We love cleaning with washable cleaning cloths in our home – they’re versatile, economical, and eco-friendly.
Favourite benefit? How well they clean. No lint, no spreading dirt and germs around, and you only need to wipe once and your surface is clean.
But how I clean cleaning cloths?
It’s simple and through this post, I’m going to show you how to wash cleaning cloths.
Surprisingly, they can all be laundered the same way, just not all together.
First things first, check the care label – these instructions are general and work for most cleaning cloths.
A common misconception with any cleaning cloth that you wash and reuse is that it might not be clean or that you might spread germs around from the cloth as you clean.
The thing with microfibre is that its micro fibers actually grab the dirt and germs and holds on to them in lieu of spreading them around.
I think that’s what holds people back from switching from cleaning wipes and paper towels.
Let’s bust open those misconceptions today and talk about how to make sure your cleaning cloths are actually clean before you use them.
Here are a couple basic “rules” for washing cleaning cloths:
- Microfiber can be rinsed and wrung out as you are using it – don’t just wipe once (unless it’s toilets or something especially germy/dirty). Rinse, wring out, and continue using.
- Find a place to hold the microfiber while it’s drying and before you have a load to wash. I keep a bucket in my cleaning closet for any cloths that are really wet and then once they are dry or damp I toss dirty microfiber cloths in a wire basket.
If a cloth is wet I drape it over the side of the bucket until it’s dry and then I place it in the basket. Dusting cloths don’t get mixed into this bucket, this bucket is for bathroom cleaning cloths so there isn’t cross-contamination.
- Wash microfiber only with other microfiber cloths. If you put other laundry items in the washing machine with your microfiber it turns into a static magnet – just avoid that altogether by washing microfiber all by itself.
- Wash with an enzyme-based detergent – this is crucial because it breaks down any dirt and grime and ensures that you don’t have anything left lingering in the cloths once they’re clean and dry.
- Do not use fabric softener – it coats the fibers and can inhibit the cleaning cloths’ effectiveness. I recommend using 1/4 cup white vinegar as a “fabric softener”, it works well with cleaning cloths.
Don’t worry, no vinegar scent remains!
- Generally, wash on warm – most germs and microorganisms are killed at 60 degrees Celsius. I wash my microfiber that needs to be sanitised on hot or sanitise.
- I wash the microfiber cloths in the basket weekly or when it’s filled up and enough for a load, and then run a sanitize/clean cycle on the washing machine.
Bonus: clean cloths + a clean washing machine. Not sure how to clean your washing machine? You should be doing it monthly at the least to avoid spreading germs in your clothes, bedding, cleaning cloths, etc.
- Dry in the dryer on low to medium. Drying the microfiber in the dryer will kill any germs that might remain after washing them.
- If you don’t like the feel of microfiber, try dampening your cloth slightly first – that will take away that scratchy feeling and get your cloth ready to clean! My microfiber cleaning cloths are soft and smooth and/or soft and fluffy.
- Microfiber is more eco-friendly for cleaning because you can reuse microfiber cleaning cloths for 300+ uses – think of how many paper towels this eliminates!