How to Wash Microfiber Towels So They Stay Super Absorbent

It's important to clean your microfiber towels the right way so they last. Here's how.

There’s only one type of cleaning cloth you’ll ever need: microfiber. Microfiber towels outperform all other fabrics in absorbency, durability and softness (no streaks or scratches!). Really, you can clean almost everything with microfiber.

But when it comes time to wash your microfiber cleaning cloths, throwing them in with the rest of the laundry is a big no-no! Here’s how to wash microfiber towels the right way, ensuring they never lose their effectiveness.

Can You Wash Microfiber Towels?

Yes! Not doing so is one of those cleaning mistakes that can actually make your home dirtier.

Microfiber towels will pick up all sorts of bacteria, dust, grease and grime while you clean, so washing your towels after each use is essential. If you care for them correctly, your microfiber cloths should last for years without losing any absorbency or softness.

The Best Way to Wash Microfiber Towels

Microfiber is a synthetic material made up of millions of tiny fibers (hence the “micro”), usually polyester or nylon. Washing microfiber is not complicated, but there are a few important things to keep in mind. Here’s how to clean microfiber towels correctly:

  • Wash microfiber separately from other fabrics. Microfiber is a magnet for lint, so it can collect fibers from other fabrics in the wash.
  • Do not use fabric softener or bleach. Fabric softener will clog the fibers and bleach will erode them.
  • Wash with cold or warm water and mild detergent.
  • If your microfiber cloths smell bad, add one tablespoon of vinegar to the wash cycle.
  • Lay flat or hang dry. Do not put microfiber cloths in the dryer. Heat can shrink and damage microfiber.

How Often Should You Wash Microfiber Towels?

Just like any other hand towel, wash them every time you use them to avoid lingering bacteria. Microfiber is durable and can withstand hundreds of washes.

One exception: If you’re using a microfiber cloth for one purpose, like polishing silver or shining your stainless steel refrigerator, you can use it a few times before washing.

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Erica Young
Erica Young is a freelance writer and content creator, specializing in home and lifestyle pieces. She loves writing about home decor, organization, relationships, and pop culture. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.