Have you been looking at the e-cloth website and finding yourself overwhelmed? Have you been asking yourself “What do I REALLY need? Where do I start?“. I realize there is just too much to choose from.
Well don’t worry, because you’re NOT alone. I get the question frequently and believe me when I say, I was in the exact same, bewildered “deer in the headlights” spot 3 years ago.
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).
I have reviews of most of these items here on my blog. Just search for them up in the search bar. If you’ve got questions, I’m always happy to answer! Just leave me a comment below.
My Top 3 Suggestions for e-cloth ® Beginners
- 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 leave a comment below or contact me for more info if this is the case. If you would like to know how these cloths compare to Norwex, read my comparisons here and here.
- With that in mind, the “Starter Pack” is my top pick for beginners. I honestly feel you can’t go wrong with this. The Starter Pack has 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). With 4 GP cloths, you’ll have one each for the Kitchen, Bath, and “rest of house” PLUS 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.)
- 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.
Looking to splurge and get it all at once?
The Loved by Real Simple set has about all you need to get started and will save you $15 over buying the items individually. In my opinion, this is the best kept secret on the website. It’s a brilliant set but unless you know it exists, it’s next to impossible to find on the site. It includes the mop (which comes with a damp pad), an EXTRA damp pad, a Starter Pack and a Washing Up Pad. I highly recommend you also purchase a dusting pad for the mop (sold separately but will make your life a whole lot easier!)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.