Ecover Power Clean vs Cillit Bang degreaser

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question-markWhen I first began my ‘green journey’ it was challenging at times.

There were few products and services that were truly green and actually worked.

I put up with second rate cleaning because I believed in the ethics of my lifestyle choices, but sometimes I gave in to powerful toxic cleaners just to get the job done.

Environmentally friendly cleaning

Things have changed a lot since then and nearly every supermarket carries a line of environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Ecover is one of the leading eco friendly brands and for the past seven years, their scientists have been developing an eco surfactant ingredient which has been released in their new hard surface cleaning range.

Ecover believe that their products are as good as some of the leading conventional brands and reckon their ecological products are as effective as the petrochemical alternatives.

That’s some claim!

Eco friendly vs petrochemical

Not one to shy away from a challenge myself, I tested Cillit Bang degreaser against Ecover’s Power Cleaner. I gave it a tough test! Our kitchen, dining room and conservatory are open plan. In the dining room is a wood burner which runs constantly from October to March. The top of my kitchen cupboards take a beating from all the dust (you have to run a woodburner to even begin to imagine what I am talking about!) and when we cook we end up with greasy dust sticking to the top surface.

It’s not good and I must admit to adopting an ‘out of sight out of mind’ approach. but every once in a while I feel the need to clean up my little palace properly.

Take a look and see if Ecover stood up to its competitor;  Cillit Bang


  1. Wilson Pon on September 9, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Mrs. Green, for the cleansing stuffs, I usually use my own organic homemade cleanser, as it’s more natural and harmless to our health!

  2. Mrs Green on September 9, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Hello Wilson, I’m with you on this – I use homemade cleaners too. What do you prefer to use? I like bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. But for some really tough jobs, you need a product and the Ecover came up really well 🙂

  3. Wilson Pon on September 14, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Well, it’s almost the same stuffs that we’re using here, Mrs. Green. By the way, have you tried out the “Furniture Polish Cleaner” before? It’s a mixture of: 1 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice. It can be used to rub on any types of furniture, including the woods and leathers!

  4. Simon Crabb on September 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I want something to clean a portable BBQ with, and I thought I was going to have to get some Cillit Bang. I’ll get some Ecover Power Degreaser now instead.

    Also, your pronunciation of Ecover is different to mine! I say “Eco-ver” and you say “E-coover”. Tomatoes? Tomatoes? 😀

  5. Mrs Green on September 15, 2009 at 11:31 am

    @Wilson Pon: Hi Wilson, yes! We use olive oil and lemon juice on wood; sometimes jojoba oil as I prefer to use that; it works beautifully.

    @Simon Crabb: Hi Simon, good to see you; please do try the Ecover. I tried them both on my oven shelves (which were black); I found there was little difference – the Cillit Bang had slightly the edge over the Ecover, but not enough to warrant me using it, if that makes sense.

    You know I was horribly embarrassed saying ‘Ecover’ because I’m not actually sure of the correct way to pronounce it!

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