1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

January 18, 2008

:018 Micro-fiber Cloths

Filed under: :018 Micro-fiber Cloth — Tags: , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.


1:5:10:018 Tip: Microfiber cleaning cloths are a great way to clean up fine dust particles. The design of the fiber picks up and holds dust until the cloth is washed. I am amazed that they haven’t caught on better than they have. If you have trouble finding them, you may have to look in the automotive care section, but they can be used to clean just about any hard surface. Once they are dirty then can be washed out and reused. Never wash them with fabric softener, or a chlorine bleach, and it seems better to use a liquid laundry detergent and not a powder.

That’s my 1:5:10:365 tip for today. Tomorrow we will be using the electricity monitoring meter I encouraged you to purchase in tip :005 to track those hidden energy wasters. Following through with tomorrow’s tip can save a ton of energy and money on your monthly bill.


Additional Information

I have found the microfiber cleaning cloths at Costco for about $10 for a pack of 20 in the automotive section. I am also hearing good things about the Scotch Brite – microfiber cleaning cloths.

If you know of other sources or have further tips for their use – post a comment.


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1 Comment »

  1. Comment Posted by John Banta:

    Some people have been thinking that Swifters are microfiber cloths. A big problem is they are disposible. (not in line with reduce, reuse, recycle)

    I just found this post by: still tryin at HGTVs blog Posted Jan 13, 2008 05:45 PM

    The swiffer doodad you bought has little holes where you attach the use and toss cloths. I have 15″x15″ microfiber cloths that I just push the cloth into these holes. For dusting I move the cloth closer to the edge and dust flat surfaces such table tops, walls, the side of things. Then I move the cloth over towards the other end of the cloth and continue. Then take off the cloth fold it over and finish dusting with the clean side. The flat surface covers more area than the flat of your hand does so dusting gets done faster.

    Then I go on to do the floors. Use another cloth if you don’t want to dust and do the floors with the same cloth. If you want to know what you used for want mark the tag with a D or F so you don’t mix them up later. IMO the microfiber cloths grab more than a dust mop or the disposable cloths that are designed to used with them. Just be prepared to be grossed out as they pick up chunky stuff too.

    Comment by John Banta — January 21, 2008 @ 9:49 am

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