An Eco-Friendly and Cost Conscious Laundry Alternative

May 7, 2009 at 10:45 PM 43 comments


I’m constantly on the search for products that benefit both the earth and my wallet. While searching for an alternative to laundry detergent and dryer sheets I came across the Complete Laundry System. The system includes one round laundry ball and two pointy shaped dryer balls.

The laundry ball is placed into your washing machine without any laundry detergent. I wondered how this tiny little laundry ball could clean my clothes without any soap. According to the manufacturer the tiny ball creates an energy field when agitated in the machine, which thins the water and helps it move through the fibers of your clothing.

I will admit that I was skeptical at first. I stuck the ball in a dirty load of laundry with some of my husband’s stinkiest t-shirts. I thought for sure that they would still smell when I pulled them from the washer, but as unbelievable as it may seem the clothes came out smelling fresh and clean.

Then I tried the dryer balls. My husband and I actually hang all of our laundry to dry on a pipe in the basement, but we do run the clothes through the dryer on ‘air’, with a dryer sheet, just to fluff them and get the wrinkles out. My husband was very skeptical of the balls and claimed they wouldn’t soften the clothes the way he likes. We tossed the dry laundry into the dryer and added the two pointy shaped balls. Fifteen minutes later we pulled out soft, wrinkle-free shirts. Admittedly the clothes weren’t quite as soft as they are when using dryer sheets, but they were plenty soft and wrinkle free.

The best part about the Complete Laundry System is that the dryer balls are designed to last a lifetime and even more importantly they replace those awful dryer sheets! The laundry ball is designed to last at least three years or 2,000 washes, whichever comes first.

Mystic Wonders has kindly offered a Complete Laundry System to one reader of One Frugal Girl. For an opportunity to win please leave a comment below telling me why you’d like to try this product. This giveaway will end Monday, May 18th.

** This giveaway is now closed. The winner has been contacted and has 48 hours to respond to my email. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours another winner will be chosen.

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  • 1. clwtrsunset  |  May 7, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    I’d love a set! I’d like to save money and help the environment by using less detergent. I have my drain line piped out into the yard so I don’t have to irrigate and I’m able to reuse the wash water. The problem is I’m still contaminating the ground due to the detergent. This system would be perfect!

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  • 2. Rini  |  May 8, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    I’m skeptical.

    Did you try washing the stinky t-shirts without detergent OR a random “energy ball”? Because you know, water cleans things too…

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  • 3. Pinky  |  May 8, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    I would love to get it as well. We have 4 adults and 1 baby in the house. I do at least 5 loads of laundry each week. With this system, I can reduce the chemcial we use and it is so much more enviornment friendly.

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  • 4. DanielleS87  |  May 8, 2009 at 2:18 AM

    This could replace my somewhat expensive scent-free laundry detergent! Thanks for having this contest!

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  • 5. Jon  |  May 8, 2009 at 2:41 AM

    I’m skeptical. If the laundry ball actually works, I’d personally sell them for the company by telling everyone I know. Who wouldn’t like to do away with the ongoing cost of detergent (not to mention doing away with chemicals)? I’m very interested in seeing if it actually works.

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  • 6. Sense  |  May 8, 2009 at 7:31 AM

    An ‘energy field?’ Hmmm, I’d like to check that out. Scientifically. I’ve been trying to reduce my dependence on chemicals like detergent for a while now–i’d heard of the dryer balls, but not of the laundry ball!

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  • 7. Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife  |  May 8, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    I too am skeptical and would love to try out that laundry ball. I’d use the dryer balls too, and hope to convince my husband not to buy anymore dryer sheets. Thanks for the chance to win this great green product.

    -Kate

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  • 8. Jenn Mc  |  May 8, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    No more detergent. That’s why I would like to win!

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  • 9. One Frugal Girl  |  May 8, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Rini — After reading this post my husband asked me to run an experiment sometime next week. He wants me to wash a shirt in just water, then with the laundry ball, then with the detergent. He too thinks water alone would work just as well as the laundry ball.

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  • 10. Ssmith28  |  May 8, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    I have the dryer balls and found they worked ok, then one day last winter one of them mysteriously dissappeared. We were working in the yard the other day and one of my friendly dogs brought me a ball to throw. Guess what it was? I’ll tell ya though, I can probably run it through the dishwasher and put it straight back into the dryer. It was perfectly intact.

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  • 11. Anonymous  |  May 8, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    I think this set needs to find it’s way into my home. Hate dryer sheets. This would be wonderful.

    mckinneycarr@cox.net

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  • 12. Tammigirl  |  May 8, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    I would love to get rid of all those detergents and things and just have three little balls to deal with. The mess, the caps not put back on all the way, (thanks to kids) the constant trash, the clutter. All gone! Plus I would love to not have soap in all my sheets and towels. Imagine how much softer they would feel without all of that junk in them! You know it never really rinses well enough in a rinse cycle.

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  • 13. Jamie  |  May 8, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    We have some very stinky clothes, and if I can get them clean without chemicals and detergents, hoowahh!

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  • 14. cubiclefree  |  May 8, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    I’ve been thinking about doing the Simple Dollar’s laundry detergent recipe. This sounds so much easier.

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  • 15. Katie  |  May 8, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    I’d love to try these out. With two kids we go through lots of laundry, and we’re always trying to be more green!

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  • 16. Mariza  |  May 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    I’d love to try and see how well it works!

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  • 17. Renee  |  May 8, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    I wanna try! I just can’t get past the no detergent. I’d have to see it to believe it!

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  • 18. Zack  |  May 8, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    I assume you’d have to be pretty vigilant about your pre-treatment, but it’s something that I’d definitely be interested in looking into…

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  • 19. Sense  |  May 9, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    Aaah, i read that the ‘energy field’ reduces the surface tension of the water. How, i have no idea, but that is how detergent works, as well…if i can figure out how whatever is in the ball creates that energy field, I would be willing to admit that this could work!

    I would love to solve this mystery. I’m such a scientist…i need to know how things WORK before I can believe in them!

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  • 20. gonna_make_it  |  May 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    I’d like to try it too!!!

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  • 21. Heather  |  May 10, 2009 at 12:31 AM

    Energy field? Really? I’m quite curious to try for myself.

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  • 22. Kelly  |  May 10, 2009 at 1:11 AM

    I would love to be able to cut the cost of detergent and fabric softner and help the environment.
    My husband comes home from work with some nasty looking shirts and I would like to try this and see if it really works.

    keckie83@yahoo.com

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  • 23. Sue  |  May 10, 2009 at 6:30 AM

    I’d love to try it to save myself the pile of money I spend on laundry detergent. I have four boys and LOTS of laundry going on. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  • 24. dsmom89  |  May 10, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    I’d absolutely love to win this set. I use cloth diapers, and I have to use alot of detergent to get them to smell fresh,(on top of using baking soda, vinegar, and line drying) but my son has very sensitive skin, and even the “free and clear” detergents cause a rash. Even if I don’t win I will most likely look at buying a set, but the cost is a bit prohibitive right now as we are on a very limited income.

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  • 25. C S  |  May 11, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    I’ve just started to make my own laundry soap. But I would love to be done with that too.

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  • 26. Juice  |  May 11, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Oh my goodness I would LOVE to have this giveaway! I am constantly looking for ways to economize on my laundry. Pick me!!

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  • 27. Pamela  |  May 11, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    My husband and I are in the process of buying and house. As a result, we will have a washer and dryer of our own for the very first time! Of course, we have to buy them, as well as pay for various other small home improvements, so we are also looking to save money everywhere that we can. I think this laundry system would help with that.

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  • 28. Aubrey  |  May 11, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    My husband just discovered that liquid softner and dryer sheets actually accomplish the same thing and there’s no need to use both… I prefer neither.

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  • 29. Jillian  |  May 11, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    I would like to win because I always seem to realize I’m out of detergent about the same time I realize I’m out of clean clothes!

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  • 30. Anonymous  |  May 12, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Due to allergies I can’t use dryer sheets. I would love to try these balls in my dryer, since I can’t use the dryer sheets!

    K. C.
    kccuties(at)gmail(Dot)com

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  • 31. Anonymous  |  May 12, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    That sounds amazing. I have taken to making my own laundry soap in an effort to be more economical. I still buy the fabric softener (when I hang things on the line) or dryer sheets to help with wrinkles and scent. I would love to give these a try and eliminate the softener and laundry soap from my budget. I just hope it can get all the dirt out that my farmer husband puts into his clothes.

    Thanks,

    Heather (hersheygirl74@yahoo.com)

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  • 32. Pam  |  May 12, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    I would like to win this to save money on detergents/fabric softener/dryer sheets. Also, this would save me worrying about whether one of my children will react to the chemicals/scents in the detergents, etc. Also, it’s better for the environment to not be using those harmful chemicals and that’s always something I do when possible.

    melacan at hotmail dot com

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  • 33. Lindybug  |  May 13, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    I would love to try this out! I am getting married soon and my fiance and I will be moving into a new place soon. We are looking for ways to save money and this would be a fantastic start.

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  • 34. think4it  |  May 14, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Oooh, Can I please be the winner? With three kids and two dogs it seems as if we’re constantly doing laundry. Just the idea of not having to constantly worry about detergent or letting the kids help by tossing in the laundry balls is such an exciting prospect! That and I don’t use dryer sheets so those dryer balls will be perfect for our summertime “natural” line drying then fluffing in the dryer sessions :D
    Thanks for the post and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed :D
    Karen

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  • 35. patio  |  May 14, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    money is tight, tempers are short,
    Ive been asked by hydro to cut my bill,
    they have put me on the smart meter,
    doing laundry now not whenever I want,
    the heavy pails of laundry soap, would be no more,
    the fact of those 3 little balls,
    would help me with the laundry chore,
    we all want to win this incredible prize,
    but I will use it, really I would, no more laundry soap or dryer sheets, using 3 balls more.

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  • 36. Elena  |  May 14, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    I would like to try this product because it does not add any harmful chemicals to the water going down the drain! This is especially critical for us in So. Cal. where we will pretty soon be forced to use “grey” water for watering lawns and gardens!

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  • 37. Jenn  |  May 15, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    At the moment I have 9 people living in my house, so I do a lot of laundry! These would help considerably in cutting down my laundry bill.

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  • 38. Saph @ Walk With Me  |  May 16, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    I’d to get rid of having to buy laundry soap!

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  • 39. bison61  |  May 17, 2009 at 12:52 AM

    I’d love to win this will save me money on laundry detergent

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  • 40. DCexpat  |  May 17, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    I would love to try it myself. i haven’t used my dryer since 2005 (I line dry all my clothes) and I am always looking for ways to be eco friendly by cutting down consumption

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  • 41. Anonymous  |  May 17, 2009 at 6:23 AM

    I would like to participate in the contest. The pevious post have said everything I would say and then some. Thank You for the contest and my household of 7 would appreciate it and my domestic goddess who does laudry daily would love it also. Also, our 11 year old son who does his own laudry would like it also

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  • 42. Anonymous  |  May 18, 2009 at 12:38 AM

    I would love to try these laundry balls. I am a stay at home mom and we are always trying to save money and this would be great. Also both I and my children have very sensitive skin so I have to buy the more expensive detergent that is dye and perfume free. We also can not use fabric softener at all because of our skin. This would be a great alternative.
    Laurie

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  • 43. Humpty Dumpty  |  June 5, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Unfortunately, the dryer balls work by breaking the fibers of your clothes. The added 'softness' comes from the broken ends. So while it may be 'environmentally friendly' in that no chemicals are used, your clothes will degrade faster and need to be replaced sooner… thereby ending up in the landfill sooner.

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