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You might be familiar with microfiber cleaning cloths. Up until a few years ago, I knew them mostly for car cleaning. My husband always used them to polish the truck after washing it.
But, did you know there is a huge world of chemistry going on in microfiber cloths?
Today’s chemistry hacks post is all about why microfiber cloth is the best cleaning tool for your home.
First, let’s talk about what microfiber cloth is!
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In chemistry classes, you learn all about Van der Waal forces. These molecular forces were discovered by chemist, Johannes Diderik van der Waals. His discovery lead to a better understanding of molecules especially removing those molecules through cleaning. (Check out what other fantastic things chemists have invented on this post). His understanding of forces opened an entirely new world for scientist in the world of cleaning.
For instance, detergent is a great example of van der Waal forces. It takes a large molecule and forces substances to dissolve, like oil based products.
Another large example of this is plain old water. Water is an underrated chemical for cleaning, but it has a polar end, and a non-polar end which allows many substances to dissolve in it.
This is where microfiber comes in.
Microfiber has tiny fibers that fit into the smallest particles including dirt, food, or grim. Normal cloths don’t have the capacity, their fibers are too large. Scientifically, microfibers are usually made of nylon and polyester.
When you clean with microfiber, thousands of tiny fibers can loosen up anything that is stuck on your counter and remove it.
What does microfiber remove?
Microfiber is effective at removing dirt, grim, and even sticky substances around the home.
It is also a great way to clean germs and bacteria! Just using microfiber and water, you can clean off bacteria, virus, or other germs lingering around. All without using chemicals!
Sounds crazy doesn’t it? Well, science has proved that microfiber is very effective for this. This research from the American Society from Microbiology has a thorough experiment using microfiber for virus removal.
Here is how you can use microfiber for cleaning:
Use it dry for dusting.
This is the BEST way to dust. It is so quick and easy! No water is needed for this cleaning method. Although any microfiber cloth works for dusting, I have been using this type specifically for dusting and it works so well!
Wet it for a cleaner.
Use a little water (which is also a great cleaner on its own), and rub any area you need. This is a great way to clean or shine or kitchen counters plus get rid of any lingering bacteria. It is also great for kitchen floors! I like to use it with my Swiffer mop that steams. They also make these really neat ones that go right over the mop!
For all-purpose cleaning, I always just use a regular microfiber cloth.
Mirrors and Glass
They make specific microfiber clothes for glass, but any will do. Just wet it a bit, rub the glass, and it gets rid of any particles. It also leaves it nice and shiny.
I like to use this type for glass.
I use this all the time for cleaning my computer, keyboard, tablet, and even my phone. You don’t have to wet it, just use it dry!
Doors and Walls
I tested out using microfiber to clean around the baseboards and doors in the house. It was really easy to use and did a great job removing all the dirt (and Ruger slobbers) that get stuck around the wood.
Just wet a regular microfiber, and rub the area.
What I enjoy most about microfiber, is it is safe for any surface. You can use it on stone, tile, paint, wood, glass, marble, or anything else. It is the perfect quick cleaning option!
Pairing microfiber with these DIY solutions from the book make your home easy to clean and KEEP clean!!
I keep these in my cleaning basket now for quick cleaning options. Great for everyday use or if you are in a hurry too!
Have you used microfiber before?