WHY SHOULD I SWITCH TO NATURALORGANI’S DETERGENT-FREE LAUNDRY BALL INSTEAD OF DETERGENT?
There are several benefits to using naturalOrgani’s laundry ball instead of detergent. Did you know that laundry detergents are made of chemicals derived from petroleum? Our laundry ball has ceramic pellets inside and it cleans through the process of agitation in your washing machine. The laundry ball is great to use for infants’ clothes and for those with sensitive skin, allergies, eczema and psoriasis.
The laundry ball saves you money in more ways than one. Since there is no soap residue to rinse out, the laundry ball does not require the use of the rinse cycle. This helps cut down on your water and energy bills! Also, the laundry ball works with cold water only. So, you save on your hot water bill as well!
Finally, with naturalOrgani’s laundry ball, you do not have to worry about the compatibility of your washing machine. The laundry ball works with all top-load, front-load, HE and standard washing machines.
HOW DOES THE LAUNDRY BALL WORK WITHOUT DETERGENT?
naturalOrgani’s laundry ball has four types of ceramic pellets inside, which are derived from a mix of a number of minerals. As a result of the action of these pellets and the shape of the outer shell of the ball, important functions occur in the washing machine that ultimately help clean your clothes. These important functions are: 1) a division of larger water molecules into smaller clusters so as to better penetrate dirty clothes; 2) an increase in the pH of the water; 3) elimination of bacteria and chlorine. The process of agitation (i.e., a physical not a chemical process) in the washing machine helps pull the dirt and grime from your clothes. For a more detailed description, see the next question.
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF NATUALORGANI’S LAUNDRY BALL?
naturalOrgani’s laundry ball has four kinds of pellets inside, each of which performs a different task. These are:
Far Infrared Pellets – These pellets radiate far-infrared rays that break down water molecules into smaller clusters. Smaller water clusters have weaker surface tension and greater penetration power than larger molecules. Thus, water is better able to penetrate clothes and due to lowered surface tension, dirt and grime does not stick to your clothes anymore.
Alkali Pellets – These increase the pH of water to the same level as detergents. This helps remove oil and dirt off of your clothes.
Antibiotic Pellets – These anti-microbial pellets eliminate mold and pathogenic organisms in your washing machine.
Chlorine Neutralizing Pellets – These helps eliminate chlorine from the washing water, thus helping to maintain the original colour and integrity of your clothes.
In addition, the shape of the outer shell of naturalOrgani’s laundry ball helps maximize agitation in the water so that dirt and grime is removed more effectively from clothes.
WHAT MAKES NATURALORGANI’S LAUNDRY BALL ECO-FRIENDLY?
The ceramics inside the laundry balls are completely biodegradable - they leave no residue in the water. The outside shell of the laundry ball is made of thermoplastic elastometer (a combination of plastic and rubber), which is a recyclable material. The outer shell is BPA, latex and PVC-free.
After approximately one year of use, when you feel the laundry ball is no longer cleaning as efficiently as before, you can recycle it at a facility that accepts #7 plastic. If your area does not have such a facility, you are welcome to send the ball back to us and we will be happy to dispose it off properly.
HOW DO I USE NATURALORGANI’S LAUNDRY BALL?
Before First Use: Over a period of time, detergent residue and dirt accumulates inside the washing machine. This can reduce the laundry ball’s efficacy in cleaning your clothes. Hence, we recommend cleaning your washing machine before you use the laundry ball for the first time. This can be done by adding two cups of white vinegar (in the washing machine for top loaders and in the soap dispenser for front loaders) and running the washing machine using hot water. After the cycle is over, use a sponge to clean the inside of the washing machine, including any rubber seals. If needed, repeat for one more cycle. Repeat the process yearly for maximum efficiency.
Regular Use: If any of your clothes are stained, pre-treat them. Then, simply add the laundry ball with your clothes in the washing machine and start!
*Make sure that you are using cold water in your washing machine: hot water does not improve the quality of washing when using naturalOrgani’s laundry ball. Also, using hot water is likely to damage the laundry ball itself.*
*Since agitation in the washing machine is key to effective use of the laundry ball, the machine should not be overloaded with clothes. Do not fill the machine more than ¾ of its capacity for maximum benefit.*
* If you see lint around the laundry ball, you can simply wash it under running tap water. *
*In order to regenerate the ceramics, it is a good idea to keep the laundry ball in the sun or near a window once a month for 1-2 hours. Be careful not to put the ball in the sun for more than 2 hours as it may cause damage to the pellets inside*
HOW MANY LAUNDRY BALLS DO I NEED TO USE PER LOAD?
The general recommendation is that for a regular laundry load (e.g., approximately 8 kg), 1 laundry ball is sufficient; and for larger loads, 2 laundry balls will be required. Our personal preference has been to use 2 laundry balls for most loads.
CAN BLEACH BE USED ALONG WITH THE LAUNDRY BALL TO WHITEN CLOTHES?
Bleach will not cause any damage to the laundry ball and can be used in conjunction with it. However, if you are looking for a more natural alternative to whitening your clothes, try adding 1/4th cup lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide or baking soda in your washing machine instead.
I HAVE HARD WATER IN MY HOUSE. CAN I USE NATURALORGANI’S LAUNDRY BALL?
Sure you can! Some indications of the presence of hard water are: 1) your clothes do not cleaning too well, 2) stains do not get removed from clothes, and/or 3) your washing machine has a musty odour. If you notice any of these signs, use water-softening aides such as ½ cup of Borax, washing soda or baking soda per full load.
I WOULD LIKE TO ADD FRAGRANCE TO MY LAUNDRY. HOW DO I DO THAT IF I AM NOT USING DETERGENT?
If you use a dryer, follow instructions on the use of naturalOrgani’s wool dryer balls along with essential oil. In short, once the drying cycle is over, take out the dryer balls, sprinkle 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil on each ball, and run the machine again on the ‘fluff’/ no heat cycle for approximately 10 minutes.
If you prefer to line dry your clothes, add 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil to a cup of water and add the mix to the soap dispenser of your washing machine. Wash as usual.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN THE LAUNDRY BALL IS NO LONGER USABLE?
After approximately one year of use, you will notice that clothes not getting cleaned as well as before. This is an indication that the ceramics inside the ball are deteriorating and it is time to replace the laundry ball.
DO YOU OFFER A GUARANTEE FOR THE LAUNDRY BALL?
We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you wish to return the laundry ball, you can mail it back to us within 30 days of purchase (with proof of purchase) and we will refund your money (excluding shipping and handling, if applicable).
WHY SHOULD I USE WOOL DRYER BALLS IN MY DRYER?
There are several benefits of using wool dryer balls. These include:
Chemical free: The wool dryer balls are free from chemicals found in synthetic dryer sheets. As well, they do not emit a plastic smell as with the plastic dryer balls.
Reduce drying time: As the wool dryer balls tumble with your clothing in the dryer, they absorb excess water out of your clothes. The dryer balls also keep clothes separated and circulating, allowing hot air to better dry your clothes. They have been found to reduce drying time between 25-30%
Keeps clothes from tangling: The dryer balls keep your clothes from twisting together in the dryer
Reduce static: They help reduce the build-up of static electricity in your dryer
Environmentally friendly: The wool dryer balls are non-polluting and break down naturally in the compost when you are finished with them
Odour removing: Chemical dryer sheets add perfume to your clothes. On the other hand, wool dryer balls absorb odours from your clothes, leaving them smelling fresh. The addition of essential oils to the dryer balls also helps neutralize odours naturally.
HOW DO I USE NATURALORGANI'S WOOL DRYER BALL?
Simply add the dryer balls to your dryer along with your wet clothes. Use 3 balls for small or medium loads and 5-6 for large loads.
WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF NATURALORGANI DRYER BALLS?
It is about 2.8 to 3 inches in diameter, and weigh about 60g. Size and weight differ as they are individually handcrafted.
HOW LONG DOES EACH WOOL DRYER BALL LAST?
The wool dryer balls last for a long time (i.e., for at least 1000 loads). It will be time to change when you notice a significant reduction in the size of the wool dryer ball.
WHAT IF THE WOOL DRYER BALL BEGINS TO LOOK DIRTY OVER TIME?
If you feel the dryer balls are looking dirty, you simply wash them in the sink and toss them back in the dryer again
THE DRYER BALLS ARE PILLING! WHAT DO I DO?
Over time, it is normal for some pilling to form on the dryer balls. In fact, since they increase their surface area with pilling, they are slightly more effective. If it bothers you, you can just cut it off
MY CLOTHES COME OUT FULL OF STATIC. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
You have to remember that you are cutting down on your overall drying time by using the wool dryer balls. If your clothes are coming out with static, you may be over-drying and need to adjust your dryer settings. Separating synthetics from other clothes in the dryer can also help reduce static.
CAN I USE THE DRYER BALLS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS?
If you would like to add natural fragrance to your clothes, then absolutely yes! After the drying cycle is over, take out the dryer balls and add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball. Finally, run your clothes on the no-heat/ fluff cycle for 5-7 minutes. Check out our selection of 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils.