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Use the Right Cleaning Cloth

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It is no good using mutton cloth to clean your windows or a sponge to wipe your fridge door. You need to use the right cleaning cloth for whatever surface you are cleaning.

It is true; cleaning is quicker and easier when you use the right tools

Using Microfiber Cloths

Who’d have thought there would be a better way to scrub things clean than using good old soap and water? But if you’ve tried the latest microfiber cleaning cloths, you’ll know that technology really can make life easier. Not only are these hit-tech cloths more hygienic, they avoid the need for expensive (and often harmful) detergents and they get things looking far cleaner in a lot less time

Using microfiber cloths for cleaning can dramatically reduce the amount of cleaning products you use, which can save you a lot of money in the long run. You can use a dry or damp microfiber cloth for a lot of different cleaning tasks, like dusting surfaces, cleaning windows and mirrors, and shining stainless steel.

Benefits of Cleaning with Microfiber Cloths

  • They’re super absorbent. Microfiber can hold up to six times its own weight in water!
  • They save you money. Using microfiber cloths for cleaning can dramatically reduce the amount of cleaning products you use, which can save you a lot of money in the long run.
  • They’re versatile. Many people only think about microfiber cloths in terms of everyday dusting or wiping down counters, but they are really versatile.

Best Way to Clean Windows

Invite the brightness back into your home with sparkling clean windows. From making your own window cleaning solution to the trusted old newspaper trick, there are plenty of ways to bring the shine back to your window panes.

I know expert cleaners who swear blind that newspaper is the only thing you can use to get a window really clean, but both terry cloth and Microfiber cloths are great for windows – in fact for all glass.

Windows can also be cleaned with a sponge or a squeegee. This works particularly well with a vinegar based homemade cleaner. (One part distilled vinegar to one part hot water.) Sponge cleaning: Moisten the window, using the solution, and then clean. Squeegee cleaning: Always dampen the squeegee first and clean from the top down, wiping the edge of the squeegee after every stroke.

Remember to clean only when there is no direct sun on the windows. Read more general Cleaning Tips.

Washing Dishes

For washing dishes you can use a dish brush, scrubber and a sponge, but some things are simply cleaned better with a good dishcloth. For most people this is a dreaded task, but with the right tools, washing dishes doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. If you have the right mind-set, it can be kind of relaxing, and if you have the right cloths, it can be less laborious than loading and unloading the dishwasher.

All Cleaning Cloths Need to be Clean

Wash microfiber all by itself. If you wash it with other rags or towels, the fibres from other cloths will transfer and stick to the microfiber.

Wash on hot with detergent and no fabric softener. Fabric softener will coat the cloth and render it far less absorbent. Stick to detergent only. Dry on hot with no dryer sheets. Just like fabric softener, the chemicals in the dryer sheets will put a thin layer of on the fibres and make them less efficient.

Note: Any cleaning cloth should be rinsed and hung or laid out flat after every use to avoid the warm, damp surface becoming a breeding ground for microbes.

You should also regularly sanitise cleaning cloths using the washing machine:

  • Pre-soak stained or really dirty cleaning cloths, kitchen towels and rags in a bucket containing a couple of capfuls of household bleach. If your cloths aren’t completely filthy, skip to step 2.
  • Rinse the cloths thoroughly with water.
  • Place them on a hot cycle in the washing machine. Hang to dry outside if you can.

Household Plastic wants you to be able to enjoy your cleaning chores, so we stock all kinds of cleaning material – and cloths. At great prices!

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