Giveaway! e-cloth – Perfect Cleaning With Just Water

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There is a mirror in my bathroom which has long annoyed the crap out of me. I can’t get it clean.  I walk by the bathroom 40 times a day and see the mirror, full of wipe marks. The natural light from the bathroom window hits the mirror just perfect to showcase every single streak from my unsuccessful cleaning attempt. It. Drives. Me. Crazy.

Up until now, I had been using Windex and a paper towel. I had tried vinegar and that was worse. I even tried generic microfiber cloths from Costco that my husband uses to wash his truck.  Fail.  The natural stuff didn’t work. The chemical stuff didn’t work. What’s a girl to do?

When the kind people from e-cloth contacted me last month offering to send me some cloths to review, I jumped on the offer. You see, e-cloths are various forms of fiber cloths which require ONLY WATER to work.  They make specific cloths for all types of cleaning: glass cloths, general purpose cloths, dish cloths, auto cloths, shower cloths, and many more.  The even have packs for bathroom, dusting, floors and more.  They even come in vibrant colors, which makes me feel like the Carrie Bradshaw of cleaning!

Here are some facts about e-cloth which I found enticing:

  • YOU DON’T NEED CHEMICALS.
  • By combining e-cloth’s special fiber technology with water, the cloths break up, lift and hold grease, grime and bacteria.  Which things like paper towel and other cloths leave behind.
  • Each e-cloth has 1.6 million strands per square inch.  That is why they are so effective at cleaning and are super absorbent.
  • Research done has shown that e-cloth removes over 99% of bacteria.  With just water.  How awesome is that?
  • The cloths are not expensive.  They have free shipping too!  I love a good deal.  I might just buy them all.

Experiment #1 – Glass & Polishing Cloth

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Of the three cloths e-cloth sent me, of course the Glass & Polishing Cloth was the one I was most excited to try.  That mirror…

I am really excited to say that this cloth delivers!!

Mirrors.  I dampened the cloth and wiped the mirror.  The first thing I noticed is that it gripped to the dust on the surface of the mirror, which nothing I have tried in the past has been able to do.  Usually the dust just gets wet and smears around, right?  Does anyone else’s toilet paper make an insane amount of dust in their bathroom?  I feel like I should hold my breath when I’m handling it.  Ridiculous amount of dust.  My e-cloth picked up the dust no problem.  It left some water on the mirror, but when it dried, it was perfectly clean!  As in ZERO streaks.  Success!

Perfectly clean mirror!

Perfectly clean mirror!

Windows.  I also did a test run on my large front window which had fingerprints all over it.  Sticky fingerprints, greasy fingerprints, I-don’t-want-to-know-what-that-is fingerprints.  With just water, the Glass & Polishing Cloth cleaned the window better than anything else I have tried.  No fingerprints or streaks were left behind.  I was getting excited by this point.

Experiment #2 – Stainless Steel Cloth

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Having spotless stainless steel with a toddler in the house is impossible!  Anything at my son’s level is covered in fingerprints.  We’ve been using a “green” cleaner to wipe our refrigerator since we bought it a few years ago.  There are still smears on the lower half that will not wipe off.  I was hopeful this cloth would help.

The Stainless Steel Cloth is double-sided.  One side has soft fibers, similar to the General Purpose Cloth below.  The other side is striped with a tough fiber.  This side is for brushed stainless steel, while the soft side is for polished.

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If you get this cloth, make sure you follow the directions.  The first time I used the cloth, I just wet it and wiped.  My refrigerator looked TERRIBLE.  Like, if it wasn’t just water I would have panicked that I ruined it.    The instructions clearly state to spray with water, wipe with Stainless Steel cloth and then finish with Glass & Polishing Cloth.  The second time around I followed instructions and has much better results.

Shiny, happy tea kettle.  Thank you Stainless Steel e-cloth!

Shiny, happy tea kettle. Thank you Stainless Steel e-cloth!

I also tried our stainless steel electric tea kettle and the cloth polished it beautifully.  I used the tough side to gently buff off anything stuck on it and then used the soft side to polish it.  It looked brand new!

Experiment #3 – General Purpose Cloth

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The third cloth I tried was the General Purpose Cloth, designed for cleaning stainless steel, enamel, ceramic, glass, chrome, granite, marble, slate, quartz, tile and wood.   According to e-cloth, it removes thick dirt, grease, oil, grime.  Due to its electrostatic properties, when used dry it is also an effective dusting cloth.

Dusting.  I used this cloth to dust while it was dry.  I dusted some wood surfaces in our home and it worked well.  There were no dust-bunnies left behind, which I usually have.  The cloth grabs on to dust, no chemical sprays needed.  Win.

Next, I wet it to rinse out the dust.  After wringing out all the water I could, I decided to try dusting my ceiling fans.  It was awesome!  There was no dust or smears left behind, and no dust fell on me.  Another win!

Counters.  The last thing I tried the cloth for was the kitchen counters, which are usually a mess.  I almost didn’t want to dirty my new cloth on them, but I wanted to see what the cloth can do on counter top.  We have a dark speckled laminate counter top, so it is hard to see when it is dirty.  So I rinsed the cloth clean and got to scrubbing.  The cloth did well for normal spots and dust.  There was a spot of really stubborn bacon grease which would not come up, but my natural cleaner hasn’t gotten that spot clean either.  I needed something more abrasive for that.

I would recommend having a designated cloth for kitchen use because I felt like using my General Purpose Cloth there was going to destroy it a lot faster than just dusting and cleaning elsewhere in the house.

This is a good time to mention:

How long will e-cloths last?

As long as the care instructions are followed, with normal use e-cloths will last for several years and are guaranteed for 300 washes. There may be some loss of color or staining, but this will not affect performance.   In order to care for an e-cloth, simply wash in your washing machine without any fabric softener.  They make chemical-free cleaning really easy!

GIVEAWAY! e-cloth will send one winner ALL 3 CLOTHS!

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

If you share my mirror frustrations, you will definitely want to enter this giveaway.  One winner will receive one of each of the cloths I described above: the Glass & Polishing Cloth, the Stainless Steel Cloth and the General Purpose Cloth.

To enter, please do the following:

  1. Visit ecloth.com and sign up for their email list.  Leave a comment below telling what cloth you want to try most! You need to leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway.
  2. Follow e-cloth on any of their social media.  Leave an additional comment for each one you follow.

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Please enter between 5/25/2015 6:00 am CT to 6/1/2015 6:00 am CT.  This giveaway is open to Continental U.S. residents only.  Must be 18 years old to enter.  Winner will be chosen from the comments below using Random.org.

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*I received free e-cloths in order to write this review, however all opinions are my own!

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Affordable Organic Skincare That ROCKS!

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My poor skin has been through a number the past year while I have been trying various creams and oils in search of a cheap and easy skin care regimen that works.  I’ve tried coconut oil which made me break out.  I’ve tried Argan oil which did not leave my skin moisturized.  I even tried an “organic” brand which ended up not being organic.  Read about that here.  I ended up returning to an expensive brand which performed well in the past, but I was unhappy about chemicals like dimethicone and other undesirables.  Not to mention the costly price!

A few months ago, I decided to search for another organic skin care line on my favorite website, Vitacost.com.  I found Acure Organics.  Check out the ingredient lists:

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Acure Organics Day Cream, $16.19*

Ingredients: Organic curoxidant blend (organic euterpe oleracea [acai] berry, organic rubus fruticosus [blackberry], organic rosa canina [rosehips], organic punica granatum [pomegranate], organic calendula officinalis [calendula], organic matricaria recutita [chamomile], Fair Trade Certified™ organic aspalanthus linearis [rooibos], organic aloe barbadensis [aloe vera] leaf juice, cetearyl alcohol, Fair Trade Certified™ organic theobroma cacao [cocoa] seed butter, organic carthamus tinctorius [safflower] seed oil, glyceryl stearate SE [vegetable derived], vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annuus [sunflower] oil, infusion of organic calendula officinalis flower in Fair Trade Certified™ organic olea europaea [olive] oil, glucono delta lactone [fermented sugar], centella asiatica [gotu kola] stem cell ceulture, marrubium vulgare [white horehound] stem cell culture, echinacea stem cell culture, lactobacillus/fermented resveratrol extract, organic argan oil, CoQ10, olive leaf extract, organic chlorella pyrenoidosa [chlorella growth factor], citrus reticulata [red mandarin] oil, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate [vitamin E], organic oenothera biennis [evening primrose] oil, potassium sorbate, eugenia caryophyllus [clove] bud oil.

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Acure Organics Night Cream, $16.99*

Ingredients: Organic Curoxidant Blend (organic euterpe oleracea (acai) berry, organic rubus fruticosus (blackberry), organic rosa canina (rosehips), organic sambucus nigra (elderberry), organic urtica dioica (nettle) leaf, organic vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry), organic lycium chinese (goji) berry, organic rubus idaeus (raspberry), organic punica granatum (pomegranate), organic vaccinium myrtillis (blueberry), organic calendula officinalis (calendula), organic matricaria recutita (chamomile), fair trade certified™ organic llex paraguariensis (yerba mate), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil, persea americana (avocado) oil, vegetable glycerine, prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, glyceryl stearate (vegetable derived), cetyl alcohol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, glucose (sugar), glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (milk & sugar enzymes), organic chlorella pyrenoidosa (chlorella growth factor), organic oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, hypericum perforatum (st johswort) oil, lavandula officinalis (lavender) (essential) oil, citrus limonium (lemon) oil, xanthan gum.

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Acure Organics Eye Cream Chlorella & Edelweiss Stem Cell, $14.39*

Ingredients: Organic acai, organic blackberry, organic rosehips, organic pomegranate, organic calendula officinalis, organic chamomile, Fair Trade Certified organic rooibos, organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, fair trade certified organic theobroma cocoa (cocoa seed) butter, organic carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, glyceryl stearate SE (vegetable derived), vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annus (sunflower) oil, infusion of organic calendula in fair trade certified olea europea (olive) oil, organic chlorella pyrenoidosa (chlorella growth factor) extract, leontopodium alpinum (edelweiss) stem cell, ubiquinone (CoQ10), organic argania spinosa (argan) oil, glucono delta lactone (fermented sugar), 100% natural vitamin E, organic oenithera biennis (evening primrose) oil, potassium sorbate (food grade preservative).

*Prices listed at the time of publishing.

Honestly, those ingredient lists along with those prices make me giddy.  Looks pretty good, right?

How Acure Organics Performs

I have been using this line for over a month.  It is safe to say that I LOVE IT, for many reasons.

  1. I did not break out.  That is very important.
  2. My skin did not dry out.  It stays soft and moisturized.  I have combination dry and oily skin and somehow this product line manages it.  When it was still cold out, sometimes I would use the night cream in the day on areas like my forehead where I tend to get wrinkles if my skin is dry.  Now that it is warming up, the day cream is just fine.
  3. The eye cream seems to have helped with my fine lines in the crow’s-feet area.  I can’t say that they have decreased, but the cream keeps the area moisturized enough to keep the lines from looking prominent.
  4. The price.  The ingredients.  C’mon, I really don’t think you can beat this.  I had to share it with you all!

Ditch the soap – oil cleansing is better!

Another important part of my skin care regimen is that I do not use face wash.  For the last six months, I have been oil cleansing.  I know it sounds all wrong, but I must say that my skin has never been softer and clearer.  (As long as I keep my diet clean, of course.)

Almost every natural living blogger has written about it, so I will save you the details because you probably already know.  One natural beauty blog I really enjoy and recommend, Almost Exactly, wrote a great summary about oil cleansing you can read here if you want to know more.

I use a combination of 20% castor oil and 80% extra virgin olive oil.  I have heard that olive oil is comedogenic, i.e. clogs pores, but I have not noticed any problems from using it.

I highly recommend you try out the oil cleansing method to maximize benefits from a natural skin care regimen.  My skin feels soft, nourished and glows when I can keep my diet straight.

Let me know if you try out Acure Organics!  FYI, this is not a sponsored post, I just really liked this find and wanted to share.

Do you currently use the oil cleansing method?  What kinds of oils do you use and what has been your experience?  Please share in the comments below!

Homemade Toothpaste Powder

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Toothpaste has long been a tricky thing for me.  I know there incredibly toxic ingredients in conventional toothpaste, yet I have tried many “natural” toothpastes and none left my mouth feeling clean and fresh.  Out of frustration, I gave up on trying to find an alternative to the chemical laden toothpaste I had used all my life.

Making my own toothpaste was something I never thought I would do.  A few months ago, that all changed.  I bought a jar of Aztec Healing Clay.  I loved it as a facial mask.  I found that I could make a tooth powder recipe which is toxin-free and can replace toothpaste.  Normally I think I wouldn’t have had the guts to try it, but two bloggers I follow and trust (Wellness Mama and Mommypotamus) had similar recipes.  (Links below.)  I decided to give it a try.

I am SO GLAD I did!  I have been using my modified recipe (using ingredients I had on hand) for 4 months now.  A few times I have used the conventional toothpaste and did not like it at all.  I now notice that toothpaste creates a film in my mouth and it is really difficult to rinse all of the foam out.  While my tooth powder does not foam, it leaves my teeth feeling clean without any residue.  I will never go back!

Why you should be concerned with conventional toothpaste.

I know it sounds crazy to make your own toothpaste, but there are serious reasons why you should consider!  In western medicine, there is a method of administering drugs called sublingual administration.  This is also how many homeopathic remedies are to be taken to quickly and effectively get the treatment into the bloodstream.   When placing the medication under the tongue, it can be absorbed by blood vessels quickly, bypassing the digestive system which normally can detoxify harmful substances.  Absorption takes only 1-2 minutes which means the ingredients in toothpaste are entering your bloodstream directly every time you brush.

  • Sodium Fluoride has long been touted by dentists as necessary to prevent tooth decay.  Did you know, however, that sodium fluoride is a by-product of aluminum manufacturing?  It is used in rat poisons, pesticides and even has been used as a main ingredient in chemical weapons.  It is common knowledge that fluoride is fatal to humans in high enough doses, so what makes us believe it is okay to ingest in any amount!?  Additionally, this is added to our drinking water and cannot be filtered out by most water filters.  So we are already ingesting to fluoride without even brushing our teeth.  This is something which should be a serious concern to everyone.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is what creates the lather in toothpastes, shampoos and body washes.  It is used in laboratory tests as a skin irritant to test products designed to heal skin.  Kind of messed up!  Studies have linked SLS exposure to irritation of skin and eyes, organ toxicity, endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity to name a few.
  • Triclosan is an antibacterial ingredient which has been linked to everything from skin irritation to thyroid issues.  According to a U.S. Geological Survey study, triclosan is one of the most frequently occurring chemicals found in natural bodies of water, and it is found at the highest concentrations.  This chemical is an endocrine disruptor and bioaccumulates, which means that the more you are exposed, the greater the concentration of the chemical will be present in your body.  Thankfully many companies are now ceasing to use this chemical due to the dangers it poses, and the state of Minnesota has banned it completely effective in 2017.
  • Glycerin is supposedly the ingredient in toothpaste that coats teeth, leaving the filmy reside I described above.  Many claim this is harmful because it prevents teeth from remineralizing.  The outer layers of teeth are made up of  the enamel and dentin layers.  Enamel consists mostly of calcium phosphate and the dentin is made of living cells which use minerals to create a hard mass.   There are a lot of conflicting opinions on whether or not teeth can remineralize (and cavities heal!) and I have not done enough research on the subject to make any claims.  I would, however, like to recommend this well-researched and informative post from Wellness Mama on the subject.  Many people claim to have healed cavities, and avoiding conventional toothpaste which coats the teeth is an integral part.
  • FD&C color dyes are synthetic food colorings and have been related to behavioral problems, allergies reactions and other health problems.

I know some people will just overlook the potential harm these ingredients pose, but the knowledge that these toxins are being absorbed directly into the bloodstream should be alarming to everyone.

If you are not an essential oil user, I recommend checking out the Wellness Mama and Mommypotamus recipes, which use other ingredients.  I also want to convey that at first, it was a little strange using a powder to brush my teeth, but I quickly became used to it.  This recipe does not foam either, but again I quickly became used to it.  The clean feeling I have experienced is what made me fall in love with it.

Another note, I would not recommend the powdered recipe below for small children.  I have not had my kids use this recipe because I am sure they would inhale it or something crazy.  I made a version which uses coconut oil, stevia, less salt and less essential oils which I have been using for my toddler and he likes the taste.  He totally swallows it all so I am really glad I am not using normal toothpaste for him.

 


Homemade Toothpaste Powder Recipe

Ingredients:

4 tbsp Bentonite Clay
1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
2 tsp baking soda
4 capsules of Activated Charcoal, opened
12 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops clove essential oil
1-2 packets powdered Stevia (optional, I don’t use it)

Directions:

  1. Do not use any metal utensils with this recipe.  The clay is charged, which enables removal of toxins, and metal will deactivate the charge.
  2. Add dry ingredients to a small glass jar.
  3. Add essential oils to the dry ingredients.
  4. Cap and shake vigorously for several minutes.
  5. To use, dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and brush teeth as normal.  Keep capped when not in use.

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/167101-what-are-the-harmful-ingredients-in-toothpaste/

http://www.healthline.com/health/sublingual-and-buccal-medication-administration#Purpose2

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/antibacterial/environmental/

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/antibacterial/triclosan.php

http://givemethedirt.com/blogs/news/8509675-the-glycerine-in-your-toothpaste-is-ruining-your-teeth

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/picture-of-the-teeth