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E-cloth Kitchen Cleaning Cloth Review

 

E-cloth Kitchen Cleaning Cloth Review – About a month ago, I purchased from a kitchen store in Minneapolis a package of E-cloth cleaning rags. The saleslady swore by them enthusiastically, and I was intrigued but also a bit suspicious at the same time.The cloth is the product of a British designer, Korean scientists, and Swedish innovation. Originally used in Swedish hospitals to clean with only water, these eco-cloths (E-cloths) are now produced in a wide range of specialized formats for home and kitchen use.

Essentially, E-cloths are microfiber rags specialized for cleaning kitchen countertops, stainless steel, glass and other surfaces in the home. I had been using microfiber rags for over a year for my kitchen cleaning and found it a big improvement over regular cotton cloths and sponges, but I was skeptical of the E-cloth especially considering the price tag. One cloth will run you about $10, and a package of two will cost $17. This was a sharp increase over my regular Target microfiber rags, and I couldn’t imagine how they would be that much better than comparable products.

So what has been my experience with the E-cloth? Well, the first thing I noticed when cleaning my granite countertops was that the cloth (the green one above) really gripped the surface much better than other microfiber. It almost felt abrasive, but it wasn’t. It also cleaned away dried, stuck-on food much quicker and better than my regular microfiber cloths. My first impression was very good, and three weeks on I am probably more sold on them.

Less impressive was the water spray bottle sold by E-cloth for $10. It billed itself as a water atomizer, but in the end it was just a good spray bottle. You could probably save your money and use a regular plant mister to achieve the same result. It is also rather small, so it is necessary to refill it frequently. With that said, having a dedicated spray bottle did help bring the experience of cleaning with just water together better, and I found that by having it was more likely to use the E-cloth rags as they should be — with water.

So to test this cloth out I continued to use it for a few weeks a couple times a day without washing it. I just rinsed it really well in very hot water between uses. My other microfibers would normally give out after 4-8 days and leave a very cloudy film on the granite countertop. Granted, this cloth was new, but it is still going strong after thee plus weeks with just rinsing.

I normally wouldn’t recommend this (lack of a) cleaning regime, but I did want to test real-world conditions. A lot of people use rags longer than they should and don’t fully follow care instructions. For instance, you shouldn’t use fabric softeners or bleach with the E-cloth, and they should also be washed at a high temperature or boiled in a saucepan. But let’s face it, in most cases the E-cloth will just be thrown in with the regular laundry with no concern for these recommendations. I imagine dryer sheets aren’t good for them either.

E-cloth Kitchen Cleaning Cloth Review – cleaning

With these cloths, however, I am considering following the cleaning instructions and probably putting them in the dishwasher to clean. They really do grip the surface better, and after a few weeks, they still clean much better than regular microfiber rags. Even when the general purpose cloth left a slight film on the counter, I simply used the polishing cloth (blue one above) to eliminate it. They also work really well for computer screens.
So why do the E-cloths perform better than regular microfiber? Well, according to the E-cloth website, microfiber is just a general term for fine fibers that is not regulated. This product’s fibers are much smaller in diameter than run-of-the-mill microfiber and split to maximize cleaning. You can see from the picture what the difference is.

For instance, to quote their website, “Rated in denier (the unit for measuring fineness of fabric) a strand of cotton has a rating of 200. A human hair has a denier of 20 and a strand of silk has a denier of 8. The average microfiber has a denier of 1.0.  E-cloth fiber has a denier of 0.26.”

I am still going to test these rags out after a couple of cleanings with some new Target microfiber rags, but E-cloth does have my attention and I now use them every day. So far it has performed better than any other cleaning cloth I have used, and this doesn’t even take into consideration that I am spending less on specialized cleaning products. I am sure that over the life of the cloth I will easily recapture its cost with lower expenditures on cleaning products, and of course, it is good for the environment too.

You can buy E-cloth products at Amazon.

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