Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Daiso Shopping Guide - Microfiber Cloths

Daiso - don't we all love that darn place? You can find anything under the sun there and all just for $2 for each item! But have you ever felt overwhelmed by the selection of things inside? And how do you get the bang for your buck (or in this case, two bucks) with each item purchased? 

I have been going to Daiso for a long long long time..  At only $2 for each item, you will be surprised how much you think you *need* from there. You will convince yourself that you really really do *need* it, and what more? It's only $2! But here's the thing, does it really work? That's what I am here to help you. I am going to start a series of posts on the "die-die-must-try/buy" Daiso items and here's the first!

Back in the days, when microfiber cloths were really expensive, one of the most convenient and cheapest place to get them was Daiso. At $2 for a pack of two or more cloths, which makes the microfiber cloths cost a dollar or less, and that's really cheap! So let me recommend a few of my favourites...

First one up is the Microfiber Kitchen Cloth for kitchen! This Kitchen version comes in two sizes. The smaller size in a two pack while the larger size cloth has only one in the pack.

Small size: 20x30 cm, Large size: 40x40 cm


Why are these good? 

Microfiber cloths can repel water or absorb like a sponge. For cleaning, you need the microfiber cloths to be absorbent. To do a quick test, run your hand over the cloth. Does it catch on your skin's imperfection like callus, or peeling cuticles? If it does, that means the fiber of the cloth is "split".

The kitchen cloth is made out of "split" fibers
Split microfiber cloths can absorb water really well and help lift dusts away from surfaces instead of leaving them behind. That makes it ideal for cleaning counter tops, dining tables and stove tops. It lifts away the grease and dirt instead of just pushing it around when you clean.

I personally prefer the small size because it is much more ergonomic in my small hands and frankly, its cheaper to have 2 pieces than 1 piece for $2. And the fact it is pink in colour is also a plus point! *bimbo moment* While the large size comes in two colours - white and blue.
Size Comparison: Larger cloth folded in half, smaller cloth spread out

These babies also come in a Dusting/Polishing version. So do make sure you read the words on the packaging before grabbing! The dusting/polishing version is not ideal for kitchen cleaning. So please do not think they are the same.

Next up is the Microfiber Dust Cloth. It comes in a 3 pack. I don't think it comes in other colours, have only seen the white ones to date.

How to use these?

It says on the cardboard package that it is suitable for commercial floor wipers.

And if you own a Magiclean wiper or any form of floor wiper mop, this batch of cloths will come in handy. I am pretty okay with the dry Magiclean sheet. They do their job of picking up dust, dirt and hair. However, I don't quite like the wet sheets. They tend to leave behind a film of residue on my floor. So I take a piece of the Microfiber Dust cloth and wet it with the solution mix I use for floor. Then, hook it up the same way as you would with the sheets.. 
I use this for tight areas like under my sofa or places where my steam mop can't get to easily (like my stairs). The extra pieces come in handy, all you have to do is change it for each area or once it gets dirty.  

How to wash?

I don't recommend bleaching the cloths because you destroy the fibers which affects the cloths' performance. All you need to do is soak them in a pail of water with some (or very little) detergent. Then, chuck them into the washing machine and let the machine do the rest for you. Once done, line dry and they are ready to be used again!

This conclude the first post of my Daiso Shopping Guide. It is a little lengthy but I hope that I have help you understand microfiber cloths better and help cut down some process of your household cleaning! So shop away at Daiso. Heck, it's only $2 so try for fun lah!


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