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MIRACLE-II-LAUNDRY-BALL View product
MIRACLE II LAUNDRY BALL
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MIRACLE-WASH-LAUNDRY-BALL-KIT View product
MIRACLE WASH LAUNDRY BALL KIT
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NANOSMART LAUNDRY BALL
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SOAP NUTS 100G TESTED IN FRONT LOADER
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Test results
Tested in Expand to view more details.

We tested most products in front loaders, as they all claim to work in front loaders. We re-tested soap nuts in top loaders because the distributor came back to us claiming that they perform best in top loaders.

Front loader
Front loader
Front loader
Front loader
Front loader
Front loader
Front loader
Top loader
Front loader
Top loader
CHOICE Expert Rating (%) Expand to view more details.

This overall dirt removal score is made up of general detergency (35%), natural oils – sebum/perspiration (20%), grass/mud (15%), olive oil (6%), and tomato, make-up, chocolate ice cream, baby food, motor oil, and aged blood at 4% each. All products are tested in cold water (20°C).

46%
43%
42%
47%
42%
76%
42%
46%
43%
47%
General detergency (%) Expand to view more details.

The all-rounder 'general detergency swatch' is stained with nut oil, milk and a colour pigment. It's a measure of how well the detergent keeps soils suspended in the wash liquor and stops them from redepositing on your clothes; enzyme action on protein-based stains; and oil removal.

47%
42%
41%
48%
41%
79%
42%
45%
42%
45%
Perspiration (%) Expand to view more details.

We use cotton swatches soiled with substances that our members tell us are the most common stains in their households. 

46%
42%
42%
47%
42%
67%
41%
43%
43%
45%
Mud / grass (%) Expand to view more details.

We use cotton swatches soiled with substances that our members tell us are the most common stains in their households. 

36%
34%
34%
35%
33%
83%
33%
39%
34%
39%
Olive oil (%) Expand to view more details.

We use cotton swatches soiled with substances that our members tell us are the most common stains in their households. 

39%
38%
38%
41%
36%
67%
38%
40%
39%
42%
Tomato (%) Expand to view more details.

We use cotton swatches soiled with substances that our members tell us are the most common stains in their households. 

66%
64%
62%
66%
63%
80%
64%
65%
62%
67%
Make-up (%) Expand to view more details.

We use cotton swatches soiled with substances that our members tell us are the most common stains in their households. 

72%
68%
64%
74%
62%
80%
65%
72%
66%
71%
Chocolate ice cream (%) Expand to view more details.

We use cotton swatches soiled with substances that our members tell us are the most common stains in their households. 

45%
55%
55%
46%
53%
85%
53%
66%
54%
65%
Baby food (%) Expand to view more details.

We use cotton swatches soiled with substances that our members tell us are the most common stains in their households. 

49%
55%
53%
48%
53%
94%
55%
63%
51%
64%
Motor oil (%) Expand to view more details.

We use cotton swatches soiled with substances that our members tell us are the most common stains in their households. 

42%
43%
42%
41%
42%
65%
43%
43%
44%
43%
Blood (%) Expand to view more details.

We use cotton swatches soiled with substances that our members tell us are the most common stains in their households. 

46%
30%
30%
45%
31%
48%
29%
31%
31%
30%
Costs
Price ($) Expand to view more details.

This is the price we paid for the item. Sometimes two balls come in a pack, or in the case of SoapNuts, they can come in 100g-1kg packs.

$40
$50
$150
$60
$55
$10
$8
$8
$0
$0
Cost per wash (cents) Expand to view more details.

Based on the claimed number of washes per pack and the price paid.

17
5
6
17
5
41
15
15
0
0
Type
Type Expand to view more details.

These products generally fall into a few categories: a) Plastic balls with seemingly no reasonable exit point for detergent or detergent-free agent. b) Plastic balls filled with minerals. These tend to be in the majority and claim a need to be replaced over time. c) Soap nuts, which are actually a type of berry that claims to release saponin and acts as a natural detergent.

ball
ball
ball
ball
ball
powder
nuts
nuts
liquid
liquid
Specifications
Pack size Expand to view more details.

The washing powder is measured in kilos, soap nuts in grams, and balls in units.

2 units
1 unit
1 unit
2 units
1 unit
1kg
100g
100g
0
0
Claimed washes per pack Expand to view more details.

This number is based on either claims on pack (e.g. months' use) or the website of the distributor.

120
1000
not stated
180
1200
25
50
50
0
0
Origin
China
not stated
not stated
not stated
not stated
New Zealand
not stated
not stated
Local
Local
Contact
ecozone.com
enviroballs.com
miracle2australia.com.au
laundryball.com.au
nanosmart.com.au
omo.com.au
soapnuts.net.au
soapnuts.net.au
None
None