Wait, so I don’t have to use laundry detergent ever again? Why haven’t we heard of this before? This could literally save me hundred of dollars! I had to see this for myself, a discovery that could be equivalent to wine (cause lets face it, wine is a miracle). This is my honest review of The Smart Klean laundry ball. Its so basic, it almost seems to good to be true!
This ball has saved us on the road with our family for the last few months. We didn’t have to buy any detergent and it saved tons of space in the car. For those of you that just started following my blog, I’m a military wife and we just relocated (and drove) all the way from Florida to North Idaho.
At the KOA Campground in South Dakota
Anyways, I was really hesitant to try another gadget that probably was a gimmick and only lasts 6 months. Story of our lives right? Well, I also felt the detergents that I’ve been using were FULL of chemicals I couldn’t even pronounce. I wholeheartedly committed to the thought of having crunchy laundry if I was going to go non-toxic around my home. You don’t get all that softness with non-toxic products right? You have to give up something.
I tried the ball on a Monday when my child was in school and husband was at work. I was determined to really get into the science behind this ball. I did a few loads and saw or felt ZERO difference. I started to geek out for a bit on the technology of the ball.
I know for most of you this is the boring stuff, so I’ll try keep it simple with bullet points below.
Here’s The 3 Basic Things You Need To Know:
- The ball is made with ceramic and magnetic palettes that rub together.
- Agitation of the ball changes the structure of the water molecules, which causes the pH of the water to change.
- The high pH water keeps clothes soft.
So to me this all made sense, it cleans the clothes, makes it soft. I used the ball for a whole week, and then I went back to detergent. Why? I didn’t even know why. My laundry felt the same, but just smelled a little prettier. I realized what I was attracted to-was the smell. I talk all about the toxins found in those other yummy smelling dryer sheets in my YouTube video (Watch here). My goal was to go less toxic, so I went back to the ball and I have been so happy with it ever since.
I think fragrance is such a powerful combination with our brains and it does take a conscious effort to get rid of some toxins in our life.
Saving money has been the biggest benefit for me. I love that there’s no replacement stuff, its re-chargeable in the sun, and I’m not using any toxins on my clothes. I mean this is as eco-friendly as it gets!
You can purchase the laundry ball HERE
Cleaning Cloth Diapers
Cloth diapers was something I was worried about for moms. I used to use cloth diapers when my princess was just a wee one. We loved them, but they were definitely a lot of work. As a 1st time mom I just didn’t have the patience to see it through 3 months. Although I do not have experience cleaning cloth diapers with this Smart Klean ball, I was directed to their blog (here) where they talk all about cleaning cloth diapers.
What You Really Need To Know About Using The Smart Klean Ball With Cloth Diapers:
- Do not go over 2 dozen
- Pre-treat with stain remover
- Experiment for that particular type of diaper
Sounds easy enough! Let me know how it works for you in the comments if you have tried this ball, or come back to tell us about your experience.
Why Hasn’t Anyone Just Made a Non-toxic Laundry Detergent?
They say on their website that the ball is actually doing a physical process in the layers of fabric by releasing dirt and lifting it from the fabric. Detergents need to work harder and from the outside in. The best way for a detergent to be affective is with suds and surfactants.
Here is some info from their homepage you may find more helpful.
Laundry detergents and stain removers frequently contain alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs), which are common surfactants. APEs can damage the immune system, and they are suspected hormone disruptors, which mean they can mimic hormones in the body that regulate reproduction and development.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also warned that ethoxylated alcohol surfactants, such as APEs, may be contaminated with carcinogenic 1, 4-dioxane, which penetrates skin. Tests conducted in 1997 by the Washington Toxics Coalition found that supermarket or drugstore labels are more likely to contain APEs.
Results: Laundry Ball To Left Detergent Right
So if you want to try something with zero toxins that’s also great for the environment, then the Smart Klean ball is a no-brainer. I use this everyday and definitely recommend it.
Imagine not having to haul laundry detergent or run out ever again! This thing was a mom’s gift from heaven, so this is me -screaming from my washer that it works!
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