Green cleaning, Method review and giveaway

I am big on green cleaning. My quest to detoxing our home began some years ago when I discovered that most economical commercial cleaners contain toxic chemicals. I’d literally gag and choke whenever I used the stuff. It really didn’t make sense to me that I should directly poison myself and my loved ones in the process of getting rid of dirt.

The solution was simple. I ditched Toilet Duck and switched to baking soda and vinegar for bathrooms and floors. My kids and I started using a homemade cucumber face wash, baking soda and an apple cider vinegar rinse for our hair instead of shampoo, and organic coconut oil to moisturize. Extremely basic solutions, yes! but minimal chemicals involved, great for the environment and amazingly clean and effective.

I am still on a journey of trying a number of safe hand washes and dish washes. So when approached to review an eco-friendly product, I jumped at the opportunity and found some cool Method gel hand washes and Method foaming hand washes at my doorstep shortly after.

Method is one of the world’s leading eco-friendly brands and no wonder. Its products are naturally derived, never tested on animals, biodegradable, contain no dirty ingredients like parabens, phthalates, triclosan, EDTA or animal by-products. They come in recyclable bottles made with 100% recycled plastic, the sleekest and most beautiful packaging I’ve ever seen, thanks to industrial designer Karim Rashid.

Look at them.


Just look at them.



These glorious-looking bottles have decorated my bathroom and kitchen sinks for a whole month. I don’t wonder why they feature in the homes of people with the likes of Stella McCartney and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Priced a little too dearly for our budget (RM13.80 for 354ml of gel hand wash, RM14.80 for 300ml of foaming hand wash), these are still quite comparable to other eco-friendly hand washes. They really add a touch of glamour, wash gently but well too.

Only one thing – these hand washes contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). With all of its laudable commitment to health and the environment, Method has researched the safety of using SLS and has come out on the side of including them, unlike some other eco-friendly products. I’ve read some of their research and conclude that a little exposure to a minimal amount of SLS is probably not hazardous to health. But here is where such other products will compete with Method – they cut out one more chemical in the list. Would I try to eliminate one more chemical to the existing hodgepodge in our environment? I’d try. That said, I’ve never found a prettier eco-friendly hand wash.

You’ll find Method products – not just their hand washes – at all Cold Storage, Village Grocer and Jaya Grocer outlets, as well as Carrefour (Mid Valley) and Isetan (KLCC). I like Method’s commitment to green cleaning and I’ll want to check ’em out.

Now, Method is giving away a selection of Method household and personal care items I reckon worth trying. Enter this giveaway simply by joining the method to the rescue! Contest:

1. In the Comments section of this post below, write a short story on someone whom you think deserves a Method product sent to them as a surprise gift. (Check out to learn about Method’s household and personal care products you would like your friend to have.) Make sure you say why your friend needs to be ‘rescued’ – does her kid like to lick stuff off the floors, thereby licking floor cleaners as well? Is he sick of his house smelling like hospital cleaner?

2. That’s it! You can submit as many comments as you like about different friends.

3. I will select 5 winners randomly. The 5 (different) readers who wrote the winning short stories will be sent a selection of method household and personal care items worth over RM80.

4. The stars of the short stories (your friends), will each be sent the full-sized Method product as described in the short story.

So, if you win? You and your friend: Win win!
Contest closes 24 December 2012, 11.59pm. Open to Malaysians/PR only. Winners will be notified on our Facebook page and updated here, so do check back in.


  • mamaricher
    December 20, 2012 7:18 pm

    My friend is babysitting her granddaughters daily. They are cute 3 year-old twins with very sensitive skin. I hate to see them breaking out with rashes ever so often. She really need to switch to better and safer laundry detergent. I think Method is the answer for her.

  • fad
    December 20, 2012 7:45 pm

    I’m hoping to win Method Wood for Good Polish for my daughter as her house is filled with wood furniture. She has been looking for a polish that works wonders since some of the products that she has tried tend to leave behind an oily residue and streaks on the furniture. It’s also hard to find a polish that smells pleasant and doesn’t cause headaches. It would be great if Method comes to her rescue and end her search for the best wood polish.

  • prince n princess mum
    December 21, 2012 3:42 pm

    Good luck for participants!

  • Lina
    December 22, 2012 6:48 pm

    My father would be very happy if I give him Method Foaming Hand Wash as a surprise gift. He has a passion for gardening but his hands tend to itch after working in the garden. I have tried to convince him to wear gloves but he didn’t like the idea. He prefers working the soil with his bare hands as it gives him a great deal of satisfaction. Thus, I would be very thankful if Method could provide a solution to his problem so he can enjoy his passion for gardening without any worries.

  • Felicia
    December 22, 2012 9:28 pm

    I am not sure if it’s ok to write about my mum, but she cleans and cleans and cleans. You will see loads of laundry everyday, despite the fact that there are only 2 people living in this home. I would love to win her the laundry detergent. She worries about not having clean sheets and clothes, and changes them so very often. Can you imagine the washing machine working a few times a day at times, with only 2 people at their home? An eco friendly laundry detergent will do her so much good. I am sure she would be pleased to know how clean her laundry will be, and how environmental friendly too.

  • Ahmad Taufik
    December 22, 2012 9:31 pm

    My family in law deserve Method product. They are renovating the front, kitchen and install tile in their house. The house full of dust here and everywhere. Need to mop a lot of times… So tired to see, more tired to mop the floor. There a 5 years old boy taken care of. Its so hard to keep clean. Hope Method product will help them.

  • Ahmad Taufik
    December 22, 2012 10:01 pm

    My grandparents also need Method Product to be rescued. They still using “old stuff/brand” to wash dishes. There are less soap scum and can’t remove oil quickly. Need to wash dished again and again. Can you imagine how much dish, pan, pot and so on to be wash during festive seasons when all their siblings and relatives come to visit?

  • Andy Lai
    December 22, 2012 11:33 pm

    Since there are much publicity about the benefits of Method, I would like to try their products too! I also would like to recommend these products to one of my close friend whose maid had just left for good. My friend has sensitive skin and she is worried that the detergents which she is using now might cause dryness on her hands in the long run. Hope these Method products will not be as strong as the other detergent and I hope she can have a trial on these products. Thank you.

  • mamaricher
    December 23, 2012 1:26 am

    My husband is into wormicompost and organic gardening. His daily routine includes feeding and playing with his worms, or harvesting the worm cast and dig them into his vege patch. All these with his bare hands! An efficient but gentle hand wash will make a good Christmas present for him.

  • syloh2012
    December 24, 2012 12:43 am

    My husband is into green and natural. He collects our ‘pee’ on the pails twice a day and dilute them with water and then feed all the organic plants inside and outside the house compound. He also feeds the 8 chickens (fyi, 3 of them are laying eggs for our daily consumption) bare hands. Well, he eats whatever crumbs on the floor like a croaches. oh well, we have triplets age 7 plus a young boy age 4, lots of crumbs for him to pick up. Coupled that I have a maid who has sensitive skin, hence an efficient but green hand wash will make a good Christmas present for him and maid.

  • Lyn
    December 24, 2012 6:26 am

    I would love to win Method Wood for Good Polish for my father who cares for his wood furniture just like he cares for his car. Since some wood furniture has special finishes which require a great deal of care, it has been a great challenge for him to keep his precious furniture looking its best. I’ve heard that Method polish gives even old wood furniture a facelift. I hope this so-called knight in almond-scented armor will come to his rescue.

  • Szuster
    December 24, 2012 11:33 am

    What a wonderful win-win contest! 🙂 It would be fabulous if a complimentary set would be given to my parents-in-law for them to try them out and see the difference from the commercial ones they are using! It would make a really nice Christmas gift to make their home “green” clean! I have been sharing with them about using eco-friendly products (which also means safer use on themselves and their home) but it never really works because these products tend to be more costly than the commercial ones. Their daughter, my sister-in-law suffers from allergies of all sorts, and constantly pops in anti-histamines. My little one goes over ever so often, so it would be a relief to me knowing there’s safer use of products on clothes, dishes, and body! I also know for a fact that my sister-in-law who lives with them would love the products as she’s quite an OCD when it comes to cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning!
    A blessed Christmas to all, and a happy greener 2013. 🙂

  • lina
    December 24, 2012 5:38 pm

    My family is guilty of eating oily food and as a result, we always end up having to deal with greasy pots and pans. Since the main culprit is grease, cleaning them can be a nightmare. There is a lot of elbow grease involved and we have tried all the home remedies we can find. I am hoping to win Method Dish Soap for my mother so that she can finally bid good riddance to grease and grime.

  • Zoey Williams
    June 4, 2013 4:07 pm

    Salt has a wonderful purifying effect and will help remove impurities in your skin AKA.
    Increase the levels of hyaluronic acid – Hyaluronic acid (HA) is found naturally in our bodies.
    At times, it is the expensive, synthetic skin care products that cause the greater damage to the skin, actually producing opposite
    effects to what they are meant for due to the
    harsh chemicals and additives they contain.

  • Mama J
    June 4, 2013 11:32 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Zoey. I’ve ditched my moisturizers and replaced them with coconut oil. Works even better! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, going to check out your blog now.

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