2015 e-cloth® Earth Day Sale – Kate’s Tips on What to Buy when it’s on Sale

Geez, there are a lot of e-cloth products, aren’t there?  Hard to know where to begin.  And when you see those 4 magic letters… S…A…L…E, you want to go crazy and buy, buy, BUY!

But before you get carried away, let me help you.  Here are my Top 5 Picks for what to get while the 20% off Earth Day Sale is on (Coupon Code: Earthday15 .Sale ends at midnight central time, Wed April 22, by the way).

Kate’s Top 5 “Get it While it’s on Sale” Picks

  1. Universal Stone – this stuff is amazing and everyone should have some.  But yup, it’s universal stonepricey so maybe hard to justify (even though it’ll replace many of your other cleansers). Try searching on this blog for Universal Stone – I’ve got lots of examples with pictures of how well this stuff works. So get it while it’s on sale.  We also have the Universal Stone Cleaning Set that includes a General Purpose Cloth and a Glass & Polishing cloth and will save you even more money (but save even more by getting the Universal Stone and a couple of the 2 for 1 General Purpose/Glass & Polishing cloths instead – see below)
  2. Deep Clean Mop – another big-ticket item that people covet.  Probably something you win an ecloth mop contest - even a baby can use it!hum and haw over, wondering if it’s really any better than your existing mop.  Well stop wondering… it IS better. WAY better! Again, I’ve got reviews on here so check them out. If you’ve got pets, this is a must-have. Especially this time of year when the shedding is on full tilt and muddy paw prints prevail. We also have lots of mop “bundles” that’ll save you big money if you’re looking at getting multiple items.  But the bundles aren’t on sale right now. NOTE – I highly recommend that if you get the mop that you also purchase the dusting pad for it.  The mop dusting pad is my MOST USED ITEM and it’ll save you lots of time – and frustration.
  3. drinkware-cleaning-clothDrinkware Drying and Polishing Cloth – This little beauty is often over-looked. It’s kinda hard to find on the website and likely not something you’d search for.  But it’s a gem of a dish-dryer and it’s a couple of bucks cheaper than our Kitchen Towels.  Use if for all your dish-drying – not just glasses. You’ll be impressed by how quickly – and how much – water it absorbs. Not to mention the streak-free finish on your glasses!
  4. Kids love the e-body luxury bath towel4Luxury Bath Towel – The title says it all. Luxury… Bath… Towel. This thing IS pure luxury. It dries you quickly and feels like velvet against your skin.  And here’s a little secret for those of you that don’t like the fact that it’s white… shhhh, don’t tell anyone… the Large Pet Towel is exactly the same. So if you’re afraid of white, try the brown pet towel instead. And while I’m at it, I’ll just mention that the pet towel is the 2nd best thing I’ve ever gotten for my dog (the best thing is #5, below). If you’ve got a dog that likes to swim or run in the rain, you’ll love how quickly you can dry them off with the pet towel. Search this blog for my reviews of the luxury towel. We still only have one that the entire family fights over.
  5. Pet Grooming Mitt – This is the single best thing I’ve ever gotten for my dog. She loves how it feels and I love ecloth microfiber pet grooming mitthow it cleans her coat and removes dander.  Note, this is not a brush and it isn’t great for removing hair. This mitt makes my dog’s coat shine! I use it AFTER I brush her to remove the dead skin that the brush brings to the surface. And I use it a LOT in spring, summer and fall to remove dust and dirt from her hair. Roxy loves the feel of the bristly side on her face and in her ears.

Why Aren’t Any of the Cleaning Cloths on Kate’s Top 5 Sale List?

You know I love my e-cloths. You know I love the way they clean. So why aren’t they on my Earth Day Sale Must Buy list?

Because we’ve still got 2 for 1’s available and they aren’t eligible for the 20% off. You could get any of our regular priced cleaning cloths and use the Earthday15 Coupon Code to get 20% off them, but you’ll save money by getting the 2 for 1’s instead.

Spring 2015 2 for 1 sale at eclothusa.comAND…

we’ve still go the MOST AMAZING DEAL EVER on our Kitchen and Window Packs.

Window and kitchen packs on super saleSo get your luxury, coveted items from the list above at 20% off (Coupon Code: Earthday15) and get our best-selling General Purpose and Glass & Polishing cloths at 2 for the price of 1.

 

 

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e-cloth® Celebrates Earth Day with 20% off Everything!

What better way to celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2015) than with some good old Chemical-free Cleaning?

E-cloth® reduces paper towel and disposable wipe usage by almost 90%, removes over 99% of bacteria with just water, and leaves no chemical residue.  And holy mackerel, e-cloths last for years! They’re guaranteed for 300 washings – that’s about 6 years, folks.

And how about some amazing savings on e-cloth®?  How does 20% off of everything sound?

20% off at eclothusa.comScreen Shot 2015-04-17 at 7.27.17 AMMust use Coupon Code: EARTHDAY15 to receive discount.
*Cannot be applied to previous purchases, items already on sale or “bundles”.
Offer expires midnight April 22, 2015 CST

E-cloth does it’s part everyday to educate consumers and develop exciting new products. E-cloth doesn’t introduce a product unless it meets their very high standards for performance, quality, and sustainability. It is for these reasons that e-cloth is becoming the leading brand in Chemical-free Cleaning.

I appreciate word of mouth referrals from satisfied customers. If you love the e-cloth products (or the info on my blog), please tell your friends by sharing this post on your social networks or forwarding to their email address. I appreciate your support!

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Spring Buy One, Get One Sale at eclothusa.com

It’s time for our annual Two for the Price of One sale. Supplies are limited so get ’em before they’re gone.

Spring 2015 2 for 1 sale at eclothusa.comBuy nowWe’ve also got the Kitchen and Window Packs on sale for LESS THAN 1/2 PRICE!!!

This is an amazing deal that you likely will never see again.  The Window Pack is a CUSTOMER FAVOURITE and my best seller.

These two packs are only on sale because the factory made a mistake and (a) sent us the wrong colours for the Kitchen Pack and (b) sent us the wrong packaging for the Window Pack.

Window and kitchen packs on super saleBuy now

 

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E-cloth® Specialty Cloth Rundown: The Stainless Steel Cloth

Preamble

This is the first of a series of posts that I hope to write over the next few weeks to help you decide which e-cloths are best for you.  I understand that there are many, many types of e-cloths and that deciding which ones you need can be a challenge.

Hopefully this series of posts will help you decide what you really need and save you some money.e-cloth for beginners

What is an e-cloth “Specialty” Cloth?

The General Purpose cloth was the original e-cloth®.  It’s a very high quality microfiber cloth that picks up over 99% of bacteria and is a cleaning power-house.  You can use it for almost every cleaning task from dusting to sopping up spills to removing greasy messes, to cleaning your whole kitchen/bathroom.

Occasionally, a cleaning task comes along that the General Purpose cloth does “OK” on but could use a little “boost” to make the job easier.  That’s where the “specialty” cloths come in.

e-cloth stainless steel pack

Why was the Stainless Steel Cloth Developed?

E-cloths have been used to clean stainless steel in Europe since the 1990’s.  In the beginning, only the General Purpose cloth was used and manufacturers noticed that it did not do quite as good a job on brushed stainless steel as it did on polished stainless steel.

More research was done and it was found that the minute grooves in brushed stainless steel were holding dirt, grime, grease, etc. The Stainless Steel e-cloth® was developed in co-operation with some of the major European stainless steel appliance manufactures.  It was developed specifically for brushed stainless steel to break up and lift dirt, grime and grease out of the minute grooves on brushed stainless steel.

ecloth stainless steel recommended by manufacturersWhy e-cloth Instead of Polishes and Cleansers?

Most commercial “cleansers” for stainless steel make your appliances “shiny” by leaving a thin layer of polish/residue behind.  They often contain chemicals and the residue actually attracts dirt and dust.

E-cloths work with only water to quickly and easily remove bacteria, oil, dirt, and fingerprints from stainless surfaces. They also last for years so you’ll save money!

How to Use the Stainless Steel Cloth

Using the Stainless Steel Cloth is a quick three-step process:

  1. With the cloth damp, start with the “scrubby” side and wipe the surface.  The scrubbers will loosen dirt and grease within the grooves
  2. Flip the cloth over and use the microfiber side to remove all the grease, dirt and “gunk” from the surface.
  3. Follow up with a Glass & Polishing cloth to remove any dampness for a streak-free finish.  The Glass & Polishing cloth is also good for daily “maintenance” of fingerprint and smudge removal.

How Does the Stainless Steel Cloth Compare to the General Purpose Cloth?

On one side, the Stainless Steel cloth is the same as the General Purpose e-cloth.  It has the same fiber length and density and has the same super-cleaning-bacteria-picking-up power as the General Purpose cloth.

On the other side, it has alternating stripes of polypropylene scrubbers and microfiber. The polypropylene scrubbers are like a stiff brush but have the flexibility to loosen “gunk” in the grooves of brushed stainless steel.  The scrubbers are safe on all surfaces and will not scratch.

 Do you Need the Stainless Steel Cloth or a General Purpose Cloth?

The e-cloth Stainless Steel cloth will simplify the way you clean your appliances will clean them just as well – or better than – commercial cleansers.

You really only need the Stainless Steel cloth if you have BRUSHED stainless steel appliances. The scrubbers on this cloth are meant to loosen dirt and grime from the minute grooves in brushed steel so if your appliances are not brushed, then a General Purpose cloth will do.

Questions or Ready to Purchase?

As always, I’m more than happy to answer any and all questions.  Just leave me a comment below!

To purchase the Stainless Steel e-cloth – or any e-cloth product, please visit eclothusa.com.

 

 

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How to Remove Salt and Water Stains on Flooring

how to remove salt stains from wood and tile floorsArgh!  Despite placing mats over the majority of my mud room, the boys still manage to step on – or put their wet boots in – the one little spot where there’s no mat.

It’s not that the salt is hard to clean, it’s just… “put your freaking boots on the mat, will ya!”

3 Easy Steps to Keeping your Floors Salt Stain Free

  1. Grab a damp e-cloth (or any other high quality microfiber cloth or mop)
  2. Wipe the floor with the e-cloth (or mop).  This will very easily remove most salt stains and will take a matter of seconds.
  3. If there is a buildup of salt (i.e, the damp e-cloth didn’t get it all), spray the area with diluted vinegar – 1 part water to 1/4 part vinegar – let it sit a minute or 4 and then wipe again.

ecloth cleans salt stainsProtecting your Floors from Salt

If left, salt can dissolve the finish on some floors so it’s important to stay on top of it.  It may be impossible to prevent all salt stains but here are a few tips to keep them at bay:

  1. Get rid of as much snow/salt off your boots OUTSIDE.  Have a mat outside the door, “clap” your feet together, or kick a step to knock the snow off before stepping inside.  Teach your kids how to do this too!
  2. Even if you hate them (like me), suck it up for winter and put a couple (few) mats down in the entrance way.  Encourage kids to take all their gear off on the mats and to not step off them until their boots are off. Obviously, the bigger the mats, the better when you’re dealing with young kids.
  3. Keep wet boots on the mats or in trays.
  4. Show your kids/spouse what happens to the floor when they step off the mats then get them to wipe up the mess! A quick wipe with an e-cloth is easy enough that the kids can do it – and maybe that’ll help them remember to put their boots in the right spot!

This is my floor after using only a damp e-cloth General Purpose Cloth. Easy as pie!

ecloth cleans salt stains

 

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Stainless Steel Appliances – Why Norwex & e-cloths Leave Streaks and How to Fix it!

streaks on stainless appliancesLa la la-la la la,
Sing a happy song.
La la la-la la la,
Smurf it all day long.

That’s you singing the Smurf song.  Why are you singing the Smurf song?  Because you just got your new Norwex or e-cloth® in the mail and you just KNOW it’s gonna solve the streaky, finger-printy problem that is your stainless steel fridge (or dishwasher or stove).

You tear the cloth out of the package, dampen it and wipe your fridge and… suddenly your happy Smurfy song turns to something foul.  Some sort of headache-inducing, Death Metal song with thrashing guitars and growling, screaming lyrics.

Because your Norwex or e-cloth® has left your fridge looking like a streaky nightmare and the more you wipe, the worse it looks!

Why, oh why, oh WHHHHHHHYYYYYY?

Please, take a minute and breathe.  I’m going to tell you how to fix that, but first…

Why Norwex and e-cloths Leave Streaks on Stainless Appliances

There is old Polish or Cleanser on the Appliance!

Both e-cloths and Norwex cloths will leave streaks if you (or the manufacturer) have used some sort of “cleanser” or “polish” on the appliance in the past.  These cleansers and polishes leave a very sticky residue behind.  They gather dust and cling to stainless steel.

Norwex and e-cloth microfiber will pick up some of the cleanser/polish but it won’t pick it all up sooooo, you’ll be left with a hideous streaky mess. Steaks of areas where the polish has been removed and areas where it has been removed.

But, but, but... “, you say.  No one told you that when you bought the darned cloth.

There, there. I know.  I’m sorry.

How to Get Rid of the Hideous Streaks

I’ve tried a few things with varying results. And I mean I’ve spent ages trying these.  I’ve worked hard so that you don’t have to.

  1. Call/email Norwex or e-cloth:  They suggested that I just keep wiping with the cloth and use a bit of elbow grease.  HONK! Absolutely does not work.  Well, it may work but I gave up after 25 minutes with no progress.
  2. Dish soap and water and a cloth: HONK! No luck after 15 minutes.
  3. Vinegar: Works a little but you’ll still spend hours and hours wiping. I spent 15 minutes with very little progress.
  4. Baking Soda and Water Paste: HONK! No luck. I got frustrated and gave up after 10 minutes.
  5. Norwex Cleaning Paste: Ding! Ding!  This works. It’s fast and effective. Removes the polish/cleanser almost immediately.  BE AWARE that the Norwex paste is slightly abrasive and can scratch the steel so be sure to test a small area first.
  6. Universal Stone: DING! DING! DING! This is my favourite solution.  It works in a matter of seconds, and is completely non-abrasive so absolutely safe on your appliances. Also, it leaves a bit of glycerine behind that gives your appliances a happy-smiley gleam.

Once you have removed all the polish/cleanser, keeping your appliances streak-free will be as easy as a quick wipe every day or so with your e-cloth or Norwex cloth – just like was promised to begin with – and you can go back to singing your happy song.

PS – I realize that the Universal Stone (and Norwex Paste) are pricey products and I wish I had a cheaper alternative (although I’m sure the Shaklee paste would work just as well – test on small area first). But, these are powerful cleansers that will last ages and can be used all through your house.  I’ve posted reviews on both products here in the past.  My thoughts on Universal Stone are here and here. And here is my review of the Norwex Paste.

 

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Win Your e-cloth Mop!

win your ecloth mopONLY AT ECLOTHUSA.COM

We’re discontinuing the “International” Deep Clean Mop which is GOOD NEWS for international deep clean mopYOU!

Purchase this mop and you’ll automatically be entered to win your money back!*
Contest runs from Dec. 21, 2014 until the mops are gone.
This offer is only available at eclothusa.com.

This is the same great Deep Clean Mop that RealSimple magazine raves about except it does not have a telescopic handle.  Instead, the handle breaks down into 3 pieces (you can take one piece out for kids to mop!).

While Supplies Last, these are priced to sell at only $29.99 (Reg. $39.99).
Oh, and YES, this mop comes with one of the blue Damp Mop Pads.

For more information, visit eclothusa.com

How Does the e-cloth Mop Compare to Norwex?

I knew you’d ask that question.  I wrote a blog post with lots of details about that some time ago.  Here’s the link.

 

*Winner will be notified by email once all mops are sold. Purchase price of the mop will be refunded.  Refund will not include shipping charges or purchase price of items other than the mop.  Each mop sold is an eligible entry so if you purchase more than one, you get an entry for each mop. Good Luck!

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Kate’s Bathroom Roundup Review: Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt vs. e-cloth Cleaning Pad vs. e-cloth Bathroom Cloth

norwex and ecloth bathroom mitt cloth review

In a Nutshell:

Every one of these will clean your bathroom faster and more safely than any chemical cleaning solution ever could but for me, the e-cloth Cleaning Pad wins by a hair.

Warnings:

Warning #1: This could be a long one.  I’ve been meaning to do individual reviews for each of these cloths separately but… well crap… I just never got around to it.

Warning #2: Keep in mind that these are my thoughts on how they work in MY bathroom and MY preferences so please don’t get angry if you don’t agree with me – although I welcome your comments and thoughts below.

Warning #3: Remember that I sell e-cloth products.  I used to sell Norwex products. I use products from both companies in my house interchangeably and daily.  I try to keep my reviews honest and unbiased but sometimes I mess up.

What is the e-cloth® Bathroom Cloth?

The e-cloth Bathroom Cloth (the yellow one in the picture above) is essentially a General Purpose cloth (or Norwex Enviro Cloth) with slightly longer fibers. It is not shaggy but the slightly longer fibers make it more absorbent than the General Purpose or Norwex Enviro cloth.

It is a 12.5″ by 12.5″ square cloth that I use by folding in half and then in half again so I end up with 8 smallish square sides that I can clean with.

What is the e-cloth® Cleaning Pad?

The e-cloth Cleaning Pad is a sectioned sponge wrapped in a General Purpose cloth.  The fibers are shorter than on the Bathroom Cloth but because of the sponge, it is more absorbent.

The Cleaning Pad is 6.5″ x 9″ and is sectioned to make it easy to fold.

What is the Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt?

The Norwex Bathroom Mitt is… ummm… a mitt. ;)  It’s the pink one in the picture above. The mitt has very shaggy microfiber on one side and a scrubby mesh on the other side.  The inside is lined and there is a very thin sponge between the outer shaggy/scrubby side and the inner liner.

Please excuse the appearance of my Norwex mitt.  It’s 5 years old and starting to look a bit shabby but it still works great. It is 9″ x 6.5″.

General Performance Pros and Cons

E-cloth® Bathroom Cloth

Pros:

  • It cleans well and picks up over 99% of bacteria
  • Lightest when wet of the three cloths reviewed here
  • Used folded, there are 8 sides that can be used for cleaning so I don’t have to rinse it out often
  • Easily fits behind all my bathroom fixtures
  • Removes “recent” soap scum but not weeks of buildup
  • Dries quickly

Cons:

  • Tiring on the hand and bunches up when used on large areas
  • Does not old soap scum buildup by itself

What Kate Would Change:

  • There are times when I’d like longer fibers so maybe longer fibers on one side like the High Performance Dusting Cloth (or maybe I should just use that cloth… hmmm…)
  • A mitt would be useful for large areas – although then I’d only get 2 cleaning sides instead of 8.  See my comments about that with the Norwex mitt, below

 E-cloth® Cleaning Pad

Admittedly, I had one of these sitting in a box for over a year before I finally tried it.  I didn’t think I’d like it.  Wrong! It is probably the cloth I use most often of the three. I prefer it for washing the walls around the tub and the sink/counter.

Pros:

  • Cleans well and picks up over 99% of bacteria
  • Folds easily and fits well into my hand
  • Very absorbent so good for cleaning out the bottom of the shower. I also like to wring it out well and use it to dry off the walls of my glass shower.
  • Does not come unfolded or bunched when used on large areas.
  • The sponge makes it comfortable to hold and my hand doesn’t tire when cleaning large areas
  • Dries remarkably fast
  • Fits behind fixtures
  • When folded, it has 4 cleaning sides so less rinsing required

Cons:

  • Does not remove old soap scum buildup by itself

What Kate Would Change:

  • Probably nothing.  It would be awkward with longer fibers.

Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt

This was one of my first Norwex purchases.  It has held up well and I love the mittness of it.

Pros:

  • It’s a mitt.  That alone is worth a whole lot of points.
  • It fits well on my hand (and also my husband’s) and doesn’t bunch up at all
  • The long fibers are good at getting into grout
  • The sponge inside gives a bit of “cushioning” so it’s easier on the hand
  • Removes “recent” soap scum and the scrubby will remove some older buildup
  • For some reason, the mitt kinda takes the “ick” factor out of wiping toilets for me

Cons:

  • Half of the mitt is a scrubby.
  • It takes a long time to dry.
  • Only 1 cleaning side so I have to rinse it often
  • The long fibers get under – and lift up – the grout/sealant along the edge of my tub. I have to be very careful around that area otherwise it practically removes the grout and mold builds up under it.

What Kate Would Change:

  • I would replace the scrubby side with microfiber.  I can count the number of times I’ve used the scrubby side of my 5 year old mitt on one hand.  Maybe three times.

Performance on Kate’s Bathroom Cleaning Pet-peeves

This is where you find out that I’m a real person.  A real person with a dirty bathroom.  Actually I’m writing this post today as a form of procrastination from actually cleaning my bathrooms.

Petpeeve #1: the upstairs sink and fixture

Look at this sink.  Hideous.  It came with the house and there’s a “gorgeous” 5 foot counter that goes with it.  It’s full of little cracks – that you can see in the picture – that fill up with gunk (and probably bacteria of some sort or another). It’s an embarrassment.

And what would a hideous sink be without a cheap faucet?  This darned thing is so close to the back splash thing that it’s hard to clean the gap.  Also, the knobs are so close to the fixture that it’s dang irritating to clean under them.

DSC_0068 2Here are the three cloths tackling that tiny space between the fixture and the backsplash:

  1. The e-cloth Bathroom Cloth fits easily but I have to place one hand on either side of the cloth and pull it back and forth to clean out the area.  It’s easy to get the fixture side of the gap because I pull the sides forward a bit too, but very difficult to get up next to the back splash area.
  2. The e-cloth Cleaning Pad fits PERFECTLY! I simply hold the top of the folded pad and wipe back and forth. Easy and fast.
  3. This is not an easy task with the Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt :( . I have to work to squish it down there and when I finish the faucet side of the gap, I have to flip it around to do the back splash side.

Sadly, none of the cloths get into the miniscule cracks in the sink.  The only thing I’ve found to work is to put baking soda and vinegar into the sink and let the bubbles do the work.

Winner: e-cloth Cleaning Pad

Pet-peeve #2: Stupid soap rack-dish thingy in the shower

As an engineer, I can see what whoever designed this was thinking: the soap will sit on top and won’t get mushy because any water will drip off into the grooves, away from the soap.

Norwex ecloth clean soap dishesAs an engineer, here’s what I’m thinking: Dunh! put a bit of a slant on those grooves, Dingbat! The soapy drips just build up and sit in those grooves.  And do you know what soapy drips build up into?  SLIME.  Bleck. And do you know who thinks to draw their fingers through the grooves to push the drippy slime out while they’re in the shower?  Nobody but me, that’s who the heck who!

Little rant there, sorry.

PS: Do you like how I left the hairs in the picture?  Gross, eh?  But I gotta keep it real and hair in the shower is real!

To clean the soapy grooves out, I put a bit of cloth over the groove and pull the cloth with my finger.

  1. Folded, the Bathroom e-cloth fits well into the grooves and I can reposition my hand on the cloth so I get a fresh bit of cloth for every groove – which I have found to be necessary.
  2. I need to use a bit more pressure with the e-cloth Cleaning Pad to push the sponge down into the grooves but it works well. Like with the Bathroom e-cloth, I can easily adjust my hand to get a fresh piece of pad on each groove.
  3. The long fibers on the Norwex Bathroom Mitt are perfect for those grooves but I can’t wear it as a mitt for this task.  I put my hand on the outside so that I can adjust it like for the two e-cloths.

Winner: e-cloth Bathroom Cloth

Pet-peeve #3 – Toilet Seat and Hinge Area

cleaning toilets with norwex and eclothIn many ways, I am thankful that my boys prefer to pee sitting down rather than standing up but why, oh, why, oh WHY can they not remember to point their peters down before starting the job?

Just look at the pee on the bottom of the seat.  Yuck! I know exactly who to blame for that. It’s not me.

Then the older male of the household (who shall remain nameless since he’s the one who brings home the bacon) lifts the seat to do his business and the wet pee on the bottom of the seat drips down into the hinge area of the seat.

That little stretch of porcelain that you see under the seat and between the two bits that attach the seat to the toilet is my pet-peeve area.

When the lid is up, my hand does not fit under there easily.  When the seat is down, you can’t even see it.

  1. The Bathroom e-cloth easily fits in there. I usually pass it through the space and pull it back and forth along the edges. Awkward, but it works.
  2. The e-cloth Cleaning Pad is great here.  It fits in well and is stiff enough that I can push/pull from one side and get right up against the edges.
  3. The Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt would be perfect here – except I can’t easily get it in there. It’s very awkward which is a shame because the longer fibers would otherwise make it the best tool for getting right into the little crack/seam where the seat meets the toilet.

Winner: e-cloth Cleaning Pad

Pet-peeve #4: Glass Shower

The main thing that peeves me about this shower is that I never use it.  But I’m the only one that has EVER cleaned it.  I’m holding myself back from growling here.

clean glass shower with norwex and ecloth

  1. The Bathroom e-cloth does a wonderful job on this and with a regular wipe-down, I’ve managed to keep hard water spots and soap scum at bay. I do find that the cloth bunches up though and my hand gets more tired using this cloth than either of the other two.
  2. The e-cloth Cleaning Pad is perfect for all that glass. It stays folded and the padding of the sponge makes it comfy in your hand. I wring it out when I’m done and give the glass a final wipe to get it as dry as possible.
  3. The Norwex Mitt really shines here.  The mitt is comfy on my hand and makes cleaning the entire shower a quick and easy job.  The longer fibers get into the corners of the shelves well. I do wish that both sides were microfiber though.  I have to rinse it out several times during cleaning.  With 2 sides of microfiber, I’d clean this thing much faster.

Note: all three of these cloths leave some water behind so I need to use a polishing cloth on the glass afterwards to avoid water marks.

Winner: it’s a toss up between the Cleaning Pad and Norwex Mitt

What About Hard Water Spots and Soap Scum?

All three of these cloths/mitts are great for removing light buildup of soap scum.  By “light” I mean an average week’s worth.  The cloth/mitt will drag across the soap scum and you’ll feel the cloth move more easily as the soap is removed.

If you’ve got weeks/months/years of soap scum, none of these will work.  The scrubby side of the Norwex mitt might put a dent in it but you’ll need to put a lot of elbow grease into that.  The Norwex Descaler is great for removing soap scum but I find vinegar works just as well.

Once you’ve gotten rid of the “old” soap scum, a weekly wipe (or maybe 2-3 times/week if a lot of baths/showers are happening) with the mitt/cloth is all you’ll  need.

I do not find any of these cloths to be effective on hard water spots.  The Norwex Descaler will also work on this but again… I find vinegar works just as well (so fill a spray bottle and keep it in your bathroom).

What about Cost?

  1. Bathroom e-cloth: $7.99US (or $14.99 as a part of a package with a Glass and Polishing cloth)
  2. e-cloth Cleaning Pad: $7.99US
  3. Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt: $24.99US

Is there a Winner?

Honestly, I use all three of these cloths/mitts all the time.  Lately, I’ve been grabbing the e-cloth Cleaning Pad the most often – and as you read, it did best on my pet-peeve areas – but typically, I put them all in a drawer and grab whatever is on top.

Now that I no longer sell Norwex products (or get a discount), I probably wouldn’t get another mitt.  I like it but it’s pricey. If they come out with a two-sided microfiber mitt I may reconsider.

Are you listening, Norwex and e-cloth?  We need a two sided, shaggy microfiber mitt!

Where Can I Buy These Amazing Cloths?

All e-cloth products can be purchased at eclothusa.com.

My friend Deja Peterson has a great blog – Healthyhomecleaning.com – that provides lots of great info and where you can purchase Norwex products.

Questions?

As always, I’m more than happy to help.  Just leave a comment below!

 

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Call me Crazy but…

handwashing floors is easy with eclothI know this is crazy and doesn’t make any sense, but this morning I was too lazy to walk to the mudroom to get my mop so I washed my kitchen floor by hand with a General Purpose e-cloth.

  • No, our house isn’t huge.
  • No, it wouldn’t have taken me more than 45 seconds to walk back there and get it.
  • Yes, my mind works in odd ways.

But, you know what?  It’s darned easy – and I dare say very satisfying – to hand wash a floor with an e-cloth (although while down there, I realized that it’s long past time to give the toe kicks a good cleaning too).

My trusty green e-cloth got pretty dirty (but remarkably, there were very few dog hairs on the floor.  Odd) so I set it to soak for a while in the sink and then put it by the washing machine to be laundered.

2 Reasons to Hand Wash your Floor with e-cloth

  1. It’s very satisfying – ok, this is a pretty lame reason but a list of only one reason seems sad.
  2. If you’re wondering if you should splurge on the Deep Clean Mop – I get a lot of inquiries about the performance of the Deep Clean Mop and whether I think people should get one.  My best suggestion is to try hand washing your floors with a General Purpose e-cloth.  If you find the cloth works well – and are amazed at how easily  and how much dirt it picks up – then you’ve got a very good idea of how well the mop will work.  Only the mop is much, much easier. Especially on large areas.

I had that floor washed by 7:30 am! So of course then I felt like I didn’t really have to do anything else today. So I sat down with a cup of tea and ate a handful of chocolates.  Good old Christmas ;)

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Holiday Clean-up: 5 Tips for Spending Less Time Cleaning with e-cloth

Stress-free Holiday CleaningAhh the holidays. A time of relaxing, gorging and drinking for some.  A time for tidying, cleaning and stressing for others.  For those of you in the latter group, I’ve got a few tips on how e-cloths can help you cope with the holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. ecloth 2 for 1 General Purpose cloths

    General Purpose Cloths can wipe up and SOP up everything!

    Have 2 or 3 General Purpose cloths clean and ready for action.  They’re fantastic for spot-cleaning sticky, chocolatey messes and fingerprints off of furniture, phones, and appliances.  They’re also far superior to cotton cloths and towels for sopping up spilled drinks.

  2. The Bathroom e-cloth will get your bathroom sparkling in less than 5 minutes!

    The Bathroom e-cloth will get your bathroom sparkling in less than 5 minutes!

    If it’s important for you to have the bathroom sparkling for guests, you can do it all in 3-5 minutes with e-cloth! (a) squirt your toilet bowl with your cleanser of choice and give it a swish with your toilet brush (sorry, e-cloth doesn’t have anything for that) (b) place the brush over the toilet rim so the brush part is hanging over the bowl and the handle is hanging outside of the bowl and put the toilet seat down to hold it.  (c) while the toilet brush is drying,  grab a damp Bathroom Cloth and do a quick once-over of the sink, counter, cupboard knobs, toilet tank, seat and rim (d) If needed, give the mirror and faucets a quick wipe with a Glass & Polishing cloth. (e) Breath! You’re done.

  3. If you’ve got hard surface floors, put your vacuum away and just do a quick “sweep”
    ecloth-mop-dust-pad

    The dust pad for the deep clean mop is the better tree needle picker-upper.

    around the tree with the dust pad on your deep clean mop. It’ll pick up any fallen needles (and dead spiders which I’ve found plenty of this year for some reason) way faster and more easily than your vacuum. Better yet, let one of the kids do that – it’s foolproof! ;)

  4. drinkware-cleaning-cloth

    The drinkware and drying cloth will rid your dishes and glasses of waterspots.

    If you’re wine and crystal glasses are prone to waterspots, try drying them with the Drinkware Polishing Towel. Actually, this little gem will work on all your dishes (and is cheaper than the kitchen towels) and is more absorbent than cotton towels.

  5. If you did the cooking, hand your Washing Up Pad and Kitchen Towels to someone else and let them do the cleanup.
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