A series to encourage making one small change to preserve our planet. “Clean up your mess! Love, Mother”
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?