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In recent months I've been making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of chemicals I use and slowly try to switch our household products to more ethical and environmentally friendly options. After I'd run out of multi-surface cleaner I purchased this Ecover product to replace it.
I purchased my cleaner from Asda, it was on offer at £1 for a 500ml bottle. It currently costs £1.30, but I have seen it regularly on offer. The cleaner comes in a clouded plastic bottle with a yellow screw top lid. The product has a fresh lemon scent and smells just a nice as any other cleaning product I've used, if not nicer.
The cleaner is suitable for us on all hard surfaces. I use it for kitchen floor, bathroom walls/tiles, work tops, bath and sink and most other surfaces. I love that it can be used as an all-round product, and saves me a fortune as I no longer purchase specific cleaners for floors, bathroom, and other surfaces.
To use the product you dilute it with water. 1-2 capfuls should be diluted with 5 litres of water (1 bucket). One cap measures 30ml. I usually dilute using this ratio into a spray bottle which I can use on surfaces, and also put into my spray mop. On tougher stains you can use the cleaner undiluted, but it needs rinsing afterwards. I have done this on occasions, and it is very foamy and definitely needs thoroughly rinsing, it also uses the product much quicker than if diluted.
I have found this all purpose cleaner to be great. It gets rid of footprints, dirt and other marks on my vinyl and laminate floors. It also cleans my bathroom wet wall and tiles very nicely. I regularly use it to clean my bathroom sink, bath and toilet and found that it brings them up great - just as well as specic bathroom cleaners. You must remember to rinse the bath well though, as the product contains Limonene which may cause an allergic reaction for some people.
The product is made of plant-based ingredients, and is suitable for use with septic tanks. The ingredients are: Aqua Alcohol Capryl glucoside Lauryl glucoside Candida bombicola/glucose/methyl rapeseedate ferment Sodium Citrate Lactic acid Perfume Fatty acids C8-18 Glyceryl caprylate Limonene. It is available in 500ml bottles from supermarkets and 1L, 5L Bag-in-Box and 15L Bag-in-Box from Ecover directly and other suppliers.
I would highly recommend this versatile, environmentally friendly and cheap cleaning product!
I use a number of Ecover products due to having a septic tank, and this is one of them. It's got a very pleasant, fresh lemon smell, and in common with other Ecover fluid-type products, is kind of watery in nature, which might make you think it's not all that strong. I actually find with this, however, that a very tiny amount on a sponge actually goes a VERY long way indeed - in fact I can find myself having to rinse quite frequently to remove residue, say if I'm cleaning the bath, for example. A very small spot does a surprisingly large area.
It's also a very effective cleaner. I'd stick my neck out and say it's better at surface cleaning than anything else on the market. It just seems to cut through anything, and if there is something ingrained or stubborn, leaving it on a little while then coming back and going over it works perfectly well. I have a particular problem in my house in that the water supply has an awful lot of minerals in it. Not lime particularly, but surfaces on sinks and baths especially get very cloudy quickly. This product is absolutely THE BEST THING EVER! for cleaning that away thoroughly. Nothing else is anything as good in that respect. I could probably dilute it further, though I don't tend to bother, just use it on a cloth or sponge out of the bottle.
And of course after using it, you won't have problems if your skin is overly sensitive as mine is.
It's definitely the best surface cleaner on the market in my opinion.
Ecover is a brand I have used many times before for ethical reasons and because I wanted to see if it fared any better than the conventional cleaning creams and lotions I had been using. This 500ml plastic opaque bottle cost me around £2 from Tesco.
It comes in a 100% recycleable bottle and the ingredients are all plant based, not harsh to your skin and do not damage the environment.
I was eager to try this product and diluted some with hot water in my bucket to wash my floor. I was pleasantly surprised with the smell. It smelled almost floral and not as harsh and abrasive as some of the other cleaners I have used in my opinion.
I have used this solution all around my home and it really does clean very well. I have used it on work surfaces in the kitchen and in the bathroom and downstairs toilet. I have cleaned laminate, chrome, lino and stainless steel and because it is so soft and gentle it does not irritate my skin at all and there is no need to wear rubber gloves in my view.
It gives perfect results every time and each time I have used it it has never given me any reason to moan or complain. There are never any streaks or marks, just a gleaming and shiny surface.
A bottle lasts me about six weeks because you really do not need much as a little really does go a very long way.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Ecover has been around since the 70's and most people now recognise the brand name. They are one of only a very small handful of companies who produce environmentally friendly cleaning products such as washing up liquid, washing powder, surface cleaners etc. that you'll find in the supermarkets.
The Ecover Multi-Surface Cleaner is designed (like most are) to be used on most of the hard surfaces around the home from the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond. The difference between this and most other multi-surface cleaners is that this is a product that mostly contains plant and mineral ingredients, and has very little impact on the environment. It's available in 500ml containers or 1 litre ones - the 500ml bottle costs £1.25 in my local Tesco store.
The plastic bottle that this comes in is semi translucent and has lots of information on it about how environmentally friendly the product is. It is fully recyclable, and also refillable if you're lucky enough to have a refilling station nearby to you (these is a section on the Ecover website here: http://www.ecover.com/gb/en/Products/Dishes/Refill.htm where it gives details of where your nearest refill point is).
~*~Environmental Claims & Information~*~
It's often hard I find to tell exactly what is meant by the claims on products. For example some products will say 'degradable' while others say 'biodegradable' The two have distinctly different meanings, but many people get confused over them and in the case of these two degradable means broken down mostly by heat, moisture and/or UV exposure whereas with a biodegradable product it's micro organisms that break it down. In terms of the environmental impact, degradable products are much slower to break down into their component parts than biodegradable ones.
There are a number of points detailed on this cleaner that should be noted:
* It is perfumed with plant based ingredients
* It cuts through grease and dirt using natural power (plant and mineral ingredients)
* It's suitable for all surfaces
* It will quickly and completely biodegrade
* It has minimum impact on aquatic life
* Bottle and cap are both fully recyclable and it comes in a refillable bottle
* It is suitable for septic tanks.
So all these things are good as many products for cleaning surfaces contain lots of harsh chemicals that aren't as safe as we may think they are, aren't biodegradable, and do have an impact on not just aquatic life, but the rest of us too. For me personally the really important facts are knowing that the ingredients are natural not chemical and that it breaks down completely in a quick and safe manner and is safe for me to use.
~*~Using the Product~*~
Like with most surface cleaners there are a couple of different ways you can use this. You can use it neat or you can add it to water. I believe they recommend two capfuls per 5 litres of water. Personally I prefer to use this mixed with water at a lower ratio of about 1 capful to 5 litres and then dip my cloth into it before wiping down surfaces. I don't think I've ever found it necessary to use it neat, but if you did, then you would probably want to do so only on small areas, and then wipe the area again with water to remove any residue.
When you mix it with the water, it doesn't really look very different from the plain water. A few small bubbles, and a fresh sort of slightly lemony smell. I'm very anti using anything filled with chemicals and find this perfectly adequate for wiping all my surfaces down when I require something more than just water, and have used it around my house on work tops, tiled surfaces, sinks, bath, window glass, for wiping down doors, floors, and everything else. About the only thing I don't use it on are my wooden surfaces, though it is apparently perfectly fine to use on these, it's just that I prefer not to.
We don't have a really dirty house, no kids or pets, so I can't say how it would cope with the sort of mess they can create, but it does very well for us in helping to keep the place clean and dirt free. One thing I am very much in favour of is that it doesn't leave any chemical smell around after using it. I do hate that chemical smell it actually burns my nose so for me using chemical free products is important.
Bearing in mind that I use a cloth and dip it into the water mixed with the cleaner, I obviously put my hand into the solution too. I'm not one for wearing rubber gloves, and I do have reasonably sensitive skin, so I am pleased to say I don't get any bad results from using this product. I do tend to moisturise my hands afterwards as I do when washing up, but if I have my hands in water with no products in for that length of time I tend to want to moisturise them afterwards too.
I will say that I've used other cleaners that are also environmentally friendly some of which I've preferred because they last longer, are cheaper, or smell better, but this one is easily available in a way that the other products I've used and preferred aren't. This means that this tends to be one that I do use fairly regularly because I can get it in my local supermarket rather than having to send off for it from online or go hunting in a specialist shop, and as far as cleaning power goes I can't say I find this any worse than any of the others I've used.
I've been using this fantastic product for several years now, and wouldn't use anything else for general household cleaning as it does everything brilliantly. I personally try to avoid using products containing loads of chemicals, (whether it's on myself or for cleaning) as I don't think they're really necessary and find I can get by fine without them most of the time.
This multi-surface cleaner not only helps to save the planet, but it also saves me loads of cash to boot. It comes in a transparent plastic bottle, (not the one in the pic, think thats old) which is handy as you can see when you're running low and has a yellow screw cap which doubles up as a measuring device. It can also be recycled. The product itself is made from sustainable plant and mineral based ingredients and has a lovely fresh lemony scent. The instructions suggest that you dilute 1-2 capfuls in 5 litres of water for general cleaning, and it can be used neat on really stubborn stains. I bought a small spray bottle for about 50p and add a capful to it, then fill it up with water and find this is powerful enough for cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. For the floor, two capfuls in a half filled mop bucket gives it a really good clean. It's fine to use on sealed wood, and I clean the glass topped coffee table and mirrors with it, give them a good buff after with a soft cloth to get rid of smears and the jobs a good en. For anyone who likes to use antibacterial products, I just add a few drops of tea tree oil to the mixture and so far have not contracted anything and seen as I have a cat who I often find skulking about on the worktops I think it's pretty good!
Ecover products are widely available in supermarkets, health food shops and online. In Sainsbury's a litre bottle will cost you £2, and the 500ml bottle a mere £1, so when you think about all the different kitchen/bathroom/glass cleaners you buy and how much they cost this works out to be an absolute steal as it's neat. Worth trying for a pound, i'm sure you'll agree.
Ecover is gradually building a place for itself on the shelves of mainstream shops such as Tesco. It will be a long time before they edge out those nasty brand leaders, but at least this is a sign that shoppers are beginning to consider eco-friendliness when they buy. My favourite item from the Ecover range (along with the loo cleaner) is the multi-surface cleaner. I usually purchase it from a little health shop (just to feel EVEN MORE smug!!) but have seen it on the shelves of Tesco. It promises to clean powerfully without the need for harsh petrochemicals. It contains plant-based soap, a natural lemon fragrance and 100% biodegradable preservative. It is not tested on animals and is also very competitively-priced. I first bought this cleaner ages ago when I suddenly realised I was out of my normal brand. I was in the health shop and decided to give it a go. I have been buying it ever since and have found nothing better. The small is outstanding: a really pleasant, light lemony smell; not at all like the artificail pong of half a ton of lemons that you get with some cleaners. And thankfully nothing like the vile "catches in your throat" kind of chemical whiff that some of these anti-bac sprays have. I assume it doesn't kill every living thing within 100 yards, like the anti-bacs, but I don't mind at all! The bottle has no spray top, so you have to slosh it onto the surface, but I don't think it is a negative point at all. You don't need much; I've been amazed by how long each bottle lasts. I've used this cleaner just about everywhere; on the stainless steel cooker, in the bathroom, on the hard floors, on the carpet (pesky cat sick!) and it has been great. Everything comes up smelling lovely, and it leaves no sticky residue at all. It has loads of uses, and deserves a place in everyone's undersink cupboard It's nice to know that you can buy a cleaning product that won't damage the envi
ronment but that will actually WORK. This has been a criticism of "eco" products in the past; it certainly doesn't apply here. I think that Ecover has realised that consumers are demanding and that if they want to reach as many people as possible their products have to compete alongside the market leaders. With this product they have come up trumps!
In accordance with my general detox theme I found myself in the local wholefood shop the other week. Whilst wandering through the isles looking at stuff that occasionally didn’t actually look like food I found myself at the household products section. Now I have to admit, some years back I tried using Ecover washing up liquid but it smelt horrible. After finishing the bottle I went back to using the cheapy Asda ‘kill the earth’ version. I’m not proud of this. I use animal/earth friendly make-up and I’m veggie so it feels wrong to be using anything that damages the environment. However having tried the washing up liquid, I hadn’t tried any of their other products. Back in the store however, as I looked at the various household friendly cleaners I began to feel incredibly guilty and decided to give them a try once again - but I just didn’t want my house to stink like a compost heap. Therefore I furtively decided to sniff some of the bottles on display. This was a good idea in theory but unfortunately it lead to some strange looks from other customers and some hard stares from the sales staff who after 5 minutes or so thought I looked decidedly shifty. I paid for my stuff quickly before they started following me around the store. Ecover set up shop in 1979. There aim is to use natural ingredients that are gentle on ALL life to make cleaning products that do the job as well (if not better) than other products on the market. There products (and the individual ingredients) are not tested on animals. Founder Frans Bogaerts began Ecover on a little farm in Belgium making phosphate free washing powder. I think he was quite the visionary as at this time there wasn’t a lot said about environmentally friendly products but Frans answered the whisper that would eventually become a roar of concern for planet earth. His soap was sold through health food shops and as time went on, good marketing and earth fri
endly products got the attention of consumers. In 1992 the worlds first ecological factory was build to cope with the demand for more products. So not only is the product itself earth friendly, so is the factory it’s made in - now there’s a refreshing change! The UN elected Ecover to the Global Roll of Honour for outstanding environmental achievement. So - onto the cleaner itself. I bought a 500ml bottle for around £1.35 if I remember rightly. This multi-surface cleaner is designed to clean worktops, tiles, floors etc. I also used it to clean my whole bathroom. This one is a liquid cleaner - you don’t need to use a lot. Either use it neat on a damp sponge or dissolve in water for larger areas. It can be used in combination with Ecover Cream Cleaner. The cleaner is made up of biodegradable plant material and sugar based ingredients. These are combined with vegetable soap, natural gum and essential oils. It smells wonderful! The smell is bright and fresh and makes me think of lemon or orange zest. I assume that this is the essential oils that I can smell. More importantly it doesn’t smell ‘chemical’ like other household cleaners even though it has a mild disinfectant action. I can never be bothered wearing marigolds and therefore my skin becomes really dry whenever I’m in cleaning mode. I didn’t find this at all with Ecover. It really is gentle on the hands (unlike that other brand that advertises itself as being gentle yet feels and smells like it’s made of caustic soda never mind belonging to some vast corporate organisation that rips off the consumer rant, rant, rant...). My bathroom was really sparkly after I’d finished cleaning and smelt lovely - a real clean smell. Ecover is very effective and really does cut through grime and grease easily. This isn’t one of the chainstores vague attempts to passify the consumer by offering so-called organic/environme
ntally friendly products that literally cost the earth. Ecover is the real deal from concept to factory to bottle to product - yes even the bottle it comes in is biodegradable. I would definitely recommend giving this product a try. Not only does it do the job, it is friendly to the planet as a whole. If consumers put their foot down the larger companies will have to change their ways or be lost in the mists of time. People often feel that they have little or no power in society and when you look to the messy political world it certainly seems that way. However we have got power - the power to choose to buy only those products that do not destroy the planet we live on. The power to choose life. For more information and a virtual tour around the Ecover factory go to http://www.ecover.com/
Environmentally friendly cleaner, specially designed to clean floors, paintwork, worktops, tiles, plastics, and all kinds of hard surfaces around the home.