I like the eco-friendly Method range of cleaning products so was happy to try out their innovative laundry liquid in the Fresh Air fragrance which I found on offer in Sainsburys.
I liked the simple and practical design of the unusual plastic bottle. I found the liquid format really easy to dispense using the pump and there was no mess or waste. I found the amount dispensed to be easy to control and to add extra when needed. The only drawback to this format is that I would prefer a larger size to accommodate the laundry produced by my family of five!
It does work out quite expensive, even though I'm used to paying premium prices for Fairy non-bio (powder or gel.) I would also prefer the option of a larger sized bottle as I generally stock upon laundry products once a month rather than buying them more frequently.
The supposed Fresh Air fragrance was sadly almost non-existent. I don't mind this in some ways as both I and my free boys have sensitive skin and are prone to eczema, so am grateful for products where added perfumes are kept to a minimum. To be a little contradictory, however, it is nice to smell something indicating freshly washed clothing so I would probably choose the other fragrance (Peony) rather than the Fresh Air scent that I used.
I had no issues at all with the cleaning power and found that the liquid cleaned equally as effectively as my usual Fairy non-bio, even on my boys' mucky school clothing and toddler's food-stained tops.
I am a fan of Method products from previous experiences and have previously recommended them both face-to-face and online. I love the ethics of the brand and their eco-friendly status so would recommend this on that basis. I would prefer a slighlty more distinctive fragrance but certainly found the cleaning performance to be as good as my usual brand of non-bio so, on that basis, I would recommend this.
Being a family of three with a young boy who loves to get dirty my wash load never seems to go down. This means I get through my fair share of washing liquid. I prefer washing liquid over other formats, as I find it isn't as messy as powders and sometimes tablets don’t always dissolve completely. I’m quite finicky over what I use, as I need something that is going to clean grubby clothes. I've tried quite a few different brands with none being any more noteworthy than the last.
I’m always carefully perusing the washing detergents when shopping to see what might be up to the job of keeping my family’s clothes clean. When in Tesco some time ago, I happened to notice a different washing detergent that I’d not come across before. The brand being Method, which produce environmentally-friendly products. I had heard good things about the brand so I was eager to give it a try.
The Method laundry liquid fresh air is produced from a plant-based formula – how good is that?! I’m all for environmentally-friendly products, and opt for these where possible. This product is made from non-toxic, natural and biodegradable ingredients, which is great for the planet. The slim, lightweight bottle is also environmentally-friendly as it is made from recycled-plastic. So far, so good. Impressed with its green credentials I had high hopes for this one.
Another advantage that this product has is that it comes in a compact little bottle, and is much smaller than others that hold the same amount of washes. This 600 ml bottle provides 25 washes. The concentrated formula allows for a more compact bottle which is easier to cart from store to home and takes up less space in the home.
I love the bottle design. To dispense the liquid into the machine there is a handy press-down pump that can be operated with one hand. There’s no fiddling around with taking off a cap or any worry of spilling or wasting any. You need not worry about measuring the dosage, as the unique dispenser takes care of that. You only need 2 squirts, or 4 for really dirty clothes or dependent on how hard your water is. This clever design allows for an accurate dosage each time, with no waste or mess.
As for the scent, this one is labelled Fresh air, which gives a feeling of cleanliness. I must say, that once clothes have been through the wash with this, they do come out smelling fresh and clean as the name would suggest. There’s no artificial fragrance, just a clean smell. The light scent doesn’t linger, however, the clothes do still smell fresh after they’ve been put away. I personally prefer this fresh clean scent over the sickly artificial scents.
Now on to how well it performs. Our clothes do tend to get grubby. My son’s school clothes look horrendous by the end of the day, I have to wonder what he’s been doing to get so dirty. His pale blue polo shirt is grubby beyond belief when he comes out of school, as are his trousers. His socks are grim by the end of the day, and it looks like he’s not had his shoes on for indoor or outdoor activities. He’s usually got a mixture of mud, food, pen and any other type of art materials that have been used that day adorned onto his clothes.
His clothes can also be quite sweaty smelling, too, as he is rather active. I have to actually wash his uniform every night, as it is so grubby. I’m in the gym 3-4 times a week and my gym attire is rather damp after a good gym session. Most everything else in general is not too bad, with bedding and towels being as expected after use. We do a wash load every day, and some days even two wash loads are needed.
So we have whites, darks and delicate items with wash loads going through generally on a 40 degree wash cycle. I also wash delicates on a 30 degree wash cycle. The only time the water temperature goes up is when illness strikes. I go between using the recommended 2-4 squirts depending on the grubbiness of the clothes in general. I have found that everything comes out clean, fresh and soft every time without fail.
I have to say that I am pleased with the results. No matter how grubby our clothes have been, I get clean results every time. I was a little hesitant at first, as the liquid doesn’t look like commercial formulas, it is quite thin and a muted, dingy colour. The recommended small amount that is dispensed into the drawer also made me wonder if it would be enough. I needn't have worried, as this stuff is fantastic.
Clothes come out soft and clean, whites come out clean and colours keep their colour. The slight issue with this product is that it is pricier than other brands. Most commercial brands come up on offer which can be tempting and make for a cheaper buy. This environmentally-friendly product costs £5 for 25 washes, which works out at 25p a wash, so certainly not the cheapest. Refills can be purchased online and work out slightly cheaper at £14 for 85 loads. This doesn't seem to be stocked in many supermarkets, as I've only found it in Tesco. Otherwise, it can be purchased online.
Method produce a range of products including washing-up liquid, surface cleaners, hand wash and laundry detergent. I have tried a few of their other products all with pleasing results. I do really like this washing detergent, as it is environmentally friendly, it cleans brilliantly and it leave clothes soft and smelling fresh. The only downside is the cost and the limited amount of retailers that stock it. I wish it was more widely available, better known and a little less expensive.
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