When The Goose was younger, he was quite the scribbler. There were scribbles on walls. Scribbles on furniture. Scribbles on paper (rarely). And even scribbles on his arms and legs. If left unattended with a marker, crayon, or pencil you’d better believe he’d be off somewhere making a picture.
Like a lot of parents, I would turn to the magic eraser to clean up the scribbles on my walls. Then I realized that it was not just removing the scribble – it was removing the paint too! I knew there had to be an easier way to remove the drawings, and that’s when I found out about the wonders of the microfiber cloth.
If you’re unfamiliar with microfiber cloths – let me fill you in. Microfiber cloths are made of a synthetic material (usually a polyester blend) that have super fine threads. The threads work to trap dirt, moisture and dust, and can clean a large area quickly and efficiently. They also soak up moisture like you wouldn’t believe (which is why a lot of cloth diapers have a microfiber core). But, what I like most about using microfiber cloths is you can really feel the dirt being lifted up as you clean. If you’re wiping a table, wall or the floor and come across a splotch, the microfiber pulls at it, and you can actually feel it being wiped away.
Another reason I love microfiber cloths is that they work great with just water – which is great if you’re asking kids to help clean. When The Goose accidentally wrote on his wall the other day (and this time it truly was an accident), I just handed him a wet microfiber cloth and he wiped it up without a problem. Of course, you can also use your standard cleaning products, too. Especially if you are doing some hardcore cleaning in the bathroom or the kitchen.
Because not all microfiber cloths are the same – some clothes have smaller weaves than others – and are better suited for other things, I use two different sets of microfiber cloths.
The first set I use is the Quickie HomePro Household Surface Mircofiber Cleaning Cloth Multi-Pack. This is a set of four cleaning cloths, each with a specific purpose. Green is for kitchen, silver is for stainless steel appliances, tan is for dusting and blue is for windows. (There are tags on each cloth that indicate the purpose, if you forget!). I’ve used them all – and I absolutely love them. I especially love the cloth designed for windows – you can use it with plain water or you can use it with window cleaner – and it is phenomenal. (This is coming from a woman with over 30 windows in her home!)
When it comes to general cleaning around the house, I use Microtex Microfiber Towels. The pack has three different colored cloths, I use the orange rags in the bathroom, the green rags for the kitchen, and the yellow rags for miscellaneous cleaning around the house. These microfiber cloths were actually designed for auto detailing, but I use them inside the house because they are amazing. They work wonders in the kitchen – where grease and moisture join forces to make cleaning a nightmare. I just wet one of the cloths, and the grease and grime wipe right off. (Even on the textured handle of my refrigerator – something I was sure would never come clean!)
If you’re thinking of making the switch to microfiber cloths, there are a few things you should know:
- Microfiber cloths work best when they are slightly damp, not soaking wet. I usually just dampen the corner of the cloth, rinsing it out when necessary.
- Because the fibers on microfiber cloths are so small, you can’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets when you wash them. If you do, the oil build up between the fibers, and they lose their cleaning power.
- Microfiber is awesome, but it can’t clean everything. For instance, The Goose mistook a Sharpie for a dry erase marker, and wrote “I love you Mom” on the fridge. That, my friend, is not coming off. But I’ll let that one slide, because it warms my heart and makes me smile every time I see it.