Talk to me about cleaning your cleaning cloths(33 Posts)
For which jobs do you use non-disposable cloths, and how do you clean them?
I tend to keep a pile of used microfibre cloths etc until it seems worthwhile running the washing machine fir them, which I double-up as the machine's maintenance wash.
I dislike having dirty/used cloths lying around, so often use kitchen paper for jobs. I've a toddler at home so have to be careful where the cloths are drying out after being used, before being stored and washed properly.E.g. today, after doing the insides of my windows. The microfibre cloth was grubby even after rinsing out.
So what do you do?
I use cloths in the kitchen and separate ones obviously in the bathroom and for dusting rooms etc. I clean the toilets with paper.
I wash the cloths after use and in the kitchen if I cleaned a lot then wash it otherwise replace them at the end of the day. I wash them at 90 degrees with bio powder plus oxy vanish. I don't wash them with other clothes as I use a general cleaner which contains bleach, so it would leave marks on other things if washed together.
I wash my cleaning cloths separately so the cleaning solutions are kept separate from clothes ....
Gemdoll, I use the same microfibre cloths for toilets as I do for everything else. But, I am very careful to never use a cloth on a toilet and then something else. Basically, I use the cloth to wipe down the sink, and then I wipe down the toilet, starting with the top of the cistern, the handle, and then down to the lid, then the seat, then the rim, and finally inside it. The inside will have had toilet cleaner working while I'm cleaning the room by the time I brush it around then wipe it, it's pretty clean. If there are hairs or lint on the toilet, rather than push it around with a cloth, I'll wipe it up with a couple squares of loo roll and flush it down.
That cloth is probably not really any nastier than cloths used elsewhere in the house. There are a LOT of chemicals used in the bathroom and toilet that probably kill everything.
Anyway, I wash those cloths along with all the other cloths on hot water then tumble dry on hot air. I'm confident that they're clean.
I have several ecloths for the kitchen
i use one a day and stick it in the machine after and wash with whatever i wash next (except nappies, i dont wash anything else with nappies)
if it got really gross (which hardly ever happens) id use another on the same day.
because they are washed daily (my WM goes on nearly every day) they are never that manky and never smell of manky cloth either.
my cleaner brings and launders her own microfiber cloths which are used for other areas of the house (though i have my own supplies too, all different to kitchen ones, so they would never get mixed up)
I have a small lidded bucket that I sling all cleaning cloths/tea towels in. Either they'll go in with a normal wash, or with towels at 60. Or sometimes I'll sling them in when I'm doing a 90 degree service wash, especially if they are really dirty.
I use a microfibre cloth for washing up and that goes in every time I do a load, so every other day minimum.
Yeah, but surely you wouldn't put DUSTERS, (micro-cloth ones), in with your towels would you?
Mine end up quite manky, even after one 'go', what with polish an' 'stuff'.......
Or am I being too precious with my towels?
Bunbaker that is an excellent tip! Are there any kind of cloths you can't do this with?
I zap wet dishcloths in the microwave for 2 minutes as it kills the bacteria. It works - a smelly dishcloth comes out with no smell.
Then I throw it in the washer along with what ever else I am washing - usually towels.
Like an upthread poster, I change cloths every day, along with tea towels and scrubby green things. The mucky stuff is stored in a string bag in the laundry, and when it's full, goes on a 95 wash, with bicarb of soda. Manky oven gloves go in the mix. No other material goes in this wash.
Lavatory bowl is cleaned with a brush, the exterior with cloths which go directly into the string bag after one use.
I will normally wash mine with nappies at 60. I use them on mirrors, kitchen sides and tables, kitchen roll is used to soak up spills and clean DS2's highchair tray and drinks bottle.
DM alert- this is interesting about washing machine hygiene, especially regarding illness.
GemDoll I live in a soft water area. The inside of the toilet bowl is cleaned with a brush, I didn't know people used cloths inside til reading this site! For the outside of the bowl, seat etc I use something disposable, usually a cloth or sponge that's been demoted and ready for the bin, or something from my rag bag. Sometimes wipes or kitchen paper but if so, I don't flush them down the toilet. My mum bought me those so-called flushable wipes, I find they're ok but wouldn't buy them regularly.
I wash mine with anything else I do on a 60 degree wash, so towels, bedding or underwear!
What does everyone else do with cloths used to clean the toilet?
I use a cheap blue supermarket cloth cut in half with one disposable glove and then both get binned immediately. I clean the toilet with one hand so it's not quite so wasteful....
Wiping down cloths for kitchen and sink, bath to in with normal coloured wash.
i wash cloths in with towels, bedding and tea towels on a 60 wash.
i use cloths once and then they go in the wash so they don't hang around and get manky i.e kitchen cloth gets changed daily along with tea towel and hand towel. when cleaning the bathroom i use a fresh cloth each time and then chuck in the wash.
am completely non-neurotic about bathroom germs - i can't see the difference between toilet germs and bum germs....i don't wash underwear seperatly to other clothing. and underwear gets washed with clothes at 40.
I do a cloth and tea towel wash every couple of days or so. I use the white dishcloths. If they start to look a bit grubby even after the 60° wash I will either chuck if they are also tatty or put them in a bowl of water/sterilising fluid mix and leave them for half a day then rinse and wash again. Come out like new.
I keep them back, along with tea towels and I wash them all together with soda crystals, no fab soft, at 60 or more.
Food stuff must be kept together!
Towels & flannels separate also on a hot wash.
I tend to use kitchen roll a lot though. I HATE smelly dishcloths that transfer their smell onto the sides.
Bathroom cloths are kept separately too, and may be washed with towels. Unless they've been used to wipe tge loo, in which case they go straight in the bin.
Yeah that is the other reason I keep them separate usually, because I like to do them at 60 and sometimes 95 and treat it as a service wash as well.
mobstersknife I like the idea, thanks and I have one of those net bags.
I do a separate wash for cloths as I like to wash them separately from clothes so no fabric conditioner and 60+, 95 occasionally which I think of as a service wash. If you chuck them in with clothes, do you bleach your cloths first or are they not used for grotty jobs?
I have loads of kitchen cloths (j-cloths?)
they are washed together with the towels, flannels and sponges at 60 whenever I have enough for a load.
I use micro fibre cloths and wash them with the towels.
I wash them in with towels and sometimes bedding at 60 or 90 (depending on what else is in there). Don't use fabric softener as it will "coat" the fabric. 60 is the minimum to kill bacteria.
The only thing I tend to use disposable cloths/tissue for is cleaning the toilet and wiping out disgusting oil from pans - everything else I use old muslins and chuck them in on hot too
Dishcloths (I have some cotton ones, but keep an emergency supply of scourer sponges for nasty stuff) go in with towels.
I use those disposable cellulose sponges for wiping work surfaces because they pick up lots of water and dry very quickly. They stand up to a few goes in the washer, too, so are semi-disposable.
When they get a bit old and manky, they're regulated to being bathroom or floor cleaners, or for cleaning outside windows. If there's still a bit of life in them after any of that, I'll wash them with bathmats of doormats.
I use cif wipes for cleaning around the loo, quickly dealing with mess in the bathroom in general when I'm not doing a deep clean and for attacking the boys' shoes when we get home and one of them's inevitably stood in something brown and nasty. They're also good for wiping around the edges of windows if mould is beginning to appear. I use windowlene spray and a paper towel to clean the actual glass, though.
I've just had to rinse the boys' face sponge and chuck it in the wash after DS1 decided to use it to wipe his wellies with [gag]
I don't wash mine with clothes, as I use a sports wash to get rid of odours on the cloths, and don't use fabric conditioner on the cloths but do on the baby clothes. Also, probably being ridiculous, but I worry about any chemicals on the cloths mixing with the baby clothes. But I chuck them in when I am washing our stuff.
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