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Method concentrated laundry detergent Wild Lavender
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Post# 958456   9/21/2017 at 13:57 (369 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

From their website: worth taking your clothes off for. that’s smartclean technology® for you. five naturally derived powerful enzymes wrangle dirt + stains clean away. leaving laundry smelling of heaven and looking its sunday best. fights dirt + stains. keeps whites white. shields against stains. works in cold water. 98% biodegradable ingredients


I was at Sainsbury's and saw these were £4 off I decided to try it. I love lavender so I picked that one immediately.


I did a load of laundry (T-shirts, Shirts) and on a cold wash to see how good it was a stain removal, since it said on the back that it did a great job on coldwash. The only stain I had was a white T-shirt with some spilled coffee on it. Took it out of the washer and zero stains left! 


The scent is really pleasant, you're left with fresh smelling clothes.. It's far from overpowering so people sensitive to strong smells should be fine?



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Post# 958460 , Reply# 1   9/21/2017 at 14:32 (369 days old) by hoovermatic (UK)        

................for this review, I have been wanting to try Method for a while and as I rarely go to Sainsburys I am now off there to pick up a bottle. It rarely appears on special offer where I normally shop or if it does I forget to check it out!

Post# 958461 , Reply# 2   9/21/2017 at 14:39 (369 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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they sell Method products here at Target.....

I might have to try a bottle of this.....Lavender scents have great relaxation properties....especially for seniors with dementia and/or anxiety....

Lavender and Vanilla have always been a smooth pleasing scent, even if heavy, compared to many other scents that can be sickening, even if lightly used....

thanks for the review and input

Post# 958484 , Reply# 3   9/21/2017 at 15:29 (369 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Hoovermatic - Great, Sainsbury's has quite a lot of discounts at the moment. I keep buying stuff I don't need lol


Yogitunes - I have a ultrasonic diffuser with lavender oil on constantly, It' great for relaxation. 

Post# 958503 , Reply# 4   9/21/2017 at 18:09 (369 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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what a great idea, I could use one of those during massages....

would be a great addition to the scented/flavored oils.....

Post# 958543 , Reply# 5   9/22/2017 at 01:57 (368 days old) by dixan (Europe)        

It's strange how people in the UK are the only ones in the world who use non-bio detergents without enzymes, because enzymes cause allergies (which is not true, of course), but they don't mind using lavender scented detergents and household perfumes, which are full of artificial chemicals that mimic the scent of lavender and cause horrible allergic reactions...

Post# 958557 , Reply# 6   9/22/2017 at 05:01 (368 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Iíve never understood why anyone would want a non-bio detergent, I might be wrong but it seems like U.K. is the only country that advertises products as non-bio. In Sweden a sensitive detergent has enzymes but no dyes or perfume.

Post# 958581 , Reply# 7   9/22/2017 at 10:15 (368 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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I love Method!
Been using it for years.
It cleans REALLY well. Possibly as good as Tide!
And it's environmentally friendly. And mostly made in Chicago now :)

Post# 958582 , Reply# 8   9/22/2017 at 10:53 (368 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Johnb300m - which one do you use? Iím trying to find a shop that has the ďultra concentratedĒ with pump, seems impossible. I can order it online but the shops only seem to stock the big bottles that are less concentrated

Post# 958592 , Reply# 9   9/22/2017 at 12:31 (368 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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I've mostly been using the blue colored pump.

I don't know if they're distributing it in UK yet. Maybe not?

The past several months I've been using Persil and Tide here in the US.
I think I'll return to Method again soon.
I'm very detergent A-D-D, ha.

Post# 958594 , Reply# 10   9/22/2017 at 13:23 (368 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Thatís the one! We have an online grocery store that delivers it, none of the grocery stores around me has it on the shelves. Wow the smell on that one? Fresh air doesnít really explain what it smells like lol

Post# 958608 , Reply# 11   9/22/2017 at 15:49 (368 days old) by iej (Ireland)        

@dixan : but that tabloids said enzymes are evil!

Post# 958633 , Reply# 12   9/22/2017 at 19:05 (368 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
Right or wrong, non-bio seems to be entrenched in the UK

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As such won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

After the last great noise that rose up from the mothers and housewives of Great Britain when Persil first tried to get shot of non-enzyme detergents (you'd have thought Lever Bros. was going around murdering children and selling their mothers off into white slavery); a lesson was learned and that was that.

For reasons wholly unknown many British simply consider their skin quite sensitive and or suffer harsh outbreaks of things like eczema. The blame is often squarely laid at the feet of enzyme containing detergents. Am not saying those who do suffer such conditions (or their mothers in case of children/infants) are full of flannel, but study after study has proven enzymes in laundry products have little to do with things.

As someone has already mentioned; people avoid enzyme containing detergents out of fears of allergies or whatever, but then go around and purchase detergents, fabric conditioners and other laundry products heavily laden with scents and other chemicals.

Post# 958647 , Reply# 13   9/22/2017 at 20:36 (368 days old) by Dixieland (Memphis)        

I like the Ginger Mango scent. It sounds like a gross combination but the post wash/dry scent is comforting and happy. I also like U.K. Persil bio. It's a great detergent!

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Post# 958681 , Reply# 14   9/23/2017 at 03:49 (367 days old) by Paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        
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Liquid has a different formula to the US and Australian version. Their formula is more concentrated as they get 66 washes , here we get 39 in the same size bottle.

I tried the greenish coloured Method, the cleaning was ok but the scent was far too overpowering for me so I gave it to a friend. I got my mum using the Method in the pump bottle a few years ago. She has always used non bio because my dad worked for Lever Broís in the Omo factory when I was a baby and had to leave because he was highly allergic to the enzymes used at the time. I havenít had the heart to tell her that Method is bio and no one has suffered any adverse reactions .

Both Sainsburyís and Tesco sell the Method range, Tesco also sells Seventh Generation stuff too although Iíve not tried any of their products.

Post# 958691 , Reply# 15   9/23/2017 at 06:53 (367 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Launderess - Any fragrance/perfume made of either synthetic or natural origin has the potential for irritation and allergic reaction. It's probably more the dye and fragrance that cause the reaction and not the enzyme. Enzymes when left on the skin and if the skin comes in contact with water will most likely cause a reaction. The enzyme doesn't distinguish skin from fabric. The very same thing happens when we eat. Enzymes and acid breaks down the food in our gut. Instead of doing what the consumer wanted they should've educated them and have the Non-bio thing scrapped


Dixieland - We seem to have different scents, we have freshwater peach instead of ginger mango!


Paulc - The US version doesn't seem to have as many enzymes either, they have three and we have five. Sainsbury's and Tesco here in Zone 2 SW8 doesn't have the pump bottle only the large 39 load unfortunately.. I might end up ordering it from Ocado though! 

Post# 958862 , Reply# 16   9/24/2017 at 07:29 (366 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

So I did some "investigation" the 39 load vs the 66 load american bottle just have different recommendations on measuring. So, 1/2 2/3 cap for US and ours they just recommend a whole cap. I suppose they think we're dirtier here? lol 

Seems like when they advertise detergents in Europe every single brand wants us to overdose on their products 

Post# 958863 , Reply# 17   9/24/2017 at 07:34 (366 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
Might have something to do with water hardness

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IIRC P&G tests Tide and their other detergents for water hardness from various parts of the USA. Wouldn't be surprised if any reputable detergent maker didn't do the same.

It is the opposite of what many of us who use European detergents on this side of the pond find; we can often use less product due to water being softer.

Post# 958864 , Reply# 18   9/24/2017 at 07:46 (366 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Launderess - That makes sense, wish I had a water softener. undecided

Post# 958921 , Reply# 19   9/24/2017 at 16:47 (366 days old) by dixan (Europe)        

Use Calgon or any other water softener.

Post# 958925 , Reply# 20   9/24/2017 at 17:24 (366 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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Don't think the Calgon sold in UK (or any where else in Europe) is phosphate based. If it is anything like the USA versions powder is mostly washing soda and other alkaline substances. That sort of defeats the purpose of using a more gentle liquid laundry product free of harsh alkali.

Can one even purchase phosphates like STPP in UK/Europe. Lord knows with water often so hard you can chip teeth, something is needed unless going with mechanical water softener.

Post# 958928 , Reply# 21   9/24/2017 at 18:04 (366 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Launderess - calgon is pretty much what youíre suspecting.. itís possible to buy stpp online but fairly expensive, I might try it though! Iím quite lucky that my water is medium hardness, I still have to wipe down the kitchen sink and taps everyday and remove lime scale from the shower unfortunately

Post# 958943 , Reply# 22   9/24/2017 at 21:10 (366 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

The water is so hard in the UK---I was in Luton a couple years ago visiting our office--the water kettle was so encrusted I couldn't believe it...I can get multiple years out of a kettle here in Detroit, but they maybe get 6 months--amazing!!

Post# 958960 , Reply# 23   9/25/2017 at 01:36 (365 days old) by dixan (Europe)        

Here is the ingredients list in one of Calgon versions:
Zeolite, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Aqua, Bentonite, PEG-200, Polydimethylsiloxane, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Colorant.
As you can see, no washing soda, no harsh alkali inside.

Anyway, Calgon is too expensive. Lidl own brand W5 limescale tablets are great. Cheap and also free of harsh substances.

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Post# 958972 , Reply# 24   9/25/2017 at 05:05 (365 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
Based my comments on last one looked at Calgon sold here

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Powdered product seems to have gone through several formulas in a short period of time. Guess they were experimenting with having to cope with elimination of phosphates.

Balance can be found here:

Post# 958974 , Reply# 25   9/25/2017 at 05:09 (365 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

jamiel - lol yeah, that happens.. Iíve learnt to never run out of citric acid powder.. once a month I run the coffee machines and kettle with it.. they look like new, but it needs constant attention so if I see some scale I have to deal with it right away. Ironing requires deionised water, I had to bin my last iron, it started coughing scale buildup

Dixan - might try the W5, calgon is overly expensive for what it is

Laundress - arenít the ingredients Iím calgon byproducts from different types of Washing soda/soda crystals and baking soda?

Post# 958981 , Reply# 26   9/25/2017 at 05:30 (365 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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Not sure of the question.

Calgon powder here went from phosphates to having two separate versions. One was with phosphates and the other without, they were sold depending upon local laws regarding sale of phosphate containing laundry products.

Then everything went non-phosphate and the results were show in above links. At one time yes to washing soda, but don't think any versions ever contained baking soda.

Nosing around various European media it does seem many think that Calgon is just a con. If hard water issues are a problem just use more detergent, which going by information provided above seems right. I mean Calgon just has *more* Zeolites and so forth that one already finds in detergents.

Being as that may "two tarts in the kitchen" adverts continue to convince that Calgon is necessary.

Or in this case one good-looking Italian male!

Post# 958984 , Reply# 27   9/25/2017 at 05:39 (365 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

So since Iím already dosing according to medium water hardness I shouldnít really need it? Since I have a TL that uses hot and cold fill, it doesnít have a heater so I donít really have the heater buildup either

Post# 958989 , Reply# 28   9/25/2017 at 06:04 (365 days old) by iej (Ireland)        

If you're in a very hard water area, the solution is really a proper water softener on your supply.
It's not a uniquely European issue by any means. It's just that some areas with large populations in Europe are also areas that have very soft limestone / sedimentary type rock in the ground. The South of England being a prime example. The famous White Cliffs of Dover are also what ends up in your tea and your washing machine.

Post# 958994 , Reply# 29   9/25/2017 at 06:20 (365 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

The white cliffs in Dover sure is pretty! I was there last summer :)

I've heard that London water is rather hard and chlorinated. I'll get a water softener when we decide to buy a place, it's too much of a hassle moving around with all these appliances and extras

Post# 958998 , Reply# 30   9/25/2017 at 06:31 (365 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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If you have skin problems, you could try using a shower filter, easier to take with you than a whole house water softener.

Post# 959002 , Reply# 31   9/25/2017 at 06:46 (365 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

foraloysius - Smart!! That seems like an easy solution! :)

Post# 959034 , Reply# 32   9/25/2017 at 12:21 (365 days old) by liamy1 (-)        
Mr Alex

The Method ďFresh AirĒ in the Pump bottle was around for years here in the U.K, available in nearly all stores.

You could buy the refill bags too. It was about £6.50 in the pump bottle and £11 for the refill bag.

It looks to have been withdrawn from general sale in favour of this liquid.

The fresh air smell was really nice, hard to describe, but just a clean smell if that makes sense (I on,y ever bought one bottle of it).

I currently have the Peony (pink) bottle of the liquid and yes, cleans well and smells nice.

Post# 959035 , Reply# 33   9/25/2017 at 12:26 (365 days old) by liamy1 (-)        

Not the whole of the UK has hard water.

Iím up in the North and the water is ridiculously soft, we NEVER get limescale. As a general rule for the U.K, water up North is soft and water down South is hard (I like to think itís a reward for the South getting better weather than the North does).

Post# 959040 , Reply# 34   9/25/2017 at 13:07 (365 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Liamy1 - Iíve ordered it! Method ultra concentrated detergent with pump is on its way!

Post# 959042 , Reply# 35   9/25/2017 at 13:33 (365 days old) by liamy1 (-)        

Iím sure youíll like it, the pump bottle is pretty nifty, just 4 pumps in to your machine and away you go.

It was probably about 5 years back when I had mine (I never ended up buying a refill bag to refill; I moved on to yet another detergent lol) but I do remember it being good and smelling nice.


Post# 959078 , Reply# 36   9/25/2017 at 17:41 (365 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
Water hardness

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The hardness of the water varies region to region. I stay in Scotland and the water quality does vary.

Mostly, Scottish supplies are indeed 'soft'. But I have noticed a slight build-up of scale in kettles, around taps in the bathroom, and my iron sometimes spits out gritty bits from its steam holes.

Apparently, all water supplies contain limescale to some extent, some more so than others.

Post# 959127 , Reply# 37   9/25/2017 at 21:17 (365 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

You definitely can tell here in the US when you're in a hard-water area--they sell the salt widely. Around us (Detroit city water) about the only place you can find water softener salt is Aldi and Sears...out in the countryside they have it at gas stations, Meijer, other supermarkets, etc.

Post# 959801 , Reply# 38   9/29/2017 at 09:31 (361 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Just got my Method Ultra Concentrated with pump and Fresh Air scent. 


Works just as well as the 4x detergent and the smell is really nice 


I used 4 pumps which is 12ml! I've never used a detergent that is so concentrated, I don't think we have anything on the market here that has the same concentration 

Post# 959844 , Reply# 39   9/29/2017 at 16:53 (361 days old) by Dixieland (Memphis)        
Fresh Air

Is this the American one? My colleague in London has me send/bring over refills for it occasionally.

Post# 959847 , Reply# 40   9/29/2017 at 17:12 (361 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

The UK and US versions are the same as far as I can see, have you asked your friend to just get the refill from UK? lol 

Post# 959852 , Reply# 41   9/29/2017 at 17:36 (361 days old) by Dixieland (Memphis)        

Come to think of it, she hasn't wanted any lately. She must've found it there!

Post# 961896 , Reply# 42   10/11/2017 at 06:04 (349 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        

I emailed Method regarding the x6 concentrated for UK and the x8 in the US.

Their response:

I've checked with our team and the concentration is the same, 4pumps=1 dose (12ml). It just has a different sleeve artwork to make it more relevant to the UK market.

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