Do ozone laundry systems work? (Explained)

Ozone laundry systems do work by breaking down contaminants on fabrics using an oxidation mechanism. The ozone and OH radicals are essential to the oxidation process, which aids in the breakdown of grease and dirt.

Key Takeaways

  • Ozone Laundry System helps you avoid chemical-based detergents.
  • It reduces the carbon footprint.
  • Less energy is spent on heating water (which saves energy bills).
  • It works by creating ozone water. This helps to eliminate bacteria, fungus, mold, and mildew.
  • The ozone laundry system also deodorizes the clothes.

What is an ozone laundry system and how does it work?

Ozone laundry systems are machines that use ozone gas to clean clothes. During the wash cycle, these ozone gases are pumped into the machine drum in a staggered manner and eventually break down into harmless oxygen molecules.

These oxygen molecules are very effective at removing stains and odors from clothes.

In addition, they also kill bacteria, viruses, fungus, mold, mildew, and other contaminants, making them ideal for people with allergies or sensitive skin.

Are ozone laundry systems safe?

Are ozone laundry system safe

Ozone laundry systems are safe to use as they use Ozone water to get their job done.

Even lightning and wave crashes create ozone water, so as far as safety is concerned, they are safe to use.

However, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully in order to avoid any potential hazards.

The advantages of the Ozone laundry system

  • Uses less water and saves water bills.
  • Helps to save on energy bills as it makes use of cold water to sanitize the clothes.
  • Helps you avoid detergent as the ozone breaks down the dirt and grime. The cycle time is shorter as compared to other laundry systems.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Increases brightness and softness.

Ozone laundry system problems

  • Ozone laundry systems are a little bit on the expensive side and may not be affordable for everyone.
  • Ozone laundry systems require routine maintenance in order to maintain their functionality intact.
  • Ozone laundry systems can be dangerous if not used correctly.
  • Poor quality ozone systems may have negative effects on your washing machine.

Does ozone replace detergent?

While you can only use the Ozone treatment to wash your clothes, it won’t be right to say that it replaces detergent. With that said, the Ozone laundry system definitely reduces the use of detergents and chemicals.

So, ozonated water does not completely replace the detergent. However, it is an effective way to remove stains and odors from clothes without the use of any harsh chemicals.

Does ozone break down fabric?

In general, Ozone water is considered to be safe, however poor quality Ozone laundry systems that do not regulate the supply of ozone may have negative effects on clothes (highly unlikely).

The Test Results

  • Washer Type: We tested the O3 Waterworks laundry system on our LG HE front load washer.
  • Installation Time: 25 Minutes
  • Fabric Tested: 2 pairs of socks

Testing process

Since we wanted to test the Ozone Laundry system’s effectiveness, we decided to wash 2 pairs of old socks (with an unpleasant odor).

Once the O3 waterworks system was installed, 2 pairs of unwashed old socks were put to test.

Next, we waited for the washer to complete the wash cycle.

End Results

The socks looked clean and fresh, just as they do after a typical detergent wash. It also managed to get rid of the odor and smelled a little bit like chlorine.

So, according to our tests, it did work as far as cleaning is concerned, but we missed the fragrance that the detergent usually leaves behind.

Final Thoughts

Ozone laundry systems are a great way to clean your clothes without the use of any harsh chemicals.

They are also very safe and effective at removing stains and odors.

However, they can be a little bit on the expensive side and may require regular maintenance.

Furthermore, if you are used to the fragrance produced by detergents, you should not expect the same from the Ozone laundry system.

Hemant Sarkar is a seasoned techie with a diploma in computer science and an impressive track record of over 15 years in dealing with speakers, kitchen appliances, and various home appliance-related issues. He is widely recognized for his exceptional expertise in repairing dryers and washing machines from all major brands. In addition to his appliance repair prowess, Hemant maintains engaging blogs on topics related to music and speakers. For any inquiries or assistance regarding appliances or tech-related matters, you can reach out to him at: hemant (at)