Is it possible to wash an entire load of laundry without detergent? I was highly skeptical that it was possible to get our clothes clean without using soap, however when I was recently given the chance to try out the Magic Era Washing Ball for review, I felt that I had nothing to lose.
The Magic Era Washing Ball replaces the need for detergent in your wash, with two softball size rubber balls filled with smaller balls made of ceramic. According to their site, and an email I received from a representative:
The ceramic balls are made from inorganic and nonmetallic compounds that include oxides, carbides, and nitrides… The ceramic balls consist of 4 types of balls: magic balls, alkali balls, antifungal balls, and magnets. The magic balls radiate far-infrared rays to ionize the water and activate the water molecules. The alkali balls change hard water to soft water to strengthen the washing molecule. The antifungal balls kill bacteria, and the magnets give an antistatic effects.
Although I’ve read that statement a number of times, I’m still not sure that I understand how the balls work. However, when I tested out the Magic Era Washing Balls on three loads of laundry featuring dirt, food, and sweaty clothing, the result was clean clothes. I have children, and it goes without saying that our laundry is exceptionally dirty, and yet every item that I inspected (and I inspected them very closely) was stain-free. More importantly, each item smelled like…nothing. It’s true that using the Magic Era Washing Ball will not result in clothes that smell like of French Lavender, however they also didn’t smell like dirt, sweat, or food. They were clean. Yes, clean without detergent.
The instructions on the Magic Era Washing Ball box, states that if you have a heavily soiled load, you should add a small amount of baking soda to the wash. The balls also can’t be used on delicates as they’re too heavy and may damage the item.
I have two small issues with the Magic Era Washing Ball. The first is that the instructions state “for maximum effectiveness, let the laundry soak in the water [with the balls] for one hour. This will allow [the ball] to convert tap water into activated water.”. This is impossible to do with my front-loading washing machine, as the soak cycle automatically drains after it’s over, and there is no way to keep the activated water in the machine. Although, I was not able to wash with “maximum effectiveness”, the clothes I washed still came out clean…though one might wonder if they could have been even cleaner than clean if I was able to follow the instructions completely.
The second issue is that the balls are supposed to remain effective for 1,00 loads or 3 years, after which their washing ability significantly decreases. There is nothing on the ball to indicate it’s age, so I’m not sure how I’m going to remember that in 3 years time the balls will need replacing.
Those two small issues aren’t much when you consider that using the balls will mean that laundry detergent is unnecessary. No laundry detergent, also means that my son, who suffers from skin allergies, likely won’t break out into the rashes that plague him. Still, I can’t quite imagine giving up detergent altogether. I plan on using laundry soap on those really, really terrible loads of wash, but I do think it’s nice to have this very eco and budget friendly option available in the laundry room come wash day.
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Disclosure: I received a Magic Era Washing Ball for the purposes of this review. All opinions in this post are my own.