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April 28, 2011


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Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green

When i have looked at these in the past they were made from PVC. What is this one made of?


Good question Lisa! SmartKleen laundry balls are PVC and BPA-free! They are made from a recyclable thermoplastic elastomer that is classified as #7.

Here is more info from their website:
This is one of the unique traits and competitive advantages our laundry ball has over many other laundry balls that use cheaper, more toxic plastics. TPE is not a polycarbonate plastic. The enclosure is BPA, PVC and phthalate-free. TPE's are not generally ranked in the pyramid of plastics, they are currently depicted as the third revolution of the rubber industry as TPE possesses not only the high elasticity property of vulcanized rubber, but also the good processing property of thermoplastics. Although the contact of the laundry ball to the skin will be very minimal, we'd like to mention that TPE has been proven safe for skin in the medical realm and even meets the sanitary requirements of the FDA on even food-contacted materials.

We understand that not all recycling centers take #7 items, which is why we accept returns so we may become responsible for their proper disposal. We have included the address to ship them to below and on our FAQ section (information section).

201 S. Biscayne Blvd. 28th Floor
Miami, Florida 33131

grace @ahead

wow. this one's new! thanks for sharing! one question though, do you sell internationally too?

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sewa mobil

Nice article, thanks for the information.


I read your article and you had me sold on this laundry ball... then I did some internet research. Tests apparently show that these balls are no more effective than plain water. If you get good results using this on your first few loads, it's probably because there was detergent left in your clothing from before. There are much cheaper versions of this product available on Amazon. Before shelling out $45, I suggest everyone do some research first, then maybe try one of the cheaper brands (if you still want to try it).


Hi Rita - Thanks for your comment. I realize there are a lot of internet articles trying to debunk this type of technology. The people at SmartKlean have an article addressing these concerns: http://smartklean.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/are-laundry-balls-a-scam-do-laundry-balls-really-work/

In regards to the price, there is a difference in quality with lower priced laundry balls. The SmartKlean ball contains 4 types of active ceramics and does not contain SLS like some cheaper brands.

That said, this product is not for everyone. If you try it and do not like it, the company will take it back.

Hope that addresses your concern!


do you think this would work with cloth diapers? and if so how would you go about washing them.. would you still do the hot wash ect ect...


Hi Cass - Yes - you can use them for cloth diapers although they do not recommend using hot water. Here is what SmartKleen has to say about it:

Can the SmartKlean Laundry Ball be used on cloth diapers?
Yes. Many of our customers say it works great on cloth diapers! In a recent product review by Joan Land, author of the Soft Landing Baby blog, she states: “Works great, even on soiled cloth diapers! With the addition of fine sea salt and vinegar, load after load of dirty cloth diapers came out clean.”

Can I use hot water to wash with the SmartKlean Laundry ball?
No, we do not recommend the use of hot water with the laundry ball because it may reduce the life of the active ceramic components.

geni busick

i want to buy one but if you can't use it with hot water then how do you wash the cloth diapers?


Hi Geni - Thanks for your question! Here is a link that explains how to wash diapers using the SmartKlean laundry ball. Just do a search on the word diapers to find the info: http://smartklean.com/html/faq.html

Tom@Best Washer And Dryer Reviews

Without detergent? If its true, yeah this is part of the eco friendly planet solution! :-) Thanks for sharing.

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