Every day we are exposed to millions of toxins in the air we breathe, the food we eat and even the stuff we put on our faces and bodies. Harmful chemicals can be found almost everywhere. It is no different when using cleaning products, which is ironic because we clean up our surroundings to keep healthy and protect ourselves from illness and disease.
Most cleaning products contain harsh and harmful chemicals like solvents, bleaches, parabens and fragrances. These chemicals can irritate the eyes and skin or cause respiratory problems and allergies. If you read the back label of a cleaning product, you will also see a warning, “Can be fatal if swallowed”. These are not the kind of products we want to have around, especially if we have kids. Aside from the danger these products pose, they are also expensive and damaging to the environment.
Luckily, more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of using chemical cleaners in the home. This is why going green is fast gaining popularity in the cleaning arena. One revolutionary product that has earned much attention lately is the microfibre cleaning cloth. Besides its superior absorbency and ability to pick up microscopic dust particles, it doesn’t require harmful chemical cleaners. You will only need water.
What is microfibre?
Microfibres are microscopic polyester and nylon (polyamide) fibres around 1/100 the diameter of human hair. The fibres are then bundled together and woven into a cloth. The tiny fibres attract dirt and dust like a magnet or a vacuum cleaner, making the cleaning process faster and easier. That is why microfibre cleaning cloths are great for general household cleaning.
In comparison, ordinary cleaning cloths are made from cotton, linen, polyester and other fabrics. These fibres are less dense and more prone to pushing dirt and debris across surfaces rather than picking them up. Fabrics such as cotton and linen also tend to harbour odour and bacteria. They are also known to leave lint behind.
Why choose microfibre?
Microfibre has changed the way we clean things around the home. It has sped up the cleaning process without the need for expensive detergents and chemical cleaners. That translates to huge savings for the average homeowner. Beyond that, microfibre cleaning cloths are kinder to the environment. They help lessen water pollution and contamination from the harmful and toxic chemicals found in most household cleaning agents. Truly, microfibre cloths deserve to be called the lean green cleaning machine because they don’t rely on harsh chemicals to clean your home!
How to clean with microfibre cloths
For best results, use dry for dusting and wet for cleaning. Just run a microfibre cloth across dusty items or areas in the home. You will be amazed at how they work like magic. When using wet, wring out as much water as you can before using. It will help increase their absorbency and efficiency when picking up dirt and moisture or cleaning heavily soiled areas.