Green cleaning is a big deal for me, as you may know from my previous posts and green cleaning recipes. I want to ensure that no toxic cleaning products are used in my home, so I’m really careful about what I use. In the past, I used Norwex cloths, but then stopped after reading Ecoholic’s post about the use of micro silver in their products. (I am now aware that the silver does not leach out of Norwex cloths. Please see my note at the end of this post!) She stated in a later post that “microfiber cloths have been shown to remove 99.9 per cent of bacteria from surfaces with or without silver, thanks to their weave”. So when I got the opportunity to do an Ultra Microfiber cleaning cloths review, I was excited!
Microfiber used for cleaning products is composed of very fine split fibers of polyester and polyamide (a nylon blend). Most microfiber products are made of 80% Polyester/ 20% Polyamide or 70%/ 30%. Ultra Microfiber carries Nordisk Microfiber cloths (originatingfrom Denmark) that are 50%/50% – and this ratio is more difficult to find with its higher Polyamide content. Some of the advantages of the Nordisk cloths:
- cloths are very durable, lasting more than 500 machine washes
- cloths can withstand being tumble-dried at 80oF
- 3 year guarantee on all products
The 8 cloth starter kit is what I received to review, and it includes:
- 1 Glass Premium cloth (white only)
- 1 Waffle Premium cloth (blue only)
- 2 Multi-purpose/Duster Premium cloths (blue, green)
- 4 Basic Economy cloths (blue, green, pink, yellow) – best used in the kitchen orbathroom
The first thing I noticed when I took out the cloths was how fluffy they feel! Super soft and absorbent, they soak up liquid even better than a sponge. I have a glass dining table so I was eager to try the glass cloth on it. I wet half of it with water and it wiped with no streaks effortlessly. I also tried the economy cloths on it when there were massive amounts of yogurt streaks (my daughter likes to rub the yogurt into the table) and often I didn’t even need to use the glass cloth afterwards! Very impressive!
I used an economy cloth on my daughter’s bathtub after it started to get that ring around it. I literally spent 2 minutes wiping it with only a little bit of effort and it all came off easily. Same deal with the bathroom sink and faucets – we have hard water so mineral deposits show up quickly. One swipe and they were gone! When I used the premium cloth on the buildup around the sink drain – WOW! Super-powered swipe!
Dusting. I hate dusting. I know I need to do it more but I just never make time for it. Part of it is that the dusting cloths I use are great at picking up the dust – but then it’s a huge pain in the arse to get the dust OFF the cloths to use them again. When I used these cloths – basic or premium – the dust was super easy to rinse off with water and I had a nice clean cloth again! Woohoo!
I’ve been using the economy cloths on my kitchen counters and it really takes very little effort to get them clean. The kicker here is – my husband also loves them. He rated them 8-9 out of 10 for how easy they are to use. He does not give high ratings easily so that is HUGE!
(I feel a little bit like I’m doing a commercial here, but seriously. I truly was impressed with how well these cloths cleaned with very little effort. And I like to use the least amount of effort whenever possible when it comes to cleaning!)
And now – GIVEAWAY TIME!!! Ultra Microfiber is going to send 1 lucky winner the same 8 cloth starter kit ($50 value) I reviewed! This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US only.
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I hope this Ultra Microfiber Cleaning Cloths Review helps you decide whether you want to use them in your home. If you want to try them out, there’s a 20% off discount code available now through August 31, 2015 (enter coupon code 2220 at checkout).
(Note: If you’ve read any of the comments for this post, I’ve received a LOT from people who use Norwex cloths. Thank you all for taking the time to comment. I want to point out that I am in NO WAY saying that Norwex cloths are bad! I simply stopped using them when the Ecoholic article came out in 2010 questioning the use of silver in their products. I’d be happy to try Norwex cloths again now that I know the silver doesn’t leach from their cloths. I do wonder what happens with the silver in the cloths at the end of the life cycle and whether it breaks down in a landfill – so if anyone has an answer to that question, please comment!)
What’s your favourite cleaning cloth?
(Disclosure: Ultra Microfiber provided me with an 8 cloth starter kit at no cost in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions expressed are my own.)