Product Type: Ecover Household Cleaning
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Terribly worthy eco-credentials but does it acutally do the washing up?
Ecover Washing Up Liquid
Member Name: worst_trip
Ecover Washing Up Liquid
Advantages: Has terribly worthy ecocredentials, biodegradable / refillable packaging, not tested on animals etc.
Disadvantages: Personally I was not impressed by the way it worked as a washing-up liquid. Sorry!
I would like to like 'Ecover' brand cleaning products, as they're marketed as being more friendly to the environment: their primary cleaning constituents are largely plant-based, and the y don't cause excessive damage to watercourses etc. after they've gone down the drain, and are safe if you have a septic tank, and so on. The packaging has a simple design and is biodegradable / recyclable, and the various liquids are transparent too - as a sort badge of their lack of additives, I suppose. There are also various schemes mostly operated by independent health food shops where you can refill your existing containers with fresh Ecover-brand soaps - thus reducing packaging even further.
The products are also available in supermarkets such as Tesco too, which is where I bought my Ecover washing up liquid - intended of course for (hand) washing of dirty dishes. I can't remember exactly what I paid for the bottle of Ecover I last bought as it was some time ago (although we're still using it, for reasons outlined below), but a search of 'mysupermarket.com tells me that a one litre bottle currently costs £2.25 from Tesco. Who buys washing up liquid in litre-sized bottles, though, I'd like to know? Personally I always go for the 500ml easy-to-tip-up-with-one-hand version, and I'd estimate that you should expect to pay between £1.30 and £1.50 for a bottle that size.
Unfortunately, given that I've said I'd like to like these products, I found the washing up liquid pretty ineffective. It didn't remove grease at all well when diluted in water, which meant I had to use a lot of it, effectively neat, in order to get oily residues off my plates, cutlery etc.
We have a family possible idiosyncrasy (in that I don't know if other people do this) of keeping a pot of semi-diluted washing up liquid (about a big squirt of the liquid in a mug of water) with a sponge in by the sink, which we use for one-off washing of stray teaspoons, plates etc, in between 'bigger' washings of dishes after meals. When I was very young, based on the notion that 'it's all the same stuff really' I remember that sometimes my mother used to put laundry soap - a bit of Daz and so on - in the pot and use that to wash the dishes, and I distinctly recall that even that grainy Daz-liquid, being used for a purpose for which it was never intended, was better for washing dishes than Ecover currently is.
I gave up using Ecover washing up liquid after less than a week, and switched back to a 'conventional' brand, stashing the barely used bottle of Ecover in the cupboard under the sink. This produced the happy - if unintentional - result that now we never run out of washing up liquid at our house, as if the bottle we use every day gets finished and we have no replacement, I always can use a bit of the already-open bottle of Ecover that we have stored away. This is so useless for washing dishes, though, that it never comes into prolonged use so we never use it up - and Ecover being so bad also has the advantage that it acts as a reminder whenever anyone goes to the shops that we need to buy more 'proper' washing up liquid.
When our Ecover under the sink finally runs out - as it will undoubtedly do, some far-distant day in the future, possibly many years hence, given the rate at which we use this stuff (or possibly it might just evaporate before that), I will probably buy a fresh bottle of it to keep under the sink, for exactly the reasons outlined above. So its ineffectiveness is in one sense, even a definite advantage!
Summary: Smells great and better for the planet too
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