Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Product Review

Gain flings detergent

If you love the scent of Gain, you'll love the ease of Gain Flings! single-dose laundry detergent.

Gain Flings!

Gain Flings! are a single-dose laundry detergent pac available in five scents: original, Island Fresh, Wildflower and Waterfall, Tropical Sunrise, and Moonlight Breeze. While Gain offers the boost of oxygen-based bleach and the freshening power of Febreze separately in some of its liquid detergent products, Gain Flings! combines detergent, oxygen bleach, and Febreze in one little pac.

The pacs are designed to be used in both HE (high-efficiency) and standard washers in any water temperature. As with all single-dose laundry detergents, the product should always be added to the washer drum before clothes are loaded. They should never be used in a washer's automatic detergent dispenser.

Product Ingredients

  • linear alkylbenzene sulfonates - surfactant
  • C12-16 Pareth-9 - surfactant
  • water - solvent
  • alcoholethoxy sulfate - surfactant
  • propylene glycol - process aid
  • polyethyleneimine ethoxylate - polymer
  • fatty acid salts - surfactant
  • glycerine - polymer
  • polyvinyl alcohol film - film
  • fragrance
  • monoethanolamine citrate - process aid
  • amylase - enzyme
  • benzisothiazolin - preservative
  • calcium formate - process aid
  • colorants
  • diethylenetriamine pentaacetate, sodium salt - captures soil
  • dipropylene glycol - process aid
  • disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonate - brightener
  • hydrogenated castor oil - process aid
  • melamine resin - process aid
  • sodium bisulfite - process aid
  • sodium formate - process aid
  • styrene/acrylic copolymer - opacifier
  • subtilisin - enzyme

The pacs are offered for sale in numerous product sizes from 14 pacs to 81 pacs. Each size has instructions included in three languages, child safety protection closures, and complete safety information.

The Proctor & Gamble Story and Gain

Procter & Gamble began in 1837 when Cincinnati brothers-in-law, William Procter, a candlemaker, and James Gamble, a soapmaker, came together to form the company. In just twenty years, the company would reach one million dollars in sales. The company continued to grow during the Civil War when the Union Army awarded two contracts to Procter and Gamble to supply soldiers with soap and candles.

Procter & Gamble found gold with the launch of Ivory soap in the 1890s. In the years to come, Procter & Gamble would invent and produce some of the most common products like Crisco, Tide, and Pampers in American homes. The company now is one of the largest advertisers in the United States and around the world. The products are available in 180 countries.

Gain was introduced to the Procter and Gamble laundry line in 1969 as a powerful cleaning detergent but was rebranded in 1981 as a mid-price laundry detergent in both liquid and powdered formulas focused on adding fragrance to laundry. Gain soared in popularity due to its variety of scents: Original Fresh, Apple Mango Tango, Icy Fresh Fizz, Hawaiian Aloha, Lavender, Thai Dragon Fruit, Island Fresh, Tropical Sunrise, Moonlight Breeze, and more. The latest introduction has been a line of Gain Botanicals that include more plant-based ingredients and come in White Tea Lavender and Orange Blossom Vanilla scents.

The Gain line now includes liquid, powdered, and single-dose laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, laundry scent boosters, dishwashing liquid detergent, and other home care products.

Product Review and Recommendations

If you love the scent in your laundry, Gain Flings! delivers. The little pacs pack a scent punch. I gave them a try on our regular family laundry as well as some prestained squares of muslin (ketchup, oil, grass, and mud).

Our clothes came out smelling quite scented, feeling soft and clean. The muslin test squares stained with oil and grass still had some traces of the stains. Gain is a mid-level detergent and more enzymes are needed to remove heavy stains, especially oily stains and those that contain dyes. To get really clean laundry you will need to pretreat those stains with an enzyme-based stain remover before washing with Gain or add a laundry booster to each wash load.

The pacs are very simple and convenient to use. As with all single dose laundry products, take special care to keep them away from children who may confuse them with candy. Choose packaging that is opaque to prevent children from seeing the product and includes a safety latch.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.