Ecover-ing a new way to clean….

Ecover-ing a new way to clean….

I used to work with someone who loved cleaning so much that it sounded like it was her favourite past-time. She loved going to the supermarket, stocking up on bleach and cleaning her house until her eyes were beginning to sting with the vapours.  The excitement she would have when they had special offers on in the cleaning aisle was something I could never compete with. Scratch that …. I couldnt’ understand it!  I hate cleaning…. more specifically I actually I hate bleach.

I hate the smell of it, how it makes your skin feel after using it and the fact the smell of bleach goes to my throat and leaves me with a hoarse voice for the next few hours…. inn a kind of sounding like I smoke 200 fags a day way. I started to use more anti-bac sprays in the kitchen/cleaning up since having the children, but I have still found the smell of most of them irritating. Added to this was my awareness of their effect on my young children and the wider environment. Then I started to use Ecover.

Ecover is brand that I have used for a few years now and I like that they use plant based ingredients as well as taking on board a wider environmental angle. 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.
So with most supermarkets stocking Ecover, what should you try? Here are some of the products we have tried …. 

Ecover Spray Fifi Friendly

First on my list is 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 use this throughout the kitchen on work tops, table and also around the sink. Great results. The gentle floral smell is a preferable alternative to normal fragrances used in this type of product.

Ingredients: – >30%: water; 5-15% alcohol; <5%: non-ionic surfactants, citrate, lactic acid, perfume (type: floral).

Ecover Wipes

Second on my list is 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 just after they moved house. They 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!).  However, they are not recommended for use on fabrics or marble. 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 and do not leave behind a sticky and streaky residue. The wipes are made from a biodegradable fabric, 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 too. 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).

Ecover Washing up

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.

Another annoyance of mine is when my gym bottle stinks of the detergent it was washed in. I am sure that this smell tarnishes the taste of the water!! The smell of the Pomegranate and Lime liquid is soft, fruity and there did not appear to be any residue left on the dishes…. or my gym bottle.
This product has been Good Housekeeping Institute approved, is suitable for septic tanks, comes from an ecological factory, is designed to be refilled, is completely bio-degradable AND has minimum impact on aquatic life!!

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.

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