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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.

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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.

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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:

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

And this:

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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!

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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.

Let’s Talk About Lice…

This is a re-post of a topic that is always great to know more about, so that you don’t really have to deal with it more than once, but also since the weather is getting cold, and we are all inside, in close-quarters, sharing our spaces. So I updated this old post, and am sharing it with you today.

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So…Let’s talk about lice. Gross, you say? Why do we have to talk about it?

Let’s talk about the fact that I sort of live in fear of those little buggers. Let’s talk about how you can’t really – not even possibly talk about lice really…unless you’ve lived through it. No….it isn’t the worst thing. Yes, we can get rid of it. It isn’t permanent. But it stinks. Like, sucks the life right out of a sane person, stinks. And now, no matter how clean my kid is, I don’t want my kid to ever do any of the following:

• Share any hair accessories
• Try on hats
• Get her hair brushed by another person’s brush or comb
• Perform gymnastics on a carpet
• Use a friend’s or a school issued helmet

I get a bit crazy about it. There are so many chances that my kids can get lice, that I am almost crazy trying to avoid it! Back to school? Back to more opportunities for lice exchange. Free ropes course? I see this as a way my kid will probably share a helmet, and therefore possibly get lice. Renting ice-skates? Awesome. More helmets that I don’t own, and now I am going legitimate (to my kids’ opinions) crazy with the lice prevention and worry.

I wasn’t always like this. And I truly paid for it. Literally. It cost a ton of money.

Unbeknownst to myself or my husband ALL four of my kids had lice for over a month.

Yes, I said a month. Yes, I comb their hair. Yes, I wash their clothes and sheets. Yes we bathe every night! Before you judge me, and I sincerely wish you wouldn’t, let me explain some facts, not the least of which is that lice is extremely hard to see.

Know This: Lice, take two weeks to form from a microscopic egg, into a bug. They change color, these little eggs from black specks, to grey eggs, to white shells of a hatched egg, leaving behind the shell. After that they just multiply like crazy.

These 4 weeks of infestation, brought lots of tears to the kids… and myself. How could I have missed this? Am I not paying attention enough? Clean enough? So much guilt and shame ensued. But we got rid of it. We survived. And now I have some tips for anyone who has never dealt with the head-bugs, as we call them, and also for people who are dealing with it now.

  1. First, do a regular check on your kids every week. Yes, every week people. Like I said, the life cycle is 2 weeks, so if you comb their hair out once a week, you are cutting the cycle in half: grabbing the eggs before they hatch, and scanning for bugs at the same time.
  2. Second, shampoo on a regular basis with a shampoo that has a scent of tea-tree (Trader Joe’s) or is marketed for anti-lice (Fairytales). I personally am on the fence for this one, but I know people swear for its prevention ability.
  3. Third, and finally, follow these guidelines to avoid situation as mentioned above:

• No sharing combs, brushes
• No sharing towels,
• No sleeping on another’s pillow case
• No somersaults on carpet
• No using a joint helmet- but if they have to, tell me so I can comb through more often.

IF you do happen to get the bugs, I recommend looking up a Lice Removal Franchise. We did, and it was crazy expensive but it is also free of the chemicals that I didn’t want to put near my kids because they were so little (drugstore brands). If you are just doing a comb through, use coconut oil or just washed hair for the kids and comb it out on a regular basis. If you are in the midst of removing live bugs or lice, comb every day for the two weeks without fail, and no matter what you put in the hair for chemicals, you will remove the eggs, and the bugs.

This is key: The bedding, towels, clothes that the kids have worn have to be washed, but more importantly, dried at a high-heat setting for at least 50 minutes to kill the bugs. I put most anything that could go in the dryer, in for this amount of time. The bedding has to be dried only (not washed) nightly for the two weeks. Anything that cannot go in the dryer, bag up in a giant trash bag for the two week period. This means anything with fibers, such as stuffed animals, or dolls with hair (not hotwheels or hard-plastic items).

Now I know this is a pain in the neck for sure! I am not denying at all. You may think one week is fine, and you “think you got them all” but in this case I wouldn’t test it. You don’t want to chance your family getting it again. This 2 week process worked for us, so I am letting you know about the process. But you have to do it for the who time- especially combing, faithfully. That part you know, but you also don’t want to do, is to let the parents of the kids your lice-ridden kids have played with, or taken lessons with, or gone to school with know. The school may or may not have a policy of letting other kids in the classroom aware (anonymously of course) but best to let them know, so the lice can get treated and won’t revisit anytime soon!

I cannot tell you enough, how I still fear these critters, even two years ahead of them. I know how easy it is to miss them, and how awful we all felt for the two weeks until they were gone. If you have any questions, please let me know, and I can try to find an answer for you. Or if you have a suggestion that worked, let me know for sure! For now, I try to keep up my “once a week, take a peek” to at the very least take a good look at their heads and hair.

DIY: Clean Your Dishwasher with Baking Soda & Vinegar

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So, I just unclogged my upstairs sink (the one the kids use of course!) with my handy vinegar and baking soda trick.  This little trick is just to remove the stopper, pour baking soda down the drain, add vinegar and let them attack eachother like a sixth grade science experiment.  After you let them brew for atleast 20 minutes, you pour boiling water (I have tried hot but it really has to be boiling) down the drain.  It eats away at whatever is down my kids’ sink and slowing it to a crawl…most of the time anyway!

Since I didn’t take any pictures of this excitement,  I thought that the next best thing would be share some pics and a description on how to clean your dishwasher using the same two naturally environmentally-friendly cleaners: Baking soda and vinegar!  To help give me some clout, and so you will actually do this- I am crediting Bob Villa,

From the Bob Vila website- linked image

Remember him from This Old House? Here’s a side-note, and just a wee little digression: I think Bob Villa sort of raised me via my parents inclination to do everything that Bob did- with OUR old house, thus ingraining a can-do attitude in me that even though very often, I can’t-do, I think I can…Thank you Bob!  (Soooo I have a tender heart for anything Bob Villa)…

Okay, let’s continue!  Bob (I feel okay with the first-name basis), and also Better Homes and Gardens and lot of other clever folks all over the internet have websites on this same topic, and these sites gave me lots of ideas on this easy process. Here’s what you do, and what I did, in 3 easy steps:

  1. Remove the bottom rack of the unit and clear the drain of any food or gunk, wiping away what you can.
  2. Fill a dishwater safe container with one cup of white vinegar. Place this on the top rack- the rest of the dishwasher should be empty.  Close the door, and run a hot water cycle. Once done, remove the vinegar.
  3. clean dishwasherNow sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher, and run a short hot-cycle.

Now, Bob didn’t say this next part, but it sort of my step 4 and THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!

4. Take a toothbrush, some rags and wipe out any of the gunk in the little places that totally gross you out: all around the inside, the outside, the spray arm, the accessories.

This should do it.  I really don’t have an “after” picture, because the high-shine of the stainless is all but rusty looking on my camera…this would not prove my point of how much of an improvement this little chore did for my dishwasher in the least- so here is another nice picture that I took today instead.

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See how pretty? AND the bonus is that you can see my little St. Joseph and Hula-girl in the window. Your welcome!

I am adding my link to Living Well, Spending Less, and also the PinJunkie where you will find lots of great ideas for your home!

And now, in honor of cleaning…only hours left to enter!: