Today, we would like to talk about the ingredients found in the Ecoegg laundry egg. One of the challenges we face at the Go Green Expo last weekend was trying to explain the ingredients in it. We would normally say this:

The Ecoegg laundry egg contains two types of cleaning pellets:

The tourmaline ceramic pellets (dark ones) weaken the adhesive forces between the dirt and fabric.

The mineral pellets (white ones) then naturally ionize the oxygen molecules in the water which then penetrate deep into the fabric lifting away the dirt and grime, without fading colours or damaging the fibres.

Our own scientific testing shows that these two types of pellets used together give the optimum cleaning results.

Or we would just refer to the ingredients on the back of the laundry egg packaging:

The Ecoegg cleaning pellets are non-toxic and Laundry Egg refills_transdo not contain any harsh chemicals, petrochemicals, enzymes, optical brighteners or phosphates. Contains: > 30% Anionic surfactants, 15%-30% Non-ionic surfactants: also contains perfume (gently fragranced with natural essential oils).

Why I say its a challenge is because we had to try to simplify our explanation without being too scientific. But if you really want to understand it, we would have to be a little more scientific. The explanation below has been prepared by Ecoegg UK and I have included some links for those who wants to understand it further.

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Tourmaline is a naturally occurring element, part of the silicate group. It occurs in many
forms throughout nature and has a multitude of beneficial properties which can be applied
to many different applications. In this case, we are looking at its ability to assist the laundry
process.

We acknowledge that using tourmaline alone would not give satisfactory cleaning results.
However, the combined effect with the mineral pellets does prove more effective than with
the mineral pellets alone.

The following research articles confirm our R&D findings.

Tourmaline proven to change pH of water

This research article by Mei-Sheng Xia , Cai-Hong Hu and Hong-Mei Zhang of Zhejiang
University in China finds that Tourmaline has the effect of increasing the pH of water.

The full report is available here.

High pH water helps to dissolve organic matter

This study from Autralia’s ‘Lanflax Laboratory’ into the effect of pH in laundry use shows
that

“High pH (alkaline) has the ability to dissolve organic matter (sweat, blood, food)”
It goes on to find that “high pH is beneficial for removal of organic matter from clothes”.
The full report is available here.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, it can be seen that Tourmaline raises the pH of water, which gives the water a
greater natural ability to dissolve and remove organic matter from clothing.

This has been substantiated by our research findings when developing the Ecoegg. The
effect of Tourmaline usage, together with the mineral pellets present, increases the cleaning
efficacy of the Ecoegg.

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We hope that helps. If you have further questions at all, please email us at info@ecoegg.kiwi.nz and we will try to answer your questions the best that we can. Alternatively you could go to our FAQ page. Thanks.

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