Home Detox Challenge Week 3: Washing Up Liquid

Welcome to Week 3 of the Home Detox Challenge! This challenge involves switching one product a week in your home for six weeks to achieve a less toxic home environment.

It’s making the switch of a few of your most-used household products to a more natural/non-toxic version of the same product. Doing this will result in less toxic/harmful chemicals being present in your home to be used regularly by you and your family. Sounds good, right?

Photo by Tracey Hocking on Unsplash

This week, the washing up liquid by my kitchen sink was running low. I took the opportunity to try a new brand, something kinder for both skin and the environment, and decided to purchase ecover Washing Up Liquid.


I got the one on the left, with the Camomile and Clementine scent. It was a purse-friendly €2.95 in my local SuperValu. I always wash up wearing rubber gloves but the bottle does say this washing up liquid is suitable for sensitive skin. So far I’m enjoying it – it seems to be a good product which does what it needs to do – clean dishes! It doesn’t foam as much as the brand I used to use, but it does foam enough to meet satisfaction. It does cut through tough grease and my dishes are coming out squeaky clean, as clean as the brand I used before, if not cleaner. I haven’t really noticed the scent, but that could be because I’ve had a cold the past week.

Here’s the description from their website:

Cut through grease and grime to leave your dishes sparkling using ecover Washing Up Liquid.

Choose from the winning combinations of Camomile and Clementine or Lemon and Aloe.

Using plant-based and mineral ingredients and clever science you’ll get the results you expect without those unnecessary chemicals.

Suitable for septic tanks, not tested on animals, fully biodegradable.

ecover Washing Up Liquid – Benefits

  • Fresh perfume from plant-based ingredients.
  • Cleans and degreases efficiently using the power of nature
  • Kind to your hands thanks to plant-based ingredients
  • Not based on petrochemical ingredients
  • No residue of unnecessary chemicals left on your dishes

ecover Washing Up Liquid – Environmental Advantages

  • Fast and complete biodegradability (OECD-test 301F, full product)
  • Minimum impact on aquatic life (OECD-test 201&202, full product)
  • Against animal testing
  • Suitable for septic tanks

Instructions for use

One squeeze is enough for a sink full of normally dirty dishes. Cleans effectively without producing excessive bubbles.

Packaging material

Bottle and labels are made of polyethylene; cap of polypropylene. Polyethylene and polypropylene are 100% recyclable and can be recycled together perfectly.

The list below displays ingredients in descending order, with those present in highest quantities first.

Camomile and Clementine Washing Up Liquid
Aqua, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Lauryl glucoside, Glycereth -6 Cocoate, Coco-glucoside, Lactic acid, Sodium chloride, Sodium octyl sulphate, Alcohol denat., Parfum, Limonene, Citric acid, Sodium citrate

Lemon & Aloe Washing Up Liquid
Aqua, Fatty alcohol sulfate, Lauryl glucoside, Alcohol denat., Sodium chloride, Sodium citrate, Citric acid, Parfum, Limonene, Citral, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice

Contents: 950ml

Would you try this product? Let us know in the comments below.

This is not a sponsored post.

Other posts in this series:

Home Detox Challenge Week 1: Hand Soap

Home Detox Challenge Week 2: Toothpaste



  1. Brenda Woods
    20 September, 2018 / 7:45 am

    Holly have you any thoughts on dish washer tablets? Also was wondering if you ever looked in to water filter system from basic drinking water filters to a fully installed system…eg toxic free showers. Love to here your thoughts. Thanks Brenda

    • happymagazine
      21 September, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Hi Brenda! Dish washer tablets are next on my list… I just bought a box of my regular ones 🤨 Next time I will try something new. On water filter systems, we got a system installed to filter our drinking water in the kitchen – we have a separate tap for drinking/cooking water now. We got the system from cleanwater.ie and found them very helpful indeed. I would love a whole-house system which does shower water too but I imagine (I haven’t researched yet) they are quite pricey. I would definitely recommend filtering your drinking water if you can, then you know it’s sparkling clean 🙂

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