For many years I have been allergic to most washing detergents. I have narrowed down to about 1 brand that I can just about tolerate without breaking out in hives. Whilst reviewing the family’s single use plastic intake I realised that the plastic boxes that this particular brand of washing detergent ‘pods’ comes in are a big part of that. I also realise that the amount of washing detergent going into our water system, with all the chemicals they contain, is not good for anyone. However, my household generates at least 2 washing loads a day and much of this is sports kit which is (a) sweaty (b) muddy or both and so I need something that’s going to wash properly.
I have always been slightly skeptical of alternatives to detergent as I am wary as to their effectiveness. However, this year, with my renewed impetus to try and do what I can for the environment I decided to try out an alternative and so, after some research, I purchased an EcoEgg . When I bought it just after Christmas there was an offer for a Complete EcoEgg Laundry Kit which comprised an EcoEgg Laundry Egg, Dryer Balls, and Instant Stain Remover.
The whole package cost around £30. The Egg has refills which mean it is good for 720 washes, I have been buying Fairy Non Bio Pods at £22.80 for 114 washes so I would have to spend £144 on those to get 720 washes and that’s without the dryer balls and the stain remover.
I have been using the Egg for about 2 weeks now and have been really impressed with the results. All my washing has come out clean and the dryer balls have cut dryer time by at least a third.
The ultimate test of the Egg came today – my middle daughter plays as Goalkeeper for an Under 15s girls football team and this morning they trained in our local park. It was raining and the ground was very muddy. When she came home her kit was absolutely filthy –
I put her shirt and padded goalie trousers, both covered in mud and grass, on a 40 degree synthetics programme with the the EcoEgg and waited to see how it would come out – I was impressed as you can see –
Not only has the mud and grass gone but her shirt smells clean – no sweat, no mud just clean clothes.
So how does it work? Well, you fill the egg with two different types of pellets. White mineral pellets and dark tourmaline pellets. According to the leaflet with the Egg the tourmaline pellets ‘weaken the adhesive forces between the dirt and fabric’ and the mineral pellets ‘naturally ionize the oxygen molecules in the water which then penetrate deep into the fabric lifting away the dirs and grime’
I did some more digging online and found some research that was done into the EcoEgg which seemed to conclude that the tourmaline did in fact raise the pH of the water giving the water a greater natural ability to dissolve and remove organic matter from clothing. In conjunction with the mineral pellets this then increases the washing effectiveness.
As I write this I am thinking I need to run a control for my experiment and wash dirty football kit without anything in the washing machine at all – I’ll let you know how it goes….