There was an overwhelming response to my Tip: A Washcloth (or more) a day Keeps Bacteria Away. There were 2 groups of people who responded to that post, those who were doing something similar already and those who were excited to try it my way. So basically, I figured everyone who enjoyed that post would enjoy knowing an easy way I found to (kind of) make microfiber cloths.
When we moved last September, I started using new white kitchen cloths that have not stood up to lots of washing. I’m ready to go back to the microfiber cloths I used in my kitchen before and I’ve used for my cleaning for about 4 years.
This is so easy, my kids can even do it!
1) Buy a big bulk package of microfiber cloths from Sam’s club or wherever these are sold. This package is $10 for 24 cloths! The only reason I don’t just buy these and leave as-is, is because they are giant. Giant cloths in the kitchen are annoying to wring out and use. Continue reading if you’re picky like me. I bought a blue package and an orange one.
2) Cut the big cloth down to the size of a wash cloth. In the past I’ve cut them in half to get 48 cloths from the 24, but this time I wanted to keep a square shape. Matt has commented in the past about the long rectangle being awkward sometimes and I agree. My plan is to make some dusters with all the scraps and sew some strips together for car washing and drying rags.
3) Sew up the raw edges. Just a straight line, no back sewing necessary. Just make it near the edge, so as it washes and frays, it has a stopping point. Here is each of my girls showcasing her sewing machine prowess. The hair gives it away that these are all different people, which might be the only give away if you don’t know them. Ha!
4) Wash lots and lots before using. Here is my done pile ready to wash! I’ll shoot for doing the speed wash AND drying about 4 times before using. The blue cloths will be for my kitchen and the orange will be for household cleaning.
*And just so you know, there is no measuring needed. If you’ve ever done a project with an adorable 5-year-old, you probably know they have their own ideas about how things should go.
As you can imagine, my girls did not sew all the 40+ cloths, I went back later and quickly sewed up the rest on my sewing machine. The girls got their own sewing machine for Christmas that they share – it has been awesome.
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