I have been considering for quite a while how to deal with microfibre residue in my washing machine. Although most of the items that go into my washing machine consist of natural fibres, I do have some faux-fur throws that are made with synthetic materials. These throws are an essential component of keeping my furniture and bed clean, as my cats are allowed to sit wherever they like. The cats love the softness of the faux fur throws, and in my household it’s all about spoiling the non-human animals.
I had considered purchasing the Guppyfriend washing bag, but was concerned that it would not hold large throws. I have come across what seems to be a far more practical alternative: The Cora Ball. As you can see from the image, the Ball consists of a number of layers of plastic that trap mibrofibre particles during the wash; you simply toss the Ball in with your load of laundry. You clean it by pulling out the fuzz from between the layers. The product reviews have been promising; you do need to be careful of placing more delicate items with tassels, straps, and so forth, into a laundry bag so that they don’t tangle in the Ball. Since I do this anyway, I don’t anticipate any problems. The Ball should capture human and cat hair as well, which is a nice bonus.
The Cora Ball is not available in any local stores, so I ordered it online from Canadian company Ahimsa Eco Solutions. At $49.00 CAD, the Cora Ball is more expensive than the Guppyfriend, but will likely last longer than the bag. I look forward to seeing the results.