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Method Laundry Detergent Peony Blossom
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Method Laundry Detergent Peony Blossom
Date: 27/01/13, updated on 24/08/13 (85 review reads)
Advantages: Attractive, small bottle. Excellent cleaning power.
Disadvantages: Issues with pump dispenser. Generally expensive.
As far as I am concerned, the search is still on for 'The One'. But Method's Peony Blossom Laundry Detergent comes close:
Yes. I have used this for clothes, towels and bed linen. Generally, the washing has not looked particularly dirty, though has sometimes been a bit whiffy and lacking freshness. Smells are removed with this detergent. A shirt which had Bolognese stains on it went through a wash with Persil non-bio and the stains remained. An application of the Method liquid direct on the stain and a wash through with Method led to the disappearance of the stain entirely. I was very impressed by this result.
The jury is out on whether or not this is desirable. Personally I like a lingering fragrance on towels and sheets, but not clothes. If a scent is stated on the pack, I expect to be able to detect it. My Method detergent said it was Peony Blossom scented, and the product itself smells very floral and pleasant. But I have to put my nose right up to the washed laundry to smell anything, and even then it is very faint. So, no prizes in this category.
I have a 300ml bottle that delivers 25 washes. As the pack says, the detergent is "outstandingly concentrated", and consequently the pack is smaller than my current Persil non-bio liquid that contains 18 washes. I appreciate the reduced packaging and the smallness as storage space is an issue in our kitchen.
A distinct feature of this detergent is that it comes in a pump dispenser. It states clearly around the top of the pump that '4 pumps= 1 wash', and through this device they have managed to save the user time since there is no cap to remove and fill. The pump itself works well and so far has left no residual drip: the attractive, conical bottle remains clean, and by comparison with other similar products, rather elegant.
There is, however, a slight awkwardness to using the pump dispenser now that I am halfway through the product. I find that in order to squirt the detergent into the drawer of my washing machine I like to place the nozzle directly over the correct section. This was fine when the bottle was full, but now that it is depleted, I find that it must be held upright in order to squirt efficiently.
Stay with me.
To squirt the pump I need to press the top down with my index finger. To do this with aplomb I need to have my elbow bent. But, if I want the bottle upright and the nozzle close to the washing machine drawer I have to hold the bottle with my arm stretched out straight. This makes it very difficult for me then to get the angle of my hand so that my fingers can operate the pump. This is extremely trying. In consequence I have had to resort to standing further away from the machine, and hoping that I am aiming well when the pump is depressed. As the amount of liquid reduces, so increases the amount of force needed to deliver the required 4 pumps into the dispenser drawer. You can take turns with a partner if you like, and it really livens laundry time up..
I notice now I read the label more carefully that you can also squirt it direct into the drum of the machine. Where's the challenge there? Same issue, less fun if you ask me.
Method are keen that all the detergent be used and so helpfully explain how to squirt out every last drop: "look underneath bottle, locate the pink tube inside, turn top pump spout so it aligns with tube." This seems easy enough. The alternative is to unscrew the whole of the lid, add a little water, return lid, shake and then pour out. Also easy enough.
Expensive! Currently this is on sale on offer in Sainsbury's for £3.99, but its regular price is £6. This equates to 16p or 24p a wash. You can buy an 85 wash pack at £9.33 equating to 11p a wash, and that is much more favourable, placing it as one of the cheaper liquid detergents at Sainsbury's as I write. Their regular price for this refill pack is £14. What did I pay? Why...nothing, it was on a 'try me free' introductory offer when I purchased.
It is easy to see how many washes you get from the pack. What isn't immediately clear is whether or not it is a biological or non-biological detergent. Since this is important for many people with sensitive skin, or babies who are likely to have sensitive skin, you might expect it to be stated and it isn't. The ingredients list enzymes though: protease, amylase and cellulase, which I believe makes it a biological detergent.
Environmental and ethical issues?
The emphasis is on the product being "powered by plant-based smartclean technology" and Method declare themselves to be against "dirty" chemical ingredients. They aim to be environmentally friendly and consequently the detergent contains lots of biodegradable ingredients, the bottle is made from 50% recycled plastic, HDPE to be precise, and so can be recycled where facilities exist. The product is not tested on animals.
Overall this product looks nice, works well and is sometimes sold at a competitive price. Its packaging has some design flaws and it can be extremely expensive.
Summary: A detergent from a company that seems to be trying hard.