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Do eCloths Really Work? We Put Them Through Their Paces

e cloth review
e cloth review

Do eCloths really work? Do eCloths really kill bacteria? We put them through their paces to see how the claims stand up.

I bought my first eCloth for my kitchen a few months ago, after seeing one in a shop. I was intrigued by the claims on the packaging. Could a damp cloth really work in cleaning my home? Would it actually kill bacteria? Who knew! All I know was I had to try as I’m always looking to lighten the chemical load when it comes to cleaning.

What happened? Well, after buying one for my kitchen, I was so hooked that I then went out and bought one from my bathroom!  Here’s the full rundown.

What Are eCloths?

eCloths* are quite the revolution in ‘chemical-free’ cleaning. I use that term loosely, in that water is a chemical, of course. I really mean that you don’t need any harsh cleaning products.

The eCloth is a microfibre cloth that you reuse to clean pretty much every corner of your home. All you need to clean is a cloth and some water.  That’s it!  No cleaning products (natural or otherwise) required, making it great for allergy sufferers. Just wet your cloth, and off you go.

How Much Do They Cost?

They cost around £4.99 for a single eCloth, which is quite a bargain when you factor in the fact that you don’t need to buy any cleaning products whatsoever!  Imagine all that money and cleaning product packaging you will save on! I’ve picked up the rest of mine at Ethical Superstore*.

eCloths come packaged in cardboard packaging for easy recycling.  There’s no plastic waste to dispose of.

Do eClothes Really Work?

Of course, there’s the question of do eCloths really work? This is a valid point – you might be wondering how they work and how they can clean using only water.

Well, eCloths are made of millions of fibres that trap and absorb minute particles, dirt, and grease. I’ve found they really work great in my kitchen – particularly on worktops, and on stainless steel surfaces, such as my hob and kettle and toaster, for smear-free cleaning. In between wipes just rinse the cloth in water and then carry on cleaning. I don’t wash the cloth every day, maybe twice a week.  

In my bathroom, I can clean everything to a spotless finish. I start on the sink, followed by the bath, tiles, and then finish with the toilet.  I then wash my eCloth after every bathroom clean.  What I love how everything is sparkling clean, without smears, and without a chemical fug of smells.

I would therefore say, yes, eCloths do really work! Believe the hype!

Are They Really Reusable?

Yup. When your cloth is dirty, just pop them in the washing machine!  

I often wash my towels at 60°C (it’s not good for your washing machine to always wash at low temperatures). So I just pop the eCloths in with the towels with my regular detergent and my natural homemade fabric conditioner (don’t use regular fabric conditioner).  They come out all clean again, ready for the next round of cleaning.   

You can even boil wash them if you want to give them a really good clean, or just wash at 30°C.  The eCloths are differently coloured according to their function and have a little label sewn into them reminding you which cloth is which, so there’s no chance of mixing up your kitchen cloth with your bathroom cloth.  I love this additional clever little touch.

On an important note, eCloths are made of plastic and do shed microplastics. Therefore I would recommend washing them in a microplastic catcher, such as a Guppyfriend*.

chemical free cleaning

What About Bacteria?

Do eCloths really kill bacteria? Not necessarily. As well as removing dirt and grease, the microfibres remove 99% of all bacteria. Notice the word ‘removes’. What this means is that the microfibres simply lift bacteria from your hard surfaces, and trap them in the fibres. To clean the cloth, simply rinse it in water.

 eCloths also say that all the main eCloths have been rigorously tested by Silliker – an internationally recognised micro-biology laboratory.  Here all tests have been shown to remove over 99% bacteria, including e-Coli, listeria, and aspergillus.  

Tests also showed that, after a brief rinse in water, only 0.01% of bacteria are re-introduced to a surface.  Additionally, because the cloths do not leave any residue on the cleaned surface, there is nothing left behind to encourage the development of bacteria. So far we’ve not been sick, so I have to concur.

How Long Do eCloths Last For?

do e cloths work

eCloths are guaranteed for 300 washes, which is a whole lot of cleaning!  At the end of their lifespan, because they are just fabric, they can easily be recycled at textile banks.  I haven’t got to that stage yet, my beloved cloths are still going strong!

Big Green Smile is currently running 10% off E Cloths* in case you’re tempted to stock up or to try for yourself to see if eCloths really work!  I’ve only got two cloths at the moment – the bathroom cloth and the general-purpose one, so I’m eyeing up the mop and glass cloth!

I’m not sponsored by E Cloths: I bought mine out of my own pocket.  I’m just sharing the cleaning love during Zero Waste Week, for which I’m proud to be a blogging ambassador.

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Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

make your own reed diffuser

Want to learn how to make a homemade reed diffuser?  Yes, it sounds tricky, but I promise it’s so easy!  

Now, I’m not really crafty, but this homemade reed diffuser tutorial is so simple it’s basically foolproof!  If you can add some liquid to a bottle then this is the DIY for you!  Much like most of my natural cleaning products to DIY to be honest!

reed diffuser DIY

I have a small old bottle collection.  Rather than just have them gathering dust on a shelf, I wanted to use some of them in a practical way.  At the same time, I was also looking for a way to freshen my bathroom without going down the chemical air freshener route.  Artificially scented products may not be the best for your health, so it’s something I try to avoid.

The smell of standard air fresheners and synthetic fragrances (especially the plugin ones) also makes me feel sick.  And I don’t like using essential oil burners because of having a small child in the house.  Therefore, a reed diffuser put high out of reach of my little one felt like a good option.  

I came up with this idea for a homemade reed diffuser because it had the dual purpose of practically using my bottles.  At the same time, it scents my bathroom in an environmentally friendly and natural way without the use of harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances.  Win!

homemade reed diffuser

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

It worked so well I thought I’d share my technique because I’m good like that!  Here’s how you can make your own homemade reed diffuser for pennies, in minutes, and with only a few ingredients:

Ingredients

Clean glass jar preferably with a narrow mouth.
60 ml of sweet almond oil*
30 drops of essential oil* of your choice.
A handful of reed sticks*

Instructions

Pour 60ml of sweet almond oil into your glass jar.
Add your essential oil(s). I used 10 drops of rosemary oil and 20 drops of grapefruit oil as I wanted a clean citrus smell for my bathroom.
Wipe down your jar with a cloth to remove any oils that might have dripped down the sides.
Add your reed sticks.
After a few hours remove your reed sticks and place them in upside down. This helps the oils travel up the sticks.
Place in a spot away from children and pets and enjoy the lovely aroma!

Some Points to Note

make your own reed diffuser

I bought my sweet almond oil*, essential oils (rosemary* and grapefruit*) and reed sticks* from eBay.  I’ve got plenty left of each to make heaps of reed diffusers!

Use a bottle or jar with a narrow opening as the oil will evaporate at a slower rate than a jar with a wide opening.

If the smell starts to go a bit flat try taking the reed sticks out and placing them back in the liquid upside down.

The scent in this homemade reed diffuser isn’t anywhere near as strong as its shop-bought counterparts. Therefore, don’t expect a really strong fragrance.  For that reason, I find it best to place the diffuser in a small area, such as a bathroom, rather than trying to scent your living room.

Some people also swear by adding vodka to their diffuser as they say it helps the oils travel up the reeds.  I didn’t have any vodka in the house so wasn’t able to try this.  Let me know if you do!

I hope you enjoy making it!  The diffuser would make such a lovely homemade gift, so definitely one to keep in mind if you’re ever in need of any eco-friendly gift idea!

ps: if you like this try my homemade beeswax candle DIY!