Product Type: Method Household Cleaning
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Method Tub Scrub Bath Cleaner
Member Name: jo1976
Method Tub Scrub Bath Cleaner
Date: 23/02/09, updated on 29/03/12 (369 review reads)
Advantages: Natural ingredients, herbal fragrance, biodegradable, unusual designed bottle
Disadvantages: Still need to scrub the bath to get it clean
I must confess, the first thing that caught my eye when I spotted the Method Tub Scrub bath cleaner in B&Q was the unusual design of the container. It comes in a large hard plastic tube, standing upright on its lid and has what look like two upside-down legs sticking out of the top! I had to pick the bottle up just to see what it actually was. I suspect this was what the manufacturers had in mind when they designed the packaging and, if so, it worked for me. I was still confused as to what purpose the sticking up legs served and I had to read right to the bottom of the blurb on the back to discover that they were a 'built-in sponge holder'! Indeed, if you look at the image provided by Dooyoo, it shows a scouring pad being lodged in the middle of the gap. How on earth did we ever manage without one of these before?!
Whilst looking for the reason behind the bottle's unusual design, I was impressed by some of the information listed on the bottle - in particular, the claim that the contents were natural, non-toxic and biodegradable. I like to strike a balance between using cleaning products that actually work effectively and avoiding adding too many nasty chemicals to our water supply, so this interested me. What finally clinched the purchase was the bottle's claim that it contained 'finely milled marble' and that the scent of the stuff would leave my bathroom smelling like a spa. Anything that makes my bathroom smell less like a bathroom, even a freshly cleaned one, seemed worth a try.
So, is this cleaner all style and no substance? Well, not entirely but I can't say that it performed any miracles in the bathroom. To be fair, my bath isn't all that dirty so it wasn't put through a 'How Clean is Your House?' style challenge. I did have a visible tidemark in the bath though and I applied the Tub Scrub onto a microfibre cloth, as suggested on the bottle, and gave the bath a gentle scrub, again as suggested. The cleaner had a cream-like consistency, which squirts out with some force, although it didn't produce any lather as such. I was hoping that this would be one of those miracle products that would instantly dissolve any dirt and grime on contact but, unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The cleaner did eventually tackle the tidemark but with the help of a bit more elbow grease than I'd have liked to apply! I can't see that the 'finely milled marble' had any amazing cleaning qualities, although the cream did have a slightly gritty texture, so I was surprised that it wasn't more abrasive than it turned out to be.
As for the fragrance, I wouldn't say that my bathroom smelt quite like a spa after I'd finished using it but I have to admit that the scent is much more pleasant and less chemical and synthetic smelling than your average bathroom cleaner. The fragrance claims to be 'eucalyptus mint.' I'm not too sure what eucalyptus smells like but I wouldn't say this was particularly minty at all. If anything, it has a strong herbal scent, similar to the original formula of Radox bath salts, so I suppose it does leave behind a smell that you'd associate with having baths rather than cleaning them. Handy for those occasions when you've had to rush around cleaning at the last minute but want to give the impression that your house is always left in that state and hasn't been freshly cleaned.
The Tub Scrub smells pleasant, does clean (although doesn't work miracles, sadly) and the bottle looks very funky sitting in my bathroom - much more attractive than a bottle of Mr Muscle or Cif! I probably wouldn't rush to buy this product again though, unless I found it for sale at a particularly cheap price. I paid £3.88 for a 680g bottle from B&Q (which I'd imagine will last me for ages) and it is available for around the same price at certain branches of Tesco and Homebase too. I would certainly give other products in this range a try though as I do like the philosophy behind the Method company, mainly the natural ingredients and 'green' credentials. As you'd expect, neither this product nor any in the Method range have been tested on animals and the packaging is 100% recyclable. More information about the range and local stockists can be found on the Method website at www.methodproducts.co.uk
Summary: Lots of style and a little bit of substance!
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