We often get asked about how our product stacks up to name brand detergents. To help you take the guesswork out of the equation we have created a chart to give you a quick look at how they all compare. We’ve provided a comparison of features across the board from price per load to how eco-friendly each detergent is.
Easy. Economical. Ecological
2% of a garment’s weight comes from laundry detergent residue.
Nothing is closer to our bodies than our clothing. We wear fabrics all day and sleep in them at night. Regular laundry detergents leave residues in your clothes and linens after every wash. It’s easy to verify this by smelling them. Smell detergent? That’s not mountain spring you’re smelling in your laundry, it’s a concoction of different chemicals. Your skin is like a sponge and it constantly absorbs these harmful chemicals into your bloodstream.
Laundry detergents are not soap.
Many people are under the false misconception that detergents are soap. Laundry detergents are made of synthetic chemicals derived from petroleum. These chemicals are serious hazards to human health. Petrochemical-based detergents are much cheaper to manufacture than true soaps, and marketing has ensured that the majority of the population remains absolutely convinced that detergents are safe to use.
’Eco-friendly’ laundry detergents may contain harsh chemicals.
While many popular green brands claim to use plant-based ingredients in their laundry detergent, they still use SLS and SLES which are synthetic chemicals that can be very harmful to your health. Always check the ingredients on the product label and their website. Sometimes they won’t disclose the full ingredients on their label but do on their websites or MSDS (material safety data sheet).
1 SmartKlean Ball can prevent 8-16 gallons of chemicals down the drain.
The common detergent bottle comes in 50 fluid ounce containers of highly concentrated chemical liquids. By making the switch to our residue-free alternative, you can prevent 8-16 gallons of chemicals from entering our waste water treatment plants. Although their filters and special chemicals take out solids, grit and other things, many of these treatment plants cannot filter out all types of hazardous waste. Much of the chemical run off that comes from laundry detergents still reach and jeopardize our precious aquatic ecosystems. Many so-called ‘eco-friendly’ laundry detergents contain SLS and SLES which are lethal to fresh water fish at 7ppm (parts per million) and do not break down well in the environment.
1 SmartKlean Ball is equivalent to 20-40 containers of laundry products.
SmartKlean replaces laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets. Although some of the packaging for these products are said to be recyclable, the sad reality is that they are ‘down-cycled’ and more often sent straight to landfill. According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, 93% of plastics are not put into recycling bins. In addition, their manufacturing processes are often toxic and consume large amounts of resources. The clear advantage of our laundry ball is that it is extremely reusable. Its recyclable enclosure consumes much less energy to be produced and once it is recycled, it can easily be reused and molded without losing much quality. Its strong, durable material is free of BPA and PVC.
1 SmartKlean Ball can save 6,000-8,000 gallons of water!
Without any suds or soapy residues, there’s nothing to rinse out, therefore you can skip -or- start from the rinse cycle. Most washing machines use 10-20 gallons per rinse cycle, therefore, depending on your washing machine, one laundry ball can save:
• 6,000-8,000 gallons of water with a Traditional Top Loader
• 2,400-6,000 gallons of water with a High Efficiency (HE) Front Loader
Skipping the rinse cycle not only conserves water, it conserves energy as well. In addition, the laundry ball effectively washes all fabrics in cold water. Since a whopping 90% of the electricity used by washing machines often goes to just heat the water, the laundry ball can save a significant amount of energy throughout its lifespan.
• Leaves zero traces of chemicals in our aquatic ecosystems.
• Its extensive lifespan significantly reduces packaging waste.
• Can conserve -literally- TONS of water
• Conserves energy as there is no rinse cycle or hot water required.
Now just imagine if everyone made the switch…
If every household in the U.S. replaced their 50 oz. petroleum-based laundry detergent with one SmartKlean Laundry Ball, we could save 1,165,000 barrels of oil – enough to heat and cool 67,000
U.S. homes for a year!
If every household in the U.S. replaced a year’s worth of polyester fabric softener sheets with the SmartKlean Laundry Ball, and recycled after use, we could prevent 29,600 tons of solid waste from entering our landfills, equivalent to 3,120 garbage trucks!
Easy. Economical. Ecological
Buyer Beware: SmartKlean is NOT sold on Amazon.com or eBay.com
The raw minerals in the ceramics and a durable non-toxic enclosure are not cheap, so if a laundry ball retails at less than $20.00 USD, chances are it’s an imitation. We have found that many cheap laundry balls are mixed with chemicals (see Added Fragrances below) to reduce the cost of the raw materials in the active ceramics and increase profits. The vast majority of these laundry balls are sold on Amazon and eBay.
The website only provides a picture and small paragraph about the product, but no information on the amount or types of ceramics, their active ingredients, functions or any picture of the ceramics. If the seller cannot provide the ingredients or MSDS, either they know nothing about the technical specifications of the product or are deliberately hiding the ingredients used.
The fact that some of these imitation laundry balls come with a ‘fragrance’ such as lemon, is a clear indication that there are added chemicals on the ceramics. Many of these fake laundry balls are sold on Amazon, therefore limited information is available to the customer about its active ingredients.
There are less than 2 types of ceramics
These are often the worst knock-offs and contain inactive / inert ceramics.
Exaggerated claims of washing 1000 loads
After testing several laundry balls sold on Amazon, we found that most wash with the same potency up to the 50-60th load. Then after this short period, the clothes were slightly odorous or were not fully clean. This is because these imitations often contain added surfactants (a substance used in detergent), and even harmful SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) which can dissolve and wear out the ceramics quickly. The remaining minerals on the ceramics may continue to clean but not as powerfully as the first several uses. SmartKlean® does not contain any surfactants or SLS.
Identical laundry ball models and colors and no company logo shown on product.