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I really can't remember where I first read about Method Laundry Detergent but I am SO glad that I did! I day "read" because I'm pretty sure that I looked up their website and was so impressed that I then went searching the supermarkets for the products. Admittedly I COULD have bought it directly from them but, as it happens, I was lucky enough to find it in Sainsbury's while on special offer. Having not seen it previously, even then it seemed a remarkably small bottle (compared with other washing liquids) for the price, but the recommended "dose" was also very small - and, as I already use wash balls, I knew I could cut this by about half. Method say that their washing liquid is "ultra concentrated" (8 times) therefore the 300ml which comes in a pump-top bottle will provide 25 washes. The one thing I was rather concerned about was the prospect of a liquid that was highly scented - something I avoid at all costs. It really IS my pet hate! When I first bought it the only version available was FRESH AIR (blue bottle) and I have to say that I was suitably impressed. Since then I have also sampled the other two fragrances: PEONY BLOSSOM (pink) and FREE & CLEAN (white) and I have to say that I have no complaints about any of them. I have used Fresh Air most, not really from any preference; simply that it seems the most readily available in the local shops. There is also now the added attraction that they make this variety in refill pouches which offer a considerable saving. The bottle retails (usually) at £6 although on their website and in our local Co-op it is £5.99. The refill pouch which holds enough for 85 washes - therefore filling three plus bottles - costs £14 so a saving of over £4, and I have found this in Sainsbury's. I have seen several good suggestions for the re-use of the bottles but I really think this is the one I shall opt for. I KNEW they would come in useful - and I shall have nearly four bottles ready which will last me AGES! I have also found Method available in Tesco and Waitrose. The actual liquid is clear and virtually colour free and apparently 95% plant based. You can use it as a stain remover by adding a spot directly from the pump - and it works too! I will admit that I rarely have very stained things in my laundry so I don't feel qualified to state that it will clean everything perfectly but I am pleased to say that it has coped with everything I have "thrown at it" so far. I usually dry my washing outside and, unlike some of my neighbours; no-one would know which detergent I use from the scent wafting across the garden. The washing always smells fresh and clean but without the overpowering perfume you get from a lot of the more "usual" detergents. The recommended "dose" per wash is four pumps for an average load, six for a large load and only two for a small load. I rarely use the recommended amount because as I said previously, I also use wash balls (Lakeland Dolly Washer Balls) which reduce the need for detergents, I have certainly never used more than four pumps even for a large wash and I always get the results I expect. If you want to learn any more about Method, the website: www.methodproducts.co.uk is well worth a visit. You can also buy the products from this site and I note that they also offer to recycle the refill pouches if you care to return them. Would I recommend this product? Definitely! I certainly don't intend to change in the near future and I am well known for being fussy where this type of product in concerned. I hope that this has been of interest - and helpful - and I thank you for reading. Hazel
I received a sample of Method Laundry Detergent through the post several weeks ago but have only just got round to using it. I had heard of Method before but didn't know an awful lot about it. Method products are "green", the laundry detergent being made with 95% plant extracts, therefore biodegradable. Unfortunately being better for the environment also means more expensive. A bottle of Method on their website is £5.99 for 25 washes making it approximately 23.5 pence per wash, whereas Surf Small and Mighty works out at 18.5 per wash. It is not widely available but I do know that Homebase stock it, and according to their website, www.methodproducts.co.uk Tesco do too but when I looked on the Tesco website I couldn't find it. Of course all I had was a sachet but if you buy a full size bottle, being super concentrated obviously means a smaller bottle. Also I like the way that the bottle has a pump dispenser making it clean and easy to use the correct amount. I decided to put the Method Laundry Detergent to the test on a load of whites. I was surprised to see that it is a clear gel rather than a liquid. The one I tried was Fresh Air. It had a lovely smell, a bit floral which I like, and very fresh. Its quite a strong fragrance too. I popped it in my machine and clicked the button keen to see the results on some grubby white socks of mine. When the cycle had finished I took my laundry out. I could still smell the Method slightly but not as much as I had hoped, however the clothes smelt clean and fresh which is the main thing. I have to say though that on the whole I was a bit disappointed with the cleaning results of Method. My white socks weren't as clean as they should have been and several other things which had little marks on them could still be seen. It certainly didn't encourage me to buy a full bottle. I like the idea of Method Laundry Detergent. It comes in a much smaller container, has a pump dispenser and is far more environmentally friendly than regular washing liquids. I could almost forgive the extra cost per wash, but the thing that really puts me of buying it again are the results in the machine. I was disappointed with my washing particularly the white things. For me personally Method Laundry Detergent needs to perform much better in the machine before I would buy it. I'm giving Method Laundry Detergent 3 stars, 1 for the smaller bottle, 1 for the pump dispenser and 1 for being environmentally friendly.
Where to buy... I have seen this for sale in Homebase, Tesco and Waitrose - the Method website gives a list of retailers. Cost... The cost usually seems to be £6 in most shops, and this is the price it is available for in the Method online shop. I believe there is an offer on for this product in particular in Tesco - i think it is 2 for £9. Yes, this is expensive. But the damage that normal products do to the environment isn't really measured by price. This may be too expensive for some, and i think tis is understandable in current climate. The Brand... This company could be described as ethical. They look for naturally based resources and use ethical processes. They try to be sustainable. Their ethos centres on community and are environmentally aware. The packaging is recycled. As a small package, it also costs less of a carbon footprint to transport. All around goodness. This is a UK brand. The Product... There are 3 detergent fragrances, Peony, Fresh Air and Free & Clear. The most available one seems to be this one, it is the only option available in my local Tesco and Waitrose, but they are small stores. 300mls does 25 washes. You measure the amount to put in with squirts! Recomended fr a normal load and wash is 4 squirts - you can obviously use more or less. This is really concentrated. I almost didn't trust it when i first started using it as it looks like there isn't enough to wash a full load. But experience suggests that 4 squirts does a full load of my normal, everyday clothing. Take a look at some of the reviews for the Peony scented one - the reviewers have really looked at how effective the detergent is in a much more in depth way tha me. I tend to just go with things and if it works, i'm happy, don't get into it that much! I have used the 'naturally' range from tesco and the 'Eco' range as well. I absolutely hate the smell of the Tesco fabric softner, it leavs my clothes smelling like damp, and it is horrible. It has kind of put me off their detergent, whic is actually fine. The Eco one is fine too. My Opinion... What i like about this is it fits in my cupboard very neatly. I also like squirting, it is much easier than measuring out in lids and stuff - reduces wastage a lot for a clutz like me. I trust the company. It does the job - no complaints in terms of the product, it is a winner. However, the price is a problem. It really makes me weigh up what else i hae in my trolley and whether i can spare that extra for ethical detergent.
I'm a big fan of Method products, partly for their Green credentials, but mainly for the fact that I think that some of them work a lot better than conventional items - their philosophy is "people against dirty", and they aim to produce things that have no nasties in the ingredients but that work. I've found that their glass cleaner and wood cleaner are second to none and keep my home clean and smelling nice of mint and almond respectively. When I saw that they had started to produce laundry products I was keen to see if they were any good. I do a lot of washing, at least one load a day if not more more, so I need my detergent to be up to the task. The first thing to say about this is that, at £6 for a very small albeit funky-looking bottle (it's no more than 20cm high and that includes the very chunky dispenser), psychologically this feels like an expensive purchase. Actually this is a concentrated detergent and it's priced at 25p a wash, which is similar to other detergents such as Fairy non bio, and a little more expensive than some. Still, when you pick up the bottle you don't feel like you are getting very much for the money and I wondered whether it would actually deliver the 25 washes promised or indeed clean well. Method reckon it's 8 times more concentrated than normal detergent, basically as they have come up with a way of making it less water based - you can read about the technology on their website, link at the bottom of this review. Apart from being small, what's different about this product compared to other detergents is the dispenser - they've produced a pump, a bit like a soap one, so that you can dispense the detergent accurately. This is actually a really good idea, from first use I thought it was a lot better than the caps on conventional bottles that you are supposed to use to measure out the liquid. When using this there's no mess and I actually end up using the suggested dose (2 - 4 pumps depending on how dirty your clothes are/how hard your water is), rather than hoping for the best because I can't be bothered with the faff of measuring, emptying the measurer and finding the thing in the first place. When you use this at first it's a bit unnerving as when you squirt it into the drawer it doesn't particularly look like any detergent you have used before - it's quite runny, even compared to washing up liquid, a bit like a thin oil, and not a vibrant colour at all - a kind of uninspiring greige. It's a plant derived product apparently, which may account for it's non-artificial looks. It may not look anything special but what's more important to me is whether it actually works. You can use this detergent straight into the drawer or squirt some onto any stains that are on your clothes - I have small children, and whilst their clothes aren't quite as bad as those in your average Persil ad, there is normally a fair amount of paint splatter, bits of spag bol and the odd pen mark or two. I have found that this detergent is up to the job of dealing with our clothes, it seems to wash as well as any other detergent I have used. I've tended to stick to 2 squirts and add another squirt for larger loads, and even at lower temperatures all has been well. This particular detergent is billed "fresh air" (there are two other perfumes available), and it's the one that I've stuck to so far - I'm going to be stocking up at Sainsbury's who have it on offer for £3.99 currently. I find that clothes washed in this detergent don't smell perfumed as such, but they do come out smelling clean. Compared to, say, a Bold version of this the smell doesn't linger and it's less exotic - other manufacturers seem to be coming up with more and more perfumes that remind you of your bathroom cabinet than soap. The smell of this one doesn't last for a long time on your clothes, but actually I don't personally want to smell of lavender or magnolia, I'd rather choose a proper perfume. This has a bit of a muted smell - it reminds me of a mild soap, if I had to describe it I'd say it smells of "clean". I tend to use it without a fabric conditioner and line dry as much as I can; like I explained I find my clothes come out cleansed and soft, I haven't noticed that it is any less good at getting out stains than other detergents I have used. I've been using this for a while now, and I like the fact that I can recycle the bottle, and that it is made of 50% recycled plastic. It's convenient to store due to its small size. I do think the dispenser part is a bit wasteful, I can't recycle that, and though it has been well designed (it's got a red dot on the bottom so you can see if it is angled properly through the bottom of the bottle so you use every drop, and is quite well built), it's a shame you have to buy it every time. I have contacted the company to see if they are going to sell a refill version so that you don't have to buy the pump every time, (and will update if they answer me) I'd be even happier if this made the detergent a little cheaper. I also like the fact that, having read the ingredients (also on the website) that I do believe that they are non-toxic for my family's skin and also bio-degradable. This has to be a good thing, and is all the more pleasing as I think that it does live up the manufacturer's promise to get your clothes "amazingly clean". The detergent does actually deliver the promised 25 washes in my experience - I kept a little tally (sad I know) and found out that it does stretch to that many washes and that I do a stupid amount of washing. I'm pretty well converted to this detergent which has joined a few other Method products as a staple in my home, I'm prepared to pay a little more for the convenience of a concentrated product that is easily dispensed, better for the environment and works well. This is a great product. More details and money off voucher here: http://methodlaundry.co.uk/#