Method Laundry Detergent - Fresh Air Smells Good
Written: Nov 14, 2011 (Updated Nov 14, 2011)
a Very Helpful Review
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Pros:Solid cleaning power, packaging, nice scent
Cons:Can be pricey
The Bottom Line: If you want squeaky clean n'green clothes that smell great, this it the way to go.
Back in August, I chucked a silly idea Method’s way for a little promotion they were doing. I was rewarded with three entire cases of product (how freakin’ cool is that?). One of them was full of Method’s laundry detergent. That means I now have enough detergent to do 450 loads of laundry. Awesome.
But a refill doesn’t exactly have a way to measure how much detergent to use. Method’s detergent is way more concentrated than other detergents out there, so using too much is a waste and unnecessary. So I skipped out to Target and grabbed some. Except I grabbed the wrong scent. The refills are Free + Clear. I was already irritated with Target and it’s lack of Method products, and was so happy to see the detergent there, I snapped up the first one that looked right…which was Fresh Air scent instead.
Method’s detergent was crafted with the complete opposite of typical detergent in mind. This is easy to see in the simple packaging. It’s not a giant jug of watered down product. It’s made with biodegradable and safe plant-based ingredients. It’s super concentrated to keep clothes clean while ensuring you and the environment stay healthy and happy. And instead of pouring it into an oversized cup or lid (where you can’t even see the stupid fill lines), they’ve used common sense and given it a pump. 2 pumps for a light/small load. 4 pumps for your average/medium load. 6 pumps for some heavy duty washing. And it doesn’t matter if you have a front loader, top loader, or HE machine – this works with everything. Easy-peasy.
A random, but nifty thing. On the bottom you may notice a pink item inside the container. That’s to help you get every last little bit out to enjoy. The pink dot is the tube dip location. You align the pump spout with it and that helps to get you all the detergent you paid for. Neat!
Now, I swear my dog is doing certain things on purpose just to test Method products as strenuously as possible. He hasn’t had an accident in a long, long time, and yet the very day after I buy this, he goes and makes a mess on the carpet. No, I didn’t use the detergent on the carpet, but I did use it on the towels used to mop up the mess. So I decided that day was laundry day. I washed everything. Doggie towels. Bathtowels. Light clothes. Dark clothes. I never used more than 4 pumps for a load. Everything came out clean as can be and smelling fresh. You can also use this detergent as a concentrated stain fighter by putting a dab on the area before washing. I didn’t need to do that (even though my dog does seem to have super liquid sunshine wee-wee), though a part of me wants to take some fabric and grass stain the bejeezus out of it just to test it out.
I used the detergent along with Method’s sweet water scented dryer cloths. I wore freshly washed clothes to work that day. It was the first time I noticed laundry smell on my clothes all day long. But it wasn’t unpleasant at all. It was different, that’s for sure, because normally I never notice anything. But every time I crouched down to put away some books, I’d get a little whiff like, “Ooh, laundry smell.” And I gotta tell you, after years of hating most laundry-related smells, I actually started to enjoy it. I don’t think my clothes smelled entirely of Fresh Air or Sweet Water, but probably a mix of the two. Nice.
The one thing that is most likely to turn people off is the price. A bottle for 25 loads of laundry is $7.99. A bottle of 50 loads is $14.99. When you compare them to the other laundry giants, that’s a bit pricey. You have to be willing to trade that amount for all the benefits that Method can offer, but it wouldn’t surprise me of many people didn’t. Heck, even I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of paying that much (though I won’t have to for a while…maybe by the time we use all the detergent up, the price will go down a smidge).
But if you want to give it a try, do so. See if Target or Method has any coupons (I had a Target $1 off coupon) to save a bit of money and see how you like it. I bet you will.
**For a complete list of ingredients (and what they do) visit www.methodhome.com as they may change over time. I also challenge you to see if any other traditional detergent offers up their ingredients.
Other Method Goodies:
Sea Mineral Hand Wash
Pink Grapefruit Hand Wash
Pink Grapefruit Hand Wash Refill
Daily Shower Spray
Tub + Tile Bathroom Cleaner
Marine Naturals Body Wash (Refresh Mint)
Squeaky Green Dryer Cloths (Sweet Water)
Glass + Surface Cleaner
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