“As consumers, we have so much power to change the
world by just being careful in what we buy.”
– Emma Watson
As a family of four, with two adventurous children, it feels like our washing never ends. Food stains, paint, mud and other memory making mess; you name it, you’ll find it in our laundry basket. I was recently sent ecoegg’s Laundry Egg to try out; this is designed to be a complete replacement of your usual laundry detergent and fabric softener. It was originally developed for those with sensitive skin; containing non-toxic mineral pellets which are free from harmful chemicals, making it kinder to your skin. The non-toxic nature also results in less pollution entering our waterways.
Our washing usually consists of two types of clothing; the first type consists of mildly worn clothes which are worn by myself, my husband and the girls, these are day-to-day clothes that are worn for short periods of time; there are usually few stains or obvious odors. The second type is well worn clothes; my husbands sports clothing which usually have some mud on the trouser legs, the girls play and craft clothes and my clothes which have some tan transfer on them.
I decided to put the ecoegg to the test over a good number of washes before writing this review; observing how it washed regular clothes and some well worn clothes. Here is what I found;
My review of the ecoegg Laundry Egg
I used the laundry egg over a good number of washes before writing this review; including dark, mixed and light loads. These washes consisted of predominately regular, mildly worn clothes as well as some clothes which had mud stains, food stains and tan stains on them. Before washing the clothes, the mineral pellets had a nice, fairly strong fresh linen smell (there are three different options available; Fragrance Free, Fresh Linen and Spring Blossom ).
I filled my washing machine approximately 3/4 full as I wanted to allow room for the laundry egg to move around. I usually set the machine on a wash that lasts for 100 minutes at 40 degrees; I used this setting for each wash with the laundry egg. I will also mention that our washing machine is a high efficiency model.
This is what I found;
- Light wash with no obvious stains or odors.
- Lightly stained clothes.
- Tan stained items.
- Heavily stained clothes.
- Sports wear.
1. This was a regular light wash for us. The majority of our washing is usually this sort of load. Upon taking the clothes out of the washing machine, all appeared to have gone well. The clothes looked clean; there was a mild fresh smell but not your usual just washed smell. This could easily be achieved by adding a small amount of fabric softener to your wash.
2. These items contained mild stains such as water based paint, food stains (not tomato based stains), and the usual toddler day-to-day marks. All of these stains lifted as expected, leaving no marks behind.
3. As somebody who is naturally very pale due to the ginger gene, it is no secret that I do use fake tan. I usually tan once a week or once a fortnight depending on what I have in my schedule. Most of the tan washed out of each item with no issue. Some tougher stains didn’t fully wash out, but they had obviously reduced. I did not expect these stains to be completely removed as I would usually pre-treat them prior to washing; even then, some of the toughest stains don’t always lift.
4. These items had tougher food stains; these were usually tomato or carrot based. These stains were definitely reduced but not completely removed. I would again usually pre-treat these, as I wouldn’t expect them to completely lift in a regular wash.
5. My husband plays golf most weekends, regardless of the weather; he recently has come home with mud stained clothes (I thought golf was a non-contact sport!) All mud was easily removed and the clothes were left with no stains. All clothes came out of the wash clean, and with no odor.
Overall, I have been pleasantly surprised. I have no concerns about the item’s ability to clean our clothes; it cut through our usual stains with no issue. Although it wasn’t able to cut through some of the tougher stains, I would usually treat these with a stronger cleaning product prior to washing.
If you are planning on trying out an ecoegg, here are some of my top tips;
- When using the ecoegg, do not overfill the washing machine. The egg needs space to move around to work its magic. If you overfill the machine, it likely will result in a poor wash.
- Make sure you remove the egg from the machine if it is not being used. When I have been doing back-to-back washes, I have continued to use the egg without allowing it to dry first, but if I know there is a gap of several hours or more, I remove the egg and place it on the work surface allowing it to dry out.
- The egg can also be used when hand washing items; I have yet to use it when hand washing, but you would simply use it as a replacement to your usual detergent.
- If the items you are washing are well stained, ecoegg recommends pre-treating these prior to washing them with the laundry egg.
- I found the ecoegg only left a very mild scent on our clothes; for us, we were not too concerned about having over scented clothes. If you prefer to have a more obvious freshly washed scent, I would recommend using fabric conditioner alongside the egg.
- Make sure you keep your ecoegg topped up. You can purchase the Refill Packs directly from their website.
If you’re looking for a more sustainable option that saves you money in the long run, the ecoegg Laundry Egg is a great option. We will be using a combination of the ecoegg and our usual detergent that we use for pre-treating items. For the usual day-to-day items, we will pop the Laundry Egg into our wash; for items with tough stains or heavy odors, we will pre-treat them first, prior to using the Laundry Egg.
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