This week, the kids' school jumpers and polos miraculously stayed quite clean—sometimes, miracles do happen. I had to actively search for stains to put Smol Laundry Pods to the test, and thankfully, the aftermath of some creative expression on the six-year-old’s white school polo shirts was clearly visible.
Are Smol Laundry Pods Sustainable?
Smol laundry pods present themselves as a more sustainable alternative. They come in paper packaging, using plant-based ink and are certified vegan and cruelty-free. Smol uses concentrated liquid in their pods, reducing their carbon footprint, as most of the laundry liquid volume is in the water used. Notably, they use 'fewer chemicals than the big brands,' and their ingredients are biodegradable, free from phthalates, parabens, hormone disruptors, or triclosan.
Do Smol Laundry Pods Smell Nice?
Yes, they do! Throughout the week, the laundry came out smelling nice and fresh. Even my other half commented on the pleasant scent.
How Well Do Smol Laundry Pods Clean?
In terms of performance, Smol pods seemed to do the trick.
The six-year-old's school polo shirts had colouring pen and pencil marks from a week of artistic expression, which were almost all gone. All other nondescript smudges and stains were removed.
How Much Do Smol Laundry Pods Cost?
I purchased a box from Sainsbury’s for £7, providing 27 washes, roughly around 26p per wash for regular loads. For heavier dirt, using two capsules will raise the cost to approximately 52p. Subscribing to Smol secures a discount, making a single-pod wash just 24p.
Smol Laundry Pods, My Verdict
Smol's laundry pods are impressive—they work pretty well. Simply pop one to the back of the drum before putting your laundry in, and you’re good to go. Their ethical credentials are robust, and the reduction in chemicals, plastic, and water usage is commendable compared to leading brands. The people behind Smol, with their background in Big Laundry, clearly know what they’re doing. Opening the box might feel like trying to solve a Mensa puzzle initially, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. Will I use Smol Laundry Pods again? Most likely.
Join me next week in Laundryland when I’ll be taking Homethings' Eco Laundry Pods for a spin (yes, the one from Dragon’s Den).