Thursday, 21 April 2016

Ecowarehouse product review

Ecowarehouse is a New Zealand online shop offering sustainable and environmentally friendly products. The company's aim is to make eco products easily accessible and affordable for all households.

This month I have trialled three plastic free and completely natural laundry products:

SoapNut Shells
I have used soapnuts for several years now instead of laundry powder. I find they do just as effective a job and they have zero environmental impact. In fact, they give back; once I've exhausted a bag of shells, they go into the compost. The SoapNuts NZ brand is as good as any other I've used. I put 5 shells into the provided muslin bag, which does 5 to 6 washes. I haven't number crunched, but my feeling is that they are more economical than buying eco-friendly laundry powder. Find out how soapnuts work here.

Oxygen Bleach
I don't tend to buy anything that may require bleaching, because it has such a large environmental impact. However, because my bathroom is small and dark I do have a white shower curtain to reflect light. It always needs help in maintaining a uniform whiteness. SoapNuts NZ Oxygen Bleach does a good job of freshening it up, and it feels great to be able to guilt-free bleach.

Stain Remover
This product got a thorough testing, and the photos speak for themselves. My cat decided my cream-coloured bedroom curtains were an appropriate place to vomit; not just a regurgitation of her dinner, but a good dose of bile too. A soak and scrub in water did little to remove the yellow stains, so I tried BunchaFarmers Stain Remover. I simply daubed the soap bar over the stains, added a bit of water and carefully rubbed the curtain. The stains came out immediately.

After - you can see the creases where I rubbed the
curtain together.