Eco Egg – Is it a gimmick or a revolution?

When I first heard about the Ecoegg I was both excited and sceptical…

But what is an Ecoegg?

An Ecoegg is a complete replacement for washing powder, liquid or liquitabs. It comes in the form of a plastic egg-shaped cage that you fill with tiny detergent pellets and place in your washing machine drum.

The Ecoegg is environmentally friendly, is manufactured in the UK and is endorsed by Allergy UK and the National Eczema Society as it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. It is also dermatologically tested and cruelty free. Sound good so far?

How much does it cost?

You can buy an Ecoegg for as little as £7.99 for 54 washes ranging up to £19.99 for 720. It comes in three fragrances and also fragrance free. I went for the 720 wash egg as it was the most cost efficient option, and I chose Linen Fresh and purchased mine for £19.99 from Amazon.

Ecoegg claim that the 720 wash egg will last around three years but be aware it does state that the figure is based on 3-5 loads per week. In reality I do around two loads per day, sometimes more which means mine will last a lot less than three years. In comparison my usual washing powder only lasts a couple of weeks or so, so the Ecoegg still sounded like the much better option.

Is it cost effective?

With two children in our family and a husband with sensitive skin we usually use Fairy products which range from 15p to 28.9p per wash depending on the product you choose. By doing around two wash loads per day, in a year using Fairy Liquitabs for example, it would potentially cost me around £211 per year.

Ecoegg claims that it costs as little as 3p per wash with an Ecoegg. This would mean that that by switching to an Ecoegg I could potentially save our family a whopping £189 per year! Seems like a no brainier to me. If you’re anything like me and do around two loads per day, not the 3-5 per week Ecoegg bases their advertisement on, then a 720 wash egg priced at £19.99 is going to last you just over a year. At a cost of £21.90.

How does the price of Ecoegg compare to other products?

Fairy – 15-28.9p per wash

Daz – 10- 27.8p per wash

Persil – 10-27.5p per wash

Bold – 12.5-25p per wash

Ecover- 21.4- 29.4 per wash

Tesco own brand (including Tesco loves baby non-bio) – 10-15p per wash

Asda own brand – 5.2-10.9p per wash

Morrison’s own brand – 5.6-16.4p per wash

Sainsbury’s own brand – 10-13.8p per wash

Waitrose own brand – 13.6p per wash

Aldi own brand – 7.5p per wash

Lidl own brand – 7.5-8.6p per wash

Ecoegg – 3p per wash.

(Information based on MySupermarket prices and are correct at time of posting, subject to change based on supermarket and brand pricing guidelines and promotions.)

Saving money is the aim of the game for me but the product still needs to do the job it is made for.

How does it work?

The Ecoegg uses two types of mineral pellets inside the egg, which produce a natural cleaning foam. It’s been laboratory proven to work just as well as a regular detergent but without the harsh chemicals.

So how does it fare?

I’ve been using the egg for 17 days now, it’s had to deal with various different stains courtesy of my little boy, from tomato to avocado to orange juice which are all notorious for staining. Lets compare it to Fairy, it seems to be working just as well, I always use Tesco’s own oxy action spray on bad stains prior to the washing so I can’t confidently say that the Ecoegg is sufficient on tough stains by its self but it’s definitely on par with Fairy non-bio.

The downside

Yes, there is a downside, to be completely honest when the washing comes out of the machine it’s clean there’s no doubt about that but it is kind of odourless.

I decided not to use any fabric conditioner as the Ecoegg website states that it is not needed and I wanted to see how it performed by itself. The clothes came out as soft as they had done with liquitabs and softer than they had done previously having been washed with Fairy powder, so pretty impressive.

Unfortunately, after a fair few washes I gave in and bought some fabric conditioner as I began to miss the smell of fresh, clean washing. So if I have to say anything negative it is the fact that the clothes don’t really smell like they’ve been washed, or they don’t smell like I would expect my washing to smell. I did opt for Ecover eco friendly fabric conditioner and it happened to be on offer at the time at only 5p a wash, bonus! Now my washing is clean and smells lovely again.

May I also add that Sainsburys own brand laundry pearls are amazing and only a tiny sprinkle is needed, they are also half the price of other branded products of the same type. These could definitely replace fabric conditioner if you decided to to use it with the Ecoegg.

So, would I recommend the Ecoegg? Absolutely! It’s quicker and easier and I imagine pretty good for the washing machine, no gunk build up (unless you use fabric conditioner)

Will I be swapping my usual detergent for an Eco Egg on a permanent basis? Definitely!

Would I give up fabric conditioner? No chance!

Have you tried an Ecoegg? What are your thoughts? Or perhaps you have some amazing cost saving, eco-friendly products you’d like to share with me? Comment below and don’t forget to follow the blog 😊

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19 thoughts on “Eco Egg – Is it a gimmick or a revolution?

  1. Great review!! I recently switched to the Ecoegg too after it was recommended to me as my little boy suffers quite badly with eczema and I’ve also found it great, don’t think I’ll be going back to normal detergent any time soon.

    Agree with the fabric conditioner smell though – I’ve also been adding some. I might try the Ecover one though, never had that!

    I think I may also buy the tumble dryer egg to try as we use our tumble dryer a lot!

    Lou x

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    1. That’s great to hear. I’m literally telling everyone ha ha! The Ecover is really nice and eco friendly. We haven’t had any skin problems with the egg either and I have a one year old. Let me know how you get on with the dryer eggs I’ve heard good things about these, may have to try these next!

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      1. The white balls eventually disintegrate and you are just left with the grey mineral balls, they stay and don’t need replacing. My one states that you need to refill after 72 washes so try to keep track of how many you are doing. Mines about half way empty at the moment and I’m about 41 washes in so far. Hope that helps!

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  2. Not really green is it to get something in a plastic bottle just because you ‘miss the smell of clean laundry’? Great that the Ecoegg saves you money but you’ve completely negated one of the main environmental benefits.

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    1. Hi Lily,

      I agree with the point you made on the plastic bottle, I hate plastic but until the industry changes the way they package things we are a little stuck aren’t we?

      The point of this blog first and foremost is to save money, and whilst purchasing another product, albeit in plastic packaging in addition to the eco egg may not be as green as you’d like it to be it is still a cheaper alternative than using powder or liquitabs alone.

      I by no means preach to live a 100% eco friendly life I am simply making little changes here and there in a bid to be greener and trying to inspire others to do so.

      Nikki

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  3. I bought one of these EcoEggs online at the start of the year, but it looked so plastic when it arrived that I decided to send it back, as I had seen soap nuts by then on the shelf at the zero waste store. I bought those instead. Finding them great on lightly stained laundry although they don’t seem quite upto the job alone on white table napkins with bolognaise stains. I haven’t investigated eco stain removal products yet and I don’t need to use fabric conditioner as we have soft water

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