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Understanding “Cleaning” Is More Important Than Ever

We break it down for you

Understanding “Cleaning” Is More Important Than Ever

We break it down for you

Understanding “Cleaning” Is More Important Than Ever

We break it down for you

Understanding “Cleaning” Is More Important Than Ever

We break it down for you

Understanding “Cleaning” Is More Important Than Ever

We break it down for you

Understanding “Cleaning” Is More Important Than Ever

We break it down for you

What we typically think of as “cleaning” can be broken into three categories, because they're three different things: Tidying, cleaning, and disinfecting. Each of them plays a role in keeping our homes healthy. Tidying is about reducing fomites before you clean. Cleaning removes germs and bacteria without the use of chemicals. Disinfecting uses chemicals to kill any germs and bacteria left after cleaning.

     

Tidying

Reduces and organizes potentially germ-carrying fomites cluttering your space.

No chemicals needed.

   

Cleaning

Removes germs and 99% of bacteria.

No chemicals needed – just e-cloth and water.

   

Disinfecting

Kills germs and 99% of bacteria after cleaning.

Chemicals required. Must be used according to instructions to be effective.

     

Tidying

Reduces and organizes potentially germ-carrying fomites cluttering your space.

No chemicals needed

   

Cleaning

Removes germs and 99% of bacteria

No chemicals needed – just e-cloth and water.

   

Disinfecting

Kills germs and 99% of bacteria after cleaning

Chemicals required. Must be used according to instructions to be effective.

Tidying

Tidying KICKS CLUTTER to the curb.

Tidying is about sorting your things and deciding what to toss, give, and keep, based on whether it brings you joy, a la Marie Kondo.

It’s also an important precursor to cleaning because when you get rid of the objects you don’t use, it reduces the number of fomites in your home. And when you put the things you keep in their place, it reduces the number of times people will touch them, thereby reducing the potential for transmitting disease.

Another common component of tidying is to assign a place for family members to deposit frequently used fomites, like dirty shoes, clothes, and backpacks. When you do, you limit the transmission of germs or infection to other areas.

Once you’ve finished tidying, the fomites in your home must be cleaned and disinfected regularly to remove and kill germs.

Cleaning

Cleaning REMOVES germs.

Cleaning, as defined by the CDC, refers to removing germs, dirt, and other impurities – like the grease on your stovetop and germs on your used YETI tumbler. By removing germs from the fomites that remain in your home after tidying, cleaning further reduces the risk of spreading infection.

It’s an important distinction that cleaning removes bacteria and other contaminants from a surface. Disinfecting, which we’ll discuss next, uses chemicals that leave a liquid chemical film on surfaces to kill any bacteria that remain.

When you clean, you want to remove contaminants from all of the frequently touched surfaces in your home on a regular basis—things like doorknobs, light switches, countertops, keyboards, floors, and certainly cell phones!

Traditionally, you may have cleaned using rubber gloves, paper towels and a bottle of cleaning spray, whose “fresh lemon scent” you’ve always equated with clean. Today, though, you can eliminate contaminants without inhaling potentially harmful chemicals.

Cleaning is E-Cloth’s specialty. When you use E-Cloth and water to clean your home, you’ll remove grime, mold, pollen, and other contaminants plus 99% of bacteria from the surfaces in your home.

If you’ve always used chemicals for cleaning, we understand that it’s a big shift to accept that you don’t need them for this step. Here’s the science behind E-Cloth's product claims.

"Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection."

Learn more here >

Tidying

Tidying KICKS CLUTTER to the curb.

Tidying is about sorting your things and deciding what to toss, give, and keep, based on whether it brings you joy, a la Marie Kondo.

It’s also an important precursor to cleaning because when you get rid of the objects you don’t use, it reduces the number of fomites in your home. And when you put the things you keep in their place, it reduces the number of times people will touch them, thereby reducing the potential for transmitting disease.

Another common component of tidying is to assign a place for family members to deposit frequently used fomites, like dirty shoes, clothes, and backpacks. When you do, you limit the transmission of germs or infection to other areas.

Once you’ve finished tidying, the fomites in your home must be cleaned and disinfected regularly to remove and kill germs.

  • Fo-what? Fomites are the objects in your home that could carry infection and germs, like the dirty Hydroflask your daughter leaves on the counter or the shoes your son wears everywhere and dumps in the foyer. Vases, doorknobs, coffee mugs, and that old French press are fomites, too.
  • Fo-what? Fomites are the objects in your home that could carry infection and germs, like the dirty Hydroflask your daughter leaves on the counter or the shoes your son wears everywhere and dumps in the foyer. Vases, doorknobs, coffee mugs, and that old French press are fomites, too.

Cleaning

Cleaning REMOVES germs.

Cleaning, as defined by the CDC, refers to removing germs, dirt, and other impurities – like the grease on your stovetop and germs on your used YETI tumbler. By removing germs from the fomites that remain in your home after tidying, cleaning further reduces the risk of spreading infection.

It’s an important distinction that cleaning removes bacteria and other contaminants from a surface. Disinfecting, which we’ll discuss next, uses chemicals that leave a liquid chemical film on surfaces to kill any bacteria that remain.

When you clean, you want to remove contaminants from all of the frequently touched surfaces in your home on a regular basis—things like doorknobs, light switches, countertops, keyboards, floors, and certainly cell phones!

Traditionally, you may have cleaned using rubber gloves, paper towels and a bottle of cleaning spray, whose “fresh lemon scent” you’ve always equated with clean. Today, though, you can eliminate contaminants without inhaling potentially harmful chemicals.

Cleaning is E-Cloth’s specialty. When you use E-Cloth and water to clean your home, you’ll remove grime, mold, pollen, and other contaminants plus 99% of bacteria from the surfaces in your home.

If you’ve always used chemicals for cleaning, we understand that it’s a big shift to accept that you don’t need them for this step. Here’s the science behind E-Cloth's product claims.

"Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection."

Learn more here >

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Disinfecting

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

Disinfecting

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

Disinfecting refers to using the proper chemicals to disinfect by leaving a liquid chemical film on surfaces that kills any bacteria that remain after you clean.

According to the CDC, this process doesn’t necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but can further lower the risk of spreading infection by killing germs on a surface after cleaning it.

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.

In order to be effective, the majority of CDC approved disinfectants (like liquid bleach) must sit on a clean 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.

Disinfecting refers to using the proper chemicals to disinfect by leaving a liquid chemical film on surfaces that kills any bacteria that remain after you clean.

According to the CDC, this process doesn’t necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but can further lower the risk of spreading infection by killing germs on a surface after cleaning it.

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.

In order to be effective, the majority of CDC approved disinfectants (like liquid bleach) must sit on a clean 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.

"Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection."

Learn more here >

Bottom Line

Tidying, cleaning and disinfecting are all important, albeit different, aspects of keeping your home healthy:

  • Tidying reduces and organizes the number of potentially germ-carrying fomites in your home.
  • Cleaning removes germs from the fomites you keep or that are permanent parts of your home. Chemicals are not necessary part of this step. E-Cloth and water will remove 99% of bacteria on the surfaces in your home.
  • Disinfecting kills germs that remain on those surfaces. CDC approved chemicals are necessary for this step and must be used according to the instructions to be effective.

For more information about E-Cloth products, how our engineered textiles work, how long they last (hint: it’s about 300 washes), and much more, visit our FAQ page.

What does using E-Cloth 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.

Bottom Line

Tidying, cleaning and disinfecting are all important, albeit different, aspects of keeping your home healthy:

  • Tidying reduces and organizes the number of potentially germ-carrying fomites in your home.
  • Cleaning removes germs from the fomites you keep or that are permanent parts of your home. Chemicals are not necessary part of this step. E-Cloth and water will remove 99% of bacteria on the surfaces in your home.
  • Disinfecting kills germs that remain on those surfaces. CDC approved chemicals are necessary for this step and must be used according to the instructions to be effective.

For more information about E-Cloth products, how our engineered textiles work, how long they last (hint: it’s about 300 washes), and much more, visit our FAQ page.

What does using E-Cloth 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.

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