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Has anyone tried the new Method pump laundry detergent? Can you give me a review?

Asked by augustlan (46604 points ) February 17th, 2010

Method has come out with a new type of laundry detergent that claims to clean laundry with ¼ the amount of product compared to regular detergent. It looks really interesting (lightweight bottle, one hand pump operation, eco-friendly), but does it work? Do the clothes really come out as clean as usual?

Also, I have very sensitive skin… if you’ve used it, does it bother your sensitive skin?

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TheLoneMonk's avatar

I haven’t tried it but I checked their website and have a couple of comments. First off, l work for a manufacturer of commercial and industrial laundry detergents. Many of our detergents are recognized by the US EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) initiative.

Ok, what I read is that they have simply concentrated (i.e. removed a lot of water) allowing you to use less product than normal. This is great if the cost-per-use is the same or less than your current product. Their claim of having the surfactant on the outside and H2O on the inside seems absurd and a gimmick. You need water to suspend the surfactant to get it into the wash solution so I have no idea what this even means.

The product is recognized by the DfE and as such contains no perfumes or dyes and should be fine for your skin, but everyone is different. As for it’s efficasy, to be DfE recognized the product has to go through NSF to test to see if the product does what it purports to do as far as cleaning.

All in all it’s probably a good environmental alternative if the cost per use is in your budget.

augustlan's avatar

@TheLoneMonk Thanks for your input!

nebveggirl's avatar

I love the idea of plant based products. The method dryer sheets are great. I’ve used them for now over a year. I recently purchased the method pump laundry detergent and used only two pumps per wash load. It made me break out in a itchy rash on my ankles and knees.

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