“ Brand: Method / Type: Polish / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Continuing my new found love of Method products I invested in this beauty. I say invested because for 354ml of cleaner its going to set you back between £4 and £5 pounds which does seem slightly over the top. However, its totally worth it!
My kitchen sink was a mess. I really really hate cleaning the kitchen so all it ever got was a quick wipe to get rid of crumbs and the likes and then it was left. Normal kitchen cleaners always leave my kitchen smelling of chemicals and when you're in a small flat the last thing you want to be smelling all the time is chemicals! I got this product because of Method's ethos of using natural ingredients in their cleaning products and they all seem to smell really nice!
I can't quite describe how this cleaner smells, the only word that seems to fit is 'nice'. It just smells nice! No nasty chemicals and it even manages to get rid of that horrible smell sinks always seem to acquire. It leaves the stainless steel... stainless and doesn't leave nasty streaks that other cleaners leave.
After having so much success cleaning my kitchen sink with this product, I used it on my cooker, cupboard door handles and taps in the bathroom and I can honestly say that my flat has never been this clean!
Its really easy to use this cleaner. Just spray it on and wipe clean with a sponge. For tough stains I use the scrubby side of a kitchen sponge to work it into the stain and then the sponge side to clean it off.
The cleaner is only 354ml but that seems to be quite long lasting. It says on the bottle not to use too much of it at once and I've had mine for about 8 months now and its only just started feeling like I need to get a new one so its lasted a lot longer than most other cleaners, especially considering I've been using it on my kitchen sink, my cooker and all the taps in the bathroom.
The only disadvantage I've found is that the cleaner can leave some residue in the sink if you've used slightly too much that's really hard to get rid of. You have to rinse with water and wipe the residue off until it goes away which can take two or three tries.
As with other Method products, this cleaner isn't tested on animals, the packaging is recyclable and has a nice minimalistic design.
I'm a big fan of Method products for their general lack of nasties, being naturally derived products which, according to the blurb on the bottle are "people-freindly, skin-friendly, lung-friendly". That aside most of the range is pretty good at cleaning too. This particular product like all in the Method products is a little pricey at £4.00 or thereabouts for 354ml, but I do find a little goes a long way, and a bottle of this will last me about 6 months or more.
This cleaner is used by spraying a little onto a cloth and wiping with the "grain" of the steel. It does actually say on the bottle to use sparingly, and I would say from experience to do so, or you will have to polish for longer.
It brings the stainless steel up to a very nice shine and does clean effectively, according to the manufacturer's website it also leaves a protective layer. The odour is not unpleasant, it smells a bit soapy on use but doesn't leave your stainless steel smelling particularly.
I first came across this product when I had a very hard to clean Stoves range oven. Prior to owning this I hadn't realised that there were grades of stainless steel - apparently this must have been a lower grade as it was a nightmare to try and clean and keep streak free. This was the only thing I found that was anyway up to the job, I discovered it in John Lewis who were the first people to stock this relatively new range, which has been in the UK since 2006 but is actually an American brand invented by two men. The ethos of the company is "people against dirt", nice non-gender bias there and when my husband actually participates in the drudgery he likes these products too.
You will now find this available more widely, it is stocked by many supermarkets and can be found in Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose.
The silver steel-looking bottle is actually recyclable, in keeping with the company's kind to the planet policy, though the spray top is not.
This is great to use on hobs, oven fronts and extractor hoods. Let's face it cleaning is never going to be fun but products that help you do the job as quickly as possible leaving time for more interesting things have got to be good, and when they are people and planet friendly too that is a bit of a bonus. I have given the product 4 stars only due to the price, hopefully that will go down a little as the products are more widely available. This is a good product that does exactly as it says on the bottle, it cleans and polishes and leaves steel streak free. Recommened.
I bought this product a year ago from my local Sainsbury's. It seemed expensive at the time (about £4.50) but I have used it almost every day and just ran out. My local Sainsbury's don't stock this anymore and I have not found anywhere that does (any ideas).
This was so easy to use, just spray onto cloth (as directed) or I just sprayed onto the surface directly. The smell is heaven! After frying food which generally tends to leave the most splashes on the cooker, You can just use this product which eliminates all evidence of the splashes an even eliminates the smell of the recently fried food!
I also use this product for my bread bin, my microwave, my coffee machine and the cooker hood (anything that is made of stainless steel) and it gives the same exceptional results every time.
I would advise if you are using it on the cooker surface, remove the excess splashes with a damp cloth initially, then make sure the surface is almost dry before using this product. Otherwise it looks sparkling initially but dries with smear marks (just a tip).
I recently had to purchase something similar which claimed to do the same as this did - and I was so disappointed. I have to use twice as much, it does not give the same twinkle as you and smells rather chemically, not the fruity smell I have been accustomed to this past year.
I am hoping to come across the product again soon as it has become one ofthe necessities of my kitchen.
A couple of years ago we had a brand spanking new kitchen fitted. It came with all the latest mod-cons, you know, a sink, taps, clever machines that could store and cook food as well as wash the dirty dishes afterwards and also a gloriously sleek and shiny stainless steel splashback behind the really technical Bosch hob. Oh, how proud I was. Just like a new mother I was. Until I realised splashbacks don't have that name for nothing. Indeed, they did seem to be at the back of a lot of my cooking splashes. Oh, how annoyed I was. Just like a mother with a crying baby.
The baby kept crying "clean me mummy". But, how on earth was I to keep it quiet when it seemed to need attention so often? I can't blame it for crying so much though. We get through an awful lot of chilli, spag bol, curry, fried eggs, rice, pasta and potatoes every week. Oh how desperate I was. Just like a mother with a hyperactive crying baby!
What on earth was I to do?
My best friend suggested a trip to John Lewis. (Where most people take valium, my best friend goes to John Lewis.) And it was on the suggested trip that I found a product in the homeware department called Method Stainless Steel cleaner and polish. I was feeling calmer now, like a mother who's just discovered dummies.
How much does it cost?
It's currently on sale at Waitrose for £4.35, or £4 direct from the method website. See http://www.methodproducts.co.uk/stainless_steel.html for more info on this product and links to take you into a new dimension of cleaning.
The price seems expensive, I know, but in my view it's well worth paying. My bottle is still half full after a year, because you really don't need much of the product to do the job. With other cheaper cleaning products I tend to go through them a lot faster.
Obviously this is also a specialist product and I haven't seen anything that compares in the supermarket. The Ultimate40 Stainless Steel cleaner is £7.79; Franke Stainless cleaner cream is £9 and both these products are available on their internet sites.
Method's stainless cleaner is just as good on your stainless steel sink, taps and counters as it is on your splashback, which is great for all those of you who have minimal restaurant-style kitchens.
How do you recognise it?
Method's stainless cleaner comes in a very attractive recyclable silver coloured plastic bottle with a chunky translucent white spray gun nozzle. Wow, what a mouthful! It's a super sturdy container which is incredibly hardy, so don't worry about dropping it. This is one tough cookie!
The cleaner/polish is very natural, derived from corn and coconut. There are no harmful chemicals in the product and it has never been tested on animals. I feel like an eco-warrior mother!
Who makes the product?
Some very clever people, evidently, who really think about the ethical nature and sustainability of their products. I have also used their bathroom cleaner which is unlike anything I've ever encountered, smelling more like a facial cleanser than a bathroom cleaner.
"People against dirty" are the group behind the Method cleaning product company and they state on the back of their bottle:
"Stainless steel: it's a funny name. Would you want to try and stain it? What if you tried to stain it? OK, maybe you shouldn't try. The great thing about stainless steel is that it doesn't nick, rust,or corrode. But it does get dirty, and we're against that. method's non abrasive formula cleans and polishes stainless steel surfaces without streaking. Then just to be nice, it leaves a protective layer. And smells fresh. Because even steel has a sensitive side."
How do you use this product?
Well, I have to say, it is really easy to use. Here's how:
1.Shake the bottle.
2. Spray onto a clean cloth
3. Wipe onto the splashback with the grain of the steel.
4. Leave a few minutes and enjoy the fresh aroma.
5. Buff up with a clean dry cloth for extra shine.
6.Use your splashback as a mirror and revel in your cleaning prowess.
I am constantly amazed at how shiny the stainless is and visitors often ask how I manage to keep it looking so good. Until now, it's been a trade secret.
So, you'll be pleased to know the story ended happily. The baby never cried ever again about being dirty. It gurgled and cooed at the tender loving care it received from its now very proud mummy. Aaaaaah!