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I like Method cleaning products because they are certified as cruelty free, and are non toxic and biodegradable, not to mention effective and sweet smelling. They used to be hard to find but now my local Waitrose and Sainsbury's both offer a selection, so I have been buying them again. The multi surface spray is one of my favourites as it really lives up to it's name and I can zip around the kitchen cleaning more or less everything with one product and still produce good results.
I paid 3 pounds for the 828ml spray bottle in Waitrose, so it isn't the cheapest cleaner but I don't mind paying a bit more for something ethical that also makes cleaning seem less of a chore. It does this because of the lovely scent which in my case is French Lavender although you can also buy a grapefruit version. It leaves the room smelling as if I have just bought in an big bunch of fresh lavender, a much preferable scent to the harsh chemical tones of other cleaners. The scent does not linger too strongly for the lavender haters on my family though.
The spray can be used on most sealed surfaces and I vouch for it's effectiveness at dealing with all kinds of everyday cleaning up. It deals with all kinds of spills, splashes and drips on worksurfaces and tiling, and I also use it on the front of the fridge and freezer. I have never felt that I need to use more product or scrub harder for this to work, despite it's gentle plant based formula. I especially like using this on stainless steel though because it really makes them absolutely shine with just one quick wipe. It is the best product I have used for this, bar none. It is supposed to cut through grease too, and I was quite surprised to find it actually did so when cleaning my cooker. I still had to use elbow grease to deal with some burnt on bits but that is not unusual for me!
What's even better is you don't need to rinse the cleaner away, even from food preparation surfaces as it is non toxic. I was a little doubtful about this initially but there is no obvious residue left behind. So you can work your way around the kitchen quickly. I do use it in other rooms too, for example in the bathroom to get the taps sparkling, and to clean cupboard doors in the utility room.
I would recommend this if you are looking for a more natural cleaner, and one that really works and smells good to boot. If lavender doesn't appeal, there's always grapefruit.
I do love the Method brand but often find that their products are a little too expensive for me to justify buying on a regular basis. I was delighted to pick up a bottle of Method's All Purpose Surface Cleaner from a local independent health food shop for just 99p. This is a bargain as the cleaner normally costs upwards of £3 from stockists such as Tesco and Waitrose.
Like all Method products, the ingredients of this multi-purpose spray are natural, non-toxic and biodegradable. I try to strike a balance between using cleaning products that actually work effectively whilst avoiding using too many strong chemicals so this brand really appeals to me.
The spray is housed in a stylish large plastic tub with a trigger to dispense the cleaning spray easily. The packaging looks much more attractive than the likes of Flash and Dettol and is something that I'm happy to leave out in the bathroom as the bright lilac spray actually matches the colour scheme in my bathroom! The transparent bottle also makes it easy to keep an eye on how much of the product is left although that it is not too much of an issue as I find this spray lasts for literally months!
I tend to use this mainly around bathroom surfaces including a worktop, shelving, window sills, the basin and the bath. The spray can be used elsewhere in the home but I prefer to use bleach-based products for the toilet and generally anti-bacterial products around the kitchen. This spray is effective for lightly soiled areas and I find that only a tiny amount is needed to produce a gleaming surface afterwards, with little effort needed on my part. It is perfect for window sills and worktops, in particular, and seems to leave a very slight coating that makes it easier to wipe away any marks or spills the next time I clean.
The spray is less effective on heavily soiled areas, though. I don't always manage to clean the bath after each use as getting three children bathed and in bed is difficult enough on its own! This spray alone is not strong enough to tackle tidemarks or any areas around the bath that have got particularly grimy and, in those cases, I do need to resort to something with a little more clout. This really is an everyday cleaner for areas that need a quick wipe over and to remove general dirt. If you're somebody (unlike me!) that is able to keep on top of all the housework, this would probably suffice but I do find that I need to use it in conjunction with other products, to be honest.
My favourite feature of this product is the fragrance, which is much more pleasant and less chemical and synthetic smelling than your average cleaning product. Lavender isn't actually one of my favourite scents but it really does work in this spray and leaves my bathroom smelling fresh and clean - rather than freshly cleaned. (Public toilets smell 'freshly cleaned' when they stink of cheap bleach!) The scent left behind could easily be left from somebody's luxurious bath foam rather than cleaning up. Lavender can be quite a stong fragrance but here it isn't too overpowering and doesn't taint my hands after use either. If this fragrance really doesn't appeal, the spray is also available in Pink Grapefruit and Sea Minerals varieties although those fragrances don't appear to be as readily available as this one. (This fragrance is stocked in most large Tesco and Sainsburys stores.)
As well as being effective on surfaces, it is gentle on skin and bodies and I don't have the same concerns about any cleaning residue being left behind in the bath and potentially harming my children's skin when I've used this. I do always rinse thoroughly after use but have the extra reassurance that this is not likely to cause any irritation. I rarely wear gloves when using this as I just like to give a quick spray and wipe whenever I have a rare second to spare. Despite having dry, sensitive skin around my fingers this does not sting or irritate my skin in any way.
Compared to other cleaning brands, this spray is quite an expensive product costing around £3 for 828mls (unless you manage to grab a bargain as I did) but this is partly due to the eco-friendly nature of the product, which always commands a premium on price. As you'd expect, neither this product nor any in the Method range have been tested on animals and the packaging is 100% recyclable.
This multi-purpose cleaner smells lovely, leaves a sparkle behind and lasts for ages, making it a product that I'm happy to use again and to recommend to others.
More information about the range and details about local stockists can be found on the Method website at www.methodproducts.co.uk
I have always been a sucker for colourful nice smelling cleaning products but since I became pregnant I realised that this attraction is also a magnet for children too. So off I went looking for biodegradeable, ethical and non-toxic items for my cleaning cupboard thinking that they would be bland, expensive and not very good and boy was I wrong. I was in my not so eco friendly Sainsburys and I noticed this product on the shelf for £3 and it contains 828mL of a bright purple liquid which was supposidly suitable for multiple cleaning tasks, non-toxic and eco-friendly.
I have now been using this product for about 3 months and I must admit I was wrong to be scepticle as it cleans brilliantly, smells divine (no fumes) and should a little person drink some of the bottle it will probably make them sick but will not kill them unlike bleach and some of the other nasty chemicals that are used in modern cleaning products. I have even checked on the website and they are a very eco-friendly company with a lovely attitude to profits and research - you'll find no animal testing by this company and they research into other natural, non-corrosive and eco friendly materials now you can't say that about the other market leaders.
I should state just incase someone gets the wrong idea - I still lock this product in a cupboard under the sink.
I have since purchasing this product tried their Mint window cleaner, toilet cleaner and rate them all highly although the Lavender anti-bacterial multi task spray is by far the best in my honest opinion.
I was struck by two sentences I read on the Method website at www.method products.co.uk under the section they quirkily call "the humanifesto". They say "we see ingredients that come from plants, not chemical plants, and guinea pigs that are never used as guinea pigs". That was enough for me, as I bred guinea pigs for over 20 years and adore the little creatures, and having M E I am severely allergic to many household cleaning chemicals.
The other thing which really stands out on their website is the home page which says all you need to fight dirt is 20 seconds, warm water and good clean soap. This is 100% accurate as during my nursing training we did many experiments where we washed our hands with soap and water for various lengths of time, and then studied the germs left behind several days later, after we had left imprints of our hands on Petra dishes. The results were stunning, it was simply the length of time you washed for and the thorough nature of the wash which eliminated the germs, speed kills far more than any product choice you make to do the job.
So for these reasons I am gradually moving over to using ethical cleaning products, and Method has certainly got a vast range to choose from. All of them ensure that anything which they contain will not harm the environment, or you, and when disposed of leave rivers and the oceans free from pollutants.
I started my quest to use these products by selecting the all surface product which is called "French Lavender". This is a multi purpose surface cleaning spray which you can use in the kitchen, bathroom, and on all other things such as window sills and so on.
First bonus- no rubber gloves required as this is a non toxic product. Second bonus- it is cat friendly, this is vital to me as my Persians are prone to leaping onto my surfaces with monotonous regularity whilst I am trying to clean them, and some products such as disinfectants and bleach are potentially deadly to them. This goes for any product containing phenols, and especially mould cleaners too.
The bottle I purchased is a giant 828mls and retails for £3 from all major supermarkets.
A lovely lavender shade this spray bottle dispenses a liquid which smells absolutely beautiful. Not only that, it is brilliant in the kitchen. I was sceptical at first, especially regarding its potential as a cooker hob cleaner, but it cut through spills and splashes beautifully leaving no residue, and a fresh lavender fragrance.
I have used this all over the house with the same success, and it is really good in my bathrooms where it leaves sinks and baths sparklingly clean.
If you don't like lavender this product is also made in a pink grapefruit fragrance.
As it is non toxic it doesn't need to be rinsed off, and this further magnifies its ability to perfume the air.
The lavender product is made from coconuts, corn, and real French lavender, and as lavender is a relaxing fragrance it is pure pleasure to do the cleaning, which I can't say I have experienced before. You can be confident when disposing of the bottle that it will be fully recycled too, which is protecting the environment from any future contamination.
The way this product works is by absorbing dirt rather than by chemically altering it.
They don't claim to kill MRSA or flu viruses, or make any wild claims at all, but my knowledge tells me that attention to regular hand washing and general kitchen hygiene is much more important than the splashing around of toxic chemicals once in a while.The latter may even be causing superbugs to flourish as they become resistant to chemical warfare aimed at them.
So my kitchen sparkles, my cats are at peace. The future of the planet is protected, and the air is perfumed with French Lavender so no need for costly air fresheners.
It's a great product and I for one am buying this on a regular basis now.
Also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.