Is the Ecoegg the sustainable laundry hack we’ve been waiting for?

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They’re kinder to your clothes, pocket, and planet

Eagle-eyed followers of our new sustainability columnist, Jo Linehan, on Instagram may have seen her recent post about easy eco-friendly swaps. One of which was the revolutionary Ecoegg laundry egg. But what is it, how does it work, and why should you make the change?

The Ecoegg laundry egg (€13.00) is designed to replace laundry detergent and fabric softener, for up to 70 washes. It uses two types of mineral pellets plus a small amount of detergent, all encased in the recyclable egg. You’ll need to replace your mineral pellets after approximately two months of use. Time-wise, it will depend on whether you have the 70 or 50 wash version to begin with, and how often you’re washing.


  • There are no harmful chemicals, making the eggs suitable for even those with sensitive skin.
  • You can dramatically reduce plastic waste, as you won’t need to regularly buy new detergent.
  • It works out at around 16 cent per wash, and even less when you refill!
  • Laundry eggs and their additives are free from any animal products and are also cruelty-free.

For tough stains, you can pre-treat your clothes with a stain remover. And if you feel like you’re missing the ‘freshly-washed’ smell we often get from detergents, don’t fret. Jo recommends popping in a few drops of essential oils.