I just received some “Laundry Mashers” as a gift. They are plastic devices that purportedly contain "nano silver infused ceramic beads" and are intended to replace the use of detergent in a washing machine for 200 washes (according to the FAQ).
Question: Do I need to add detergent or softener for the Laundry Masher to work?
No. Your Laundry Masher is 100% detergent-free. The plastic core contains lightly scented, anti-bacterial Nano Silver Infused Ceramic Beads that work with the mechanical action of the Laundry Masher casing to produce a cleaner, softer load of wash.
I can’t find any independent reviews showing whether or not they’re effective. (Many of the reviews seem to be written in a style that leads me to believe they were written as promo pieces for the manufacturer.)
This Reviewopedia article talks about the science positively, but highlights that there’s not a lot of evidence available that is better than detergents.
While the science behind the HyperWash beads is legitimate, there is limited information available on whether it is more effective than conventional laundry detergent, pods, and powder.
The use of antibacterial Nano Silver Infused Ceramic Beads has been studied for years, and it has been used as a source of medication in the 19th century. Because of its antibacterial, antifungal, and microbial qualities, it can perform various tasks and be incorporated into other materials for added value.
I can find multiple legitimate sources that indicate that nano silver particles can kill bacteria, but I’m wondering if there’s any evidence that merely having nano silver beads swirling around in your washing machine would be able to:
- kill bacteria.
- clean your clothes of oil, dirt or other grime.
- remove odours
all of which would be required to be able to effectively replace detergent.