Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Method to the Madness

My approach to housework can be described as sporadic. There are times when I get a burst of energy and the gift of a few, unspoiled moments and I clean that place within an inch of its life. As if a Civil War General has just said, "M'am, we have some soldiers in need of an operation...can we trouble you for the use of your kitchen counter?" I will pick up, clean, and disinfect every surface within sight. Then, as is more often the case, I do well to do a quick pass, picking up larger items and kicking the smaller ones under the couch and coffee table.

By no means am I "granola" or a "tree hugger," but I do have pets and children and adults who act like children in my home, and I don't like using too many harsh chemicals around them. Plus, all those chemicals are not a fresh manicure's friend. So, I started using a couple of products from Method. Method prides itself on using naturally-derived, biodegradeable products that smell nice, clean well, and look pretty. They do. I'm not ashamed to leave them sitting out. They're not much more than other cleaning products and you can catch them on sale at Target from time to time.

Here are two of my faves:

This is the dish liquid. It's a pump and works well. It may be all in my head, but I think the pump action saves time instead of having to turn up a bottle and either squeeze or wait for a drop to drip out. Combined with a Scrub Daddy sponge, they knock out a sink full of dishes in no time.

And this is just an all-purpose cleaner. It says you can use it on glass but I felt it left it a little smudgy. It's great for kitchen counters and this cucumber scent will give you Spring Fever and makes the house smell delicious.