Kate's General Care and Washing Instructions
Keep in mind these are my (Kate) suggestions. They’re not set in stone. I have no idea what you’ve been cleaning or how frequently. This is the method that works for me.
How and When to Clean your e-cloths
NOTE: Some of the dusting, pet and auto products can NOT be washed in hot water and/or put in the dryer and/or boiled. Please see laundry instructions on individual product pages before following the steps below.
- If you’ve used your e-cloth microfiber cloth for light cleaning (eg. wiping the table, a small spill, the stove top, the outside of appliances, cupboards, etc.) rinse the cloth out in HOT water with a bit of dish soap. Give it a good rinse afterwards with HOT water to get the soap out. Then hang it to dry and you’re good to go again.
- If you’ve used your e-cloth to clean areas where the bacteria level is high (like around the toilet, to clean raw meat juices, the garbage can, etc.), you need to wash it in your washing machine. I always rinse it in my sink in HOT water with a bit of dish soap first for good measure (because it could be days before I actually throw it in the wash). Like I said above, rinse again to get the soap out.
- If you’ve been dusting with your ecloth, just brush it off or shake it out (outside) and you’re good to go again.
- If your e-cloth starts to stink, try boiling it for 10 – 15 minutes with a bit of dish soap (again, rinse the soap out afterwards)
- If your e-cloth starts to get stiff, try boiling it for 10 – 15 minutes with a bit of dish soap (again, rinse the soap out afterwards).
- If your e-cloth starts to look really dirty – this is normal and mostly unavoidable over time. The microfiber grabs the dirt and just doesn’t like to let it go. Hot water will open the fibers and release more of the dirt/grease so try boiling it for 10 – 15 minutes with a bit of dish soap (again, rinse the soap out afterwards). This is why I recommend always washing in HOT water.
- In my opinion, you should be laundering your e-cloths at least once a week. By “laundering”, I mean a proper wash in the washing machine on the HOT setting.
- Ideally, you’ll use a small amount of a detergent that dissolves easily and has no fillers. You want all the detergent to wash out of the cloth. If you’re looking for a good, non-filler, concentrated detergent that dissolves easily and rinses away completely, look no further than one of a million cloth diapering sites. Here is a good link that provides a lot of information on detergents that are reasonably priced and easily accessible. In my opinion, if it’s good enough for cloth diapers and a baby's sweet cheeks, it’s good enough for your e-cloths. That being said, you can use ANY detergent as long as it does not contain bleach or fabric softener.
- Wash and dry (yes, you can put your e-cloth ® microfiber cloths in the dryer) your e-cloths with non-lint items.
- Do not use bleach (it destroys the fibers) or fabric softener. If you accidentally wash or dry your cloth with liquid fabric softener or a dryer sheet, DON’T WORRY. You haven’t ruined the cloth. It may not work perfectly the next time you use it (especially if you’re dusting since it won’t have any “charge” to it) but the softener will be washed out over the next few washings.