Eco-friendly cleaner for my kitchen (1)

With household cleaning comes the use of disinfectants; the fact that you have arrived at this article tells me that you are looking for a safe eco-friendly cleaner for your home, right?

Over a life time we spend a lot of time washing, wiping, mopping and scrubbing.

Some cleaning facts:

The average Brit spends a whopping two years cleaning their homes *

31.47% of the British public spends 10 hours a week cleaning*

Nearly one in 10 people spend between 11 and 15 hours a week on household chores*

Using traditional cleaners around our homes mean that our families and our pets are exposed to chemicals regularly which can have adverse effects on their health and the environement.

Are you aware that there are eco-friendly options available?  Some are more commonly known than others so inevitably this can raise questions about their effectiveness.

In our line of work, we know quite a bit about bacteria and viruses; how to measure them and how to render them harmless quickly and safely.

In this article we are going to compare 4 environmentally friendly cleaners:

  • Method anti-bac bathroom cleaner
  • ECover multi-action spray
  • Tesco’s Multi-surface cleaner
  • ESOL for Hygiene

We have included our own product in this review to show you what is available on the market,  Our review is impartial and is based on fact and scientific findings.

UPDATE: "Dirty links to animal testing"

Since writing this article it has come to light that Method and ECover were bought over by a company called SC Johnson who openly  admit to selling products that are tested on animals.

We wholeheartedly disagree with testing on animals so although these products may be safer for you and the environment, they are owned by a company that publicly agrees with animal testing.

If you feel as strongly about this as we do you can speak up for the animals here

Method vs ECover vs Tescos vs ESOL for Hygiene

We are going to look at the following factors of all 4 products:
• Price
• Availability
• Ingredients
• Effectiveness

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Price

With some of these products there may have been a lower and higher end price; this is down where the product is available to buy and the different retailer mark-ups that have been applied.

We have not included seasonal offers or discounts.

NB: Online purchasing could incur a postage fee, we will let you know about these too – nobody likes high postage costs.

Availability

We have looked at online and instore availability and detailed where you can buy these products

Ingredients

All the ingredients are listed; this information has come from the packaging itself and where it has not been available, online from the manufacturers website.

Effectiveness

Each product has been tested to find out how effective it is at killing bacteria in a standard kitchen setting.

We measured the bacteria in 4 separate 10*10cm areas on the kitchen draining board, one 10x10cm area for each product.  After taking a note of the initial ATP count, we cleaned each area with the product and swabbed each area again. With these results were able to calculate the % reduction in the bacteria i.e. showing the effectiveness of the product.

How do you measure bacteria?

In order to measure bacteria and pathogens you need to use an ATP hygiene monitoring system, these come in the form of a Luninometer unit and swabs.  ATP is measured in RLU's (relative light units). ATP systems use relative light units (RLU) as the unit of measure for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) -  the greater the ATP, the higher the RLU count, the more bacteria.

What is ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)?

ATP or (Adenosine Triphosphate) is present in all organic material and is the universal unit of energy used in all living cells. Knowing the level of ATP indicates the levels of pathogens.

Method anti-bac bathroom cleaner, Water mint 828ml

Price: £3.00 - £6.90 (plus delivery charges, in some cases, for online purchase)

Availability: Instore and online

Tesco's online - £3.00

Method anti-bac bathroom cleaner

Delivery: For online purchases, delivery can range from £3 up to £7 depending on the delivery time slot that suits you.  If you buy your groceries online anyway the delivery charge may not be a deciding factor

Waitrose online - £3.00

Delivery: Waitrose stores are not as widely available as other supermarkets.  You may be fortunate to live in an area where one is handy however, if not and you need to buy online, there is a £40 minimum spend before delivery is available – there is no additional delivery charge.

Amazon through Superfood UK online - £6.90

Delivery: This may be slightly more expensive however Superfood UK offer free delivery and no minimum spend

Big Green Smile online - £3.00

Delivery: All orders will be sent by DPD Predict service. Charges start at £5.  All orders over £55 will be delivered free of charge within the UK mainland.

Able and Cole online - £3.00

Delivery: is quite reasonable at  £1.25 with no minimum spend required

Ocado online - £3.00

Delivery: There is a minimum order spend of £40 however the delivery charges can vary.  The delivery charge for your order depends on the day and time of your slot, and the value of your order. If your order is less than £75, there's a minimum charge of £2.99 and a maximum of £6.99. For standard orders of £75 or more, you may be offered free delivery.

What are the ingredients in Method anti-bac bathroom cleaner?

<5% non-ionic surfactants*, Anionic Surfactants*, Lactic Acid, Perfume, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Water, alcohol denat* Potasium Hydroxide*, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate*

‘* Denotes plant or mineral origin – for a detailed ‘what’s what’ a full list of ingredients are listed on their website Method Eco friendly cleaning products - everything you need to know about their ingredients

How effective is Method anti-bac bathroom spray at killing bacteria?

88.6% reduction in bacteria

The bacteria on the draining board measured 1760 RLU (Relative Light Units) after being cleaned with Method anti-bac bathroom spray the RLU count had reduced to 200.

This cleaner had a pleasant fresh smell that was not over powering or clinical

ECover Multi-action spray 500ml

Price: £2.20-£2.95 instore (plus delivery charges for online purchase)

Availability: Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Big Green Smile, Ocado and Waitrose.

Sainsbury's online - £2.50

ECover multi-action spray

Delivery: There is a £25 minimum order value on any grocery order. Orders over £40 will be charged a delivery fee of between £1 and £7. Orders under £40 will be charged a delivery fee of £7 for standard delivery and £9 for same day delivery where available.

With Sainsbury's Delivery Pass, you can pay an upfront fee and then pay nodelivery charge on your online grocery orders for the next 3, 6 or 12 months. There are two you can choose from : Anytime Delivery Pass entitles you to any one free delivery per day, 7 days per week when you spend £40 or more.

Tesco's online - £2.20

Delivery: For online purchases, delivery can range from £3 up to £7 depending on the delivery time slot that suits you.  If you buy your groceries online anyway the delivery charge may not be a deciding factor

Big Green Smile online - £2.95

All orders will be sent by DPD Predict service. Charges start at £5.

All orders over £55 will be delivered free of charge within the UK mainland

Ocado online - £2.20

Delivery: There is a minimum order spend of £40 however the delivery charges can vary.  The delivery charge for your order depends on the day and time of your slot, and the value of your order. If your order is less than £75, there's a minimum charge of £2.99 and a maximum of £6.99. For standard orders of £75 or more, you may be offered free delivery.

Waitrose online - £2.30

Delivery: £40 minimum spend before delivery is available – there is no additional delivery charge.

What are the ingredients in ECover multi-action spray?

Ingredients: >30%: Water, 5-15%: Alcohol, <5%: Non-ionic surfactants, (type: Floral Caprylyl/Capryl glucoside, Candida bombicola/glucose /rapeseed oil ferment, Sodium citrate, Lactic acid, Parfum

How effective is ECover multi-action spray at killing bacteria?

91.3% reduction in bacteria

The bacteria on the draining board measured 992 RLU (Relative Light Units) after being cleaned with ECover multi-action spray the RLU count had reduced to 86.

ECover had a smell that was reminiscent of shoe polish and left a clinical aroma in the room

Tesco’s Eco Active Multi-surface cleaner, pink grapefruit 750ml

Price: £1.50 (plus delivery charges for online purchases)

Tesco's Eco-Active pink grapefruit multi-surface cleaner

Availability: Instore and online from Tesco’s

Tesco's online - £1.50

Delivery: can range from £3 up to £7 depending on the delivery time slot that suits you.  As we mentioned before, if you buy your groceries online anyway the delivery charge may not be a deciding factor.

What are the ingredients in Tesco’s Eco Active multi-surface cleaner?

All Tesco’s Eco products are made with plant based materials and non-toxic ingredients.

Ingredients: <5%: Non-ionic surfactants.  Other: Benzisothiazolinone.  Methylisothiazolinone. Perfume.

How effective is Tesco’s Eco Active multi-surface cleaner at killing bacteria?

84.8% reduction in bacteria

The bacteria on the draining board measured 6152 RLU (Relative Light Units) after being cleaned with Tesco’s Eco Active multi-surface cleaner the RLU count had reduced to 934.

This cleaner has a smell that was acceptable but it was not as fresh and pleasant as the scent of the Method cleaner.

ESOL for Hygiene multi-surface sanitiser – 750ml

Price: £3.49 (plus delivery charges for online purchases)

Delivery: Standard 1-2 day delivery £2.99 or next day delivery from £5.99

Free delivery on orders over £25.00

Availability: Online from Bridge Biotechnology

ESOL for Hygiene online - £3.49

ESOL for Hygiene 750ml - multi-surface cleaner

What are the ingredients in ESOL for Hygiene multi-surface sanitiser?

Electrolysed water

<0.01% hypochlorus acid resulting from electrical charge

ESOL for Hygiene has no perfume.

The minisclue amount of Hypochlorous acid resulting from the electrical charge in production, gives the sanitiser a slight smell of chlorine.  This smell disappeared within minutes.

How effective is ESOL for Hygiene multi-surface sanitiser at killing

95.5% reduction in bacteria

The bacteria on the draining board measured 1445 RLU (Relative Light Units) after being cleaned with ESOL for Hygiene multi-surface sanitiser the RLU count had reduced to 65.

ESOL  for hygiene is the most expensive overall however, it is also the most effective at killing bacteria and contains no added ingredients or perfumes.

Here are the results in order of effectivness.

Safe cleaning alternatives for my kitchen - Method vs ECover vs Tescos vs ESOL results

Conclusion

Before we carried out this comparison and testing, I like many people, assumed that the better known brands would be the most effective at killing bacteria – this was not the case.

The product you want to use in your home comes down to buyer preference; Do you like your cleaner to leave a smell?  Are the amount of ingredients in a product important to you? Is the packaging recyclable?

We spend a lot of man hours using these chemicals around our home which means that our familiy and our pets are exposed to chemicals which may or may not have advverse effects on health and the environment

Strong disinfectants bring with them issues of their own, you can read about them here

Have you thought about how bleach may effect your dog?

Do you still have some questions?  Maybe we answer them here

The important this is to make informed decisions based on your needs

Are there any eco-friendly brands that you have tried and you would like us to test? let us know in the comments below

 

Making changes in the products we use, the food we eat and how we stay healthy and active can seem like a daunting task.

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5 thoughts to “Eco-friendly cleaner for my kitchen – Method vs ECover vs Tescos vs ESOL (reviewed)

  • airbnb cleaning sydney

    Wow great blog post! I definitely learned some new techniques. Cant wait to try them out.

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  • Martin

    How do you know if a product is eco-friendly? What are the basis? If you can it would be of great help if you can provide us, your readers, these criteria.

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  • Report24h.com

    Now leading supermarket Tesco has revealed that sales of the latter at its stores have soared by a staggering 80 per cent, as shoppers increasingly search out eco-friendly products that still tick the boxes for cleaning performance.

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    • Bridge Biotechnology Team

      This is good news!

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