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Cleaning the Car Without Chemicals: E-cloth Review

So many of you know how much, I love my E-cloths for use inside my house, and if you read this blog, you may have seen my review for them a while back. This post was updated in August of 2017 for links and deleting giveaway content.

I agreed to review….{drumroll please}…. the Interior Car Kit for ecloth. Win. Win! And by the way…these little cloths aren’t only for your car- you can use these to clean your bikes after a long outside ride, or your boat if you are a boater (duh) and probably any outside toys that have chrome to polish and grime to clean!

Full Disclosure: I received a free Interior Car Kit from E-cloth in exchange for writing a review on the blog. However, and as always, any and all opinions are genuinely my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you order from one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. It does not affect your price at all. See my full disclosure page.

e-cloth auto

If you follow my blog, you know that I have been running a Clear the Clutter Challenge this month. While a lot of my clutter-clean up is focused on the inside of my house, you all know the garage is the palace (I did NOT mean to write ‘place’) of clutter for the outside…and the cars with all the shuttling to and from soccer practices, basketball, or road-trips can get pretty knarly themselves!

Before I get ahead of myself though, I have a few tips on tidying your cars before we even look at the dirt and start cleaning them and testing out the new cloths!

DeCluttering the Car:

#1– Get some bins to keep in the car. These can be bags or boxes or anything that will keep items from rolling around your trunk or under-foot as you drive (danger!)

#2 – Make an emergency kit- Both first aid and also think about what you need if you break-down. Make sure you have wiper fluid in the upcoming winter months, and a blanket if you have no heat for a while, as you wait for roadside assistance.  Keep kitty-litter in the trunk as it helps the tires get traction on slippery roads.

#3 – Get some winter floor mats.  These are made of rubber, so the salt and dirt on your boots won’t wreck the carpet in your car.

#4 – Have a permanent garbage bin IN the car. Instead of stuffing tissues in the side-pockets, maybe put them in a receptacle.

#5 – Put the toys in one of those bins (see #1).  Instead of books and markers flying all over your car floor, keep them all in a car-only toy place, that will be a busy-box of sorts for the kids to have.

organize the car

That’s it. Now on to the cleaning.

#1 – Take everything out.

#2 – Clean it. Test out the e-cloth. I used the Interior, e-Auto Car Cleaning Kit.  It comes with:

  • one 20″x16″ Glass & Chrome Cloth, one 12.5”x12.5” Car Cleaning Cloth, a Water Atomizer, and a laundry and storage bag.car kit
  • Glass & Chrome Cloth (grey) cleans inside windows, outside windows, all metals
  • Car Cleaning Cloth (orange) cleans dashboards, armrests, spills, inside doors, fabric upholstery, leather upholstery, outside windowscar kit

#3 – And finally: Only put back the items you must have, into a bin or some type of container: Toys, Snacks, Emergency Kit (may or may not include a trunk potty- mom’s you know you need this!)  You are done.

 The e-Auto Kit: What do I think?

Just spray the water and wipe. Can’t be easier. I am not sure you can’t do this with any little cloth and some water, but the beauty and difference of the e-cloth versus any old cloth in your house, is the e-cloth itself. No lint, and for whatever reason, it picks up the dirt unlike any rag I have.  You can check out their website for more info. on why they work so well.

I used the chrome & glass (grey) cloth for all the windows and the mirrors…and the glass parts of the dash. No streaks and no lint. It is way easier than window spray and paper towels- plus better for the environment.  Now, I am not saying that child labor laws don’t exist for a reason…but- using the e-cloths is a great and SAFE way to have your kids help you clean the inside of the car with just water and a cloth. You don’t have to worry that the twins kids will spray  each other in the eyes with chemicals or wash the windows with the leather-care cleaner. Not that this has happened, but it is definitely not happening with e-cloth! One of the many reasons why I really like this product. See what I did:

e cloth

before is pretty gross…I am not too thrilled about sharing that.

And this:


I had to keep going…I love my new clean car!

Once I was done cleaning, I put both cloths in the bag and threw them in the washer. I wash them just like regular cloths, but you have to remember not to use fabric softeners – which I don’t use anyway. Even if you forget and use the softeners, just run them again in a hot-water only wash and then they are fine again. Actually, these are guaranteed for 300 washes just like the rest of the e-cloth line. Easy.

Now that I have a dedicated set of e-cloths for the cars, I can store them right in the little bag and keep these in the garage on a hook, so I can find them right where I want to use them…always thinking, my friends!

Anyhoo…Now it’s your turn to try the e-Auto Car Kit! Check them out here!

e-cloth auto

Check out more on e-cCloth:

W: www.ecloth.com
F: www.facebook.com/eclothUSA
T: @ecloth

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you order from one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. It does not affect your price at all. See my full disclosure page.

#MondayMatinee Book Giveaway: The Last Chance Matinee

UPDATE: Giveaway closed

Hey there friends and loyal readers! I am giving on lucky reader a chance to win a signed, hardcopy of this wonderful book by Mariah Stewart. 
lcm book review

This is so Easy! Stop by this post (where I reviewed the book) and leave a comment over there on WHY you want to win a signed copy of this book!

Done. The giveaway ends on April 10th, IS OVER so comment away- only once per person please!

This is a #MondayMatinee Giveaway: Follow XOXO After Dark on Twitter (@xoxoafterdark) Mondays in April to see which blogs on the blog tour will host a giveaway for The Last Chance Matinee: April 3, 10, 17, 24!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Giveaway ends April 10 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the *US only*. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Random.com and be notified by email. Please note that Hardly A Goddess is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsor will ship their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.

5 Top Tips for a Germ-free Kitchen & A Giveaway (over) *!

Disclosure: I received free e-cloth products in exchange for a review on the blog.  Know that I am always 100% honest in my opinions on this blog.

So confessions time. People who know me, would maybe say I was a frazzled but laid back person, who has a cluttered house and semi-clean kids… So they would be shocked to know that… I used to be a germ-freak. Shocked? Well, no judgement from me- let’s not call me a “germ-freak“. I was a bit OCD though. I wouldn’t share soap, sit on any toilets (including my own), touch any handles, etc. Wow. Too much? Yes. It was.

Well, the best way to cure yourself of a fear is sometimes to face it head on… I had four kids, and after many years of diaper changes and trips to public restrooms….I am cured! I wouldn’t be able to function in my world if I had these old restrictions, but some things still linger. I like a clean house. Yes, it is cluttered beyond clutter. But having a blog that is food-centric, I need a clean kitchen. But what was the one thing that was keeping me from having a truly clean kitchen? ANSWER:  I use a sponge in my kitchen. 

Anyone who reads anything about germs, has to know that sponges are literally “sponges” for bacteria growth. My sister-in-law (who knew me back when I was a little germ-phobic), is always shocked by the fact that I use a sponge. She uses a dish-cloth. “Dishcloths are better,” she tells me. Is that true?

Well, it turns out both can be horrible. But I can’t very well give them both up, since licking the plates is just gross. So I did a little digging to find the least-germy way to have a clean, and low-germ kitchen without spraying chemicals or bleach:

Here are my top no-chemical cleaning tips found:

Assign each kid their own cup to drink from. I use color coded cups that they can re-use, so they don’t have someone else’s germs they are sharing.

Wash your kitchen drain. I did a post (here) on an easy way to disinfect with baking soda and vinegar. Just put some baking soda and vinegar in the drain and let it sit for 10 minutes- then run the hottest tap for 30 seconds to rinse it. That’s it – and it helps with weird smells too. There are some gross things down there. Try to clean this out whenever you think of it!

Disinfect the cutting boards. Better yet, make sure you have a specific cutting board for meat, and another one for veggies. Even after you “clean” them, bacteria can linger. For a natural way to disinfect a cutting board, soak a dishcloth in pure white vinegar (not any other kind) and rub liberally over a board (wood or plastic) let sit, then rinse and dry (especially if wood). You can add baking soda to this version too, if you want to super-scrub out any grossness!  An alternative method that smells awesome is scrubbing with a half cut lemon over coarse salt that has been sprinkled over the cutting board surface- also super effective.

Wipe handles and counters. This one seems obvious, but it needs more frequent attention in the cold/flu months of winter. Use any natural antibacterial spray.

Wash your dishcloths and sponges. Yep. I finally got to the main problem in my own kitchen. The sponge. My sis-in-law is right about the cloths being “better” in the sense that you can wash them in the washing machine! But not to be outdone, you can also disinfect a rinsed sponge by putting it in the microwave for one minute or the dishwasher for a wash cycle (in an empty silverware spot). I have done this, and it does seem to get cleaner. But my old phobias linger, as I have said. I want to wash the sponge in the washing machine. And you can if your sponge itself is washable. And of course, I found them from E-cloth. Of course. I love my E-cloth products as I have shared with you all before with the other cloths and Aqua Spray Mop.

e-cloth washing up pad

e-cloth washing up pad

This Scrub sponge (above) is great: has a cloth-side, scrub-side, and is washable. I love it. I runs $5-7 dollars depending on where you buy it, but think about that. You wash it. It is reusable. In my eyes, this is a bargain, and non-germy besides, because the E-cloth fibers keep away 99% of germs already! Also, I was able to try out the dish-cloths, (so I could make my sis-in-law proud!):

e-cloth wash and wipe dish cloths

e-cloth wash and wipe dish cloths

Like the package says, these are also great for wiping down the counters or any other surface to get the germs off! I loved the fact that you can toss these in the wash and they are good to wipe down any kitchen counter and also do my dishes. I am still a sponge-lover however, so the Washing-Up Pad won out in my comparison.

I was also sent the kitchen-towels, for drying the dishes (a thankless job!), and I liked these too. Not loved, but liked. I maybe just don’t like drying dishes…perhaps. What I do like is that they contain the same e-cloth fibers that fight germs, and they also shine the stainless and glass really well.

I hope you will try these. If you want to check them out, go to the E-cloth site here:

W: www.ecloth.com
F: www.facebook.com/eclothUSA
T: @ecloth
P: www.pinterest.com/eclothUSA
I: @eclothUSA
Y: http://www.youtube.com/eclothCleaning

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Sources consulted for content in this post on de-germing are here, here and here.

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