$59 for a ball that can be used with 1000 batches of laundry would save me something like 9 years of detergent. Wow. Irresistible. When something is too good to be true, I usually have to do some checking but the other shoppers around me were completely convinced and snapped up the ball like hot cakes.
A quick check on the Internet yielded the following:
"The Laundry ball is a pseudoscientific product whose sellers claim that when placed in a washing machine it will clean clothes without detergent. The product is often sold by participants in multilevel marketing schemes."
- Wikipedia article[Link]
"The Oregonian newspaper (not available online last time I checked) ran an expose on this product a couple months ago, which was in trouble for making unfounded claims from the Oregon Attorney General's office. It does nothing but bounce around in the wash, possibly providing slightly more agitation, but cannot and does not provide any change in the "ionic makeup" of the wash water. This is chemically impossible. It is one of those "if it sounds too good to be true it is" products. You could go purchase a toy ball and put it in your washer, it would be the exact same thing. Don't get scammed!!" - The Dollar Stretcher [Link]
If this product does not work and the authorities do nothing to stop these sales people from selling it, we are going to have many people in Singapore walking around with bad smelling clothes. Many people appear to believe the claims and it is selling like hot cakes.