There are dozens of great uses for microfiber cloths, from standard microfiber cloth uses you might be familiar with to less conventional (though no less useful!) applications. If you’ve ever wondered how to use microfiber cloths or towels around the house, you’ve come to the right place for answers!
Microfiber cloths have been a mainstay in my cleaning arsenal for several years now. The impressive absorbency of these cloths makes nearly every cleaning task easier, and they’re more cost-effective (and more environmentally friendly!) than disposable wipes and paper towels.
Microfiber cloths may be gentle enough for delicate surfaces, but they can handle serious messes too! You can use them dry to pick up and trap loose dust and dirt, dampen them with water to wide down countertops and coffee tables, or use them with your favorite store-bought and homemade cleaning products to deep-clean grimy kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
This post is focused on exploring the many uses of microfiber cloths, but I encourage you to check out how to care for microfiber cloths and the best ways to clean with microfiber cloths to learn more about these marvels!
Which Microfiber Cleaning Cloths Should I Buy?
- Looking for the most amazing microfiber cloths or the best microfiber towels? I know how you feel! I tested and evaluated dozens of different microfiber cloths before I found the perfect waffle-weave microfiber cloths to offer in my shop.
- These incredibly absorbent waffle-weave cloths come in three convenient sizes: 10 x 10 inch dish cloths, 13 x 13 inch cleaning cloths, and 16 x 23 inch kitchen towels.
- OGT readers love them — just check out these reviews!
- “I got two of these towels to try and found them to be the most absorbent, soft towels I have ever used! I have used white cotton microfiber kitchen towels before that would not absorb anything. I threw them away!” – Martha W.
- “These cloths are so absorbent and dry super fast! I honestly don’t know how I have lived without them.” – T. T.
22 Ways To Use Microfiber Cloths
1. Wash Your Face
You can use microfiber cloths to cleanse your skin with makeup remover, cleanser, or water alone. Just dampen the cloth with warm water and use it to gently wipe your face to remove dirt and makeup. (My microfiber makeup remover cloths are a perennial bestseller in my shop for a reason!)
You can use microfiber towels or cloths to wash your body, too. Using a microfiber cloth on your skin will provide gentle exfoliation and leave it feeling soft and smooth.
2. Remove Stains
Use a wet microfiber cloth to prevent spills from turning into stains on upholstery, carpet, and clothing. Just dab the area with a wet cloth to draw the stain out of the material. If you get to it right away, a microfiber cloth may be the only tool you need to remove the mark completely.
3. Wash And Dry Dishes
I absolutely love my waffle-weave dishcloths for washing and drying dishes. The absorbent microfiber allows me to use less dish soap and still get my china and stemware sparkling clean. They never leave streaks, and the towels dry glasses lint-free. When I’m done washing up, I can rinse the cloth, wring it out, and use it to wipe the sink, stove, and countertop, too
4. Shine Wood Floors
If you have hard floors, you haven’t seen them really shine until you’ve cleaned them with microfiber! You can attach a regular microfiber cloth to the bottom of a Swiffer-type sweeper or dry mop or buy a dedicated microfiber mop with reusable cloths or mop pads. Either way, you’ll love how effectively microfiber picks up grime and cleaner residue while leaving nothing behind but clean, shiny floors.
5. Keep Cars Clean
Keep a few microfiber cloths in your glove box and use them to keep your car clean! Whether you use them to clean up spilled coffee, dust your dashboard, or wipe that grimy film off the inside of your windshield, microfiber cloths are really handy for cleaning up inside your car.
You can also use microfiber to wash and dry the exterior of your car. It leaves glass sparkling clean without any lint or residue, and microfiber is super soft, so you don’t have to worry about damage to your paint job.
6. Clean Baseboards
Microfiber cloths are the perfect cleaning tool for baseboards — they make short work of stubborn dust and grime that tends to collect on them over time. Just wipe down your baseboards with a damp microfiber cloth, rinsing it out as needed.
7. Clean Jewelry & Watches
8. Dry Your Hair
Use a microfiber cloth to dry your hair! These super absorbent cloths can draw out much more water than a standard towel, so your hair will dry faster and look less frizzy! Just squeeze your damp hair with the towel or wrap it around your head. You can use any type of microfiber cloth to dry your hair, or you can find special microfiber hair towels and wraps online.
9. Scrub Showers And Bathrooms
Not only are microfiber cloths great for cleaning your shower, but they can help you keep it clean, too. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down your shower walls after each use to prevent soap scum and mildew from taking hold. Use microfiber cloths and my daily shower cleaner spray to keep your shower looking beautifully clean for weeks!
Nobody enjoys cleaning the bathroom, but with an all-purpose spray, toilet brush, a microfiber cloth, and a few paper towels, you can clean your entire bathroom in just 15 minutes. (When disinfecting surfaces to eliminate germs, avoid using microfiber cloths with bleach or cleaning solutions that contain bleach, as they can damage the fibers.)
10. Remove Smudges From Eyeglasses
Use a dry microfiber cloth to clean your glasses and erase everyday smears and smudges from the lenses. (Need a bit of extra cleaning power for really smeared lenses? You can make a great DIY lens and screen cleaning solution for pennies!)
11. Clean Windows & Polish Mirrors
Cleaning your windows and mirrors with microfiber will leave them super shiny and streak-free. Add equal parts water and vinegar to a spray bottle, spray it onto your cloth, and use it to wipe down mirrors and windows.
12. Wipe Electronics
Use microfiber cloths to clean fingerprints and dust off your TV screen, computer monitor, phone, and other electronics. Grab a microfiber cloth and use it dry to pick up dust or damp to wipe away smears and smudges.
Keep in mind that different screens have different needs when it comes to cleaning, so it’s important to know what kind of screen you’re dealing with before using water to clean it (or any other cleaning solution, for that matter). Learn more about cleaning electronics screens to safely get rid of the grime!
13. Clean Granite, Stainless Steel, & Other Kitchen Surfaces
Microfiber is great for cleaning and shining just about any surface in your kitchen. It leaves stone countertops gleaming and makes short work of smudges and smears on stainless steel, especially when used in tandem with my homemade granite cleaner.
14. Keep Pests At Bay
With the way their tiny fibers grab onto even the smallest particles, microfiber cloths are a great ally when it comes to pest control. Crumbs and other food residues attract all manner of pests, but wiping out your pantry and cupboards with a microfiber cloth will keep them clean and crumb-free and thus less attractive to pests!
15. Erase Spots From Glass
Sick of water spots on your glasses and stemware? Buff them with a dry (or slightly damp) microfiber cloth to remove residues and mineral deposits without the need for additional cleaners. I also like to keep a microfiber towel handy when emptying the dishwasher to dry off any lingering drips before they can leave water spots on my clean glass.
16. Clean Delicate Items Gently
Use a microfiber cloth to gently clean delicate decor items. Whether you use them dry or dampened with a bit of water, they make it easy to remove dust and grime without damaging fragile items and surfaces.
17. Pick Up Dust
Microfiber cloths are excellent for dusting! You can use a dry cloth to pick up light dust and dirt or a damp cloth to power through thicker dust and grime. And since microfiber is so effective at trapping dirt, you don’t have to worry about spreading dust around like you do with other types of dusters.
18. Clean Pets & Pick Up Pet Hair
Not only can you use a dry microfiber cloth to swipe pet hair off the sofa, but a damp cloth is perfect for wiping down pups covered in dry grass, leaves, and mud before they come back inside. You can also use a damp microfiber cloth to gently clean your dog’s ears clean!
19. Mop Up Spills
Use a dry microfiber cloth to absorb spilled liquids — a single cloth can absorb as much as a whole can of soda! You can also use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe up spilled flour, salt, and other dry ingredients. The wet fibers grab onto even the tiniest particles to make cleaning up spills a breeze.
20. Clean Bathroom Floors
A Cuban mop and a microfiber cloth work wonders on the tile floor in my kitchen — I can get into tight spots with ease and have no trouble getting the leverage I need to cut through greasy or sticky spots.
(Never heard of a Cuban mop? It’s basically a long mop handle with a short section attached to one end in a T-shape. Just wrap a cloth around the T, and you’ve got yourself a simple but incredibly effective tool for cleaning floors!)
21. Save Energy
Because microfiber towels can be used a few times before you need to wash them, you can save energy using them versus using standard cleaning rags. After each use, rinse your microfiber cloths clean and hang them to dry. Then when they need a more thorough cleaning, either hand wash them or toss them in your washing machine (only with other microfiber cloths). Use a gentle liquid laundry detergent, then air dry or tumble dry with no heat.
Concerned about the environmental impact of microfiber? It’s a complex issue because while they’re less wasteful than disposable products like paper towels, they can also shed non-biodegradable microfibers when you wash them. You can minimize the amount of shedding from your microfiber cloths by washing them as needed on a delicate, cold-water cycle.
22. Use Them Outdoors
In the great outdoors, microfiber cloths are ideal for wiping down camping dishes, drying hair after a dunk in the lake, and cleaning up after a picnic. My husband even uses a microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe down his knife and board after cleaning fish!
Closer to home, I use microfiber cloths in the garden to wipe off my trowel and other tools after rinsing them off with the hose. (I also keep a big jar of my homemade gardeners’ hand scrub out there so I can scrub my hands clean before coming into the house!)
What are your favorite ways to use microfiber cloths?