Product Type: Method Household Cleaning
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Whose Are Those Rabbit Ears In The Bathroom? It's Bugsy Tub Scrub!
Method Tub Scrub Bath Cleaner
Member Name: Nar2
Method Tub Scrub Bath Cleaner
Date: 03/07/10, updated on 04/07/10 (115 review reads)
Advantages: Environmentally friendly, non-toxic, lovely scent, keen price for the quantity.
Disadvantages: You have to scrub! Availability.
In the last couple of months I've been trying to do my bit to reduce the amount of power I use in my flat and largely the experiment has been going well, only leaving out post it notes to remind myself to switch everything that's plugged in, off. I've also been making an extra effort in trying to use homemade cleaning products or source environmentally friendly products so that I'm not knocked out by fumes, over spending and for the most part, most natural ingredients are easy to get and are cheap to buy.
So, when it comes to cleaning the bath and tiles, I've had my E-Cloth mop out to wash the large areas whilst the bath gets a steam cleaner to get rid of all the grey lime scale and hard water marks off. It is a pity that when the landlord decided to swap the kitchen over for the existing bathroom, he forgot about putting a window in! This means ventilated air from a dust catching fan that's not only noisy but does little to stop me from getting a steam facial each time I attempt to crawl around the bath to attack dirt! Help however has come from Method, a company I've only just got to know through reading reviews on here and of the two products I've so far bought, one of them is the rather nattily tilted "Tub Scrub."
Tub Scrub is an environmentally friendly bath cleaning cream made up from a collection of herbs and natural ingredients not least Eucalyptus oil and finely milled marble. Wait a moment? Finely milled marble? A granite mineral ground down to clean tiles and baths? Such an additive had me intrigued to say the least! The product does hold a lot of claims not least being "future friendly," that goes as far to say that it "makes for happy pipes and happy fish," and that the product further claims to be so environmentally friendly you'd wish you could test this on yourself! It is thus biodegradable, non-toxic and based on the international standard OECD 301D. It hasn't been tested on animals either although it does carry warnings that if it is swallowed seek medical advice immediately.
The shape of the bottle is actually one of the most unique if not truly identifiable by its strange rabbit like ears that adorn the product's top. This is purely for owners to stack their sponges or desired scrubbing pad into the space created and is for a better part of the design, convenient, practical and quite nifty! It has provided a talking point with some of my mates though; people often asking me who the ears belong to and I casually reply "oh that's Bugsy Tubs-Scrubs!" All contained in a large 680g smooth tactile plastic finish tube with a flip off plastic catch and a nice, pastel green colouring to match its Eco-associations, Tub Scrub by Method is usually priced at £3 and I bought mine at John Lewis.
The first problem I had was getting the cream out of the tube! The large tube is easy to hold but the top has a screw lid with a rubber nipple (similar to shower gels with purpose built dispersal caps) that can sometimes get too clogged up. Once I took the top off and gave it wash, screwing the cap back on, the tube is a bit better in squeezing the cream out and once you've removed your desired sponge, the "ears" help to prop up the tube if you place it upside down to loosen the cream. Even in the initial stages of using this product, the tube is disconcertingly heavy and those with gripping problems may find it difficult getting the cream out. As for that "finely milled marble," the cream is very white in colour and impossible to see the grains, yet the consistency is slightly grainy to the touch.
I am delighted to find that it makes no scratches whatsoever on my porcelain/ceramic bath whilst on tiles the cream goes on easily and disappears into the associated substances. Sadly this isn't a miracle cream that once applied shifts the dirt for you and I found just as I have done with previous cleaning products that the cream has to have some manual labour applied to get the dirt off. It does the job of cleaning with the smallest amount needed however so it does last longer than other creams on the market. The smell of the cream is quite refreshing too with a good mix of Eucalyptus and mint that never overtakes and is pleasing to clean with although Tub Scrub doesn't have a long lasting scent after all the cleaning has been done, it is at best neutral and fresh. Eucalyptus and Mint by their own accord are both natural anti-bacterial agents that are also fresh and clean to the nose.
It was on hard water areas on tiles just above the main bathroom taps where my tiles seem to get the worst of water marks that their smoothness came up after the cream was scrubbed away, revealing smooth to the touch tiles where upon before it was scarred with water marks and limescale. Grey water tides in the bath and bath scum marks that are always a right old bug**r to shift came up sparkling and clean, and in less than an hour when it usually takes me more to clean with steam (and wipe down my brow and wipe down my neck from steamed sweat) my bath looked better from the day I had initially moved in! Of course, I've attacked the wash basin with Method's Tub Scrub too and the basin has since been very easy to keep clean as well as being rewarded with that fresh natural ingredients scent all the time. Once the cream has been washed away I tend to shower down everything so that the water flows downwards taking the product away. It is here that the Tub Scrub does lather up and I was shocked to see all the dirt as the bath filled up lift up and get taken with the rest of the flow. The product is also good for your pipes, taking away deposits naturally. Tide marks really are a thing of the past but it also comes down to the type of scourer you use; I use the kitchen type ones that have thick foam sponge and the green plastic rough scourer on top. Previous chemical laden creams I've used in the past tend to destroy these kinds of cleaning pads so it is good to see that this cream doesn't do that and thus it is infinitely possible to just keep using the same pad, also saving you more money in the long run.
All in all, I'm really pleased with Method's Tub Scrub. It may provide a suitable talking point from others who visit your bathroom from the tube's strange ears- and when was the last time you could say that about any cleaning product's tube? Fun part aside, the cleaning action is spot on although it is an obvious pity that whilst it is environmentally friendly and leaves porcelain, plastic and ceramics looking spotless, it doesn't do the work for you and at most a little scrubbing is involved hence the product's name. For the most part though, Tub Scrub doesn't conk me out because there are no chemical fumes to take in - and that with its clean scent, makes a refreshing change. Thanks for reading! İNar2 2010
A whole long list of ingredients can be found here;
Summary: An environmentally friendly scrub product that does what it says!
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