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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