I recently purchased a box of Eco Laundry Ball. I am always on the lookout for money saving items so I thought I would purchase these and then do a test to see if they actually work.
Before I get onto the test let me just make a note on what it says on the box:
Laundry Ball In!
Washing Powder Out!
Eco Laundry Ball
- Easy to use, just put them in washing machine
- No Harmful chemicals such as Phosphor and Boron etc. Reduce pollution
- Protect clothes and skin. Better for babies’ children’s clothes and underwear, avoid hurting skin
- Reduce rinsing times, save water, power and time, economical replacement
- Avialible for various washing machines.
- Temperature of water should not exceed 60 °C
- Not toys, keep away from children
- To prolong the life of laundry balls, dry them in ventilated places after washing
Before laundry, protocol, coat the collar, cuff, and other stubborn stains with the stain stick when clothes are dry, to get a better effect of decontamination.
Put clothes in washing machine together with 2-3 laundry balls. Presoak for better effect. No need washing powder for daily clothes.
Wash clothes according to normal process with 1 to 2 rounds of rinse. Leave laundry balls into the washing machine during laundry.
You can purchase Wash Balls here on Amazon:
higher alkyl sulfate, non-Ionic tenside, calcium carbonate, sodium metasilicate, essence, water etc
Anyway not really sure about the wording or the ingredients, but that’s what it says on the box!
3 x Laundry Balls
1 x Stick Stain Remover
The Laundry Test:
I deliberately kept some quite manky clothes to do this test. One of the dirtiest items was a pair of jeans that were covered in mud from an energetic day of hiking. Other items of clothing included sweaty shirts and jumpers, plus of course my underpants.
I set up the washing machine for a short wash cycle with the temperature set at a minimum. I just wanted to see how well these laundry balls would work.
To be perfectly honest I was quite sceptical as to how it would turn out! However, I have to say that I was quite surprised by the results. On close inspection of the jeans all traces of the mud had gone, they appeared to be as clean as when they are put through a normal wash. The only thing that I did notice was that there were some little specks of white. These did disappear once the clothes were dry. I am not sure if this was from a previous wash, or as a result of using the laundry balls.
The sniff test – I know that when I put the clothes into the washing machine, they did have a bit of a hum about them. Once washed the clothes did have a pleasant smell, not too overpowering like some washing powders.
In the next wash I decided to wash the bedsheets. Once again this was done on a short wash, with the temperature set at a minimum.
The results were great, no different than if they were washed using washing powder. I am not really sure, maybe it is just wishful thinking, but I thought the bedsheets felt a little bit softer.
Well I have to say that I was very pleased with the results that I got. Obviously, this was only a very quick test, but I do intend to carry on using the laundry balls, to see how they manage over time.
I personally purchased these on eBay for a total cost of £9.99. Only time will tell if I am saving money against the cost of using detergent.
Certainly, my brief test did prove to me that I get a good wash on a short cycle at a low temperature. So this in itself seems to be a bit of a saving. according to some other information I found: Each wash ball should be good for approx 60 washes (depending on cycle time used), before needing to be refilled.