How to Wash Microfiber Towels Without Ruining Them

Although they may look like any other towel, or rags, microfiber towels come with a few disadvantages. Some people simply don't like the feeling of microfiber on skin. You are not the only one feeling that strange snagging sensation.

Washing microfiber towels can be a problem. The process is not difficult. It's just that it takes more time to wash towels than to do other laundry.

Microfiber cloths have tiny fibrous loops that make your skin crawl. They are also responsible for the fabric's effectiveness at cleaning and polishing many surfaces. Although microfiber towels will not feel better, they can be washed. Here's what you can do.

Wash microfiber towels before you use them

If you place microfiber towels with cotton or other fabrics that cause lint in the washer, they will be covered in lint. If you choose to go that route, wash the towels separately and clean the lint trap.

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Shifrah Combiths from The Kitchn recommends that you give your towels a thorough shake before doing anything else. This will remove any dirt or dust that may have gotten on the towels during washing.

Before we start: Combiths suggests that you should wash your microfiber towels after every use. Why? She explains that dirt caught in the fibers can scratch or damage whatever surface you clean next.


How to wash microfiber towels

There are two choices: either the washing machine or hand-washing. You can use very little detergent if you choose to wash the machine. Also, make sure that it does not contain fragrance or softeners. According to Combiths it is possible to completely skip using detergent.


Hand-washing them is possible. Combiths suggests that you only use the towels for light cleaning like dusting or polishing.

How to dry microfiber towels

It is best to dry your microfiber towels on a line, even if they have been washed in the washer. They dry quickly and are less likely to pick up any lint or debris in the dryer.


If this is not possible, turn off the heat completely and use the lowest setting on the dryer.