I’m not the biggest Facebook user in the world, I can’t seem to work out whether it’s a good or a bad thing. And brands using it seems a bit strange as well but it makes more sense when something like Ecover gets together like-minded people to talk about the environment and related issues.
You can find the page here and there are a few interesting bits and bobs on there, not least a video featuring Natalie Imbruglia…
I’ve reviewed the Ecover’s Non Biological Integrated Washing Powder before and liked it so much that’s what I use on a daily basis now, so I was intrigued to try out the the concentrated liquid version.
And it is pretty concentrated as just one 35ml capful is enough for one load of washing unless you have hard water (or half the amount for hand washing), and coupled with Ecover fabric softener, my clothes came out looking and smelling fresh and clean.
If I have one criticism about the powder, it’s that sometimes it can leave white marks on my black shirts when I’ve packed the washing machine tight but this negates that problem. Also the fact that it’s concentrated means that compared to the normal liquid it uses 54% less packaging and two thirds of the amount of lorries to deliver it around the country.
Ecover Concentrated Non Biological Laundry Liquid is available in a 750ml bottle online from places like Big Green Smile for £5.69, or instore.
I’ve reviewed many Ecover products including its Non Biological Integrated Washing Powder and generally been impressed with it. So I was intrigued to receive this new concentrated laundry liquid – both the bio and non bio versions.
First up is the bio. The packaging has taken some tips from Ikea instruction manuals and gone with pictures on how to use it – one 35ml capful equals one load of washing. And that’s about it really. You can use more if you have hard water and half the amount for hand washing.
And as you would expect it works well. I put it in the drawer of the washing machine and washed away. If I had one criticism of the powder it’s when I used it on a full load of dark colours. If things are packed in tight I’d find white marks in the creases of black shirts. But the liquid negates this and coupled with Ecover fabric softener, your clothes come out smelling fresh and clean.
Ecover Concentrated Biological Laundry Liquid is available in a 750ml bottle online from places like Big Green Smile for £5.69, or instore.
I’m always looking for deals and there are hardly ever ones for environmentally friendly products, so when I spotted this at Big Green Smile I thought I’d share the good news.
BGS has a 3 for 2 deal on 5litre tubs of Ecover liquid here. It also includes Ecovers 10kg washing powder.
You may think they’re expensive normally for 5litres but they’re not at all – the fabric softener lasted me just over a year and is less than £12! Add that to a 3 for 2 deal, plus delivery of around £5 (or free for orders over £50), and it’s a great deal.
As an addition, Big Green Smile also has 10% off Ecover laundry tablets.
Part of Ecover’s new range of cleaners with ‘Eco-Surfacants’ (you can read more here), the Window & Glass Cleaner was sent to me along with well-known brand Mr Muscle Window & Glass (with vinegar) to compare with.
Nowadays when I read the instructions on mainstream brands, the first thing I look at is the ‘caution’ section. And on this Mr Muscle it warns you not to breathe in the spray, use only in a well ventilated earlier and avoid prolonged contact with the skin. Not something I really want near me to be honest. But in the name of research I gave it a go.
And it’s pretty good actually. To be honest, neither gave the smear-free shine I was hoping for, but that means they work more or less the same. My windows in the lounge were particularly dirty so any sort of cleaning would have made a difference. But using it on the kitchen windows made a difference too although I wouldn’t have considered them dirty really. It’s quite satisfying having shining windows (or indeed, ones you can see out of) and the Ecover did a nice job. I didn’t have to use a great amount either.
Ecover Window & Glass Cleaner costs around £2.69 in supermarkets and is available online from places like Nigel’s Eco Store.
Part of Ecover’s new range of cleaners with ‘Eco-Surfacants’ (you can read more here), the All Purpose Cleaner was sent to me along with big brand Flash One for All to compare with.
I’m one of those people who like to be told what to do with a cleaner, this cleans ovens, this cleans windows etc. All purpose confuses me slightly, you put a capful or two in a bucket of water and then just go mad with it I think.
So I did, and it’s quite a refreshing thing to do. Cloth in hand I whirled around the bathroom and kitchen and enjoyed myself. Well to be honest I’d rather be sitting down with a beer watching the footy, but I enjoyed it as much as you can with cleaning.
I did the same with the Flash but wore some attractive rubber gloves (supplied by Ecover actually for the petrochemical big brand cleaners they sent and they’re Fair Trade made by Traidcraft) while doing it.
Both worked very well, it’s really hard to decide which is better. The scents were similar too – both lemon but slightly different but again I couldn’t decide which I preferred. What is comes down to again is that the Ecover is better for the environment – when you can get something as good as Flash but better for the world in which we live then why wouldn’t you?
Ecover All Purpose Cleaner costs around £1.59 for 500ml in supermarkets and is available online from places like Nigel’s Eco Store.
Part of Ecover’s new range of cleaners with ‘Eco-Surfacants’ (you can read more here), the Power Cleaner was sent to me along with big brand Cilit Bang Power Cleaner/Degreaser to compare with.
Now Cillit Bang is known to be extremely powerful and when it cautions you not to use it on certain surfaces you realise it is. And I smells like it, it has an incredibly strong scent which, to me, means I don’t want to be around it for long. Ecover’s version on the other hand hardly smells of anything, it says it has a fresh plant fragrance.
The other difference is that although both are liquids in the bottle, Ecover’s Power Cleaner squirts out in a foam. Not much difference you would think, but I found it very useful when cleaning surfaces that aren’t horizontal – the Cillit Bang would run off quickly.
When it comes down to cleaning power, I didn’t found too much difference but if I’m honest the Cillit Bang seemed work a little better. But not much and I actually preferred using the foam as mentioned and I’ll feel happier using it on pots and pans than I do the Cillit Bang. Impressive stuff.
Ecover Power Cleaner costs around £3.99 in supermarkets and is available online from places like Nigel’s Eco Store.