A microfiber cloth is essential in the kitchen to pick up and trap dirt like a magnet. They offer far more cleaning and scrubbing power than an ordinary washcloth or paper towel. The best part is that you can reuse them, saving you money and the environment.
Even though a microfiber cloth can withstand hundreds of washings, you do have to be careful when washing them. Using too much detergent or soap that is too harsh can actually cover the nylon fibers, resulting in a less effective cleaning tool. Instead of tossing your microfiber cloth with the rest of your laundry, try hand washing them without soap. Run it under room-temperature water and soak them for 20 to 30 minutes. Continue to agitate the cloth afterwards then rinse, wring out and hang to dry.
If your cloth has been through more grime or germs, you can use a soap just take note of the amount you’re using. A quick tip is to separate the microfiber cloths when washing them as you’ll tend to use less detergent compared to a bulk of dirty clothes. It’s best to use one to two teaspoons of laundry soap max in every load of microfiber cloth. Never use hot water as this may melt the fiber. Skip out on the fabric softener and the dryer altogether.
Source: the Kitchn