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Eco-balls reduce laundry cost by 75% Eco-balls are a way of doing the washing without using detergent or soap. If you live off-grid that means you can reuse water more easily, and if you live on the grid, it means you are adding less to the world’s pollution especially water pollution, while saving a bit of money. And yes, they do really work. We were sent a free sample by Insight EcoStore in Brighton, and so far have used them in 30 washes with no ill effects on the clothes or the machine. The clothes come out softer than with fabric softeners and there’s none of that yucky sludge to clear out of our washing machine. They are less sparklingly white, but we are not worried about that. No more hassle and expense of carting bulky powders and liquids home from the market! Eco-balls also care for your washing machine according to the producers. You place the three eco-balls in your washing machine instead of washing powder. Together they produce ionized oxygen that activates the water molecules naturally and allows them to penetrate deep into clothing fibres to lift dirt away. The makers say they save water and save energy by doing without the need for a second rinse cycle. They are reuseable for over 1,000 washes and cost abpout ’35 — on average 3.5p per wash (compared to 15-30p for normal washing powder). There are no harsh chemicals so less pollution. They will not fade bright colours or damage clothing fibres. They are Hypoallergenic so suitable for sensitive skins/eczema (including babies and children). Eco-balls soften clothes even in hard water, and no fabric conditioner is necessary. They are also anti-bacterial and kill Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus. Eco-balls come with a 30-day money back guarantee, and include free refill pellets and a stain remover. They were voted one of the Ten Best Green Household Products by The Independent snoozepaper in January 2005. You can buy them from, who sent us the sample, but they are also available elsewhere on the Internet.

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