Friday, 18 June 2021

How to cut down your waste by changing up your laundry routine

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*All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. *

There's nothing that brings that same kind of joy as getting your washing out on the line in the summer time is there? 

I personally love being able to hang the washing outside on warm days and filling the garden up with the smells of fresh laundry. It makes me feel good, knowing that just by hanging out the washing it is helping the planet in a small way. It's a shame that the summer is so short here in the UK and even then there are many wet days mixed into summer too. 

Which is why I am really excited to share ways that you can cut down on the carbon emissions created by doing your laundry with the help of SaveMoneyCutCarbon.  If you have been around recently then you will know that this year I am working with SaveMoneyCutCarbon to show you ways to cut down on your carbon emissions , save money and be much more eco-friendly in your everyday life. This month is no different and I'm focusing on laundry with the change of three products. Yes just three products which are all part of the ecoegg range. 

What is ecoegg?

ecoegg is a brand which has created an eco-friendly laundry solution with products that do everything from cleaning your washing machine using their detox tablets, washing your clothes with the ecoegg Laundry Egg and even helping dry your clothes faster with the ecoegg Dryer Eggs

All of the products in the ecoegg range contains no harsh chemicals and is kind to your skin, perfect for families and those who suffer with sensitive skin. The use of minerals helps to remove the need for chemicals to get your clothing clean. 

The whole range of ecoegg's innovative laundry products is available on SaveMoneyCutCarbon in the various scents including Fresh Linen, Spring Blossom and Fragrance Free. All of the refill products for the laundry egg as well as the washing machine cleaner are available as part of the Regular, Reliable Delivery service I talked about last month too. 

What is an ecoegg Washing Machine Detox Tablet?

When you use any washing products in your washing machine they start to build up and stay inside the machine itself. The ecoegg Washing Machine Detox Tablets break down that build up and help to keep your machine working in tip top condition. It is recommended that you clean your machine using a detox tablet before you start using an ecoegg Laundry Egg as this will give you the best results. 

Using the detox tablet is really easy and chemical free! You just pop the tablet into your empty machine and run your 90 degrees cycle. Once done you can get started using your ecoegg Laundry Egg. It really is that simple! You should also remember to run this cycle once a month to get the best out of your machine. 

Top Tip: Set a monthly reminder on your phones calendar to tell you to detox the machine. I find if I set this wash before bed to start at 4am our machine is ready to go first thing and smells amazing. 

What is an ecoegg Laundry Egg?

An ecoegg Laundry Egg is a small innovative egg shaped device which is specifically made to hold small pellets that clean your clothes without the need for additional plastics like most washing machine products come in. The small mineral pellets are made up of two different minerals and a small amount of washing detergent to help give your clothes a gentle clean. The egg is refillable, it unlocks to let you replace the pellets inside when they are used up. Each refill gives you 50 wash loads worth of detergent.

The ecoegg Laundry Egg has been UK Allergy approved and since it contains no nasty chemicals its perfect for even sensitive skin types. This means you won't need to have various types of laundry products for the different members of your family. One ecoegg can be used for the whole family. 

How does an ecoegg Laundry Egg benefit me?

Now I know that your questioning why should you switch to an ecoegg Laundry Egg right? The truth is there are a few reasons, one of the biggest ones in terms of helping the environment is cutting down the amount of plastic you use. Normally laundry products come bundled up in plastic bottles or tubs. You have at least two depending on your laundry liquid and the fabric softener you use. That means you are throwing away up to 40 plastic containers every year! That's quite a number, even if your recycling those it's still 40 new plastics created every year just to hold your laundry products. The ecoegg Laundry Egg refills come in 100% recyclable, features vegetable based inks for all the image and writing on the packaging and it has been FSC certified. 

You will save money! That in itself is a pretty great reason, by using your ecoegg Laundry Egg you will reduce your price per wash to just 14p and when it comes time to refill you will reduce that even further to 10p per wash. What is not to love about that?

What is an ecoegg Dryer Egg?

As with the other two ecoegg products the Dryer Egg by ecoegg is designed to help cut your carbon use. It does this in a very different way to the ecoegg Laundry Egg, instead of replacing plastic the dryer eggs do two jobs, firstly the two eggs act together to help dry your clothes faster which reduces that electricity used. 

They ecoegg Dryer Eggs also have an inner tube which acts as a replacement for dryer sheets which helps remove the need for disposable sheets that have a single use life span. There are two scents available which are the Spring Blossom and Fresh Laundry to match the scents for the ecoegg Laundry Egg.  

Our Experiences

When our box for the month arrived from SaveMoneyCutCarbon I was impressed with how well packaged everything was, just like every other month the contents had been secured with recyclable paper padding all the products so they don't bang around in the box during transit. When our boxes arrive my children love getting their hands on this paper and drawing on it with ink pens before we recycle it.

The first product we used from this months box was actually not included in this post, it will be featured in a post of it's own next Monday, which is the SeedBoms you can see in the photo above. Once we planted those I got started on detoxing our machine ready for using the ecoegg Laundry Egg. It was so simple and I already have my reminder set for the next detox clean in just over a weeks time! I really liked that the machine didn't have a particular scent afterwards, it just smelt clean and fresh rather than the musty smell it develops after a few weeks of use. I particularly liked that I could just add the detox tablet and press start, perfect for when your a busy parent like me.

Once the machine was prepped I got our ecoegg Laundry egg ready to go, I opened the egg up and filled it with the mineral pellets before simply popping it into the machine. So far we have enjoyed using the laundry egg, I had heard some bad reviews on this before but I was happy to find our washing does clean quite well. There have been a few exceptions when it comes to the childrens clothes, some marks don't get removed in a single wash, which isn't ideal however it is more stubborn marks from playing or in particular food dropping on their clothes and when we are washing those items I will do a full wash with a stain remover and our leftover washing product from before. Even with this change of product once in a while I am confident that we can ditch so much plastic using the ecoegg Laundry egg. I also love the Spring Blossom scent. It's my favourite!

I have mostly struggled to remember to dry out the laundry egg after we finish using the machine but I a getting better at that everyday. It's just getting used to the habit of removing it and setting it to the side with the washing.

I personally have loved using the ecoegg Dryer Eggs most out of the three products, our dryer turns off when it detects the clothes are dry no matter which cycle it is on. With the dryer eggs that happens much sooner and the added scent fills the room with spring blossom, just perfect at this time of year! I have not found any down side to using the dryer eggs and I know they are saving us money on the electric our tumble dryer is using so it's a win, win, win situation! I think I would recommend the Dryer Eggs the most, however we have enjoyed all the products and I will continue to use all of the ecoegg range as our go to washing products.

Why should I ditch my normal washing machine products?

There are many reasons why simply changing to ecoegg products can help you: 

  • Remove chemicals from your laundry cycle
  • Reducing the amount of plastic waste
  • Reduces drying time 
  • Is kind to your skin
  • Reusable products
  • Increases your machines effectiveness
  • Saves you money
  • Can wash at low temperatures

 Thanks to SavemoneyCutCarbon you can also set your refills up to arrive when you need them without having to remember to order them and you get the products delivered right to your door. 

You can purchase the ecoegg Laundry Egg for £8.55 with the refills at £4.53 each, the ecoegg Washing Machine Detox Tablets for £3 for a pack of 6 and finally the ecoegg Dryer Eggs for £9.99 with the refills at £5.95 each.  I have linked the specific frageranced products in the images above. However the whole range can be accessed on the laundry section on SaveMoneyCutCarbon.

Which of the three ecoegg products do you think you'd like the most?


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