Laundry: definitely one of the downsides of being a parent. And with four young kids we do A LOT of it - one or two washes a day with a few weekend extras thrown in as a treat.
I'm all for making life as easy as possible so I've been using washing capsules for the past few years - it's much easier to throw one in the drum instead of measuring out powder. But though the capsules are small they often come in a big plastic container, and I want to cut down our plastic usage as a family. When I heard that SMOL are better environmentally because everything is smaller, I was keen to give them a go.
SMOL sent me one of their standard monthly packs to road test which contained 24 of their concentrated washing capsules. I was impressed when it arrived with how compacted everything was - the box and packaging fitted through the letter box with ease. And inside the box, the capsules were noticably smaller than the well-known brands (apparently they're much more concentrated).
Wanting to put SMOL thoroughly through its paces, I waited until we'd got home from holiday and had a mountain of dirty laundry before I got started with the testing. And I was so impressed with how we got on. Despite their size, the capsules did just as good a job at thirty degrees as those we'd been using previously. Clothes that were properly grubby came out clean as a whistle and smelt lovely too. I found one capsule per load sufficient but SMOL recommend two for larger drums (I don't know how big ours is, sorry!).
A week on and I've nearly finished my first pack of SMOL, and think it's an absolutely brilliant concept - there's nothing not to love. I no longer have to think about washing detergent as they're delivered on repeat, and I can pause/change my orders as and when I need to. And though they're delivered in the post, they probably use less packaging than the ones I used to buy - and it's all recycled and sustainable (and 100% recyclable). I'm making my life easier without greater cost to the environment.
I've now subscribed to SMOL and am signed up to receive 24 capsules every two weeks (you can order them as frequently as you need). It's costing me £3.85 every 24 washes and delivery is free, which I think is pretty amazing value.
If you'd like to try them for yourself, SMOL are offering a pack of nine washing capsules (bio or non-bio) for free - you just pay £1 for postage. You can sign up at www.smolproducts.com. If you go for it please let me know how you get on!
Right, now that I've got my washing sorted I'm off to try out SMOL's dishwasher tablets. I just need to put a little wash on first...
Disclosure: I was sent complimentary SMOL capsules for review. I'll receive capsules from SMOL as a thank you for anyone signing up through my link (at no cost to themselves).