Going Eco
Words by Nicky Collins

I try to do what I can to help the environment but I will be the first to admit I could do an awful lot more. Recycling household waste and picking up the odd bit of litter just isn’t enough. With a four-year-old daughter who loves her food and loves her painting (most of both end up on her clothes) and a husband who is a builder (in the hot Maltese sun) as you can imagine, washing in our home is never ending. So, as you can imagine, when I was given the opportunity to try out Ecoegg’s Laundry Egg from Just Organic in Naxxar, I was a little sceptical to say the least. How can something with no chemicals possibly clean our clothes? Let alone the product was the size of my hand and stated it lasted 54 washes!

EcoeggTM claims to be ‘kind to your environment, pocket and skin’ so I was willing to give it a go. Presented in a recyclable box the laundry egg is not only eco-friendly but is also a

registered allergy friendly product,
scientifically tested,
made in the UK and, the most important for me,
not tested on animals!

The Ecoegg comes ready to use as soon as you take it out of the box, no excess packaging and easy to use. The balls inside are in a sealed bag but this dissolves during the first wash so there really is nothing other to do than to pop it in the washing machine drum, on top of your loaded wash, switch on and go. Much to my dismay the laundry egg does not unload your washing, hang it to dry, nor iron it for you, but you can’t have everything!

Ready with my first wash using the product, and running late to get my daughter to school as per usual, I hurriedly shoved the laundry into my washing machine, popped the egg on top, closed the door and switched on, it couldn’t have been easier and saved it saved me a couple of minutes in not having to measure out the washing powder and conditioner I usually use.

Now, this is where I am going to be completely honest, but please read on… Washing finished, I headed upstairs to hang it out. To say I was a little disappointed was an understatement, our clothes looked no different other than being damp, still marked and the smell certainly did not resemble a ’hint of Spring Blossom’ as stated on the box it came in. Not wanting to give up, I sat down and had another look at the package, maybe the laundry egg hadn’t been as easy to use as I thought…

It then dawned on me, it was my fault and not that of the product. Our washing machine has a bit of a knack to it, as it is situated at the top of the house, it runs off the water tank on the roof rather than the water mains. Being gravity fed, also means that water going into the machine isn’t particularly at high volume nor with any speed. We always add a couple of extra jugs of water to each wash and I had simply forgotten to do this with the earlier wash.

Next wash in and the Laundry Egg was getting its second chance, extra water added and hey presto! Great results. Clean clothes with a hint of spring blossom, and just as good results as any washing powder and conditioner I had used before. With a handy chart supplied with the product to keep a count of my 54 washes, I’m now more than halfway through and the results are just as good as the first wash (the one I got right).

Doing my bit to help the environment by not using chemical detergents for my washing, yet still getting the same results is another little something to add to my being eco-friendly list. The Ecoegg Laundry Egg is certainly something I’ll be purchasing again from Just Organic when my present one (eventually) runs out.

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