Monday, March 29, 2010

Ecover’s Big Green Spring Clean & Giveaway


Get powered by nature for a super green clean this spring.

I’m excited to announce a new giveaway in partnership with Ecover. It’s that time of year when everyone starts to think about spring cleaning, and the cleaning experts at Ecover are challenging us to say goodbye to unnecessary chemicals as well as grime this spring by giving our homes a great green clean with Ecover’s wide range of effective and ecological cleaning products.

Ecover guarantee that their range will leave your home sparkling clean. They say their “powered by nature” products are “not only as tough on dirt as most leading brands, but also kinder to the environment and your skin”. Because Ecover use only sustainable plant -based and mineral ingredients in their products, “you don’t have to worry about strong chemical smells” or leaving chemical residue behind after cleaning. In my experience in my own home, this has certainly proven to be the case.

So if you want to detox and clear out the chemicals when you clean up this spring, why not put some of Ecover’s hardworking cleaning products to the test in your own home?Here are some of Ecover’s recommendations for every type of household grime. And don’t forget to check out the giveaway below them!

Grimy oven, bbq, cooker hob, extractor hood or grill?
Try: Ecover Power Cleaner – RRP £3.99 (500ml) – Transform your oven from grimy to gleaming this spring with this powerful degreaser.
Instructions for use: Spray onto surface, leave to work for 1 minute, wipe with a sponge or cloth and rinse off with water.
Top tip: This powerful spray is also ideal for cleaning up the often greasy and grubby tops of your kitchen cupboards.

Dull and dirty surfaces and worktops?
Try: Ecover Multi Surface Spray Cleaner – RRP £2.84 (500ml) – Guaranteed to leave all washable surfaces sparkling clean, and twice as powerful as Ecover’s previous spray surface cleaner, this versatile spray is safe around food.
Instructions for use: Spray lightly over the surface and wipe clean. No need to rinse.

Dusty windows, mirrors, glass and chrome?
Try: Ecover Window & Glass Cleaner – RRP £2.69 (500ml) – Let the light of spring shine in and take dirty windows, mirrors, glass and chrome from dull to dazzling with Ecover’s new Window & Glass Cleaner.
Instructions for use: Spray directly onto surface and wipe off with a soft dry cloth.
Top tip: Ecover recommend that you re-use before you recycle by using scrunched up balls of newspaper once you’ve cleaned the windows to remove any excess solution and dry the panes. Also, don't clean windows when they're in direct sunlight, as they'll dry too fast and look streaked.
Stubborn stains on floors and other hard surfaces?
Try: Ecover All Purpose Cleaner – RRP £1.59 (500ml) – Give all hard washable surfaces a new lease of life with this great all purpose cleaner that naturally and hygienically cleans. Great for removing stubborn marks on floors and making taps and other shiny surfaces sparkle.
Instructions for use: Use 1 to 2 capfuls in half a bucket of warm water.
Top tip: For more stubborn stains use undiluted and wash off with a soft wet cloth. For extra sparkle wipe with a dry cloth.

Ground in dirt on fridges, enamel, stainless steel, tiles and chrome?
Try: Ecover Cream Cleaner – RRP £1.16 (500ml) – Remove obstinate stains without scratching by giving your fridge and other hard surfaces such as enamel, stainless steel, tiles and chrome, the once over with this hard working cream cleaner.
Instructions for use: Apply either directly to the surface or onto a wet sponge. Clean the surface and then rinse off.
Top tip: A quick scrub of Ecover Cream Cleaner is great for eliminating unattractive stains around taps as the clay and limestone content provides a gentle scouring action ideal for tackling stubborn dirt.

Dull limescale covered porcelain tiles and sinks, taps and basins?
Try: Ecover Limescale Remover – RRP £3.51 (500ml) – Use Ecover Limescale Remover to get your bathroom and kitchen limescale free. It’s chrome-friendly and is based on citric acid which is rapidly biodegradable.
Instructions for use: Spray directly onto surface and wait for a few minutes depending on limescale build-up. Rinse off with water.

Soap scum in the bathroom?
Try: Ecover Bathroom Cleaner – RRP £2.34 (500ml) – Take your bathroom from grubby to gleaming with this powerful bathroom cleaner that’s tough on soap scum and bathroom dirt. Suitable for all surfaces including glass, enamel, acrylic and chrome, Ecover Bathroom Cleaner will ensure your bathroom smells great and sparkles throughout.
Instructions for use: Spray onto surface and wipe with a dry or damp cloth. For tougher marks, leave to act for a few minutes before wiping. Rinse off with water.

Now for the giveaway! Ecover will send one UK reader a gift package containing:-

Ecover Multi Surface Cleaner
Ecover All Purpose Cleaner
Ecover Power Cleaner
Ecover Window & Glass Cleaner
Ecover Bathroom Cleaner

to help get them started on the Big Green Spring Clean in their own home. Just send an email to april@21stcenturyhousewife.com with the words “Ecover Big Green Spring Clean” in the subject line and I’ll enter you into the draw for this great cleaning package. You can also enter by leaving a comment on this post. Closing date for entries is midnight UK time on Wednesday 7th April, and the winner will be notified on 8th April. You must have a UK address to enter this giveaway. The prize will be sent directly by Ecover.

Disclosure:- Other than the prize Ecover are offering the winner of this giveaway, no promotional consideration or reimbursement has been received for this post. I use Ecover products in my own home and am happy to recommend them.

Here are some more tips from Ecover (with notes in italics from me) for greening your spring clean:-

• Unsavoury smells? Save money on artificial air fresheners – open windows to freshen your home or try Ecover’s Room Fragrances range which are based on plant extracts and essential oils instead.
• Stale smelling laundry – make the most of the spring weather and dry your laundry outside for a truly fresh fragrance.
• Blocked drains? To keep your drain clear and odour free, mix one cup of baking soda and one cup of salt in a container. Every so often, tip a quarter of the mixture down the drain (save the rest for later) and follow with a pot of boiling water.
• Smelly fridge? Remove strong odours from your fridge by placing half a lemon in there and leaving it in over night. I also find placing a small dish of baking soda in the fridge and just leaving it there also works well for this. You need to change the baking soda about once a month.
• Greasy microwave? Try Ecover’s new Power Cleaner.
• Dirty kitchen bin? Use a solution of water and a teaspoon of Ecover’s chlorine free Laundry Bleach (RRP £1.82). Swill, leave for a while and rinse for a gleaming finish.
Blocked shower head? Try a few squirts of Ecover’s Limescale Remover; leave overnight and rinse in the morning. To avoid them becoming blocked in the first place, I soak shower heads monthly in white vinegar. Just leave for a couple hours and then rinse thoroughly before re-attaching them.
• And finally…don’t think you need a different cleaner for each task. A good All Purpose Cleaner like Ecover’s can be used for all washable surfaces including floors, tiles and painted woodwork. I always check new cleaning products on a small unobtrusive area just to be a hundred percent sure they are suitable before I use them on the whole area, although I have never had an issue with any of Ecover’s products on any of the surfaces in my home.

So “get powered by nature” for your own “super green clean this spring” - and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!



Ecover products are available in major supermarkets and also in health food stores. For a full list of stockists visit their ‘Where to Buy’ page on www.ecover.com

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