It Can Be A Dirty Job

Let's face it, as homeschool moms, at times we can be pretty stretched for time and money. Taking care of a home can be a dirty job, but does not need to be time consuming and expensive. I demand a lot of my home management tools. One of my favorite tools is micro-fiber detailing towels. My bag of 36 towels has lasted me seven years and I have not even used all of the towels yet. They can be laundered and reused!

Several years ago, a good friend gifted me three microfiber towels for Christmas. She said that microfiber towels would change my life. She told me that the towels would suck dust off of and clean almost any surface. 

I had received a microfiber towel before and thought it was a dish towel. I tried to dry dishes with the towel. I did not like them. I did find a use for them in detailing our car. After talking to my friend, I decided to try again and use them in a better way!

So, after hearing her promises I decided to try an experiment. I took my microfiber towel to dust my wood blinds, picture frames, hardwood book shelves, books with gilt edges, trim above doors, and the base boards. When the towel got full of dust I would take it outside, shake it, and then resume dusting. This was amazing!

When I was done, I shook the towel. I dampened one end and then went after finger prints and other sticky spots on woodwork, trim, and walls. I rinsed the towel again and it was clean.  I was really in disbelief at how well the towel cleaned.

Next, I decided to try the towels on glass! Yes, using the same towel I had just used to dust and clean! Our sliding glass door was covered in gritty redish mud from a combination rain and dirt storm! You could almost not see through the mud! I did not want to scratch the glass cleaning it. So, I decided to wet half of the very soft micro-fiber and grab as much mud as I could get off the glass, before cleaning the glass. The towel sucked the mud right off the glass without scratching the glass! I rinsed the cloth and wiped the class with fresh water. I was blown away, all I needed to do was wipe with the dry end and the window was crystal clear! No paper towels, no glass aerosol window cleaner. I ran and got my husband and demonstrated on the other half of the sliding door. I told him all I had already done with the same cloth. Any other cloth would have been so full of dust and dirt! He grabbed a bucket of warm water and the same towel. He also grabbed one towel for drying. He did all seventeen windows of our home (we have a two story), in just ninety minutes with clear water and at times one drop of dish soap. The windows sparkled. 

Later that month, my youngest son did his BSA Eagle project. He decided to clean all of the windows in a local assisted care rehab center, including the windows no one ever cleaned on the second floor atrium clerestory. It was January in northern Utah, where we live. The windows were filthy. My son cleaned all the windows with his team and left them sparkling. The light flooded in and lifted the mood of both the staff and people living there. They loved their sparkling windows. My son ran the dirty towels through the wash then donated the clean used ones and the rest of the bag of unused towels to me. I still have not used all of the towels. I keep washing them! What I am saying is, these may feel soft, but they are rugged and they last!  These towels are real work horses. 

What if we want to sanitize a surface? Wiping with water will work for cleaning most dust and grime. However, if you want to sanitize, but don't want to use expensive chemicals, try making your own mixture!

Recipes for Sanitizing Surfaces with Microfiber Towels 
& Easy Care instructions for Microfiber Towels

Recipes for Sanitizing Kitchens and Baths 

Vinegar Based Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
24 drops tea tree oil, pine oil, lavender oil, or lemon oil.
Put in a spray bottle. 

Instructions for Use
Wipe area clean with a microfiber.
Mist lemon mixture on Formica counter tops and tile floors in the kitchen.
Let dry naturally.
In bathrooms sanitize with tea tree oil, Pine oil, or lavender oil mixture.
Clean and sanitize porcelain sink, tub, toilet and tiles with this mixture.
The vinegar and oils will kill and inhibit mold, viruses, and bacteria.

Alcohol Based Recipe:
1 cup rubbing alcohol
15-20 drops of tea tree, lavender or lemon essential oils.
Place in a glass spray bottle.

Instructions for Use
Wipe area clean with a microfiber.
Mist lemon mixture on formica counter tops and tile floors in the kitchen.
Let dry naturally.
In bathrooms sanitize with tea tree oil, Pine oil, or lavender oil mixture.
Clean and sanitize porcelain sink, tub, toilet and tiles with this mixture.
The alcohol and oils will kill and inhibit viruses, and bacteria.

Colloidial Silver
Pour Colloidial Silver in a dark spray bottle. 
Store in a dark area, as UV ray will cause the silver to drop out of solution and sit in the bottom of the bottle.

Instructions for Use
Wipe area clean with a microfiber.
Mist colloidial silver on hard surfaces, such as countertops, door knobs, or tiles.
keep moistened will colloidial silver for 10 minutes. Let dry naturally.
Colloidial silver on surfaces is known to be anti-fungal, anti-virusal, and anti-bacteria.

* Essential oils can react with metals or plastic spray bottles. So I use a small cobalt blue or brown glass spray bottle from a health food store. I use one as an airfresshner with a few drops of essential oils in watter. The other color I use for sanitizing and label the lid.

* If you have pets, check and see what essential oils are safe around your pets.

Micro-fiber Care and Laundering: 

If you are using a micro-fiber cloth that gets really filthy, just hang the cloth open over the divider for your kitchen sink and spray down with hot water, turn over and spray down the other side. Then squeeze out the extra water. 

Shake off dust or rinse with hot water before laundering.

Use liquid soap and cold to warm water to wash and rinse micro-fiber towels. Powder soaps tend to have fillers that work on fibers to help clean clothes. These fillers do not always disolve and would cling to micro-fiber towels. So, use liquid laundry soap.

Do not launder micro-fiber towels with lint producing fabrics, such as bath towels. The lint will stick to the micro fiber and then it won't be lint free for window cleaning. I just rinse and hang mine to dry and when dry I put it in a bag to collect dirty micro-fiber towels. When the bag is full I launder the micro fiber towels. Dry on low heat. 

Micro-fiber towels are sturdy, lint-free, gobble up dirt, and great for windows, dusting, scrubbing walls, blinds, metal, floors, mirrors, trim, base boards, and even glass panel chandeliers. Use a dry microfiber to wipe dust off fabric lampshades. Most cleaning jobs I can do with a dry or damp microfiber cloth. If it needs a little more to get something clean, a drop of dish soap usually does the trick. I have found that a damp micro-fiber towel with a drop of dish soap will clean my stove top greasy build up and easily clean the chrome front of my microwave, making it sparkle. 

I used to use micro-fiber just to detail our car, but no more! They are far more versatile! I still use them in the car and in my home too! Moms, these towels can save you time, money, and with the benefit of using fewer chemicals. They are more sustainable than using paper towels for cleaning. They are economical. One can buy a package of 36 Kirtland Ultra-Plush, 16 x 16 Microfiber towels for $17.99 at Costco. That is under $.50 cents a towel!  (This is NOT a sponsored post for Costco).

What tough jobs have you successfully used micro-fiber towels to clean?

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