I know it is sad to be so enthusiastic about a cloth but these really are great. You can use them on pretty much any surface and they really get things clean without using any chemicals. They just look like ordinary dusters but the micro-fibres seem to be great at picking up dirt and dust.
The most impressive thing about them is the way they clean glass. I have a mister bottle (designed for misting house plants) and spray a little water onto the windows, I then give it a quick rub over with a general purpose e cloth to get the worst of the dirt off then finish it off with a rub with the glass cloth. This way you can get round several dirty windows at once with out getting the glass cloth too wet. I can clean one of our 6 pane windows in no more than a minute and so long as you don't overdo the water and get the cloth too wet there is never a smear. What's more because I am only using water my hands don't get sore and rough.
The general purpose cloth is great for dusting about the house and used with my misting bottle works every bit as well as polish.
I have even tried the heavy weight kitchen and bathroom cloth on my cooker hob (parts of which had not been cleaned for at least 6 months!) and it did an excellent job although I did have to stop off and wash the cloth a couple of times due to the excessive amount of grease.
Finally I have a cloth that goes over a mop head to do the floors with.
When you are finished with them you just throw them in the washing machine (without any fabric conditioner) and they come up as good as new.
The only drawback is the price but they seem a lot cheaper in the supermarkets these days and as I have not bought any polish since I think they have earned their keep.
I bought my e-cloth from Lakeland, mainly because my mum needed to make the value of the order up in order to get free postage (or a free gift, or something like that) and it looked quite interesting. I am not very good at remembering to buy cleaning stuff, so the fact that all you needed was this cloth sounded ideal to me.
I find the texture stands my hair on end when it is dry, but when wet it is fine. It is brilliant for cleaning grease, I never use kitchen cleaner anymore, and it even cleaned the really stubborn sticky grease off the cooker hood without much effort. You put it in the washing machine to clean it, and it comes up great. It is recommended that you wash it at quite a high temperature (60 I think) however I wash everything at the lowest temperature that my washing machine will do (30 I think) and it comes out nice and clean. It is robust, I have been using mine for over a year now, and cleaned things like the rack thing off the gas hoob, which normally damages your dishcloth and it still looks like new.
I find it is not quite so good at cleaning soap scum from the bath, so use a tiny sprinkle of washing powder for that, but I have not bought any cleaning chemicals for over a year now, so that's got to be a good thing.
I first discovered e-cloths several months ago when I was shopping in Lakeland, Windermere. As I picked up a pack another customer told me she always used e-cloths and thought they were fantastic. On reading the pack information I was impressed to see that e-cloths use no chemicals and claim to give excellent results. So what exactly is an e-cloth?
E-cloths are very similar to a duster to look at. However they allow you to clean without the need to use any chemicals. There are several different types of e-cloth on offer and all claim to save you money, time and be kinder to the environment. I decided to buy a general-purpose e-cloth. The general-purpose e-cloth comes in a square plastic cover. The cloth itself comes in several different colours including blue, green, pink and yellow. The cloth feels thick and slightly silky to touch. It resembles a large face cloth.
How does it work?
E-cloths are made from millions of micro fibres that trap and absorb dust and dirt. I love the fact that you don't need to use polish to get a dust free home. The general purpose E-cloth can be used dry for dusting or damp for cleaning glass, chrome, stainless steel or granite. E-cloths are machine washable and dry quickly too.
I have granite worktops in my kitchen and the E-cloth is particularly good at giving a really great shine. I simply use the E-cloth damp and rub the surface until it dries. You really don't need to use much elbow grease either! It is good at removing grease too.
E-cloths are excellent for cleaning stainless steel without smearing; again I have found the cloth works best when it is wet. The E-cloth can be used for all hard surfaces in your home including the bathroom and kitchen.
There are several E-cloths available including a starter pack containing 4 general purpose E-cloths and 1 glass cloth. The starter pack sells for around £16.99. Personally I don't think you need 4 general purpose E-cloths, as they are easy to wash and dry. The general purpose E-cloth is good for cleaning glass to so I'm not sure you need to buy another one. I paid £4.99 for my E-cloth although at the moment Lakeland has a buy one get one free offer on E-cloths.
The manufactures say that an E-cloth will last for over 300 washes but as I have only had mine for a few months I can't comment on the claim. It is recommended that the E-cloth be washed at 60 degrees so enable it to clean effectively. However I can say that My E-cloth still looks as good as new. It doesn't shed any fibres when used and overall it is a very effective way of cleaning.