And what fun I’ve had! I assumed cleaning would be harder but more virtuous! I have tested all of the E-Cloth items sent and reviewed 95% of them. The remaining two items I haven’t written up are the washing-up pad for doing dishes, and the non scratch scouring cloth here. The only reason I haven’t done a full review of them is because they are just as good, economical and easy to use as the other items already reviewed, and I figured you’d be getting sick of reading the same stuff over and over again!
This challenge has really opened my eye to green cleaning. At first glance E-Cloth products look expensive and I think that is why some people dismiss them out of hand. What people don’t see, unless they try them is that they are so durable! I am constantly cleaning, I have three kids (ok one is a husband but stll as messy lol), so my cleaning products and what not get some hammering. I have been very surprised at how well they have fared!
A quick overall round-up…
Cost: The Ecloth products I have reviewed cost between £2.99 – £19.99 (the mop). Replacements ie mop heads are considerably cheaper. I am also not buying as many (if any) detergents / sprays / creams etc as all that is required is water. Natural products such as vinegar, lemon & bic of soda and be used in a variety of ways for extra cleaning oomph.
Durability: Everything washable has been washed, even the mop heads, in the washing machine. Without exception they work as well as they did when I opened the packet.
Ease of Use: I can honestly say that the majority of these products do the job better than what I was using before.
Favourite E-Cloth products: Without a doubt my favourite two are the mop (SO easy to use and it makes doing my floors a doddle!) and the glass and polishing cloth. Glass / mirror cleaning is the bane of my life – not made easier with little fingers all over them!! The glass & polishing cloth has taken the dread out of the task!
Not one of the E-Cloth products but included in the challenge bundle I was sent, the Ecozone washing balls. I love these and have no intention of going back to detergent now.
Could I go completely green, ditch all detergents, and clean forever more with what was sent to me. Sorry folks, but no lol. Child vomit and other such parenting lovelies take some chemical zapping for me, and I need a bit more scent (Roy has banned vinegar from the house as the smell has driven him mad, despite the fact it does disappear after it dries). What this challenge has done is open my eyes to alternatives. I will now continue to use the majority of the E-cloth items as having tried them, can see how well they work and how much money they save in replacements and excess chemical buying.
Week 3, and I have a confession to make. I did vow to go completely chemical-less but then, Kieran was ill. A lot. In many different places. The disinfectant and what not had to come out, so yes, I’ve “broken” the challenge, but seeing as all my other cleaning has been eco, I’ll keep going!
This week I need to tell you about:
This mop is blinking fabulous. You don’t need any liquid cleansers or chemicals, the special fibres are designed to break up and hold grease and dirt, it’s pretty absorbent so no soaking floors and it is very easy to use. Basically, the mop is a long cloth (see pic) which attaches to the velcro on the bottom of the base. No screws, funny clips, or fastenings, just pop the cloth on the floor & the mop base on top and go. The handle is adjustable so even my lanky husband can wash the floors, and the base swivels so that getting around corners is easy. Being flat it is ideal for getting under the appliances! The head you can literally wash/rinse out in the sink, wring to get rid of excess water and pop back on again. I have also had mine in the washing machine and it is as good as new.
Will I replace my pre-challenge mop with this one? Most definitely! 10/10!
Bath & Shower Pad
The website states “Ideal for the bathroom and kitchen, this cloth is designed for cleaning wet areas around sinks, baths and showers. The padded construction gives it very high absorbency and it has three sections for flexibility“. This is the only product I’ve tested so far that I’m not convinced about. It doesn’t seem to have enough “scrub-factor” for me. Perhaps I just have a muckier bathroom than some. I could be missing something however as it did win a Good Housekeeping award in 2009. My advice on this one is try it for yourself.
General All-Purpose Cloth
This however really does do what it says on the tin! Brilliant for all round cleaning I keep this in my kitchen for constant use. Use only with water, no chemicals, and it really does seem to just lift dirt and grease. This one gets thrown in the washing machine everynight (a real test of it’s durability). So far it’s had 21 washes, and is as good as it was was when I first started using it. £4.99 seems a lot for one cloth but one that you use time and time again, does the job, that doesn’t need chemicals….. a winner for me.
So, three weeks in and I’m still enjoying exploring Eco cleaning (apart from when people vomit ahem) and my way of thinking is definitely changing! Come back next week to hear about the last of the eco-products and how I’ve been using natural cleansers as bic of soda, vinegar & lemon to get the job done!
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