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Cloth with a Capital “E”

December 9, 2009
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Since we’re going into a season of crazy cooking and baking, I thought it’d be good to do at least one blog post on how to take care of the aftermath…

A friend of mine emailed me a few weeks ago recommending that I try this new cleaning cloth that Tangs was selling, called the E-cloth. She said it was very good and her helper loved using it.

According to the website “each E-cloth has an extraordinary 480,000 strands per square centimetre. Every special E-cloth fibre is 1/100th the width of a human hair. It is this, together with the wedge shape of each individual fibre, that gives the cloths their remarkable cleaning capability and their high absorbency.” The cloth is supposed to be able to remove and absorb grease with just a splash of water, which means you use less detergent – always a good thing.

So does it work? Well, I did a little trial run with the General Purpose Cloth, that’s supposed to be good for removing “thick dirt, grease and spills” in the kitchen. And the answer to the question, in my opinion, is yes, depending on what you’re using it for. If you need a cleaning apparatus that can remove thick cruddy stuff, or pot-induced streak marks on your kitchen counter (if your counter is white like mine), I personally think you’re better off using my all-time favorite Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge. It’s just a little too much effort using the E-cloth for that purpose.

However, if you want something that can remove those yucky grease stains on your taps or counter/stove tops, then the E-cloth works just great. There’s actually a separate Glass & Polishing Cloth that’s supposed to be good for “taps, kettles, toasters, stainless steel and the final polish of worktops” but I think the General Purpose Cloth is plenty adequate. Take a look at my faucet below. The picture on the left is pre-cleaning. I first tried cleaning the faucet with a wet paper towel, but after drying, it looked exactly as it did before. Then I used the E-cloth to give it a wipe, and lo and behold, it was almost good as new! (See picture on the right.)

The cloth wasn’t cheap – I think S$23 for the General Purpose Cloth and Glass & Polishing Cloth, which came bundled together. But it’s machine washable and effective for at least a year, so maybe worth the money especially if you’re Green conscious and want to minimize your use of chemical substances in the home.

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