Best Inexpensive™ Microfiber, Electronics, Automobiles

There’s nothing like microfiber for cleaning just about any surface in and about the house. If you’ve never used a microfiber cloth, you’re going to be amazed by how fast and efficiently you can clean!

For household dusting, use a microfiber cloth dry as you would a traditional dusting rag. (Notice how it acts like a dust magnet.) But for more general cleaning, you always want microfiber to be damp, even when using to dry a surface.

The first time you use a microfiber cloth, force of habit will have you soaking it with water and adding loads of soap—both of which will reduce the cloth’s effectiveness.

I find the best way to use these cloths is with as little water as possible. You can use microfiber cloths to clean virtually any hard surface. Try them on your bathroom or kitchen surfaces and you’ll be amazed at the results.

If you’re dealing with a fairly dirty situation, use a standard cloth and soapy water to wash all the dirt off first, then rinse. Now polish over with your damp microfiber cloth. Notice the smear-free, sparkling finish. Sorry to sound like a bad TV commercial, but these things are really good! I think you’ll agree once you hear things getting squeaky clean and shiny with so little effort.

Microfiber cloths come in varying sizes and grades to clean every surface imaginable from eyeglasses to countertops, windows, and cars, too. The best microfiber cloths are made of 70 percent polyester and 30 percent polyamide (70/30). If you wash and dry them properly (without fabric softener) and keep them in good condition, you’ll have them for many years to come.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANING

VibraWipe Microfiber Cleaning Cloths. I’ve tested every imaginable grade and size of microfiber cloth out there. For me, a cloth I use for housecleaning needs to be easy to use and able to stand up to my extreme laundry habits. (Note: Never use any laundry softeners when laundering microfiber.) I don’t want cloths that fray around the edge, give off tons of lint, stain easily or shrink over time. I’m hard on household linens because I demand so much from them. VibraWipes microfiber cloths (these are 80/20) are very good. A pack of 8 cloths has lasted me for years now and I see no signs of them wearing out anytime soon.

Microfiber Floor Mop. This 18” professional mop with six-foot adjustable stainless steel handle comes with two microfiber wet mop pads, one dust mop microfiber pad and two free microfiber cloths. All of the pads and cloths that come with this mop are machine washable, which makes it easy to keep your floors super clean all the time.

EYEGLASSES AND ELECTRONICS

Elite Tech Gear Microfiber Cloths. This is the most amazing microfiber cleaning cloth specific for cleaning electronic device screens, eyeglasses and other extremely delicate surfaces—in a usable size and at an affordable price. This isn’t one of those tiny scraps of fabric like the one that came with your new eyeglasses. At 12” x 12”, an Elite Cloth is the right size and quality to clean your big screen TV, your eyeglasses and mobile phone screen, too. This cloth is ultra-fine microfiber, which means it will not scratch even the most delicate surface, leaving it crystal clear and squeaky clean, too.

AUTOMOTIVE

Chemical Guys Professional Grade Microfiber Towel. Using old towels from around the house to wash and detail your car is one way to do it, but not the best idea if your time is valuable and you’d rather not end up with new scratches on the paint in the process. Microfiber towels are a much better idea. A good microfiber towel will not harm the paint, cuts the job of toweling off a car in half and as a bonus, leaves no streaks or scratches behind. For this big job you need a microfiber towel of equal size. Chemical Guys microfiber 16” x 24” 70/30 towels are made from the best, softest lint-free materials.

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11 replies
  1. Estelle Stone
    Estelle Stone says:

    What is the best microfiber cloth you recommend for drying dishes? I had a friend bring me some of the most unbelievably wonderful drying cloths form a local kitchen store but it went out of business and I haven’t been able to find anything close since. Thank you!

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  2. Linda
    Linda says:

    I HATE the feel of microfiber! They stick to and snag on every rough place on my fingers! Icky feeling, for sure……just sayin’……..

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  3. rebecca vendrick bartl
    rebecca vendrick bartl says:

    Norwex USA has microfiber and other great products…. plus I know a dear friend that is just beginning to become a consultant…..

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  4. Jeannie Field Brinkmeier
    Jeannie Field Brinkmeier says:

    I love microfiber cloths but with one exception….they start to smell after a while. I have the Norwex brand and also used their detergent so it wouldn’t absorb the fillers in store brand detergent. I was told to boil the cloths to get rid of the odor. Anyone else have the same problem? I am saddened to hear that these fibers are affecting our marine animals, though.

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  5. Marla
    Marla says:

    I recently read (after purchasing a pack of microfiber cloths, I might add…grrrrr) that pieces of the microfiber, among other synthetic textiles, are being found in marine animal’s bodies. Apparently when the cloths are washed, the fiber pieces travel through the water treatment system (a percentage of the fibers are not filtered) and out to sea where they are ingested by fish and shellfish. One theory is that fish actively seek out the pieces of microfiber because they smell like food. Another is that because the fibers float they band together and are covered with algae which is then eaten by fish (and if you enjoy seafood, also buy you). The irregular shape of the microfiber particles make it difficult for the marine life to excrete the way that some other synthetic fibers are, uhm, expelled. Patagonia has even developed a bag that helps to capture the microfiber particles when you hand or machine wash.

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  6. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    These are the softest washcloths I have ever used and they remove make up even eye make up with just water. From Amazon Sinland Microfiber Facial Cloths Fast Drying Washcloth 12inch x 12inch White 6 pack $13.29

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    • Marla
      Marla says:

      Sandra, I’m not a fan of them either. They make my hands feel weird, they’re picky or something and I just posted that the fibers are being found in marine animal’s bodies. I prefer cotton also!

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    • Kim Hunter
      Kim Hunter says:

      I like cotton better too. It just feels better to me. Plus, I can knit and crochet cotton dishcloths and rags myself. I don’t think I would like what I saw if I ever saw the factories that make microfiber cloths are manufactured.

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