“ Type: Cloths / Category: Cleaning Products & Utensils > Wipes, Towels, Tissues „
Jay Cloths are cheap bit of fabric and are widely available in most supermarkets and are pretty much the bare basics of cleaning. I use these with a bucket of flash and I go round like Mr. Sheen does flying about all over the place cleaning coving, skirting and shelves.
It depends on what brand you buy as to what quality cloths you'll get. Asda ones generally don't last that long and tend to shred themselves but if you shop around you can find manufacturer brand ones for not much more money. The best ones are a little thick but not like rags, I don't know how you can measure the width of a jay cloth, I assume it's not in gsm...
There are a great number of uses for Jay Cloths like cleaning skirting, coving, car interiors, tables, appliances, dipsticks (checking oil) and more. I try and use them for a bit of everything because they're a lot better than paper towels.
The ones that are the best made don't have frayed edges or fibres when you buy them. If they do, you know they must be badly made since they're already in bad shape before you even buy them.
The other ones to avoid are the dirt cheap "bulk pack" ones because if something is cheap, it's been made cheaply, and therefore won't last. You might be buying in bulk to stock up, but if they're poor quality you'll use them up just as fast as the more expensive small pack ones.
Usually the packaging is just a layer of film like plastic which wraps over them to keep the cloths clean in the store but it's always easy to get off. It does make me wonder just how bad it is for the environment though to make both the packaging and each cloth, followed by landfill for the whole product because of course, these cloths can't be recycled, and neither can the plastic.
Absorbability is another concern, these are no good if they fall apart because they soak themselves in water but equally they have to absorb dirt and grease as you use them so they are at least useable. I'd recommend trial running a small pack if you're unsure then buy a bigger pack when you're happy with your purchase.
Overall I'd recommend Jay Cloths for pretty much any cleaning spree, they're incredibly useful. I usually get a good 3 or 4 uses out of these before one breaks and that's with a bit of manhandling on my part, so they do last unlike kitchen towels.
I just read a review on here about Jay Cloths so I thought I would write my own thoughts on a great cleaning product and something I use because my parents used to use them when we were children and so the name and the product always stuck with me and when I moved into a place of my own they were an essential cleaning item.I actually have quite a bad memory about them. When we were really young my dad used to get the wet jay cloth from the kitchen sink and wipe our mouths with it after we had eaten to clean us up. I remember the jay cloth being all wet and quite stinky, having that wet, slightly mouldy taste and smell to it so it was not a fun experience. We always used to tell him he liked it but he always used it regardless. Recently he tried to use it on my kids and I told him how I felt when I was younger
So, what exactly is a jay cloth? Well, according to an article I read, "Jay Cleaning Cloths are semi-disposable, non-woven, general multi-purpose cleaning cloths designed to meet almost every cleaning need. They are extremely economical and brilliant for washing up, wiping surfaces, general cleaning and many other minimal risk tasks. They are made from a combination of viscose and polyester and come in a number of different colours. I usually buy yellow ones but its not by preference, its just because that is what the shops sell the most.
The thing I like about these cloths is that you can use them wet or dry so they really do clean up everything around your house. I mostly use mine wet in the kitchen to clean down the counter tops and wipe down my oil cloth tablecloth on the dining room table once the kids have eaten their dinner. The moistness of the cloth and the make up of the fabric make it really easy to clean with which is great and makes it easy for me to clean up. I also have one of these cloths under my skin for cleaning up when I have sprayed Dettol or other anti-bacterial spray around my kitchen sides.
I also use these cloths as dusters as they work quite well at cleaning up dust and also wiping down the surfaces too and cleaning them at the same time. They work great on my black television which not only gets dusty but also gets lots of fingerprints on it too.
All in all a handy item with which to clean with.
Jay cloths are a product that have been around for a long time. My mum has always been very keen on using jay cloths, and when I was younger, and I needed to clean something, she would always tell me to use a jay cloth. At that time, our house had an abundance of jay cloths, there'd be a jay cloth nestled in the corners, in radiators, behind radiators, by the sink, even in shoes. So it seemed my mum had found many uses for the jay cloth. I myself have used the jay cloth on many an occasion as a child, and now as an adult, use them only occasionally, and have to admit to being underwhelmed by their power.
Jay cloths tend to come in packs of around 10 large cloths, that you can then cut to whatever size suits your needs. They come in different colours, though in my house we always seem to have the blue and white version. I have even seen either jay cloths or products very similar to jay cloths being packaged much like kitchen rolls with perforated edges, so you can just tear a piece off.
The cloths are soft, and their texture can remain soft depending on where and what it is used for. One use, is as a dish washing or drying cloth. As a drying cloth it works fine, but removing tough stains can be somewhat of a worthless chore with items such as dishwashing scrubs on the market. They can also be used as cleaning cloths on a work surface, either wet it and soap it for places that have stains, or use it has a duster and then hoover the surrounding area. If using it on a rough surface, the cloth becomes frayed, and some of the fibres come off, so it cleans and then creates its own little mess at the same time.
Jay cloths have also come in handy at a girl-guiding group that I work with, where the kids often make a mess on the tables, so they use the jay cloths to wipe the tables clean.
I have also tried using it to clean stains off the carpet, but to little effect. I have found that when used in this way, it frays and adds a hint of blue staining on the carpet. While the jay cloth itself doesn't smell, once it has been in water it tends to pick up an unpleasant smell very quickly and for this reason I do not like to re-use the cloth. If this cloth is re-used then it leaves the unpleasant smell on the item being cleaned.
In all these instances, I much prefer using a scrub, paper towels or wet-wipe type cleaning cloths/tissues. I give jay cloths 3 stars, there are now better products on the market.
J Cloths are a form of dishcloth which are commonly used in kitchens and restaurants up and down the country. They come in a variety of shades, usually blue and green but red, yellow and other colours exist too. They usually have a stripy or diagonal pattern on them in white too. J cloths come in a variety of sizes and the good thing about them is you can cut them to the size that you require if they are too big. J cloths are extremely cheap (you can get them in bulk 50 for £2.50 for example) and many of the supermarkets do their own value brands for about 40p for 10 so really not something that would break the bank.
In general I don't find J cloths to be as effective as "normal" dishcloths which are more like a flannel or a towel with lots of holes in them. I find that J cloths can be a bit on the thin side and you often have to double them up to clean effectively. The other thing I find which I don't like about them is that even when you rinse them, a lot of the crumbs or dust or whatever it is doesn't rinse off easily so for me it takes longer to rinse a J cloth than a normal white dishcloth. That said, they are very lightweight so ideal if you are camping or travelling and need some sort of cleaning item. They are very cheap so as much as I've complained about them, they can be easily binned (not great for landfill though) if they get mucky quickly. I find it much better to bleach a normal dishcloth rather than a J Cloth as the colour often comes out of them if I bleach it. Therefore although these are cheaper than normal dishcloths, I do tend to find that they have a shorter shelf life in my kitchen if you like. The white dishcloths can be bleached over and over so last a lot longer. Although cheap, perhaps J Cloths are a false economy?
Overall, I would say I preferred normal dishcloths in my kitchen rather than J Cloths. I also like white dishcloths as I can see easily if they are dirty whereas it is more difficult to tell that on the colour J Cloths. Of course, the J Cloths are a reasonably cheap but binning them regularly is not good for the environment so I prefer the longevity of nice white dishcloths. I do think that J Cloths have a place in the world but not a place in my kitchen. I can't recommend buying J Cloths unless you want them for a short-term job (such as cleaning a BBQ then binning) as I don't think that they are thick enough for that even when doubled up. In my opinion, they just don't have the durability to last more than a couple of times for the toughest jobs but perhaps that is because I've bought the cheaper brands of J Cloth. Maybe one of the more expensive brands would perform differently. Either way, only 2 stars for me as I'm really not a fan.
Multi-purpose washing up and cleaning cloth.