How to Clean and Disinfect Microfiber Cloths 

Published June 2, 2022
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Cleaning and microfiber cloths are best friends. And microfiber cloths are most likely a staple of your cleaning arsenal. Get some quick tips for how to easily get the grime off your microfiber cloths, so they are ready for your next cleaning adventure. Learn a few ways to quickly and efficiently sanitize your favorite microfiber cloth.

How to Wash Microfiber Clothes in Washing Machine

Microfiber cloths are the dirt busters of the cleaning world. They are great for cleaning your floors and removing dirt from your glasses. When it comes to washing your microfiber clothes, one of the easiest ways is to throw them in the washer. One of the greatest things about microfiber cloths is they are dirt magnets. So, you need to be a bit careful when washing them.

  1. Separate your microfiber cloths to wash them together, or wash them with non-linting materials like synthetic fabrics.
  2. Wash in cool or warm water with minimal detergent. Do not use hot water.
  3. Move the load into the dryer or let them air dry immediately.

You can add a ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to help with static cling and make your microfiber cloths softer. You do not want to use fabric softener or dryer sheets with microfiber cloths because they can clog up the fibers making them less effective for collecting dirt and dust.

How to Hand Wash Your Microfiber Cloth With Vinegar

If you only have one or two microfiber cloths to wash, then you might want to just do them by hand. This is super simple. You just need some water, white vinegar, and gentle detergent.

  1. Fill a sink or tub with warm water.
  2. Throw the microfiber cloths in the water.
  3. Add a ½ cup of vinegar and a drop of detergent.
  4. Agitate the cloth between your fingers to release the dirt.
  5. Rinse with water until all the soap is gone.
  6. Wring the towels out well.

Best Way to Dry a Microfiber Cloth

Drying microfiber cloths isn't hard, but you have a few options.


line air dry microfiber cloth

Microfiber cloths collect some dirt in your dryer, so it can be easier for you to put them on the line.

  1. Shake out the cloths.
  2. Place them on a line or a dry surface where air circulates.

Machine Drying Instructions

You can also throw your cloths in the dryer. Just make sure you clean out the lint trap well before getting started.

  1. Put the microfiber cloths in the dryer.
  2. Set it to a low heat setting.

Do not add any dryer sheets or balls for microfiber cloths because this can clog up the fibers.

Easy Ways to Disinfect Microfiber Clothes With Ease

Your microfiber cloth isn't dirty, but you can still disinfect it. You have a few pretty simple ways to do this.

Boiling Method

One of the easiest ways to disinfect microfiber cloths is to boil them.

  1. Fill a pot of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil.
  3. Use a wooden spoon or tongs to microfiber cloths into the water.
  4. Allow them to sit in the water for a few minutes.
  5. Once cooled, rinse them off and allow them to air dry.

Microwave Method

If you are short on time, try the microwave. This is quick and effective.

  1. Dampen a cloth with water.
  2. Throw it in the microwave for a minute.
  3. Allow it to cool.
  4. Pull it out.

How Often to Wash Microfiber Cloths

Washing your microfiber cloths isn't a hard and fast rule. It typically comes down to what you use it for. If you use your microfiber cloth for cleaning, wash it after every use. Cloths used for electronics and glasses can be cleaned less often, typically every 3-4 uses or as they get soiled.

Simple and Easy Methods to Clean and Sanitize Microfiber Cloths

Cleaning your microfiber cloths isn't any different from cleaning most laundry in your home. However, since these clothes love dirt and can easily trap lint, you want to make sure you use less detergent, no fabric softener, and wash them together. This ensures they will stay ready for all your cleaning needs around your home.

How to Clean and Disinfect Microfiber Cloths