Having had a week of half-term fun, it's time to channel the domestic goddess spirit and get back to the chores. Can you sense my lack of enthusiasm? Well I suppose a girl can't be off enjoying herself all of the time and before the excitement of Halloween kicks off, today's task is catching up with a huge pile of laundry!
Anyone who's followed this blog for a while will know just how much I adore my relationship with the washing machine. In fact this old post about washing with balls was as true then as it is now, except for the tiny detail about the balls.
Don't get me wrong. The Eco Balls have done a fabulous job, despite one getting lost and another getting warped, leaving me with just one single ball to tackle the washday woes! They've also saved us loads of money that we would have otherwise spent on detergent. However, with only one fully functioning ball after three years of usage, I was recently left wondering how effective it all was.
Then just as I was pondering a temporary return to washing powder until I sorted out an alternative solution, out of the blue, in the guise of a fairy godmother, I received an invitation to test out something new.
Of course if it had been the real Fairy Godmother, my pumpkin would have turned into a carriage, I'd have been adorned with glimmering satin and glittering diamonds and despatched to the nearest high society ball, with the local mice dressed as handsome footmen.
Instead, I was offered...... an Ecoegg!
I suppose that despite my dreams of running away from the domestic drudgery of the laundry, and having already won over my Prince Charming 19 years ago, this fairy godmother knew what I really needed and so the trial commenced.
Three months on, having tackled piles upon piles of laundry, I am pleased to say that the Ecoegg is still going strong. I haven't lost it! It's still in one piece and all's good.
I can't tell whether the Ecoegg is more effective than the Eco balls in terms of washing results. They are both comparable, absolutely perfect for getting your average laundry pile as fresh as a daisy but in need of extra help when it comes to more grubby marks that the children sometimes get on their clothes.
However, having experienced the two products, I admit that I like the Ecoegg more. I love the fact that it's a single item and from a design perspective, well it feels less clumsy.
If you've never considered the switch from laundry detergent before, I'd seriously recommend giving it a go. I can't remember how much we used to spend on monthly top-ups now but I'd hazard a guess that since 2008 we've saved somewhere in the region of £350.
Admittedly the lack of "fresh laundry" scent takes getting used to at first, but it doesn't take long to realise that it's actually one of the advantages and soon becomes more preferable to the chemically induced detergent scent that previously filled our drawers.
Well I guess all this talk of laundry is not actually going to get it done. I've already admitted how I let the side down for womanhood when it comes to multi-tasking. So for now I'll bid you Adieu and go and salute the washing pile and then it's time to hunt down a pumpkin....Fairy Godmother, if you are looking in, I still fancy the idea of turning it into a carriage once Halloween is over and perhaps popping to the ball too.
What's that..."In my dreams"?
Oh well - Washer Woman it is then - see you next week!
More information about the Ecoegg and how it works can be found at www.ecoeggonline.com. As a comparison, you can also find out more about the Eco Balls here.