I am positive our grandmother’s would have used some sort of cotton rag for cleaning, I have experimented around with different types of cleaning rags, from old shirts and socks to cheap dollar store washclothes, but microfiber is by far my favorite for house cleaning.
Reasons to love microfiber cleaning rags
- No lint left behind
- No streaks
- No paper towels
- Reduced need for cleaners
- Long use life
- Easily cleaned and reused, each microfiber cloth has 100’s uses, I wash mine about twice a week, so I can figure on at least a years worth of use on any given cloth.
I use microfiber cleaning cloths for cleaning just about everything and every surface, I have noticed my housework gets done faster and better. The time spent laundering my microfiber cleaning rags is not significant enough to discourage me from using them. If you are concerned about having to add a couple of more loads of laundry to your wash day routine, don’t worry about it, they dry quickly!
Microfiber cleaning rags are great for dusting, washing windows, washing walls and floors, cleaning toilets (designate a specific color rag to that task, please!) and also for cleaning up everyday spills and messes. One of my favorite uses for microfiber clothes is to fit it onto my Swiffer, it is not a perfect fit, there is quite a bit of overlap, but it is great for picking up dust, dirt, and pet hair.
Using Microfiber in Real Life
Have I convinced you to give it a try yet? Here are a few easy tips that will help you get started.
- Purchase enough microfiber clothes to make one, small dedicated wash load in your washing machine. For me, this was about 30 clothes of various sizes. Microfiber doesn’t play well with other types of materials like cotton towels or in mixed loads of jeans and t-shirts. The microscopic fibers that make microfiber so great at cleaning, also collect lint and threads of other materials, it is time-consuming to pick off all the lint, and if left on, the lint renders the cloth less effective for cleaning.
- Look for microfiber clothes in the automotive department of super-stores. Larger packages are usually cheaper there.
- Buy packs of clothes with different colors. You can designate specific colors for different rooms or tasks. You can pick up a pack of 12 in 3 different colors for around $8 at Walmart.
Laundering Microfiber Cloths
- It’s always best to wash microfiber towels on their own, but if you need to run a mixed load make sure it’s only with other non-linting synthetic materials – cotton is one material, in particular, that’s best kept separate from microfiber.
- Wash on a cool or warm setting with very little detergent and never use fabric softener.
- Once the wash cycle is complete, hang to air-dry or dry in the dryer on a low heat setting in a tumble dryer.
- If properly cared for, your microfiber cloths should last over 100 washings. You’ll know when it’s time to replace them because they’ll lose their rough texture and start to feel more like washcloths. When mine have worn down I send them to the hubbies shop where he can use them as grease rags.