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