OK, it’s been a while since I’ve done any reviews on here but when I got an email from the My Place Play Cafe offering to send me an Eco Egg, I decided it sounded intriguing enough to try and replied back with a yes please rather than my usual no thanks.
Before I start, I should say that the reason I don’t do too many reviews these days is that I’m really trying to cut down on ‘stuff’ in general. We’re trying to be more sustainable and one way I decided to do this was to say no to reviewing things that I didn’t need (or at least really, really want) when I was offered it.
It’s my very small way of reducing packaging and landfill waste and even though I know it’s not going to make any difference at all in the grand scheme of things, it still makes me feel like I’m doing something.
This review is a bit different though because when I read what an Eco Egg was, I realised that if it worked it would save me a pretty significant amount of money over its lifetime as well as cutting down on packaging as I wouldn’t need to buy washing detergent.
What is an Eco Egg?
To bring you up to speed, an Eco Egg is an eco-friendly alternative to washing detergent. It’s hypoallergenic as it uses natural cleaning pellets that contain no harsh chemicals and it’s even recommended and endorsed by Allergy UK for being great for sensitive skin. Sounds good so far, doesn’t it?
The Eco Egg is designed to completely replace your normal washing detergent although it does say on the instructions that you could still use fabric softener or even a few drops of essential oils if you wanted to.
Amazingly, it lasts for up to 720 washes, which is around 3 years worth of washing for the average family and at its current price of £19.99 that works out at around 3p per wash which is brilliant.
I read all of the above facts and figures and I’ll be honest, I was more than a bit sceptical as I just can’t see how something so natural and so cheap can do such a good job but apparently it’s scientifically proven to deal with dirt and grime and it’s even suitable for white and coloured clothes as well as being safe to use with all fabrics, even delicates!
Let’s see, shall we!
What comes in the box?
You get your Eco Egg and enough pellets to last for up to 720 washes in the box. I say up to 720 washes as apparently, your water type can affect the life of your pellets as can the temperature you use to wash.
It’s easy to put together – basically, open up the egg, add in the one sachet of black pellets and two of the white, close up the egg and voila, you’re good to go.
When the little pellets start to shrink in size you just top up with a pack of the white pellets.
How does the Eco Egg work?
The simplest explanation I’ve read is that the Eco Egg contains two types of cleaning pellets. There’s one type of pellet that weakens the adhesive force between the dirt and the fabric and the other type then naturally ionize the oxygen molecules in the water and lifts away the dirt from the fabric.
There are much more complicated explanations but that just about makes sense to me. 😉
Does an Eco Egg really work?
You know what? I think it really does work!
I did three loads of washing last Saturday (built up over a very rainy week) and it’s all clean and fresh! No one has noticed any difference and the washing looks and feels exactly as it usually does after a wash.
I haven’t had to wash anything that was super dirty so there were been no tough stains for it to deal with but it’s dealt with our usual washing really well.
Will I use the Eco Egg again?
Absolutely! So much so that I bought a little Eco Egg holder for it from Amazon so I can store it neatly without it rolling everywhere!
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