The Best Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

I’ve lined cleansing objects for Wirecutter since 2022. In that point, I’ve written about brooms, all-purpose cleaners, mops, bathroom plungers, and lots of different mess-busting instruments. I’ve additionally attended the International Sanitary Supply Association convention (a commerce present for the cleansing trade) and spoken with microfiber fabric producers for analysis on this information.

Photo: Michael Hession

You can discover two varieties of microfiber cloths for cleansing. The first is the smaller, flat variety typically used to rid eyeglasses or digital screens of smudges. The second is a bigger, fluffier sheet meant for family cleansing. We centered on the latter kind for this testing.

Some producers discuss with the household-cleaning selection as “towels.” But most sellers don’t make a distinction, referring to each the fluffy sheets and the flat pads as “microfiber cloths.” This is like calling a carpet and a placemat the identical factor.

Keep in thoughts that every time we use the phrase “microfiber fabric” on this information, we imply the fluffy variety. These are usually created from a mix of artificial threads, normally greater than 75% polyester and the remaining polyamide. The polyester is somewhat denser than the polyamide, making a fluffy however nonetheless maneuverable wipe, in accordance with clothing-manufacturer platform Sewport.

Here’s why they’re nice at cleansing:

  • They mud through physics: The two-part artificial fibers—200 instances smaller than a human hair—collect mud partly by means of the ability of electromagnetism. Microfibers are positively charged because of the thousands and thousands of tiny strands rubbing in opposition to each other to create static electrical energy. Dust is normally negatively charged. The end result is identical response that occurs if you rub your hair in opposition to a balloon—your hair sticks.
  • They catch microbes: Researchers have demonstrated that microfiber cloths are considerably simpler at eliminating disease-causing micro organism than cotton cloths, partly due to the static attraction and partly as a result of the sides of the tiny fibers act like a “carpenter’s aircraft, peeling off deposits,” in accordance with one other examine. One analysis group examined 10 microfiber cloths from totally different manufacturers and located that every one of these reusable cloths carried out equally effectively at eradicating microbes, irrespective of their worth.
  • They’re thirsty: The material soaks up liquid immediately, wrings out simply, and repeatedly absorbs extra.
  • They age effectively (for some time): A healthcare hygiene examine (PDF) out of the UK discovered that the efficiency of the microfiber cloths the researchers examined truly grew to become higher over time, up to some extent: “Re-usable fabric efficiency improved at 75 washes, and diminished after 150 washes, though, in most situations, efficiency after 150 washes was higher than at first wash.” The potential for reusability and waste discount was partially what motivated us to check this class and make suggestions.



Although we’ve been writing about and recommending microfiber cloths for years, we’ve discovered them to be fairly interchangeable, and we had by no means heard a author right here or one in all our readers specific a choice or dissatisfaction with any explicit model.

As we narrowed down the staggering variety of similar-looking choices, we centered on a handful of finest sellers with excessive rankings and lengthy histories of constructive proprietor critiques. We additionally requested Wirecutter staffers about their favourite microfiber cloths. We wound up with a dozen that regarded distinct sufficient from the pack, and we then whittled that record down to 6 to name in for testing.

Some of the cloths got here with tiny model tags; some didn’t. To preserve monitor of the cloths and not using a model label, I embroidered a small figuring out sew on the nook of every one.

Photo: Michael Hession

General cleansing: I used the cloths to elevate dust from keyboards, clear smudged glass on hanging footage, and rescue collectable motion figures from mud. Baseboards, windowsills crammed with houseplants, and the highest of my TV and laptop had been spotless in seconds. Spills on counters vanished, and the normally moist, dirty space beneath my lavatory sink’s cleaning soap dish sparkled.

Looking for a bigger array of things to wash, I headed to the huge Livingston Street Goodwill retailer in downtown Brooklyn and went to work on something I might discover that wanted a wipe-down, which, unsurprisingly, was lots: books, electronics, glassware, ceramics, a random piece of glass with seashells and marbles glued to it, framed work, a hat rack, even Christmas ornaments. I obtained some unusual seems to be, however all of the objects regarded a lot better by the point I left. (You’re welcome, future house owners.)

Water absorption: According to the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PDF), microfiber cloths can take up seven instances their weight in water. Though I couldn’t replicate that precise examine, I positioned the cloths on a chopping board and poured tablespoons of water onto them till water started seeping out the sides. Even accounting for some measurement variations within the cloths, I discovered the outcomes spectacular: The cloths absorbed 20 to 31 tablespoons of water.

Washing and sturdiness: Throughout my cleansing course of, I washed all of the microfiber cloths not less than 5 instances in chilly water and allow them to air-dry to see whether or not any of them had been affected by the wash. I knew I wouldn’t get by means of 75 washes to see if their efficiency improved, as within the UK examine, however 5 wash cycles ended up being the suitable quantity for me to check the sturdiness of the stitching, particularly on the hems.

Construction and integrity: I inspected the threads to substantiate that they had been even, and I pulled on the material gently with a needle to see whether or not it resisted my efforts to unravel the weave by tugging.



Photo: Michael Hession

Our decide

Fixsmith Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Best worth, strongest cleaner

Despite being made with the identical supplies as just about each different fabric we examined, the Fixsmith cloths had been essentially the most absorbent and most inexpensive, they usually survived a number of washes.

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The Fixsmith Microfiber Cleaning Cloth rose to the highest of the heap for its low worth and absorbency. With eight to a pack, every 12-by-16-inch fabric prices solely about 63¢. In our assessments, it held 31 tablespoons of water earlier than beginning to leak.

It carried out effectively within the thrift retailer, making a dirty keyboard look virtually new. As I tackled notably dusty objects, I imagined I might hear the crackling of static as motes caught to it like a magnet. And even after I put the fabric by means of 5 rounds within the wash, the stitching on the hem held tight.

The Fixsmith cloths can be found in solely three colours—grey, blue, and vivid yellow—however you’ll be able to organize them in packs of various quantities, from eight to 800.

Photo: Michael Hession

Also nice

MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

For a barely softer swipe

MagicFiber’s cleansing cloths are thicker and felt higher in our arms than the others we examined, however they’re dearer.

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The material of the MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloth is visibly thicker and feels softer than our different picks, presumably attributable to its totally different ratio of polyester to polyamide. Whereas the entire different fashions we examined include 13% polyamide, the MagicFiber fabric incorporates 20% of the artificial fibers.

The distinction within the texture didn’t appear to make an impression in cleansing efficiency, however I did like the texture of this fabric in my arms as I labored, and it stayed fluffy after 5 washes. In absorption skill, it ranked decrease than our prime decide however increased than different cloths we examined. And at 13 by 13 inches, it offers a barely bigger sq. to work with than the Fixsmith fabric.



Follow the washing tips: Microfiber cloths catch tiny particles always—even within the wash. So most producers suggest not washing them with garments, towels, or different lint-producing textiles. You can use cleaning soap or detergent, however material softener, bleach, and warmth will harm the fabric. In our testing, after we put a fabric by means of a cycle within the dryer on a sizzling setting, the feel modified, because the fibers appeared to soften barely and grow to be somewhat sticky. Hang your cloths to air-dry.

Exercise correct care to assist offset microplastic shedding: “No bones about it—microfiber cloths are created from plastic, they usually undoubtedly shed microplastics,” stated Katie Okamoto, Wirecutter’s editor of sustainability protection, once I requested about any potential environmental harm these cleansing instruments might trigger.

Katie instructed me that microfiber cloths shed extra plastic than most different materials, which has potential well being and ecosystem results. To reduce down on the quantity of shedding, use a laundry bag or set up a machine filter particularly designed to seize microplastics. With correct upkeep, the reusability of microfiber cloths helps stability out their environmental prices to a point. “A bit of reusable plastic across the dwelling, even when it’s shedding, shall be a small quantity of air pollution within the grand scheme of issues, when you maintain on to them for years,” Katie stated.

We are at present testing Tricol Recycled Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, that are fabricated from 80% post-consumer plastic. On one supply’s suggestion, we’ll check the Rubbermaid Microfiber Cleaning Cloth. We are additionally planning ongoing assessments of Amazon Basics and MW Pro cloths, and we’ll replace this information with our findings.



The Aidea Microfiber Cleaning Cloths appear mainly similar to the Fixsmith cloths, proper right down to the typos within the materials description on the tags and the particular person proven utilizing the product on its Amazon itemizing. Yet these had been barely dearer on the time of our testing and didn’t carry out as effectively in our water-absorption assessments. We’re unsure why.

Bona’s Microfiber Cleaning Cloths value an eye-popping $3.50 a fabric, greater than 5 and a half instances a Fixsmith fabric. Each fabric is labeled for a distinct kind of floor: kitchen, wooden, lavatory, and glass, with the final one being the flat fashion of microfiber fabric. Andy Telatnik, director of retail advertising and marketing at Bona, instructed us that the corporate developed particular knits for cleansing every of those surfaces. In our assessments, all of the microfiber cloths had been equally efficient, and we didn’t discover any variations in how the assorted weaves of the Bona cloths carried out on assorted surfaces compared with a normal fabric. We additionally discovered the Bona cloths’ giant tags cumbersome and annoying whereas we had been cleansing. Bona’s cloths are fabricated from 80% recycled plastic, which we respect. We plan to check extra recycled choices for a future replace.

At the time of our testing, the Homexcel Microfiber Cleaning Cloths had been dearer than the Fixsmith and Aidea cloths, regardless of showing similar. One of the cloths tore alongside the hem after a couple of washes.

A bit of the Mr.Siga Microfiber Cleaning Cloth broke after we ran it over a photograph album with a tough material cowl within the thrift store. This model’s fabric additionally absorbed the least quantity of water amongst all these we examined.

This article was edited by Joshua Lyon and Harry Sawyers.

  1. Andy Telatnik, director of retail advertising and marketing at Bona, video interview, March 7, 2024

  2. George Clarke, CEO of UMF Corporation, video interview, March 6, 2024

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