Eco friendly laundry: Eco Egg review

ECOEGG REVIEW

I purchased my Ecoegg laundry egg just over four months ago. As I have been using it for a while I thought it was time to give some feedback. So here is my Ecoegg review.

My reasons for buying the Ecoegg were as follows:

a) to reduce the amount of waste I created in the form of plastic bottles and cardboard;

b) to save money on laundry detergent;

c) to cut out some of the chemicals I use here at Shoestring Cottage, benefiting us as a family and the environment.

How does it work?

The manufacturer claims that “The Laundry Egg is a complete replacement for laundry detergent and fabric conditioner.  Just pop it in the drum of your washing machine on top of your clothes – no powder, liquid, tablets, gels, or fabric softener required.”

According to the blurb it works like this: “The Ecoegg contains two types of cleaning pellets. The tourmaline ceramic pellets weaken the adhesive forces between the dirt and the fabric. The mineral pellets then naturally ionise the oxygen molecules in the water which then penetrate deep into the fabric, lifting away the direct and grime. The two types of natural mineral pellets inside the egg work together, lifting off the dirt and odours, leaving significantly less residue on your clothes.”

ecoegg reviewSounds good so far, so when I received my Ecoegg – in recyclable cardboard packaging – I was really excited to test it out. I really wanted this little blue egg to be effective!

It arrived with 2 little packets of pellets. You have to fill your egg with one and when the pellets fall beneath the refill line, add another packet. I have been using mine since September last year (during Zero Waste week), so haven’t had to refill it yet. You can also buy refills of the pellets and use your egg over and over again, helping to save money and reduce plastic waste for years to come.

Money saving

The egg I purchased was the Fresh Linen 720 wash version, which cost £24.95 on Amazon. The price per wash works out at 3- 4 pence. Even if you currently buy a generic supermarket laundry liquid or powder, this is a significant saving!

Better for your skin

The Ecoegg is dermatologically tested and supported by Allergy UK . It has been awarded the Allergy Friendly Product Award, so could be the perfect product for those who suffer from eczema or dermatitis.

But does it really clean your laundry?

I have been really happy with the effectiveness of the Ecoegg. On a general wash of clothes worn to work or about the house it is great. I do think you might miss that (totally fake) ‘just washed’ smell from your normal laundry liquid. I add a few drops of essential oil to the fabric softener drawer but, to be frank, it’s not really needed.

However, I want to be honest in my Ecoegg review. On really dirty items such as Mr Shoestring’s work jeans, it doesn’t lift tough stains out. I think it would have a hard time with blood or oil too. Having said that, any commercial washing powder might struggle with this! To counter this I use a pre-wash stain remover. Ecoegg sell their own stain remover, but I am still using up a bottle I already had of Sainsbury’s own. At £9.99 the Ecoegg one is a bit pricey for me!

ecoegg reviewI still have a cardboard box of washing powder from Aldi too. If a wash looks particularly dirty, or is a messy white wash, I use the powder instead of my Ecoegg. This doesn’t happen very often, but I wonder if families with kids who play football on a muddy pitch or love to jump in filthy puddles would manage?

The Ecoegg doesn’t soften clothes in the same way a fabric softener would so I still add conditioner to each wash. I purchase mine at our local food coop, who do refills, which means we aren’t generating the need for more plastic bottles.

Concluding my Ecoegg review

Overall I am an Ecoegg convert. Mostly the clothes we wash are my barely dirty ones as I work in an office, or Mr S’s slightly grubbier ones, which can be dirty if he has been working outside. It doesn’t leave your sheets ‘whiter than white’, but that is because if doesn’t contain a lot of chemical bleaches, so I can live with that. This means it doesn’t leach the colour from your darker clothes too, which is a bonus.

I am happy enough to have a box of laundry powder to get things a bit cleaner on the odd occasion. Because I can buy fabric conditioner in bulk I don’t mind that the Ecoegg doesn’t leave our laundry super soft. It might be enough for many people to add a cup of white vinegar to be even more eco-friendly.

The Ecoegg has definitely saved us money and will continue to do so, I hope, over the next few years. So would I recommend it? Most certainly!

Do you prefer greener methods to regular laundry products? What do you use?

This is not a sponsored post and I purchased the Ecoegg myself. However, this post does contain affiliate links and if you click through and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission. Thanks!