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While most microfiber product manufacturers will provide some basic instructions on how to wash their microfiber cleaning cloths and towels, the instructions can be vague or might miss essential points when it comes to maintenance. this can often leave.

As a result, a lot of folks are left feeling confused or unsure about how to treat or launder their microfiber items.

Here, you’ll find not only the basic how-to instructions on how to wash microfiber cleaning cloths and towels in your machine but also few handwashing tips too.

We also offer some preventative tips and helpful habits to make cleaning your microfiber products easier and cover how to make them last longer in some cases. And we even answer some of the Internet’s top questions regarding washing microfiber towels and cloths in general.

In This Post…


How to Wash Microfiber Cleaning Cloths and Towels

The following steps are basic instructions on how to clean microfiber cloths and towels and are mostly meant as machine-washing methods, but you can apply some of these steps to handwashing as well, or keep reading for more tips.

For cleaning microfiber dusters, you can view the next 5 steps and then head over to the FAQ section for washing dusting products, here. Same for polishing cloths, which you can find further instructions for here.


5. Line dry or machine dry the cleaning cloths and towels on Tumble Dry with low to no heat.

You can toss your washed microfiber cloths and towels into the dryer on a medium to low heat setting or, if you prefer, line-dry them. Many manufacturers claim that line drying will help the items last longer since there’s no heat involved.

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Caution: Microfiber is essentially a blend of plastics—meaning, it can be prone to melting when subject to excessive amounts of heat—or, at the very least, the product may not perform as well afterward. And, again, always dry your items separately from other types of laundry to prevent issues with lint.



You can clean microfiber cleaning cloths and towels by hand if you prefer to, which some manufacturers even suggest as the best option for caring for your microfiber products, and you can also hang them to dry. Just make to use very little soap—less than you might typically use in a machine since they don’t need very much—and rinse well, if not several times over.

We sometimes wash our microfiber cleaning cloths in a sink or large bucket and with a mobile washer. However, ever since we had to go a month or so without a washer and dryer during our move last year, we haven’t exactly been in the mood for manual or hand washing solutions. Sheesh!

Troubleshooting & Tips

Here are a few common questions or concerns that people typically have when trying to learn the best methods for washing their microfiber towels or cleaning cloths. Ironically, most of these concerns also tend to involve the same solutions.

And if you’re looking for even more ways on how you can troubleshoot or better maintain your microfiber cleaning cloths or towels, check out our post on 14 Tips on How to Wash, Use and Maintain Microfiber Cloths, Towels, and Pads, which is also where some of these tips come from—plus many more.


3. What Do I Do If I Used Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets with Microfiber Cloths by Mistake?

Option #1: Boil It.

If you used fabric softener or dryer sheets with microfiber cloths or towels by mistake—no worries!

Some manufacturers recommend re-washing the items in warm to hot water; whereas, companies like E-Cloth mention boiling the items for 5 to 10 minutes.

However, not all manufacturers recommend using high heat on their microfiber products, so test things out first or refer to the product instructions first if you’re unsure.

You can also use water from an electric kettle if you prefer not to do it by the stovetop.


Option #2: Vinegar It.

Vinegar is an awesome natural softener that people use in their washing machines, and it works well for removing buildup in laundry, including microfiber products.

In fact, we love to use vinegar routinely on our microfiber cloths, mop heads, and other items ever so often (about every quarter) to help remove any soap residue, which we feel helps them last longer and perform better.

What we like to do is use white distilled vinegar that’s been diluted with water inside a bowl of warm-to-hot water and let the cloths soak for a while (about 10-20 minutes or as desired). We generally prefer to eyeball it, so do what works best for you, but about 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar should be good, depending on how many you plan to wash at one time and if you plan to dilute.


Option #3: Vinegar and Spin It.

Some people will also add vinegar to their washing machine as they’re washing their microfiber cloths and towels. We sometimes do this during the rinse cycle or re-run the machine after the initial washing, using the Rinse option and about a cup of vinegar only.

However, some washing machines may have parts that don’t work well with vinegar, so make sure to check with the manufacturer or use this method with caution.

Running the items through the wash and then soaking them in a vinegar solution before drying them or hanging them to dry can work just as well if you’d rather not risk it.

Quick Tips

  1. Try to wash or change out your cleaning cloths and towel for a new one as soon as the one you have out starts to feel grubby or doesn’t seem to perform as well.
  2. For cleaning cloths that you might use for cleaning up the kitchen or to do light clean up jobs around the house, it’s best to replace the used cloth with a clean one each day or no more than 2-3 days maximum.



Below are a few of the Internet’s most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on cleaning microfiber cloths and kitchen towels.



In this post, we covered the basic steps on how to wash microfiber cleaning cloths and towels in your washing machine, as well as tips for handwashing or washing them through other manual methods too.

Those 5 basic steps for washing microfiber cloths and towels include:

  • Separating cleaning cloths and towels from other types of laundry to avoid lint buildup.
  • Making sure microfiber cleaning cloths and towels are free of large debris.
  • Setting the washing machine to the appropriate setting.
  • Using minimal amounts of detergent and avoiding fabric softeners, bleach, etc.
  • Using line or air drying methods or, if using the dryer is prefer, setting the dryer to a low-to-no-heat setting.

We shared several tips and helpful habits to try out to help make the experience a little easier. We also provided a few answers to common troubleshooting questions people have regarding washing their microfiber cloths and towels.

And we answered some of the Internet’s most frequently asked questions about laundering microfiber in general, ranging from how do you make your microfiber products last down to ways to deal with preventing microplastics from potentially shedding and getting into the water system in our FAQs section.

We hope you enjoy this topic and found the content to be helpful. If you have any tips you want to share on washing or maintain microfiber cleaning cloths and towels, feel free to post them down in the comments. And don’t forget to check out our other microfiber-cleaning post for even more maintenance tips.

Ciao and happy cleaning!

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