Chemical-Free Laundry Ball - Does It Work?
When I told my husband we were considering adding a product to use instead of chemical-laden laundry detergent packaged in wasteful plastic containers he said, "This might be where I draw the line on your hippy environmental stuff." I laughed, but I understood where he was coming from.
In my time working at Reuseit/ReusableBags.com I've happily and effortlessly stopped using plastic bags and disposable water bottles. I've cut way back on my paper towel use and I've totally eliminated dryer sheets from my grocery list. But laundry detergent? I was skeptical.
So Thanksgiving week end I took home the suspicious Chemical-Free Laundry Ball and put it to the test against my toddler's jelly-stained t-shirts, my sweaty skateboarding husband's hoodies and all the dirty cloth napkins that piled up from our (vegetarian!) holiday dinner.
I carefully followed the instructions, giving my washer a good scrub before the first use. Nothing was overly soiled, so I just tossed the ball in with my laundry and hoped for the best.
I was thrilled when everything came out clean and smelling baking-soda fresh as opposed to perfumed. A tumble in my dryer with my dryer balls and static eliminator sheets later and I was patting myself on the back for not only finding waste-free solutions for my least favorite household chore, but also for proving my husband wrong once again. ;)
In the end, my husband's only complaint was that he likes his clothes to have another scent to them besides "clean." I took care of that with some fragrance sticks for my dryer balls. It's actually a perfect system because I don't like any perfume on my clothes - so I just don't use the sticks for my laundry.
Obviously I haven't used them 700 times yet, but I'm pretty thrilled to have found something so eco-friendly and easy to store. No more giant bottles of expensive "green" detergent cluttering up my laundry room and one less thing on my grocery list.
So does it work? Yes, it works, and it's awesome.