a. How does the Eco Cloth fight bacteria?
Whether or not the eco cloths fight bacteria has been the subject of several conversations. Studies have shown that products using natural materials are less likely to be breeding grounds for bacteria.
Dean Cliver, a professor of food safety at the University of California, found in a study he conducted, that cellulose in wood (which is the base of our Eco cloths) absorbs bacteria but will not release it. ”We’ve never been able to get the bacteria down in the wood back up on the knife to contaminate food later,” he said. Plastic which can be found in synthetic cloths absorbs bacteria in a different way. ”When a knife cuts into the plastic surface, little cracks radiate out from the cut,” Professor Cliver said. The bacteria, he said, ”seem to get down in those knife cuts and they hang out, and they could hang around for weeks.”
Made from wood pulp and cotton, moisture-loving bacteria are less likely to breed on eco cloths . They are very thin they dry more quickly than your normal cotton cloth. Also as the backside is white it shows dirt quicker and will probably get washed more often to keep them from looking dirty. Washing the eco cloth is super easy. Put it in the dishwasher or put in the microwave (wet!) as steam will kill the bacteria.
Lack of Odour in Eco Cloths
One other supportive evidence of less bacteria is the lack of odour in the eco cloth. Smell originates from the compound produced by the bacterium’s metabolism. It eats fat. It excretes fat. And that fatty excrement stinks. The eco cloth’s lack of smelly rag odours is evidence that less bacteria harvest and grow in our cloths.
One a different note, if you look at fighting bacteria from simply replacing and using new cloths more often, there a few considerations for this too.
Looking at how to fight bacteria in dish cloths in general, the discussion in the past has always been a toss-up between hygiene (throwing them out) vs. sustainable environment (too much landfill). Many experts on the standard synthetic dish cloth advice to throw it out every week, or use paper towels. Paper towels might be clean, but not exactly sustainable. more than 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used in the United States every year—that’s a lot of trees! In the end, these types of paper products account for more than one-quarter of all landfill waste. Then add to that all the synthetic cloths going into this too.
The eco cloths do carry less bacteria as discussed above, and even if you do choose to throw them out more frequently, you can do that guilt-free as they fully compost in your home garden.
So the old argument of hygiene vs. environment is no longer relevant if you use the eco cloths.