Starting out with an ecoegg Laundry Egg

The ecoegg Laundry Egg replaces both washing detergent and fabric conditioner, which helps you reduce your use of plastic bottles.

When starting out with an ecoegg Laundry Egg, there are a few things to understand before you get into the swing of things.

1. Detox your Machinevintage washing machine - laundry egg

The most important thing to do when you first get an ecoegg Laundry Egg is to Detox your machine! Use our ecoegg 

Detox Tablets. After using traditional detergents and fabric conditioners, you can get a build up of grime in the pipes that could release a musty smell after a while. This is why it is important to deep clean your machine before you get going! You may even want to use two detox tablets if it’s been a while since you last deep cleaned your machine.

Spring Blossom Laundry Egg Starter Kit

When starting out with a Laundry Egg why not buy our Laundry Egg Starter Kit – including a Mega Detox Tablet to deep clean your machine and Laundry Egg Cup Holder to keep your laundry area neat and tidy. All for just £11.99.

2. Fragrance

One thing to remember is that although our Laundry Eggs are fragranced (apart from Fragrance Free), they are lightly fragranced. This means their perfume levels are low (ensuring they are kind to your skin and the environment.)

It’s really important to remember that just because they are not highly scented, it does not mean they are not clean!

3. Leave it to Dry

In between using your ecoegg Laundry Egg, it’s important to take it out the machine to leave to dry in an airy place. You can of course use it multiple times in a row, but when your not using your Laundry Egg leaving ti somewhere dry and airy is key.

 4. Stains

The ecoegg Laundry Egg contains no harsh chemicals – a key factor that makes it kind to your skin and the environment. Though tackling most stains and marks is no problem for the Laundry Egg, for the tougher ones, you’ll need an environmentally friendly stain remover to hand before your put them in the wash.  You could try our ecoegg Stain Remover.

5. Knowing when to Refill

It’s the question we get asked most! With normal detergent when the bottle is empty, you’re out. With a Laundry Egg, its not quite as obvious as that, but it’s easy once you know. If you’ve bought a Laundry Egg you’ll get 70 washes out of it, and if you’re on to refills its 50. Simply work out your average washes per week and divide 70 or 50 by that number. That will give your answer as to how many weeks it will last. Any longer than that, and the performance of your Laundry Egg will start to deteriorate.

6. Benefits

Remember the benefits. This one small swap of transitioning to an ecoegg Laundry Egg means you’ll be…

Laundry Egg Starter Kit - Fragrance Free

  • Reducing your single-use plastic consumption – say goodbye to single-use plastic bottles
  • Reducing the amount of chemical waste leaving your household
  • Using a laundry product that is kind to your skin and has the Allergy UK Allergy Friendly Product award
  • Is Vegan Friendly and cruelty free
  • Means there’s no longer any mess, measuring or large boxes and bottles in your Laundry area

Make the switch today and buy an ecoegg Laundry Egg Starter Kit. Just £11.99. Includes Laundry Egg, Mega Detox Tablet and Laundry Egg Cup Holder. Exclusively at Available in Spring Blossom and Fragrance Free.

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  1. Just received my ecoegg, on the packets of mineral pellets it says to follow instructions on how and when to refill. I am wondering why there is no mention of how many packets to start with. Why are there no instructions????

    • I unfortunately lost my wife 18months ago but I learnt how to use her machine. She used to do a wash cycle then a short spin should I take the egg out before I do the short spin ( sorry ladies I am a 77 yr old male still tryingto find my own way round) I do like the idea of the ecoegg no more pods lug home etc.

      • Hi Tony, we’re sorry to hear this. The Laundry Egg can stay in the machine for the whole of the washing machine cycle, it just cant’t go in to the tumble drying cycle. Glad you like the ecoegg Laundry Egg – we hope this info helps 🙂

    • ZERO instructions on the back of the pellets. Simply states that it causes eye irritation. I have no idea how many packets to start with. Clearly ecoeg is well aware of what the packaging states… unfortunate I had to scour the internet to find ut I needed to use 3 packets to start. Should be stated clearly on the pellet packets

      • Hi there, thank you for the message and our apologies that your Laundry Egg came with no instructions.3 packets is correct. Please could you let us know where you bought your egg and what size wash it was so that we can address this for future. Many thanks and apologise for the inconvenience here.

    • Hi Angela, We have never experienced any damage to the washing machine from our Laundry Egg, and similarly not experienced damage in tumble dryers from the Dryer Eggs.

      • I have a 720 wash eco egg with no instructions!!! I have 12 packs of white and 1 pack of tourmaline pellets, how many packs of white do I put in the egg and when does the tourmaline ones go in???

        • Hi there, You will need 3 packs of white and one pack of dark. When the white pellets fall beneath the white line in the egg, this is your indication to top up. Hope this helps!

    • Hi no instructions, very fiddly to open, what to do when the pallets small, shall I discard and change the whole lot of pallets, what about the dark pallets? What are they, should I leave them in? So I don’t need to add any soap if I am using eco egg ? Appreciate if you can reply, I am just going to do a wash, thanks

      • Hi there, if you have the 70 wash Laundry Egg you will need to put all of the pellets inside the egg. Once you have done 70 washes (when they are around half the size) dispose of all the old pellets in the general waste bin and refill with a packet of 50 wash Laundry Egg Refill Pellets. If you have a 210 wash Laundry Egg you will simply need to top up the Laundry Egg with the white pellets. Hope this helps!

        • I started using my 210 laundry egg in May 2017 and have only ever topped up the white pellets when needed. Could you tell me how long my egg should last and will there come a point when I will need to replace the tourmaline pellets as well? Thanks.

          • Hi there, when your 210 washes are finished, and you buy a packet of refills, you will get fresh tourmaline with these, and this will be your time to replace the. The egg case itself has a guarantee of 10 years so when you’re 210 washes are up you can simply refill it. Hope this helps!

  2. I have used my ecoegg less than a dozen times, for small and normal wash loads, yet the lovely fresh linen fragrance seems to have evaporated and already the pellets are nearly at the halfway mark. Why is this? I always remove the egg from the machine and dry it afterwards. We are in a hard water area but this is a lot less uses than the estimated 70 washes.

    • Hi there, the fragrance levels in the Laundry Egg are low (this is what keeps it kind to skin and the planet). Even though the fragrance may not be as strong, the Laundry Egg will still be cleaning your clothes and will only need refilling once the pellets fall beneath the white line inside the larger half of the egg. I hope this helps!

      • Thank you for your reply but the pellets are already below the white line and yet I’ve used the ecoegg less than a dozen times for normal and small wash loads. I prefer using the egg to any other detergent but having to replace the pellets every dozen washes could become expensive. Do you know why they have gone down so quickly when I’ve followed the instructions to the letter?

        • Hi Sheena! I have been using eco egg for some time and very happy with it. I am wondering however if you have the same difficulty I do – my machine does not have a setting for wash only so if I don’t stop it manually it washes and does four rinses before spinning. If this is the case then your Egg is effectively doing five washes each time instead of one! It’s a bit of a pain having to keep an eye on the time in order to stop the machine but worth it to save the environment and money! Hope this is helpful! Alison

        • Can I use my ecoegg in long cycles and well as short ones? Also, whilst I use it mainly on cold washes I do need to do the odd hot wash, is it ok to use for these too?


          • Hi there, yes absolutely. The ecoegg Laundry Egg can be used in all length washes, and in washes up to 60 degrees. Hope this helps!

    • Hi there, one Laundry Egg should be fine. As long as there is plenty of room for the Laundry Egg to move around and for the egg to activate in the water. Hope this helps!

    • Hi there, the two types of mineral pellets work together to lift dirt from your laundry. The white pellets contain surfactants (the cleaning agents) and the tourmaline changes the PH of the water to soften the fibres in your laundry. I hope this helps! If you would like any more info please do email [email protected] and our team will be happy to help with any more info 🙂

  3. Hi my daughter bought me an Ecoegg 864 washes no instructions with it how many blackk and how many white pellet packs do i put in to start with thanks Marion

  4. Hi, we are new to ecoegg… previously when we used detergent we added a water softener as we live in a hard water area. What should we do now we are using ecoegg?

    • Hi there, the tourmaline pellets (the grey ones) will naturally help change the PH of the water softening water and subsequently your clothes. We would at first advise using the ecoegg Laundry Egg alone at first and see how you get on. Hope this helps!

  5. I’ve been using the EcoEgg for about 2 months now. I do approximately 4 loads of laundry per week. I just started noticing that it is leaving light purple spots on all of my lights/whites. I tried spit treating and rewashing and they aren’t coming out.

    • Hi Marianna, we’re sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your Laundry Egg. We have never seen this issue before! Please could you email our team at [email protected] with pictures of the problem and which pellets you are using so we can help get to the bottom of it for you.

  6. I was distracted when putting pellets into the ecoegg and accidentally used 4 bags of pellets instead of three. Will this cause any adverse affect?

  7. Hi there… When the Ecoegg needs replenishing after 70 washes or so should I throw away the pellets and refill the egg with new ones or keep the old pellets in the egg and top up with new ones? Thank you…

    • Hi there, when your 70 wash Laundry Egg is finished with you will need to discard the pellets in the bin and refill with a new pack of 50 washes which includes the white and black pellets. Hope this helps!

  8. My Ecoegg 720 pack only came with spare white pellets. I thought the black ones lasted for the duration of the pack. Again, there were no instructions to explain.

    • Hi Richard, apologies for the confusions here. Wth a 720 wash Laundry Egg you should just need to top up with white pellets and the dark pellets should last for the duration. If you had a Laundry Egg Kit that came with Laundry Egg for Whites pellets/egg, this maybe why there are two packs of the dark pellets. I hope this helps!

  9. I’m about to start using my ecoegg, but would like clarification on a point raised above:

    I set my machine and as far as I can see I cannot stop it until the complete cycle has ended ie the washing has rinsed. Does this mean my ecoegg is not going to last as long as the 70/50 washes advertised?


    • Hi Helen, 70 washes is based on an average so if you can stop your washing machine before the rinse cycle then your Laundry Egg should last even longer. Hope this helps!

    • Hi there, we always recommend following each garments washing instructions. if the jacket is machine washable then absolutely, you can use your ecoegg Laundry Egg. If its a delicate item we would recommend putting it in a net laundry bag too. Hope this helps!

  10. Hi, I just received my ecoegg and only one pack of the dark pellets were included along the white pellets. When its time to reload my ecoegg with new white pellets, don’t I need additional dark pellets to re load with the white. The instructions are very brief and don’t mention the dark pellets.

    • Hi Linda, which size Laundry Egg did you buy? If you have the 70 wash Laundry Egg you will use all t he pellets you have received, once your 70 washes is up you will need to refill with a whole new set of our 50 wash Laundry Egg Refill Pellets which will include black and white pellets. If you have a 210/720 then you will need to top up with the white pellets and keep the same black pellets throughout. Hope this helps!

  11. My family began using the Ecoegg to wash our laundry. I have peaked at several loads shortly after the agitation process. The water appears dirtier than normal. Does the Ecoegg help to remove past build up of chemicals from previous washes using commercial detergents and fabric softeners?

    • Hi there, Thansk for your message. Yes, that’s right, it can do. Traditional detergents and fabric conditioners (mainly) coat your laundry and can trap dirt and odour into the fabrics. Where the Laundry Egg doesn’t coat your clothes, in the garments first few washes with the ecoegg Laundry Egg it can’t start to release previous dirt and build up, and this will no longer be trapped in the fabrics. We hope this helps!

  12. Hi,
    If I used the ‘ecoegg for whites’ on a colours wash will this make the colours fade quicker or would I need to use different pellets for whites & colours? I’d prefer not to have the faff of changing them but equally would rather retain the colour in my non-whites . Also I’m not able to stop my machine between the wash and rinse cycle so does this affect the number of washes I would get from a 70 wash ecoegg as some queries earlier have implied?
    Thank you

    • Hi there, thank you for your message! The Laundry Egg for Whites uses an optical brightener to help keep your whites white. Unfortunately, we have not tested the affects on coloured clothing so could not recommend using it on coloured clothes. You can however buy a Laundry Egg for Whites and our usual Laundry Egg which means you do not have to change the pellets each time, simply switch between eggs dependent on wash load.
      In regards to the rinse cycle, if you can remove the Laundry Egg before the rinse cycle this will make the Laundry Egg last longer, however it is not a problem if not. Hope this helps!

  13. Hi Ecoegg!
    I bought a 210 wash pack from Ethical Superstore.
    (Excited to try it!)
    It only has 5 bags of pellets & 1 of tourmaline.
    Given 3 bags should last 70 washes am I 4 bags short in my box?

    • Hi Juliet, no, that is correct. The old Laundry Egg (which you have in 210) works on a top up system, meaning the pellets will last the 210 washes. Our new 70 wash Egg works on a refill basis which is why these last for 70 washes. We hope this helps!

  14. Hi, is it normal for the tourmaline pellets to shrink over time or am I doing something wrong? I’ve had to replace them twice over the past year or so because they shrink into tiny beads.

    • Hi Maria, apologies for the delay in response. Your tourmaline pellets should not be shrinking and should last the duration of your Laundry Egg. Please could you send a photo photo to [email protected] and we ill look into this for you and get a replacement sent out. Apologies for the inconvenience here!

  15. Hi. I like the Ecoegg a lot, but I’d like some clearer guidance on when to replace the pellets. Your formula for working out ‘average number of washes per week’ doesn’t work in our household because sometimes we have to do many more washes than normal due to having a disabled family member. I therefore prefer to use your other advice ‘when the pellets fall below the halfway line of the pointed end’. Trouble is, there are two lines in the pointed end and I don’t know which one you mean. If you could just add to your instructions, or post here, a photo showing which line you mean it would be SO much easier!

    • Hi Melinda, Thank you for your message and apologies for the confusion here! When the pellets are around half the size they originally were, that is your best visual indication as to when to refill. Hope this helps!

  16. Hi – I bought my ecoegg yesterday and have used it twice already. Can you please advise roughly how long it takes to dry out? I’m wondering if I will still be able to do multiple washes in one day… Thank you 🙂

    • Hi there, thank you for your message! You can use your Laundry Egg for multiple washes in a row, it just needs to be stored in a cool airy dry when not in use. Hope this helps!

  17. I’ve been using the egg now for a couple of weeks unfortunately I’m not happy. I’m using the coloured eco egg on a 40 degrees wash and I can still smell my sons after shave on his shirts when I pull them out of the machine 🙁

  18. This has just happened to me. They are breaking into little bits and getting into my washing machine – I thought they were small stones at first. I have emailed Eco egg but have had no reply. I’m doing a 30 degree wash and a 1400 spin.

  19. Hi, I’ve had my egg for some time (2018) and actually, kept a record of dates when I refilled etc. Stopped using it for a while; can’t remember why and just restarted because I seem to have a dermatitis skin condition. That’s clearing up now thankfully.

    My question is: I get that the eggs supposed to stay in for the whole wash but I’ve just noticed that during the rinse cycle I’ve got some lather. So my washing isn’t rinsing is it? And now I think about it, it won’t. Help! What should I do? It’s a faff to have to remove it before the rinsing cycle.

  20. Hi Elsa! The ecoegg Laundry Egg is a completely different concept to using washing detergents, which all contain soap.

    The rinse cycle is much shorter, and only a very minimum amount of the pellets are likely to dissolve.

    As the Ecoegg does not contain any “soap” agents, it leaves almost no residue on your clothes. Soap agents adhere to the fabric, and even after all the rinse cycles still leaves a residue on the laundry. This is the main cause of skin irritation, and one of the reasons the Ecoegg was developed, to be kind to sensitive skin, and to the environment.

    It is for this reason, if you are unable to cut out the rinse cycle, this will not affect the Ecoegg, and we can advise that if your machine will allow, your rinse cycle can be significantly reduced, saving water, time and electricity.

    I hope this helps you – if you have any more questions, please email [email protected] and our customer service will assist you!

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