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Method- Cleaning Product with a Conscience

Updated on January 26, 2015

Method – A Cleaning Product with a Conscience

When my children were at home, I wanted everything as clean as possible. I sanitized the best I could to guard my family against germs and sickness, or so I thought. My adult daughter recently mentioned a new cleaning product, Method. She was telling me it was a good product; inexpensive, and formulated without a lot of harsh chemicals. I thought I might try it out, but soon forgot about the product, and continued to use the harsh cleaners I had always used wanting things to be as clean as possible.

I was out one day shopping and listening to talk radio. A consumer test researcher was talking about her organization and how they tested a variety of products. She explained the research she did and how her organization completed testing on household cleaners. She went on to say that they found that many products are regulated by the EPA. The EPA considers many household cleaners, and the chemicals used to make cleaners hazardous to human health. I did some basic research online and this does seem to be the case. I am not an expert or a scientist, but it was enough to get me thinking about the products I have always used.

Testing

They tested a variety of kitchen and bathroom cleaners that we are all familiar with and determined which ones cleaned the best. Then they did chemical tests on cleaners to measure the amounts and variety of chemical compounds that were added to the cleaners to increase the ability to clean, sanitize and increase shelf life.

She summed up the interview with the fact that the ‘Method’ brand products were extremely good and formulated with green chemistry. I was already thinking that surely this product was very expensive. I also wondered with all these “mild” ingredients, how good the product is at cleaning. My normal response is the stronger it is, the better it is.

My Experiencee

I went to one of the big box stores and found the product. There is only one chain store in my area that carries it. I was surprised at how inexpensive it was. Some of the products are also sold online. The labeling was very plain. I can understand why it had never caught my eye before this. The bottle was clear with very little printing. This allows the consumer to see the contents which are very light and almost watery looking. The products contain a variety of fragrances which are typical of most home cleaning products these days.

I purchased the kitchen cleaner. I have been impressed with its ability to clean and the fragrance was great, but does it sanitize? Since I have no way of testing this at home, I did a little more online research and found products that indicate that the cleaners are sanitizers do kill certain bacteria, but other bacteria immediately take their place. It sounds a little bit like the hand sanitizers that we all want to use on our hands, but they basically just move dead bacteria around.

Further Research

Method: behind the bottle can be researched further online at http://www.methodproducts.co.uk, The site contains descriptions of what they use, how they formulate products, why some preservatives are used, and contain very readable details of the products’ chemical compositions, and information abouut the company. I am going to continue to use the product and hopefully when my experiment is over, I will continue to love the product and want to purchase other products this company produces.

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Informative and gave me something to think about. Cleaning agents are always so harsh. If there's something that works just as well, I'd rather use that.

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