#Ecowed Twitter Party – Method’s New Antibacterial Cleaning Products

Do you think that bleach is necessary to kill germs in your house?

Do you want to cheat on your bleach but are worried that surfaces just won’t be clean enough without it?

Are you tired of making your own cleaners but don’t want to buy conventional cleaners because they can contain nasty chemicals?

Well, come learn about Method’s new line of anti-bacterial cleaners during this Wednesday’s #ecowed Twitter party. The party is sponsored by Method, and we will be talking about Method’s line of botanical based antibacterial cleaners. These products use thymol as the active ingredient to disinfect.

The #ecowed party is November 17, 2010 from 7 to 8 pm Pacific. You  just need to tweet with the #ecowed hashtag during they party and follow me, TheSmartMama, and our sponsor, MethodHome.

Now, I have to admit, the cleaners aren’t perfect in terms of ingredients from a green perspective. For example, the Method Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner has thyme oil, oregano oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, citric acid, copper sulfate pentahydrate (< 15 ppm Cu++), a fragrance oil blend, and water. Now, the sodium lauryl sulfate may be of concern to some. But, this isn’t sodium laureth sulfate, which can be contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane. No, this is sodium lauryl sulfate which has a reputation for being a carcinogen. But, there is no evidence that SLS is a carcinogen. In fant, that story persists online despite the complete lack of scientific support. SLS can, however, be an irritant in beauty products, but that usually isn’t a concern when it is used in cleaning products. Of more concern is that SLS is synthesized by reacting lauryl alcohol with sulfuric acid, and the lauryl alcohol usually comes from coconut or palm kernel oil. Since palm oil raises concerns about deforestation, Method only works with suppliers taht are part of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil and is also working to develop a sustainable American source of palm oil. As for the fragrance oil blend, it is a combination of synthetic and essential oils. Synthetic oils can be problemmatic, and are derived from a non-renewable resourc. However, the synthetic oils are phthalate free. So, good, but not perfect.

But, all in all, these are pretty good products to buy if you want a greener product from a company committed to doing good things and trying to be green.

During the Twitter party, Method will have an expert environmental chemist to answer questions about the products and their ingredients, as well as concerns over sources of ingredients and packaging.

Not sure if the products will work? You can check out the reviews from some of the bloggers that participated in a tour of the Method Antibacterial products:

And we’ve got prizes to boot. We’ve got Method’s Fight the Flu kits and a dish soap/kitchen hand wash bundle. Just leave a comment to be eligible to win a prize about questions or comments on cleaning and fighting germs. Then tweet with us Wednesday, November 17, 2010 from 7 to 8 pm Pacific (that’s 10 to 11 pm East Coast). Follow me, TheSmartMama and MethodHome and use the #ecowed hashtag.

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  1. I am rsvp’ng, & my questions is are these products really safe enough to use daily? rn@ludyl123

  2. tallchick1966 says:

    My question is… we know bleach breaks down in the environment, and while it is obviously bad to breath and have on skin, if used sparingly, isn’t it safer than some of these questionable chemicals whose juries are still out? Just wondering.

  3. I’ll be there!!

  4. I loooove Method…..

  5. Jennifer, what’s your take beyond the green nature of products as to the need for antibacterial products in the first place? I’ve seen studies indicating the development of bacteria resistance to these various anti-bacterial chemicals creating super bugs as well as the relationship between hygiene and allergies (impacting T-Helper cells balance). Just wondering how you feel about killing so many germs? I stay away from anti-bac soaps, etc. I got the lemon verbena Method wipes to try but the smell did me in.

  6. Undertheopensky says:

    Great question, tallchick1966. When chlorine breaks down it readily combines with natural organic matter and/or the chemical compound bromide in water to produce various organic and inorganic byproducts. These byproducts include bromate, chlorite, haloacetic acids (HAA5), chloroform and total trihalomethanes (TTHMs). These substances are associated with cancer, affect the nervous system and on and on. Take a look at the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website, for example, for more information and to read the studies. Add to that pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, personal care products, industrial chemicals & more all being found in drinking water and you’ve got quite a brew unsuitable for living organisms. I wish I had a solution, but I don’t.nAs far as cleaning goes, there are safer, cheaper alternatives. Vinegar and baking soda for most jobs and for disinfecting I use hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar. Susan Sumner, a food scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute has found that when sprayed onto surfaces one after the other (not mixed together!) then rinsed to be more effective than bleach. Her work was published in Science News, but others have quoted the study numerous times and finding the info with a quick search is easy. nI come to SmartMama to find information and solutions to problems and appreciate her efforts, but, in this case, I don’t need yet another dubious product.

  7. RSVP ing @cnaes

  8. RSVP ing @blandrews13 rnrnMy question is does it have a funky smell like most cleaners (even the ones that say odor-free)?

  9. Sounds great! I will be there! @ksceviourrnI try to fight the germs by always having hand sanitizer available and wipes,and of course lysol spray!rn

  10. I’ll be there! 🙂 @fakeginger

  11. rsvp @WendyNoel72rn rnI was recently introduced to the Method products & I love them! Every now & then it doesn’t hurt to try something new & I’m so glad I did!

  12. Hoping to make it! @kitchenstew

  13. @Butterfly1979_2 (Kendra) says:

    I’ve always wanted to try Method products. I’ll be there! 🙂 @butterfly1979_2nnMy question is: Are these cleaning products safe to use around babies and pets?

  14. I’ll try to be there @YourOrganicLife

  15. I’ll be there @ChaoticKarma23 .. With my little girl on the way can use all the tips I can get =)

  16. I’ll be there @ChaoticKarma23 .. With my little girl on the way can use all the tips I can get =)

  17. Hate to clean Love Method products!! RSVP Thanks.

  18. RSVP @GoudaCheese007

  19. excited for this partyrnjenzen69atyahoodotcom

  20. i am excited for party! i am @lovinmykiddos

  21. looking forward to learning and hearing more about this @erinely

  22. Sadiebeery says:

    Will be there @OhioCatfish

  23. I love method products and am so excited about this!! My household cannot tolerate the smell of bleach but I ‘ve always thought it was the best way to kill germs. So I’m excited to see what’s up.n@vermilionkisses

  24. Lindsayandandy says:

    see you tonight @lindsayandandy

  25. Rsvp’ingn@hippiejennie

  26. I will be there tonight

  27. @Aleah48073 says:

    I despise bleach. Excited ready to tweet!!!

  28. Sweepinjenny says:

    Will see you in a few minutes! Cant wait for the party! @sweepinjenny

  29. I love Method products so I’m ready to tweet tonight!

  30. I’m in! @musicbrainbooks

  31. not sure how to rsvp. @trisha71478

  32. I’m rsvp’ing @lifestooshort7

  33. I’m in! tcgirl11

  34. Theleakyboob says:

    Is it too late to RSVP? I’m already there! @TheLeakyBoob

  35. I’m @dreadymama and I’ll be there rsvping

  36. RSVP ing @valcog

  37. I am rsvping ember541n

  38. @leahsmama I am so late- yikes!

  39. I’m here, BrideandADog.

  40. notperfume says:

    Awesome! Great info! I’m RSVPing now. Thank you for the invititation! Peace and Many Green Blessings! 🙂

  41. Just a thought…Are we getting a little too carried away with killing germs these days? I grew up in a normal house that was cleaned with pretty much soapy water and none of us got sick.rnrnI just wonder if we’re letting some kind of fear dictate our living and, in this case, our cleaning. I mean, is there anything bad about soapy water? Maybe I’m just getting too old.

  42. >Method only works with suppliers that are part of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil and is also working to develop a sustainable American source of palm oil. nnOr Method could just discontinue using palm oil as other ethical companies have done.


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