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    What’s the difference between tidying, cleaning, and disinfecting?

    When you say, “I have to clean my house,” what, exactly, do you mean? Would it surprise you to know that you might not be “cleaning” correctly?

    It’s true.

    E-Cloth knows cleaning. Whether you’re doing it effectively depends on what you mean when you say, “cleaning.”

    What we typically think of as cleaning can be broken into three categories: Tidying, Cleaning, and Disinfecting. Each of them plays a role in keeping our homes healthy.

    E-Cloth rocks the Cleaning category but we’re going to discuss all three to clear up any confusion, especially the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. 

    Tidying KICKS CLUTTER to the curb.

    If by “cleaning,” you mean sorting your things and deciding what to toss, give, and keep, based on whether it brings you joy, a la Marie Kondo, what you really mean is “tidying.”

    Tidying is about discarding “stuff,” like that French press you used exactly twice.

    It’s about organizing the papers, shoes, and books you choose to keep.

    Plenty of studies tell us that a tidier environment can ease frustration and anxiety, helping people feel more focused and relaxed. Tidying is important.

    But E-Cloth can’t help with tidying. It’s not our jam. (See again: Marie Kondo, guru of tidying and organizing.) 

    Cleaning REMOVES germs. E-Cloth and water is all you need.

    By cleaning, do you mean grabbing paper towels and a bottle of spray, whose “fresh lemon scent” you equate with clean?

    If so, and you’re ready to get rid of grease, grime, and dirt without inhaling potentially harmful chemicals, it’s time for E-Cloth. This is where we shine – and help your home shine, too.

    Using only E-Cloth and water, you’ll remove all of the above plus 99% of bacteria from the surfaces in your home, including your stove, floors, windows, counters, and bathtubs – even your phone.

    You read that right: just E-Cloth and water.

    Whether you’re tackling greasy butter on your countertop or unsightly toothpaste splatters on your bathroom mirror, the scientific magic created by a damp E-Cloth will remove the offending material, leaving your surface clean and streak-free.

    What does that mean for you? 

    Efficient cleaning: No need to stock up on assorted chemical cleaners, plastic gloves, or paper towels.
    Peace of mind: No more worries about your kids crawling on floors cleaned with toxic chemicals. Or your pets licking those same chemicals.
    Environmental responsibility: No additional bottles in the ocean, paper towel trash, or pollutants added to our streams. You’re cleaning your home and removing 99% of bacteria, along with the other grime, without contributing to that mess.
    • Money in the bank: You can skip the aisle selling toxic (and non-toxic) chemical cleaners. Bypass the vinegar. You don’t even need baking soda 

    For cleaning every surface in your home, E-Cloth and water are all you need. (Hard to believe? We know! Here’s the science behind our product claims.)

    Disinfecting KILLS germs. You need the power of chemicals for this job.

    If you mean killing as many germs as possible when you say, “cleaning,” what you’re actually talking about is “disinfecting.”

    While using E-Cloth and water to clean removes bacteria, mold, pollen, and other contaminants from a surface, using the proper chemicals to disinfect leaves a liquid chemical film on surfaces that kills any bacteria that remain.

    Disinfecting is the final step and should be done on an as-needed basis, which depends on who uses your space and how it’s used. Single or five kids? No pets or two dogs? No shoes in the house or a shoe wearing free-for-all? Each of us should evaluate potential contaminants and disinfect accordingly.

    Here’s the catch: The CDC has a specific list of EPA registered household disinfectants, all of which must be used according to directions in order to be effective. Many times, that’s the piece we get wrong. 

    For example, have you ever sprayed something with a liquid bleach product (sodium hypochlorite), wiped it with a paper towel, and then called it good? If so, you didn’t disinfect the surface.

    In order to be effective, the majority of those products must sit on the surface for at least two full minutes before being wiped off. Otherwise, all you’ve done is add an unnecessary chemical layer to your cleaning process, without disinfecting the surface. Read the labels, follow the directions, and kill those contaminants.

    Just don’t use an E-Cloth when you do. Our products are designed for cleaning with water, not disinfecting with chemicals.

    On cleaning day, though? Game on: E-Cloth has you covered.  

    From our ever-popular General Purpose Cloth and Glass & Polishing Cloth to engineered textiles to mop your floor, clean your stainless steel, make your granite sparkle, and everything in between, E-Cloth has the cleaning products you need.

    Just add water.

    For more information about E-Cloth, like how our engineered textiles work, how to care for and wash E-Cloths, how long they last (hint: it’s about 300 washes), what types of E-Cloths work for which surfaces, and much more, visit our FAQ page 

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