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My Mum pointed out that I had lime scale deposits around the taps in our downstairs toilet. I had thought the plumber that put the taps in had just made a really bad job of the finish and been a bit liberal with some kind of grout product. Luckily the appearance of this lime scale was short-lived due to my use of Ecover limescale remover.
This product clearly remains effective for a very long time as I have had this bottle for several years. I located it at the back of the under sink cupboard and took it to the offending taps. There I twisted the nozzle on the fully recyclable trigger spray to 'on' and pulled the trigger. The clear spray landed on the taps and turned to a frothy foam. I left it for a good while. In fact I forgot I had sprayed and only realised when I went to use the toilet and thought 'What's that smell?' the product having a very distinct, slightly-citrusy-but-mainly-industrial-cleaner-type-smell. I used a bit of toilet roll to wipe round the taps and lo and behold, that which I had thought was grouting in a weird place had disappeared entirely leaving the taps all shiny in their new nakedness. Brilliant.
I have used it since with similar excellent results although the limescale was not as severe on these occasions.
The bottle is fully recyclable and can be recycled together with the trigger spray. The product itself is fully biodegradable and the label tells you that it is fast to degrade and has a minimal impact on aquatic life.
Although the product is chrome-friendly, if your taps are brass, silver or gold you are out of luck I'm afraid as this product will not be suitable.
This is the best product I have used for getting the water marks off of my shower cubical door, I spray it on, leave it for a few minutes to work it's magic, give it a quick rub over with a cleaning cloth/sponge, then using the shower head I rinse it away.
It is the best product I have ever used and requires such little effort, which is always a bonus!!
So what is it I hear you cry, It's Ecover Limescale remover for bathroom and shower areas, it comes in an almost clear, 500ml, spray bottle, the liquid inside is clear, it has a fairly strong smell so I wouldn't want to use too much of it in a small room, it would be best used in a venterlated room, I have the extractor fan going in the downstairs loo and that is fine.
When you spray it you will notice it come out as a slightly watery foam consistancey, it is easy to use, because it foams up a little goes a long way, even though it seems an expensive purchase at almost £3 a bottle it really does last a long time, I only use it for the shower, basins and taps because its a limescale remover and not a cleaner, I use this product every couple of weeks and a regular bathroom cleaner in between.
I have recomended this product to friends and they have been impressed with the results aswell.
This product must not be used on enamel, marble and natural stones, brassware, gold, silver, household appliances.
For more information you can log onto www.ecover.com or their UK customer careline is 08451302230.
Tesco was recently doing a promotion on its eco friendly cleaning products, which was a 2 for 3 offer. As I have been trying to reduce the amount of chemicals in my home, I decided to buy three different products: Method Tub n Tile, which I have reviewed already, Method bowl patrol toilet cleaner, which isn't in the dooyoo catalogue, and Ecover limescale remover, which normally retails for just under £3.
I liked the idea of an eco friendly limescale remover spray, because I currently use Lime-lite, which is quite overpowering and has warnings on the bottle about breathing it in. "Do not inhale spray", the luminous green bottle warns! I live in a hard water area, so get watermarks on my taps and tiles. My black bathroom floor tiles are the worst, because they get white deposits on them. It's time to try something a bit more gentle, I think...
I have tried Ecover products in the past, namely the washing up liquid, laundry liquid and toilet cleaner. In general, I have found the products quite good, and enjoy the natural fragrance, as well as the fact that you know you are putting nothing harmful into your immediate environment. For this reason then, I was quite optimistic about this product.
The packaging looks very gentle and eco friendly. The product comes in a 500ml spray bottle which is made of cloudy plastic, so you can see the product inside, which is a clear, colourless liquid. There is a picture of a leaf on the front of the bottle, and a small logo under the brand name, which says "harnessing the power of nature". Good stuff so far. then I looked at the back of the bottle....
The first thing that hits you when you look at the back of the bottle is the big orange triangle with a black cross through it, which contrasts with the understated colours of the packaging. IRRITANT, it warns, in big black letters. Surely not? I thought. I'm trying to make my home safer here. I looked at the small print, which warned: "keep out of the reach of children. Can be irritating to eyes, respiratory system and skin.." I was quite shocked by this. The last eco cleaner I used, method Tub n Tile, was so mild it could be used without wearing rubber gloves. This stuff, by contrast, seemed a bit industrial.
Anyway, despite the warnings, I thought I'd better actually give the product a go. The user is told to spray onto surface, wait a few minutes and then rinse off with water. I did wonder why a biodegradeable product would need rinsing. I sprayed a bit on my shower screen, which had watermarks on it. Instead of a fine spray, which covered a decent area, I got a blob of bubbles. Undeterred, I used a cloth to apply the product, which admittedly, didn't spread around too easily on the surface. It did look a bit cleaner, but there were still to many smears for my liking. It hadn't done a great job. It breezed like a dream round my sink and taps, cleaning them effortlessly. Full marks there. Then to my dreaded floor tiles...
I sprayed the product onto the floor. A small blob of bubbles sat there, on the tile. I used my scrubbing brush to spread it into the surrounding area, but the ecover was having none of it. To apply to a large area was nigh on impossible. It was really hard to apply to the floor tiles, and then, having scrubbed my hardest, the stuff took an age to dry. The worst thing though, was the smell, a horrible overpowering odour that smelled really artificial, even though the product is natural. The stench filled the whole bathroom and the fumes filled my lungs. This was not like any other Ecover product I have tried before. they usually smell lovely and fresh.
This won't be a product I will try again. I hate the smell and the consistency of it, the way it comes out of the bottle, and the result i get from it. the only thing it is any good for is small scale jobs, such as sinks and taps. It would be ideal for keeping in a small toilet room, rather than a bathroom or kitchen. The bottle is 100% recycleable.
I recently had my new bathroom suite and shower cubicle installed. The shower and taps are of an excellent quality and I needed to find a lime scale remover that was not harsh on my lovely shiny taps. Then I discovered this fantastic Eco friendly bathroom spray from the Ecover range. It is slightly expensive than other bathroom ranges but once you have tried it you wont chose another. It is simple to use, just spray over your taps and shower head and leave for around 5 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly and buff up with your glass and Crome E-cloth. Admittedly it does not last very long. The spray leaves a fresh citrus fragrance and is made up of plant based ingredients. The spray can also be used on your tiles and basins, where Limescale has built up. Not all supermarkets sell this product, and so you will need to shop around normally in bigger stores.
I would recommend this product and give it a big thumbs up! No bathroom should be without it.
I like to keep my bathroom clean, I go with the ethos of prevention of limescale is better than trying to remove it. But, I found myself a few weeks ago with a build up of limescale around my bath. I was tempted by the usual suspects in the supermarket, but sought out ecover limescale remover because I use the rest of the range for my other cleaning needs. I have to admit I was not 100% confident that an "eco friendly" product would be effective at limescale removal, but my brilliant experiences with ecover swayed me.
It costs around £3 for 500ml, and comes in a spray bottle with an easy to use, sturdy trigger. You simply spray over the affected areas and leave for a while, then rinse. The content sprays out in a thin bubbly line which sticks to wherever it lands, so it needs to be applied directly on to the area being cleaned/treated.
When I used this I found after 5 minutes I didn't need to scrub, just rinse of with the shower head. There was no damage to the tiles, bath or sealant. I used only a fifth of the contents so there is plenty left for the next time I need a limescale remover. It has a mild scent, not eye watering or chemically or unpleasant. My taps and tiles were shiny after using it, my bath was a single uniform colour with no soap residue.
All in all a brilliant product. Delivers what it promises and then some.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
This seems like a really odd thing to review but I've been telling everyone about this ever since I bought it so I thought I would tell you guys too.
To give this a proper review I have to reveal some rather disturbing things about my housekeeping habits so brace yourselves!
I don't mind doing housework but have so many other things that I need to or would rather do. This means that the only time the bathroom gets cleaned is when the inlaws are coming round (about once a month - I know disgusting!!) The morning of their visit you will find me rushing round the house desperately trying to make it look like I am a domestic goddess and not a lazy mum who spends all day watching daytime TV. (I really don't....)
Anyway I bought this originally to try and descale the toilet but found it is now a must have for all the bathroom. It works like magic. You squirt some onto the surface, leave it to work for a few minutes (depending on how bad it is but normally all you need is five minutes maximum) then wipe off. That's it. I've never used flash so I don't know if what they say in the adverts is true but I didn't think that this stuff was so good you don't even have to scrub!
It is absolutely fantastic at getting up 'soap scum' and bringing your taps to a glistening shine. It does work quite well on the toilet but I suspect some of the stronger bleaches/limescale removers out there would do a better job.
What is really great about this product is that it's part of the Ecover range so I know it is making much less of an impact on the environment than some of the other branded cleaners. I did a degree in Marine Biology and learnt about the effects of chemicals when they go into the water system. It sometimes makes me shudder when I see adverts which advertise something which removes deep stains and ground on dirt just by spraying it on (like the 'penny test'). If it does that, imagine what it might do to a fish!
Sorry, I didn't mean to get so worked up.
I should tell you that you need to wear gloves when using this. When I first sprayed it I found that it dribbles after the squirt and once this touched my hands they started stinging and burning. Even after rinsing them under the tap they were still tender so I always make sure I have gloves on now. (It does eat away at your gloves over time too so maybe use heavy duty ones!) Because of this I always make sure I rinse it off the surfaces well as I wouldn't want my son to get a reaction to it.
All in all I would definitely recommend this. You have to try it to see the results. And I will now go and hide my head in shame!
As some of you may see from my previous review of Oust, I'm trying to descale my very furred-up kettle today. Alright, I haven't done this tiresome and smelly old job for a year, but I was rather shocked when I opened the kettle up this morning. It wasn't quite at the point where stalactites and stalagmites were growing in there, but it was pretty close.
After Oust completely failed to dislodge the buildup of limescale, I tried Ecover Limescale Remover. This costs £2.50 for 500ml from my local healthfood shop, and comes packaged in an opaque, white bottle with a blue trigger spray.
I should stress that this is NOT a product that is designed for use in kettles. It's actually a bathroom spray, for dealing with limescale build up around the shower. So I started by investigating whether it worked on the plastic exterior of my kettle. I gave it a couple of sprays (the product bubbles up copiously, so you only need to use a little bit). The formula smells natural - slightly lemony perhaps - but also quite strong. Personally I wouldn't call it pleasant, though I didn't dislike it either. After leaving the spray to work for a couple of minutes, I wiped it off. The limescale vanished like a dream, leaving the surface completely free of grime!
Having subsequently used it around my sink upstairs subsequently, this is the best surface cleaner that I've ever used on limescale. You don't even need to scrub - the scale just dissolves or glides off a few seconds after application.
My success on the outside of the kettle gave me the encouragement I needed to try the product inside the appliance. Directly ignoring manufacturer's instructions not to use this in appliances, I sprayed the metal baseplate of the kettle thoroughly, and left the product to work its magic. Ten minutes later, I returned and boggled at the amount of scale that the spray had lifted. Whereas Oust had done virtually nothing to solve the problem, Ecover had really got to grips with it, lifting 80% of the deposit. Only a few stubborn rings remained.
I made sure that I rinsed the kettle thoroughly and boiled three loads of water before I used it to make a cup of tea. The fresh water boiled surprisingly quickly, making me realize how much the buildup had been reducing the efficiency of the kettle!
Ecover is a "green" product, specifically designed to cause minimum environmental impact. Its formula (containing citric acid) is less damaging to aquatic life than other brands, and the product also biodegrades quickly, rather than leaving trace chemicals in the environment. It's also not tested on animals. You still need to wear gloves when applying it, though, as it's quite tough on your skin!
In a recent test, Which? magazine ranked this highly for its efficacy, and I can't help but agree with them! If you live in a hard water area, this product could save you a lot of work. Recommended.
Environmentally friendly cleaner removes limescale and soap scum effectively, and is perfectly suited for bath and shower areas, tiles, taps and basins / /