Magnetic laundry scams

After finding out about EcoBalls, a friend pointed out to me that there were a number of similar magnetic laundry scams. For example the Life Miracle Magnetic Laundry System, but there are many man others. And, of course, there is Ecozone’s Magno Ball, which in all fairness claims to soften the water thus reducing to need for detergents rather than replacing the detergent, but bullshit none the less.

Magnetism being used for washing clothes has been thoroughly debunked over the years. This guy went as far as to purchase a pair of Life Miracle’s Laundry System’s balls in order to test them – surprise-surprise, he found them to be totally ineffective. He did, however, mange to annoy Life Miracle enough to get them to respond which is considerably more that I tend get from these people. Well worth a read also is his response to their response. in which he pretty much proves that Life Miracle know their product does not work, which makes them not foolish but fraudsters.

Magnetism in relation to water softening (magnetic water treatment, or MWT) as in Ecozone’s Magno Ball, has been almost totally debunked too, but the idea still manages cling on by it’s fingernails. (the following list was taken from here and altered a little)

  • Most of the reports (and there have been many) of the successful use of MWT have been anecdotal and lacking in quantitative data and proper controls.
  • Most scientists who have looked into MWT remain very sceptical.
  • Most water-treatment engineers who have investigated magnetic water treatment (MWT) in controlled industrial settings report negative results.
  • There are very few scientifically validated reports of successful MWT installations in the mainstream scientific and engineering literature.
  • Many of the reports supporting MWT seem to be in rather obscure journals and conference proceedings.
  • Manufacturers of MWT devices commonly offer simplistic or scientifically untenable explanations of how these devices work.
  • Although MWT appears to be effective in some cases, closer study often reveals that other factors (such as pH change) could account for the improvements that might otherwise be attributed to MWT.
  • Commercial promotions of MWT devices tend to make excessively optimistic claims without offering credible supporting performance data.
  • When they do offer “case-studies”, they are rarely thoroughly researched to engineering standards, and are frequently difficult if not impossible to verify.


  1. Charliemack:

    Some 20 years ago I heard about a company selling magnets for your car, for water systems for commercial ice makers etc.

    The company never did succeed because the magnets did not work.

    I did know of someone who put them on his car but he never kept track of his mileage so he could not tell me if they did work. Knowing him I would say not.

  2. Maryon Jeane:

    Well, what can I say? Have you tried any of the magnets? I’ve now been using them for about six years and, quite simply, they work. My laundry is clean and sweet-smelling (actually a neutral smell, the fabrics smell faintly of whatever they’re made of). Even muddy clothes and cloths come out of my washing machine clean.

    I do descale my washing machine once a month, but then that is necessarily with modern detergents and low-temperature washes anyway – and I use natural products for the job as here in the country we have a septic tank and anything very chemical would be a disaster and end up flooding the land and/or causing damage to vegetation, quite apart from the longer-term ecological damage.

    As I originally bought my magnets with a money-back refund if they didn’t work I didn’t have anything to lose; all these years later I’ve gained a lot because I haven’t been buying expensive ecologically-sound detergent – and the planet has also gained.

    What’s the problem?

  3. Jon:

    Hi Maryon,
    Have I tried magnets? No of course not, that would be silly waste of my time and money. Lots of other people have though, and they all say that washing with magnets in controlled studies works no better than not using the magnets.
    Have you tried not washing with magnets? Go on, try it (but don’t forget to blind the experiment, preferably double blind).
    I was my clothes in just water, no detergent or magnets or any other product… they also come out clean and not smelling of anything much at all. What makes you think that having magnets in there makes a difference? Magnets don’t interact with water as it is not magnetic, magnets don’t interact with dirt either (unless you happen to work in an iron filing factory).
    As with just about any product that claims to work by magnets, magnetic laundry products are a scam.

  4. Kat:

    I did not know that magnets were meant to wash, I thought they reduced the limescale build-up making the machine last and, off the top of my head, made the water softer and therefore requiring less washing liquid. I am not sure about the washing machine magno ball (which I by the way use, same as the picture, and do not remember the package claiming it was meant to replace detergents) but I have used magnets in the toilet cistern and they do take off decades’ worth of limescale build-up – after a few weeks you see everything under the water line has just crumbled onto the bottom of the cistern.

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