It’s not easy being green! A review of Splosh products

This is not a sponsored post and all views are my own genuine opinions.

I have been frustrated for some time by the sheer volume of plastic products that enter Shoestring Cottage in the form of containers and packaging and have been looking for ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce.

It is very inspiring to read about people who produce little or no waste of any description. They buy their groceries and household products from markets and bulk buy stores, use second-hand and grow some of their own food. They reduce, reuse and recycle everything, but mostly they focus on reducing; that is they refuse to buy products in any form of packaging.

This is fine if you happen to live near a bulk buy supermarket. I found very few examples in the UK, and none at all near to where I live. We do have a market so I could get much of my fruit and veg from them. I could get my meat from the butcher in town and ask them to place it straight into my own containers. I have heard there is a food coop developing locally but the bulk buy potential there seems to be limited to whole foods. For a full time working mum this is incredibly time consuming. It appears  I would need to spend a whole precious day of my weekend shopping in town and then still wouldn’t solve the problem of all the toiletries and household cleaning products that come in plastic packaging. As a great frog once said, it ain’t easy being green!

The latter problem could be resolved by a cunningly clever concept from a company called Splosh. They sell products such as washing up liquid, toilet cleaner, hand wash, laundry detergent and fabric conditioner in dissolvable refill pouches that come in a recyclable cardboard container through your letterbox. If you like you can buy various starter kits of their products, which are in plastic bottles admittedly but you only need to purchase them once and then reuse them again and again  by refilling them. You can even just buy the refills and use your own bottles. 

  This is such an obvious idea you wonder why all  companies aren’t doing it! They could save masses of money on packaging and transportation if they sold their wares as refills. Supermarkets would reduce the amount of space required on their shelves and local authorities wouldn’t have to spend time and money collecting and either recycling this packaging or sending it to landfill.

So…I heartily approve of the concept, but what about the products? I decided to start by trying washing up liquid and fabric softener. I have already gone back to buying washing powder in cardboard boxes and replaced hand wash with good old fashioned soap so I thought I would go for the products that would be harder to replace with more environmentally sound alternatives ( and yes, before you say it, I have tried a cup of vinegar instead of fabric softener and the results weren’t impressive).

  I purchased lime washing up liquid and cotton flower fabric softener. They both smelt lovely and look great in their smart Splosh containers sitting on my kitchen windowsill. But do they work? The answer is yes! They are very effective products. The washing up liquid coped very well cleaning up two big bowls of curry, a rice pan and lots of plates and cutlery. My washing smelt lovely and even the line dried towels came out nice and soft. 

The only fly in the ointment if you are on a restricted budget will be the price. You can buy a four bottle starter pack with products of your choice for £14.95. 

A refill for 1 litre of fabric softener is £5.95 and a bottle of washing up liquid will set you back £4.95. The products are good and I heartily recommend them if you can afford to pay that. However, I can buy washing up liquid in Aldi for 69p and 2 litres of softener for a couple of pounds. So if you are looking to save money and not just the planet it probably won’t work for you. 

My next step may be to look at making my own cleaning products. I already use bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar for some tasks but I need to expand this idea. Watch this space!

8 thoughts on “It’s not easy being green! A review of Splosh products

  1. Hi
    I have used Ecoegg’s scented room spray for a while (I have 2 dogs which I love – just don’t love the doggy smell!) which you dilute with water so lasts for ages. The scent is long lasting and, in my opinion, much better than the sprays you can buy in the supermarkets. It is also natural and kind to the planet. I have only just discovered that Ecoegg make fabric conditioner which is supposed to be super concentrated and therefore lasts ages, although I haven’t tried it. They also make antibacterial spray which I have just purchased. It is diluted with water in the same way as the room spray. I use loads of antibacterial spray (because of aforementioned dogs and 2 cats) but with only 2 small capfuls mixed with water, I can envisage the 1 litre I bought lasting a considerable length of time. It paid around £19 from Amazon which, although expensive, will be economical in the long run. The plastic waste is also greatly reduced. Waitrose also sell a product called You which is similar to the Splosh products.
    I love your blog and always look forward to your posts!

  2. £6 for fabric conditioner n £5 for washing up liquid, erm no way.
    Plastic container on show with the makers name, no too. Always decant 25p washing up liquid in to shiny stainless steel container I,ve had for 20 years. Fabric conditioner 99p in co op. Both work well..

  3. Is this a sponsored post? Please make it clear if so! It reads like an advert for product you’ve been given to me…

    • No it’s not a sponsored post. I would definitely say if it was. I purchased a couple of products to try after a reader told me about it. They are genuinely nice products and the idea is a good one but they are a bit pricey, as I say.

  4. I live in the U.S. in California, and for many years now, every home has a bin for recycle that’s picked up by the trash company each week. Our recycle bin is larger than the trash bin; all plastic, metal, glass and paper goes into the recycle bin for pick up every week. It’s then sorted at a collection facility and shipped off to factories that reuse the materials. Before the plastic bag ban at our grocery stores, much plastic was recycled and used to make those plastic bags among other things. While I understand your goal of less plastic consumption, a walk through any grocery store, pharmacy, etc. in any part of the world illustrates how very challenging that will be. At least recycling cuts down the amount in land fills. The same with metals (canned goods) and glass. Making your own cleaning products takes time, doesn’t necessarily save money–especially for clothes washing soap/detergent–and as I found out, some things can cause build up in your pipes that require paying a plumber to come out and clear. Could you instead make a monthly or bi-monthly drop off at a recycle collection place in town?

    • We have kerbside recycling here too and I recycle everything I can. But not all plastics can be recycled and many end up at landfill or in our oceans. It is better to use fewer plastics in the first place in my view. I will keep exploring and experimenting and trying to be more aware of my purchases generally. The Splosh products are absolutely lovely to use but I can’t afford to buy them all the time sadly.

  5. I agree with Kirrie, too expensive for me ! We have a septic tank and can’t use many commercial products anyway. Soap, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda all the way here !

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