Microfiber cloths work very well for all types of cleaning. However, they should not be washed with regular laundry. It is better to wash them separately. Do not use fabric softener. Some of the cloths state not to use bleach. Always shake them out to remove any collected dust or debris before washing. I wash them in hot water and detergent and hang to dry. While they can be put in a dryer, I think they last longer when hung to dry.
If microfiber cloths washed with other items, they will collect lint and will not clean well. Basically, they will just be ordinary rags. Think of the cloth as having microscopic "hooks". When they clog with small fibers, the "hooks" no longer work. It's impossible to remove any fibers once they clog. They have a "Velcro type" texture, so they are not for rough surfaces, only smooth. I have enough of these cloths to make a small wash load.
I use these cloths in the kitchen as dish cloths. They work very well when washing dishes, pots, pans, and other kitchen duties. When used for house cleaning, you can use them dry or dampened with water or any cleaner. This will depend on what you are cleaning. Rinse or shake out occasionally when using.
Microfiber cloths can be found at most stores. They come in many sizes and thickness. The best deals are usually at dollar discount stores. Also, check the automotive departments for a good bargain. They are reasonably priced and long lasting if cared for properly. My husband has his own batch of microfiber cloths for cleaning the cars and outside work. They, of course, get much dirtier than the house cloths. I wash those separately and sometimes will soak them a bit. Being there are so many different colors of these cloths, he has his colors and I have mine.
My favorite are the ones I bought at Dollar Tree, four in a pack for $1.00. I found them in the automotive department.
By mkymlp from Northeast PA
My son calls them car rags and couldn't believe I was actually cleaning my monitor and TV screen with them. I just dampen with water for furniture and the aforesaid monitor and screen. I ordered a large box from amazon.com and gave my daughter-in-law several. Thanks for the tip.
You can get the lint & debris that tends to stick in these by using a pumice stone like what you would use on your feet or toilet (just don't use a used stone, LOL!). When mine get bad, I'll sit with a pile & rub the lint off while I watch TV, I either stretch them over the arm of my chair or use a cutting board.
I keep a microfibre cloth in the shower stall. It works well for wiping down the stall before you get out, thus speeding drying time of the shower space, cutting down on the possibility of mould. It rings out easily when saturated and dries quickly when hung up.
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