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.
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.
- Cleaning while Pregnant from Stacey Says;
- Method Antibac Cleaners (Review & Giveaway) from Andtwinsmakes5;
- New Method Antibac Cleaners Review and Flu Kit Giveaway from Kindred Spirit Mommy;
- Non-Toxic Antibacterial Cleaners Take the Worry Out of Clean from ParentDish;
- Keeping it Green, Clean and Germ Free with Method from Eco-Office Gals;
- Method Antibac Giveaway from Three Different Directions;
- Method Antibac Line from Katydid and Kid;
- Method Cleaners Review and Giveaway from Mommy Has to Work;
- Method Antibac Line Cleans Up SafeMama’s House from SafeMama;
- Method Antibac Review & Fight the Flu Kit Giveaway from let’s be green together;
- Things I Love Thursday – Method from The Diaper Diaries; and
- Giveaway: Method Antibac from Mom Confessionals.
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.