But I’ve got a secret for you. I. Love. Doing. Laundry. It’s the easiest chore in the house and I get mad street cred for it because I do a ridiculous amount of laundry… we use cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and unpaper towels. If I can get something reusable instead of disposable, I do it. I try to be as eco-friendly as possible.
Because of my laundry obsession, I was super excited for this opportunity to check out method laundry detergent as part of this sponsored post. I love to change up my laundry routine… freshen things up and find a better way to get our laundry clean. Having a great laundry detergent is really important to me and I just hadn’t found “the one” yet. I’ve bounced around from one brand to another. I’m tired of giant containers that leak everywhere, powder all over my laundry room… yuck, yuck, yuck.
Does this look familiar to anyone?
It’s nasty and it’s everywhere. I’m tired of it. I don’t even know how much must be behind the machine. And it’s so much work to wipe up detergent.
method Detergent Design
My favorite part about method Laundry Detergent is the design. I’ve used powder and liquid detergents… leaking detergent everywhere. I find leaking powder is easier to clean up than leaking liquid, but my machine seems to hate powder so if I use powder, the dispenser requires extra cleaning.
More work? Dirty laundry room? No thanks. The laundry room is the HARDEST room to keep clean.
method detergent though? No problem. It comes in a small, reusable container- you can just buy refills for it. The container doesn’t take up a lot of room and it’s easy to use the pump to fill your dispenser.
I tried the Free & Clear first. The container is small (slightly bigger than my hand) and light so I can hold it right over the detergent dispenser in my machine and use 2-6 pumps per load. This means NO detergent leaking on my shelves. So far, I’ve had NO leaking. The pump is completely dry. This is really a game changer for keeping your laundry room clean because there’s no cleanup.
Did you notice that the bottle has no handle? That makes the bottle 100% recyclable and the bottle itself is made of recycled materials.
Additional Tips for an Eco-Friendly Laundry Room
- Wash on Cold: I recommend washing most laundry on the cold setting… this increases the life of your clothing while decreasing the energy cost of your load (heating water is extra electricity). The only exception is that I run cloth diapers on hot (not every load), and I run bed linens on hot every few washes or so.
- Get an HE washing machine: These machines use less water and take less electricity than standard machines. Don’t worry: method detergent is HE friendly! The difference between HE friendly detergents and non HE friendly detergents is the amount of suds that the detergent produces. HE detergents don’t produce as many suds, but work just as well (if not better). Using non HE detergent in your HE machine can destroy your washing machine because the suds build up on mechanical parts. Also, the detergent doesn’t wash your fabric as well because the suds don’t get completely rinsed out.
- Load up the machine: Don’t do tiny loads. More loads requires more water and more electricity. You want to fill the machine just enough that you’re not past capacity.
- Use quick wash: Make use of the “quick wash” option on your machine. These usually run around 30 minutes. This speeds up your laundry routine a lot, and the machine isn’t running as long. Aka less electricity use.
- Skip dryer sheets: Use wool dryer balls. Laundry dries faster if you use them, without adding any chemicals to your wash. This means using less electricity. Wool dryer balls are reusable, create less static, and are made from a renewable resource (wool, obviously). They won’t affect absorbency of items like towels or cloth diapers- did you know commercial dryer sheets do? That might be fine for clothes which don’t need to absorb water, but not so good if you want your towels to dry you off.
- Hang dry: Hanging clothes out to dry is wayyyy more eco friendly and uses no electricity. It also is a great way to get stains out of clothes. We use sun light to bleach our cloth diapers all of the time.
Additional Tips for a Tidy Laundry Room
- Use method:
- It is small so it saves space, leaving you additional room to hang laundry or do something really cool and creative like diy your own personal laundry haven that you’ll never want to leave. (Hey hunny, that’s our next project!)
- It doesn’t leave powder or leaking detergent everywhere.
- method detergent comes in an attractive bottle. It’s small, leaving you space to add other items to decorate your space.
I do plan to keep two containers on hand. I use Free & Clear for my cloth diapers, and scented detergent with my regular clothes (I will need to try all four before I decide on a final scent).
I am looking forward to a long relationship with method laundry detergent. Below is a short video that I made, showing how easy they are to use!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.