New Flexi-Edge Floor & Wall Duster from e-cloth: Kate’s First Impressions

Warning: This is not a formal review – my Flexi-Edge Floor & Wall Duster just arrived in the mail yesterday and I wanted to give you a few of my first impressions since it’s a new product. I’ll write up a REAL review in a few weeks after I’ve had time to test it out on everything and put it through the wash several times.

Kate’s First Impressions of the Flexi-Edge Floor & Wall Duster

  1. The dusting pad is VERY fluffy.  The fibers are about 1.5 inches long and look like vermicelli or angel hair pasta. The fibers are much longer than those on the dusting pad for the Deep Clean Mop (see the pic on the right below).  But like the Deep Clean dusting pad, the fibers are 100% polyester for maximum dust attraction!
  2. The fibers wrap around to the back side of the pad which is fantastic for dusting the top of door and window frames and into the corners way up there on the ceiling.  fibers wrap around to the back side of the flexi dust mop
  3. The handle is telescopic (adjusting from 3′-5′), very light so it’s not tiring to dust high areas like the ceiling, strong and rigid so it won’t bend or sway on you at key moments, and easily attaches to the base by screwing in.
  4. The mop pad is easily attached and held firmly in place by slipping the pockets over the base. Removal is equally easy and the pad can be laundered like all e-cloth products (but it can NOT be placed in the dryer).
  5. The first time I pushed the mop up against the baseboard, the mop head needed a little coaxing with my toe to bend upward but after that it was easy as pie. I only mention this because if the you dust your ceiling/crown molding the first time you use this duster, you may want to bend the base slightly with your hand before starting.fibers wrap around to the back side of the flexi dust mop

Pros

  1. Light-weight yet very sturdy
  2. Very effective duster. Check out the dirt, dust, bits and dog hair that this picked up and held onto!fibers wrap around to the back side of the flexi dust mop
  3. Long fibers get into cracks in floor, along baseboards and trim.  The fibers are also long enough to reach into the grooves of grout between floor tiles – something I felt the dust pad on the Deep Clean Mop was lacking.
  4. It can be brushed off pretty well and used again before laundering. I used a rubber brush to brush mine off and got rid of most of the hair and bits.  You can see there is still some trapped in there though.  That will come out in the wash. Oh, and Roxy just HAD to get in on the show.
  5. The base swivels in every-which direction so it easily goes into and around corners.

Cons

  1. I so, so, sooooo wish that this pad would fit onto the Deep Clean Mop handle/base.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a great product, but the last thing I need is another mop handle to try to find storage for.
  2. My house is 140+ years old and has high baseboards. The flexible edge on this mop is far too to reach up my baseboards, although it is very effective at cleaning along the bottom edge.  I expect it will be fine in newer homes with shorter boards. Sadly, you can see the dust at the top of my baseboards in this picture.  Lets blame that on the construction out on my road and not on my shoddy housekeeping, shall we? fibers wrap around to the back side of the flexi dust mop
  3. This is minor but I noticed that after you use the flexi-edge, the edges stay bent up a bit.  You can bend them back easily and as I said, this is minor, but it bugged me a bit.DSC_0009
  4. Unlike most e-cloth® products, this dust pad canNOT be dried in the dryer.  Hang to dry instead.
  5. This is NOT going to be economical for orders outside of the US.  The box is 35 inches long and shipping cost $30US to get to me in Ontario, Canada. Sorry, eh.Flexi-edge dusting mop

As always, if you have questions about this – or any other e-cloth product – please feel free to add your question to the comments below.

For more information – or to purchase – the Flexi-Edge Floor & Wall Duster, visit eclothusa.com

 

 

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Be Careful What you Wish For – Or at Least What You Complain About.

Have you seen my house?  It’s old. Really old.  Here’s a picture from 1877, a few years after it was built. That is NOT me on the porch ;)

kate's old houseYou get the idea. My house is old.  And it’s dusty.  Little bits of my house are falling apart and floating around in the air until they can find a piece of furniture to land on.

And then, a few weeks ago, they started digging up my street.

kate's construction supervisors

kate's dusty roadI’ll admit that I don’t hate it. The men are friendly and very accommodating when we need to get in or out PLUS, it’s hours of entertainment for the boys. Better than TV, I tell ya.

But oh MAN, the dust!

I dusted one morning and this is what my dresser looked like by the afternoon…

dusty dresserConstruction went on and on for a few weeks and I started wishing we’d get a little rain just to keep the dust down.

I did NOT wish for inches of rain.

But that’s what we got and now I’m battling a whole different beast.

Thankfully my e-cloths are keeping me at least partially sane. I’ve discovered the absolute 2 e-cloth® MUST-HAVES for living through construction:

  1. Dusting e-cloths – these little babies are picking up everything! They pick up the dust instead of spreading it around.  Some people prefer the High Performance Dusting Cloth. It has longer fibers on one side that are better for getting into cracks and it can be used damp, unlike the dusting cloths. Personally, I haven’t found much difference between the two and with sooooo much dust, I want a couple of cloths so the fact that the Dusting e-cloths come in a 2-pack tips the scale for me. When I’m done, I take them outside and shake the dickens (and dust) out of them. Depending on how they look, I use them again or put them aside to be laundered.
  2. Deep Clean Mop – this has absolutely been a saving grace through the construction. During the “dusty” phase, I was primarily using the Dust Mop Pad. Like the dusting e-cloths, this pad picks up all the dust. No spreading around of dust. No flying around of dust like you get with a traditional mop. No lugging around of a vacuum. When I’m done, I just take it outside and brush it off, ready to start again… and during construction, I WILL need to start again ;)  Now that it’s muddy as all heck, I’ve switched to the Damp Pad on the mop.  It cleans up the muddy doggie prints in a jiffy then I just rinse it out and wait for the next round. Both pads can be brushed off/rinsed out and used several times before needing to be laundered.
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Big Savings on New Kitchen & Bathroom e-cloth Packages

Big news over at eclothusa.com today.  We just introduced 4 new bundle/packages that are going to save you big money on your cleaning!


 

ecloth Kitchen Starter Set


ecloth bathroom Starter Set


ebody face and body care set


ecloth pet cleaning set

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Noisy, Battery-Operated Toys – How to Cut the Volume

I want to thank my “friend” (who has kids of her own and should know better), for giving us this most annoying talking and musical globe.

Yeah, um, “thanks”.

put tape over the the speaker on toys to cut noise

But I’d really like to thank my sister-in-law who taught me some years ago that you can reduce the volume (by like two thirds!) without distorting the sound by putting masking or painter’s tape over the speaker.

So talk on, stupid talking globe!

 

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How to Keep Your e-cloths Stain-Free

Remember last week when I “washed” my car at the carwash and came home and wiped it with my e-cloth?  Remember how dirty my e-cloth got? No?  Well here’s a little reminder…

e-cloth cleans carsThat, my friends, is a D-I-R-T-Y e-cloth.  It’s full of grease and road grime.  And you’re probably wondering:

Is Kate nuts?  Who uses a cream-coloured e-cloth to clean up really dirty messes?

  1. Perhaps I am nuts, but this is an old “shower” e-cloth that accidentally got washed with my brown Pet Towel so it’s not as “cream” coloured as it used to be and for some reason I relegated it to the “odd jobs” basket.
  2. I wanted to show you that you CAN keep your cloths nice and stain-free (except if you wash them with something that bleeds colour… like the pet towel)

3 Steps to Keeping Your e-cloths Stain-Free

Of course this will work with your Norwex cloths as well. Probably any microfiber cloth, really.

  1. Within a couple of hours of getting your cloth super dirty/greasy, put it in your kitchen sink with a bit (1/2 tsp) of dish detergent and the HOTTEST water you can get.  I add boiling water from my kettle.Rinse dirty e-cloth in hot soapy water
  2. Let the e-cloth sit there for a while 10 minutes or more and agitate the water periodically with a wooden spoon (you can use your hands but obviously that’s not advised if you used boiling water).  Microfiber cloths need HEAT and AGITATION to release dirt and grease.
  3. Most of the “stains” should be gone now but some may linger.  Rinse the cloth in hot water to remove the soap and then wash it in the washing machine. This does NOT have to happen right away – my cloth sat for 3 days before I washed it. Again, wash in the hottest water possible.  Take a look at this beauty (beast?) of a washing machine! They don’t make ‘em like this anymore do they?  Steel drum inside – you know this baby is meant to last. Launder your e-cloth in hot water

And presto-chango! A nice, clean, stain-free e-cloth.stain-free e-cloth

If you have e-cloths that have older stains in them, you may want to try boiling them for 10-15 minutes.  This may not get rid of the stain completely but should lessen it.

I’ve got more info on laundering e-cloths (or Norwex) here: When and How to Launder your e-cloths

If you’ve got stinky e-cloth or Norwex cloths, give this a try.

If you’re e-cloths are “crunchy”, check this out.

 

 

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There’s Car Wash Clean and then there’s e-cloth® Clean

I took our van to the car wash to spray the final bits of winter off it yesterday. It looked pretty darned clean when I left but when I got home…

What the heck?“!

I could see it was still filthy. So I dampened an old e-cloth and gave her a wipe.

Yikes!e-cloth cleans cars Filthy on both sides and that’s just from the hood and the driver’s door! Imagine what I could have done with the e-auto car cleaning mitt or sponge!

Moral of the story: Trust e-cloth to REALLY clean your car!

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Dental Hygiene – Has it Left the Building?

Moms (and dads): do you ever start brushing your teeth in the evening before bed and go all squinty-eyed and constipated-looking, wondering/worrying if this is the first time you’ve brushed all day?

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Remy Rocks the Floor Cleaning – Kids CAN Clean Floors!

Remy’s Four Stages of Floor Cleaning:

  1. Human Lint Roller – Involved rolling around the floors in wool and fleece outfits, gathering every piece of dog hair and particle of dust in his way.  Not overly efficient and resulted in an increase in laundry, but effective none the less.baby cleans floor with sweater
  2. e-cloth Mop Understudy – Involved bum-scooting across the floor with the e-cloth mop.  Doubly effective if fleece or wool pants were worn.baby clean floor with ecloth
  3. Vacuum Apprentice – Often involved riding the the vacuum. May or may not have required assistance from “Huggy-bankie” and/or construction equipment.  Most definitely required repeated testing of the power button. On-off-on-off-on-off. Vacuum Apprentice Remy was best left on his own as he resisted – whole-heartedly – assistance from others and was a major test of mom’s patience.baby clean floor with ecloth
  4. Junior e-cloth Mop Operator – Will only work if Michael Jacson’s “Bad” is playing and frequent breaks must be taken to watch the video and hit “replay”. Involves short spurts of maniacal and erratic sweeping of the floor in a pattern only a bat trapped in a house would appreciate. Very effective at cleaning small areas and thankfully the dust stays attached to the mop pad when he starts to play the mop like a guitar.Preschooler cleans floor
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Showering with e-cloth® – My Dirty Little Secret

If my husband catches wind of this, it’s gonna ruin everything…

I don’t like showering when the kids are home because I don’t get any privacy, and if I DO get privacy, I’m in for it because it means the boys are into something. Or fighting.

I don’t like showering when the kids are NOT home because that’s just a waste of my “alone” time.

I don’t like showering at night because… I don’t know why. I just don’t. Although, sadly this is when it most frequently gets done.

kates-psycho-shower-routineI DO like showering when my husband is home during the day, which is not often.

I say something like: “Bird (yes, I call him Bird) I’m just gonna nip upstairs and take a shower – back in 10 minutes“. And I chuckle to myself.

Then I race upstairs before he can say anything, start the shower, and grab an e-cloth. Because I ALWAYS shower with an e-cloth.

Ewww, that sounds kinky somehow.  Don’t worry, nothing kinky going on ’round here.

I’m not talking about an e-cloth body/face cloth (although they’re wonderful!).  I’m talking about an e-cloth cleaning cloth.

I know, I know, you’re asking something like: “Um, Kate… Pardon me, but what have you been smoking?

Well, let me tell you. I do it because it gains me extra minutes of highly coveted alone time. 

Yes, ALONE TIME!!!!!! Fellow mamas of young kids, you read that correctly. Lets spell that out. A…L…O…N…E…TIME!

It feels good just typing that.

Hmmm.

Sigh.

Another sigh.

Sorry, I was daydreaming there. Where was I? Oh yeah…

When I’m done actually showering, I keep the water running and use the e-cloth (usually the bathroom e-cloth or the Cleaning Pad) to clean the entire tub – walls, tub, grout, fixtures and all.

You can’t do THAT with spray cleansers! Well, I guess technically you could but… Yikes! Danger! Coat yourself with chemicals much?

This is the one cleaning job that I milk every freaking minute that I can out of and I thank you for not spreading the word to The Bird Man!

If you’re wondering why I like the Bathroom Cloth and Cleaning Pad for tub/shower cleaning or want to know my e-cloth picks for ANY cleaning job, feel free to ask me in a comment.  I love to help!

 

 

 

 

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Apologies from the Chef: Do You Mind Your Cookies Crunchy?

I’m a reckless baker at the best of times – not measuring properly, never sifting, substituting non-substitutable ingredients.

But gosh darn it, I do love me a good cookie.

And (my grammar teachers are rolling their eyes here – starting sentences/paragraphs with “but” and “and”, but it’s necessary!) my poor Mr. Man has been working sooo much lately that I thought I’d surprise him with some home-baked cookies when he gets home late tonight.

Stupid, stupid, me. In hindsight, I’m sighing and shaking my head and saying “oh Kate, you poor, silly, girl“.

Long day alone with the kids = tired, unthinking mama.

Haphazardly throwing ingredients into the mixer. Butter, sugars, eggs… EGGS!

I don’t know what the heck I was thinking but I broke the first egg and started to dump it into the mixer bowl while the mixer was going. Not a problem until I decided the mixer was going too fast. As I reached over to turn it down…

  1. I dropped the whole freakin’ shell into the bowl.
  2. In an idiotic frenzy, I turned the mixer off. But wait, that’s not the “off” lever, that’s the “lift” lock (the lever on the OTHER side that allows you to lift the top of the mixer out of the bowl)
  3. Mixer continues mixing and I hear shell cracking but I manage to get my hand on the power lever
  4. Like a completely brainless fool, I turn the mixer speed UP.  And it’s all over. Shell obliterated!
  5. I spend 20 minutes squeezing eggy-sugary-buttery goop through my fingers (yes, my hands were clean) searching for shell and come up short, with only 4 or 5 pieces the size of my pinky fingernail.
  6. With nothing to lose, I turned the mixer back on HIGH and beat the crap out of that stuff.
  7. Put on my “reckless baker” hat and added extra oats and flour to the dough to compensate for the over-mixed egg/sugar/butter goop.

homemade cookies with added eggshellAnd here I sit. Typing and eating perfectly delicious homemade cookies with a HUGE glass of milk to wash down anything crunchy that should come my way. And gee whiz, they look good, don’t they?

 

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