I often find myself wondering where all the dirty dishes come from. ;) I'm sure I'm not the only one, right? Sometimes we don't think about it, but handwashing dishes can be an ecological nightmare. If you're not careful, you can end up wasting a lot of water, and if you choose the wrong dishwashing detergent, you can be putting awful chemicals down the drain and right back into our drinking water supply.
Ecover was founded back in 1980 and is a Belgian company. They don't just make eco-friendly cleaners - even their plant is eco-friendly, using sedium roofs that act as insulation to eliminate the need for heating or cooling. (Hey, what a coincidence - that's what we plant to do when we build the house!) They also use lots of skylights to help eliminate the need for artificial light. Even better? All of their bottles are 100% PlantPlastic, made from sugarcane - not GMO corn or petrochemical plastic. (Yep, not contributing to the high cost of oil!) The products are biodegradable, phosphate free, septic tank safe, and those bottles I was just telling you about are recyclable. And the final, make this housewife happy part? They don't test on animals.
To use, you just simply squeeze some of the liquid into a full sink or washing tub, or a bit onto your dishwashing rag/sponge. The bottle has an easy to open pop top.
The first thing I noticed when I popped open the bottle was a pleasant lime scent that wasn't overly strong. Their fragrance is all natural, using no chemicals. Some products I can't sniff without coughing and nearly having an asthma attack, but this was just fine. I had just as much suds as I would with another eco friendly brand I've used in the past, but if you're new to greener dishwashing products, you'll probably notice that there is a little bit less - don't worry, it works just the same. Suds mean nothing about the cleaning power! I was able to scrub down my dishes and have them clean. Now, I didn't have super de duper greasy, but it cleaned up my frying pan that I had made some sausage on just fine after soaking it for a minute.
All in all, I was very pleased with the Ecover Natural Dishwashing Liquid and I will definitely be purchasing it to use again! Ecover Natural Dishwashing Liquid will be available at your favorite natural goods stores like Whole Foods, as well as small markets like PCC. You can also purchase Ecover's products online via their website, where you will receive free shipping! (That's a win-win situation for me - I love having the items I need delivered to my home for free so I don't have to go to the store as often or spend as much time in them!)
I received the product mentioned above thanks to Naturally Savvy in order to try it out and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.