5 Surprising Times You Should Reach for Microfiber Cloths

updated Dec 17, 2019
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We love us some microfiber cloths when it comes to cleaning kitchen surfaces. Because studies show that just a microfiber cloth and regular ol’ tap water are top-notch at mopping up most bacteria and viruses. Their effectiveness comes from their structure, a weave of, well, “micro” fibers that lets you capture germs and wash them down the drain. Ingenious!

All our wiping and swiping in the kitchen got us thinking: What are other ways should we be using microfiber cloths? Here are five times to reach for this hero cleaning tool outside the kitchen.

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1. To Clean Your Phone

You know what’s really gross and germy and probably spends as much time in the kitchen as you do? No, it’s not your kid! It’s your phone! (Or maybe your little one using your phone?) Not only will a quick clean with a dry microfiber cloth get rid of bacteria, but it will also get rid of fingerprints and give the screen that shiny brand-new look (for at least a few minutes).

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2. To Mop Up Spills

Did you know that microfiber cloths can hold up to six times their weight in liquid? It’s true! So next time you accidentally spill your wine on the carpet, reach for your microfiber cloth. Soak up the mess, squeeze the cloth out in the sink, rinse with water, and go back for a final wipe or dab to finish the job.

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3. To Get Streak-Free Glass

Repeat after us: Put the paper towel down. A microfiber cloth will do that job just as well as a paper towel and it won’t leave any lint behind. Plus, it’s reusable, so it’s better for the environment.

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4. To Clean and Shine Your Wood Floors

If you have wood floors in your kitchen or elsewhere in your home, you already know that there are a lot of don’ts when it comes to keeping them clean and shiny: Don’t use too much water, don’t use cleaners that leave a residue, and steer clear of harsh chemicals that will strip the finish right off your floors. So, what should you do instead? Sweep or vacuum your floors to get rid of dirt, dust, and food, then use your microfiber cloth, a Swiffer mop or similar, and a diluted vinegar solution to gently clean your floors. Then dry and shine floors with another clean microfiber cloth.

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5. To Polish Your Jewelry

Sometimes your jewelry needs a professional cleaning. Sometimes it needs a little soap and water. And sometimes, it just needs a little polishing. Enter: your trusty microfiber cloth. You can use a dry cloth to polish any jewelry that’s looking a bit dull — or you can dip the corner of your cloth in some soapy water to give it some extra cleaning power.

Are you obsessed with microfiber cloths? What brilliant ways do you use them?