Norwex – Cleaning Without Chemicals

Around the time of writing Home Made Eco Friendly Cleaning Solutions I heard about a company called Norwex and their motto appealled to me because it’s ‘Cleaning Without Chemicals’.  I am so glad I attended a Norwex product demonstration and now after getting my supplies and putting them to work in my messy house…I’m ready to report my findings. 

Their trademark product is antibacterial microfiber.  You can find microfiber cloths at a local dollar store, but they will not contain the silver agent that traps bacteria in it’s fibers. The Norwex cloths are approx. $14 each, and worth every penny. And this is coming from the person at the party asking the Norwex rep “But how does it clean without using a cleaning agent?” and ” How do you know your counter is actually clean?” I asked the same question a few different ways and at the time did not understand the disinfectant process whats-so-ever.  Well now I get what the big fuss is about. Not only are you saving money on sponges and cloths, but you don’t need commercial cleaners anymore! Until you try a cloth, you won’t believe it, but you can tell the item you’ve cleaned is actually bacteria free and clean.

In my quest to eliminate harmful cleaners from my household, this solution is remarkable. Here is an example of the power of the microfiber cloth.  About 6 months ago, my kids went nuts in the bathtub with those crayons that write on the bathtub wall. Normally, I wait and buy SOS pads to scrub off this mess, because you really need something with some tough cleaning power. I didn’t buy the SOS pads because they are not Eco friendly, I waited and used my microfiber cloths. They worked awesome with removing the caked on crayon…it easily rubbed off! Also, now that I have the concern about Isabella’s skin reacting to cleaning residue after I’ve cleaned the tub, I can happily clean it without worrying about a flare-up. And if your kids like to help you clean, hand them a microfiber cloth! They can go for hours wiping things down, as you aren’t exposing them to any chemicals.  Simply clean the cloth by rinsing with warm water and hang to dry in between use.

My cloths also work well on windows, although I know Norwex carries a specific window cloth for this purpose, I love the fact the cloths don’t leave streaks and I don’t get the headache after spraying Windex throughout my house. It is amazing that these cloths only require water to work. You need to make sure the cloths hang dry in between use so they don’t start to smell. I made that mistake, but after I ran it through my dishwasher, it was fine.

My other great Norwex discovery is their dish washing liquid. It is phosphate free and biodegradable and works awesome! I always worry when the water doesn’t get really sudsy…I thought that was a sign the dishes weren’t really getting clean. Well I know from my How Hard Is Your Water? article that it’s the sudsing agent (surfactant) that can be so harmful in our waterways. So it’s okay when suds aren’t billowing from my kitchen sink or washing machine. <smile>  The Norwex dish washing liquid works really well and rumour has it that the liquid can remove clothing and carpet stains also!

Next on my Norwex list?  Antibac Window Cloth to polish my windows.  At the Norwex party I attended, they speared butter on the window and wiped it off easily with the cloth.  Looks like a great investment and no more Windex headaches for me!  Also their mop systems look amazing, their Sanira Toilet Brush System, and one product I’m very anxious to have – Mattress Cleaner!  I think Oprah traumatized everyone with her special about germs, household dust mites, etc. a few years ago.  Did you know you are supposed to vacuum your mattress regularly?  The last time I did that was the night before I had the twins.  With this product, you spray it on the mattress, vacuum one last time, then the dust mites attack each other…gross but at least they are gone.  You repeat this process twice a year.  I can keep up with that and I can’t wait to try out more Norwex products…I can’t believe cleaning can be this exciting!


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15 Responses to Norwex – Cleaning Without Chemicals

  1. Michelle June 7, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    Hi Suzanne
    You know I think Norwex is a complete step in the right direction of Eco Friendly cleaning solutions for our families. Now, as their local rep, I guarantee 100% that one try of our window cloth–not only will you love it…but everyone you tell will too. So…I am going to give you one!!!
    As a Mom with curious little one’s, we are forever finding finger prints, nose prints and “other” unrecognizables on our windows…..this is your solution!!! Summer is here,…soon:)…so open your curtains…your windows will sparkle!…
    And you’re right….it’s about time– cleaning can actually be fun!

  2. suzanne June 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    It’s after seeing your amazing windows that made me want the window cloth…I know what a huge fan of them you are. Love it when you can find some joy in jobs like window cleaning! Thank you Michelle!!!

  3. Darren June 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm #

    Actually, vacuuming your mattress is possibly the worst thing you can do with regards to dust mites.

    There are a couple of reasons for this.

    The first is that the vacuum you have in your home is not strong enough to effectively remove the mites, and the bio-matter and fungus which they feed on, from your mattress. You are just going to bring it closer to the surface. Closer to your face.

    The second thing is unless you are using a commercial vacuum with a proper HEPA filter, you are just going to be blowing the particles from your bed, back into your room. There have been some questions recently as to whether HEPA filters available on consumer vacuums are effective.

    With the Norwex Mattress Cleaner it is just so much easier!

  4. suzanne June 7, 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    Wow – you mean Oprah was wrong? haha…it couldn’t be! Yes, I agree that the Norwex Mattress Cleaner is a much more efficient product and now I really can’t wait to get my hands on some!! Thanks Darren!

  5. Marilyn July 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm #

    I am a new Norwex consultant and I approve this message. 🙂

  6. diane March 30, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    my norwex cloths are all stained. (the window, countertop and dish cloth) How can I clean them. Hot water and washing haven’t helped

  7. suzanne March 31, 2009 at 12:51 am #

    hi! I’m not a Norwex rep, but I have been told by one, that you need to boil your cloths to release all the dirt and grime that has collected in them. They might remain stained – depending what you’ve wiped up, but at least they’ll be clean to use. How old are they?


  8. Dawn July 26, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    The Norwex carpet cleaner is awesome! My son had spit up stains all over the white carpet, and nothing could get them out. I was ready to rip the carpet out and reinstall a new one. I tried Norwex carpet cleaner, and the carpet is like new again!

  9. Cynthia December 21, 2009 at 1:26 am #

    As for the stains in the Norwex cloths –
    You can try boiling them, or you can try our new Laundry Pre-Wash. This might help, but if the stain has been there for awhile it’s probably stuck. Please don’t use bleach or any other chemical on them to try and get the stain out! The chemical will destroy the microfiber, rendering the cloths basically useless (except to smear the dirt around).
    Word to the wise, when you notice your cloths are getting a bit dingy, just boil them. Don’t let them get too bad. As with any stain, once it’s set it’s set.
    Hope this helps!

  10. gaylene November 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    re cleaning cloths – My cloths are a bit stained, but that doesn’t bother me as much as that they never smell clean. I boil them regularly, but they don’t smell goo – can I put in vinegar or something to try to make them smell clean??

  11. Julie March 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Hi I am a new rep and you can add vinegar or baking soda to the boiling water and boil for 10 mins. Also I know someone who used the dishwashing liquid on clothing stains that had never come out even after multiple washes and the stains came out that wash.
    Good luck with you products and your chemical free lives.

  12. Delores VandenBoogaard June 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    I have been a Norwex Consultant for years and I am a Consultant Trainer. To prevent your cloths from smelling you need to follow two simple rules:

    1) Don’t use them with soapy water, not even the Norwex Dish Liquid. If your kitchen sink is full of soapy water – resist the urge to submerge your Enviro Cloth. These cloths do remove 99% of all bacteria from your counters, just by using water. The cloths have silver in the fibers because bacteria can not grow on silver. When you use your cloths with soapy water, the soap acts as a barrier between the silver and the bacteria. Therefore the bacteria grows and your cloths start to smell!

    2) Frequent laundering is important. For maintaining a kitchen for two years, I recommend 3-4 cloths. The Enviro Cloth needs to be rotated every other day. This cloth replaces your ordinary cloths, chemical cleaners and paper towel. Considering it can polish; stainless steel appliances, your sink, your counters, granite etc… after two days – it needs to be laundered. Collect all your microfiber cloths for a week and launder them together in one load. You do use laundry detergent – your washing machine has a great spin and rinse cycle to remove all the soap residue out of your cloths.

    I have customers who have had their original cloths for five years and they have never had ANY odor. These are the instructions I recommend.

    To learn more about how to use your Norwex Products check out my You Tube Channel:

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  14. Matthew January 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    I use Norwex cloths myself, and I use the kitchen cloth in the sink with dishwashing liquid to do the dishes.

    I have a rinsing (smaller) sink next to my normal one, so I just half fill that with hot water, one teaspoon bicarb soda, and let the cloth soak in there until I need it again.

    It never smells bad, and I get great results on my dishes.

    I don’t need to launder any more often than once every 2 weeks (there’s only me in the house), so I boil my envirocloth for 5mins on the stove with water and bicarb soda to keep it fresh. Let it sit for about 20mins after turning off the heat, then wring out and watch all the nasty, murky water go down the drain. I find that to be very effective.

    Norwex also has a laundry powder you can use with the boiling method. It is even better than the bicarb soda, but I only need to do that if I get really stubborn marks on the cloths.

    Hope this info helps.

  15. Jessica Haddican June 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    I do not recommend boiling your cloths. Bring a pot of water to a boil, turn off heat, add 1-2 scoops of Ultra Power Plus laundry detergent to the water and soak your cloths in the pot overnight. It’s a great way to deep clean your cloths! Contact me at for any questions.

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