andas are one of my favorite animals, but that’s not the reason I love bamboo so much. It’s amazing how many forms bamboo can take, and its rapid rate of replenishing makes it so much more conscionable to consume. My toothbrush is bamboo. Some of my favorite – and softest! – wardrobe pieces are bamboo. You will pretty much never see me purchase anything with a tacky Orientalist bamboo “motif,” but you will see me purchase newfound uses for Bao Bao’s favorite snack. The latest: Cleaning supplies! Read on:
NaturezWay sent me a couple new products to try out, which is either them being really nice in exchange for a bit of exposure (true) or my husband telling them that he does most of the household cleaning and needs to find a way to get me involved (also true). Normally I shy away from brands that use Zs like they’re Ss, but we can’t soap box about spelling all the time.
And thus, I cleaned the kitchen!
Out of the two products NaturezWay gifted me, I was more intrigued by the floor wipes. We already buy generic wipes for our Swiffer, so going off-brand was nothing new. The bamboo version of floor wipes works with any floor wiper with VELCRO® -like fasteners. Their minimal design (they’re basically thick paper towels) makes them adaptable – and more importantly, they get the job done!
Having never done a side-by-side analysis of floor wipes, I can’t say that these minimized the need for elbow grease more than any other type of wipe, but they didn’t make it more difficult. Compared to their polyester-based counterparts, they’re more absorbent without being heavily textured. If anything, their texture is “fibrous,” which also leads to them being a bit sheddy:
Back when I used to brush my hair (I’m not even kidding, I don’t brush my hair anymore.), I would religiously remove all loose strands from the bristles before stowing my brush away. Upon sight of my Swiffer post-bamboo wipe job, I started picking out the fibers, unable to withstand the sight. Cleaning fibers out of a cleaning apparatus feels a ton more futile than clearing hairs out of a brush, though, and I gave up after clearing a few patches. It all causes me to wonder: What happens to the wipe’s attachment to the Swiffer when the VELCRO®’s fully clogged?
Not sure if I’ll be using the wipes for the floor again any time soon, but that brings us to our next product:
THESE ARE THE SHIT. At first glance, NaturezWay’s perforated towels look like a roll of paper towels, but in actuality, they are equivalent to the super thick paper napkins you get in luxurious Vegas restaurants. They’re more like chamois towels on a roll than they are one-time use disposables.
At first Bill thought they were just paper towels. “These are so thick!” he marveled. He used one to pick up a single slice of mushroom that escaped from his stir fry, and then tossed it away.
“You’re throwing it away already?” I asked. He just shrugged.
Curious about how much mileage you can get from one of these, I retrieved the towel and gave it a rinse. Here it is after one night in the trash:
Inspired, I spritzed some cleaner on the thing and gave it a whirl across our two counters and kitchen table. I gave it another rinse, and it’s still holding up:
Color me impressed. Like a good yuppy, I read all the alarmist articles about the spread of germs and How Deadly is Your Sponge. I’m constantly battling internally about if cloth kitchen towels are clean and if paper towels are just wasteful. Purchasing chammies always seemed strange because they weren’t designed to last, and yet there didn’t seem to exist a product that fits in that in-between space of multi-use and cheap.
These bamboo towels fit that void. At a mere $3 for 25, they’re a godsend for kitchen cleaning, art projects, car detail, and special cleanup. At first I was concerned that they’d shed the way the floor wipes did. Although they are inherently fibrous just like the floor wipes, their soft texture helped them last through multiple scrubbings. They’re a lot more absorbent than paper towels that I would have had to double up a couple times and probably would have developed holes. And no fibers were left behind!
I have a strong feeling that one bamboo towel could last through a week’s worth of cleaning sessions, so I’m going to update this post until I wear out Test Subject No. 1. Stay tuned, or try some of your own, or come to my place and clean my house for me…