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Edward did some limited preliminary tests in September 2013 using Method Dish Soap in a "standard" guar gum-based juice by substituting Method Dish Soap for Dawn Pro. Initial tests indicate that this detergent can work pretty well but is somewhat weaker than Dawn Pro. It also seemed to benefit even more from pH adjustment than Dawn-based juice.

Initial tests indicate that this detergent is a bit weaker than Dawn Pro (Method at 20:1 had a similar color profile as Dawn Pro at 32:1). So, you need to use something like 1.3 times as much Method as Dawn Pro when substituting. Method is quite sensitive to whatever it is that baking powder or baking soda+citric acid do (which is probably related to pH adjustment). In a test session (2013/09/10), a 20:1 dilution with guar gum did not work at all until baking powder was added at which point the mix performed quite well.

pH sensitivity: Method seems to be sensititive to the solution pH (if the contribution of baking powder is to adjust pH). Use of baking powder or baking soda+citric acid is recommend. Target pH currently unknown. My best guess is somewhere in the 7.0 to 7.6 range. The adjustment makes the juice both more bubble friendly and thins the film (essentially boosting the effectiveness of the surfactant).

2013 09 10 method no bp

Method juice at 20:1 (water:detergent) with no baking powder. This looks similar to Dawn Pro at 40:1

2013 09 10 method with bp

Same juice with baking powder added


Ghosts: Ghosting is similar variety to Dawn's.

NOTE: This entry was based on a limited number of trials in 2013. It is possible that the formula has changed since then in ways that would affect bubble making. During those limited tests, I found that one could get some pretty good results, but I do not mean to imply that the quality of the results was on a par with Dawn, but they were promising enough to indicate that this is a detergent that may be worthwhile to explore some more. It performed better than many of the non-Dawn detergents that I tried at the time. If you have experience with this detergent, we hope hat you will share your results.


From manufacturer's site:

ingredient what it is health + environmental summary
purified water solvent non–toxic; safe in environment; widely available
sodium lauryl sulfate surfactant (cleaning agent) low skin irritation in use and non toxic; readily biodegradable; derived from coconut oil
decyl + lauryl glucoside surfactant (cleaning agent) very gentle on skin and non toxic to people; readily biodegradable; made from corn sugars and coconut oil
lauramine oxide surfactant (cleaning agent) non toxic in use and low skin irritation; readily biodegradable; derived from coconut oil
alcohol (ethanol) solvent non toxic in use and not irritating to skin; readily biodegradable; fermented from corn sugars
glycerin (vegetable) solvent non toxic for people and no skin irritation; readily biodegradable; derived from plant sources
citric acid complexing agent non toxic in use if ingested or in skin contact; readily biodegradable; produced from corn sugars
sodium chloride salt table salt - safe for people (unless too much is eaten on potato chips); widely available and safely dispersed in the environment
sodium citrate complexing agent non toxic, non-allergenic and not irritating to skin; degrades readily in the environment; fermented from renewable corn sugars
methylisothiazolinone / methylchoroisothiazolinone preservative - prevent bacterial growth safe for people (low skin + eye irritation); inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials
polymeric colorant colorant (not present in ginger yuzu or white rosemary) non-toxic, free of heavy metals, azo groups and carcinogens, not mutagenic, no or low skin irritation potential; low aquatic toxicity and slow biodegradation; made from synthetic materials
fragrance oil blend fragrance free of phthalates, NPEs and other dirty ingredients; non toxic in use, free of carcinogens and tested for skin irritation and allergies; blended composition is partly essential oils and partly synthetic ingredients
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