I recently ran out of my regular detergent (Kirkland’s Environmentally Friendly Laundry Detergent) and purchased Method‘s Squeaky Green, a 3x concentrated laundry soap that promised me a “plant-based formula tough on stains, easy on clothes and gentle on the planet.” 64 loads for $14.99 isn’t wonderful, but I’ll try nearly anything that promises such greatness. That, and I’ve been happy with other Method products that I’ve tried.
Let me back up a minute and say that I am a fan of the no-scent detergent. I also don’t like not really knowing what goes into my soaps, so for a while my husband, Myk, and I made our own laundry detergent until I just gave up. I didn’t find our clothes to be cleaner (they actually weren’t really getting as clean as with regular detergent…and with a kid, I want those clothes CLEAN), I hated chopping up bar soap in my food processor, Myk thought I was a big hippie, it was messy, and if you get the borax and the Ivory mixed up well…you’re screwed (they’re both white, after all). After an incident where my mom accidentally mixed the two, I threw it all out.
When it comes to scent, this stuff just smells like plain ol’ soap, nothin’ fancy. I can live with that.
Method conveniently also makes dryer sheets so you vegetarians/vegans out there don’t have to feel guilty about the animal fats often used in other conventional dryer sheets. Gross, I know, but knowledge is key to making the right decisions. What do you think?