Swap Out Your Microfiber Cleaning Cloths For Cotton Diaper Inserts

July 10, 2019

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Microfiber cloths are popular for a reason. Not only are they great at cleaning up every day filth, they also don’t leave streaks or lint on glass, making them a useful cleaning multi-tool for kitchen and bathroom messes. But there is a dark side of microfiber in general. Microplastic shedding is one of the most abundant sources of plastic pollution in the ocean. Microfiber cloth is actually made from plastic. Natural gas is used to create plastics that are spun into fibers and weaved into a cloth that has really great properties for doing things like picking up dust and dirt. But every time you wash them, some plastic fibers are released into your wastewater and, even with water treatment facilities’ best efforts to filter them out, some microplastics from home wash loads will eventually make their way out to rivers and oceans. But don't fret. You can switch up your cleaning routine with a more natural, eco-friendly and maybe even more effective—choice of using natural cotton cloth diapers inserts. They're more absorbent, larger, easier to wash and more cost-effective. While microfiber is touted for its versatility, it can lose absorbency after a few washes, especially if you’re using fabric softener.  And while it may appear that cotton diaper inserts might look expensive on first glance, cloth diapers will last a lot longer than your average microfiber cloth due to their size and strength, you’ll likely end up saving money in the long haul. Given their intended purpose, 100% cotton diaper insert are ultra-absorbent and strong, especially when you’re dealing with water-based cleaners or other liquid messes. Plus they're often larger than microfiber cloths, so you can get more mileage out of them. You can also fold the cloth diaper inserts to make them even more robust—or clean a totally separate mess without cross-contaminating. And when it comes to running them through the washer, and since you are not using them for intended "poopy" purpose, there are no worries about throwing your cloth inserts straight in the wash with your other items! Just don’t be alarmed: After the first wash, the diaper is meant to shrink down a bit.

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SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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