Spring Cleaning Prep: The Right Cloth for the Job

Spring Clean Prep: The Right Cloth for the Job

Your new box of beautiful cleaning products is sitting prettily under the sink, and you feel ready to tackle any cleaning challenge. But hang about, Possum! You need to sort out your cleaning cloth situation. They are the foot soldiers of the cleaning world. Using the right cloth with the right cleaner is essential. Get it wrong and you’ll work twice as hard for half the result.

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Flour Sack Cloths + DIshes

Save the fancy linen dishtowels for picnics and barbecues. For everyday dish drying, you want Flour Sack. These thin, lint free cloths are perfect for drying dishes, glasses and polishing stemware. That’s it. Don’t be tempted to start cleaning with them, or you will ruin them.

Flour Sack Cloth + Dishes

Flour Sack Cloths from Williams Sonoma (3 for $14.95)


Terry Cloth Kitchen Towels Plus Hands

Washing your hands multiple times at the kitchen sink is a fact of cooking. But, nobody wants to drink from glass dried with a towel that you just wiped your hands on, thank you! Hands only, please, no drying or cleaning.

Terry Cloth + Hands

Terry Cloth Bar Towels from Crate and Barrel (4 for $16.95)


Cotton Kitchen Towels Plus Surface Cleaning

I like 100% finely woven cotton and the thinner the better. Perfect for drying down counters, dusting furniture and polishing reflective surfaces like glass and stainless.

Cotton Kitchen Towels Plus Surface Cleaning

Cotton Kitchen Towels from IKEA ($0.79)


Kitchen Sponges Plus Scrubbing

Contrary to popular belief, a kitchen sponge is really just for cleaning, not for washing dishes (use a dish brush for that). I like the ones with a bit of roughness on one side for scrubbing dried-on bit off of the stovetop, oven and sink.

Kitchen Sponge Plus Scrubbing

Kitchen Sponges from Scotch-Brite (8 for $20.73)


Paper Towels Plus Messy Solids

I like paper towels for cleaning up solid messes like a dropped egg or pasta sauce. Not to be confused with napkins.

Paper Towels Plus Messy Solids

Paper Towels from Bounty (15 Pack for $34.99)


Toilet Paper Plus The Quick Clean

Toilet Paper is the Unsung Hero of the cleaning world. I use it daily for quick spritzing around the loo seat, to clean up stray hairs and water splash from the bathroom counter when I’m finished getting ready in the morning. Don’t use it to clean glass or mirrors, though. It’s fuzzy.

Toilet Paper Plus the Quick Clean

Toilet Paper from Cottonelle (6 Pack for $5.99)