A little bit of zero waste genius.
When I had my first son 18 years ago I was very determined to use cloth nappies, which I did, along with cloth wipes. Of course I did the same for my second son.
The reusable wipes were the thing that really inspired me, cloth wipes can be for anything not just cute little faces!
But super soft baby wipes are not very good for cleaning the dishes – just not abrasive enough for stuck on burnt food. So I had a think…….
Using what I have is a principle I stick to as much as possible, and my first cleaning cloths were made from towelling and fleece, and as I did not have an overlocker I had to sew and turn and then sew again. They were bulky and not easy to make and of course fleece is a shedder of micro fibres, I would not dream of using fleece now for anything.
I needed to think again, so using what I had I turned to t-shirt material, bingo! They work on any surface – soft side for polishing and rough side for scrubbing. At this point I was just making them for our own use and for friends and family.
Not long after I had my second son I was able to afford an overlocker and that changed everything !
The cloths became super quick to make and so they could be made and sold in bulk. I then got involved in clothes swaps, and was able to source huge quantities of old t-shirts that no one was going to wear any more, towels sourced from charity shops that were overwhelmed with them and we were in business.
Everyone who was given some would utter ‘oh that’s genius’ hence the name – Genius Cleaning Cloths. And when a school cleaner ordered enough to keep a whole school clean to save on using the planet’s resources as well as the school budget, production increased yet again.
So apart from being made from upcycled materials what else makes these genius cleaning cloths?
Did I mention that I still have some of the ones I made around 15 years ago? Did I mention they can be washed over and over again – even on hot washes if needed. Or that they can go in your home composting when you finally finish with them?
We don’t use labels or any other unnecessary packaging and they are completely plastic free!
And they are not perfectly rectangular, we don’t have seconds, working to make the best use of the materials if they need to be a bit shorter, or if I sew a little wonky down one edge we still love them, they still do a perfectly good job.
We sell them in packs of 10 for £6, to reduce shipping impact they can be ordered in sets of 3 or 6 packs of ten.
If you would like to try some for yourself you can order via this link
Any questions please do email me .
If your local zero waste store would like to be a stockist they can be found on https://www.sourcery.uk/ most zero waste stores who stock them sell them singularly