FAQ Dishes detergent

Welcome to the official Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of our eco-friendly dishes range. You may be wondering…
How do I use my washable sponge? How often should I wash it? How do I use my ecological dish soap with my washable sponge? We tell you EVERYTHING 😉

Very easy. You pass it a bit under water with your washable sponge, rub them together and that’s it! You can repeat the experience several times while you’re washing. It foams less than a conventional washing-up liquid, but it is just as effective, even for removing grease! So no need to rub it every 10 seconds 😉
It is also useless to let your ecological dish soap soak in water for a bath of foam. It won’t work. In fact, avoid soaking your solid dish soap in water. It feels much better on its soap holder.

We simply chose not to add any surfactant to our recipes. It is the surfactants that give the foaming side.
We want to create the simplest possible products with the essential ingredients… and at the same time be hyper-effective! For us, surfactants are not indispensable. It’s true, foaming is fun… and above all, we’ve always been used to having soaps that foam (shampoo, washing-up liquid,… EVERYTHING). As a result, we tend to associate “efficiency” with “foaming product”. But this is not true. We promise, even if it foams less, our solid dishwashing soap is just as effective as a degreaser. We let you judge for yourself the effectiveness of our surfactant-free dishwashing cake 😉 

According to our very scientific estimates, if you do 2 dishes for 3 people per day, you can do 210 washes, equivalent to 3 months of dishes.
In fact, to give you a comparison, our solid dish soap = 2 bottles of 500 mL plastic.

On the efficiency side, no difference, both will make you happy 😉
What changes?
1/ The smell. We stay in the aromatic universe but soaps have two very different smells. Can you tell us your little favourite?

2 /The composition. For rosemary there is simply olive oil in the soap base.For peppermint there is a mixture of 3 oils to make the soap base: olive oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil. This base is more foamy. The foaming side does not affect the efficiency but when you are used to using a super foaming dishwashing liquid, the changeover to dishwashing soap is easier with a soap that foams 😉

Of course 🙂 Here at Anotherway, we encourage DIY at 2000%. Anything that is in favour of our little planet is sincerely welcome. Some people don’t feel like or don’t have the time or don’t feel like developing their own cleaning (or other) products. And that’s where we come in 😉 We give a helping hand to those who want to do well and don’t necessarily have a lot of time to devote to it. And we are very happy for you if you have found a great recipe to make a dishwashing cake 😉

We have thought of a small, practical and discreet soap holder for you. It is a wooden soap holder, handcrafted in France. It allows the soap to dry well and also prevents the soap from slipping or sucked on the side of the sink (we have all experienced this 😉 ). Afterwards, no worries if you don’t use our ecological soap holder. It may leave a few marks: one touch of the sponge and you won’t have to worry about it anymore. 

 

Completely it works with everything… although we strongly recommend using it with a washable sponge. It’s so much more ecological and hygienic.

It’s not its basic function, of course… but it’s perfect for sensitive skins and we must admit that there are several of us in the team who do it (shhhh). 

Our 0 waste sponge is made with GOTS organic terry cloth and Oeko Tex 100 for the soft side, GOTS honeycomb for the scrap side and GRS recycled polyester wadding on the inside (this allows the sponge to dry faster;) and to give a 2nd life to the plastic waste. Yoo-hoo! )

When we launch a new product, we ALWAYS start our research in France. Our priority: the quality of our raw materials. This time, we quickly realised that the Portuguese are the kings of terry cloth. They master better than anyone else the quality, the cut, the technique… We went on site to choose the best. Another advantage is that all the supply and assembly is done on site, which limits transport.

Of course, our sponge is effective on any type of surface. We recommend you to have one sponge per use: a washable sponge for the dishes, a washable sponge for the bathroom, a special washable sponge for household use… It’s practical, with our 2 colours, easy to distinguish them.

You can use all types of natural products 🙂 We recommend you to use products that respect the planet: ecological dish soap, Marseille soap, white vinegar…
You can use other types of spray products (see 😉 ) but :

1/ it’s not tip-top from an ecological point of view
2/ it’s not necessarily more efficient
3/ products are often harmful to humans, the planet… and your sponge. There is clearly no guarantee of such a long life span with this type of product.

Quite simply because it washes and dries quickly (thanks to its hanging tab).
On a classic sponge, millions of germs develop due to moisture. Putting your eco-friendly sponge in the washing machine or dishwasher at 60°C kills bacteria. And because your sponge dries quickly, germs don’t have time to grow. 

There aren’t really any rules, it all depends on how you use it and how often you use it. We advise you once a week if you use it every day and/or as soon as it is particularly dirty. 

Your classic laundry detergent (hopefully Anotherway detergent ;)) or your classic product in the dishwasher. Do not use fabric softener or bleach. 

Yes, and in this case be sure to wash at a fairly high temperature (ideally above 30°C, to make sure all stains and bacteria are removed.

Bacteria may still be present, especially stains. On the other hand, there is a small advantage: the life span of your sponge can be extended and it’s more environmentally friendly.

No, because the temperature of the dryer is higher than 60°C. It would risk to come out tiny.

A bit, it’s possible, yes. Just like a classic sponge 🙂 at the end it doesn’t have exactly the same head as at the beginning 😉 But don’t worry, it will always be as effective.

After one year, we recommend you change your sponge. It will start to get a little tired, the scraped side will be a little worn and the padding will start to sag.

You can keep it for cleaning your bicycle or garden lounge 😉

Both are possible 🙂  After tests on our side, carried out by our super textile engineer Virginie, dishwashing seems to be preferable, at maximum 60°C. Remember to wring it out and hang it up just after washing.

Our wadding is made of recycled polyester from recycled bottles. We are very happy to give them a second life and prevent them from polluting the oceans and our beautiful planet.
Polyester also allows the wadding to shrink less as it is washed and therefore to keep some useful blowing agent with a foaming effect. Polyester wadding retains less moisture than cotton wadding and therefore reduces the risk of mildew.

Of course 🙂 As with a classic sponge, we advise you to turn the sharp side of the knife outwards to avoid cutting your sponge.

If your dishes are really VERY dirty, almost burnt, let them soak in hot water at least 1 hour beforehand. 
If you have a scrubbing brush, don’t hesitate to use it before using your sponge 😉

You can coat your soap holder with linseed oil. This will protect it from water. Little tip: let it dry well before using it so that it is really effective. If it is not dry, the oil will go directly into your sink 😉 

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