Stephanie Zia shares some top tips!
Stephanie Zia is the author of several stain removal guides and the cleaning expert for The Guardian’s Weekend Magazine. Below she shares some of her top cleaning tips using e-cloths!
1. Some of the nastiest chemicals still allowed in everyday cleaning products are to be found in oven cleaners. There are however many non-toxic alternatives: bicarbonate of soda (sprinkle over surface and spritz with water to dampen, leave for 30 minutes, longer for burnt-in spills, wipe off). Alternatively, invest in a long-lasting e-cloth oven kit or use the textured side of a Stainless Steel cleaning e-cloth.
2. Keep an e-cloth and water spray close to the phone. The next time a call centre's holding system threatens to send you insane, get wiping. e-cloths work best with just water so only one cleaning hand is needed. With Vivaldi's 4 Seasons blaring from the phone in one hand and damp e-cloth in the other, polish off your surfaces, kettles, sinks, taps, draining boards, cupboards handles, doors, fridge doors, handles, skirting boards, sofas, chairs, mirrors, windows and more. One all-purpose e-cloth costs £4.99 and lasts years (guaranteed for up to 300 washes).
3. Chemical anti-bacterial sprays may destroy 99.99% of all germs but they remove the good as well as the bad. What's worse the 0.1% left behind are the toughest of the lot, left on your kitchen surface to breed and evolve with even more resistance. In their fight against MRSA, some hospitals have started using microfibre cleaning technology and it's working. Clean your home surfaces with an e-cloth and water (or use a non-chemical Antibacterial e-cloth). e-cloths remove dirt and bacteria which other cloths leave behind. The Antibacterial e-cloth incorporates natural nano-silver to kill bacteria caught in the cloth, RRP £4.99.
4. To avoid the amount of germs and bacteria that can be spread around by J-cloths why not try e-cloth’s dual-sided washing-up pad which works with just water on pans, cutlery, crockery and glass. Use the special scouring side for pots & pans and really dirty crockery and the yellow side for general washing-up tasks.
5. To make sure you’re on top of the endless drying up between meal times, the super absorbent e-cloth e-towel absorbs 4x as much water as cotton tea towels, meaning your crockery is dry in an instant and left smear free, while you can carry on celebrating. Not only is the e-cloth e-towel perfect for drying dishes, Stephanie Zia recommends keeping one handy along with some soda water for any wine or food spillages. You get an extra boost as the carbonated bubbles sink into the stain and lift the dirt with them as they rise.
6. If you've had the silver and finery out for Easter, Stephanie Zia’s top time saving tip is to polish up metal candle sticks and candelabras with a Stainless Steel e-cloth and glass holders with a Glass & Polishing Cloth. This will ensure any candle wax is removed without leaving any greasy residue.