Method Daily Shower Spray Eco Product Review

It’s well known that here at Life Goggles, Method products are a favourite. They work brilliantly and are great for the environment. But when Big Green Smile sent me Method’s Daily Shower Spray to test I wondered not whether it worked but whether it was better than just cleaning the shower normally.

And the truth is that I’m not too sure. What I do know is that it works great. As usual. It contains all natural ingredients so I actually enjoy using it, no need for rubber gloves or worrying about the smell. In fact although it’s ylang ylang ‘flavour’, it doesn’t actually smell of much.

But it works pretty well. As it says on the back, it’s best to start with a clean shower and use this as a way of keeping the shower nice and clean. If the shower is already dirty, then this isn’t the strongest cleaner there is and you’ll need something like Method’s tub and tile cleaner first.

Method Daily Shower Spray is available from Big Green Smile for £3.00 for an 828ml bottle.


Method Bowl Patrol Eco Product Review

Method continues its domination of our homes, bringing out a toilet cleaner to go along with its Bathroom Flushable Wipes that we loved at Life Goggles.

Bowl Patrol

Called Bowl Patrol (love the name), method once again shows how different it is by using lactic acid (a mineral dissolver) as its cleaning power. And it works well. What also surprised us was that the cleaner was both coloured (blue) and had a strong smell. Most of its products only have a faint scent and even if are coloured in the bottle, don’t leave a coloured mark. The blue does help you to know where you’ve squirted it under the rim and the smell is okay, not as fresh as some artificial scents but pleasant enough.

As usual, the design of the bottle is first class. Simple, but effective, it’s easy to squeeze the cleaner under the rim and leave it for ten minutes before cleaning away. And the good thing is it won’t harm any fish or anything in the sea after you flush.

Available from places like John Lewis, Waitrose and Big Green Smile, you can look at method’s website to find more stockists. It costs around £3.00.

Method All Purpose Spray Eco Product Review

All purpose spray

After testing Method’s Stainless Steel Cleaner, Flushable Wipes and Soy Candle, Big Green Smile sent us some All Purpose Spray to review. Firstly I’ll get out the way how much I like the bottle shape and tounge-in-cheek writing on the bottle – all products should be like this – but it’s more important to find out if it works well.

I didn’t get the same colour as pictured on the website, I think Method must just update them as mine was pink as pictured below, although I’m sure it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference to how it works.

I gave it a stern test – my cooker top which hadn’t been cleaned for a couple of weeks. And I just used a cloth so I would have to work at stubborn stains. But I didn’t have to really. I turned the nozzle to ‘on’ and off I went, a few sprays and a quick wipe and I was done. Well almost. There were a few places which needed a further wipe but what I discovered was that if you sprayed a drop of the Method cleaner on the area, left it for about 30 seconds, it then wiped off easily.

The smell wasn’t quite as nice as other Method products and it did seem a bit ‘chemically’ but I wasn’t worried about breathing it in or touching it with my hands like I am with other cleaners. It’s made with naturally-derived surfactants and is biodegradable.

Method All Purpose Spray costs £3.00 and is available from Big Green Smile.

My Method

Method Foaming Handwash Eco Product Review

Being a generous man by nature, I opted to donate the Method Foaming Handwash that Big Green Smile sent me to my friend Claire to let her to test. Not that I didn’t want it, but they sent me a load of things to test and there are only so many hours in the day.

So good old Claire (saying that, she’s 22) took it home and tried it out for me and then answered my insightful questions to see how she found it.

Did it work?
Do you mean did it clean my hands? I would say not quite as thoroughly as a liquid soap. Because it was self foaming it just wasn’t as effective. I always wash my hands when I get home after being on the Tube, and often I’ll have newspaper ink on my hands. I found that I had to rub my hands together longer and more vigorously with this stuff to get them looking clean.

Did you have to use a lot?
Just one pump per wash. Probably the same amount as a liquid soap pump but you can’t really tell since it comes out as a foam. But each pump is probably the size of a 50p coin.

How was the smell?
The smell was quite pleasant, I think there is tea tree in it. But yes, you can smell it and it smells nice. And the smell did stay on my hands after washing and drying them.

Did it foam up a lot?
One pump doesn’t create as much of a lather as a liquid soap, but it is enough per wash. It doesn’t create as much foam as the liquid soap does when it foams up in your hands, so you probably get more value for your money from the liquid soap.

How long has it lasted?
Well there are five of us in our house, it is next to the kitchen sink, so probably gets used 3-4 times a day. There is still about a quarter left in the bottle I think. So i guess it will last us three or four weeks. I don’t think that is as long as a bottle of liquid soap normally lasts us. They usually last more than a month.

Better than none eco-hand soap?
Not necessarily, non eco hand wash may have chemicals in it that people like to say are bad for us, but they are also probably better at cleaning your hands than the eco stuff. But this does feel gentle on your hands, doesn’t dry them out like soap can.

Is it better than soap?
No. Didn’t feel like it cleaned my hands as well as soap, and soaps nowadays have moisturisers in them to stop your hands drying out. [By the way Method contains natural moisturisers like aloe, vitamin E and glycerine]

Are you happier to use this than nasty chemical soaps? (that’s not a leading question at all)
When I’m choosing hand soaps, I don’t consider eco friendly ingredients or nice smells. I go for antiseptic capabilities, but that’s because I’m a germaphobe.

Are you hands any softer?
No. Often soaps can dry your hands out immediately after washing them, and I suppose this product didn’t, but you’re never going to rely on a hand soap alone to keep your hands moisturised and soft. That is what moisturising cream is for.

Any other comments?
If eco friendly is important to you then I think you’d like this product, it feels gentle on your hands, has a nice natural, organic smell and doesn’t dry your hands out. But for me personally, what I look for in a soap is that it cleans my hands and the bottle will last a long time, and I think other liquid soaps are better at this than the product I tried.

So there you have it. Method Foaming Handwash is available from Big Green Smile and costs £3.25.

Method Stainless Steel Cleaner Eco Product Review

I’ve seen Method products on the shelf at my local Waitrose supermarket but Big Green Smile are the only place online that officially sells it and they kindly sent me a whole host of Method products to review.

I first got busy with what is actually called ‘method stainless steel, streak-free, clean + polish’. Lovely stuff. I was actually going to give this to a friend to test as there’s only so much cleaning I can cope with, but I took a look at the state of our sink and draining board at home and thought I’d better give it a quick go. I’m not giving it up.

The thing is, I love the look of the draining board and sink now, I’ve become obsessed with how clean it is, it’s lovely. But back to the beginning. Well there’s not much to say really but my sink was dirty so I gave it a clean. The directions suggested a soft cloth but as it was so dirty and scratched anyway I went with a rough cloth and boy, did it need it. I think I should have gone with a normal cleaner first as this isn’t something that gets ground on dirt off easily, it took quite a bit of scrubbing but it let a hell of a shine. I went with the soft cloth after and it’s brilliant and has given a whole new dimension to my washing up!

I’m not joking I love it. I also didn’t use rubber gloves, I wasn’t bothered about getting it on my skin and I was fine, there’s no great smell to speak of so felt very comfortable spraying the fine mist onto the sink. I hope the rest of the Method range lives up to these results.

Another thing I love is the packaging. Well, not the plastic, it is recyclable but there’s no getting away from plastic where chemicals are concerned, but the design of the bottle is great and the directions and writing is fun and helpful. All design and packaging should be like this, it almost makes cleaning fun.

Method stainless steel cleaner costs £4.00 from Big Green Smile. Here’s a bit of blurb about Big Green Smile as we haven’t featured them on Life Goggles before:
“We sell an extensive range of green, ethical, recycled and eco-friendly gifts and gadgets that will help you to help our environment, with lots of ways to save water & energy and reduce your carbon footprint. We work closely with suppliers to ensure that our products are the most environmentally friendly of their type on the market and that we offer as wide a selection of products to our customers as possible.”