Ecover is brand that I have been aware of for a few years but I did not realise the size of their range. (www.ecoverdirect.com). I like that they use plant based ingredients and have a wider environmental angle to their work. They see water as a valuable resource that they want to protect as much as possible. As a result their products are not only kind to us but also the ecosystems around us. My local supermarket recently had an offer on so I decided to give Ecover a shot. I did a good sized haul and have decided to split the review into two. The first is covering the Multi Action Spray, Anti-Bacterial Pomegranate and Lime Multi Action Wipes and the Pomegranate & Lime Washing Up Liquid.
First on my list was the Multi -Action Spray. Approved by Good Housekeeping, like so many of Ecover’s product range, this spray has become a staple in my house. The lockable nozzle dispenses a fine mist on surfaces. The nozzle itself is fairly robust and unlike other sprays, does not feel like it could break at the trigger. It aims and succeeds to de-grease and leave anything it touches smear free. I used this throughout the kitchen on work tops and also around the sink. I then went on to try it on the kitchen table. Great results. No nasty cloudy smear marks left. The gentle floral smell is a preferable alternative to normal fragrances used in this type of product. I have been spritzing my kitchen clean for the last 2 weeks and do not really seem to have made that big a dent in the amount of product that is left…..result all round.
Ingredients: – >30%: water; 5-15% alcohol; <5%: non-ionic surfactants, citrate, lactic acid, perfume (type: floral).
Second on my list was the Anti-Bacterial Pomegranate & Lime Multi Action Wipes. These come in a pack of 40 large wipes and claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria with its plant based formulation. I actually took these up to my parents house for the weekend to trial them out. They have recently moved house, have two very large black dogs and I have two “spirited” children……I figured this was ideal testing ground. The disposable wipes are a great alternative to the Multi Action spray. They can be used on most surfaces from kitchens to toilet seats and highchairs (not in that order!). They are not recommended for use on fabrics or marble. I tried them out on kitchen counter, table cover, bin lid and bathroom sink. Unlike some other wipes you only need one wipe per area including our 8 seater dining table cover which had just been subjected to Indian take away spillage!
The smell is nice and not clinical. One of my family thought it smelt like a cocktail ….perhaps that says more about us than the wipes. They are moist, but do not leave behind a sticky and streaky residue. The size of the packet is good. The wipes are made from a biodegradable fabric and most importantly surfaces look sparkling clean. They have won a UN award, are FSC certified and 100% pulp is from well managed forests. Great product. Easy to use. Great to use all round the house. These also got my mum’s seal of approval after she used them on the floor as well. I will definitely get these again, they attacked all grease and grime that we put in their way. Feel better having them around the kids and not chemical laden ones.
Ingredients:- Water, ethatnol, amphoteric surfactants, non-ionic surfactant lactic acid, glycerince, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, perfume (contains limonene).
On the whole we use our dishwasher quite a bit….call me lazy….but there are a few essentials that we handwash (this includes some copper pans, my gym bottle and the kids BPA free water bottles). As some of you may know I have fairly sensitive skin and washing up liquid always tends to be a bit of an aggressor. Part of my Ecover haul was the Pomegranate & Lime Washing Up Liquid and it got its first thumbs up for being dermatologically tested for sensitive hands. It cuts through grease the same as I would expect from a chemical full washing up liquid, but it did not leave my hands feeling dried up and tight. I really liked the no spill cap and that only one squeeze is enough to fill a sink. I like this measurement factor. The liquid does not provide a lot of bubbles as you may be used to, but that does not stop it being effective. It tackled some stuck on smoothie juice extremely well on my drinks bottle and our pan, that had been used for a rather large and not so healthy fry up, was left shiny again.
Ingredients:- >30%: Water, 15-15%: anionic and non-ionic surfactants, >5%: citric acid, parfum ( type. pomegrante and lime, contains limonene) sodium choloride, preservative (0.02%): 2 -bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol.
This is definitely a double edged sword for me. Love finding new products that are eco friendly and can actually do the job as well if not better to their chemical counterparts….however, now I have no excuse to pass the cleaning mantel on to the other half…..ooft! These are fabulous products and I would definitely recommend them as Fifi Friendly.