Microfiber cloths can clean, wipe, and dry like no other rag, so it’s not surprising you end up tossing them into your laundry basket FAST. The good news is you can clean these cloths easily. However, you need to follow certain processes to avoid rendering them useless.
Without further ado, here’s how to clean microfiber cloths, whether by hand or in the washing machine!
How to machine wash your microfiber cloths
You’ll be glad to know you can toss microfiber cloths in the washing machine, as long as you take some precautions. Follow these steps:
Step #1. Separate microfiber cloths from other rags
Microfiber cloths need to stay lint-free to work properly, so getting mixed up with other fabrics might riddle them with debris. Before you start, set your microfiber cloths apart from the rest of the laundry load to avoid ruining them.
Step #2. Shake off the dirt
It may seem simple enough, but many people overlook this part. So, always shake your microfiber cloths (outside or over a trash can) before putting them in the washing machine. This way, you’ll get rid of loose dust and debris that would otherwise resettle on the rags.
Step #3. Pick the proper cycle and temperature
High temperatures and (some) normal to heavy-duty washing cycles can easily damage your microfiber cloths. This issue can go as far as melting the fibers, making all your cleaning efforts worthless. To prevent that, pick a gentle cycle and a cold water setting.
Step #4. Add detergent
As the washing machine fills with water, toss the cloths in and add the detergent. Make sure to use a no-fragrance, additive-free detergent to avoid ruining your cloths. The same goes for fabric softener; it will mess with the fibers in your rags, making them no longer work properly.
Once everything’s in place, let the complete cycle run normally.
Pro-tip: If you’ve noticed a tough stain, take this chance to pretreat it. Just pour a trickle of detergent on the spot and rub it for a few seconds before tossing the rag in the machine.
Optional: Use vinegar to remove smells
If your microfiber cloths have a stench that makes you consider replacing them, try pouring a tablespoon of vinegar on the laundry load. Besides helping to soften stains, vinegar has odor-absorbing properties that will eliminate any bad smell on your rags.
Step #5. Dry the microfiber cloths
It is also essential to dry your microfiber cloths the right way to keep them in top condition! Although letting your rags air dry will always be better, you can use a dryer. However, you need to pick the lowest temperature setting possible and clean the lint trap beforehand.
Warning: Don’t use dryer sheets. They can clog the microfibers in a coating that reduces their effectiveness.
What about hand washing your microfiber cloths?
Machine washing your cloths might be easier, but hand washing them lets you treat tough spots directly and ensure the rags are truly clean—besides, you’ll save on your water and power bills! Follow these steps if you want to try this method:
- Shake your rags to get rid of debris and excess dust.
- Fill your sink or a container big enough to hold the cloths with cold water.
- Add two tablespoons of laundry detergent (without fragrances or additives) to get rid of the stains. Feel free to skip this step if the cloths are just slightly soiled.
- Submerge your rags in the water and scrub them for a while to remove the dirt. Then, let them soak for about 15 minutes.
- Take the cloths out and rinse them with clean water while you wring them.
- Air dry your rags, preferably. If you need to use the dryer, clean the lint trap and pick the lowest temperature—don’t think about dryer sheets, as they can ruin the cloths!
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