Do eCloths really work, and do they really kill bacteria? I put them through these cleaning cloths 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 eCloth really work in cleaning my home? Would it actually kill bacteria? Who knew?
All I knew was I had to try it as I’m always looking to lighten the chemical load when it comes to cleaning.
So what happened next? Well, after buying one for my kitchen, I was so hooked that I went out and bought one from my bathroom! Here’s the full rundown. It goes without saying that I wasn’t paid to write this post – I bought the cloths with my own money and this is my own unbiased review.
- What Are eCloths
- How Much Do They Cost?
- Do eCloths Really Work?
- Are They Really Reusable?
- What About Bacteria?
- How Long Do eCloths Last For?
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. What I mean is 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) are required, making it great for allergy sufferers. Just wet your cloth, and off you go.
How Much Do They Cost?
They cost around £5.50 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 Big Green Smile.
What I love is that eCloths come packaged in cardboard packaging for easy recycling. There’s no plastic waste to dispose of.
Do eCloths 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 work great in my kitchen – particularly on worktops, and on stainless steel surfaces, such as my hob and kettle and toaster. They’re perfect 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 two or three times a week, depending on how it’s been used.
In my bathroom, I can clean everything to a spotless finish. I start on the sink, followed by the bath, tiles, and then finish by wiping down the toilet. I then wash my eCloth after every bathroom clean. What I love is 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 cloths are 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 them at 30°C. The eCloths are all different colours, according to their function. Plus they have a little label sewn into them reminding you which cloth is which. This means 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.
What About Bacteria?
Do eCloths really kill bacteria? Not necessarily. As well as removing dirt and grease, eCloth says the microfibres remove 99% of all bacteria. Notice the word ‘remove’. What this means is that the microfibres simply lift bacteria from your hard surfaces, and trap them in the fibres. When you rinse the cloth, this washes the bacteria down the sink.
eCloths also say that all the main eCloths have been rigorously tested by Silliker – an internationally recognised microbiology laboratory. Here all tests have been shown to remove over 99% of 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?
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 eCloths are still going strong – 7 years in!
I have to say that I am impressed. eCloths really do work. They get my surfaces clean, without any additional chemicals, and are incredibly durable. I dislike that they are made of plastic, but when I consider how much plastic bottles they can save, there are huge plastic savings to be made.