I am becoming increasingly intolerant of “stuff”. In particular, filling the house with cleaning chemicals, each neatly packaged in a plastic bottle (inside a cardboard box, wrapped in cellophane) irks me. I was therefore delighted to receive a number of e-cloths, designed to clean with just water (all were wrapped in recyclable cardboard). There are a whole range, including cloths for general surfaces, glass, a mop, cleaning pad for washing up, cloths for spectacles, iPad and other tablets, cars, boats….you get the idea.
We have been testing these out for the last few weeks, and I have to say that I’m converted. Cleaning surfaces is pretty much a case of running over a damp e-cloth. The glass cloth is particularly effective, and the teatowel is excellent at polishing glasses. I also like the mop – it has a flat panel, to which you velcro a washable pad that you use damp. The mop also stores flat and has a telescopic handle, a must in a small flat when you are running out of storage space.
The e-cloths work by being made of varying grades of microfibre fabric, with the high concentration of fibres in each cloth claimed to result in much higher cleaning power than normal cleaning cloths. To help improve performance, cloths are customised for specific uses: for example, the washing up pad has one side made in an abrasive, scrubbing material. Similarly, the hob and oven cloth has non-scratch abrasive strips on one side.
We have also been experimenting with using other cleaning materials with our e-cloths – lemon juice, vinegar, and bicarbonate of soda. The bicarb is good at banishing smells; in the fridge or sprinkled at the bottom of the kitchen rubbish bin, and also made up as a paste as a lightly abrasive cleaning as a sort of cream cleaner equivalent. The lemon juice and vinegar are useful on things like the draining board, and in the bathroom to clean hard water marks. It’s all very How Clean is Your House. All in all, it looks like ditching the chemicals is the way forward, especially when e-cloth calculate that the average house spends £100 a year on them!
Fuss Free Flavours received a selection of e-cloths to test and review, we were not obliged to write a positive review. Thank you to e-cloths for the samples.