Just Say No to Jugs with Method

Heather says:

Noah is back and this time, he’s got the marching band (hello Blue Devils!*) getting their act cleaned up with the Method Just Say No to Jugs Campaign.

Enjoy the video:

I’m a child of the 80’s, if you need details, I was in grade school, where Nancy Reagan drilled (indoctrinated?) “SAY NO TO DRUGS” into our heads for 8 years (I only had to tolerate 4 of this because of the timing) and this next installment of the Method campaign makes me giggle, like, well, like a schoolgirl. I should also note that my inner 12 year-old is also having fits of the giggles, but that is for less family friendly reasons.

How do you say no to jugs? By giving their powerful, concentrated laundry detergent a try.

Transparency: For the past couple of years I’ve been using the mega-size Costco (Kirkland’s?) version of free and clear laundry detergent in my HE washer. Why? Convenience. I don’t like going to the store much.

The day I made the run to Target and stocked up on Method products, I took a chance and grabbed the Fresh Air scented laundry detergent, normally I steer clear of scented products (oh come on, really? This isn’t the first time you’ve heard me fuss about perfumed products.)

I’ve now been using it exclusively for almost two months and I’m not going back. Heck, I may even get brave and try another scent. You think you’re scared? My entire world makes a little less sense.

So, what’s cool about the Method concentrated laundry detergent?

Squirt. Squirt. Squirt. Squirt.

Close the door and turn on the washer.

Boom. Done.

There’s no measuring. There’s no sticky laundry cap. There’s no guessing and there’s no need to buy the ginormous jugs of laundry detergent to prevent extra trips to the store or writing a Dear Home Ec 101 can I use dish detergent in my washer letter. A: Don’t.

I suppose, maybe if you have super hard water, you may need an extra squirt, but try the recommended amount first.

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This is a sponsored post. I happily work with Method, but all opinions are my own.

If you want to read more about my adventures with Method, check out:
Clean Like a Mother
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Why I work with Method

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  1. thebeadgirl on May 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    i’ll try it because i trust you….but i’m skeptical! 🙂

  2. simonashton on May 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    @HeatherSolos I once made a (innocuous, I thought) joke about Nancy Reagan/Just Say No & got a huge lecture. Thought it was cos I’m foreign

  3. KateCanterbury on May 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Love, love, love Method. The only bad thing about their concentrated bottles are that the design always leaves a little bit in the bottom. 

    • Kelly Whalen on May 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

       @KateCanterbury do you turn the nozzle? That helps get the last bit, and I have been known to leave it upside down over the drawer to get every drop. 😉

  4. Becca Bernstein on May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I love Method products. At first, my love affair began because I loved their design aesthetic. Then when I used them, I realized their products are just as great as their design. 

  5. TheAmyTucker on May 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

    We use the all Free Clear in the ginormous size since and Tucker’s cheap and buys in bulk. You know I *love* Target and this would be the perfect excuse for me to drag him to that wondrous store. BUT how does the Method detergent compare in price? 

    • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

       @TheAmyTucker how many loads do you get from the Free and Clear? If Target is charging the same as Amazon ($15.49) it works out to $0.31 a load or $0.27 a load after the $2 coupon. You can get 4 $2 coupons over the course of the month, so you’ll get 200 loads at that price. Is it  as cheap as the All Free and Clear, probably not, but I haven’t done the math as I don’t have the numbers handy.

      • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

         @TheAmyTucker correction: there are 5 Thursdays in May. That’s 250 loads.

  6. bookchick on May 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I know you’re sensitive to the smells but do you have any skin issues with perfumes? I’ve been using Tide Free & Clear for years becasue I have REALLY sensitive skin (can’t even use bubble bath or scented deoderant) and that’s my only concern about using the Method detergent.

    • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

       @bookchick they also have a free and clear version. 🙂 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YD7TTQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=hoec10-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002YD7TTQ (Yes, affiliate amazon link)

    • Kelly Whalen on May 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

       @bookchick My family has super sensitive skin, and we have no issues with any of the fragrances.

  7. Kellyology on May 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I may have to try this product…mostly because I like scented laundry. 🙂 I had a repair guy tell me to use powder instead (1/4 of the recommended amount) of liquid on HE models. Have you heard anything about this in regards to repairs and soap build up, etc.? And do you think the concentrated liquids would have the same effect as the non-concentrated liquids? I’d love to know. Thanks!

    • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

       @Kellyology I hear mixed advice. Some say to completely avoid powdered detergent, especially in areas with hard or very cold ground water, the build up in the lines is obnoxious and difficult to remove. It’s less of an issue in places with warmer and/or soft water.
      So it’s one of those your mileage may vary kind of things. If you squirt the detergent right into the drum, you completely get rid of the detergent in the feeding line issue.

  8. Kelly Whalen on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Yay for coupons! I am in love with Method. I have converted a LOT of people to using it–my mom with a bad back, my friend who has a baby on her hip as she washes, and more. 

    • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

       @Kelly Whalen obviously I’m biased, but I loved the company before I started working with them. Heck, I mentioned their wood cleaner in my book, long before they knew I existed. Sometimes brand partnerships work. 

  9. Melanie Nelson on May 2, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Thanks, Heather! I’ve been wondering about Method. But here’s my question: For HE washers do you squirt it in the regular detergent drawer or do you put it directly on the clothes? How long has a bottle lasted for you? I’m so tired of lugging the big jug and cleaning up the mess from the cap. I know it sounds like such a small thing, but as you know, those small things can make a HUGE difference.

    • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

       @Melanie Nelson In the commercial they show them squirting it into the drawer. I just squirt it onto the laundry in the drum. I believe in the very first commercial they also showed it being done my way. Also? There’s no aiming when you squirt it into the drum. I suppose if I had anything I was possibly, maybe worried about color fastness, I’d do a spot test. It has NOT been an issue.

      • Melanie Nelson on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

         @HeatherSolos Perfect. I’m not too worried about color fastness, just wanted to be sure I was doing it right. 😉

        • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

           @Melanie Nelson Oh and the bottle has lasted about a month so far and I do laundry for 6 people. I cannot guarantee that no one has used from the giant jug while I was out of town, BUT the amount of laundry in the hampers (and on the floor) seemed to indicate no one bothered to do any in the six days I was gone. 

    • Kelly Whalen on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

       @Melanie Nelson I squirt it into the drawer. Works fine. I find a large bottle lasts me about 2-3 weeks and we do a LOT of laundry-like 15 loads a week usually (sometimes more)

  10. Andrea on May 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for the coupon.  Going to Target today!

  11. piscesvirgo on May 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I too use the Kirkland ginormous jug, It’s the only laundry detergent that doesn’t irritate my daughters skin. I have been wanting to try method though for a while. I may just go pick some up with the coupon you shared. Thank you.
    Oh and child of the 80’s here yet too young to remember Nancy Reagans campaign. But reading your memories made me giggle (inner schoolgirl was cringing at the giggles too) 😉

  12. Amy on May 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I have been curious about the Method laundry detergent(can’t stand the gooey cap from the bottle) I haven’t been able to find any of my friends that use it so I am very glad to hear you like it. With a $2 coupon might be worth a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

      I think the lack of gooey cap (or in our case juice glass we used for measuring) is my favorite part.  Although I did fall down the steps a few weeks ago and crack the snot out of my elbow (it hasn’t been the same since) and not lugging a jug is very nice. (It only bothers me when I forget and pick up heavy stuff)

  13. SandraSP on May 2, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I resent the remark about Nancy Reagan. You don’t look like you were paying attention anyway. I wil not be visiting this site anymore as well.

    • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

       @SandraSP I didn’t have a problem with the Say no to drugs campaign, I just remember the t-shirts, signs, and buttons we all wore and displayed. I liked Nancy Reagan.

    • amybhole on May 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

       @SandraSP You’ve got to be kidding. I *hope* you’re kidding.

    • TheAmyTucker on May 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

       @SandraSP What does “You don’t look like you were paying attention anyway.” even mean? Stay classy.

  14. WendyInDC on May 2, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I didn’t see that because I refused to read to the end of your post. I feel you should have disclosed this at the very beginning of your post, otherwise you are misleading readers until the very end.

  15. WendyInDC on May 2, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Is this a sponsored post?? It certainly reads like one. If you’re going to get paid to blog for a company, show lots of respect for your readers by disclosing this!! Shame on you for masking an advertisement as a blog post. It completely ruins any credibility you may have. This is the first and last Ine I will visit your blog.

    • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

       @WendyInDC I clearly note at the bottom of the post that this is sponsored. I’ve been working with Method since March and will continue to do so. Their company values align with those of Home-Ec 101, their products are effective and environmentally friendly.
      While I’m sorry that you won’t be returning, I respect the founders of Method and the company they created. I’m happy to work with them.

      • WendyInDC on May 2, 2012 at 7:13 am

        @HeatherSolos I didn’t see that because I refused to read to the end of your post. I feel you should have disclosed this at the very beginning of your post, otherwise you are misleading readers until the very end.

      • WendyInDC on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

         @HeatherSolos I feel you are misleading readers by waiting until the END of the article to mention that you were paid to sing the praises of this product. IMHO, it’s unfair to readers. Be upfront about it BEFORE we read. Then we can choose whether or not to read an advertisement. 

        • HeatherSolos on May 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

           @WendyInDC I respect that you have that opinion and you are welcome to voice it. I have been running Home-Ec101.com for over 5 years, all sponsored posts have been disclosed in exactly this manner, I’ve had 2.7 million unique visitors and you are the first to voice this opinion. While I appreciate your taking the time to share your opinion, I will not be changing the way I disclose at this time.

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