Ecover Non Biological Integrated Washing Powder. Washing powder is washing powder right? Well no it’s not. I’ve reviewed Simply Sensitive non bio before and loved it and also soapnuts as well as using many unenvironmentally friendly products in the past. And found the all to be slightly different. Nowadays I don’t buy whatever’s on offer and go for an eco choice.
Ecover non bio comes in a 97% recycled cardboard box and a little cardboard scoop to measure out your powder. Nice idea, but not sure you need one in every box. The main selling point, apart from the natural ingredients and natural fragrance, is the fact it has no optical brighteners.
Optical brighteners are in most washing powders and liquids. They are chemicals which reflect light, making clothes look brighter than they really are. It’s said that optical brighteners make an irreversible chemical bond with the skin and exposure is more or less permanent as we are always in contact with some kind of material.
They also claim to use some pioneering ingredients, which is more easily explained by them than me:
Almost all cleaning products are based on surfactants. They work by lowering the surface tension of water to allow dirt to be removed more easily. Conventional cleaning products tend to be based on petrochemical surfactants which are derived from finite oil supplies and are often poorly degradable and toxic to aquatic life. At Ecover we have always favoured plant-based surfactants, which are renewable, have minimal aquatic toxicity and also biodegrade quickly and completely.
Our new laundry formulations contain a pioneering new surfactant that has an even lower aquatic toxicity to the surfactant we were using previously. The surfactant is based on rapeseed oil (non GMO) that is grown in continental Europe and as a result means that we have been able to reduce the distance ingredients are transported.
So there we go. A complete ingredients list is at the end of the article, but what you want to know is whether it works or not. And it does. I don’t often get incredibly dirty but am sometimes muddy, sometimes careless with a curry or tomato ketchup so can test whether those stains come out and mostly they do. I found it effective at doing the wash I want to do – whether it be a colour, white or delicate one. Coupled with the Ecover Fabric Softener it proved up to the challenges I set it.
Look at www.ecover.com for more details. It also has a list of stockists but Ecover products can be found in most supermarkets.
Complete ingredients list:
Sodium Carbonate Peroxide
Sodium C12-18 Alkylsulfate
Ethoxylated Rapeseed Methyl Esters
Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED)
Sodium Poly Asparaginate