Small Change | 7

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Small Change #7: Swap microfiber cloth for natural fiber cloth rags.

I have this weird sensory issue with microfiber rags that makes my skin crawl. The feeling could be compared to dragging my nails down a chalkboard. I’m actually pretty happy about that because I’ll never be tempted to buy them. There’s nothing clean about this dirty little product. Microfiber cloth causes harm to the environment. It’s a polyester and nylon synthetic material, made from crude oil (petroleum). The process to make the fiber is polluting and the end product, like plastic, never biodegrades. Microfiber gets its name because of the micro size of its fiber. Unfortunately, when microfiber cloth is washed, their tiny fibers escape into the water stream and pollute ecosystems and drinking supplies.

If we expand the boundary of our home beyond the four walls we live in to include the whole earth, and our job is to keep it clean, then natural fiber rags are the way to go. Your best bet is to use old t-shirts, worn out bath towels, or other materials around your home that are too crummy to be worn or used, but still have enough life in them to polish a mirror or shine a table. If you do purchase household or garage rags, please choose rags made from natural fibers.

And just out of curiosity, does anyone else out there have weird sensory issues with microfiber, or am I the only one?

9 thoughts on “Small Change | 7

  1. I don’t have weird, sensory issues with microfibre. But I would love to make the switch to natural fibre cloths. But what do I do with all the microfibre cloths I have? What’s best: use them up myself and pollute the water, give them away so someone else can pollute the water, or throw them away and add to our landfills? These are the kinds of things I struggle with as I try to change the way I do things. Any suggestions?

    1. That’s a good question, and I’m not sure I have the right answer. If it were me, I’d continue using the microfiber cloths without any guilt and make the switch to natural fiber rags when they’re at the end of their days. It wasn’t until recently that I even started thinking about the harms of synthetic fibers. My approach has been to look for natural fibers when I buy something new, but I don’t get rid of something I already own based on that factor alone. Let me know if you tend to agree, or not, with my approach. Thanks for chiming in and asking the tough questions!

      1. I totally agree with your approach. That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Use up the bad things, and replace them with good things as they wear out.

  2. I hate the feel of microfiber cloth. Everyone was raving about them, but they felt so weird to me, like my skin was very rough and the cloth would stick to the roughness. Not a great description, but the best I can describe. I followed Your New Dream Blog article to your site. I will come back and read more, very enjoyable.

    1. Hi Donna! That’s exactly how they feel to me. Thanks for stopping by! I’m so happy to have some new readers join the conversation.

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