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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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21 Amazing Uses For Borax Around The House

uses of borax
uses of borax

Wondering just how many uses for Borax there are? Let me tell you, lots!

I’ve seen borax pop up in a few homemade household cleaning recipes. However, I hadn’t appreciated just how many uses for borax there are until I came across this really handy infographic.  It shows 21 uses for borax around the house!  21!  From unclogging drains and cleaning mattresses to inhibiting mould, it seems borax does it all!

Safety First

Although it’s non-toxic and a completely natural substance, borax can be a bit of an irritant to sensitive skin.  If you do suffer from sensitive skin, skin allergies, eczema, or anything like that then I would avoid using borax on anything that’s going to come into contact with your skin on a regular basis. For example the carpet cleaning recipe or the clothes deodoriser recipe.  Just to be on the safe side!

Now we’ve got the safety chat out of the way, on to the uses for borax!

21 Amazing Uses for Borax

Source: eReplacementParts.com

Where to Buy Borax In The UK

If you’re in the UK/EU and you want to track some borax down, please note you’ll only be able to buy “borax substitute”.

 The reason being a few years ago the EU reclassified the ‘Borate’ group of chemicals that Borax belongs to as a dangerous substance!  Apparently, borax substitute still has all the same cleaning and laundry uses that original borax had.

Borax substitute is also pretty much identical, composition-wise, to regular borax, but it cannot be used for pest control.  You’ll still need to store it securely away from children, preferably up high on in a childproof cupboard, and properly labelled. This is because it’s not a substance you want young children getting their hands on.

And if you’re wondering where to buy borax substitute, the good news is it’s easily accessible. I’ve seen it for sale in cardboard boxes in pound shops (in the cleaning aisle) and hardware shops for the princely sum of £1 for a 500g box.  The brand is Dri Pak.  It’s also available in larger quantities at the excellent Summer Naturals website.

I’m certainly tempted to pick some borax up and give it a go around my house!

ps: if you are worried about using borax or borax substitute in your home, then I’ve researched a post on is borax safe