This online article features an interesting new approach to sustainable laundering. The new formulation contains about 1.5 million small, white nylon beads which are added to the machine wash load. The beads rub against the clothes in up to 70% less water – just enough moisture for the water to dissolve the stains on clothing and temporarily alter the molecular structure of the polymer beads.
The researchers say “stains are just charged molecules that you want to get rid of, and this polymer [bead] has the ability to attract stains, then absorb them and lock them away." The bead technology also needs about half the amount of detergent to work – and uses up to 50% less energy – than a conventional commercial washing machine.
It is claimed to clean as effectively as a hot cycle, but in cold." However there is no mention of whether and to what extent microbes are removed, relative to normal wash cycles?
Read full article HERE .