In the last post I shared my favorite homemade all purpose cleaner. As promised in that post, I thought I would also share my favorite type of cleaning cloths which I think work especially well with homemade cleaning mixtures. What are they? **drumroll please **
Yes, good old fashioned cloth diapers are by far my favorite cleaning cloth. I know that microfiber cloths are enjoying popularity right now and I use them sometimes too, but have you noticed that after several washings the microfiber cloths seem to lose their absorbancy? I spent a few hours one day googling around the internet trying to find out if microfiber cloths were even washable in the first place. (who would want a cleaning rag that’s not washable ??). I didn’t find much helpful information on that subject but I did find a few things that said microfiber cloths should be washed separately or hand washed as they pick up lint and that the fibers can be compromised after several washings.
Well, pardon me, but that is just too high maintenance for a cleaning rag. I want to be able to toss those suckers in the washing machine and not baby them along like I would an expensive wool sweater or something.
I first learned about using cloth diapers in the book Speed Cleaning. The author (who did professional cleaning) said cloth diapers were the best and most absorbent cleaning cloth he had found. So I went out and bought a package and found out he was right! The cloth diapers are soft and won’t scratch, are made to absorb a lot of liquid, and are easy to launder, and are of a nice sturdy size for cleaning jobs.
That was almost 20 years ago and I have been happily using cloth diapers for cleaning ever since. AND – only just this year did I finally throw out some of the old ones and buy a new package of diapers for cleaning so a package will last you a long, long time. The picture below shows that after washing they shrink up a little bit and they will not be bright white anymore, especially after a particularly heavy cleaning job, but hey, they’re a cleaning rag! I promise you’ll be able to get lots and lots of cleaning use from a package of cloth diapers.
Most homemade cleaning mixtures are water based which is why I think the cloth diapers are an especially helpful type of rag to use for absorbancy. (Most store bought cleaners are water based too which is why it I prefer to make my own . . . why pay all that money for mostly water?).
At first glance it might not seem like a very frugal solution. But that initial purchase of $10 to $15 will last for many many years, and you might also find that you stop using paper towels as much which eliminates that cost too.
Cloth diapers are my absolute favorite cleaning cloth and if you give them a try, I think you’ll love them too!
And as always, if you can’t find cloth diapers in a store near you, our good friends at Amazon can save the day.