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Review of 'Method' Flushable Bathroom wipes, Eucalyptus Mint scent.
As the name implies, this product is a wipe designed for bathroom use which can be flushed down the toilet, unlike some others on the market that need to be disposed of in the rubbish bin.
I have to admit that I do not normally purchase this type of product as I try not to use too many fancy cleaners around the house, preferring to stick to the more traditional methods of cleaning, but, my life has taken an unusual turn recently and I find myself caring for my elderly, disabled mother.
My mother's mobility is poor and she needs various disability aids around the house in order for her to be able enjoy some semblance of a normal lifestyle. Consequently, our bathroom now rather resembles a hospital bathroom as we have a raised toilet seat, a shower seat, a toilet frame and various grab handles and other paraphernalia in place. Most of these gadgets are made of plastic and plastic coated steel and they all require regular cleaning for obvious reasons! Hygiene is of paramount importance to most families, but for us, given my mother's fragile state of health it is imperative.
This is where the Method wipes come into their own. I won't go into the whys and wherefores in graphic detail, but we do have to clean the raised loo seat after virtually every use and one of these wipes does the job in a trice. Being flushable, there is no soiled wipe lurking in the rubbish bin and no used cloth to wash, as you would have if you had cleaned with a traditional bathroom cleaner. Yes, I suppose you could just wipe up the, er, um, moisture, with a bit of loo paper and flush that, but I don't consider that hygienic enough to be honest!
==Packaging, Scent and Use==
Method Flushable wipes are presented in a plastic package with a pull back tab, rather similar to a pack of baby wipes. The pack is resealable and waterproof. The packaging is basically pale blue in colour and decorated with a tile effect pattern. The packaging is quite different to other toilet cleaners which can be a little 'in your face', this is actually a very discrete pack.
The product name, scent, contents and advice that the wipes are safe for septic tanks appears on the front of the pack.
On the reverse of the package can be found the instructions for use, company information, warnings and a rather amusing little blurb about having these wipes near the toilet bowl for men who have poor aim!
On the side of the package Method advise that the product is people friendly/skin friendly/lung friendly, contains natural fibres, non toxic and they state that the company is against animal testing.
The pack contains 28 wipes, each measuring approximately 17cm x 25cm.
The scent of these wipes is very pleasant, it smells very natural with no chemical overtones. As one would expect, the predominant fragrance is eucalyptus with a minty scent which lingers quite strongly after use. The wipes are moist and I have had no problem with them drying out, the way some similar products do. Obviously you do need to take care to press down the resealable tab after use, in order to keep the contents in good condition. The tab has retained its' stickiness even after sitting in a steamy bathroom.
I use these mainly for the toilet and the raised seat and for wiping down my mother's bathroom disability aids. The manufacturer states that they can be used for all your bathroom sanitary-ware, tiles, taps and so on. I have used them for the tiles and for the Formica vanity unit which surrounds our wash basin, very successfully. They do not leave any streaks or residue and no further rinsing is required, furthermore they do not scratch the plastic coating on the equipment. They are moist enough to do a fairly large surface. As an example, I find one wipe will clean the vanity unit, splashback tiles and taps and the grab rails with no problem.
As for flushing away, the package does suggest the wipes are flushed one at a time and I have had no issues with this, even though we have a water saving flush gizmo on our loo which limits the water used.
I am not going to list ingredients in this review as I am sure no one really wants to read a list of unpronounceable words!
The wipes are available from Ocado and Sainsbury's at £2.50. I am sure other stores do stock them, but I am only aware of these two stockists myself.
==My Thoughts and Conclusion==
These wipes have proved to be a God send to me over the past few weeks. Our bathroom may look rather hospital-like, but it certainly doesn't smell like one! Other cleaning products designed for bathrooms can be a little too disinfectant smelling for my liking, but these wipes have a very pleasant aroma which is eminently suitable for a bathroom. I can whiz around with one of these wipes and clean up any 'spills' quickly and easily. I would imagine these would be very useful in a household where parents are potty training their children!
I have to say that I can see no mention of the wipes being germicidal or anti-bacterial on the packaging, which I find a little surprising.
In my opinion, at £2.50 for 28 wipes, these are a very expensive option. However, I bought my last lot in our local Sainsbury's on the reduced counter for 75p, which I feel is a little more acceptable.
That said, for the purpose I need this product for, it is a small price to pay and I will continue using them for as long as is necessary.
I know there are other wipes on the market at a lower price, but in my view the scent of Method Flushable Wipes is far superior to that of rival brands and for that reason I consider them a 4* product.
It is only the price that prevents me awarding them a 5*.
To conclude, I definitely would recommend these wipes to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 March 2011
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