Last year I took the plunge and purchased an Eco Egg. For those of you who don’t know, the Eco Egg is a more sustainable alternative to regular laundry detergents. While it’s not the most sustainable option on the market, it’s a great alternative for people like me who are just wanting to dip their toes into the world of eco friendly laundry.
The eco egg itself is made of plastic, though is designed to be reused for years on end. It comes with some bags of pellets, of which there are two scent variations and one unscented variation. The two scents they currently have available are Fresh Linen and Spring Blossom. The pellets go inside the egg and then the egg is placed in the washing machine along with your clothing, where they react with the water and act as a detergent.
As for the packaging, the egg comes in a cardboard box but the pellets are packaged in small plastic bags. These are fully recyclable, but as far as I’m aware not biodegradable or compostable. Obviously this isn’t a fully plastic free alternative, but it’s definitely innovative in terms of cutting down on plastic use.
*Edit: I recently found out that the plastic pellet bags can dissolve in water!
The egg can be opened using the built in click and twist mechanism. Each pack of pellets contains three bags; two white and one black. The white are mineral pellets and the black are tourmaline ceramic pellets. All three packs have to be deposited into the egg which can then be closed using the same click and twist mechanism.
Once it’s filled with pellets the egg is ready to use! Eco Egg recommend using their ‘detox’ tablets for your washing machine before switching from regular detergent but speaking from experience, I don’t think this step is necessary.
Each egg costs £9.99 initially, and a refill packet is priced at a very reasonable £4.99.
Each eco egg and their coinciding pellets are…
It will also save you from buying approximately 40 plastic bottles of washing detergent per year, and will only cost you 14p per wash. Each pack of eco egg pellets will last for approximately 50 washes before needing to be replaced. The product itself also has a 10 year guarantee.
Although I’ve had the eco egg for 7 months, I’ll admit I’ve not used it regularly for a full 7 months. Why? Because I’ve had other detergents and capsules that I needed to use up within that time frame. So 7 months in, I’ve just reached my first 70 washes and am ready to replace the pellets in my eco egg.
I’ll start off by saying that this has got to be one of the easiest eco cleaning swaps I’ve made thus far. I love the product and how easy it is to incorporate into my laundry routine. Just chuck it in and go. I purchased the fresh linen scent, and it really does live up to the name!
However I will say that towards the end of my 70 washes, the fresh linen scent became less and less apparent. This is to be expected given that the detergent is in a pellet form rather than a concentrated liquid. For me, it wasn’t a huge issue. I knew my clothing was still getting cleaned and I imagine that a few drops of essential oils could accentuate the scent a little more.
There was a little confusion on my part in terms of knowing when to switch out my pellets. Obviously the packaging says 50 washes, though you can also get ones which will last 70 washes. But realistically, who is keeping count on the number of washes they’re doing?!
After doing a little digging, I found the answer. When the pellets are roughly half the size that they were originally, it’s time to switch them out! As you can see in my photos, my pellets are only filling half of the egg, which initially was completely full. For reference, the above photo of the pellets is what they look like when the pellets need replacing.
I refilled my eco egg with a 50 wash refill packet, which only fills the egg up to halfway. When I first purchased it, I’d filled it with a 70 wash pellet packet. In addition to their two original scents they also have a whole bunch of limited edition scents too. After I’ve finished this packet I’m considering snapping up a pack of their Ocean Breeze and Honeysuckle scents.
When you’ve used your eco egg, remember to remove it from your washing machine and allow it to dry in a well ventilated area. This could be on your windowsill or countertop – it doesn’t matter. Just remove it from your washing machine!
If not, the pellets could become stuck together and become mouldy. This is understandable, given that they’re mineral pellets, therefore remember to let your egg ~breathe~. I always leave mine on the kitchen counter after my wash and I’ve never experienced any mould issues.
I’ve been completely sold on the eco egg over the past 7 months. I really enjoy how easy it is to use, and the fact it’s very low maintenance in terms of refilling. There’s also the fact that you’re not limited to a single fragrance. Once one pellet pack reaches it’s limit, you can swap it out for any other scent you please!
Since I purchased mine, Eco Egg have also launched a whole range of new products. I’ve already mentioned their washer detox tablets, but they’ve also launched a white egg specifically for white washes, egg cup stands, and stain remover. I’ve not tried any of their other products, but if I do I’ll be sure to post a review on them!
YES! If you couldn’t already tell, I’m obsessed. I can happily say that I won’t be going back to regular laundry detergents and softeners anytime soon.
Have you tried the eco egg before? Did you love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments below!
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.