5 stars for the ecloth non-scratch washing up sponge and scrubberIn a Nutshell: the e-cloth® Washing-up Pad fits well in my hand, can be used with or without dish detergent, has a scrubber that’s safe on all surfaces, and has changed my mind about using a sponge to wash dishes! And my mother, who is even LESS of a sponge-user than I, just ordered 2!

This darned sponge-scrubber came in my “big box of e-cloth” and I’ll admit that it stayed in the box for 3 months (if you’re new here, I ordered one of almost every e-cloth® item a year ago so I could test them out and compare them to the Norwex products I was selling). Occasionally, I’d pick it up and think about using it but then throw it back in the box. I did not like washing dishes with a sponge.

5 Reasons Why Sponges Used to Give me the Heebie-Jeebies:

  1. they always get bits of food stuck in them that I can’t get out
  2. sometimes I see used sponges with hair (pet or human) stuck in them. Bleck!
  3. they’re too squishy
  4. imagine the bacteria growing in them!
  5. They’re basically indestructible these days so I never know when to get rid of/change them.

Who knows what finally made me try it. Maybe because it was voted Best Scrubber by REAL SIMPLE magazine. But more likely, I was thinking “I’ll just try the darned thing to say that I did and then I’ll get rid of it“.

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Admittedly, it took me a couple of weeks to come around to the bright side and I kept a dish cloth beside my sink along with the Washing-up Pad. But 9 months later, that darned sponge is usually the only thing by my sink (along with a gluttony of hand and face-washing cloths for the messy boys) and is most definitely my go-to dish washing thingy.

10 Things I Like about the e-cloth Washing Up Pad

  1. it’s contoured and fits nicely in my hand
  2. it’s firm – not squishy
  3. it’s great for washing drinking glasses
  4. I can just dampen it and wipe the outside of my son’s sippy cup. He likes to carry his sippy cup around the house with him after meals and slowly sip away. But they’re usually smeared with food/sauce/milk after a meal. The Washing Up Pad wipes all the grease and food off easily so then he can keep using the cup without me worrying about him getting grease all over the house. It’s also good for wiping the tray for the booster seat.
  5. it’s machine washable (and is guaranteed for 300 washings!)
  6. you can boil it so if you’re worried about bacteria, just boil it for 10 minutes
  7. the scrubber is pretty good and very gentle. Like any non-scratch scrubber, there are some messes that it just isn’t scrubby enough for but it is great for frying pans, stove tops, baking pans, pots, etc. I’ve also used the scrubber several times on my painted walls to get “I don’t know what that dried up gunk is” off without ruining the paint.
  8. I have yet to see a hair stuck in it. Food does get stuck in the scrubby side though, but it always comes out in the washing machine.
  9. I love it for cleaning my kitchen sink.
  10. the scrubber and microfiber have both held up really well and I can tell even after 9 months of use, it’s still got lots of life in it. The pics below show some minor staining on the microfiber side and some pilling of the scrubbing side but that has not impacted its performance.

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So Do You Use Soap with this Thing or Not?

Good question. I had it myself! The wonderful thing about e-cloths is that they clean surfaces with just water  – no sprays or cleansers required. I’ve been OK (thrilled, actually) with that all over my house but for some reason I’m having difficulty ceasing the use of dish soap.

I put the question to Al Coviello, CEO of TADGreen Inc., and here is his response:

The Pad is to designed to be used with no detergent if you are preparing dishes, pots, pans for a dishwasher (think green, think saving money).  If you are washing dishes, pots, pans not to be put in a dishwasher, you may or may not add detergent.  You can use dish detergent with the Pad any time you want to on either side of the Pad.

Personally, I’ve not yet been able to put my dish detergent to rest so I still use it. But the choice is yours.

Pros:

  • See my list of 10, above!
  • oh, and I’m really amazed at how “clean” the yellow microfiber has stayed. I’ve used it to clean some pretty black messes but it continues to wash fairly clean – unlike most of my other e-cloths that have some pretty significant staining.

Cons:

  • you need 2 because you’re going to like it so much that you’ll be upset when it’s in the wash. I only have one 🙁
  • you know those dark-colored grease spots that you get on Pyrex/glass baking dishes? I don’t find the scrubber effective on those unless I soak the dish first.

For more information or to purchase the e-cloth Washing Up Pad, visit eclothusa.com.