Add a microfiber cloth to your kitchen cleaning and you may never pick up a sponge or scouring pad again. An inexpensive microfiber cloth made of synthetic material can tackle a full range of spills, surfaces, and dirty dishes with ease. The secret is a super absorbent surface area with a positive charge that attracts negatively charged dirt and grease. As with any kitchen cleaning cloth, however, bacteria will accumulate. Given that about 77 percent of kitchen cloths in one study were found to contain coliform bacteria, here’s how to keep your microfiber cloth safe and fit for its purpose.
Why Microfiber Is the Professional’s Choice
The ultra-fine polyester and nylon fibers that you’ll find in a microfiber cloth suck up spills and absorb liquid much more effectively than cotton, paper, or sponges, making them a great alternative to single-use kitchen towels. You can rely on the best inexpensive microfiber cloths to remove 99 percent of bacteria without picking up lint or dust. Because these cloths dry quickly, they’re also great for cleaning dishes or to serve as a base for drying dishes.
Beyond the kitchen, you’ll also find that microfiber cloths are a popular choice for:
They might have multiple uses, but you only need a few simple ways to keep them clean.
Soak in Detergent
Since microfibers are relatively delicate, you should only rinse them regularly in warm, not hot, water in a bowl or bucket with some standard dishwasher detergent. This will remove superficial dirt or grease. As soon as it starts to smell funky or feel tacky to the touch, it’s time for a deep clean—typically every week or so. Pop it in the washing machine or dishwasher with baking soda or laundry detergent, as you would any other delicate synthetics.
Avoid the following
- Fabric softener
- Powdered detergents
Always wash a batch of microfiber cloths on its own. If you combine it with cotton or other natural fiber items, the microfiber cloths will pick up lint that clogs their absorbent surface area.
Short Blast in the Microwave
Zapping any nonmetallic cleaning utensil in the microwave is a great way to sterilize it, but remember that microfiber cloths are more fragile. High temperatures will deform the superfine fibers, so you only want to microwave just enough to create a little steam. Typically, up to a minute on full power is enough to kill bacteria and reinvigorate your cloth to its former glory.
Storing and Drying your Microfiber Cloth
Treat it well, and you can expect your microfiber cloth to last for more than 300 washes. That’s equivalent to two years of use. Because they dry so quickly—ideally on an outdoor clothesline for maximum exposure to fresh air—they’re ready to go again in no time. Never iron a microfiber cloth, even at low temperature, as you risk melting the synthetic fibers and leaving residue on your iron.
Choose an inexpensive microfiber cloth to keep your kitchen surfaces dry, clean, and bacteria free. You’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again. Don’t forget that it needs more than a perfunctory rinse to keep it free of bacteria.
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