How much do you spend each year in laundry? If you ask most people, their guess is going to be anywhere between $50 to $100. A lot of this spend is going towards buying laundry detergent.
A popular laundry detergent maker claims that their 150 oz. jug can last for about 96 loads. That works out to around 4 jugs every year. In reality however, most consumers use a lot more detergent than the recommended amount which means that, on an average, people spend $80 to $300 each year on laundry detergent alone .
Unfortunately, that is only a part of all your expenses. Procter & Gamble conducted a survey among American consumers and found that the average family washes about 300-390 loads of laundry every year. That is at least one wash per day. Assuming an average consumption of 41 gallons of water per wash, you are looking at 16,000 gallons of water in laundry every year .
Add to this, the cost of electricity, fabric softeners, dryer sheets and bleach, and you can see the cost quickly adding up.
Not to mention that detergents contain a lot of chemicals that can irritate your skin over prolonged use.
WashZilla’s Marketing Claim
If you have been seeing ads for WashZilla recently, you may know their marketing claim – pay less than $7 a year on laundry using technology that is chemical-free, hassle-free and is safe for sensitive skin.
Is this all true? How good is WashZilla in real? We set out to find the truth behind the claims.
Ordering Process Review
(3.5 / 5)
For the purpose of this review, we headed to Amazon to make the purchase. Unfortunately, there were several sellers on Amazon who were not genuine and were selling copycat products. We ended losing $60 to one of these sellers and had a tough time getting it refunded from Amazon.
After a little bit of Googling, we found the original company website here. If you are interested in WashZilla and do, in fact, decide to buy it, we would advise you to purchase it from the company website.
[If you want to avoid copycats and fake stuff, order WashZilla in its actual packaging from the company website here: WashZilla]
[Full disclosure: When you click the link and buy from the WashZilla website, we may be compensated a small amount for every sale. This is at no cost to you. The money we make from this is like a free cup of coffee every time someone makes a purchase from our link here. But do not worry – we are not so greedy that we will make false claims just so we make some money. Anything we claim here is from our experience with the product]
The market price of WashZilla is around $65. For the purpose of this review, we purchased the product at a good 40% discount using this link. But we missed a nice nifty trick that could have got us another 10% off.
This is what you do to get an extra 10% off:
- Visit this section on the WashZilla website where you get 40% discount:
- Now, move your mouse towards the close button on your browser (but do not actually click anything) – make it look like you want to exit the website
- When you do this, you will get a notification for another 10%. Click on the ‘Yes, Give Me An Extra 10% Off” button and enjoy the discount!
Product Packaging Review
(4 / 5)
We received our WashZilla laundry ball around three days after order. This is fast considering that this is an order that was placed directly on the company website. We were eligible for same day delivery on Amazon – if only they didn’t have so many fake stuff.
WashZilla comes in a nice blue and white box that reiterates all the claims that you may have already come across – that it cleans clothes without soap or detergent, that it is perfect for sensitive skin, and also that it is compatible with any washing machine.
Inside the box, you have the blue laundry ball in all its glory. You can, in fact, open the laundry ball and feel the ceramic pellets inside. That gives you a reassuring feeling that this product can perhaps get the job done.
All in all, from a product packaging perspective, this was simple and effectively done. Kudos to the team who designed it.
Does WashZilla Work
(5 / 5)
So, the moment of truth. Does WashZilla do what it claims? We have been using WashZilla for the past one month and must have completed around 20 laundries in this period. For the sake of comparison, we also did 10 side-by-side washes where we ran clothes with similar stains and dirt under regular detergent load and under WashZilla.
Here is a quick summary of our findings.
Does it work?
We must perhaps preface this question with another question – how does it actually work? According to the WashZilla website, the tiny pellets inside the laundry ball are called bio ceramides that are alkaline in nature. When you drop the WashZilla laundry ball in your washing machine, the alkalic pellets change the pH levels of the water without use of any chemicals.
In fact, changing pH levels is exactly how regular detergents remove stains and odors from your clothes too. The only difference here is that you are not spending so much money and it is free of chemicals. In addition to the pellets, the ball itself is abrasive and helps with scrubbing your clothes and thus making them extra-clean.
So to answer the question at hand – yes, it does work. We live in a very humid city and it is extremely common to find brown sweat stains on your collars and sleeves after a long day at work. While I was convinced that WashZilla could get regular clothes washed, I was really skeptical about getting these sweat stains removed.
While stains did not always get removed 100% in one wash, we are happy to report that WashZilla is just as effective as detergents when it comes to stain removal . We also surveyed our family members to guess which of the two shirts were washed with WashZilla and which one with the detergent- they were not really able to find this out without smelling the shirts for the detergent’s distinct fragrance.
For the purpose of this test, we ruined one of our shirts with lots of petroleum grease and oil. And while we didn’t expect it to clean them completely, we were happy to see a lot of grease come out after the first wash. One little trick we discovered was to pre-treat these shirts with dishwashing liquid before putting them in the washing machine – WashZilla worked amazingly well and removed all the stains completely .
We really saved a lot of water and electricity – A lot of water (and electricity) is consumed during the rinse cycles. With WashZilla, there is not a lot of suds and residues from the wash. So you can totally avoid the rinse cycles and this alone can save you thousands of gallons in water each year .
Another thing – dirty clothes are generally washed with hot water. WashZilla does not really require hot water . You can wash clothes, no matter how dirty they are, with regular cold water. We found this to be a very ecologically friendly product.
Our calculations showed that compared to detergents, WashZilla consumes 40-75% less water in the case of top-load washing machines and between 30-85% in the case of front-load washers .
Is WashZilla safe to use- WashZilla claims that it is safe on sensitive skin. When we started trying the product, we realized that this is really a no-brainer. WashZilla is just a plasticky ball with a bunch of ceramic pellets. There is no chemical that we are handling here which means that with WashZilla, we are basically working with water. Since there is no chemical we are handling here, there is no question of WashZilla affecting your sensitive skin in anyway. It is perfectly safe.
HOWEVER, we had one instance where we had kept WashZilla open in the laundry area and noticed our pet dog licking the pellets. We frantically tried cleaning her mouth but it did seem like she swallowed a few of these pellets. We took a bunch of these pellets to our vet to check if they were safe. Our vet confirmed that these are ceramic and are so completely safe. Ceramic is basically sand and your average dog swallows a good amount of sand every time they go licking and sniffing in your neighborhood park.
Overall, we were extremely happy with what we have got. We will update this article in a few months from now when we complete 1000 washes. But as of now, I can confidently state that WashZilla is worth every penny spent and does, in fact, save you several dollars on each wash.
(5 / 5)
Finally, what do we think of the price? When you buy the 150 oz jug of the popular detergent, it will cost you between $11-$17 depending on where you buy it. Compared to this, WashZilla might appear a bit more expensive.
But here’s the thing – the 150 oz jug lasts for 96 washes. In comparison, WashZilla lasts for a 1000 washes – simply because the bio ceramide pellets inside the laundry ball can last technically forever.
Even if you are not accounting for the additional expenses on water, fabric softeners and dryer sheets, the 150 oz detergent jug will cost you $0.17 per wash .
In comparison, WashZilla will cost you $0.04 per wash .
That is, the average detergent is 4.25 times more expensive than WashZilla
Our Final Verdict
Here is a summary of our review report – DO NOT buy this product on Amazon. Instead, get it directly from the company website. Delivery should be within 3-4 days. The product itself checks all the claims made in the WashZilla ads – the product does indeed clean your clothes as well as regular detergents. At the same time, this is completely chemical-free and saves you literally tons of water and electricity.
Readers of this blog can avail WashZilla at a good 40% discount from their company website.
But hold on, we already told you about a tiny little trick that can get you nearly 50% discount on WashZilla . If you missed it earlier in this article, here you go:
Step 1: You may get 40% off on WashZilla by clicking here and visiting the discounted price page.
Step 2: If you are on desktop, move your mouse towards the top of the screen (make it seem like you are about to close the window). If you are on a mobile phone, scroll down the page and then scroll back up to the top.
Either way, you will now see a screen that offers you 10% more discount
Step 3: Tap on the green button that reads, “Yes, Give Me An Extra 10% Off” to get a cool 50% on the product price.