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Thursday, September 19, 2013

(#Giveaway!) No joking, this one little item will save you hundreds every year...

Want to save yourself tons of money each year? Just stop buying laundry detergent.

No, I'm not kidding around, and I'm not suggesting that you make laundry soap from scratch either (although that is a great cost-effective option if you have the time). What I'm suggesting, is that you get yourself a Robby Wash Ball.

I was given a free Robby Wash Ball in order to do my review, but my opinions are still 100% my own. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see the tab above titled "Let me disclose to you".

As always, when I see a product that claims to save me time and/or money, I put on my skeptic face. My thought always is, "If it was so incredible, why haven't I heard of it yet?" (Of course, the irony isn't lost on me that I'm the very person that should be newly discovering these sorts of products, not the other way around.) Thankfully, my skepticism doesn't keep me from trying out new things and keeping an open mind when it comes to their value.

I wasn't entirely sure what the Robby Wash Ball was when I agreed to review it. I had looked it up on Oransi's website, but I had only given it a cursory look to determine what it was. My misconception was that it was an average laundry ball and I would be filling it with store-bought detergent. I was so wrong. (That'll teach me to skim.)

The Robby Wash Ball isn't a ball for putting laundry soap into, it's a ball for putting macro-molecule pellets into. The pellets go into the ball, you drop the ball in the laundry, and the laundry comes out clean. How does that work? It's simple science. The macro-molecule pellets are activated and slowly released during the washing process, and the ions generated activate water molecules. With the pH level increased, the molecules are able to attach themselves to debris and stains on the clothing, and the marks come away from the fabric easily with the agitation of the washing machine.

Pretty cool, right? Even though the product seemed to have solid reasoning behind it, I still had some questions. I was concerned, for instance, with whether or not the Robby Wash Ball would be able to remove bad odors from my clothing. The pellets themselves have a slight (pleasant) scent, but it doesn't really affect the clothes. They come out with no bad smell, but also no fragrance. I was also curious about how long they would last, and if I'd be able to get refills cheaply. The first kit you receive comes with a few small refill packets and I thought that I would go right through them. The thing is though, the balls don't just "dissolve". They wear down over time, very slowly (like hundreds of little jawbreakers), so you don't have to worry about running out of them. The box states that one kit will last for a whole year! Can you imagine not needing to buy laundry detergent for an entire year?? My usual regimen was costing me around $50 a month, so if I switched solely to the Robby Wash Ball, I'd be saving myself at least $500 every year. How cool is that? I went through at least 30 loads while testing this out, and every single load came out clean and fresh.

Because I had such great success with this, I read up a little more on the product and learned that the balls have two different colors (blue & pink) for a purpose other than aesthetics. The blue colored ball is great for cold or hot water loads, and the pink is specially formulated to clean color loads in cooler water (up to 86F). I also found out that the Robby Wash Laundry Ball is hypo-allergenic, making it a great choice for laundering baby items or for those who have sensitive skin.

The kit also came with a stain stick, which I didn't find to be very effective at first, but after a quick chat with the PR rep for Oransi, I discovered that it was because the stain stick is for smaller stains, and not for the bright yellow curry I had slopped all over my white t-shirt. Unfortunately, it isn't the first time I've dropped my fork and gotten food all down my front, and with my clumsiness, it won't be my last either! (As a side note, a regular heavy-duty stain stick or even bleach can be used in conjunction with the Robby Wash Ball if it's required!)

So how much does the Robby Wash Ball run you? About $32 dollars for your initial kit, which lasts the average user around a year. Another $50 will get you a two year refill when you finally get to the point of running out of that first year, which means that for just a little over $80, you can wash your clothes for 3 years. Top that off with the fact that it is so convenient and easy to use, and this is a product that is definitely worth having. I mean really, what would you rather do when washing the laundry? Measure out that little cup every time, or just throw a ball into the washing machine, no prep-work needed? You're saving yourself at least 30 seconds every wash, and that comes out to about an hour of time every year - couldn't we all use an extra hour?

My final recommendation? This is good for anyone who wants to save time and cut down on their laundry product bill. The only down-side? You're going to lose that trademark smell your clothes have if you're someone who always goes for the same scented laundry detergent. However, you can still use fabric softener with your clothes to get a specific smell either in the wash or in the dryer. My favorite thing about this product though (yes, even more than saving the money) is the convenience. I hate pouring the soap out of those containers and then having it drip all over the place, needing to find something to wash or wipe my hands off with, lugging the heavy detergent container back to it's original spot, etc. There is something quite satisfying about dumping all my clothes in the wash and then just throwing the ball on top of the pile. In a nutshell, this product is a keeper through and through. My thanks definitely go out to the PR rep for thinking of me. I am super-grateful that I got to try this thing, and I'll be buying a refill kit... just not anytime soon. ;)

You can get the info on Oransi and their great products (like the Robby Wash Ball) by visiting their website, www.Oransi.com, or by connecting with them on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Want to win your own Robby Wash Ball from Oransi?!? Enter this giveaway and you could be on your way to saving hundreds on your laundry bill this year!


  1. This is super interesting to me. I actually bought all the ingredients to make my own detergent last Spring, but I couldn't get past the smell of the Fels Naptha that many recipes called for (doesn't help that I'm pregnant). Even the ivory soap smell that some people suggested is not my favorite. I am perfectly okay with no smell in my laundry, as long as the bad smells are gone. We have to buy everything fragrance free anyway because of my kids' eczema. This sounds so cool.

    1. Well I'm glad that you happened upon my post then! I have to say that out of all the things I've reviewed on my blog, this has got to be my favorite household item. I can't believe more people don't have these!

  2. I perused their website and see that they use ionic technology in the Robby Wash, and in their air filters. Very effective, and better for the environment.
    I do not mind a lack of scent in the laundering process, we hang them on the line outside anyway. Fresh air and Mother Nature do the trick.

    1. So true! There is nothing like the REAL clean breeze scent on your laundry. I just love that sunshine-y smell!!

  3. I would try the Finn HEPA UV Air Purifier. It looks like the right size unit for a bedroom. I have allergies, so these appliances are of interest to me.

  4. I've been wanting to try a laundry ball I'm glad you say they really work.

  5. I definitely want to try this way of doing laundry -- and saving money!