Several months ago my dishwasher gave up on me. The feelings were mutual. I had grown to resent its constant breakdowns, he’d had enough of my constant whining. Despite being only 2 years old it was trouble after just 6 months use (proof that you should stick to a well-known brand as this was a freebie which came with our kitchen, happy to name and shame if you need as it’s been truly awful.) But this tale isn’t all about my washing up woes, optimistic me always tries to see the bright side so here it is;
So, you get the picture, it’s been old school washing up for this busy family ever since. Not great, I admit with 5 people in our house and a teenager with hollow legs. But with other things eating into our budget a dishwasher seemed more of a luxury than a necessity. I can do this, I said, we can do this. As a family we’ll tackle the washing up and the boys can muck in too. <cue groans> But we’ve done and over these few months it’s fair to say I’ve become a bit of a washing up liquid pro.
And with a health kick on the agenda, we’ve dipped our toes into the world of environmentally friendly products. Reducing chemicals around the home only seems logical when you think of all the damage they can do, I know myself how using bleach alone effected my breathing so lord only knows what that does to my children’s developing bodies.
First stop was to switch to Ecover washing up liquid. As a Talk To Mums mumbassador, I was tasked to spread the word on this particular brand. Being plant and mineral based rather than fully petrochemical based like other washing up liquids, it uses coconut oil and sugars to act as natural cleaning chemicals. The majority of my skin care is now natural oil and butter based so I was confident that Ecover was up to the job.
The main message that is championing the Green Can Clean (#GreenCanClean) Ecover campaign is the lack of added foam boosters in their products. “mmmmm, I though, not sure that less bubbles will be a resounding success.” (imagine a wondering expression here.) So I delved into what exactly that meant.
foam boosters are what are known as ‘persistent chemicals’ which means that they don’t degrade well in water and can harm aquatic life
It actually turned out that less foam, and I’m not talking a huge difference to what I was use to, was actually a good thing. Not only did it do the job just as well as any other well-known brands, it actually meant that there wasn’t as much residue left on the dishes afterwards.
Another plus side, for me personally, was the difference I noticed on my hands. Being a pomphlyx eczema sufferer my hands are easily irritated my chemicals and I have to be so careful. Cover hasn’t effected it at all which is such a relief and as well as using it for the dishes, I’ve now stopped using any chemicals to wipe down my wooden work tops, table and pretty much anything else in the home and just use warm soapy Ecover washing up based water instead.
And for anyone needing a little more convincing, just check out the before and after shots from a morning’s washing up session after feeding 4 growing teenagers, a ravenous toddler and a husband.
Proof is in the pudding (bowl) I’d say, and that yes, Green Can Clean!
As a Talk To Mums mumbassador I am compensated to hand out samples and spread the #GreenCanClean message. This post is in conjunction with this role.