How do microfibre cloths work?

Most people have a stash of microfibre cloths under their kitchen sink. They can be used for all kinds of jobs in the home: dusting, polishing, cleaning, soaking up spills.

Those of us who have been using them for a while know that they clean and shine really well. Several brands of microfibre cloth remove up to 99% of bacteria using only water. ECloth and Spontex both do a range that makes these claims. But how is that possible with no detergent?

Microfibre cloths are made up of millions of microscopic fibres, a fraction of the size of a human hair. When you drag one of these scientific beauties across your kitchen worktop, the tiny fibres grab and hold on to even the smallest bacteria and viruses. They don’t even need the help of surfactant to remove germs.

Ask yourself:

1. Do you want to use less single-use plastic? Using microfibres with just water will prevent you from buying all those plastic bottles.

2. Do you want to save money? Ecloths are guaranteed for 3 years. That’s a lot of products and cloths you don’t need to buy.

3. Do you or a family member have allergies or asthma? If sprays and scented chemical cleaners irritate your skin or airways, cleaning with microfibres might be the answer.

4. Do you worry about the impact of cleaning chemicals on the environment? You can do your bit by cutting down on how much you use.

Want to get started on your own microfibre cloth collection? These are my must-have starter microfibre cloths:

  • Polishing cloth
  • Kitchen Whizz (ecloth)
  • Cheap cloths
  • Bathroom cloth (ecloth)

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