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) are 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 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 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*.
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?
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.