I said Ecoballs™.
We first heard the term from our friends Howies a few years back. Of their organic cotton jeans they always say
ecoball™ washed for softness
So when @dombat said on Twitter the other day;
Ecoballs £5.35 in Aldi currently http://tinyurl.com/djl4ro
I jumped on my bike and pedalled through the woods to our nearest Aldi, just a couple of miles away (and nearly got squashed by a dangerous driver in the process!) and picked up a box of ecoballs™ for the special offer price of £5.35
Of course I wasn't the only one buying eco-friendly washing products and you could see the cashier's face as another box of ecoballs™ came through the till.
So how do they work then?
...she said to the woman next in the queue. That was close - if she'd asked me I wouldn't have had a clue!
So what's in the box? Well, you get 2x ecoballs™, 2x extra bags of washing pellets, a tube of eco-friendly stain remover (let's hope it works on the bike chain grease on my jeans) and a set of instructions including an Ecoballs™ FAQ.
So. How do they work? You pop an ecoball™ or two into your wash load and wash as normal at 30-60°C. You can skip the rinse cycle apparently. The cleaning pellets inside the ecoballs™ raise the level of alkaline in the water and there are a few other processes that take place which loosen the dirt from the fibres, plus clever things about activated water molecules. Unfortunately our resident biochemist isn't around at the moment to explain, so hopefully when Dr. B is back, we can get a decent explanation of what saponification is.
I haven't has the chance to use the ecoballs™ yet but will be doing a washload this weekend and report back. with the box boasting up to 150 washes at around 6p per wash (or less than 3.5p with the Aldi special price) it looks like we won't be using our ecover for a while. It'll be interesting to see how our clothes turn out in terms of cleanliness and freshness.
Ecoballs™ are a registered trademark of Ecozone (UK) Ltd.