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I’ll admit, I’m not the most eco-minded person out there. Sure I recycle and try not to chuck my empty soda cans at passerbys (like some neighborhood kids I know), but I won’t be starting a local composting group anytime some. Like most people, I’m somewhere in the middle. But what if being eco-friendly also meant saving money in the process? Now you’re listening.

That alien looking thing above is the Ecowasbal, and it promises to clean all your clothes for 1,000 washes without using any detergent at all.  From the people who brought us healthcare for hookers and “coffee shops”, those forward thinking Dutch types have done it again. Made with recyclable plastic, the ecowasball uses ceramic beads to wash your clothes. I could go on about how it works, particle ions, and such talk, but if you want to get into the nitty gritty details, check it out HERE. All I know if that it’s supposed to last 4 years!, and dramatically reduce your personal use of detergent.

I know we’re all busy people and I too, drop off my laundry on a regular basis, but that’s just for old underwear and shit I don’t care about. I personally found that washing all my clothes in cold water and then hang-drying them saves me money, and greatly increases the longevity of my clothes.  I’ve got 5 year old pants from H&M that still look brand-spanking new. The ecowasball is said to work on any fabric, so I might forgo dry-cleaning and professional laundry services of any kind. For $37, you get clean laundry for 4 years, I’d say it’s worth the investment. If you too want to let go of the tyrannical hold of Tide,  get yours HERE.

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Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S - Spendthrift Scribe

Laura S, left the "sixth borough" three years ago to settle in Brooklyn. After working at some daily rags, she now does writing on the side but still eats more Ramen then necessary. When she's not moving residences every 6 months, eating her way through every neighborhood, and trying every microbrew known to man, she is unsuccessfully rediscovering home economics. With her binging days behind her, she's now exploring new projects and rediscovering the city that she loves (although is still prone to sliding on her knees during a Prince karaoke set).

1 Comment

  1. January 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Nice. I’m always looking for savings tips.