Method ANTIBAC Cleaning Products

Posted on October 20, 2010 by Courtney

I’ve only gotten the flu shot once in my life, and you know what happened that winter? I got the flu. Since then I’ve opted to forego the giant needle in my arm and instead keep myself healthy by other, less painful means. So far it’s worked, since I haven’t had the flu in years (*knock on wood*) and I’d like to keep it that way.

One way to ward off the sickness is to not let your home become a safe haven for germs. There are plenty of toxic chemicals you could use to go on a germ-killing spree in your house, but remember: You have to live there too, and since the whole point is to keep yourself healthy, perhaps poison is not the answer. You know what IS the answer? Non-toxic cleaning products that will lay the smackdown on germs while not hurting you in the slightest.

I’d already fallen in love with Method for its hand soap and laundry detergent*, so I was especially excited to see their new line of antibacterial cleaning products. Method partnered with CleanWell (whose hand sanitizer we’ve reviewed before) to create cleaners that use a thyme-based disinfecting ingredient that kills 99.9% of common household bacteria, including salmonella, influenza A, and H1N1. It’s also safe to use on the hard, non-porous surfaces in your home.

I tried the ANTIBAC bathroom cleaner in the spearmint scent, and found that it made my bathroom sparkling clean without any more scrubbing than any other cleaner requires. Even better, the scent doesn’t make me dizzy and/or gag like toxic cleaners do. This bathroom cleaning spray retails for just $3.99.

I also tried out Method’s hand sanitizer in the sea minerals scent, and while I don’t use hand sanitizer very often, I’m a fan of this one. It’s got aloe in it, so it left my hands moisturized as well as clean, and the scent is pleasant but not overpowering. Plus, the bottle itself is made of recycled plastic. There are no parabens or triclosan in the hand sanitizer, either, and it costs just $3.99.

Method’s ANTIBAC line also includes a kitchen cleaning spray ($3.99) and antibacterial cleaning wipes (also $3.99) in a lemon verbena scent, as well as hand sanitizer in a sweet water scent. Method also has a slew of other cleaning products for the home and body, including a line for kids, all available at methodhome.com. Method products also are available at Target, Lowes, and many other retailers.

*In case you’re wondering how many loads I’ve gotten out of my one bottle of Method laundry detergent, I’m at 54 and still counting.

5 Comments +

  1. You don’t need to convince me. I love their dishwasher tabs (no bleach!) and hand soap. I highly recommend method body wash as well (even has “shower with a friend” on the inside of the cap) I have used their regular dishwashing detergent before but was very annoyed by the design of the bottle (awkward to open/close). I just saw at Target they have come out with a different pump-style bottle, so maybe I will try it again. I am intrigued by the bathroom cleaner spray as scrubbing the shower is such a chore.

    October 20th, 2010 at 11:23 am
    Comment by badger reader
  2. I thought wonten use of anti-bacterial products contributes to the development of super-bugs – bacteria that is resistant to control methods. Or am I missing something here? That said, I am trying their laundry product. So far, so good!

    October 20th, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    Comment by Abby
  3. Ooh! My doc explained the whole feeling like you got the flu from the flu shot thing. That’s not actually possible – it’s a dead virus – but what happens is if you were coming down with something when you went to get your flu shot (possibly only feeling a bit run down, but not sick) getting the flu shot makes it a bit harder for your body to fight off what you’d caught before the shot. So, it’s pretty common for people to think they’ve gotten sick from their shot, when really, they just didn’t have enough fight to get rid of the germs they already had. It’s super important to be really aware of how you feel before you go in for the shot, and make sure your doc knows if you feel a little under the weather so she can help you decide if you should get it or wait. Sorry to unload the dorkiness, but I was all excited to get an explanation for that from my doc.

    Since I have asthma, I get flu shots regularly, but it’s not like that makes me immune to every cold and sniffle. I am a HUGE fan of CleanWell and so excited to read about this. I used to use a thyme-based kitchen cleaner – it worked really well, but it was from a subscription program and it was just way too expensive to keep up the subscription just for the thyme cleaner. 3.99? I am so in on this one!

    October 20th, 2010 at 1:41 pm
    Comment by Allie
  4. I want to love Method, I doooo.. but I just bought some of their soap without reading the label first because I had heard about them from places like this, and it had parabens or sulfates in it! How is that acceptably green or healthy? I want to love them, but why are they praise for being healthy/green when there is still crap in their stuff?

    I really want to love them.

    Oh, and no flu shots here either! And I haven’t had it in years.. My mom gets the flu shot every year and gets the flu every year, too!

    November 1st, 2010 at 10:59 am
    Comment by Christina
  5. @ Christina: I’d love to know which Method product you bought that contains parabens since they specifically say that they DON’T use them. If you let me know, I’ll be sure to post Method’s response. You can comment here or email me at contact@thegreenists.com.

    In regards to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, those CAN be found in some Method products. Method says this is because the carcinogen hazards are “unfounded” and the ingredient is used in low doses so as not to cause the skin & eye irritation common with higher concentrations.

    The Cosmetic Safety Database rates SMS as a 3 or 4 on their hazard scale of 1-10, which is on the low side of the moderate risk.

    November 28th, 2010 at 12:04 am
    Comment by Julie

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