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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Ecoegg laundry egg work?
The Ecoegg laundry egg contains two types of cleaning pellets:
The tourmaline ceramic pellets weaken the adhesive forces between the dirt and fabric.
The mineral pellets then naturally ionize the oxygen molecules in the water which then penetrate deep into the fabric lifting away the dirt and grime, without fading colours or damaging the fibres.
Our own scientific testing shows that these two types of pellets used together give the optimum cleaning results.
The ionized oxygen molecules also increase the pH level of the water, which has a natural softening effect on your laundry, so you do not need to use additional fabric softener or conditioner.
What's in the ingredients of the Laundry Egg?
Do you need to use fabric softener with the Laundry Egg?
We would recommend an eco-friendly fabric softener/conditioner where possible. Alternatively, some people find that essential oil works great to give your laundry a fresh fragrance. Just put a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil into the drawer of your washing machine before each wash. The Laundry Egg will naturally soften fibres as it changes the pH of the water so softener is not a necessity if you suffer from sensitive skin.
Can the Ecoegg laundry egg be used for hand washing?
How is it possible to shorten the rinse cycle?
Is the Laundry Egg manufactured from environmentally friendly materials and made in an environmentally friendly way?
Is the Laundry Egg safe to use with sensitive skin including babies’ skin?
Can the Laundry Egg be used on modern cloth nappies?
You can use the laundry egg in your ‘pre-wash’ cycle if you have one. This initial wash will help remove odour and excess urine before your ‘actual’ wash’. When the pre-wash cycle ends, you can just leave the laundry egg in your washing machine and start your ‘actual’ wash cycle. This is the time to add some essential oil for extra fragrance if you like.
For a more detailed instruction, we’ve created a page on top tips to wash your cloth nappies using our laundry egg.
Will the Laundry Egg harm washing machines?
Can the Ecoegg laundry egg be used in all temperature washes?
Can the Ecoegg laundry egg be left in for the whole wash cycle?
Do I need to dry the Ecoegg laundry egg between washes?
How do I know when to refill my Ecoegg laundry egg?
My Ecoegg laundry egg/washing machine/clothes smell strange?
When you have been using conventional washing powder or liquid for a while, the residue left from these can build up in the pipes and crevices of the washing machine. If not cleaned away, these build-ups can cause a bad odour. Your usual detergent will mask the smells from these build-ups. However, when you switch to using the Ecoegg laundry egg, there is no strong fragrance to mask the smells, so it can be more noticeable. In this case, you should clean out your washing machine (which is a good ‘detox’ for your machine anyway).
How to use: Simply unwrap ONE detox tablet and place it right inside the drum of your machine (front loader). If you have a top loader put the tablet in the “long-middle-bit” (right inside the drum) where you usually put your washing powder (NOT where you put the softener). Remember to put the machine on the hottest setting and on the longest cycle available (leave the drum empty – do not put any clothes in). This will leave your machine fresh and clean. It is recommended to detox your machine once every 6 months or so, depending on how often you wash.
How to wash extra smelly clothes before using the Ecoegg Laundry Egg?
For all clothes as a general rule: Make sure to rinse any stain especially urine/poos or any smelly substance that comes in contact with your clothes IMMEDIATELY with water (before your pre-wash) to avoid the smell to penetrate through your clothes. This will help eliminate the odour further in addition to using our tips below.
Some tips to help wash EXTRA smelly clothes before using the laundry egg:
Is it ok to use my Ecoegg laundry egg with delicates?
How long will the Laundry Egg last?
Can I use the Ecoegg laundry egg in all types of washing machine?
If you are using the Ecoegg laundry egg in a larger machine, you may need to use two Ecoegg laundry eggs.
Why isn’t my Ecoegg laundry egg working as well as I expected?
- Make sure you are not overloading your machine. The Ecoegg laundry egg needs room to move around in the wash
- Make sure that your washing machine is not set to use the minimum amount of water
- Whilst the Ecoegg laundry egg works well on most everyday stains, just like with normal washing detergent, there may be the occasional stain that requires extra help. A ‘pre-wash’ or ‘in wash’ stain remover can be used as normal. This will not affect the performance of the ecoegg laundry egg in any way.
- The Ecoegg laundry egg contains no harsh bleaching agents. If you find that your whites are not coming out as bright as you are used to, try adding some eco-friendly laundry bleach to your white loads.
It is important to remember that the Ecoegg laundry egg does not contain any harsh chemicals and therefore cannot be compared to the clean of conventional biological washing detergents that can contain toxic chemicals and bleaching agents. The Ecoegg laundry egg is a much more natural alternative which is kinder to the environment, your skin and your pocket.
Also, it is important to remember the amount of money you will be saving by using the Ecoegg laundry egg. For every day worn once and minor stained clothes, using a concoction of toxic chemicals is an unnecessary waste of money. The Ecoegg laundry egg can save you a great deal of money.