Monday, 26 September 2016

Hard Surface Cleaner from EcoEgg Review

EcoEgg Hard |Surface CleanerYou may remember, about a month ago, I reviewed the Laundry Egg, from Eco Egg and found it to be a revelation in space, and money, saving household products. So, this month I am having a go with a really intriguing product, the Hard Surface Cleaner from Eco Egg. I had never heard of a hard surface cleaner before, so I wondered what you could use it for. It turns out, pretty much anything, with a few small exceptions. So I set out to put it through its paces. We were sent the Hard Surface Cleaner pack , which is available at a very special price for today only (September 26th) on QVC as Today's Special Value item. You can buy it for just £14.98, which is a huge saving on the standard retail price of £23.54.

The pack contains everything you need to keep your surfaces sparkling and includes; 4 sponges, 2 microfibre cloths and 2 300g tubs of cleaner.  You can use this stuff on all kinds of surfaces; stainless steel, ovenware, tiles and toilets, even the car, but I wanted to really try it out, so I let it loose on our hob. Now, today is Sunday, breakfast has been cooked, as well as a complicated evening meal, so it started off looking like this...

Dirty cooker hob

Anyone who owns a ceramic hob will know how difficult they can be to clean, because you have to love them a little bit, so that they don't become scratched, but you also have to remove burnt on food and polish out other marks, so it's a balancing act. I've only ever used specialist hob cleaners before, but I find them messy and quite expensive, so I really wanted this to work. The instructions were very simple; wet the sponge, apply to the paste, until it adheres to the sponge, apply to the surface in a circular motion and rinse. I didn't fancy the sponge, as it's quite abrasive, so I applied it with the microfibre cloth, but I am looking forward to using it on my tiles! By the way, the paste smells amazing. I don't know who's idea it was to make a natural product that smells ovewhelmingly of lavender, but I wholeheartedly approve. It's exactly what you need when you are cleaning your kitchen or bathroom, a vast improvement on Eau de Fry Up, or whatever other smells could be lurking. As it's a paste and not a liquid, there is hardly any mess and it's much easier to control the amount you use. It went on in seconds, like this... 

Hob with EcoEgg Cleaner applied

The paste is made from a special type of naturally occurring clay which was discovered in 1948 and is only found in one small village in France. The clay makes it slightly abrasive, but not scratchy, so it lifts the burnt on bits with not much effort at all. I was really surprised at how easy it was to use. Usually, I use a glass scraper to get the worst burnt on stuff off, then use a layer of hob cleaner, folowed by another thinner layer and an awful lot of buffing. It takes ages and I hate doing it, because it makes my arms hurt, although it is really good for toning! The paste is a world apart. As it is naturally occurring and contains no phosphates, detergents or chemicals, it's very reassuring to use and I'm confident to use it, even on this delicate surface. Even if I need to give it a bit of 'welly'. But not much welly, because the slight abrasiveness is enough to just lift the dirt away. Then, you just wipe it off, quick buff and done. I like to do a good job for you, so I actually timed how long I spent cleaning half my hob, to be totally scientific. I also did nothing else, no scraping, or preparation, I just used the paste as the instructions suggested. I kid you not, it took precisely five minutes to get from that to this... 

Hob half cleaned using EcoEgg Hard Surface Cleaner

Five minutes!! I can't wait to try it on other surfaces around my house. This stuff is legendary, I wish I'd discovered it years ago. I know I normally flag up any small negatives for balance, but I haven't actually found any. I've barely made a dent in the first pot, so it is going to last for ages, it is versatile, does a great job and smells amazing, what more could you possibly want? 

Hard Surface Cleaner and accessories

Disclaimer: I was sent the item free to try, but all opinions are my own. It really is that good! 


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