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Inexpensive Cleaning

March 31st, 2010 at 11:54 am

One of my favorite cleaning tools is the microfiber cloth. They pick up dirt and grime with little effort and they are reusable. You can use them with your favorite cleaner, or water or just dry! Think about how many sponges, and paper towels you will save.

I just used mine the other day on my mini blinds. I did several of them by just dusting with a dry mircofiber cloth. A few of them needed more work, so I used a damp end of the cloth. When I was done, they were tossed in the washer.

To keep the microfiber cloths looking their best it is important to keep them out of your dryer. I honestly, have forgotten this step and they still work pretty well. It is important to avoid fabric softener too.

I have about six cloths in six different colors. While I don't personally do this, you could identify a color to be for a specific job. Orange for sink cleaning, blue for windows and green for dusting. I bought mine from a catalog company called Solutions. You can find them online. These seem to be heavier in weight then ones that you can find at discount stores.

The first time you use a microfiber cloth you will be amazed at how much dirt your other sponges and cloths have been missing. Everything will be extra sparkly!!

Even though I already have six, I'm ready to invest in some more. One cloth was used by my husband to clean his hands of caulk. And let's just say caulk doesn't come out of a microfiber cloth!! They do lose some of their kick over time, but I've been using them for years.

Do you have a favorite cleaning tool? Is is eco friendly? Is it inexpensive?

2 Responses to “Inexpensive Cleaning”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    No kidding. I always dry mine - never had a problem (well, I didn't know any better). They are good on baseboards too. I could never get them sparkly white without the micro fiber. Found that one out on a whim. The best is it takes seconds...

    Of course, I just heard a tip to spray hydrogen peroxide on white grout, to clean it up. I haven't tried it, but I have some stained white grout that I have been meaning to try it on.

    I've never understood the allure of Swifter, but have never used disposable cleaning products - what a waste. Micro fiber does the same job VERY well.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I think the tips that came with mine said they would last longer out of the dryer...I think the heat from the dryer fuses the fibers.

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