Everything is looking a lot brighter outside. I love Spring!! I have been loving spending more time enjoying the outdoors, the grass is greener and the flowers are beginning to come out. Today is the first day back at school after the holidays and the only thing that looks not so bright…. in fact looks kind of dirty…. is my son’s white school shirts. We have officially reached that time of year where they seem more grey looking than white… and this sunshine is not helping! I have tried hot washes before but decided to bring in the big guns to brighten up these whites in a more eco way! By big guns, I mean the Good Housekeeping Institute Approved Ecover Bio Laundry Gel and Ecover Stain Remover.
Ecover is a brand I have at home all the time, but I will be honest and say I did not get how a natural and eco friendly brand could have a bio product…. did not compute to me. Bio to me conjures up images of harsh biological washing liquids or bleach activated products that have traditionally aggravated my skin, let alone what they do for the environment. This Bio Laundry Gel is dispensed into a cap, that is then placed in the machine drum – the gel can be quite hard to squeeze out which has the plus point of not giving an opportunity to over fill or spill! You can get 18 washes out of the bottle which costs between £4 – £6 depending on where you buy it. (At time of writing this is it £4 at Sainsburys). I used this gel to tackle my son’s shirts first. Wow, no pre-soak, fabric felt as soft as normal after washing and most importantly the whites looked like whites!!!! Thank goodness!
I thought there would be a catch and maybe it would make my son’s skin itchy, but no this laundry gel is kind to skin as well as tough on whites. One shirt came out needing a little more love. There is a pen …black, of course… that my son seems to favour using at school. This particular pen is also the pen that my son and one of his school friends like to draw on his school sweatshirt with. I hate this pen. It is a nightmare to wash out. My mum likened it to trying to get rid of a creosote stain. At the end of term, the boys seemed to decide to try and Fence with said pen as their weapon…. either that or he wanted to look like a Dalmatian dog with lots of black spots.
I decided to put my Ecover Stain Remover to the test on this one. This award winning and effective product is made out of plant based ingredients, is septic tank friendly and fully biodegradable. It has a handy brush for application onto the clothes and can be used on stubborn stains like grass, mud, shirt collars, blood and also annoying black pen marks!!
I found it really easy to apply this stain remover straight onto the problem areas of my son’s sweatshirt and shirt. I also used it on his red football strip which had some grass stains on the shorts. It worked a treat on the stains. No more black pen!! Both the pale shirts and coloured football shorts are stain free and vibrant! None of the fabric was ruined and there was not a nasty chemical smell lingering about. Big thumbs up!
Have you tried this Bio Laundry Gel or Stain Remover? How did it stand up to the traditional toxic filled ones?