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Chemical Free Cleaning: E Cloths

e cloth review

e cloth review

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For my second Zero Waste Week post, I wanted to look at chemical free cleaning, and the fantastic reusable E Cloths*.  I bought my first E Cloth for my kitchen a few months ago, when I felt like giving chemical free cleaning a go, and was so hooked that I then went out and bought one from my bathroom!  They cost around £4.99 for a single E Cloth, 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!

You see, E Cloths are quite the revolution in chemical free cleaning and in reusing, as all you need to clean is a cloth and some water.  That’s it!  No chemicals or cleaning products (natural or otherwise) required, making it great for allergy sufferers.  The microfibres in the cloth remove dirt, grease and 99% of all bacteria, including salmonella, E.coli and listeria, with just water.  In between wipes just rinse the cloth in water and then carry on cleaning.

When your cloth is dirty, just pop it 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 cloths 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 cloths are differently coloured according to 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.

chemical free cleaning

Chemical Free Cleaning, You Say?

You might be wondering how they work and how they can provide chemical free cleaning?  Well, E cloths are made of millions of fibres which trap and absorb minute particles, dirt and grease for smear free cleaning.  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.  I don’t wash it 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 E Cloth after every bathroom clean.  I love how everything is sparkling clean, without smears, and without a chemical fug of smells.

You also might be wondering why the cloths can remove bacteria without the need for cleaning products.  It’s all in the microfibres that lift and trap the dirt and germs.  E Cloths also say that all the main E Cloths 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.

do e cloths work

What I love, is that as well as being brilliant for chemical free cleaning, the E Cloths come in cardboard packaging for easy recycling.  There’s no plastic waste to dispose of.  Furthermore, the cloths 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!

Ethical Superstore are currently running 10% off E Cloths* in case you’re tempted to stock up!  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 chemical free cleaning love during Zero Waste Week, for which I’m proud to be a blogging ambassador.

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method Cleaning Products Review

method cleaning products

method cleaning products

The nice people at method recently sent me some of their cleaning products to try out.

In the interests of full disclosure, I have to say I’m an existing fan of method Cleaning Products.  I’ve mentioned them before in my post on my environmentally friendly cleaning products that work post and my post on washable nappies.  My particular method favourites are the laundry liquid and lavender multi-surface spray, but I was keen to try some new method products!

method sweet tangerine air freshener

The first product I tried out was their new sweet tangerine air freshener.  To be honest we’re not air freshener people – it’s not something I normally buy and I prefer opening a window or burning a candle – but I was willing to approach it with an open mind.

method say “unlike many traditional aerosol sprays that are powered by petroleum-based propellant mixed in with the product, method continuous spray air fresheners are packed in an airtight chamber powered by compressed air. so when you spray, you fill your room with one of our nature-inspired scents.”

I like the fact there are no propellants and have to admit it did smell lovely and not in an overly cloying way that some air fresheners can smell.  The smell doesn’t linger too long – just enough to cover up what smell you’re wanting to mask and no more – so you’re not going to walk into a room two hours later and still be over-powered!  My only real gripe with it was I noticed it did leave droplet marks on our dark tiled bathroom floor that needed wiping off, but as I don’t use air freshener then I don’t know if this is common to all air fresheners?

method power foam dish soap

Next on my list to try was method’s Power Foam Dish Soap in lemon mint.  The idea is that you spray the power foam on to your sponge or cloth, wipe your dirty dishes and rinse them off.  I have to say I was initially a little perplexed by this product – it’s more environmentally friendly to fill your sink and do a load of dishes rather than rinsing them under the tap so I wasn’t too sure why method had come up with this product.

It sat on my worktop for a few days unused, and then one night I was filling up my dishwasher.  As I filled it up, bar a a pot and a skillet that aren’t dishwasher safe, I realised it would be perfect for those couple of items that can’t go in the dishwasher but you don’t want to fill a sink just to wash one or two things.  And so I got cleaning my skillet and was impressed with how easily it removed cooked on food, and the lovely minty lemon smell.

I don’t know if it’s something I would regularly purchase though – it’s going to take me quite some time to get through it, and I’m not too sure if it’s much different to wiping down your dishes with a bit of washing up liquid?  I’ll update if I find much difference as I go – I’m keeping an open mind!

method hand wash

Finally, I tried out method’s Fresh Currant Hand Wash. I’ve used method Hand Wash in the past, so I’m no stranger to their paraben free, triclosan free and naturally derived formulation.  Fresh Currant smells lovely, has great cleaning properties and doesn’t dry out my hands so it ticks all my boxes.  We’ve been using bar soap for quite some time now as bar soap is generally a bit more environmentally friendly (packaging and transportation wise) than liquid hand wash, so this was a bit of an indulgent treat for us!  Thanks method!

Have you used any method cleaning products before?  Which are your favourites?

Disclosure: method sent me some cleaning products to review, but all words, opinions and photos are my own.