I’ve been running around the country doing a lot of fun projects and programs for Method Care, the eco-friendly cleaning supply company. I’ve been a partner with Method for about 2 1/2 years now, although I’ve been singing their praises since—wow—2001. All the products are environmentally-friendly, they use post-consumer recycled packaging for many of their products and the company is Cradle-to-Cradle certified.
If you’re not familiar with Method, you should definitely check out the whole line at www.methodhome.com or in stores where it’s sold, like Lowe’s, Whole Foods, Target and Wegman’s Supermarkets. There is a wide variety of products for almost every cleaning need you can think of, which leads me to today’s post. Which Method products do I actually use and love in my own home? (Clearly, I can’t use EVERYTHING)!
First, I love Go Naked. For me, the true smell of clean is nothing at all. And I love the fact these all-purpose cleaners are dye and fragrance-free, meaning I can spray away and clean up real messes and smell nothing left behind. This is my daily product I use all over the house.
My second obsession is the Method microfiber towels. I can’t even remember the last time I bought paper towels, but these have definitely replaced all of them in my house. Microfiber towels are a housekeeper’s secret weapon: they are millions of microscopic fibers knit together to make super-absorbent and super “grippy” (technical term?) towels. They literally grip onto all types of dirt, grime, bacteria and germs…all using just water or some all purpose spray. PLUS, they are machine washable, so you can use them over and over and over.
For handwashing of dishes, I heart the cucumber dish soap. I know: I said I don’t like the smell of anything, but I will admit I do like the smell of this dishsoap whem I’m washing knives, cutting boards and my frying pans. Anything that is not dishwasher safe, I actually enjoy washing them by hand with this product.
This is a newer product that’s rolling into stores now: Smarty Dish. Lots of those automatic dishwashing tablets have chlorine bleach in it. When you open a dishwasher after everything is all steamy and clean and breathe in the steam, you’re actually breathing in chlorine gas. Yuck. Plus, bleach isn’t good for the environment. And many companies add phosphates to their tablets to help soften the water. Phosphates are bad for the environment after all the dirty dishwater drains down the drain and into our lakes and waterways; it sucks the oxygen out of these aquatic areas and kills off fish. Smarty dish is free of chlorine bleach and phosphates and—for the record—it works.
Finally, for laundry, I must have 6 bottles of Squeaky Green detergent in my cupboards. It’s super concentrated, so a little tiny cap of it will clean a whole load of laundry. I have super-sensitive skin, so I need something that will clean my clothes but not leave residue behind that can irritate my skin. I find this does the trick. And my little tip: if you’re only washing a few things and not a whole load, make sure you adjust the detergent accordingly. I find even a half cap-full will do a wonderful job.
Now, if you’ve read this post carefully, I’ll announce something here: leave a comment which Method product you love and you just might win it. Yes, today’s post is a quiet contest announcement. I’ll pick 3 winners.
Contest is now closed. Congrats to Sally (Definately the micro-fiber towels. I’m on my out to get some of the cucumber dish soap. Haven’t tried it yet.), Amy (I love the microfiber towels!) and Sue (Great post! Thanks for all the information! I have my list ready – can’t wait to try the microfiber towels – and love the idea of different colors for different jobs. Can’t wait!).