So in this case -- talking about ozone and laundry and finally putting the two together in a household setting -- I'm involved in selling the brand. Which follows more than a year of actually using this product and loving it for all the reasons I'll explain. Take that bias for what it is. This is a GREAT product. One that I think changes the laundry paradigm.
In general, of course, no one sane likes doing laundry. But adding injury to wasted time, the old way of doing laundry means using warm/hot water and laundry detergent. These are bad on your wallet, your health, your laundry, and the environment. Well ... those don't sound like good results, do they? Let me share a few fun facts and then some details:
Benefits of an Ozone Laundry System:
* Save up to $300 per year on hot water and detergent.
* Use less energy, which pollutes the earth.
* Stop dumping chemical detergents into the environment.
* Prevent detergents build-up in your laundry.
* Stop suffering from skin sensitivities or allergies to detergents.
* Get fluffier, brighter laundry that lasts longer.
Well let's start with ozone. It's been used by hotels and hospitals to help clean and disinfect laundry for years, but the units have been too big for home use. So we finally have something enough for the home. How does ozone work? You've heard of Oxy Clean -- with ozone, one atom of oxygen from each molecule of ozone (O3) is weakly bonded. It breaks off to clean dirt and kill pathogens. And it leaves O2 (oxygen) behind. So when you dump your laundry water into the environment, it's just dirt and neutralized pathogens. No chemicals from detergent.
Plus, ozone only works in cold water. So yes, if you had to run hot water for bleaching something, you would still do that, then run the rest of the wash in cold. But outside of that situation, you would ONLY use cold water for your laundry. Since most soap needs warm or hot water to clean, this eliminates a huge cost in laundry. Depending on a huge range of factors, this could be anywhere from $20 to $200 in annual savings.
If you visit this site, you'll see a science experiment my son and I did on ozone laundry vs. detergent vs. water; but also, you'll get details on how I broke down the numbers. I think the average person will typically save $40-$80 on detergent and $40-$80 on hot water. (And pay for the ozone laundry system in about 3 years while getting cleaner laundry, helping one's health, and helping the environment. After that, using ozone puts money into your pocket.)
As you know, not using hot water isn't just about saving money. It's about polluting less from the power plant. Making this change in one home won't have a big impact, but having everyone switch could make a substantial impact.
The other thing about eliminating detergent is that it tends to build up in the laundry, matting it down and then rubbing against your skin all day. The skin is your largest organ and needs to stay health for temperature regulation and overall detox. Having chemicals rub against it every day is NOT a good idea, yet most of us have that happening. You could spend more on healthier detergents (one good option), or simply use ozone and eliminate detergents altogether. This also helps those with skin sensitivities or allergies to soap chemicals.
And by the way ... detergent does NOT disinfect. Ozone does. I can't tell you that you'll get 100% disinfection because this involves too many factors, like water temperature, amount of laundry, etc. But ozone itself disinfects, so you'll have a disinfectant at work for you in your laundry when you use ozone.
On a final note, hot water shortens the life of laundry. Detergent mats it down, so it's less fluffy. If it weren't for static buildup in the dryer, we wouldn't need dryer sheets after laundry done in ozone, because it's already soft and fluffy. Now I should mention ... some people STILL use a little soap with ozone because they like the smell. We get a little scent from our natural dryer sheets (with essential oils in them), and that's our preference. We haven't used detergent since we began doing laundry with ozone.
(Pre-treatments? You'll still need to pre-treat as you would with the normal laundry approach.)
Interested in doing laundry with ozone? It's a bit of an investment, but the unit we sell is the least expensive I've seen in the States, and we're not allowed to sell for less. We do include free shipping. Let me know if you have questions about it before making a purchase!