes to loosen up so I could re-was them. Check Amazon reviews on these. People are saying the same thing.

    Bottom line: good soap, but bad packs that don’t dissolve.
    P.S. Yes, I have a front load washer, and yes, I put it in the tub with water before loading clothes. Still didn’t help. Skip this product altogether.

  • Kathryn C

    We have been using the Kirkland “pods” but we will no longer. We noticed some whites (underwear, socks) coming out with murky bluish-purple stains. We always followed the instructions and put the pod in the washer first. But we have a front loading energy and water efficient LG washer, and it doesn’t use a lot of water. We live in California so water use is a concern to us. Anyway. Yesterday we washed some light tan bath rugs – which are not cheap to replace – in two loads and they all came out with the same stains. I did some internet research and it seems this is a known problem with the Tide pods. Well, it is with Kirkland as well, I can tell you that! The recommended “fix” to try is rinsing the stain thoroughly in hot water, dousing it in rubbing alcohol and letting it sit for ten minutes. Longer is better. If the stain doesn’t come out, repeat. I’m waiting for the timer right now. While waiting, I filled a bowl with water, dropped in a pod, and started stirring it with a spoon to mimic washing machine action. It took 7 minutes to dissolve (which means there is no detergent on your clothes for the first 7 minutes of wash time). Even after 15 minutes – my timer went off – the pod is dissolved but there is a gummy blue blob at the bottom which I assume to be the original exterior of the pod. And my spots are still there. I’m trying a second rubbing alcohol treatment, but I suspect that about $350 worth of rugs are about to hit the donation pile. We will be returning the detergent to Costco. And keep in mind babies and children have ingested these gummy, yummy looking pods that are not protected from little hands in their easy open container. And some have died.

    • Olli

      Hi Kathryn,
      Sorry to hear about your troubles but thanks for sharing your experience with the pods as well as the solution to fix the problem. I’ve always been skeptical of laundry pods, and have wondered how well they can really dissolve in the high efficiency washers since these new washers use very little water. So we’ve stuck with regular liquid laundry detergent. We’ve used Ecos Ultra Liquid Laundry Detergent for many years now and are happy with it.


      • Kathryn C

        Thanks for the info Olli! When we return our pods to Costco, we will take a look for it!