Modern Housewifery


There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t get a request or two for household cleaning tips. I take great pleasure in writing back with my best advice: get a cleaner, everyone will be happier.

That said I think there are plenty of things which are important about housework. It should impact positively on your life, make a comfortable environment and tread lightly upon the Earth.


I have a real bugbear about cheap products which don’t last well and end up in landfill. After going through our third dustpan in as many years recently I vowed to replace my household items only with equipment which lived up to my expectations.

I found the deliciously utilitarian yet beautiful Harrop + Penny and fell in love. Their range is exactly the kind of long-lasting tools I have been hankering after. I may have a rather long wish list for future breakages.


 I also feel strongly about the cleaning fluids we use. Mainstream cleaning products are so harsh both on the body and the environment we long ago turned our backs on them.

For years we used Ecover (and still do for laundry) but as soon as I found method I switched. Not only are their products environmentally friendly but they look and smell amazing. I have to admit to being a tiny bit obsessed about scent and method ticks every box on this score.


From the pink grapefruit in my kitchen to the mint in my bathroom and almond flower on our wooden floors; it is a joy to inhale. They recently got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to try some of their products and despite me admitting to using near every last one they sent over some of my favourites to use.

Now I do think we are pretty spoiled by their range but I can’t help but notice that over in the US there is an even more tempting array – sage, fig + rhubarb and tomato vine to name but a few.

Luckily for me I have a friend in the US who knows of my obsessive love of method and the cute Orla Kiely tomato vine hand soap above is all mine. Not entirely sure what I’ll do when it runs out…

Are you as obsessive about what you use in the home? Which household products can you not do without?

I was given method products to fuel my obsession. For more information about this kind of post please read my disclosure for readers page. Kat xoxo

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  • Reply Katie Gwyther August 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Ok – Orla Kiely and Tomato Vine all at once. I’ve never been so excited about hand soap in my life.
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    • Reply Kat August 23, 2013 at 12:52 am

      It is so good – I might sniff it every time I go past!

  • Reply Lianne August 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Love the Harrop & Penny shop!!! and I very much share your feeling about cheap products. In Dutch we have a saying : ‘goedkoop is duurkoop’ which literally means ‘cheap bought is expensive bought’ i.e. you think you are saving money by buying cheap, but you end up spending more money by having to replace it regularly. Better to buy good quality first time around and fill your home with products that will last….they often function and look so much better as well ;-)

    Do the method products really clean or do they just look good? I’m not a huge fan of overly perfumed products or fruity fragrance, I prefer simple and fresh. I stopped using ecover, because I felt it simply didn’t clean well enough and all the liquids were too watery. So back to good old trusted vinegar and friends, not the best smelling guys, but good cleaners. Might give method a go…who knows…especcially if they introduce fig and sage to the UK market!

    • Reply Kat August 23, 2013 at 12:52 am

      We say ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ in the UK!

      I’m not a smelly product fan ordinarily as I have a really sensitive sense of smell but I really do love method stuff – there is something so delicious about it without it being over-powering or lingering if that makes sense?

      I do think they clean well. Vinegar is great but I’m not sure I could use it for anything but the occassional clean!

    • Reply Kat September 13, 2013 at 12:36 am

      In the UK we say: buy cheap, buy twice.

      I do think they are good and the scent is so good – I am a stickler for unscented most of the time!

  • Reply Carie August 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I love method laundry liquid – it’s one of the few things that doesn’t exacerbate my girls’ dry skin – I had no idea they did other exciting things!
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    • Reply Kat August 23, 2013 at 12:45 am

      I have been a devotee for a few year now but havn’t tried their washing products! Yet…

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