Sunday, December 9, 2012


Okay, just to be clear, I'm not being reimbursed for this.  But when I find a product that works for me, I like to share that information.  

I have had migraines since puberty.  One of my triggers is scent.  Mostly I'm affected by strong scents, but sometimes lighter scents can be triggers. Air fresheners and scented candles are like kryptonite to me. 

Because of this, I have problems with most household cleaners.  It was a grand day for me when Tide created an unscented variation of their laundry detergent.  But most cleaners are scented.  Some are heavily scented.  Some say they are unscented but really add a masking scent, which for me is worse than the original scent may have been.

So when my niece told me that she had found some microfiber cleaning cloths that work with just water, I was intrigued.  Skeptical, but intrigued.  I use microfiber cloths for some cleaning, and for polishing my glass projects, so I thought I knew microfiber. 

As the e-cloth website says "The best microfiber cloths on the market have between 90,000 and 200,000 fibers per square inch (MOST cloths being sold only have 25,000-75,000).  e-cloths have 1.6 Million fibers per inch

What surprised me was that there are different cloths for different cleaning actions.  I bought a multi-pack to try. When I received them, I saw that the cloths all had different textures and weaves.

I tried the window cloth first and was an immediate convert.  The cloth has a waffle texture.  It cleans windows and mirrors with only water.  And leaves no streaks.  I've discovered that having only to dampen a cloth has led me to keep the dog nose prints off my windows more diligently.

The dusting cloth was next.  It may capture more of the dust and dog hair, but I'm not completely convinced it's better than other microfiber cloths.  So I can take or leave this one. 

The furniture cloth appealed to me. I have micro-suede couches that are the worse for wear because I let the dogs on them.  I vacuumed the couches first, using a beater attachment.  Then I used the furniture cloth.  It's quite plush on one side.  The amount of dirt it removed from my couch was astounding.  I liked that I didn't need to use soap, which is hard to rinse out of a couch.  

The kitchen cloth did an amazing job removing grease from the chrome part of my toaster.  (It used to sit next to a deep fryer.)  I've tried many cleaners, but not wanting to scratch the chrome limited my options.  There is a scrubby corner on the kitchen cloth that made short work of the grease, without scratching. 

Lastly, I've tried the bathroom cloth on my bathtub/shower enclosure.  The cloth made short work of the soap scum around the tub and on the shower doors.  Granted, there was some elbow grease involved, but no chemicals. 

The website says the cloths can be washed 300 times.  I've yet to wash mine as rinsing them out has been sufficient.  Even if you washed them weekly, that would be almost 6 years. 

They're a little pricey, but when you factor in their reported longevity and the lack of chemical cleaners needed, I think they are cost effective in the long run. 

My two cents. 

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