Oh nuts; Oh balls!
Nuts or balls
Which one shall I go for?
I’ve seen some of those eco wash balls on offer through a company called ‘Nature’s Wisdom’, and I’m wondering whether they are a magnificent creation, designed to save me water, electricity and detergent or whether they are a greenwashing hoax destined to relieve me of nothing other than money.
It seems they are made from plastic; so are they recyclable and what sort of plastic is it?
And I’ve realised, through my research that there are two sorts of wash balls. Ones that have pellets in (and I’ve heard numerous reports about them coming apart in the machine and causing a mess) and ones that somehow magnetise the water.
So which do I go for and what are the differences?
And if that’s not enough, there are soapnuts too. Now, I won’t have a word said against them because one of my very knowledgeable friends sells them and finds them to be the answer to all her laundry needs.
But I had some of them once upon a long time ago, used them a few times, gave up and dispatched them to a very grateful friend. That’s not really a fair trial is it?
Do you know what my excuse for giving up was? I found it too difficult to untie the bag or old sock which contained them at the end of the wash 😀
But what I ended up doing, prior to caring what I threw away was to toss the whole lot in the bin. So somewhere in the landfill are a couple of Little Miss Green’s old socks with half a dozen soapnuts in them.
Now I’m Miss zero waste extraordinaire, everything that goes into the bin is accounted for, and better options are sought.
I have a theory that if you have wonderfully soft water these soapnuts and eco wash balls are excellent. So I’m wondering if I need to get to the root of the problem here and soften my water. Perhaps a water softener would be my best bet. Or maybe I should move to a picturesque black and white cottage in Cornwall or Devon. 😉
But then I wonder whether you would get just as good results by using no detergent at all. I’m quite sure this would be true of the first few washes, because it is clear if you wring out a clean, dry cloth in a bowl of water just how much residue is left in our fabrics.
No wonder people get skin allergies from harsh cleaning products.
Making decisions is not my best skill, so I’m going to stick with Ecover until I can make up my mind. I’m not unhappy with Ecover at all, I think it’s great but I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve things and ways to lessen my footprint further.
By using soapnuts or washballs, you can reduce the water needed for the rinse cycle, plus soapnuts can be used for other cleaning jobs around the home and they become an ingredient for the compost heap when you’re done with them.
Oh well; I’ll give it some more thought, but I’d love to hear your opinions and experiences. If you leave a comment, please include details of your water hardness 🙂