Friday, March 27, 2009

Are ecostore Plant Based Cleaners Grease Fighters?

I make some of my household cleaners but I’m always looking for other options. I don’t always have the time to whip up a batch of new cleaner and there are some cleaners that I just can’t make. I want those cleaning options to be safe to use around Blitzkrieg and my family. Fortunately finding some more environmentally friendly cleaning options just got a little easier because Meijer has teamed up with ecostore and has started carrying their line of environmentally friendly, plant-based cleaning products.


ecostore is an established company that’s been making environmentally friendly cleaners, bar soaps, shampoo, baby products, and pet shampoos in New Zealand long before it became trendy. They list the ingredients and have the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available for all of their products on ecostoreUSA which I really appreciate because they aren’t required by US law to do so.

ecostore sent me three of their products to try: ecostore Citrus Spray Cleaner, Dishwash Liquid, and Cream Cleanser. To be honest, I like the idea of using plant based cleaners but sometimes the performance is lacking. I have to say that I was happily surprised by the performance of all three ecostore plant based products.

Cream Cleanser: I squirted it all over my stainless steel sink and prepared to scrub hard like I normally do with my homemade cleanser. Well, that wasn’t the case. The Cream Cleanser easily cut through the crud on my sink with minimal effort on my part. That’s great for me because I don’t have a lot of strength in my hands and wrists for heavy scrubbing due to spending way too much time typing on a computer. The Cream Cleanser is concentrated and I found that a dime sized splotch on each side of my stainless steel sink was more than enough to get the job done. It also works in the bathroom. It’s a keeper.

Citrus Spray Cleaner: I’ve mentioned before how citrus oils are excellent natural cleaners . The Citrus Spray Cleaner doesn’t have a huge overpowering scent, which my sensitive nose likes but it takes some getting used to because we’re trained to think that something has to have a strong smell to be an effective cleaner. That’s not the case here. The Citrus Spray Cleaner is an all purpose cleaner so I used it to clean both the kitchen and the bathrooms with good results. But the thing I really like about it is that once you buy your first spray bottle with the nozzle, you have the option of just buying a refill bottle of Citrus Spray Cleaner the next time you need cleaner which cuts down on waste!

Dishwash Liquid: This one surprised me the most. The Dishwash Liquid is concentrated and really bubbles up – much more than my store brand dish washing liquid. I was surprised how well the Dishwash Liquid cleaned the ring of dried bean yuck from the crock pot (always a difficult cleaning job) and turkey burger remains from the frying pan, again with minimal scrubbing on my part. But does the Dishwash Liquid really cut through grease? Husband declared the easy clean up job the Dishwash Liquid made on the turkey burger pan, “too easy” and like all good IT programmers once Husband finds out how well that something works, he wants to see if he can make it fail (occupational hazard or too much time watching Mythbusters?) Husband employed a little bit of the scientific method and grabbed various cooking oils from the pantry, poured them into small bowls, and then added the Dishwash Liquid. The Dishwash Liquid cut through the oil in the bowls and didn’t leave any oily residue behind. Husband gave its performance a thumbs up which is something because he’s more skeptical about the performance of natural based cleaners than I am! I think we just found ourselves a new dish washing liquid.

If you don’t live near a Meijer and want to try ecostore cleaners you can order them directly from the ecostore website.