Sanitizing Microfiber

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 22, 2014)

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Microfiber cloth is one of the greatest tools around for cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. In fact, they do their job so well, that it can actually create a bit of a problem. That problem is how to go about sanitizing microfiber cloths, and making them safe to use again. Everything needs to be washed and cleaned, and that is no different for these cloths. However, you simply can't through them in with the rest of the wash, or you can limit their effectiveness. If you have some of these cloths that need to be sanitized and cleaned, then use one of these sure fire methods to do so.

  • Dish soap and heat. A great way to sanitize your microfiber dish cloths is to simply use a little bit of regular dish soap (such as Dawn), some water, and then a little bit of heat. Put a drop or two of the dish soap into a large bowl, and then fill it up with some warm water. Dip the microfiber cloth into the bowl, and then remove it. Wring the cloth out, and then place it into a the microwave. Turn the heat on high, and set the timer for 1-1/2 minutes. The heat, and the resulting steam, will get the cloths nice and clean.
  • Steam them clean. If you are worried about using any dish soap, then simply rinse out the microfiber cloths really well. Fill up a cup of water, and then place it and the cloth into a microwave for 2 minutes on high. This method relies almost solely on the power of the steam to get your cloths nice and clean.
  • Use a pre-treatment. Use a pre-treatment cleaner, such as Fels Naptha Soap Bar, to help get your microfiber cloth clean. Rub the bar of soap all over the cloth, and then remove the bar of soap. Get the cloth wet, then rub and squeeze the suds into every inch of the cloth. Let it sit in an empty bucket for no less than 10 minutes. Fill the bucket with warm water, and swish the cloth around, periodically removing the cloth to squeeze the water out. Repeat until the water comes out clear, and allow the cloth to drip dry. This method usually works really well, but you may need to repeat the entire process a couple of times for particularly soiled cloths.

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What is eight more than 8?

2014-11-02 14:39:25

LISA CONNELL


I HAVE RECENTLY STARTED USING THEM AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THEY SANITIZE MY CHILDS TOYS. THANK YOU LISA


2014-09-23 03:40:30

Pat

I use Milton solution dilute (used to sterilise baby feeding equipment) and if stained then sodium percarbonate solution.


2014-09-22 22:59:35

Lynn

I also put mine in the washer and then air dry them. They come out very clean and smell good too.


2014-09-22 14:34:11

ellen

I put run mine through the washer with other towels - NO fabric softener or dryer sheets. Seems to work fine


2014-09-22 14:24:39

Jerold Kappel

Be very careful with a microwave. Microfiber is a synthetic fabric and can actually melt if put wet into a microwave.

Also, if you are cleaning sponges that have a scrubber side, which is usually a plastic-type material. It can melt or even catch on fire if put into a microwave, even if damp.


2014-09-22 12:58:39

Millie LH

I put mine in the dishwasher. It seems to get it clean and smells good too.


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