#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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