Microfiber for Green Cleaning

microfiber green cleaning

I write a lot about improving nutrition and health from the inside, but today we switch gears and start making sure we are avoiding toxins from the outside, too!

Everyday we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals in the air, water and our environment, and many more through products we use in our homes and beauty care. Cleaning products tend to be the worst offenders and are some of the most dangerous to have around the house with kids.

Most cleaning products contain harsh solvents, detergents and fragrances as well as harmful chemicals like bleaches, ammonia, sulfates, and parabens. If you’ve ever read the back of a bottle of cleaning spray or bleach, about the damage those chemicals can cause to skin, the respiratory track, eyes, lungs, etc, plus the warning “Can be fatal if swallowed.” Not particularly things you want under your sink with kids around!

As with many things, green cleaning by making your own can save you a lot of money on cleaning products and is much healthier. Microfiber has also helped me save a lot of money and clean naturally over the years.

What Is Microfiber?

Generally speaking, the microfiber used in cleaning cloths is made from a combination of two synthetic polymers–polyester and polyamide (which is nylon). In the highest quality microfiber cloths, these fibers are approximately 1/100 of a human hair in diameter. This makes the fibers barely visible to the naked eye. The fibers are bundled together and spun into thread which is then woven into cloth.

When examined under magnification, an individual microfiber has a split or spoke-like appearance. The area between the spokes creates a larger surface on the fiber itself. When the individual fibers are joined together into thread, and then woven into cloth, the result is a product that has an amazing ability to pick up and trap dirt coupled with superior absorbency and scrubbing power.

In comparison, a traditional fiber, such as a cotton fiber, is larger and smooth. Cloths made from these fibers require a cleaning agent (detergents, soaps and other chemical cleaners) to dissolve the dirt, which is then absorbed into the cloth in order to be removed from the surface. If dirt isn’t easily dissolved, it isn’t easily picked up and can be left behind. While the split fibers of the microfiber cloths are able to pick up and hold dirt, traditional fibers tend to push dirt and moisture around a surface. So essentially, if you want a cleaner surface, choose microfiber!

Why Choose Microfiber?

The use of microfiber in cleaning is growing in popularity. Microfibers are completely changing the way people clean their homes, wash their cars, mop their floors, and even cleanse their bodies. Microfiber enables people to eliminate many of the household cleaners they would typically use. Whether a person has been using commercially produced cleaning products or making their own at home, many are making the switch to a cleaning method which uses only water and a these reusable cloths. In an effort to reduce chemical exposure, eliminate waste, save time and money, and simplify their lives, microfiber is becoming an obvious choice for many.

So what does this mean for you?

It means microfiber can make you into a lean, mean, green cleaning machine! Armed with only water and a microfiber cloth, you are going to have a greater impact than when you employed conventional cleaning methods. We all know why that’s good; cleaning with water is going keep nasty chemicals out of your home and out of our air and water systems.

In time, this reduction in chemical use and waste will translate into an improved quality of life for you, your family, your community and our world. Beyond this, cleaning only with water means no dirt or chemical residue will be left behind on your surfaces, which actually means you’re achieving a “cleaner” clean. Cleaning with microfiber can also save you money as you eliminate, or drastically reduce, the number of cleaning products you buy or make. The cloths I use in my home have been tested for up to 500 washes and carry a 2 year warranty.

Surprisingly, many people have found these cloths last well past both their laundering life expectancy and warranty period. The thought of investing once, reducing the products I use for cleaning from many to few, and reusing my cloths has been quite appealing to my minimalist sensibilities. Just as you simplify and save your product usage, you are going to save in time and effort. Your microfiber cleaning products become a housekeeping ally. Less effort impacts the amount of time spent on household tasks.

Using microfibers to clean has easily reduced my cleaning time by 50%. Normal cleaning surfaces like bathrooms, walls, kitchen counters and floors are much easier to maintain and more thoroughly cleaned when using a microfiber. As an added bonus, special cleaning projects and domestic nemeses have lost their sting. Window washing, polishing the stainless steel appliances and keeping the glass top cooking range clean are tasks I have struggled with in the past, but now no longer dread. Making cleaning truly easy and actually fun is a tall order.

Don’t get me wrong, it is still work, but I’ve found microfiber has removed some of the “labor” from the more laborious job. With three kids, a home business and the joy of homeschooling, I still struggle to find the time to clean. But now, when I do find a chunk of cleaning time, I can get a whole lot more accomplished!

Where to Use Microfiber Cloths

For the record, my thoughts and opinions on microfiber are based mainly on my experience with two different brands of cloths. I started with the jumbo pack of microfiber cloths from Costco and later graduated to Norwex Enviro Cloths. In terms of quality, these cloths are on different ends of the spectrum. While the cloths from Costco were a drastic improvement over the traditional cloths I had been using, the Norwex Enviro cloths have far out performed those I purchased at Costco.

The following thoughts and examples of microfiber usage are based mostly on my experiences with Norwex. As with any category of product, performance varies from company to company and experimentation is required to determine how well different cloths can handle specific tasks.

I’d like to offer a few of my favorite microfiber uses in order to get you thinking about ways in which you might incorporate microfiber into your own home and cleaning routine.

  • In The  Kitchen: This is where I use my microfiber the most. I use it for cleaning counter tops, cabinets, floors, stovetops and stainless steel appliances. The tiny microfibers do an awesome job clearing away dirt and food residues as well as tackling greasy films and messes.
  • In the Bathroom: You can use a microfiber in the bathroom to easily remove dirt and residues from all surfaces. I especially like it on my shower walls!
  • On Surfaces with a Shine: Windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures, granite and other shiny surfaces clean and shine easily with a cleaning cloth and specially designed polishing cloth. You’ll be thrilled by how easy it is to get a streak free shine! I’m not sure how readily available microfiber polishing cloths are, but I use the Norwex Window Cloth.
  • For Dusting:  Using microfiber to dust is wonderful! The cloth picks up and traps the dust rather than sending it airborne. Because you’re not using a traditional product when you dust, there is no chemical residue left behind to attract more dust. You will find you have to dust less often!
  • On Your Floors: Whether you’re the kind of person who cleans floors on their hands and knees or with a mop, microfiber is going to thrill you. The first time I stood up and walked barefooted on my tile floor after washing it with a microfiber cloth, I was amazed. I couldn’t see the difference but I could feel it as I walked over the floor. I had no idea my old product was leaving such a significant residue. If you prefer to use a mop to clean your floors, you will find some companies make specially designed microfiber mop heads which you can dampen and use to wash your floors. The same microfiber principles apply.
  • On Your Body: In our home we don’t use soap when we bathe. Instead, we use a microfiber body cloth to cleanse our bodies. I wash my face and remove my makeup with a microfiber facial cloth. I love it! I’ve never felt so clean! It can take a little pep talk to convince people to ditch the soap, but once they do, they rarely go back!
  • For Stain Removal: In the same way  microfiber works to pick up dirt from the surfaces in your home, like counter tops and bath tubs, it is also very effective in less obvious areas. Microfiber is wonderful for stain removal. Using only water, I have successfully cleaned upholstery, gotten long standing stains out of carpeting, removed marks and drawings from the walls, countertops and furniture, and removed stains from clothing. I keep a small cloth in my purse for use when I’m out and spill something on myself. We’ve seen microfiber remove blood, wine, green smoothie, waterproof ink, coffee, permanent marker, fingernail polish, grease, rust, vomit, ketchup, and many others.

Bear in mind, when using microfiber cloths the general rule of thumb is to use wet for cleaning and dry for dusting. When using wet, wring out as much water as possible before cleaning. This increases absorbency as well as the fiber’s ability to pick up dirt and residue.

If you are not already using microfibers, you may now be considering adding a few cloths to your home. As you shop for microfiber, bear in mind microfiber cloths are not created  equal. Factors such as manufacturing, fiber quality and diameter, in addition to weave and design, can impact the quality of the cloth and thus it’s ability to perform.

Some cloths on the market today take advantage of the natural antibacterial properties of silver to give the cloth the ability to self purify. In these cases you will want to evaluate whether micro or nano silver is being used and whether the silver is added as a coating on the cloth or is embedded in the cloth. All of these factors matter, so do your research. Talk with friends and make sure you’re investing in quality microfiber products that will do a great job and last a long time.

What I Use

Personally, since I discovered Microfiber for cleaning, I don’t use anything else! A product that cleans naturally with only water… I was sold! (Tip: you can also add a couple drops of lemon essential oil for a fresh scent while you clean!)

If you haven’t tried microfiber, the basic idea is that the microscopic fibers in the cloth pick up much more dirt, bacteria and germs than regular cloth. I’ve even seen microfiber alone take off a huge streak of butter on a window (don’t ask….)

My favorite microfiber products that basically clean my entire house are:

  • The Antibac Envirocloth– a Heavy duty microfiber cloth with silver fibers embedded in it to kill bacteria and germs. It cleans everything from my cabinets to counters to stainless steel appliances. I also use it to clean my bathroom and can literally clean the bathroom from top to bottom with it. I now keep one microfiber cloth in each room for fast cleaning.
  • The Polishing Cloth– I use this on windows for a natural streak free shine with no chemicals. I use one half wet and one half dry and just wipe down with the damp and dry with the dry side. This also works great for polishing mirrors, appliances and electronics.
  • The Dusting Mitt: Actually picks up dust, even the dust that collects on top of fans (unless perhaps you dust those more often that I do and don’t have dust on top of your fans…). The kids love using this one too and I don’t mind because no chemicals are involved.
  • The Telescopic Mop– Hands down my favorite because it lets me mop my entire house without chemicals in 10-15 minutes! It uses a heavy duty microfiber pad that can be machine washed and no bucket or chemicals are required! They even make a kids version of all of the above and my kids love to use them!

You can also make your own DIY cleaners and disinfectants for your house, laundry, etc for pennies and they often work as well or better than chemical-laden store bough options. These are a few of my favorite:

Make Your Own Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent-Video Tutorial
Natural Stain Treatment Reference Sheet
Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent
Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Natural Oven Cleaning
Natural Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe
Easy Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe
Natural Cleaning and Organizing Checklist
Natural Bathroom Cleaning
Natural Kitchen Cleaning

How do you clean naturally? Ever used microfiber or other green products? Share below!

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  1. I think the bathroom is the toughest to switch to natural cleaning methods, because of the paranoia surrounding germs, etc. I’m really hoping I win because I’d *love* to give microfiber a try! 

    • Norwex microfiber is life changing. There is a great video on YouTube where a TV channel does a Does it Work segment in TN. They use a Norwex microfiber, generic microfiber and paper towel with all purpose cleaner to get rid of e coli in a petri dish. Check it out. I will never go back to traditional cleaning. Worth every penny!

    • Hello, I feel that Microfiber in general has been a much needed technology to reduce the hundreds of thousands of pounds of Paper Towels that go into our landfill’s each and every year. I say that because I certainly appreciate your article, however, I feel that NOREX Products are some of the most overpriced products I have seen in the marketplace and too many people fall for it and spend their hard earned money on an ok, but certainly not great cleaning cloth or mop.

      Before I go any further let me tell you a little bit about me, I am an executive for a medical supplies manufacturing and distribution company. Obviously being in my space requires me and my employees to follow a number of state and federal rules & regs. Many of my front line employee’s use Microfiber Cleaning Cloths & Mops each and every day, and have done so for years, to do complete a variety of tasks. I say that to let you know that we have tried out just about every Microfiber Manufacturer that exists in the market today.

      Did you know that many companies actual buy their microfiber products from China for as little as $0.25 – $0.35 and have them private label them then sell it to the general public for anywhere from $3.00 – $6.00 on average. The margins on these products are quit good and I aplaud the companies for doing this, I just do not like wasting money.

      I had my wife use these Cloths and Mops at home with ONLY WATER, except around the Toilet in the Restroom and she was AMAZED at what they are able to do.

      • This is a good post. Like it a lot. Only thing it needs is the removal of promoting another brand name. Brand really has nothing to do with it. As mentioned, anyone can buy and relabel. What matters is the product, materials used in the fibers, etc. Brands may be associated with selling and distributing a better quality product, but that is all a brand is, the marketing and sales. The question is for every brand, who manufactures it and what is their manufacturing process.

  2. Hands down, the toughest job is the toilet.  I moved into a new apartment, and even if I clean more than weekly, the toilet still has odor that won’t go away…. UGH!!!!

    •  Use baking soda. It gets rid of the odor as well as cleaning. You can also use an alka seltzer or a denture tablet. (not together!) Drop a tab in the bowl, go do other stuff, and come back in about 15 minutes. Use your brush and flush!

  3. I find that cleaning the stains out of my toilets (without using bleach) to be the hardest job to chage over the green cleaning. 

    • I happened to be browsing through these replies and wanted to let you know that white vinegar does a great job at cleaning my toilet! I pour in about 2 cups and swish it around all the sides with the toilet brush before I go to bed. Then when I wake up I give it another quick scrub, flush and voila! Give it a try sometime and see what you think!

      •  I use vinegar to clean just about everything in my house.

  4. the toughest natural cleaning for me is the shower. i use vinegar water and scrub scrub scrub!!! i also LOVE paper towel 🙁 trying to get rid of that habit. I think microfiber would replace it well though

    • Norwex beats vinegar and paper towel, hands down. I was a vinegar and water cleaner.

  5. Biggest challenge is keeping my hardwood clean with a dog and 2 kids running around with natural products.  

    •  I use a steam mop and it works great!

  6. Cleaning up after the dogs….

  7. Biggest challenge is keeping my hardwood clean naturally with a dog and 2 kids running around. 

  8. I’d have to agree with others and say bathroom. I love my Comet cleanser! I don’t have any microfiber so would love to win 🙂

  9. Nothing! We switched to natural cleaning five years ago and haven’t looked back 🙂

  10. Cleaning up raw meat! It just doesn’t feel clean without the bleach spray.

  11. Definitely the shower!  If I let it go for too long, I almost always resort to chemicals to get it clean!

  12. I have a 3 year old pet stain on the carpet that is impossible to remove. Add to that its, in the only area of the house that is safe for my baby to play on the floor away from wood stove and stairs. Gross out!

  13. My biggest challenge is the grout in my kitchen.  With two little ones and a very, very large dog my floors are never clean for long.  Our kitchen has the most traffic of all the rooms in our house, it seems as soon as I get it clean and turn around, it’s dirty again.  The grout though is the worst!  All the spills and the sandy Florida dirt that my dog tracks in make the grout lines perfect little dirt trays.  I looked up your grout recipe and am going to try it out!

  14. I LOVE my anitbac clothes!  My biggest challenge is mopping-I have a traditional mop, and usually end up using some cleaning product with it.  I’ve been eyeing the microfiber mop for a while, but just can’t afford it right now.  Thanks for the chance to win it!

    • I put one of my old microfiber cloths on my  Swiffer steam mop. My floors have never been cleaner!!

  15. I’m in agreement with many of the other responders in saying the toilet “area”.  With 2 three year olds intent on learning to stand up to go to the bathroom it starts smelling like an outhouse quick easily.  

  16. The shower!!! It is just hard to keep up with all the soap scum…

    • If you use Norwex antibac body cloth you don’t have to use soap.

  17. Biggest challenge for me is the toilet bowl. And the shower…
    I already use microfiber, but not for the bathroom, since I don’t have enough.

  18. Today was my toughest challenge.  My dog is having tummy trouble – she’s inside the house and weighs 50 lbs.  That’s a lot of stuff coming out either end.  The microfiber is really up to the challenge and so is the Natural Cleaning solution.

  19. I have four little boys and they waste no time making the bathroom super nasty. It’s all I can do not to douse it in bleach, shut the door fast, and run away screaming.

  20. I am having trouble with the bathroom. Cleaning the grout in the shower and cleaning the toilet.  I have been using your natural cleaning recipe to clean the toilet.

  21. I have to agree with a lot of you that the toilet it the toughest! Seems like I have to clean it everyday or it has rings and smells yucky. 

  22. Our shower curtain is the toughest thing to keep clean. Our city water turns it all kinds of colors.

  23. I agree with several others….getting the toilet sparkling clean

  24. I’ve definitely had the hardest time switching over to natural products in both the bathroom and kitchen … I’m trying to develop a more friendly stance towards bacteria, but am still a recovering germophobe! 

  25. Bathroom/toilet for sure!

  26. I think the toughest cleaning job is the shower!! I’dlove to see how the microfiber would work!

  27. The bathroom–floor especially!

  28. The top of my stove!  How to get off the hardened spatters? 

    • You won’t believe it but using baby wipes takes off hardened or old oil that’s caked on stove tops or pans/pots!

  29. my daughter has an autoimmune disorder and I have been trying to do everything more naturally. Would love to try these and clean the bathroom which I feel is the hardest to disinfect without chemicals

  30. The toilet :/

  31. Definitely the toilet!! And I couldn’t figure out how to tag you in the FB share!

  32. Definitely the toilet!   We buy the “greener” cleaners for this job but they are much pricier than other toilet bowl cleaners.   Plus, regardless, I end up using bleach or a cleaner with it after any sort of tummy illness in the house.

  33. Definitely the oven! I dread cleaning it as I’m terrified of the dangerous chemicals involved to get the baked in grime off! It’s like chemical warfare with protective gloves, mask and heavy duty apron, and on top of it you have to find someone to mind your kids for the day while you do it so you can make sure they keep out of the kitchen. I’ll be trying the think layer of bicarbonate soda next time. Thanks for a wonderful blog Wellness Mama 🙂

  34. the toilet.  i use vinegar and baking soda, but eventually it needs a bleach cleaner…and i’m not happy about that…

  35. Biggest challenge for me is the bathroom. As someone mentioned already, the germs! It’s tough to trust natural cleansers when all you want to do is bleach all the things.

    Oh, and our white tile kitchen counters. Getting the grout clean is tough… but a good scrub with borax does the trick.

  36. The bathroom, and in particular the toilet. It’s hard to not use some nasty chemical when you think about nasty germs!

  37. I just moves into a new house and want to start fresh and try an all natural approach to cleaning! I have heard about microfiber cleaning for awhile and have so many windows to keep little finger prints off of (we already have four children and will God willing have more).

  38. As others have mentioned, the toilet would be the most difficult for me. I’m not especially concerned about germs, but the toilet is different.  I have been looking into trying out microfiber since I first read about it here. Which do you use for the toilet?

  39. I think my toughest job I’ve had a hard time making the switch is the grout in my shower. I can’t seem to keep it white without bleach. I hope microfiber can help me with that. 

  40. The toilet is definitely the hardest thing for me to not use bleach or ammonia on.  

  41. We have a lot of manganese and iron in our well water – the showers, tubs, and toilets are the worst! Please help me get away from Comet. I’ve even tried spraying my showers and tubs with diluted lye soap (that I make), it helps, but doesn’t quite get it clean. Any thoughts?

  42. I would say switching to a natural stain remover for clothes has been the hardest for me. I use homemade laundry detergent that I love but I still use Shout for stains. 

  43. The only reason I hang on to my bleach spray is to clean the sink after I’ve rinsed raw meat in it.  I want to be careful about salmonella! 

  44. I just got new flooring so this would be great because I’m trying to figure out the best cleaning plan 🙂

  45. My toughest since throwing everything out was the dog accident!! We have six kids and the stainless fridge can be hard too. I found a solution though. First a little olive oil then vinegar and it shines like new and cleans all of the gross smudges!! Thanks for offering this!

  46. The glass shower!!!!!

  47. The bathroom is definitely our “hot spot” unfortunately. Between attempting to potty train a short toddler, having hard water & all the traffic it sees from visitors its pretty bad. And my 2yr old insists on climbing on everything as I’m disinfecting then pops his thumb in his mouth!! Yikes :/ I barely have time to clean much less go back over everything with water 🙁 One step SAFE natural cleaning would be AWESOME!!!

  48. My biggest challenge in cleaning is my bathtub.  

  49. Second to the toilet, my biggest challenge is cleaning up after my cats.  I need something that will disinfect various surfaces, mainly the floor and counters, without getting kitties sick.

  50. my toughest job is kitchen food prep area.  AFTER the food prep, I just want it to be really clean!

  51. The hardest thing for me to clean naturally is the oven.

  52. Bathroom!!!

  53. My biggest natural cleaning challenge is dish detergent. I love suds! 

  54. With a 5 year-old boy, I find my biggest challenge is keeping the bathroom (especially the area around the toilet) clean and fresh. It is a full time job unto itself!

  55. The toughest clean job is the car after two months of no cleaning during spring and summer LOL.

    • Have you found a solution for cleaning your car naturally and with the less amount of water possible?

  56. Getting rid of bathroom mold on the shower curtain with natural products it the hardest for me where I live. Your mold remover is great, but I still have to spend so much time scrubing…it just grows to fast! 

  57. The carpet, for sure. Light-colored carpeting seemed like such a good idea before we had four kids, an elderly cat with bladder issues, and a 95-lb, incessantly shedding dog with a sensitive stomach who also likes to occasionally “forget” that he is house-trained.


  58. Biggest challenge is the toilet bowl as well.  It drives me crazy to see the water ring inside.  Always trying to scrub it clean, using baking soda, and even borax powder.  

  59. Cleaning the soap scum from the bathroom is always a difficult task for me.  I would love to try the microfiber cloths.  Very interested!

  60. Soap scum in the bathroom glass shower door. I have tried everything natural and it just will not stay clean. Haven’t tried microfiber. I’d really like to try microfiber on the floors! No bucket sounds amazing!

  61. I would have to say that the toilet is the toughest place when it comes to swithing to natural cleaning.

  62. My toughest switch will cleaning the floors. I have an 18 month old and y’all know how that goes. I hate the feel of a dirty floor underneath my feet!

  63. The kitchen sink is the hardest for me….it’s so germy. I feel like I have to use those chemicals. Would love to be proven wrong by something else, say microfiber 🙂

  64. Cleaning the toilet is the hardest for me to use natural cleaners for. I hate cleaning the toilet, and I want all the germs to be gone!

  65. I also would love a natural DIY cleaner for the showers!  So I can let me kids spray! 

  66. I use all natural cleaners for everything already. This mop is on my wishlist!!

  67. This may sound weird, but the toughest cleaning job for me to commit to doing naturally is dusting the furniture.   Maybe it is because I have a baby who is at just the right height to slime them and leave behind scum and fingerprints.  Cleaning without chemicals sounds like a dream, healthy and less clutter!

  68. the bathroom is the hardest switch to natural cleaning products. I have extremely hard water and and its hard to soak shower walls with vinegar until the mineral layer dissolves.

  69. Ditching the toilet bowl cleaner is probably the trickiest give-up for me.

  70. My toughest job is trying to get my oven clean.  Even when I use harsh cleaners like Easy Off it still doesn’t get everything off and the oven super clean like I would like it to be. 

  71. Definitely the toilet. Other things don’t seem as icky, and you can put off cleaning them without guilt; but toilets look and smell icky. I feel the necessity to clean the toilet thoroughly, using a brand name product to kill the germs and remove the offensive smell.

  72. When I moved into my new house there was an inch of dust on the fan in my bedroom! I want to try this to keep all the dust at bay!!

  73. The bathroom!  That dang shower door.  AND convincing my husband that this is all we need!  I can’t wait to throw out ALL of my cleaners!  We have so many too!

  74. The stove top. There’s a little scrubber pad thingy that I love!

  75. My last area to switch to natural products is our toilet – I am still stuck with the toxic stuff.  This weekend when a drop of it fell on my skin after the cleaning the toilet it actually stung!  Yikes!  Microfiber may be the answer.  I have tried natural products but our hard water leaves staining that will only be removed with conventional cleaners.  I am ready to give microfiber a try.

  76. Oh my goodness. I have heard so many great things about these clothes and would LOVE to own some of my own. I have a very tough time getting my stainless steel appliances and bbq cleaned off without a bunch of streaks or chemicals. Help! I’d love to take some before/after photos using these! 

  77. Going to be kitchen counters and sink after handling raw meat.

  78. The granite counters in the kitchen.  I used to use vinegar, but it was warping the stone.  

  79. Mold & mildew in the shower stall…..I haven’t found a way to get it clean yet, chemical or not!

  80. Mildew and soap scum in the shower!  We are renting a town home and I’m pretty sure the mold and mildew is there to stay.  I can’t get it to go away!

  81. I finally did completely switch over to all natural cleaning. The toughest thing for me was the toilet because i thought i needed to clean it with bleach. But then i read on some blog (can’t remember which one) that we don’t eat out of our toilet so why should we even care if it’s disinfected? Now I just squirt some white vinegar in there and scrub. Works just fine. 🙂

  82. I think using natural products to keep the bathroom clean is a hard switch. I use vinegar and water for most cleaning, but the bathroom just seems like it should have bleach cleanings. Its a process, and microfiber is something that I am interested in exploring further.

  83. hmm ~ I guess the toilet. That’s pretty much the only thing I still use a commercial product on…

  84. I agree with lots of others….. The toilet is the hardest! I have 3 boys who certainly need to work on their aim!

  85.  Trying to keep polished wood gleaming.  I’ve tried various oil/lemon concoctions with no luck.

  86. For me, the biggest challenge is probably keeping up with dusting (especially the fan and light fixtures) properly.  Working full time means I want to spend the evening with my family, so cleaning gets put on the back burner and then only the major necessities get done weekly.  

  87. The bathroom was the hardest, but I’ve noticed the vinegar and water mix (with orange) does an awesome job.  

  88. The shower! Particularly because I hate cleaning the shower and wait till the only product that will get the stains out is the magic eraser! 🙂

  89. One of my biggest challenges are getting calcium deposits off faucets,  sinks, tubs.  Actually cleaning the bathtub also. 

  90. Kitchen sink! Can’t seem to make it look clean without something harsh like bleach 🙁 Hoping the microfiber may do the trick 🙂

  91. the SHOWER is my toughest cleaning area!  Can’t seem to get rid of the scum and yuckiness without bleach 🙁 I have switched to just vinegar and hot water to mop my hardwoods, but would LOVE to try microfiber!

  92. They all used to be tough, until I picked up some microfiber cleaning cloths from Costco. I’d love to “upgrade” to some higher quality cloths!!!

  93. My biggest challenge is not using bleach in the laundry. 🙁

  94. I’ve switched to all microfiber cleaning, it has been super easy and I can’t believe how well the Norwex cleans. I got the wet/dry mop, the household cleaning package, the heavy duty scrubber, and the dish clothes, I plan to keep adding to my collection and getting the washcloths, which are cheaper than replacing with what I currently use. The hardest thing about switching to natural cleaning is not using bleach on my white towels!! If I win ill be giving the prize to a friend who is currently building a new house!!

  95. Scrubbing the shower… I worry about chemicals going down the drain

  96. Dishwasher for sure.  Natural products just don’t seem to get the dishes clean.

  97. The bathtub!

  98. My toughest challenge to clean naturally are my husbands socks (he works with rock which = water, dirt and mud) . It’s extremely hard to get them white again.

  99. My tub! We live in a really old house with a really old tub. The thing just never looks clean!

  100. The toughest place for me would have to be the toilet!

  101. … without a doubt the toilet…how could I not use bleach? 

  102. Definitely the shower!

  103. My biggest challenge is the laundry. I use fragrance and dye free detergent which is an improvement, but when I’ve tried homemade detergents, the laundry doesn’t seem as clean. I’ll be sure to check out your recipe and give it a try.

  104. I think cleaning stains from my white porcelain sink or from my linoleum is hard to convert to green cleaning. I use vinegar water all the time but for tough stains…. I really want to reach for the bleach!

  105. Well, I just started using some microfiber from the local store and it is working nicely. There was a small pack of 4 different small cloths.  Just enough to test it out.  The toughest for me was when the dog had diarrhea, dog poop has to be the most foul thing on this earth!  My husband yelled, “where’s the emergency stash of cleaners?!?” (like I said I got it all out of the house just days before)  So I caved and gave him some harsh cleaner.  Other than that I’m just trusting that your all purpose cleaner is good enough for the kitchen and other areas where bacteria might be. My stainless steel appliances look great when I clean them with olive oil followed by vinegar!

  106. Cleaning soap scum from the tub and shower is the toughest to give up on the chemical-laden cleaners. The spray-it-and-forget-it approach that those cleaners take is soooo convenient, until i think about the residue I am soaking in with my next bubble bath!

  107. I think the thoughest natural cleaning job is the bathtub.  So much extra scrubbing is needed, and then I wonder if it’s disinfected too.

  108. The bathroom is definitely the toughest for me…specifically the toilet!

  109. The biggest challenge for me is the toilet.  I did do the baking soda, vinegar or H2O2 but it just needed cleaning so much sooner and got a dirt ring around the inside of the bowl and smelled bad right away…so i went back to my 7th generation toilet bowl cleaner and that seems to work…

  110. We are all aboUt microfiber and natural cleaning products. Much better than paper towels. Less waste and I can wash a whole pile of dish towels and hang them to dry.

  111. TThe toilet! We have a lot of natural stone throughout our house so i can’t use any harsh chemicals and i’ve tried everything ! But the toilet -hands down. We have hard water as an added bonus, and the lovely aroma… Yay me!!

    • we have hard water too that stains the best thing I have seen is scrub with baking soda then pour in vinegar and scrub again gets rid of the stains!

  112. My glass stove top is really difficult to get clean. I’m a lazy cook, so I don’t watch things too well when I cook…and thinks have been known to boil over. 

  113. I use borax for the shower and tough stains on carpet and pots/pans. It rules.

  114. I haven’t found anything to combat bathroom mildew like bleach does. I am finding it very hard to break up with.

  115. Was so excited to see you covering the amazing #Norwex cloths! I’m a bit of a wellness nut, also, and these helped me master the next frontier… making cleaning fast, easy… and SAFE!! Thanks for sharing!

  116. How does the microfiber deal with grease and/or goopy things? Still use only water? There is no oily residue?

  117. FINALLY gave microfiber a try. I was extremely skeptical of how you could clean with cloth and water. But I finally decided to give it a try. Plus they were on sale. I bought the Target brand multipack. They are different colors for different jobs and labeled for easy reference. I cannot believe the results! They don’t kick up dust like other methods of cleaning. They actually clean. I plan to try the toilet fizzies next! If they work, I won’t need chemical cleaners anymore!

  118. Did you get yours from Norwex? I bought the items you listed, but they are a little pricey. Just wondering if you are aware of a cheaper alternative.

  119. What are the cloths made out of? I checked out the Norwex website and it does not actually say what they are made out of. My husband says that microfiber cloths are made out of plastic?? Please help. I would like to try these but am deleting all plastic out of the house. Thanks!

  120. I’ve tried a couple of, admittedly cheaper, brands of microfiber and I don’t like the way the cloth feels so rough and “grabby” against my hands. I know that quality is why it works so well but do the more expensive Norwex cloths have a nicer feel to them?

  121. I use microfiber cloths almost exclusively for my cleaning. However, using them wet in the bathroom still is a frustration for me, as they never pick up all the dust and dirt particles on my vanity. Once I have cleaned with the wet cloth, I still have to follow it up with a dry cloth to pick up the remaining particles. Have you experienced that? Do you have any tips to avoid having to clean twice?

    • The best way to avoid the additional lint/dust being left behind are to dust the mirror first and make sure you aren’t washing your microfibers with other articles of clothing. With the H2O at Home, we recommend washing our microfiber cloths in a laundry bag, or specifically with our glass cleaning microfiber I just use our stain lifting bar to wash it and don’t run it through the washing machine very often(even when in the laundry bag). Hope this helps.

  122. Sorry to comment on an old post.

    I love your blog 🙂 but I actually discovered this post while trying to find plant-based substitutes for microfiber. I am trying NOT to buy products with polyester or nylon since they are byproducts of the petroleum industry.

    After over an hour of scouring the web, it seems no one has come up with any plant-based microfiber cloths?

    To be honest I am really just looking for something to use as a hair towel. Many people seem to swear by microfiber hair towels since they are softer on hair than terry-cloth and they dry much faster. But as soon as I realized microfiber is almost completely petro-sourced, I decided to seek alternatives…

    I wonder if you have any suggestions? Or just stick with the terry-cloth?

    • I agree and that is definitely a downside to microfiber. I’ve been experimenting with linen instead and actually love it as a towel, wash cloth and hair towel and it is a natural fiber.

      • I am trying to eliminate synthetics as far as possible. I agreed they absorb and pick up wonderfully, which is why they are so lethal in the oceans: They attract poisons and pollutants and are then ingested by marine life.
        Linen is a great option, though expensive, It is the traditional absorbent wiper.

        • Although true, I think that argument is silly. Anything disposed of in the ocean is dangerous, natural or non. This applies to almost everything. Oil is natural, yet dumping oil into the ocean is not wise. Look at soil We would agree that salt is natural, yet if you contaminate soil with salt, it will not sustain vegetation. So what do you do, avoid salt, or use it properly? Not using a product because it could be used unwisely would mean not using any product at all.

  123. What about the environmental impact of these cloths? Any synthetic fibre is going to be non biodegradable into a backyard compost. Synthetic fibres make there was into every organism by break down in the wash and after being tossed. Just wondering what are your thoughts?

  124. I have used microfiber cleaning cloths for years. But yesterday I learned that ersatz materials (nylon, polyester…) have polluted bodies of water down even 300 or more feet. That sea creatures in all parts of the world show that microfibers are in their bodies. It occurs when we clean the cloths. All ersatz materials seem to be polluting our lakes, oceans, rivers, ponds, anywhere that refuse water enters. Are there any micro cloths made without polluting fibers?