Well the contest went on longer than I originally intended. Apparently, my beloved Samsung Note 3 decided it was going to take a gimongous crap on me in the middle of running this contest. It was really the least opportune time for that to happen, because I also have a few other things going on that require me to be able to communicate.
The boy and I drove to the nearest Best Buy after Sprint customer care said I could upgrade early since I’d had their service for so dang long. It pays to be loyal, I guess (or just too lazy to switch carriers). We spent a hundred years waiting and chatting with a Samsung rep, and I finally decided on the Galaxy S6. Not only did I pay nothing out of pocket that day, I also walked away with a $100.00 Best Buy gift card just for upgrading. Not to shabby, I think!
If you happened to be in the same Best Buy while I was there, I was the lady with the antsy toddler that suddenly yelled, “I LIKE WINE!” for no reason. For the record, no. He has no idea what wine tastes like.
So now that I’m back in business, I can announce the winner of the e-cloth giveaway!
Congratulations to allaboutcoupons4fun! I’m sending your contact information to the lovely people at e-cloth so you can claim your prize.
Thanks to everyone that entered and shared!
**e-cloth was kind enough to provide one shower pack to me for reviewing, and one to the lucky winner of this contest. All opinions in the review are my own.**
I’m going to be honest, here. I hate cleaning. It’s not that I don’t do it, I just don’t enjoy it. I’m constantly looking for shortcuts and “hacks” (I really hate that word…) to make cleaning easier so I can go on to more fun things like playing outside with my boy.
One of my least favorite chores is cleaning the shower. I don’t know why, but I’d rather have someone dump a bucket of fire ants** over my head than stand in the shower and scrub that stupid thing. I don’t even know how it gets so dirty…
Ok, that’s not true.
The BF works outside and occasionally comes home covered in mystery stuff that I guess has to go somewhere… like, all over the walls and floor of the shower. And I shouldn’t act like he’s the only one to blame… I don’t generally get super dirty (just sweaty), but my favorite soap stains the shower walls.
In case you wondered, it’s Shea Moisture African Black Soap. I love it, and it’s been great for my skin, but somehow I manage to get it everywhere.
Needless to say, our shower needs frequent attention if it’s not going to look gross. I tried a handful of cleaning solutions I found on Pinterest, including the Dawn dish soap and vinegar one, and I wasn’t impressed at all. The store-bought cleaning solutions worked (sometimes) but they gave me an awful headache from the smell and I was always worried that O would come up behind me and grab the bottle when I wasn’t looking. Sure, I could wait until nap time, but I’ve already got a hundred and one other things crammed into that ever-shortening time slot.
When I found e-cloth, I was seriously skeptical. I was supposed to believe that this cloth was going to clean my shower (like, really clean it) with nothing but water? Uh, yeah. Next you’re going to tell me that a tomato is a fruit.***
What exactly is e-cloth? How about I let them tell you:
e-cloth’s superior microscopic texturing easily penetrates hard to remove soap scum, built up grime and water marks. Remarkably, the only cleaning companions are water, and you, so there are neither harmful chemical fumes nor any chemical residue left behind. The Shower Cloth is for thick grease and dirt. It comes with a handy grommet and power suction hook for hanging on any hard surface. The Glass & Polishing Cloth is for light cleaning and final polishing. (Not for use on electronic screens and delicate lenses.) e-cloths really are different and give a fantastic chemical free clean with just water. If you take care of them they will last for years. e-cloths work so well that you will get a lint-free, smear-free clean with just water.
e-cloth microfiber cloths are made of millions of tiny fibers that pick up dirt which normal cloths just leave behind. When we say tiny, we mean each fiber is about 1/200th the width of a human hair. These tiny fibers attract moisture and oil, lifts and traps dirt, grease, grime and bacteria. Leaving your surface clean and polished with no chemical residue left behind. This process is healthier with no chemicals used. There is no chance for potentially harmful fumes and residue. This is important to children, as well as allergy and asthma sufferers.
Save money by reducing the use of paper towels and chemicals. E-cloths come with a 300 machine wash guarantee giving you years of cleaning performance and savings
The super nice folks at e-cloth sent me a shower pack to try… And even though I was still pretty skeptical, I was excited to try it out. Included in the shower pack is a shower cleaning microfiber cloth, a suction cup hook, and a glass and polishing cloth.
I barely got the stuff out of the package before I dashed into the bathroom to try the glass cloth. Since our shower doesn’t have a glass door, I tried it on the medicine cabinet mirror…Which was covered in toothpaste splatters and toddler fingerprints. Without even getting it wet, I had the mirror completely clean and streak free in less than a minute. Say what?
The next morning, I tried the shower cloth out after my shower. Before I turned the water off, I soaked the cloth and wrung it out a bit. I then turned the water off and used the cloth to wipe down the shower walls. When I stepped out of the shower, I was pretty happy with how nice the walls looked after very little effort on my part.
I’ve been using the e-cloth for almost a month now, wiping everything down after I shower, and I’m super impressed with how great it looks. The best part? I no longer have that, “Ugh, I have to clean the shower today…” feeling.
Now if they would only come out with a set of cloths for every room of my house.
Silly me, they totally have that already! I’ve already got a wish list a mile long now that basically includes everything on their site. I mean, they even have a line of stuff to clean your body.
Because they’re so awesome, e-cloth has offered to send one lucky reader a shower pack of their very own! Entry is pretty easy…
3. Come back here and leave me a comment about your least favorite chore.
Contest will close at 12:00am EST on June 22nd. Winner will be chosen at random and be notified by email.
Due to some major technical difficulties, I’m extending the entry period until Tuesday, June 30th]
The entry period for this giveaway has closed. Check back tomorrow to find out who won. Thanks to all that entered!
This contest is open to residents of the USA only. I received my e-cloth free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Post contains affiliate links.
**Please don’t really do this.
***Tomatoes totally are a fruit. Just making sure you’re awake.
I don’t know about everyone else but I am in love with the beautiful weather we had today. The BF and I took O for his first visit to the best local ice cream stand (he’s still too little for a milkshake but mama and daddy aren’t) and then drove around visiting family. I adore days like today.
We’ve also been doing some spring cleaning this weekend. I turned to Pinterest for some good deep cleaning tips to make my job easier. I found this tip for refreshing towels a while ago… what better time to give it a shot?
If you have funky towels (or even if you don’t) you should totally try this. I ended up collecting all of my towels and washcloths (even the clean ones) to give them the baking soda and vinegar treatment. They come out smelling super fresh (not vinegary at all) and they really are more absorbent. Sure, this is a bit more time consuming since you run them through two wash cycles, but it’s totally worth it. I think I’ll do this once a month from now on.
I would recommend timing this chore with your shower so you can use one of your towels fresh out of the dryer. It’s Heaven. Fluffy, warm, fresh-smelling Heaven.
**I originally wanted to title this post Fresh to Death but I think I’m far too white to say such things.
This week’s Pinterest find is a cleaning tip. Thanks to Pinterest I’m slowly learning how to do this whole domesticated stay-at-home-mom thing.
It’s a wealth of knowledge, people.
When I moved in with The BF I inherited a glass top range. Having never encountered one before, I was a bit clueless as to how I should clean it. I went through a lot of trial and error (LOTS of error) before I finally stumbled onto this cleaning tip. I mentioned it to The BF who assured me that it wouldn’t work. “The only way to get stuff off of that range is with a razor blade”, he said.
Well that just doesn’t seem like a good idea. Me + sharp objects = likely disaster. I really don’t know how I manage to cook dinner every night without losing an extreme amount of blood. Now I need to go knock on wood…
…Ok. So anyway, I pinned this:
All you do is sprinkle some baking soda on your glass top range (when it’s cool!). Soak a towel or two in hot, soapy water. Wring out each towel until it’s still very wet but not soaked, then lay your towels over the baking soda to cover the range. Set a timer for about 20 minutes or so, then walk away. When the timer goes off, just use your towel to rub the baking soda paste on the surface of the range. I had to wet a clean dishrag to get all of the baking soda off, then dry the range top with a towel.
It works! I tried it after The BF cooked one evening (lots of burnt-on gunk) and I couldn’t believe how easily it all came off. I use this trick once a week now and just wipe the range down with a warm, soapy dishcloth daily. I also use Clorox Cleanup to wipe down my counters and cutting board (always rinse any surface that comes in contact with food!) so I go ahead and do that to the range top while I’m at it.
What I’m saying is, that range top gets a lot of attention. Tender loving care, if you will.
I’d like to think it’s never looked better.
Oh, and just a word of advise…
Don’t try this while your oven is on Self Clean mode. The towels will dry out and you’ll end up with crunchy chunks of baking soda instead of a nice paste. Oops.