Microfiber Cloths for Green Cleaning
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As you might know by now, most traditional cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. These chemicals can cause health problems from burns and irritations to headaches and as severe as cancer. A few of the worst offenders include ammonia, bleach, and air fresheners. You can read more about it in this article from The American Lung Association HERE.
One of my solution to reduce the amount of chemicals I use in my home has been to start using microfiber cloths. They work amazing well and are good for the environment because they allow you to clean with just water. You also get the benefit of saving money on paper towels because you launder them and reuse. They work for all types of surfaces without scratching anything. I love them for doing dishes and dusting and wiping just about anything. Glass and mirrors shine with just water!
Why Microfiber Cloths Work?
Microfiber cloths, made of polyester and polyamide fibers, are woven or knitted into cloths. These fibers are 10-50 times thinner than the human hair. Because they are so tiny, there are millions used to make these cloths. There small size allows them to attach themselves to the smallest dirt particles. Microfiber cloths encapsulate dirt inside itself instead of pushing it around like traditional cloths.
Does Quality Matter When Selecting a Microfiber Cloth?
It is important to remember that all microfiber cloths are not created equal. The size of fibers they use can vary a lot which affects cleaning quality. Microfiber cloths are what I consider a splurge item when making your switch to green cleaning. Although they do sell microfiber cloths at the dollar store, this is not something I would buy there. Because of how much you will be using them, I suggest that you invest in a good quality one. And, it will last you for many years.
Two of my favorite brands of microfiber cloths are Norwex cloths and E-cloths. Both offer a warranty if you are not happy with the performance of the products. Norwex’s cloths are thick and densely woven cloths that hold up over time. I have found E-cloths pill over time and Norwex don’t. If you are looking to save some money or just want to see if you like microfiber, E-cloth is a good starter option. Hands down though, Norwex’s glass cleaning cloth beats E cloths. It is a difference you can feel.
Norwex Microfiber Cloths
Norwex microfiber cloths different from other brands because they feature BacLock technology. BacLock technology are silver ions, an antibacterial agent, that is embedded in the cloth which helps to clean the cloth itself and keep it from smelling. The cloths are also third party tested which reveal that they remove 99% of bacteria from the surface. Norwex also features a two year warranty. They are sold through independent consultants like myself. Read more about Norwex’s cloths HERE. My favorite set is the Household Package which includes one enviro cloth, a window cloth, and a dusting mitt.
E-cloth Microfiber Cloths
E-cloth microfiber cloths are a bit easier on the pocketbook with free shipping and are guaranteed for 300 washings. Like Norwex, E-cloth is third party tested to remove 99% of bacteria from surfaces using just water. They are sold online from E-cloth.com and you can also find them in some retail stores. Read more about how E-cloth microfiber cloths work HERE. My favorite is the Kitchen Cleaning 2 cloth set.
What Can You Clean With Microfiber Cloths?
Norwex cloths and E-cloth cloths are what I use to clean my home on a daily basis. I like the E-cloth kitchen cloth for cleaning showers, tubs, and sinks. The Norwex enviro cloth is what I reach for when cleaning countertops, toilets, and other germy surfaces. I love the Norwex window cloth for shining glass and cleaning glass shower doors. The E-cloth glass & polishing cloth is perfect for shining metal fixtures. Last but not least, microfiber is so phenomenal for cleaning up dirt and dust, it is my go-to for mopping and dusting as well. The Rubbermaid Reveal mop is an affordable option and is compatible with Norwex microfiber mop pads. Norwex dusting mitt attracts and holds dust and is convenient to use.
Microfiber Cloths for Green Cleaning
No matter the microfiber cloths you chose to use, they allow you to clean chemical free. I like both Norwex and E-cloth for different reasons. While you can clean with just water, I like to use them with my homemade cleaners for extra cleaning power. Check out my recipe for an All-purpose Cleaner that I use with my microfiber cloths. Microfiber cloths can also help you reduce your paper towel waste. While I haven’t completely eliminated paper towels I have reduced the amount I use by half. Every little bit helps.
Will you be adding microfiber cloths to your green cleaning routine? Can’t wait to hear from you!
Until next time,