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!

Natural Antibiotic Alternative – Essential Oils

It’s official, I will never be without oregano essential oil in my medicine cabinet.  My body is so messed up lately.  I feel like everything is upside-down.  I was pregnant in the end of October, felt terrible for three months, had a miscarriage and now I just feel weird.  It is times like these when I am so incredibly thankful to have a medicine cabinet full of homeopathy and essential oils.  Whatever I need, I have it on hand.

Let me back the truck up a second.  This story is mainly about my finger.  My pointer finger had been hurting for two weeks and was slowly becoming more and more swollen.  At first I thought I had injured it.  Something in our toilet is broken and the water runs non-stop unless we turn the water supply off on the back of it, which hurt my fingers after doing it 17 times a day.  But I stopped using my swollen finger and it was still getting worse.  This past weekend, the pain was so bad I could not sleep.  I started to wonder if I had an infection, even though there was no discoloration or anything gross looking.

I decided to start taking a supplement blend of essential oils to reinforce my body’s natural defenses.  I had several discussions with my husband about the possibility of my finger falling off, and who wants to deal with that.  Losing a finger, or hearing your spouse talk about losing their finger.  I started taking the oil blend supplement in the morning and at night.  After the second time, my finger was throbbing less.  After the third time, the swelling was retreating from my knuckle and pretty much only the tip was hurting.

Here is what was in the supplement I took:

  • Extra virgin coconut oil
  • Clove flower bud essential oil
  • Lemon rind essential oil
  • Eucalyptus radiata essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Cinnamon bark essential oil
  • Oregano essential oil
  • Thyme essential oil
  • Lemongrass essential oil

I will save you all the gross details, but it turns out it was infected.  I don’t know how or why it was infected, which is kind of scary.  And gross.  I accidentally managed to drain it (surprise!) on my third day taking the supplement.  Also gross.  I am so glad I was already flooding my body with oils which provide immune support.  I am going to keep taking it until my finger is back to normal.  Now that I found the source of the problem, I have done things like soaking it in hydrogen peroxide and alternating topical use of this homeopathic gel with Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary & Eucalyptus Oils diluted in coconut oil.  The supplement was what I took when I was unsure what I was dealing with and when I couldn’t get to the source of the infection, which was under my nail and skin.

Excuse the terrible editing, I had to remove the product/ brand name to be able to publish my testimonial.

Excuse the terrible editing, I had to remove the product/ brand name to be able to publish my testimonial.

If I would have gone to a doctor, they would have put me on some extra strength antibiotic which would have further damaged my sensitive digestive system.  This would in turn create more problems for my already wonky hormonal state because important feel-good hormones like serotonin are made in gut.  The gut is very important in all aspects of health.  Protect it at all costs by avoiding chemical drugs the best you can.

Having essential oils on hand is a must.  The supplement I took is designed to boost the immune system in times of stress.  These oils mentioned above are high in thymol, carvacrol and eugenol which have been proven in studies to be “capable of inhibiting or slowing the growth of bacteria, yeasts and moulds.”  (Source)

My finger was the second reason I needed to take this supplement in the last month.  The first was after my D&E procedure following my miscarriage.  Although I was prescribed chemical antibiotics, I again chose not to take them.  In addition to the reasons I explain above, I avoid antibiotics because I understand how much damage they cause to the beneficial bacteria in the human body.  Often times antibiotic use can allow destructive pathogens, such as candida, to overgrow creating additional health problems.  A healthy population of beneficial gut bacteria is crucial for so many aspects of health, including proper immune function, healthy digestion, brain health and even healthy skin.

If I didn’t already have this supplement in my cabinet, I would have had to take the antibiotics to avoid possible infection.  A big part of living toxin-free is preparation.  You need to have a stocked cabinet to be prepared for general illnesses or conditions.

**Please note that in order to protect my freedom to share my personal testimonials, I cannot affiliate with any brand of essential oils.