e-Cloth

e-Cloth thumbnail Locations: Brattleboro, Burlington, Colchester, Essex, South Burlington, Springfield, Woodstock

E-Cloth has perfected chemical-free cleaning with durable, precision-engineered microfiber cloths, towels, and mops. Our products enable eco-friendly and safe home cleaning using only water, and offer a sustainable way to reduce waste and contact with harmful chemicals. When you’re switching to cleaning-free cleaning, use durable, premium microfiber e-cloth products that perform brilliantly and last for years. E-Cloth products can remove over 99% of bacteria and mold from surfaces without chemicals.

various e-Cloth products in use around the home

 

Find e-Cloth products at all Bibens Ace locations!

 

History

  • Founded in 1995 in Sweden and grew in popularity (all hospitals there are cleaned with them)
  • UK bought the technology and branded it e-cloth
  • began being sold in U.S. in 2008

What are they?
general purpose e-cloth packaging

  • Made up of polyester and polyamide (nylon) fibers
  • Fibers are 1,000 times finer than cottons fibers (1/200th the diameter of a human hair) – the fibers are the smallest in the world that can be man made
  • 1 million fibers per sq. inch of cloth (compared to 20 thousand in other micro fiber cloths)
  • Hot water is like a magnet, and releases the bacteria when rinse and rung out (otherwise trapped inside the micro-fiber cloth)
  • Polishing rag should be used dry to polish/finish wiping off a surface, the others should be used wet
  • Chose as best cleaning product in 3 categories by Real Simple magazine – best all-around, best washable mop, and best scrubber

What are the benefits of using e-cloth?

  • Use just water, no chemicals (those that prefer a scent could add 1-part essential oil to 10-parts water in a spray bottle or the like)
  • No exposure to chemicals
  • No toxins/fumes
  • No allergic reactions
  • Clean better than chemicals with NO chemicals
  • All are non-scratch surfaces that will not leave behind scratches on your car, glass-top stoves, and even non-stick pans
  • Removes thick grease, grime, and first from all hard surfaces using just water
  • Remove 99% of bacteria from all hard surfaces, just using water (including E.coli and Listeria)
    • Tests showed that after a rinse with hot water, e-cloth reintroduced just .01% of bacteria back onto a sterile surface (tests used cloth 10x in a row, and continued to come up with the same 99%+ result)
  • Save money (reduce the use of chemicals, paper towels, and wipes by up to 90%)
  • Better for the environment – reduces pollution and minimizes use of natural resources

Caring for your e-cloth

  • Rinse using hot water under a faucet after each day use
  • Machine wash weekly with detergent in hot water, rinse well, tumble or air dry
  • Do not use bleach or fabric softener – will deteriorate the fibers over time
  • If e-cloth loses performance, boil in a sauce pan

e-cloth Guarantee

  • Most e-cloth products guaranteed for 300 washes (6 years of use with one machine wash per week!)
  • If ever an issue with the product, e-cloth will replace, no questions asked

 

How to Wash: FAQs

Why can’t I use fabric softener?

It is the tiny voids within and between the microfibers that make e-cloth products work so darn well. It is those voids that attract dirt, bacteria – you know, the yucky stuff. Fabric softener and dryer sheets are designed to leave “gunk” (i.e. – chemicals!) behind on fabrics. This “gunk” clogs those voids and blocks the fibers from pick up duty.

Why can’t I use bleach?

Excessive use of bleach can destroy the fibers of the cloth, rendering them damaged and irreparable. Since the power of e-cloth is in its premium fibers, the performance of the product is dependent on their integrity and fortitude.

What type of detergent can I use?

You may use any type of laundry detergent to clean your e-cloth products. Avoid the use of combo products that include the use of fabric softener with the detergent.

There are stains on my cloth after washing them!

When cleaning up grease and grime, it’s normal for your cloths to stain. As long as you follow the standard cleaning instructions, stains will not affect the cleaning performance. Stains will fade over time.

CLEANING DO’S and DON’T’S
 
  • Hot water works best to rinse all that yucky stuff down the drain.
  • Between uses, rinse + wring out the cloth thoroughly, and hang to air dry.
  • Machine wash up to 140°F, using a little detergent
  • Tumble dry or hang the cloths to dry.
 
  • Fabric softener + dryer sheets are the kryptonite to our fibers – avoid them while cleaning and washing.
  • Colors may run. Wash cloths separately the first time around.
  • Skip the the bleach. Excessive use will damage the fibers and performance.
  • If fabric softener or dryer sheets are used by mistake, rewash the product immediately.
  • If cloth performance is reduced or if cloth develops an odor, machine wash on high heat.
  • If the cloth takes on a greasy feel, boil it for 5 minutes, then follow the regular wash instructions.

e-Cloth vs. Norwex

Price is the primary differentiator between e-cloth and Norwex. Where do you get more bang for your buck?

Winner: e-cloth

The first difference you’ll notice between e-cloth and Norwex is the price. Why is there such a big difference? Both brands use durable, premium microfiber materials. Both brands make task-specific cloths and cleaning devices. But the companies’ distribution models are very, very different. Paying the multi-level marketing network of consultants that sell Norwex products requires Norwex to charge much more.

See how the product prices compare in the table below:

pricing chart indicating differences between e-Cloth and Norwex

Products

General Purpose Cloth

  • Removes thick grease, grime, and bacteria with just water
  • The cloth to turn to for everyday use

Glass & Polishing Cloth

  • Use dry to finish the job, leaving shiny surfaces completely streak-free

Dynamo

  • Very plush, so holds a lot of water (great for sinks and countertops)

Washing-Up Pad

  • Original version of non-scratch pad with one side scouring and the other cloth

Window Cleaning pack

  • The light green cloth (with waffle-like knitting) should be used wet
  • Polishing cloth used to wipe dry after
  • Streak-free and lint-free finish

Kitchen Cleaning pack

  • General purpose cloth
  • Glass cleaning cloth
  • One corner of cloth has a scouring section woven in

Duster

  • Guaranteed to 100 washes (since the fibers are longer and even more delicate
  • Great for floors and walls
  • Don’t put in dryer (will deteriorate fibers)
  • You can bleach this cloth
  • Flexible head allows you to get around walls and tight spaces easily

Mop

  • Won “best re-usable mop”
  • Has been featured in all sorts of magazines and on tv shows
  • Great for pet accidents even
  • Again, just uses water – no chemicals
  • Extra head good to have if you’re mopping up large/multiple areas

Bathroom Cloth

  • General-purpose cloth, but more plush to handle more water

Stainless-Steel Cloth

  • General-purpose cloth, but with added harder, non-scratch strips
  • Also have longer, softer fibers to get into the cervices of brushed stainless steel
  • Easily removes smudges and fingerprints from surfaces

High-Performance Dusting Cloth/Glove

  • Can be used wet of dry
  • A dusting cloth, but with the micro-fiber, 99% bacterial removal properties
  • Extra-long fibers pull dirt and dust from small crevices
  • Cloth traps dust so well, it can’t be shaken off – must be washed out of the cloth

 Range/Stove-Top Cloth

  • General purpose cloth with short, stiff, non-scratch fiber strips for heavier duty, burnt on items
  • Glass polishing cloth is great to use to finish off these tops

Cleaning Pad

  • Plush, so holds a lot of water – most absorbent of the cloths/pads
  • Great for sinks and tubs
  • Can be used to absorb moisture (i.e. drying pad for dishes)