Not too long ago I was looking for ways to make our home more eco friendly, starting with cleaning products. Having tried Ecover and other eco friendly laundry products, I stumbled across Eco Eggs one day. It was a literal online stumble - an eco Tweeter mentioned them and that QVC were doing a deal on a starter kit. Before I new it I had got a starter kit for washing and drying Eco Eggs, plus a free stain remover. The idea behind the eggs is that they reduce the need to buy new products which results in more plastic being put in recycling. Plus the eggs and stain remover contain more eco friendly ingredients than your average laundry products. Here is the verdict.
The laundry eggs were the subject of some debate between me and my husband. These plastic eggs have holes in them and contain little beads that soap up and wash your clothing with eco friendly ingredients. You simply pop them into the drum with your laundry and you are ready to go. I thought that the washing was successful and continued to use them for a while, my husband however was not convinced. Although the Eggs we got were scented, they did not make the washing smell as strongly as a normal detergent would. I didn't think this was a bad thing, but Mike was convinced that the washing smelt funny and that the smell of pooey cloth nappies was still clinging. So we have unfortunately stopped using them. Maybe I was using them wrong, who knows. But when you've got smelly nappies to contend with, perhaps you need something more hardcore. We did not soak the nappies before washing, so perhaps this was another factor.
I could not be more pleased with the Dryer Eggs (as pictured above.) As with the Laundry Eggs you pop them into the drum. The design of the Eggs allows you to reduce your drying time by about 20%, which knocked about 15 minutes off our drying cycle - which is fantastic! You can use these Eggs instead of fabric conditioner, which I did when I used the Laundry Eggs and they certainly seem to do their job. However, since going back to detergent we haven't been using them for this, so our laundry doesn't smell like the Eggs, which as a shame as I like the smell. If you are going o use them for this reason, you'll be pleased to know that I have been using them for quite a while and with every wash, and the smell has not yet faded. When it does, you simply replace them with more scented sticks, which you get in the pack.
Most of all I am impressed with the stain remover. It is eco-friendly as with their other products - however it still works brilliantly. You just rub it into a stain, leave it for 10 minutes and then wash and I have had success with it after quite a few baby related spillages. It has worked when Vanish hasn't and I now use this instead! It has even worked to reduce a dried in tomato sauce stain, which I am hoping will continue to fade with more treatments and washes.
If you fancy trying out Eco Eggs products for yourself, you can find their website here.