Mr Secret Cleaner Review: ‘No Tox Life’ Vegan Dish Washing Soap Block

Product

This is a vegan dish washing soap block handmade by ‘No Tox Life’, marketed for washing your dishes but can also be used for a variety of cleaning tasks around the house.

Packaging

A simple paper label is the only packaging, giving details of the product and how to use it.

Eco Credentials

The paper label states that it’s palm oil-free, cruelty-free, sls-free, fragrance-free, phosphate-free and biodegradable. It is made from sustainable sources, with ingredients including coconut cleansers, aloe and South American soap bark extract. It is handmade by a ‘mother and daughter team’, so it’s good to be able to support another small business.

You can use it for more than dish washing

Performance

When Mrs Secret Cleaner gave me this product to use, I must admit that after previous experiences of eco-washing up cleaners, I was cynical about how I would get on with it and how it would perform. However, these days I really am much more conscious about the whole idea and ethos of such products, so I was determined to give it a good try.

Firstly, a word of warning with this stuff – it will make your dishes exceedingly slippery while washing. During my first dish wash, in fact the very first plate I actually picked up, I managed to apply such a lathery coating to the plate that I dropped it immediately and chipped a large section out of the corner (don’t tell Mrs SC!). To be fair, it does a good job of cleaning the dishes, much better than I was expecting, however I do tend to pre-soak the left-over porridge bowls, rinse the coffee mugs etc, so with me anyway it gets a pretty easy time of it. 

Oops!

I was impressed with its ability to clean everything from food stains on plates to greasy pans and oven trays. I did feel the need to change the hot water I was using a couple of times as it was starting to look pretty grubby after a dozen or so items, but that’s no biggie. Also, you need to regularly scrub your scrubber on the block to create a soapy lather, something that takes a bit of getting used to.

The makers claim the block will last for up to 6 months; however, I’d be a little sceptical of that timescale based on how it now looks after constant use (for a family of four) over the past couple of weeks.

Would I use this again?  Absolutely yes! Like probably most of you, I’ve only ever washed dishes using a bottle of liquid and a sponge. If we really want to reduce the number of plastic bottles we use, then products like this are very much a step in the right direction to achieving less plastic and using fewer chemicals.  It is a different type of product and it does take a little bit of getting used to, but it works and gets the job done.

Cost/Availability

This dish washing block costs around £10. We bought ours from a stall at a local eco-event, however you can buy them online at various outlets including here. We later found that his particular brand is American but British brand Little Fox Soapery also do a version of solid dishwashing soap.

Mr Secret Cleaner

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2 comments

  1. I’ve been thinking of trying one of these dish washing blocks myself, I am currently getting my dish soap at a local refill shop. Your review has definitely persuaded me to try one myself next time I need to buy more, thank you.

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