e-cloth for Beginners – What Microfiber Cloths Should You Start With?

Been looking at the e-cloth website and finding yourself overwhelmed? Asking yourself “What do I REALLY need? Where do I start?“. Sooooo much to choose from.

Well don’t worry. You’re NOT alone. I get the question a lot and believe me when I say, I was in the exact same, bewildered “deer in the headlights” spot 3 years ago.

Well, hopefully I can save you a little angst and a LOT of money (especially if you just came from a Norwex Party and decided to do a bit of research before you spent your hard-earned money on boring old cleaning supplies – if this is the case, take a look at my “ecloth vs Norwex” reviews for further info).

Kate’s 3 Suggestions for e-cloth ® Beginners

  1. Start with a General Purpose cloth and a Glass & Polishing cloth. You can clean almost everything with these two cloths and it’s a great introduction to how the microfiber works. Before you add either of these items to your cart, read #2 below, it’ll save you money. If you get to the point where you feel you need a more specialized cloth for certain cleaning tasks, then you can move on. Feel free to contact me for more info if this is the case.
  2. With that in mind, the “Starter Pack” is my top pick for beginners. I honestly feel e cloth starter pack is perfect for beginnersyou can’t go wrong with this. It’s got 4 General Purpose cloths (I’m going to refer to these as GP cloths from now on to save my fingers) and 1 Glass & Polishing cloth (I’ll refer to this as the Glass cloth from now on), which gives you 1 GP for Kitchen, Bath, and rest of house and then 1 extra for “emergencies” or when the others are being laundered. Depending on how much “shiny” stuff you have in your house, you may want to consider a second Glass cloth (one for windows/mirrors, one for everything else such as faucets, stainless appliances, granite counters, glass stovetops, etc.)
  3. If you have an abundance of hard-surface floors in your house (tile, wood, laminate, vinyl, cork, concrete, whatever), consider the mop and spend the extra $14 and get the “dust mop pad“. If, in addition to the hard surface floors you have pets, stop thinking and buy the mop.

3 Reasons why you Might want to Consider “Specialized” e-cloths:

Please note that I suggest you wait until after you try the GP and Glass e-cloth combo before spending the extra cash on these.

  1. If you find that you’ve frequently got hardened sticky stuff on your stovetop, counter and/or fridge, you might want to take  a look at the various kitchen e-cloths.
  2. If you’re a fanatic window cleaner or have french doors in your house, you may be interested in the window pack, but you can do it with the GP and Glass cloth.
  3. Dusting – you can use the GP cloth (dry) but the Dusting Cloths are waaaaaaay better.

Actually, there are likely more reasons why you’d want to consider some of the great “specialized” e-cloths (bathroom, kitchen, dusting, cars, etc.) but as a beginner, try the Starter Pack and then come back for more if you need it.


9 Responses to e-cloth for Beginners – What Microfiber Cloths Should You Start With?

  1. Amie says:

    My husband and I are closing on our first house so we are buying a lot of stuff new. I have grown up with microfiber, but my folks bought it at Sam’s Club in the early 2000s so it’s pretty generic. What is the difference between different cloths for different rooms/purposes? I can’t imagine there isn’t a difference, but again, until I started looking at Norwex and e-cloth, I didn’t think that there was one.


    • Amie – e-cloth has many different cloths, but they are all very similar with minor “adjustments” to make them better at specific jobs. The General Purpose cloth (shaggy) and Glass & Polishing cloth (non-shaggy, silky texture) are our 2 main cloths. Variations on the General Purpose cloth include, among others: bathroom cloth (slightly longer fibres so it’s more absorbent and cleans grout between tiles better), Stainless Steel cloth (essentially the same as a general purpose cloth but has scrubbers on one side), Kitchen cloth (general purpose cloth with scrubber at one corner), Cleaning Pad (a general purpose cloth wrapped around a sponge – amazing in the bathroom), etc.


  2. April says:

    Being a research-o-holic with a skeptical husband I am so glad I found your site!
    I am curious how the brand names here compare to “normal” store bought microfiber cloths, if all microfiber picks up 99.9% of bacteria/dirt etc… then why not buy any microfiber brand? For example, i bought Microtex (auto detailing section) at BJ’s at the suggestion of the Ryan Homes builder when taking the final inspection tour. The Ryan company actually states in the warranty section for my wood flooring (Bruce brand) that if I do not use the Bruce products I will void the warranty. So I got the wet dry mop with cleaner to see what it is. I have been using just vinegar for many years now so I was not looking forward to it. They only sell one hardwood floor cleaner and its ammonia based, yuck. The house company tries to put fear in you about using just water on the floor or even opening my windows. I am certain it isn’t true but I have just enough fear of wrecking the floor that I haven’t cleaned it in a while.
    I was just at a Norwex party and can feel the difference in thickness but not much else. I also have done research to figure out the difference between the NW and e-cloth and I am convinced now that the silver is not worth it. So what is the difference between the e-cloth and microfiber I find in any general store?


    • Hi April. I think you’ll find that any microfiber cloth will work better than cotton but there is a huge variance in the quality of microfiber cloths. The difference between e-cloths and most microfiber cloths bought in bulk at box stores is the size and number of fibers. e-cloths generally have many more fibers – and of a smaller diameter – than those you can buy at the store. The more fibers a cloth has, the more it will pick up. e-cloths have undergone very extensive lab testing to prove that they’ll pick up bacteria. It is possible that other cloths will pick up some bacteria too but I would imagine that if they did, the companies would be advertising that.


  3. Rebecca O says:

    Are all ecloths antibacterial–do they have the silver in them like norwex? I cannot find any information on that.


    • Hi Rebecca – ecloth stopped making cloths with silver in them last year. There were several reasons for this, but the main one is that the silver in NO WAY improves upon the cleaning ability of any microfiber cloth.

      All e-cloths pick up over 99% of bacteria from smooth surfaces (counters, sinks, ovens, tubs, toilets, floors, etc.). Once the bacteria is in the cloth, if you rinse it in warm/hot water, over 99% of that bacteria will be rinsed down the drain and in all likelihood, the remainder will die as the cloth dries.

      Silver in microfiber cloths acts to speed up the killing of any bacteria in the cloth, but as mentioned above, as long as you’re rinsing your e-cloth after use, there’s no bacteria left to kill.

      There is a lot of confusion about the silver in microfiber cloths. Many people think that it makes the cloths “antibacterial” and that the cloths “sterilize/disinfect” the surface. This isn’t true of any microfiber cloth. e-cloth (and Norwex – and any other GOOD microfiber cloth) works by picking up bacteria and trapping it in the fibers.

      I hope this helps, but if not, feel free to ask more!


  4. Katie says:

    Hi Kate,

    We have moderately hard water & I just switched to Charlie’s soap. Also bought the booster + hard water treater, is this ok to use in the ecloth load?



    • Hi Katie – I also have hard water and Charlie’s has worked great for us. I don’t have any experience with the booster or hardwater treater though. As long as they don’t have bleach or fabric softener in them (which I doubt) they should be fine. You could contact Charlie’s directly and tell them what your concerned about (anything like bleach that will degrade the fibers) and ask if it’s OK.



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