Easy Microfiber Cloths

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.

Izzy-busy was very entertaining during our sewing process. (And excuse the craft room, which is a staging area for some projects in the works.)

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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14 thoughts on “Easy Microfiber Cloths

  1. I made these long, long ago when you taught about them and we LOVE them! I actually ended up cutting them in fourths and while I worried they might be a little small, they are perfect for simple use in the kitchen (mostly wiping baby faces). I bet I go through 5 a day with all these kids! They’ve held up fabulously, but I think it’s time to make some more. I did a zig zag on the edges, but I really don’t think it was necessary. Thanks for the tips!

  2. I just found your posting about these cloths threw diy home sweet home. I love the micro fiber cloths. I use them for everything around my house. Dusting, washing dishes, I am getting ready to get some to make into scrub cloths for my swiffer Jet mop. I have about 5 foster dogs here at home right now and they are not potty trained. Instead of using the cloths you buy I just started using dirty towels or wash cloths that i need to wash anyway. I just got it wet and sprayed the area and then use the cloth to mop the floor. I even use the micor cloths as well. I just wet them and lay them open on the floor and just put the mop on it and mop. But I have figured out how I am going to sew them together to fit on the Swiffer Jet.
    Oh for those that have it.. U can reuse the bottles too. Just take your bottle and put it in some very hot water and let it sit for a few minutes and take some pliers and twist the cap off. Or you can put some water in a small pan just enough to go up over the lid. Let it come to a boil once it comes to the boil leave it in there for about 4 minutes or so. Be really careful when u take it out of the water. Get some pliers and just twist the cap off. It will be hard at first but once u do it then you can twist off my hand. I refill mine with water and vinegar, lysol and water. ect. I have reused my bottle for several months now. I hope it was okay to share these tips.

  3. Great idea made even more impressive by the teamwork!! You go girls!! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  4. These are awesome! I love microfiber cleaning cloths so much better than the terry type for wiping and drying surfaces. I bet those girls enjoyed using that sewing machine! Thanks for linking up!

  5. I found a company who wholesales 12″ x 12″ microfiber cloths and I also bought some fabulous microfiber kitchen towels from them as well!
    I think I paid about $5 for 24 of them! The kitchen towels were huge and were of a different feel, not too abrasive like the microfiber terry towel

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