I am at a bit of a crossroads in my lifestyle. Emerging from a messy, lazy, clutterbug hoarder and on the path to Minimalism, and hopefully better housekeeping too.
My twin boys, Sausage & Bean, are also suddenly starting to clamber and climb and reach places I swore they couldn’t! I am baby-proofing as fast as I can, but sometimes it feels like they circumvent the safety measures faster than I can think them up! Particularly working as a team…
Then, there’s the need to save the pennies – I am a full-time Mama now, and whilst we are currently living with my parents, we still need to save where possible – we are hoping to secure a mortgage and buy our first home.
Aaanyway, after being so positively influenced by a number of Facebook groups (Decluttering, Gentle Parenting, Montessori etc) I decided to use the power of FB brainwashing to transform myself into a domestic goddess, by finding a group full of people who love cleaning and share before & after pics etc., in the hopes that I will metamorphose into a cleaning machine…
I have yet to find a group to inspire me, but I DID stumble across someone waxing lyrical about e-cloths, which claim to be able to do any all-purpose cleaning job using just water; degreasing and killing bacteria too.
I am not an e-cloth merchant – I am an Amazon affiliate. This means that whilst I would get a small commission if you decided to purchase through my link to Amazon (at no extra cost to yourself), I have no bias towards this particular product, since I could choose ANY item from the Amazon catalogue! Thus, my opinion is still my unbiased opinion!)
At first glance, these seemed like they could be the magic bullet to solve a whole bunch of problems at once:
- Fewer toxic chemicals on surfaces in the house – even with highchair-safe anti-bac, I still worry about the babies ingesting it. But simultaneously, I’m far too lazy to want to have to rinse everything I clean!
- No cleaning products for the twins to potentially find and drink.
- Less junk cluttering up my house, as two or three shelves can be emptied of products – helps our path towards minimalism.
- Eco-friendly – helps our path towards reducing waste. Also reduces chores if I am producing less waste?
- Potentially quicker and easier to clean things? If I only have to grab a cloth and wet it?
- Time-saver in that I don’t have to go buy more cleaning products, and the cloths are available with prime delivery.
- Montessori-friendly in that my twins can safely engage in cleaning big messes from a young age – learning Practical Life skills.
Or it’s just possible this is another gimmick for me to waste my money on.
I procrastinated about this for ages. Then payday came and I figured it’s one of those things where you never know till you try, and essentially decided to risk it for a biscuit.
A quick mid-feed trip to Amazon later, and I found myself richer to the tune of 4 general cleaning cloths and one polishing cloth.
Early experiments left my shamefully grotty microwave sparkling with reasonably little fuss, and (to my surprise) actually grease-free. I kind of understand that it can kill bacteria, but I really don’t understand how it degreases – especially since you can have a hard time finding washing up liquids that do that properly!
Then I decided to test it with the most annoying, most frequent cleaning job in my life – tackling the carnage left over after twin BLW meals!
I chose the messiest meal I could think of! A saucy, tomatoey pasta.
And this was the bomb-site afterwards!
Step 1: I soaked up any excess sauce using the cloth, before adding any water into the equation.
Step 2: I rinsed the cloth and folded it into a pad. Took a medium amount of pressure to vastly reduce the grease and grime:
Here is the final result of the high chairs:
(Clearly in this photo I still have the tidying and the floor to do…)
I am pretty happy with this, particularly the knowledge that the surface hasn’t had any chemicals on it. And I could have stuck at it a little longer, but Sausage and Bean had lost patience (they’re going through a Wonder Weeks Leap right now).
Is the cleaning as good as usual? I’d say so.
Was it easier than usual? I think it’s simpler in that I wasn’t switching products and could just make a beeline for that one cloth. It probably takes a bit more elbow grease, but not enough to complain about. Would probably be easier if I got a spray bottle for water.
Will we be making the switch? It’s early days, but I think if it persists in working this well I will be investing in some of their other cloths (there’s something for bathrooms, dishes, hobs and a floor mop, I believe). I’m not sure whether they have anything for toilet bowls, but I am a bit reticent to scrub that anyway! Much prefer a product that cleans the bowl without me having to put my hands in there, and just keep a baby gate on the bathroom door!
I am pretty chuffed to have found a way of cleaning without chemicals, because it really fits in with my decluttering journey, and also means I can get the boys involved in cleaning safely from a very early age – which will be suited to Montessori practical life learning and to home ed too 🙂
**Updated to add: after further successful testing, my household chemicals are gone, and we are now exclusively using e-cloths (apart from the aforementioned toilet bowl…)
Also, if the meal does not include sauce, this becomes a one-step process!**
What is your go-to cleaning method for those disaster-zone high chairs? Comment below to let us know!
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