Method: Johanna Basford – Hummingbird Garden collection

Today’s post might throw you a bit but it’s about something most of us have to do regularly – cleaning. Now stay with me on this one as hopefully it might make you think about the kind of products you use.

I do my bit for the environment – fortunately I live in a borough of London which collects plastic, glass, paper and other materials for recycling. I’ve also given some serious thought to the kind of cleaning products I use around the house and probably over a year ago, decided to try a brand called Method.

San Francisco company Method offers a range of eco-cleaning products using plant-based powergreen technology to effectively clean the home and guess what? They are actually really good! Their products are non-toxic, cruelty-free, biodegradable, don’t give off harmful vapours, and are safe to use around children, pets and pregnant women.

I bought their multi-surface cleaner (purple bottle), bathroom cleaner (light blue bottle) and the wood polish (brown bottle), which all work spectacularly, enabling me to ditch the usual offenders. Like many, I don’t find the fumes of cleaning detergents very appealing and I do worry about the effects of inhaling them when I get a little too trigger happy so it’s a reassuring Method’s products don’t pose any kind of threat and most importantly, clean. Yeah, the bathroom one DOES work.

Now that I’m a new fan of Method, I was pleased to receive a couple of products from their limited edition collaboration with Johanna Basford. Johanna is the author of best-selling adult colouring books who has designed range of illustrations for Method’s new range of products.

Johanna created three unique designs which were put to Method’s Facebook fans who chose the Hummingbird Garden. There are four products – a multi-surface cleaner, washing-up liquid, gel hand wash and a foaming hand wash – which are softly scented with fresh coriander and peach, followed by peony and magnolia. It’s so much nicer than stinky vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, don’t you think?

I was sent the multi-surface cleaner and the gel hand wash to try. The latter is self-explanatory but the former works brilliantly at cleaning a multitude of surfaces, leaving a pleasant scent behind. It’s safe to use on furniture, appliances, doors, windows, mirrors…I’ve even managed to wipe off the grubbiness left on the PVC window frames outside. You know how some detergents might spoil furniture? You won’t run the risk of doing that with Method.

It’s a shame this range is limited edition as the design is very cute but then all of Method’s packaging is nice. I’ve made the switch to Method, is this something you might consider?

The Hummingbird Garden collection is available in most supermarkets and directly from Method’s website, with prices ranging from a very reasonable £3 to 3.50.

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