Cleaning without the chemicals
Product Review: We Review E-cloth Cleaning Products
by Paige Estigarribia
The Dollar Stretcher was sent an e-cloth Basic Cleaning Set to facilitate this review. The Dollar Stretcher received no compensation for this review. The opinions in this article are those of the author.
I'm all about reducing the amount of chemicals in my home, and one way to do that using different types of household cleaners. From dirty floors, to dusty end tables, there's a household cleaner for every job. But depending on the cleaners you use, according to a publication from the Cleveland Clinic, a person's sensitivities can suffer, because many household cleaners can potentially cause problems. Natural cleaners can be a great solution. And so when e-cloth agreed to let us review their Basic Cleaning Set, we were intrigued. Just add water with their product and your cleaning is complete? But does it work?
What is e-cloth?
The concept behind e-cloth is really interesting, and it centers around microfiber. Now I know that we've all seen microfiber cloths at the store. You can sometimes even find them at the dollar store. But according to e-cloth's site, the best microfiber cloths only have between 90,000 and 200,000 fibers per square inch. That sounds like a lot, right? But e-cloth has 1.6 million. And this high number of fibers are like 1.6 million tiny hands that pick up your mess. E-cloth's site also describes how the high number of fibers removes 99% of bacteria. All without any harsh cleaners.
Plus e-cloths come with a 300 wash guarantee, provided they are washed without fabric softeners, dryer sheets, or bleach.
How did it work?
We used the mop here at the office, and it successfully cleaned the floors...with just water! Plus we loved the adjustable handle - perfect for taller folks who don't want to bend over to mop. When done, just wash and reuse.
I used the cleaning pad and the washing up pad at home on my tile countertops and my dishes, and I was completely impressed with how clean my kitchen was when I finished... and with only water (for sticky, stuck on spots, I did add a smidge of natural dish soap to the water). Below are some before and after pictures of my kitchen counter with sticky ice cream and just one swipe of the from the soft side of the washing up pad and a little soapy water. I'm interested to see if they continue to clean as well as they did the first time the more that I wash them.
One thing to consider with the sets are the price - the basic cleaning set is currently $69.99. And that may seem like a lot to a frugal minded person, when you can pick up microfiber cloths at the dollar store. But the set comes with two high quality mop pads, the mop itself, plus two separate pads and a small mesh bag to make washing easier. And these pads are guaranteed for 300 washes - just think of all the paper towels or additional cloths you would need in that time frame. So the price may even out when you consider the higher quality microfiber and the savings over time...plus you can clean with just water if you want! Doing this will save you additional money on household cleaners.
All in all, we were impressed with the e-cloth cleaning set. The tools provided in the set are basic ones you would need for kitchen and floor-type household tasks. If you want to add to the basic set, you'd probably want a few extra e-cloth microfiber towels for glass, stainless steel, and dusting, as they aren't included in the set. But overall, we were impressed with the quality and design of the e-cloth set up. And e-cloth has graciously agreed to give away a set to one of our readers! Be sure to take a look at our giveaway page, or scroll down to enter through the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.
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