We all love the idea of cutting down on nasty chemicals in our homes and water system, but who is willing to compromise on clean laundry, spotless surfaces and sparkling plates? Definitely not the folks over at Ecover, the UK’s number one green cleaning brand with over 35 years’ experience in ecological cleaning. Their range of powerful eco-friendly household cleaning products for the kitchen, laundry, bathroom and general household strikes the perfect balance between green and clean, so we asked them a few questions about how we can each play our part in protecting the planet (and our families!) by choosing only natural ingredients for our cleaning cupboards.
Do you really need the likes of ammonia and bleach to keep your home sparkling clean?
Nope! Whether we’re talking grass stains on your kids’ clothes, muddy footprints, mucky bathrooms or dirty plates, you don’t need harmful chemicals to remove dirt and keep bacteria at bay. Ecover’s household cleaning products contain only natural, plant-based minerals and ingredients for a ‘healthy clean’. What’s more, they’re designed to leave fewer unnecessary residues, biodegrade quickly and have less impact on aquatic life – so it’s win-win for your family and the environment!
So, why don’t Ecover’s dishwashing liquids bubble as much as conventional products?
Most washing-up liquids have added foam boosters and, while we’ve become accustomed to them, they actually don’t have a part to play in terms of cleaning power. Plus, the trouble with bubbles is that the chemicals responsible don’t biodegrade – which is bad news for fish. Instead, Ecover’s eco-surfactants do the job without the damage.
What’s the real truth behind ‘whiter than white’ laundry?
Conventional detergents contain optical brighteners, a chemical that reflects light to makes clothes and linen appear brighter or whiter than they really are, but that doesn’t actually have anything to do with removing dirt. You won’t find any of these unnecessary chemicals in Ecover’s laundry range of liquids, fabric conditioners and stain removers.
So your plates are shiny, but what happens to the dirty water once you pull the plug?
Conventional and Ecover products both shift dirt equally well, but the downside of conventional products is that they leave behind harmful toxins on your work surfaces, in your sink and on your plates. Not only that, but the dirt ends up in a sewer or septic tank system along with the chemicals – a double whammy for our water resources!
Got sensitive skin?
Because Ecover’s made from natural, sustainable stuff, it won’t irritate your skin. Plus, Ecover’s Zero products are fragrance-free, colouring-free and dermatologically tested and approved by Allergy UK.
But down to the nitty-gritty: is Ecover’s range as effective?
Whether you’re washing your sheets, your floors or your dishes, the clever chaps over at Ecover use ‘green chemistry’ to make natural cleaning products that pack a punch. Their in-house ‘diamond model’ uses state-of-the-art testing methods and measuring techniques to ensure each Ecover product meets efficiency and sustainability criteria.
Not only that but they pop the contents into 100-percent recyclable bottles made from raw sugar cane – no plastic here, sirree – their factories have got green roofs, and there’s no animal testing, either. Just some of the many reasons why Ecover’s office walls are lined with ecological credentials (including an award from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for their European factory, which we’d be mighty proud of too)!
Want only natural products in your cleaning cupboard? Shop online at Ecover.com.sg (there’s free delivery above $30) and get 20 percent off until 30 April 2015. Simply enter voucher code EXPAT20 to qualifty. Plus, like Ecover’s Facebook page to hear more about about their range!