The SmartKlean Laundry Ball Review and Giveaway

Just what is a laundry ball, you ask?  It’s a device designed to replace laundry soap that lasts for an entire year.  (If you wash approximately 18 pounds of laundry per day.)  The SmartKlean Laundry Ball is a perforated plastic sphere filled with ceramic pellets.  Don’t ask me about the specific chemistry involved, but the product claims that the pellets eliminate mold and bacteria, elevate PH levels to simulate soap, and break down water clusters to reduce rust in washing machines.  Honestly, the other features of these pellets are a bit too science-saturated for me to grasp.

Skipping detergent altogether and throwing a ball into a washing machine filled with stinky socks and sour milk smells seemed a bit crazy, but I have to say that it works.  You can hear the ball bouncing around inside which must help agitate the laundry a bit more.  We even used it with our diapers, which are mostly wet these days since Jovi uses the toilet for bowel movements, and they came out smelling great!  It doesn’t do a whole lot for stain removal, but if you pretreat your clothing, it comes out just fine.  (The company also recommends adding white vinegar and sea salt to very soiled clothing to boost the cleaning power.)

Would I buy this product?  Probably not.  I simply am not a purchaser of new-fangled laundry devices and it costs $45.00.  Some people spend this much on dryer sheets and laundry soap in a year, but I don’t think we actually do.   Still, I have to say that our laundry ball stays in our machine and we use it most of the time.  It can be recycled if your local site accepts #7 plastics or it can be sent back to the company.   It does require a bit of maintenance since it should be placed in the sun to regenerate the pellets once a month.  For more information on the product, head to their FAQ page.

You shall have a chance to try it out for yourself if you’re the lucky winner of our SmartKlean Laundry Ball giveaway!

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This contest ends on Friday May 13th and is only open to U.S. Residents.


  1. it would be interesting to see if this laundry ball would be able to clean all the baby clothes, bedding, diapers, and family laundry for the first year of a childs life. Not sure if we get enough sun in Oregon to regenerate the pellets in the winter months. I’m always very skeptical about new green gadgets so it would be very satisfying to try one out without having to spend the money up front for it.

  2. I wonder if this really works. I’ve tried some prototype and it completely dissolved the ball in one cycle! (Probably water too hot). Eager to try this one.

  3. I’ve wanted to try one of these. I’m in Arizona so putting in the sun is not a problem LOL! I just ordered some dryer balls; we have some wicked static. I zotted my cat’s nose the other day; she hid from me the rest of the day 🙁

  4. Oh, how I would love to be blessed with this! 🙂

  5. This sounds fascinating to me although I admit I’m still a bit skeptical! I’m sure my husband (an organic chemist) would be interested in the science behind it. Has anyone tried this in an HE machine?

  6. I’d be interested to try it out, though I’m not sold on it yet.

  7. lindsay says

    i often stare at this in the store. but i probably wouldn’t buy it either! would happily win the giveaway though!!

  8. This would be awesome to try out on my baby’s new cloth diapers!

  9. Sandra Bildstein says

    This would be an awesome item to win. I am trying to make my home ‘greener’.

  10. it sounds so sci-fi, but i would love to replace detergent with it!

  11. I cannot express how much I LOOOVE this product. As a mother of 3, smartkleen has saved me a whole lotta money (I only use this for all of my family’s laundry), reduced rashes on my youngest one and saved me so much time and effort! I am so amazed that my clothes and linens have not had ANY static cling since I have started using it. I have recommended it to everyone I know and I will keep doing so because I think everyone should stop using detergents and use this product! I was so surprised to learn that the laundry product I was using before (Seventh Generation) contains SLS 🙁 🙁

    Go to their testimonials and see how I’m not the only one that loves this product!

  12. Hi Melody,

    Don’t worry too much about the winter months, the laundry ball will still work fine if you don’t take this step for a few months (we’ve forgotten to do so at times ourselves). The reason for doing this is so that it stays working at its optimum so we recommend a sun bath because this is the easiest and quickest way of removing the moisture content of the laundry ball, but this can also be done by leaving the laundry ball in a non-humid area.. for example, close to a window or maybe an exterior room, like the garage. In this case, you might want to leave it for a little longer than 1-2 hours, that’s all. The basic idea is to just take it out of the washer every once in a while so that the ceramics dry up. We will be more than happy to answer any other questions: please contact us at Happy, healthy cleaning!

  13. Shelley says

    I’m really interested, because if it worked to would be great. However like you I tend to be a bit doubtful of new laundry products like this but I’d love to give it a try and have it prove me wrong!

  14. Corey Johnson says

    Wow! That sounds really fun! 😀

  15. Barbara Ortiz says

    Since I am over 70 years old and have been using soap for many, many
    years, I am leery of buying this new fangled product. All my life I’ve
    thought one needed soap to clean clothes.
    Of course I would welcome a chance to try it out in order to save
    money at this time of my life.
    Perhaps an old dog can learn a new trick!

  16. I’m up for it – so much greener than using “green” laundry detergent, which is what I do now!

  17. If I’ve already like you on Facebook, does that count as a second entry?

  18. Does anyone remember the laundry ball that came out in the 80s and promised to ionically clean your clothes? I remember my dad, who is very scientific, thinking it was a bunch of hooey. Turns out it was and the company went out of business. Ionically cleaning your clothes meant using water. Turns out just water alone does a decent job and since most people had never tried that, the laundry balls appeared to be a miracle product. These modern versions have taken it a step up with textures and pellets, but I’m still skeptical. What’s in those pellets anyway? I’m wondering if you could achieve similar results using a textured doggy toy. In fact, when I googled laundry ball, one of the first words in the wikipedia article was pseudoscientific.

  19. I think I had read about this a few years ago. I wonder if it works well. Does it smell? I am all about saving money and our planet, I would love to give this a try!

  20. katherine says

    Would love to give it a try!

  21. Certainly would be worth a try with all the diaper laundry I do!

  22. Jennifer N. Smith says

    This sounds lovely! Spending less and using less resources!

  23. Bianca A says

    I’d love to try this product! Just read thru their whole website and it sounds awesome.

  24. Bobbie Wright says

    interested in this product and trying to be more green.

  25. Bobbie Wright says

    does it count if I already like you on facebook?

  26. Cindy Hartshorn says

    So excited about this, hope I win…

  27. Cindy Hartshorn says

    already LOVE your facebook page!

  28. Marta Block says

    I’d love to give this a try! Not sure if it’s meant to be used for cloth diapers, but it seems like a wonderful product.

  29. Angelica Rapson says

    After reading some disturbing product information, I am looking for alternative ways for cleaning. I was looking for ways to make laundry detergent, and WOW, I came across this strange science-fictional laundry ball. I am really excited at the idea of trying it. My daughters have really sensitive skin, and vinegar and baking soda are getting really expensive.

  30. Eileen, based on what I’ve read on the internet, these laundry balls are exactly the same pseudoscientific miracle products like the ones you mentioned from the 80s. Tests have shown that plain water gets your laundry just as clean as these balls. Apparently, many of the people giving this product rave reviews are doing so after having used it only a few times when old laundry detergent is still left in their clothing. So it’s the old laundry detergent and the water that’s doing the cleaning…not the ball. Some people have found that after several wash cycles, once the old detergent is completely washed out, their clothes start accumulating a bad odor because the water alone isn’t cutting it. Has anyone here had success using these things for more than a few weeks or months? I was really sold on this product until I looked deeper.

  31. Jill Alicea says

    I’d be interested to see if this works. I especially like that it is supposed to prevent rust build-up in the washing machine. I wonder if this would also prevent that sour odor the washing machine sometimes gets, thereby eliminating the need for me to buy washing machine cleaner?

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