“ Brand: Sarah Smith / Type: Cloths / Category: Cleaning Products & Utensils > Wipes, Towels, Tissues „
Household cleaning can be a pretty tedious and monotonous activity so I always look for simple, inexpensive ways of making everyday chores a little more pleasant. I spotted these pretty Sarah Smith cleaning cloths in Sainsbury's and thought they would make a change from boring plain cloths. I purchased a pack of ten multi-purpose eco-cloths for well under £2 which I think is excellent value, especially as these cloths are not only bright and attractive to look at but are also incredibly practical and long-lasting. The designs on the cloths are really colourful, contemporary and eye catching, making a real difference from most bland cleaning accessories. Mine have really bold flower designs which I feel are vaguely reminiscent of some of Cath Kidston's designs, being bright, floral and feminine. The cloths don't necessarily make me enjoy cleaning any more but they do look pretty which is probably as much as I can hope for. The cloths are thick and absorbent enough to be used damp for various jobs around the kitchen and bathroom. I generally use them to clean around the bath and sink, in conjunction with some decent anti-bacterial spray. The cloths retain just enough water and cleaning product to clean thoroughly without dripping water everywhere, but stay moist enough for the job in hand. The fabric also dries very quickly between uses too. Being multi-purpose, I also find these ideal to use as colourful dusters as the fabric used is slightly textured and ideal for wiping over my mantelpiece and television etc. I find that dust and dirt clings to the textured surface surprisingly well which prevents the dust from simply being dispersed elsewhere in the room. The cloths are machine washable which is much more environmentally friendly than using disposable cloths or wipes. They are even made from 50 percent recycled polyester and use 'eco-printing' (certified free from substances harmful to humans and the environment), making these a product that any 'green' consumer can use with a clear conscience. It is recommended that the cloths are washed at 40 degrees, which is the temperature I tend to use for all of my laundry although a higher temperature might seem more hygienic, depending on what purpose they have been used for. I've owned this set of cloths for several months and the surface of the fabric is now bobbling after repeated machine washing but the cloths haven't shrunk or torn at all. They don't look quite as pretty and bright as they were when I originally purchased them, admittedly, but they are far more pleasant to use and look at than boring old grey cloths and they are a very versatile product to use around the home. I haven't tried any other Sarah Smith products but there are a range of different cleaning cloths and dusters from the same range stocked by Sainsburys and Waitrose. I think these are very practical as well as being a very pretty product so I am happy to recommend them. I will probably re-purchase these in the future as an economical and eco-friendly alternative to disposable cleaning wipes.
I am not the biggest fan of cleaning so am always on the lookout for something to make it a teeny bit more fun or to put a smile on my face while I'm srubbing. I caught these pretty looking cloths on the shelf at Tesco and, while I'm not usually a sucker for gimicky stuff, couldn't help but drop them into my basket. The All Purpose version of these cloths comes in a pack of ten; they also make a pack of four 'ultra' cloths which are ultra absorbant. I bought the pack of ten for £1.73 which I didn't think was too bad a price! The cloths are bright and funky and do brighten up my kitchen. Now, I'm not going to lie and say it brings butterflies and fairies to my cleaning but it certainly makes me look a bit better when I'm on my hands and knees in grease and grime. The cloths are high quality too, not just pretty. They last a long time and, if rinsed properly, don't get tatty or mouldy or gross. While there's not much to say about a cloth, these are as good as it gets and I will certainly be buying them again to brighten up my kitchen!
For want of a product existing that would make me actually like cleaning, things that cheer me up or make it easier are the next best thing. These cleaning cloths come in packs of three and various cheery designs with a contemporary feel. They are £1.16 for three, which is a bit more pricey, however I think they are worth paying a little more for. They can be bought at most major supermarkets and also online at www.sarahsmith.co.uk. The design pictured here is called "moo" but there are other designs available, my favourite being "scooby" and you can buy dusters, microfibre cloths and aprons in the same design should you wish. The cloths are fairly sensibly packaged with just a little sleeve, my only criticism being that it does not state whether said packaging is recyclable, I have emailed the company to ask and will update my review if they let me know. (update, the emailed me back and the packaging is apparently polypropene and recyclable where facilities available). The packet has "made in Britain" stamped proudly on it - all Sarah Smith products are produced in Britain or are fair trade. The brand is produced by Severn Delta in Somerset, and there is a range of other items in the same prints from dusters to blankets. This being the modern age apparently Sarah Smith have their own blog and facebook group! I wouldn't go so far as joining the group, but have to say that the products I have tried so far have been reasonably priced and well made. I have not been able to establish what they are made of, they are not cotton so I would assume that they are some sort of man-made fibre. Back to the actual usage of the cleaning cloth - it is billed as being ultra absorbent, which it is, it glides over worksurfaces with ease and also cleans bathrooms well - well it does when my husband uses it! Used dry the cloth also buffs to a shine quite well. For hygiene purposes the cloths can be washed in the machine, which I do at 30 degrees. I find the cloths survive quite a few washes very well, though they do lose some of their pile over time. The designs are always quite funky, and though they don't quite transform me into a 1950's stylee Stepford Wife cleaning devoutee, at least they brighten up a dull job! I would recommend these cleaning cloths as being better than cheaper alternatives, and I am really pleased to be able to buy something that is actually British and cheers up my day. Now back to that cleaning I should be doing....
Absorbant cleaning cloth and duster.