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