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Microfiber Cloths Actually Are Miracle Cloths

The warmth this weekend seemed like a last gasp, so we decided to do a fall cleaning while we could still open the windows. This was a perfect opportunity to put our new microfiber cloths to the test.

I know I’m a little late to this party. When I decided to stop using paper towels for everything but the most disgusting cat puke, I first tried to use old cut-up t-shirts. But they didn’t quite work: they were the wrong size or shape, they rolled on the edges, and they weren’t very absorbent. I finally broke down and decided to buy a bag of rags, but found microfiber cloths instead.

The beauty of microfiber cloths is that the fibers are 100 times smaller than a human hair. Together they create a static charge that attracts dirt. In fact, you don’t even need to use cleaning fluids to, say, wash a window—water by itself is fine. And they absorb so well (seven times their weight) that they leave a lot fewer streaks.

Windows might be the obvious use, but they’re for so much more! Auto enthusiasts are big proponents of washing their cars with microfiber cloths to prevent scratches. And, of course, there’s general dusting, countertop washing, and bathroom cleanup. But the thing that really blew our minds was that the ones we got are large enough to use on our Swiffer, and they pick up cat hair tumbleweeds just as well (or better). Then they can just be tossed into the washing machine. But remember not to use fabric softener—it’ll reduce their efficacy.

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Jason liked the Swiffer cloths so much he wanted to do a Billy Mays-esque commercial.

When I was researching them, I wondered for a moment if microfiber was actually good for the environment. It’s polyester, made from petroleum. But unless I opt for organic, cotton has its own issues. So organic cotton has an edge on microfiber in terms of the environment, but microfiber beats cotton in performance. In the end, I decided it didn’t matter much which I chose, as long as I moved from the throw-away to the reusable.

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