Eco Balls save money and the environment

When you’re backpacking, it’s a right pain to have to carry washing powder half way around the world; more often than not it spills out into clothes. Now you don’t have to with these handy Eco Balls.

These nifty numbers exploded onto the market recently and are proving a big hit with the penny-scrimping traveller. Just pop the Eco Balls into the washing machine instead of detergent et voila. They’re easy to carry and will last up to 1,000 washes – that must be at least a few years on the road, well, unless you’re into daily mud wrestling or rodeo.

And now for the science bit…

The balls contain mineral salts that produce ionized oxygen which penetrates deep into clothing and comes with free refill pellets and a tube of stain remover. They also soften water so there’s no need to use conditioner and they’re suitable for sensitive skins as there is no added fragrance. To make them extra energy efficient switch off the second rinse cycle on the machine you’re using if you can.

And, if you insist on tumble drying – one of the biggest drains on household energy – use Dryer Balls to reduce drying time by up to 25%. The balls have a combination of soft and tough nodes that help lift and separate clothes while they’re drying. They also retain heat so as they tumble the heat is transferred around the drum more easily, speeding up drying time.

They’re available to buy online for $59.95, which sounds expensive but think of the cashola you’re saving in the long term, and are becoming more widely available in shops too. Keep an eye out for them and let us know what you think.