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When it comes to cleaning it's something that I strangely enjoy...actually that and ironing much to people around me's amusement!
I get through a lot of cleaning products due to this fact so I do like to try to use products that are as environmentally friendly as possible as much as possible!
Ecover is a range that of late I have been trying out. I liked the thought of environmentally friendly products so I stocked up on them!
White plastic bottle with a flip-top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the bottle I am told that it is Ecological Cream Cleaner 'Non-Scratch' Ecover 'Effective cleaning with natural power' and that it is 'For people who care' and there is a picture of a leaf on there. Other information on the back of the bottle includes being told a bit about the product and instructions for using it are listed, ingredients are given, the size is stated (which in this case my bottle is 500ml) and contact details for Ecover are given. Nice enough informative bottle this is and of course as you would expect it to be it is recyclable.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Back Of The Bottle:
Degreases and removes obstinate stains without scratching.
No petrochemical based ingredients.
No residue of unnecessary chemicals.
Optimum level of biodegradability - far exceeds legislative requirements.
Minimum impact on aquatic life.
Against animal testing.
Also suitable for septic tanks.
Me Using It:
Well before I go into about how great this product is, first off I must point out that although on this bottle it says that the company is against animal testing it doesn't clearly state that it doesn't animal test which is actually a rather hot topic at the moment. If you take a look at online forums and reviews about Ecover products it soon becomes apparent that this companies policy on animal testing is unclear. A lot of faithful followers of this brand have actually stopped using it and there are some people boycotting it. Simply it's a shame because you find that alot of people (like myself) use this for green issues but also assume we are not harming animals in any way shape or form. All you can say for sure is that this is environmentally friendly...not alot else is certain at this time!
So the cream.... well it's white and a rather runny liquid really. If you touch it it feels a little grainy but not abrasive as such.
To use this you can apply this directly to the surface of where you are cleaning or onto a damp sponge or something like that. When cleaned you do need to rinse off any residue afterwards. It is suitable for all kinds of surfaces including cookers, fridges, enamel, stainless steel, tiles and chrome. It has no smell to it and is really simple to use and me, I've used this all over the place and rather alot recently lol.
I have cleaned the bathroom basically from top to bottom with this. The only slight pain is rinsing it off but if you don't you can see it smeared on alot of things and say you've used it in the bath and don't rinse you can feel a graininess on your feet because this does contain chalk powder. It's great though, you don't need very much product at all nor elbow grease and a quick wipe after using it and that's it job done.
I used this in a dirty stained fridge too and particularly like this for it's easiness to remove stains and odours without leaving a fragrance behind itself. On worktops and cookers and hobs, again I found this to be a really hard worker. After creating a disgusting mess on said worktops etc, again I applied a small blob of this, gave it a quick wipe after with a damp sponge and it was left gleaming. Great on tiles, plastic, enamel and it brought all the taps up great too and made them gleam without any signs of scratching anything it shouldn't at all.
All round this is a fabulous product and I rate it really highly. It doesn't agitate my skin and because you don't need to use a lot of it to see results it works out economical too in the long run....the only thing I don't appreciate is the fact that this may be tested on animals and therefore no matter how good it is until this company clarifies it's position on their views and practises I won't be using it again full stop..... and I say that with deep regret cos it is a great product.
I paid £1.50 in B & Q for my bottle but it is available in all good supermarkets (I have seen this in Asda!).
Thie review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.