I am terribly concerned about the environment and the world we are leaving to our little people. I have always done my absolute best to look after our planet, but so much more needs to be done. There are lots of small ways in which we can make changes that don't really affect us everyday, but could make a big difference to the environment.
I've been thinking for a while about changing to an environmentally friendly laundry detergent and conditioner when ecoegg contacted me to review their products.
I had seen and heard of ecoegg before so I was really keen to give them a go.
We have a big family and do a lot of washing. I would say I do an average of two loads a day, on a conservative bet, at the weekend it seems like the washing machine is always on as I have 5 beds to wash! We have a great washing machine which has an eco setting which I always try to use but I get through bottles and bottles of detergent - so much so that I usually buy it in bulk in Costco.
The ecoegg Laundry Egg lasts for 720 washes - 3 years of washing for the average family (a lot less for me though I think!). At £19.99 this works out at 3p a wash it's really economical. It's definitely a money saver, but the question for me was would it work as well?
I've been trying it out now for 2 weeks and I must say that I'm really pleased with it. You just fill it up with the two types of ball, black ones and white ones and away you go. When the white balls are looking a little low you just fill them up, leaving the black ones there. It's really easy to pop in each wash, and there's no faffing about measuring or spilling liquid everywhere. It also means that the detergent drawer stays nice and clean so that's one less thing to wash!
It works really well on clothes that are generally dirty. They come out clean and smelling fresh. It's different to the artificial fresh smell that you get with detergent, but they still smell clean. I also tried it on a couple of items which were heavily stained - a white shirt with chocolate on and white leggings with grass stains. I used the ecoegg stain remover on them but sadly though the stains didn't come out. When I washed them again with my regular detergent they still didn't come out though and I had to resort to sunlight to get the grass stains out and I think the chocolate stains will need some more soaking.
While clearly my regular detergent didn't get the stains out either, I did notice that the sunlight trick worked better after using my normal detergent. I think this is probably because of the optical brighteners and bleaching agents in the laundry powder.
So what I've decided is to use the Laundry Egg on my coloured and dark washing and keep to my washing powder for the whites. It's significantly saving me money and saving the environment too as I only do a white wash every couple of days. If you weren't that bothered about whites being really white I would just use the Laundry Egg for everything!
I also tried out the ecoegg conditioner, which again is said to last a year for the average family and costs £9.99.
It smelled fresh and not artificial at all. I needed to use a lot less and my clothes came out just as soft as usual and smelling fresh, but not an artificial fresh smell. I'd admit it was a big change for me as I love the smell that my usual fabric conditioner gives my clothes but I think it's just getting used to something different. I'm very happy with the conditioner and would carry on using it.
My favourite product from the ecoegg range though was the tumble drier eggs.
They can reduce drying time by up to 28% and soften and freshen clothes at the same time. I noticed a big difference with drying my towels and I love the scent that it puts on the laundry. It means that I don't have to use fabric softener with I was towels anymore! They cost £9.99 each and refills are only £3.99 for a pack of 4.
Overall I really like the ecoegg range. Their products really do work and I know that they'll save me money and save the environment too which is great.
Would you be tempted to swap your usual laundry products for the ecoegg range?
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Disclosure - we were gifted a bundle of products from the Eco-Egg range for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.