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 www.facebook.com/methodmalaysia 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.