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      01.09.2013 08:51
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      A green choice.

      I have been using Ecover fabric conditioner this week. It's not my usual choice but I fancied trying it out. I've heard a lot about Ecover products recently from friends who've tried the brand and extol its environmental virtues.

      The product:

      The main selling point with Ecover is that it is 'Powered by Nature'- and contains plant based ingredients. The product packaging claims that it is developed in a sustainable way and once used can be 'reabsorbed into nature.'

      The ingredients are: >30% Water, 5-15% Cationic Surfactants, <5% Perfume (contains Linalool, Citronellol), Preservative (Sorbic Acid), Magnesium Chloride.

      To use just pour 1 or 2 capfuls (depending on how soft you want your fabrics) into the washing machine's fabric conditioner dispensing compartment. For hand washing just add to the last rinse of your hand wash. Dilute one half or 1 capful of fabric conditioner in 5 litres of warm water.

      The plastic bottle is recyclable.



      Experience of the product:

      The first thing I noticed about this product was the fragrance. Oddly enough for a product which trumpets its 'natural' credentials, the fragrance of my particular variety 'Amongst the Flowers' smelled quite 'chemically' whilst in the bottle - more so than other fabric conditioners I've used recently. Not an unpleasant smell, though - fresh and clean, with floral undertones. The conditioner itself is quite light and watery in consistency.

      I find that putting one capful of the product into my wash gives my clothes a lovely softness. I have an eco washing machine which uses less water, so that might be partly the reason for that outcome. Once washed in this conditioner my clothes smell very fresh. It's a lovely, old-fashioned outdoorsy, floral smell. Clothes and bedding feel soft and the product promises it is kind to skin. Initially the fabrics smell good - although I find the smell does not linger long with this product.


      Availability:

      Ecover conditioner comes in two fragrances as far as I can tell - 'Amongst the flowers' and 'Sun.' It is available in different sizes but the most common sizes you will see on your supermarket shelf are the 750ml bottles which retail at around £2 per unit and the 1.5l bottles which are around £3.49.

      Final thoughts:

      I liked this fabric conditioner - and I really wish I'd loved it. It's environmentally sound intentions impressed me more than the product itself. At £2 for 750ml it only represents average value from an economic point of view and although it does a good job with the wash it didn't bowl me over.

      A good conditioner which I only wish was an excellent conditioner. 4 dooyoo stars given.

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        10.06.2013 09:25
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        Worth the cost for the good it brings. Four stars 'Amongst the Flowers'. Five for 'Under the Sun'

        The Company Philosophy:

        Since 1992 Ecover emerged as a forward thinking company with the policy to be environmentally sustainable and gentle to our skin. All companies ought to push toward this valid and important goal for their products. You can pretend that the world will continue as you know it for your children but the truth is we are destroying our planet by the choices we make. Your children will suffer the consequences of our lazy and destructive behaviours. This is why I admire Ecover so much.

        Fabric Softener Options:

        Ecover fabric liquid softener available in three different types named, 'Zero', 'Under the Sun' and 'Amongst the Flowers'. They come in a 750ml bottle with a screw top lid which has the extra function of being the measuring cup. This size makes 25 washes but I feel I have stretched them even further. There are larger packets available too.

        All their products are plant based and therefore nasty chemicals are absent. You can feel skin protected, as it is dermatologically tested and recommended by Allergy UK. At the same time as being good for skin you can be satisfied that you are helping to improve the poor state of our environment. It does not end up polluting our rivers or harming wildlife, and is biodegradable. Ecover do not test on animals and all their products are guaranteed to be eco-friendly unlike the usual suspects that we use in our washing machines which contain the unsustainable petrochemicals.

        'Zero 'product ingredients are as follows:

        30%: Water, 15-15%: Cationic surfactants, < 5%: Dipropylene glycol, Preservative (Sorbic acid), Magnesium chloride.

        Findings:

        My findings for 'Zero' are that you will not have a pleasant scent though you will have very soft clothes which are easy to iron. I found it ideal to use for guests who have skin problems. They have always been impressed with the outcome and have none of the terrible skin reactions experienced with the well-known heavily-perfumed products. I wish I loved the smell because the health and environmental benefits are wonderful.
        'Under the Sun' ingredients are as follows:

        Water, N-methyl-triethanolammonium-dialkylester, methosulfate, Dipropyleneglycol Methylether, Perfume, Sorbic Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Linalool, Citronellol

        Findings:

        This produces as good results as 'Zero' but with the bonus of having a subtle summery smell. Well done, Ecover, you sorted out my worry about the not so nice scent in 'Zero'!


        The ingredients list for 'Amongst the Flowers' is as follows:

        Aqua, Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Dipropylene glycol, Parfum, Sorbic Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Linalool, Citronellol

        Findings:

        Again all the positive results are enhanced by the soft scent. The clothes feel equally luxurious as with the other two. I favour 'Amongst the Flowers' and 'Under the Sun' for their lovely names and subtle, non-overpowering scents. Ultimately, 'Under the Sun' just wins for the scent as it is slightly fresher again.

        Extra information:

        All of their range is intentionally made to be long lasting so although the price tag is at the top end of the cleaning product brands. It will last, and therefore, it creates less packaging to be deposed into out struggling environment. The bottles and labels are made of one hundred percent recyclable materials.

        My friends have a septic tank which means they only every use Ecover products as they are suitable for septic tank use. They are so happy with Ecover that they never use any other product. I however, do chop and change, but always feel guilt, and return to Ecover again.

        Using this product range is very easy though I do find liquid conditioners can be a bit messy to pour in over powder products. However, I have noticed that the washing machine drawer never gets clogged up with that awful residue from all those less environmentally clean products. The same applies to the clothes that emerge after washing, with all three softener options; the clothes never have a white or sticky residue. My clothes come out luxuriously soft and, in the case of the last scents, smelling fresh but not synthetic.

        These are the instructions provided for use:

        For machine washing: Pour 1 or 2 capfuls (for extra softness) into the fabric softener dispensing compartment of your washing machine. Run your washing machine as per the manufacturer's instructions. For hand washing: Add to the last rinse of your hand wash. Dilute 1/2 or 1 capful of fabric softener in 5 litres of warm water. (1 capful = 30ml).
        Please Note: Do not put undiluted fabric softener directly onto your laundry.

        It is currently £2.00 a bottle in Tesco but other supermarkets stock Ecover products and sometimes there are special offers.


        I would recommend this product for people with sensitive skin and also people who care about the world we live in. Ecover makes a range of expensive products. The premium for sustainable living is unfortunate. If more people, who can afford to buy this range, did so, then the price will eventually come down.


        Ecover is a brand for people who care about their skin and the world around them. When Ecover improve the scent of 'Amongst the Flowers', reviewers, please let me know.

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          20.05.2013 23:57
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          A natural and eco alternative to chemical softeners

          I have been trying to do my bit for the environment and reduce the number of nasty chemicals I use at home since becoming a parent and Ecover has become one of my favourite brands.

          Ecover fabric softener is available in two different fragrances - 'Amongst the Flowers' and 'Under the Sun' and comes in a 750ml plastic bottle with a screw top lid which also doubles as a measuring cup. It is currently on sale in Sainsburys for £2.00 with a buy 2 for £2.50 offer. Each bottle lasts for 25 washes which averages out at 4 pence per wash.

          The products uses plant based ingredients with no petrochemicals and is biodegradable so is kind to the environment whilst also being gentle on your skin as it is dermatologically tested.

          The scent is subtle and fresh without that awful overpowering chemical fragrance you can get with some fabric softeners. I have been using it for some time now and when I recently ran out and used a small sachet of another non Eco brand I found the smell so overpowering that I had to open the windows whilst the clothes were drying!! It is as effective as other brands in softening the clothes and doesn't leave that odd residue you sometimes get.

          I will continue to use this even though it might be a little more expensive than other brands. I now buy it in a large 5 litre container which I decant into the smaller bottle.

          I would recommend this product to anyone wanting a more natural fabric softener which is effective and gentl on your skin and the environment.

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            11.10.2010 23:15
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            I wouldn't buy this.

            Introduction To a Fabric Softener:

            As this fabric softener is aimed at middle class people with a little more disposable income it isn't one for those on a tight budget. However, Ecover does package their products well and so it appeals to the eco-conscious among us who want to cough up the price for a bottle of this.

            When I look at it in the shops it seems to be very expensive and I'm not sure why. After all, it contains all the same ingredients as supermarket brand fabric softener so I really think this is the biggest marketing scam yet! It's like selling people bottled water, I suppose ;).

            My Experience:

            This product is marketed to people who are eco-conscious but don't know how to go about making changes. When I worked for a family who were very eco-aware, I wasn't surprised to see they had stocked their cupboards full of these products. As this was a live-in job, I used the same products.

            I felt quite happy to use this softener as I'd been looking at making some serious changes in my own lifestyle to reduce my waste.

            At first I was positive about these products but years down the line when I fell pregnant and didn't want a bunch of chemicals floating around me I considered spending a little extra and buying these products - however, when I checked and compared labels I learned there is no difference to Tesco Value products and this product. I was disappointed as I'd wanted to go chemical free.

            When I used these products they weren't heavily scented, which is a good thing as there's nothing worse than something that is full of perfume. However, I did notice that using this particular brand proved pointless as it just didn't do any kind of job on clothes at all! I may as well have not bothered using it. I'm not impressed by the range at all and I'm totally discouraged from using it again.

            Conclusion:

            I don't think this product works in the same way as other fabric softeners! This drives me mad as it's so expensive AND you get less in a bottle for what you pay. It's exact same contents, just a different packaging.

            It made my clothes stiff (as though I hadn't even added in fabric softener to the wash!) and it didn't have any scent.

            I wouldn't recommend using this product but I know plenty of people are keen on making changes. I say stick with your usual fabric softener and find another way to make a difference to the planet - and any money you might have spent on this, save it up and donate it to a worthy cause, or plant a tree. That will probably go a lot further than wasting money on this product.

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            07.04.2010 23:01
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            worth the extra money

            Ecover Fabric Softener


            In one of the free pregnancy packs I received I got this fabric softener as a sample. I decided that I would give it a go and see what it was like. I got 3 washes out of the particular sample I received to felt I got to see what it was really like.


            **WHAT IT IS**

            This product is a fabric softener for your clothes. It is ecological and kind to the environment. It is kind to your skin also and is made from plant based ingredients so it is safe for your skin.

            The product is biodegradable and has minimum impact on aquatic life. They also do not test the softener on animals as the company is against animal testing.

            It will leave your clothes softer and fresher. When you use the softener it should be easier to iron your clothes as they are softer. When you use this softener it will leave your clothes having a nice fresh smell after they are washed.


            **PACKAGING**

            I received a sample which was a small bottle that was frosted white and you could see the softener inside. It has a yellow lid and a picture of a plant on the front, which looks delicate. The Ecover logo is also on the front. The back of the bottle gives you more detailed information on the product for you to read.

            It also gives you some information on the environment (like a fact of the day kind of thing) about how frogs and surfactants don't mix, as it will wash away the frog's protective coating on their skin. So it's educational to read and helps you learn more about wildlife.

            If you are buying this product from the shop the only difference I can see is that the packaging is bigger and instead of having a yellow lid it has a pink one. The packaging is simple yet effective and gives you impression that nature is important to the company who produces the product.

            The bottle and labels from the packaging are made of Polyethylene and polypropylene, which are 100% recyclable. So once you are finished using the product you can recycle the packaging without any worries.


            **INGREDIENTS*

            Water N-methyl-triethanolammonium-dialkylester, methosulfate Dipropyleneglycol Methylether Perfume Sorbic Acid Magnesium Chloride Linalool Citronellol

            This may be useful if you are allergic to any of the ingredients present in the softener. I have sensitive skin and some softeners will leave my skin dry and itchy. I have to say that this particular one doesn't give me any bother and it doesn't irritate my skin.


            **PRODUCT**

            The softener itself is thick enough in consistency compared to other softeners but not too thick. It is pearly white in colour and as soon as you open the packaging you can smell the softener straight away. Personally I like the smell, as it's not a very perfumed smell it's more a fresh and breezy smell that is subtle.

            When using this softener you put in 1 or 2 capfuls into your softener-dispensing compartment when you are washing your clothes. Then just run your wash as normal.

            You can also use the product when hand washing and to do this you dilute ½ capful of fabric softener with 5 litres of warm water (1 capful=30ml) after you have washed your clothes. Make sure to rinse them properly.

            Make sure you do not put undiluted fabric softener directly onto your laundry.


            ***MY OPINION**

            I love this product as I feel it is something special and better than other softeners you can get. I have sensitive skin so often I find that softeners leave me itchy or cause irritation to my skin. This one doesn't seem to provide me with this problem.

            It leaves your clothes smelling very fresh and I have to say I really like the smell as it isn't very perfumed and is subtle. Yet at the same time it is enough to give that extra special touch.

            I find that it leaves my clothes not only smelling great but also they are softer and will help them stay in better condition for longer.

            The only downside I have about this product is that I find when I am doing the shopping that it does cost more than other softeners. From Tesco it costs £2.80 for 1 litre. However I do feel that it is worth the extra money as it is a premium product in my eyes.

            The company seems to promote taking care of the environment and this is all over their packaging.

            I definitely would recommend this product to anyone and would buy it as it smells great and makes clothes very soft.

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              25.02.2010 21:07
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              Excellent product

              I really love ecover products and always try and purchase eco friendly cleaning products. Priced at a £3.03 it is rather pricey and a luxury to have in my laundry cleaning cupboard. It comes in a 1L bottle.

              Amongst the flowers leaves my washing very soft and with a light fragrance although I must say it does not last very long. Ecover fabric softener does not contain harmful chemicals that are damaging to the environment and wildlife.

              The bottle is recyclable and I would recommend this product to my friends and family. It is skin friendly and to wildlife so wont attract insects like butterflies and ladybirds to hang on to your washing.

              The bottle can come in various sizes, 500ml, 1L, 5L and 25L. You will only need one to two capfuls of of fabric softener to go with your wash, put it where you insert the washing powder in the sort of compartment which slides out.

              The bottle comes in refill packs available online or in some selected superstores.

              The fabric conditioner is concentrated and therefore you don't need to use as much as with other laundry conditioners and softeners.

              Overall it is a lovely product and well worth buying.

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                05.07.2009 21:03
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                My one and only softener, this is true love!

                Ecover claim they try to make effective cleaning products that have the "absolute minimal impact on the environment". While I can't account for the environmental impact, I can comment on the cleaning ability of their products.

                I've been using the ecover fabric softener for a while now. I chose it for the ecover ethos and also for my sensitive skin-most commercial cleaning products are to harsh for me. Since my first use, I haven't considered using any other fabric softener.

                The scent is slightly floral and delicate, and it lasts long after the wash. I love long lasting softeners, there's nothing as nice as getting an clean scented bedsheets.

                Fabric comes out of the machine feeling soft and smooth. I used to find that softener made certain fabrics too fluffy which led to loose bits of "fluff" coming off, especially towels. There's nothing worse than getting out of a shower and drying only to find fluff coming off the towel onto your clean skin. I like my towels absorbent and soft but not fluffy. Ecover softener delivers this.

                I use 2 capfuls in every full load, obviously the amount would depend on your preferences and fabric. Most of my clothing, sheets and delicates are cotton.

                Prices used to be high but have been lowered to average levels since ecover products were introduced into supermarkets and not only in health food shops. It usually costs around £1.55 for 500ml.

                © L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.

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                  29.06.2009 23:22
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                  Another winning product from Ecover.

                  Having tried a few of the Ecover household products, and having been impressed by their green crudentials and performance, I thought I'd give the fabric softener a try.

                  In our house I am always on the look out for washing and skin care products that wont cause my husband's eczema to flare up or worsen. He has reacted badly to some fabric softeners in the past, but I thought as this product only contains natural fragrances it might be a winner. I can have allergic reactions to fragrances and have found some fabric softeners to have an overpowering fragrance that sets me off sneezing, so less artificial fragrance would be a bonus for me too.

                  A 1 litre bottle of this fabric softener costs around £2.25. You need 1 or 2 capfuls per wash, so that will give you about 25 washes per bottle if you just use 1 capful and it seems to be plenty. As with all Ecover products the packaging is nice and simple. A semi-transparent plastic bottle, fully recycled and fully recyclable, with a pink cap to use as a measure for the liquid. The labeling is simple but effective.

                  The product does 2 things....it softens your washed clothes/towels/linen really well. it's as good, if not better than any other softener I have used. It also smells lovely, just enough fragrance for me. it is a floral, very natural scent. It doesn't linger as long as other brands I have used, but I don't mind this at all. On the bottle it actually tells you that artificial fragrances from cleaning products can confuse breeding insects, so by using natural fragrances that disappear quickly you wont confuse the insects. You see, there is always method in the madness somewhere.

                  As for the eczema, there have been no problems at all. All in all, great on the nose, great on the skin, and great for the environment.

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                    25.03.2009 20:52
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                    Great fabric softener but you may feel let down if you want the fresh smell to stick around!

                    After reading that the additives and fragrances in fabric softener can confuse wildlife that depend on their sense of smell, such as butterflies I decide to give the eco alternatives a shot!

                    Being one of the leading eco brands on the market I gave Ecover fabric softener a try. This stuff does it's job! As a fabric softener I notice no difference between this and the leading brands! Plus it lasts just as long too, so you don't need to use more than normal.

                    Although it smells lovely in the bottle, the only downfall about this product is that the smell doesn't stick around on your clothes that much once they are dry. For some people this isn't a big deal, but for me it is. I just love that lovely fresh smell on my nice clean clothes and bed linen.

                    So I'm afraid I've been trying other eco brands to see if they are any better!

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                    28.06.2008 21:19
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                    Kind to your home, your skin, your clothes and your planet - buy some.

                    After reading that vinegar would do the same job on my laundry as fabric softener I decided to try a comparison between a cheap brand of fabric softener, an expensive brand, an ecological brand and vinegar. Well the results are in and Ecover wins hands down.

                    Bottom of the list came the watery bottle of Tesco value fabric softener (less than 50p), which to be fair was better than no fabric softener but not as good as the vinegar. The enormous plastic bottle made no mention of being recyclable.

                    Next was Comfort, this was (in my opinion) too expensive and the smell was horrible - like a really cheap and overpowering synthetic perfume; it also aggravated my psoriasis which I thought had gone completely. The product was apparently concentrated so that the bottle could be made smaller, thus at least paying lip service to environmental concerns, but I do not know if the packaging was recyclable.

                    The vinegar did pretty well, it softened clothes, it was good value for money and great for the environment, it even came in a glass bottle, nice and easy to recycle. However, I had to add essential oils to the vinegar to get the laundry to smell nice (this worked, but the scent did not last long). By the way, if you try this at home remember to use white vinegar.

                    So, I was left with a clear winner - Ecover ecological , original fragrance, fabric softener - £1.03 for 500 mls. I only needed one small capful in my wash and the clothes were all soft and lightly scented. If you've never used their products before I think you will be very impressed by the Ecover range, they compare favourably to the most expensive and well known brands (see my washing up liquid review). The company are very concerned with environmental issues, so their products use plant and mineral based alternatives to petrochemicals to give the consumer products that work without polluting their home or the earth.

                    Ecover fabric softener not only softened my laundry, but it left a delightfully delicate scent on my clothes that I just can't get enough of. The fragrances used in the product are all plant based - completely free from petrochemicals such as musk and nitro derivatives (these ingredients are found commonly in other brands and remain on the skin for long periods, often causing increased sensitivity, allergies and irritation). The product is not tested on animals, the packaging is completely biodegradable and many shops offer a refill service.

                    Needless to say I have kept on buying this product. It is kind to my skin, my clothes, my home and my planet; and it smells nice too.

                    If you have the time, check out the Ecover website (www.ecover.com) it's informative and fun, and if you ask nicely they may send you a free sample and a money off voucher, at the moment you can even win a cleaner for a year so it's definitely worth a look.

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                      10.06.2007 00:12
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                      A highly recommended fabric softener for people who care about the planet.

                      Ecover Fabric Softener

                      Softening my Heart with Every Wash

                      So I’m a bit of a greenie. An Eco warrior. A friend to the planet. A green goddess even. Somewhere in the great evolutionary process, I lost sight of the need to persuade the world that green is best and that we should all be doing more to save the planet from burning up in a frazzled ball of too hot summers and freezing winters and melting ice caps and rising CO2 levels, and became content simply with leading my life as environmentally sound as I possibly could. People will choose their own paths, and make their own choices on how to wash their clothes, how many plane trips to take, whether to buy a four by four or a bicycle. And I can’t change people. But I can change me.

                      Changing my washing powder was a fairly big step and took me AGES, as you will know if you read my Ecover Washing Powder review – but I did it, and it didn’t jump up and bite me on the bum! What it did do was make me feel even more pleased with myself for my efforts and look to further those efforts in the type of fabric softener to choose. Now I know vinegar does just as well as the silky, creamy, bottled fabric softener we all know and love, but I haven’t been that brave yet! The choice to change from my regular Comfort brand of fabric conditioner to Ecover was a fairly easy one. I’ve used Ecover products for over five years now, and there’s a great degree of trust between me and the brand. So when I switched my washing powder, I did the same with my fabric conditioner too. One more step to making my footprint on the world a little smaller, a little more delicate, a little more, well, noble.

                      As with all my Ecover reviews, let me introduce them to you, just in case you’ve missed them thus far….


                      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. Phosphate free is good, by the way. 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! If you read the back of your fabric softener bottle, it will tell you that this product is made at this very 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. All of their products are designed and made keeping environmental benefits to humans and animals as well as the planet herself, at the forefront, and for this, I applaud them! They also make me feel noble and goddess-like, and for this, I thank them.

                      www.ecover.com



                      So Soft, this Fabric Softener.

                      So I know the thing about fabric softener is that we really shouldn’t buy it ‘cos vinegar does the same thing and is cheaper and you can make it yourself, but you know what? I like fabric softener, I like how it smells, and I’ll probably keep on buying it. So there. It makes my clothes lovely and soft and I feel like I have more consumer power buying this than buying vinegar. So double there.
                      The thing we all sometimes forget about (did it today – drank a whole bottle of lucozade. Even though I know how horribly bad it is for me. I just conveniently forgot…) how much unknown “stuff” is in the things we use every day. All those artificial perfumes in our shower gel which are really just small cocktails of chemicals waiting to be absorbed into our skin and lurk, indefinitely, causing untold and unseen damage. All the chemicals we flush down our loo every day, or spray onto our kitchen work surfaces in an effort to keep “hygienic”.

                      Why do we do it? Is it because we don’t care about the amount of chemicals in pretty much everything we use…face cream, toothpaste, shampoo. Do we just accept that when reading the ingredients on our daily products, that it’s okay that we don’t know and don’t care what they are, what they mean?

                      You see, I think if we were given the choice, if we were given all the information, we wouldn’t use half the stuff we do, and we’d find alternatives to the other half. I like to think that I have that choice. And that I accept it with open arms. Perhaps you’ll want to do the same. Perhaps not.


                      The Fabric Softening Experience.

                      Comfort was my fabric softener of choice for such a long time – right through my childhood years and into adulthood – that I have no experience of any other way of softening my clothes. But I have to say, Ecover beats comfort on smell factor, on softness, and on the amount you need to achieve said attributes.
                      Added to this wondrousness is the fact that it has no petrochemical based ingredients, exceeds legislation on biodegradability and has a minimum impact on aquatic life, makes it top of the tree for me in fabric softening stakes.
                      When using it, I just put a capful of the liquid into the fabric softener dispenser in my machine (or half a capful in the sink if I’m hand washing), and hit the start button.
                      The smell of this fabric softener is lovely – called “Morning Fresh” on the front of the bottle, it is a delicate mix of lavendery, lemony, summer morning, clean clothes on the line, freshness. And because it’s got no chemical nasties in it, it’s an equally delicate opaque white colour. Simple, fresh and effective!

                      There’s no guideline on the bottle as to how many washes it will do, but I use a capful in each wash and will wash maybe 5 times a week – a 1 litre bottle will last me a good 5-6 weeks, and it’s normally running out about the same time as the washing powder. I don’t manage to get the bottles re-filled at the moment, but I do recycle them as they empty, and every part of the package (bottle, lid and label) are all fully recyclable, which is great news.

                      I think for me, one of the main plus points of using Ecover products is how gentle they are on the skin – I have no worries at all about using this when the baby comes along, and I know my sister, whose husband and 2 children have problems with eczema, uses it without any problem at all. So I can thoroughly recommend it on that part.


                      The All Important Cost!

                      I buy my Ecover from Tesco at the moment, though I’m trying to source it from a local shop, so that Mr Tesco doesn’t get more of my money than he needs to. A 1 litre bottle of Ecover fabric softener will cost you £2.49. Compare that with Comfort, which can cost anything from £1.30 for 2 litres of their standard blue flavour, to £1.98 for their Comfort Creme Fabric Conditioner with Jojoba Oil (750ml) and you can see there is a big difference in price. If you normally buy the fancy (fake chemical based) scented products, then you’re likely to see a big drop in price by switching to Ecover. It’s certainly not the cheapest fabric softener on the market, but in my opinion, it’s the best, for me, my conscience, my body and my impact on the planet. Plus you often find with cheaper brands, you have to use more to get results. I would never just use one capful of comfort – three or four maybe, though I never counted the amounts in capfuls, simply pouring the liquid into the relevant drawer on the machine… So what appears to be the economical choice often isn’t…


                      My Final Thoughts.

                      I’m glad I switched my washing and fabric softening products over to Ecover. It was really quite a difficult choice for me to make. Harder than it ought to have been, really. But I did it, and I’m ever so pleased. 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 not just on our planet, but on our bodies too, 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. Some habits, especially the ones we don’t even think about as we trail round the supermarket blithely putting the things we easily recognise into our trolleys as if on autopilot. But once you’ve done it, once you’ve changed, 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. Or don’t. It’s your choice.

                      Thank you for reading, Kate x

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                    • Product Details

                      For machine washing: Pour 1 or 2 capfuls (for extra softness) into the fabric softener dispensing compartment of your washing machine / Run your washing machine as per the manufacturer's instructions / For hand washing: Add to last rinse of your handwash / Dilute 1/2 or 1 capful of fabric softener in 5 litres of warm water / (1 capful = 30 ml) / Do not put undiluted fabric softener directly onto your laundry.