Are micro fiber cloths worth the cost?
In my series on rags and how to save on paper towels, I was asked about microfiber cloths and if they save money.
I don’t really consider microfiber cloths "rags" because you have to buy them. I know a lot of people have had success with them. They aren’t bad, but to be honest I really like my diapers and flour sack towels better. Even though they say that microfiber rags never streak, I find that very often they do.
Plus at in some cases they don’t seem to absorb as well. I have a microfiber hair wrap and it doesn’t work near as well as a regular towel. I am a little confused about microfiber because they use it on furniture to repel stains and liquid so how can the same type of thing work in a rag? I don’t know the answer to that.
The main problem with them though is I have to baby them so much when I use them. If I use them to dust, I don’t want to put them in with my other clothes to wash. Even if I decide to wash microfiber cloths with my other things, I can’t put them in with my darks or lights because I use fabric softener in those loads. I don’t use softener in my whites, but I do use Clorox, so I can’t put them in with those. I don’t want to wash a load of 6-10 small rags every week. To me that is a waste, especially when my good old rags do the same thing and I can just toss them in with the whites or throw them out.
People talk about buying microfiber cloths to save the environment but look what manufacturing them is probably doing to the environment. Compare that to a rag you already have on hand that has already been used for something else and it saves you money. I have a feeling microfiber rags may end up being like bottled water. It was the rage and thought to be so much better for you for years but now they find that it is expensive and some people say the plastic is bad for you. Go figure.
I will keep using my good old rags, but if your microfiber rags work for you, keep using them.
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