The Guardian described Orla Kiely as the “Queen of Prints,” and it does not take long to become smitten by her vibrant geometric patterns. Now the Dublin-based fashion designer has teamed with Method to offer a limited edition of hand soaps, dish soaps and cleaners. Method has long turned the idea of household cleaners on its head, encouraging their cleaning products to be on counters, not hidden and stashed under the kitchen sink like the crazy uncle living in the basement.

We have been a little obsessed with cleaning here at the Fig Garden Project, and while we swear by your grandmother’s kit of Castile soap, kosher salt and white vinegar, the Method products never get old: and they smell great. While I was in the San Joaquin Valley town of Tulare picking up a vintage dining set at a thrift store, I pulled into the local Target to grab a few more cleaning supplies. Orla Kiely’s prints grabbed me immediately. I was easily, and happily suckered. The ginger pair hand soap is offering a glimmer of hope in a kitchen that still has a long way to go.

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Orla Kiely Primrose hand soap (Photo courtesy Method)

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Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.