Product Type: Ecover Household Cleaning
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SAVE THE WORLD WITH A CLEAN & FRESH LOO!
Ecover Toilet Cleaner Pine Fresh
Member Name: katestuartuk
Ecover Toilet Cleaner Pine Fresh
Advantages: YOU'LL NOT BE HARMING THE ENVIROMENT AND YOUR LOO WILL SMELL LIKE A PINEWOOD FOREST!
Disadvantages: NOT A SINGLE ONE THAT I CAN SEE!
Cleaning up The World
As anyone who has read any of my early reviews will know, I’m a bit of a greenie and a huge fan of NATURAL!!! Natural colours, natural fabrics, natural stuff in general, and in particular natural cleaners. Doesn’t matter whether we’re talking recycled loo roll, plant based face wash, or opening a window instead of spraying half a tonne of fake air freshener, it’s all the same to me. Natural. Say it slowly. Think about what it means. And about what the alternatives mean too…
So much of what we have around and about us these days is far from natural. We don’t seem to mind clogging up the planet for the sake of a bit of comfort in having our “stuff” around us. And everything is so completely dependant on chemicals – I have secret theories that chemical plants and drug companies rule the world, but more about that in a separate review I think! Chemicals in cleaning products invade our bodies, change our inner workings, affect our fertility and our future babies and theirs. And all in the name of making our lives easier, so we don’t have to put any elbow grease in to clean the cooker or the sink or the loo. Our lives are so busy now that companies market products to us on the basis of saving us time and energy, but what they’re actually doing is, in many ways, killing us slowly. I say it’s time we all stopped pretending that chemicals in our home is good news, acceptable, OKAY. I don’t think it is okay. Which is why I use Ecover products.
Using Ecover is a way to stand up and be counted. To say a big. Loud NO to all the companies out there that have got us hooked on chemical based, toxic products to clean our lovely little homes within an inch of their red-bricked lovely little lives.
Who are Ecover?
Well, they are the revolutionaries who first stood up and said “wait, there is another way!” In Belgium, in 1980, Ecover was founded, as a pioneering company, selling phosphate free products. As a company, Ecover is very concerned about environmental issues and in 1992 they opened the world’s first ecological factory – it has a green “live” roof! This product is actually made at this factory.
Every part of their business is covered by ecological policy, not just the products and production of them, but everything else, like marketing and sales (for example, they will refill your old bottles of washing up liquid, collecting them and delivering them back, free of charge. You just pay for the actual refill – pretty good!)
Ecover now have sites in the UK and USA, and sell their products in over 20 countries worldwide.
The Loo-Cleaning Experience
I am not the world’s greatest house-wife. I’m not a big fan of washing up, or hovering (that’s why I have wooden floors…!) and cleaning the bathroom and particularly the loo is not right up there at the top of the list of household chores that I enjoy. But it has to be said that using this Ecover loo cleaner is actually a pleasant experience in the sense of how it smells and looks. It’s an opaque liquid – none of this bright blue stuff that you just know is capable of killing the odd dolphin – and it smells divine. I know that’s a crazy thing to say about loo cleaner, but it’s true. The one I use is called Pine fresh, and it’s like being in a Scottish pine forest in the early morning, with pine needles crunching under your feet and the sun sparking off the dew. Aaaaah. What a nice image to have fleeting through your brain when you’ve got your marigold clad hands down the loo pan! The reason for this overwhelmingly natural smell is simple. Ecover use natural, plant based ingredients, which make for good cleaning and good smelling!
I’ve been using Ecover for about 5 years now, and have found it to be a much better cleaner than the brightly coloured, highly chemical alternatives. Yes, I get my hand or the loo brush down there and give a good clean, so there’s none of the “leave it for an hour and then flush” kind of thing, but a little elbow grease never hurt anyone and to me it’s far more preferable to flushing a cupful of chemical out into the sea every time I want a clean and sparkling loo.
Ecover is to be found in an opaque white bottle, with a pale cornflower blue cap, and ECOVER in big blue and green letters on the front. I buy the 750ml bottle and find it lasts for a good 4 months. The bottle is made of recycled and recyclable plastic, and are designed to be refilled wherever there are the facilities to do this. I have to say, I’ve never partaken of refilling as there isn’t anywhere close that I’ve found to do it. I just put the bottle out to be recycled with my 2 weekly recycling collection.
On the back of the bottle, Ecover state their intentions for the product, including telling us that there are no petrochemicals in it, and no chemical residues and that it has triple action of cleaning, decalcifying and freshening you loo.
Ecover are also against animal testing, their products have a minimal effect on aquatic life, are biodegradable, and can be used if you have a septic tank.
The all important cost!
I bought my last bottle of Ecover at Tesco, and it cost me £1.28 for a 750ml bottle.
To compare it with Harpic Power Plus loo cleaner, which costs £1.49 for the same size bottle and it packed full of harmful chemicals, I’d say the Ecover route is cheaper, better for our health, better for the environment and actually, better all round!
My Final Thoughts
It’s not a hard choice. Well, I don’t think it is. I’m glad there is a product out there that can help me to make a difference to the world I live in. People all over the world now are so much more aware than ever before of the impact our choices and actions have on the planet, but sometimes it’s hard to change, or it’s hard to find an alternative to what you’ve used and you parents have used for years. But once you’ve done it, you’ll wish you did it years ago. It’s not hard at all really. In the end, things are only as difficult as we make them. So go on. Save the world – buy Ecover!
Thank you for reading, Kate x
Summary: AFTER 5 YEARS OF USING THIS I CAN HIGHLY AND HONESTLY RECOMMEND IT!!!
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