Kate’s Honest Norwex Reviews

Reviews are at the bottom of this page… just scroll down. Or take some time to read why I’m doing the reviews.

Tired of reading sales pitches and hyped up reviews of Norwex products?  Want to know if they really work or if it’s just a bunch of bull? Welcome to the most blatantly honest Norwex product reviews that you’ll find on the net.

My goal here is to provide real and useful reviews of Norwex products that will help you to decide which ones are right for you.

I used to be a Norwex Consultant (only so I could get the discount), but you’ll notice that they’re not all great reviews.  You can trust them!

I hope that my Norwex product reviews are useful to you.  I would love to hear from you if you’ve got any comments to add or if you would like any further information.

Disclaimer: Please remember, these are MY opinions and reviews, based on how I’ve found the Norwex products to work (or not) in my house. You may have different experiences with them. You may love a product that I’m having trouble liking, or vice versa. Feel free to add your opinion of the products in the comments. I approve all comments as long as they remain civil.

Also, you’ll notice that I mention cost a lot. I live in a single income home with my husband, 2 kids and a dog and the cost of things is important to me.

Norwex Tile Mop Pad Review: Tile Mop Pad vs Wet Mop Pad

IN A NUTSHELL: The Norwex Tile Mop Pad rocks my little world. It makes short work of muddy paw prints and dried up milk/yogurt/jam spills that your kids "forgot" to wipe up. It's not actually better at cleaning tiles than the Wet Pad and it's pricey, but it will fit...

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Norwex Cleaning Paste Review – It’s Magic!

IN A NUTSHELL: A little goes a long, long, long way. Just a dab will clean your double kitchen sink. A couple of dabs will clean your bathtub. And this Paste cleans up the tough, baked on and stained stuff that your other cleaners left behind. I purchased a tub of the...

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Norwex Spray Bottle Review – C’mon, REALLY?

To be honest, I don't know what to say about this thing.  It's a spray bottle.  I have one.  I didn't buy it, it came as a part of my consultant starter kit. $6.99 for a spray bottle?!?  You gotta be kidding. Let see: does it spray? yes. does it spray better than the...

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Norwex Mop Review – 5 Star Mop with a 3 Star Price

update March 23, 2012 After much consideration - and months of in-home testing and scrutinizing - I am convinced that e-cloth® offers a product that is equal in quality and performance to Norwex but is more reasonably priced. I still stand behind my review of the...

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433 Comments

  1. Fonna

    I am so mad right now at Norwex it’s unbelievable!! My baby has sensitive skin and we can only use certain diapers and natural wipes. We have to dry his bottom after using wipes before putting diaper on and was using toilet paper to dry with. Well my mother in law got us some baby clothes from Norwex to dry his bottom with to save money on toilet paper. So I used a Norwex baby cloth only 3 times and it gave what looked like a blister on my 4 month old babys penis and a red rash in his butt crack. I am so livid about this. They are NOT for sensitive skin at all!! It took several days for it to go away. I also read that One of the ingredients in Norwex laundry soap is a type of lye and it causes a chemical reaction that can cause bacteria to grow in your clothes and give chemical burn to ppl with senitsens skin. I think this Norwex is a SCAM! I’m one angry momma!

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    • CleanUpKate

      Hi Fonna – yes there should be a warning with the baby wash cloths. They are very similar to the Enivro cloth and are extremely good “exfoliators”, meaning that they rub skin raw. I would suggest contacting Norwex directly with your complaints and ask for a refund on the cloths. I have not used the Norwex laundry detergent but lye is common in detergents and soap. I use it in my homemade soap – which is the only soap my kids have ever used since birth – is not caustic once mixed properly into soap/detergent.

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  2. Evelyn Byrne

    I just ordered from nowex and was told I have 60 days to return. I got the pet towel , window and a special pack. It is a bit expensive but will save a lot if they work

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  3. Bobbi

    I’m seeing the intro and other people’s comments. Where can I actually view your product reviews? I don’t see a link as suggested

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Bobbi – up at the top of the page there are a couple of tabs with Norwex and ecloth reviews.

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      • Joan Sturtevant

        I just found your site today and am having the same problem as Bobbi. I found the tabs at the top of the page but the tab for Norwex reviews doesn’t take me anywhere. All the other tabs seem to work but the Norwex review tab isn’t.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Joan, if you hover over the tab, a drop down menu with 1-5 star review options should come up. Just click on one of those. I’ve tried it with several internet browsers, on my computer and phone and am not having an issue.

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          • Joan Sturtevant

            Thank you! That worked! Appreciate your help!

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  4. Anna Cesnjevar

    It sat on a shelf in her downstairs bathroom and I used it every time I was home for a visit. I’m not sure when the last time she used it was. Far too precious to use according to her. I finished the tube on my last visit – sorry Mum – and out of curiosity, I read the ingredients: water, calendula oil, aloe extract, sweet almond oil, honey, … you get the idea. All natural ingredients that aren’t known carcinogens.

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  5. Danielle

    So I’m new to Norwex and bought the household plus package–and I’m kind of disappointed in the envirowand–straight out of the package it’s shedding little geeen particles–am I missing some step?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Danielle – I’m so late in getting back to you here that no doubt you’ve figured it out on your own but just in case someone else has the same question… Microfibre is very clingy and very good at hanging onto stuff. Sometimes there are scraps of microfibre around the manufacturing room and the the products pick those up. Once you wash it and/or put it through the dryer, you should see an end to the shedding. It’s not fibres from your wand, it’s likely just extra fibres that the wand picked up in the plant.

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  6. Mike

    Hi Kate new to ecloth and have one Norwex…that aside i want actually would like a number of items, including deep clean mop, mini mop, duster complete home kit etc. Also the gym towel…which is hit and miss where to find.

    Is there shipping to Australia, not using ups which charges huge costs. Love the blog and tips.

    Mike & Pip

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Mike & Pip, I’ve stopped shipping to Australia because the cost is just too high and makes the products no longer economical. Sorry.

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  7. Margaret

    Hi there. I am new to norwex. I bought the odour eliminator but I can’t find any information of what exactly is the solution made of? Is there any information out there with a list of ingredients for any of Norwex solutions?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Margaret, I believe the Norwex website lists all ingredients in their products.

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  8. Dottie

    I’ve just learned of Norwex and have not heard of e-cloth. Do the e-cloths have silver, too, and clean with just water?

    I’m supposed to have a Norwex party the end of January but am about to cancel–too expensive, for me and my friends, I’m afraid. Are e-Cloth products sold only at parties, too?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Dottie – please see my posts on how the silver works and why ecloths do NOT have silver. Both can be found on the page at this link.

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  9. Omster

    Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on the ‘fridge so fresh’ product?

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    • SUSAN

      I love the fridge so fresh but it is now discontinued. This made me very sad

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  10. Leigh

    Hello… I am new to this game and trying to rid my home of most harmful chemicals. I was recommended to the Norwex brand by my friend’s sister. I am curious about the laundry detergent and how it compares to other natural laundry detergents like Seventh Generation for example. Why would I go through a consultant when I could just by that at the grocery store? Is Norwex more natural better ingredients or something like that? Thank you!!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Leigh – if you search my blog for “laundry detergent”,you’ll see a post I wrote about the Norwex detergent and a link to a site that recommends several filler-free detergents that will work perfectly for your ecloth and norwex products.

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    • Lindsay

      I used their detergent last night! My clothes came out amazing!!!

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  11. Carrie

    Nancy W., I couldn’t agree with you more on Norwex vs e-Cloth. I have both (have several friends who are Norwex consultants) and can’t tell the difference in cleaning ability, ease of use, or overall effectiveness. I buy e-Cloth now because of the better pricing, and I also like buying from people like Kate. 🙂 (Have really appreciated her knowledge, her honesty, and her genuine helpfulness and outstanding customer service.)

    By the way, I absolutely LOVE e-Cloth’s mop!!!!! You’ll be crazy about it. 🙂

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  12. Cynthia

    My husband has eczem husband has eczema and I was wondering if this detergent was safe for his skin

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Cynthia – are you referring to the Norwex detergent or another one? In either case, I’m not sure, sorry.

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    • Rebekah Bageant

      Try Shaklee’s detergent. It’s excellent for sensitive skin.

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  13. Sandra Wilkes

    I wanred to be supportive of a co-worker. So, i purchased the descaler. I was told it would remove stains on my glass-top stove ad well as hard water stains. Just to clarify, I clean regularly, so I didn’t expect months of dirty build up to be gone. I applied it to my stove for the recommended time. Nothing came off. Reapplied. Again, nothing. Used it in the shower. Left it on for a good. Minimal difference. This11.8 oz. product was just shy of $40, after the fees & ridiculous shipping costs. It is garbage. My results with vinegar, dawn dishwashing liquid or bleach are phenomenal for a 10th of the cost. ?

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  14. Reece

    Hi Kate, I know you don’t do Norwex anymore but do you know how you can find out what the ingredients are in the products that Norwex sells. I am a fairly new Norwex consultant (signed up mostly to get the discounts) and I would like to know what the ingredients are so I can research them for myself. I have not been able to find out any information on the website and nobody else (other consultants on up the line) either does not know, won’t say, or they just accept totally what the company states before selling items to others. Thank you for any help!!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Reece, I would suggest contacting the Norwex customer service email so that you get the information right from the horse’s mouth. Let them know too how difficult it is – even for consultants – to get accurate information.

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    • Ashlee O'connor

      hello i’m Ashlee and i’m a consultant for Norwex you will find the ingredients on your norwex consultant site when you sign in 🙂

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    • Dianne Score

      And Nora on the website. You can get a complete listing of ingredients on any product

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  15. Brenda Hum

    I have a glass top coffee table that when the sun shines in the window you could see dust and smear marks like I had never cleaned it …I had just finished recleaning it and was so frustrated it still looked all smearry..then I noticed the Norwex cleaning paste …looked on line to see if you could use on glass ….I said I don’t care Im trying this ….Oh My God !! AMAZING its just gleaming now I am going to do my front window which always looks cloudy …this product I am in love with ..thank you …you can bet Im sharing this with friends…thank you Brenda Hum

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  16. Ajay

    I am not impress with the dish wash cloth that’s for sure. Only reason I got it was because I was told that I be rid of the mold smell my old cloth had. Well this is no better actually worst. This cloth will start smelling over night, ones I’ve used in the past would take at least 3-4 days. Not buying any more of this that’s for sure.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Ajay – can you elaborate on which dish wash cloth (Norwex microfiber, netted, e-cloth) that you’re writing about?

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    • Rose

      Oh my goodness what kind of dish soap are you using? I just love my Norwex with the exception of the paste, cannot seem to get the results I’m looking for

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  17. April

    Hi, do you know if ecloth carries a doormat to clean your shoes? Thank you

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi April. Unfortunately e-cloth does not have a mat like that. Sorry 🙁

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      • Sierra Smith

        They had one in the catalog I just got maybe check the site!!

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  18. Bonnie

    I have been given some norwex products my a great friend for xmas and I have dogs, and am a small time breader. Its really important to keep my house clean and feel that I don’t leave bacteria behind when I clean. I am told that this really removes not only dirt but disinfects without cleaning solutions. Please tell me how can that be. I hear it but can’t get my head around it. 🙂 Please tell me how this is at all possible?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Bonnie – my apologies for the very tardy response.

      I understand that it can be hard to put your trust in the cleaning capabilities of e-cloth and Norwex products. It seems to go against what we’ve learned about how to clean. Like me, your past cleaning experience was probably with cotton cloths and/or sponges and if you used one of those just with water, you’d see some stuff get picked up, but also some smearing of the mess. High quality microfiber (like Norwex and e-cloth) behaves VERY differently. The construction of the fibers and the materials they are made of allow them to pick up dirt’ grease and bacteria instead of smearing it around. e-cloth has some very extensive lab testing to back up their claims of over 99.9% bacteria removal. It’s hard to grasp, but you’ve got to put your trust in the science.

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  19. jen

    I use a small spray bottle from Target (I think it was $1). I fill a liquid measuring cup with Blue Diamond to the one ounce line, then the remaining 8 oz with water and pour in the spray bottle. Works out great for me. I usually use an enviro and water for most of the bathroom, but I often spray this on the toilet seat hinges, the base of the toilet where it meets the floor, and on the ledge where the soap sits in the shower (gets soap scummy occaisionally. ) I also use it if it’s been a little longer than normal between cleanings and I need a little extra cleaning power. Like any cleaner you spray into the air, it can be irritating, even though it is natural. It can’t be used on marble or granite.

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  20. Cfisher

    Norwex face cloth eliminated my roscea after I tried everything. My friends and I all use this face cloth only. Use only face cloth with warm water to remove all makeup especially mascara…you have to try to believe it. Saving alot of money in face cleansers.
    For roscea sufferers, I found this washcloth and pure vitamin e oil took it away!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      That’s great news. I’ve heard from several people that found that Norwex and e-cloth face cloths helped wonderfully with their roscea.

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  21. Ilyse august

    Hi Kate,
    I have a friend pitching me the Norwex co products. I am a NWM’g expert & I work w/The New Earth company. I’m searching for a no bs chemical free co. I’m familiar with healthy home (bs) & Ava Anderson (more bs) & Melaleuca. All do not surpass my bs meter. I’d like to know more about your e-cloth. I’m looking for a cloth for my stainless steel frig. & I guess counter cleaner in the kitchen- something w/essential oils perhaps?

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  22. Rose

    Can I use the enviro cloth as a body cloth in the shower

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Rose. Yes you can use the enviro cloth on your body. But… watch your skin. The enviro clings to skin and is very good at exfoliating. So good that it can be very drying on the skin and some people end up with sore spots. Obviously, be especially careful on your face. I’d recommend using something meant for the body instead, like the e-cloth exfoliating mitt or face mitt.

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      • Rose T

        Thanks so much Kate for the answer.

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      • tyciadennis

        Norwex also makes a makeup removal cloth and body cloths that are great!

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      • leigh

        Ok, I wanted to read your site for honest reviews on norwex, however, I am definitely seeing you steer your answers to e-cloth when someone is asking about norwex. I guess that is your prerogative, but you really should not be stating that you are giving honest reviews about norwex. You are pushing the ecloth. By the way, I am just now at the start of purchasing a few cloths to use with water and no chemicals. That is my goal.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Well, I also do have many very positive reviews about Norwex on here. I’ve also done several comparisons though between Norwex and ecloth and essentially found them to perform the same. Frequently, my point is that they perform the same but ecloth is cheaper. so why spend more?

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  23. Christina

    OMGosh……..Shaylee………DON’T throw it out! It’s supposed to be a hard brick! Get your EnviroCloth damp, or whatever you want the “paste” on, and then rub it. A little goes a LONG way. I’ve been using mine for 2 1/2 years.

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  24. sisterteresaofmenomonie

    I personal questiong the new bathroom cleaner….must have chemical and the expense for what you get.

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    • Christina

      The bathroom cleaner has lasted for more than a year for me. I clean my two bathrooms once a week. And I use it as my toilet bowl cleaner. It’s a product that is meant to be diluted in a 1:7 ratio with water.

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      • Dan

        So it mixes at 18 oz/gallon….??

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  25. Wanda

    Have mop, and cleaning cloths, tried laundry detergent to the tune over $150. You buy because of the hype a “party”. PLEASE save your money. Like most things sold at parties you buy because of party pressure. Found none of products worth even a fraction of cost. Waste of money!!

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    • Wanda

      interested to see if you post this warning.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Wanda – sorry to hear that you weren’t impressed by the Norwex products. I love the products but do agree about the whole party hype thing and that once you get there, it’s sometimes difficult to say no to purchasing anything. I always advise people to go to those parties without any money. Then go home, think about what you’re interested in, sleep on it, do a bit of research and then if you want it contact the party host or consultant. Parties are typically left “open” for a week to allow for order changes.

      In any case, you should be able to return your products if you’re not impressed by them. Just contact the Norwex consultant.

      If you have the time, I’d be interested to hear what it was that you didn’t like about the Norwex products. These kind of thoughts are also useful to other readers. I’m sure you know from reading my blog that I now sell e-cloth® products and love them. They’re a much cheaper alternative but of equal quality to Norwex.

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      • Cherie Province

        Norwex has been the absolute worst company I have even dealt with. Here is a copy of the letter I actually wrote to the CEO about the problems, but do do care to waste the postage to send it.

        To: Kristi Hubbard
        Chief Executive Office, USA
        Debbie Bolton
        Co-founder
        Global Chief Sales Officer
        From: Cherie Province
        Re: Experience with Norwex
        Date: April 19, 2019

        The purpose of this letter is to show you how a customer can go from adoring Norwex and their products to absolutely abhoring the mere mention of the name Norwex. What is overwhelming is that this 180 degree change occurred in less than one week! I have ordered regularly thru my consultant Roxanne DeCapua for the past four months and have been happy with most of the products. Below you can see my purchasing history beginning with my first purchase:
        1. 12-14-18. $198.20
        2. 1-14-19. $165.92
        3. 2-19-19. $212.15
        4. 3-20-19. $208.95.
        Total———-$785.22
        As you can see, I have purchased a lot of Norwex products in a relatively short time period. Before my last purchase on 3-20-2019, I questioned which color of the door mats would go best with my house. Roxanne assured me that if I was not satisfied with the mats, Norwex had a 100% satisfaction guarantee stated as follows on the back cover of the 2019 Norwex catalog, “Norwex backs its quality commitment with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We will refund, replace, or exchange any products that are not to your complete satisfaction within 60 days of purchase.” I then ordered a graphite entry mat and my sister-in-law Anita Scofield ordered one for me as a thank you for having she and her husband as guests for a month. These were ordered thru Roxanne on 3-18-19 and paid using our credit cards. When then mats arrived, my husband and I did not like the graphite color. I called Roxanne to find out how to exchange these mats for the brown ones. She called me with the information/directions on how to return them. I followed her instructions exactly. When I had not heard anything from Norwex about the exchange after a week, I called Roxanne and let her know there was a problem.

        In dealing with my problem, Norwex apparently has repeatedly given Roxanne misinformation and has given her a run around with numerous people to try and resolve my problem. I could provide for you documentation of all my texts with Roxanne regarding the problems she encountered with Norwex, but I find this should be totally unnecessary. It is ludicrous to expect a customer to go to such lengths to try and get replacement entry mats. At no time in my life have I as a customer been expected to jump thru so many hoops to have a problem resolved. The philosophy of the customer first or the customer is right seems to be totally missing in your company. The company does not even practice their core values of “Integrity, Trust, Respect” as listed on page 51 of the 2019 catalog. This has been reflected in my treatment in this matter.

        Below are 5 examples of excellent companies that have the philosophy of the customer first as a foundation of their business model.
        1. Amazon—-when we purchase from them, our order usually arrives within two days, not two weeks as with you company. If the item is broken, if the item is spoiled(mayonnaise), or just plain was ordered in the wrong size or product, we go on line and report the problem. Amazon then immediately emails us a return, postage paid label to ship the product back to them and they immediately issue a credit to our credit card. In several instances, they just said throw the item away. We usually reorder with the new item is immediately shipped and is received within two days. We have NEVER, EVER had double billing of any type. This process is easy and convenient for us as customers.
        2. Bulletproof Coffee—this is relatively new company undergoing rapid growth. One time I placed an order with them for coffee. I mistakenly ordered ground decaf coffee rather than whole bean coffee. Upon receipt of the coffee, I immediately called the company and explained my mistake. I asked about the best way to return the ground coffee as well as stating I wanted to order 2 packages of the coffee beans to replace the ground coffee. The customer service representative told me two bags would be immediately shipped at no cost to me even though it was my mistake. He further stated the coffee did not need to be returned and that I could do with them as I wished. I thanked him for the kindness the company had shown me in the matter. Long story short, Christmas 2018, all of my friends received a bag of Bulletproof coffee as part of their Christmas gift. I am sure Bulletproof Coffee has picked up new customers after my friends were introduced to this fabulous product and company. After my latest order this week, this message came in an e-mail from Dave Asprey, the CEO and founder of Bulletproof, as a way to review the service I was given….
        Any issues or questions? 
        We’re here to help.  If you don’t believe you’ve had a 5-star experience with Bulletproof for any reason, or if you have questions about our products, please do reach out by replying to this email. We’d be deeply grateful for a chance to make things right before you feel the need to leave a negative or neutral review.
        You can bet once again, I had a 5 star experience and my glowing review reflected that. Bulletproof is a top notch company that always does things right!
        3. ZPacks—is a cottage company with high quality, lightweight backpacking gear. They have been been very responsive to our questions and concerns over products and orders. They have gone out of their way to make sure we are satisfied customers. We have given this company close to $2000.00 of business as well as highly recommending them to backpacking/outdoor loving friends.
        4. Wells Fargo Bank—when unusual changes have been made to our account, they have called to verify they were indeed our charges. I purchased a Louis Vuitton purse online. When it arrived, it was easy to determine it was a fake. I could not find the address to return it. I called Wells Fargo, they followed up with the matter, determined it was indeed a fake and credited our account with the purchase price. Another example that stands out is my husband and I were on 4 month vacation summer of 2018. Sometime during the trip we had our credit card number stolen (in spite of having possession of our credit card)and charges were attempted on our cards. Wells Fargo connected as regarding the unusual charges, cancelled our cards and charges that weren’t ours, and immediately overnighted a new card to us in the middle of an Indian Reservation in Minnesota over 100 miles from Duluth. Our vacation was not affected in the least thanks to Wells Fargo!
        5. REI—-has a 100% satisfaction guarantee return policy on new OR used merchandise for a period of 1 year-no questions asked. Shipping is also a non issue since it is free for purchases or $50 and free on any amount to one of their stores. Customers can also earn dividends that can be applied to future purchases or even be given in a check to us a customers. I had a Leki hiking pole have a problem on a hike after some months of use. We took it back to the closest REI where they gave me a new set of Leki poles for to replace mine for free. We are REI customers for life!

        These 5 companies place the customer and their needs first. They all have repeatedly shown integrity, trust, and respect for us as customers. We in turn value doing business with them. I could list other companies and why they are good companies, but I hope you get the idea why they are good companies who deserve and earn our business.

        I believed Norwex was a good company selling a good product. Your mission statement and core values as well as product led me to believe that. The mission statement or belief in “helping homes across the world become truly clean through ….radically reducing chemicals”, C L E A N and what each letter stands for is something my husband appreciate and wanted to incorporate into our lives and home. However, the actual practicing of your “ core values Integrity, Trust, Respect” are empty words since the company’s actions do not reflect them and I as a customer have treated in the way that I have been in this particular situation. The company has shown a total disregard for any of these core values. A top rated company practices their mission statement and core values 100% of the time, not when it is convenient for the company. Furthermore, a top company has good return polices that make returns easy for the customer. These include acceptance of new and used items within a stated time frame and prepaid postage return labels. The companies with these policies must have 100% confidence in the quality of the product they sell and have also have fewer returns or dissatisfied customers. After this debacle, I cannot and will not order any further Norwex products, nor will I share with friends and family about Norwex products. Your company needs to strive to make sure you always make the customer first and practice your core values. Without this practice and philosophy being a intricate part of your company, the company will be missing something vital for success.

        Thank goodness for an extremely kind and wonderful consultant , Roxanne DeCapua. She truly believes and practices the core values of Norwex. She shows personal integrity, trust in me as a customer, and above all respect for me and this extremely unpleasant and lengthy experience. I am grateful for her professionalism and kindness throughout this ordeal. Too bad Norwex as a company lacks all these values as demonstrated by their actions. I believe Norwex needs to say as well as do more to convince me that this experience is NOT the norm for the company……only a personal apology from Kristi Hubbard AND Debbie Bolton will be accepted. Apologies or letters from anyone else to put it bluntly is a pure sham and not worthy of anymore of my time. Just an additional bit of information, I will be more than glad to rate my negative experience with Norwex on any public forum as well!

        Thank you for your time.

        Cherie Province
        address and phone number was included.

        I had a second problem with Norwex and their automatic dishwasher pods. We followed directions and the pod just about wrecked my new dishwasher as it filled it with suds and it started to make noise. Norwex will not do anything about it because it was just past the 60 day requirement for refunds.

        Needless to say, I want the world to know they have zero service, zero integrity and will not have me say anything good about their company or products.

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        • CleanUpKate

          Hi Cherie – I am no longer affiliated with Norwex. It seems like you’ve had a poor experience with returns and I’m not sure what is going on. It seems very unusual. I recently had to have a defective item replaced and Norwex sent me a new one without question and immediately without question.

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    • Nancy W.

      I know I’m late to the party on this one, but I’m sad that you were not pleased with the products. I purchased Norwex products about a year ago because I kept having problems with rashes and my doctor asked me to eliminate all cleaning solutions to see if it helped. I hate to admit that it did help. But how does a clean-freak like me clean without chemicals? A friend told me about Norwex and I was able to purchase some of her supply at a reduced rate since she was getting out of the game. It was all still very, very expensive. My husband still doesn’t know the true cost. He would have had me committed – or divorced me – if he did. Recently I purchased e-cloth products because I couldn’t justify spending so much more money on another set of Norwex simply because I got tired of constantly running up and down the stairs to get my clothes. I’m with Kate fully on both Norwex and e-cloth. I agree that both are amazing cleaning products. I honestly can’t tell you which one I like more. Right now it’s e-cloth only because I got a full set of clothes for the price of 2 of the Norwex clothes. I keep trying to compare them but they all seem to clean exactly the same. And Wanda…I’m known for being a clean freak. My friends and family think I have a screw loose because I’m always cleaning, even though I have a house cleaner than an operating room. I wish you had better luck with your products, because I know how expensive they are. Please give them another try. You might as well since you already purchased them! I’m about to purchase a mop and mop head from e-cloth and I’m actually giddy. I can’t wait to receive it. I’m irritated that I can’t find one on Amazon that offers prime shipping. I have to wait a few additional days to get it. The horror!!

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  26. Lg

    Pleeeeaaase send me info on becoming a retailer!

    Reply
    • Cleaninup Kate

      Lg – I just emailed some info to you. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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  27. Cherie deLeon

    Thanks for your reviews! I just ordered a floor system and can’t wait to try it!

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  28. Seymour Forgey

    You’ve taught me a lot with your blog. Thanks for the useful post.

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  29. Donna

    Katie, can you wash e-cloths & Norwex cloths together?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Donna – yup, you sure can wash e-cloths and Norwex together.

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  30. kferguson

    They are great but I dont want to buy another product only produced in china..

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      If you’re looking for something made outside of China, kferguson, e-cloths are made primarily in Korea with a few made in Indonesia 🙂

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    • Kimberly

      They may be made in China but it’s at a factory with US standards that pays their employees and takes care of their families- the Norwex China story is a beautiful one and they are intentionally made there to show you can do business in China without abusing the people.

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Yes, they are made in China with US standards and Norwex DOES certainly take good care of all their employees. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re intentionally made there to show that you can do business in China without abusing people though. They’re made in China because China has access to cutting-edge technology capable of producing fantastic cloths AND they can do it far cheaper than can be done in the US/Canada/Europe.

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  31. Judy Scully

    We had someone into clean the house last week, and only uses Norwex cleaning products, they took one of your clothes to the dining room table, and it has taken the finish off, and it is streaked. Too sum it up, the table now looks like it is ruined. Any suggestions on this one???

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Judy – a Norwex cloth took the finish off your table? This surprises me as I’ve used both Norwex and e-cloth on my antique dining table for years without incident. Are you sure it’s the finish? Is it possible that a polish (Pledge or something) was used on the table in the past? I have not heard of Norwex cloths taking the finish off of tables but then, I’ve learned to never say never. If you have used a polish on the table in the past, the Norwex cloth WILL take that off. But it won’t take ALL the polish off the first time, which is why you would see streaks. Once all the polish is removed (ask your cleaner to get it all off) there won’t be streaks.

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      • tay

        If your tables, floors, and windows are still streaky it’s because there is still left over chemical residue from the last time it was cleaned with chemicals. It may take a few times of using the norwex to get the remaining chemical residue off.

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    • Renea Pomeroy

      I know this is an old post, but for the sake of new readers, I wanted to respond. My father has built and refinished furniture for 30 years. No cloth will take off the finish from furniture (unless the finish is very old and compromised.) However, Kate was absolutely on the mark in asking if polish was ever used on the table. Pledge and most other such products contain wax. They cause build up with every single use and once another cleaner is used, it will look streaky. People don’t realize it is happening because as long as they are using the Pledge, they can regain a shiny appearance. Please do not ever, ever use Pledge or those type of products on your wood furniture. It is what ruins your finish. The best thing to use is a damp cloth, and periodically use something like Old English to restore oils to your wood.

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Renea – thanks for this great bit of info!

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  32. LuDean Robson

    Did you ever test the mattress cleaner from Norwex? Does ecloth have that kind of product – or any other company that you know of?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi LuDean – I did have some of the Norwex mattress cleaner but I have no idea what it did. It’s not something I could “see” working. I used it on my mattress and am essentially clueless as to whether it worked or not. I also used it on my dog beds, hoping it would keep the smell down but I didn’t notice any difference.

      Not much help, sorry.

      Oh, and no, e-cloth doesn’t carry anything like that 🙁

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      • tiina meharg

        LuDean Robson the Norwex Mattress cleaner is designed to kill bed bugs and bed mites i have also heard it is good to spray on animals bedding,it is great if any one in your household suffers from allergies as an be sprayed on any soft furnishing to kiil the mites that are in there
        As far as getting rid of odours they have a Odour Eliminator that destroys all obscene odours including animal odour

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        • Christina

          The Norwex mattress cleaner does not “kill” anything!!!!!!!!! Norwex Mattress Spray contains the dormant or resting stage of live bacteria.

          When they find a food source, and other growing conditions are right, the bacteria become active and they will grow. To eat they produce enzymes that are a type of protein. It is the enzymes they produce while eating that break down accumulated dust mites, dust mite fecal matter, pet dander, dead skin cells, or any organic matter which causes unpleasant odors, allowing this matter to be consumed. They will continue to consume this material until all organic matter is removed, converting it into carbon dioxide and water. Once there is nothing left for them to feed on, they disintegrate. Similar to our other “enzyme-based” or microbial products, our Mattress Cleaner does not “kill” anything (including dust mites). It works by eating up all of the organic matter that the dust mites would feed on, as well as the accumulated dust mite bodies and fecal matter. No food = no more growth of mites……at least for a while…….until there is more food. The end product is carbon dioxide and water – completely safe. Once there is no longer anything left for the enzymes to feed on they disintegrate.

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        • Mercedes Schrödinger

          NOT bed bugs. It’s just enzymes. Bed bugs need to be killed with heavy duty poisons, usually better to toss the mattress if you get those. But it works really good on “sweaty mattress smell” because the enzymes eat dust mite poop and sweat residue and degraded skin cells, and turns them into basically water and carbon dioxide.

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          • Kathy

            Bed bugs are killed with heat not heavy duty poisons.
            You don’t have to throw your mattress out as you can buy a zippered encasement for it and your box springs.

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          • Donna

            Bed bugs DON’T need to be killed with heavy duty poisons or chemicals! Check out Cedarcide. It’s cedar oil, and it is lethal to all insects, while not lethal to US or our animals! I successfully used it to eradicate a serious flea infestation permanently, just one thorough application. It succeeded where foggers failed. The manufacturer also has many case histories of bed bugs being eradicated, including a major hotel. http://www.cedarcide.com. I also used it on a friend’s daughter who had head lice. She’d tried the store bought lice killer with the little nit comb, didn’t work. She tried two other methods then she called me. The lice was dead after 15 minutes of application. A much relieved mom! (P.S. I don’t sell this product. I’m just a satisfied customer.)

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        • Courtney

          It is Not for killing bed bugs!! Sorry! The company says nothing about it killing bed bugs…I have info sheets on this…if you buy it for that purpose…you will be disappointed:(

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        • jen

          It will not kill bedbugs, only an exterminator can do that. my understanding is that It is supposed to “provide a deep cleaning of body oils, pet dander, and other contaminants from pillows, comforters, pet bedding, flffy toys and fabric furniture…”

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    • Mary

      I recently used it on our mattresses, bedding, and stuffed animals. I’ve noticed my children’s allergies have significantly improved. My poor baby always had a stuffy nose, but seems much better now. I was told if I sprayed a pillow it would weigh less after using it, but that did not work for me. I was also told that my snoring would improve, but my husband would testify that my snoring hasn’t changed a bit.

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      • Brandy Mickovic

        Hey Mary! My comment has nothing to do with Norwex products at all. When I came to your comment, I immediately thought about my youngest and thought I should share. He always had a stuffy nose too, has so many allergies, and also has asthma. Turns out, one of the main triggers to his constant stuffy nose was dairy. Doctors didn’t ‘diagnose’ this. I figured it out after monitoring every single thing he ate, drank, or played with or around for months and months and months. (Heavy colognes, fragrances, and cleaning chemicals was another huge trigger.) Eliminating dairy completely from his diet drastically reduced the number of ‘dirty nose’ issues he had. It got so bad for him that he would be up all night unable to breathe comfortably, for days and days. His immune system would break down from lack of sleep and he would easily get some kind of respiratory illness. That had become pneumonia on a few occasions. After mastering eliminating dairy, I found bananas have the same effect on him. So, no more dairy, no more bananas, and he almost never has the stuffy nose, except with an illness here and there. At any rate, I just thought I would share this with you because when I read allergies and stuffy nose, it took me back to the time when Jack was so sick for years and a few of the triggers were such simple fixes to eliminate, but took a very long time to discover. I hope this helps even one reader!

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        • Stacy

          A little note on bananas your son must be allergic to latex bananas grow on a latex tree. Keep him away from latex gloves

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          • Carol H

            I am allergic to Latex – anaphylactic reaction allergic! There are a couple of crossover things you should avoid. The main one for me is avacado – I can have anaphylaxis from even just a tiny amount. Bananas too. If I were him I would want to know for certain if I was allergic to Latex. There are many things that have Latex. Good luck!

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        • vgoodman08

          Thank you so much for your comment, Brandy!

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  33. Brenda Muzechuk

    I need a safe product to clean my outdoor Sunbrella awnings. The Sunbrella company advises using diluted bleach but states it could destroy the threads and edging on the awnings since they are not sunbrella material.
    Is there a Norwex product I could use to safely clean my outdoor window awnings?

    Thanks,
    Brenda

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Brenda – I’m not sure about a Norwex product. There may be one, but since I’m no longer a consultant I don’t want to steer you in the wrong direction. Universal Stone would work well and safely on them though. It’s safe on all surfaces and works wonderfully on fabric and solid surfaces.

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    • Kayla

      Hello Brenda! I am a consultant for Norwex and if you take our Enviro cloth and wet it with just water it should work. If not use the cleaning paste with the enviro cloth and it will come our brand new!

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  34. Mary

    I have heard that norwex products are awesome for keeping stainless steel appliances clean? What is your experience with that?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Mary – I don’t own any stainless steel appliances but I have tested a few things on my friends’ appliances that they’ve then gone on to purchase. The favourite item BY FAR (both mine and my friends) is Universal Stone. It removes everything greasy/grimey and leaves a protective bit of glycerine. The Norwex cloths (or e-cloth, which I’m going to recommend because they work the same, are far cheaper, and I sell them – hee hee!) work well on their own, but if you’ve used any sort of stainless steel “cleanser” or polish in the past, you’re going to need the Universal Stone to remove that first. Otherwise, you’ll have an absolute horror-story of streaks where the cloths pick up some of the polish but leaves some behind. I’m told the cloths are capable of removing it all but I can tell you that I spent 2 hours with an Enviro cloth on my friend’s fridge and was NOT able to get rid of the streaks. That being said, once all the old cleanser/polish is gone, the e-cloths and Norwex are amazing! If you’ve got BRUSHED stainless steel, you might want to try the e-cloth Stainless Steel cloth – it has little scrubbers on one side that lift dirt/grease out of the grooves.

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      • JP

        Hi Kate,

        So how does one sell e clothes? Is it like norwex and enjo?

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      • Laura

        You can dilute the PPP Norwex laundry detergent and use it to cut through the stainless steel polish previously used and then wipe with the enviro cloth and polish with the window cloth and it is shiny and streak free!

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    • Karen

      Yes the norwex clothes are excellent for cleaning your stainless steel appliances. Just use the wet kitchen cloth and the window cloth (dry) and it’s like new. For your stainless steel use the cleaning paste. I used that stuff on the coffee stained sink at church and it took out all the stains and looked like brand new.

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Just be sure to test the Norwex paste on a small, inconspicuous area of your stainless appliances first as it is slightly abrasive.

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      • Kyra

        I used the cleaning paste on my stainless steel sink, and it left it looking blotchy. So, I would definitely take Kate’s advise and test on a small, inconspicuous area first.

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    • Kayla

      Hello Mary, my grandmother swears by her norwex on her stainless steel. I also showed this to a group of people at a ladies party! All you need is the enviro cloth (wet it) and the window cloth (keep it dry) to dry the appliance!

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  35. Christina

    Hello! I was wondering if you could use body wash with the Norwex body clods or does that break the microfiber antibacterial properties down?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Yes, you can use body wash with the body cloths – just make sure to rinse it out WELL afterwards. You need to get all the soap out otherwise they get stinky!

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      • tyciadennis

        I would be cautious in recommending use of body wash because rinsing WELL can be relative. I think that is why consultants suggest no soap or Norwex Body wash. They are only trying to make sure to share what they know works . I have found that most truly free and clear detergents do actually work to launder the cloths. If you want to know how free and clear your detergent is, put a tbsp in a mason jar and shake it up. The clearer the better. Any dye, or elements you see in there will coat the fibers and be on all you other clothing. Have you tried the protein test sticks on the e cloth I am curious?

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    • Kayla

      No you cannot use body wash with any Norwex cloth. The only soap you can use on the cloths is the Norwex Laundry soap or the Seventh Generation soap. That is it. Otherwise the cloths will not work properly. The purpose of the body cloth is to use on your body and not soap. It contains silver ions that kill all the bad bacteria and bad smells on your body. Why? Because soap contains a lot of harmful chemicals that your body absorbs in only 26 seconds! I am a Norwex consultant, for any more info feel free to email me!

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Kayla – I beg to differ a bit on your response here. Firstly, you can use soap with the Norwex cloths without ruining them but there is absolutely no need to use soap. The cloths are meant to be used on their own with just water – no soap required. But, if people do choose to use soap with their cloths, just rinse the cloth well afterwards to get the soap out. Soap coats fibers and silver and leads to stinky cloths.

        Secondly, as for laundering Norwex cloths, ANY non-bleach/non-softener detergent is fine. That being said, it is best to use a detergent without fillers. Norwex and Seventh Generation are just 2 of MANY non-filler detergents available. Here’s a link to a great list of detergents.

        Thirdly, the silver ions are not killing bad bacteria and smells on your body. The silver only works on bacteria IN THE CLOTH. The cloth cleans your face and body wonderfully but it doesn’t kill bacteria on your face/body. It picks up bacteria and then the silver in the cloth helps to get rid of bacteria in the cloth.

        Forthly, yes, there are many chemicals in commercial body soaps but there are lots of “chemical-free” options for body soap. I just want to reiterate that the reason for not using soap with the body cloths is that it’s simply not needed. The body cloths will clean your body without soap.

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        • Stephanie

          Hi, I am not a consultant but was informed the same info that Kayla is saying when I purchased my items from a Norwix party. After reading what you have to say I feel that you are a sham and have never been a consultant but, are on here to boost your sales at your company. Despicable as far as I am concerned, bad business ethics. I personally have Norwix products and love them! They work great 🙂

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          • Cleaninup Kate

            Stephanie. Should I waste my time firing random insults at you just as you did to me? Or should I choke back all the hurt, head-shaking frustration, and general P-O-edness that I’m feeling after reading your comment and take the high road to keep this clean and friendly?

            I started this blog when I was a Norwex consultant because I had a lot of questions about how the products worked – the kind of questions that I figured others would have too. So I spent a lot of time corresponding with actual Norwex tech people and listening to/reading every bit of technical information they ever provided. And then I posted that info on my blog. This info is right from the techies.

            The way that you have personally attacked my integrity is infuriating. So I’ll tell you, sure, go ahead and listen to your consultant that the only detergent you can use on your norwex cloths is their expensive detergent. Obviously she doesn’t have anything to gain by telling you that (NOT!). The truth is, she probably heard it from the consultant who signed her up. Don’t listen to someone like me that is only trying to clarify things and save you some money someone that owns some 7 year old Norwex cloths that have NEVER been laundered in Norwex detergent and work just as well as they did the day that I got them.

            For the record, e-cloth doesn’t even sell any sort of detergent so I’ve got nothing to gain in telling you otherwise about the Norwex detergent.

            PS – as a sworn Norwex user, you should be aware that it’s spelled Norwex (with an “e”), NOT Norwix (with and “i”) as you spelled it.

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      • Deb

        A consultant told me I could use my ECOS laundry detergent. It is a natural detergent and has no Dioxane, Phosphate, Formaldahyde, Petrochemicals, and is free of dyes and optical brighteners. It’s obviously septic safe. It is biodegradable with non-polluting ingredients. It is coconut oil based. Please let me know if the information given to me as to being safe to use with my norwex products is incorrect.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Deb, the truth is, you can use ANY detergent with your Norwex or e-cloth products as long as the detergent doesn’t have bleach or fabric softener in it. The more “natural” it is the better because that means it has less fillers and you can use less detergent. The trick with any detergent is to make sure that it’s well rinsed out. Detergent will coat the fibers (and silver in the norwex cloths) if it’s not rinsed out and will make the fibers less effective and possibly lead to stinky cloths.

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          • Jose

            Hi, instead if arguing, wouldn’t be more prudent if someone just provided instructions from the manufacturer? It seems very possible that NORWEX representatives can easily be giving incorrect information. Would anyone else like to see a link to product information and instructions. This would be the best way to establish credibility of the products and NORWEX. ….just sayin

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            • Cleaninup Kate

              Hi Jose – sadly when I look at the comments on the “admin” side of my blog, I don’t get any context for your comment so I’m not entirely sure what you’re talking about. I will say though that Yes! It would be great if certain Norwex information was made available. When I was a consultant, there WAS lots of info available but a lot of the consultants just didn’t take the time to learn the true facts. Since I’m no longer affiliated with Norwex, suggest that when in doubt, people should contact Norwex customer care directly.

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    • Courtney

      It will coat the fibers…then fibers remove the makeup anyway:)

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Courtney is correct: body wash and soap will coat the fibers. You can use soap/body wash but make sure to rinse the cloth out well afterwards. Also, like Courtney says, the fibers will remove the makeup/dirt/oils so there really is no need for body wash or soap.

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  36. Stacey Engels

    What warranty does the ecloth offer? Is it antibacterial?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Stacey: E-cloth offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and all cloths are guaranteed to last for 300 washes.

      I find the word “antibacterial” to be a bit misleading because microfiber cloths (like e-cloth) do not kill bacteria. Instead, they work by picking up bacteria from a surface and trapping the bacteria in the cloth. e-cloths have been proven to pick up over 99.9% of bacteria from surfaces. Further testing showed that by simply rinsing an e-cloth afterwards, over 99% of the bacteria in the cloth is rinsed out and down your drain.

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  37. Karen

    I think e-cloth has gotten more exposure due to you and should probably thank you I think norwex as well. Obviously both of these are good products and anyone who found you by wondering what norwex was found out about e-cloths and vice-versa so both companies, I would imagine, will remain mute, and thankful, that the discussion is still going on. It’s called PR, and positive or negative, you are doing free advertising and that’s the name of the game. I’m sure they salute you. Good job on the info. Really the best, most honest and real there is. I certainly salute you.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Thanks Karen. I’m happy to hear you’re finding my reviews informative and grateful for your encouraging words.

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  38. reusable diapers

    Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest
    writing a blog post or vice-versa? My blog covers a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you might be interested feel free to send me an email.

    I look forward to hearing from you! Superb
    blog by the way!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      I like the way you think! I’ll take a look through your blog over the next few days and get back to you. I’ve been down with a horrid cold the last few days but am on the mend. Might be mid-next week before I get a chance though. Can you contact me through my website contact page (I don’t like to leave my email address here)? I’ll put the message in my “must do” box! Here’s a link to that page.

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  39. Rebecca

    Hi I found this by looking for reveiws on the norwex face cloths but can’t seem to find your review, does ecloth have an equivilant?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Rebecca – I haven’t gotten around to the face cloth review yet. e-cloth has the face mitt, which has a similar texture to the Norwex makeup removal cloths. It’s very gentle on the skin and will remove makeup and regular old sweat and grime. I’ve had very positive feedback on it from people with acne. More info on the ecloth face mitt here.

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      • c

        I am also interested in a body cloth. I’m sick and tired of the stinking smell of my Norwex body cloths. No matter how i boil or soak or anything else i try they still smell gross and i can’t take it much longer. I love the cloth but not the smell. Also i’m interested in knowing how you launder E-cloths. Thanks . Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 20:55:38 +0000 To: cadam04@hotmail.com

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  40. Donna

    I have a bottle of Blue Diamond bathroom cleaner. I always mix it in a small spray bottle. I started to use it today and found the concentrate has turned clear. Any idea why?
    Thanks for your input.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Donna – interesting question. I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried or seen the Blue Diamond cleaner. I’ll leave your question here and hopefully we’ll get an answer. But you could always contact Norwex too. If you find something out let me know. You’ve peaked my interest now. I’ve got a good friend in the know at Norwex – I’ll check with her and post again if I find anything out.

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      • Eileen Reilly Hoey

        I used blue diamond recently, to clean the grout and caulk in my shower. I sprayed it on moldy area ( diluted 7 parts water, I part ble diamond) and waited a minute, statins disappeared. Amazing result.

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        • Kyra

          Thank you! I recently attended my first Norwex party and purchased the Blue Diamond. I asked the consultant how much Blue Diamond to water. Her response: “Very little.” Uh – that doesn’t help me at all. Very little to her may be very different from very little to me.

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          • Cleaninup Kate

            I’ve got to get me some of this Blue Diamond stuff and give it a try – seems like a lot of people have questions about it. Kyra, if you ever find out how much water to add, I’d love it if you comment here with the info! Did you try contacting Norwex Customer Service? To be honest, often baffled by the lack of info the Norwex Consultants are able to provide. Norwex provides good online training and lots of info to the consultants but some just don’t seem to get it.

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            • c

              Just use it right from. Don’t bother to add water, it works me. Just put a dab on the tub/shower mitt and scrub.

              Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:58:55 +0000 To: cadam04@hotmail.com

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          • Darlene

            Blue Diamond is highly concentrated and can be diluted 9 to 1 with water.
            *I am a Norwex Consultant that does my research….hth 🙂

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          • Jennifer Masloski

            7:1 One part Blue Diamond to 7 parts water. Can also be used full strength (or any dilution in between)

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            • Cleaninup Kate

              Appreciate the help on this one, Jennifer. Thanks!

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      • treva ann

        I love how you claim your expertise but yet you havent even tried half their products.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          And I love how easy it is for you to judge and criticize me, Treva Ann. Obviously I never claim to be an expert and I always try to be very clear if I have not tried a particular product.

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    • Shira Hick

      My B.D.(blue diamond) cleaner turned clear as well, but it should not effect its efficiency (as I was told and experimented with). I sell Norwex and love it, especially the B.D. cleaner. I would recommend putting the month and date you OPEN the bottle on it as we are told most products are guaranteed for 2 years, after this they still work great- just are not guaranteed to be as potent because of the live enzymes being exposed to oxygen. Hope this helps Donna! 🙂 Interesting comments @ Cleaningup Kate, I have tried both companies- but decided to sell Norwex b/c the quality weave pattern of the cloth, micro-silver, fair pay to oversea workers, and I loved the hostess benefits (my house=stocked!) 😛

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      • Darlene

        The Blue Diamond is just as effective even without the blue hue. My understanding is that due to a change in the formulation (w/a preservative), a change in color can be the result. And, I agree that this may be accelerated with the expose to oxygen. *Please note that Blue Diamond is NOT an enzyme product.

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      • Catherine Marks

        Thanks Shira for your comment! I just went to my first Norwex party last night. I was blown away, and very impressed! So much so that I’m seriously considering becoming a consultant! That’s why this morning I was trying to do a little research of my own to see what’s out there and if others really like it! Can’t wait to try more Eco- friendly products in our home! Hot any good tips? Please send them my way! Thanks, Cathy

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    • Kayla

      Have you tried shaking your blue diamond bath cleaner up? I don’t think a spray bottle is the way to go. I do believe the purpose is to dump a little in the toilet and then scrub or even on the brush not in a spray bottle because then you are only cleaning the spray bottle.

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  41. hummelstudios

    Doesn’t E-Cloth use nano silver? I think the biggest difference between Norwex and E-cloth is that Norwex uses mico-silver (non leaching) and
    e-cloth uses nano-silver (which leaches from the cloth).

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      e-cloths do not contain silver. Why? Because they don’t need it! All e-cloths pick up over 99% of bacteria and lab testing has shown that when you rinse e-cloths after use, over 99% of bacteria in the cloth is rinsed away. All that silver does is speed up the killing of bacteria left in the cloth, but as you already know, if you rinse an e-cloth, there’s virtually no bacteria left in it so there’s no need for silver. Better for the environment and better for your pocketbook!

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      • tyciadennis

        So…. are you saying that the silver is not necessary? When you rinse a cloth you will remove 99% of the bacteria with just water?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Yes, that is exactly what I’m saying. I have another post on here (just search the site for “silver”) that explains it a bit more. Info was provided by Norwex technical advisors.

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  42. Diane

    Great reviews, and great site btw 🙂

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  43. Diane

    Hi Kate, I just noticed this when I got to your site- “Apparently some people feel that I should delete all of my Norwex Reviews (that I wrote YEARS ago and are mostly glowing, I would add!) because I recently began selling e-cloth® products.” I don’t know if this was addressed in the myriad of comments above, but i think it has to do with drawing power. I came to your site due to Norwex, which you don’t sell anymore. You do sell e-cloths, which I have never heard of, but have now because of your site, which I came to because of Norwex… get the picture? I don’t know if anyone at Norwex has contacted you, or if you have a “non-compete” clause, but I would guess this is the source of some of the argument. JMO

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      No doubt you’re right, Diane. But I do try to make it abundantly clear that I’m selling e-cloth. I do still get a lot of questions about Norwex products though and continue to give as much info on those as I can. When in doubt, I defer to my very good friend (and Norwex Consultant), Deja Peterson. If you’re looking for Norwex, she’s your gal!

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      • Laura

        What is an e-cloth and how is it different from what Norwex sells?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Laura – I’ve got information about e-cloths and comparisons with Norwex products all over this blog. Just keep reading 😉

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      • tyciadennis

        I think her point is that Kate’s Honest Norwex Review can be seen as misleading… Why not change to E-Cloth Review. You get people who are looking for Norwex and then introduce them to what you are selling, it’s seems a little misleading. You clearly state that this is about your opinion and experiences, yet you offer “facts” about a product that you no longer sell. You could just send them to the Norwex site or consultant you know.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Or, people could just choose not to read my blog. The “facts” I provide are facts. I don’t make them up. The opinions I provide are my opinions and are obviously my opinions. People can take it or leave it.

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      • Jennifer Masloski

        I admire your patience, Kate! I am a Norwex consultant, and I appreciate your honest and accurate reviews. There is a LOT of misinformation out there, mostly from consultants repeating what they HEARD instead of what the company publishes. We do ourelves and our company a great disservice when we repeat inaccurate information! Thanks for the great blog!

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  44. Lis

    Hi! I was actually looking up norwex reviews to see if anyone else has used the Marine Organics face system when I found this site. Had no idea that there was an e-cloth system. I’m curious, do they have facial products kind of like what Norwex has and if they do, I’m curious on the price. Right now, I think I actually got a good price for the norwex with how much of the product there is, compared to the system I had been using before. Did you ever try it? I’m a believer. In the short time I’ve had it, the beginnings of lines on my forehead are less visible and people have commented that my skin glows. If e-cloth has the same stuff for less, I’d kind of like that being a recent college grad who’s on a tight budget.

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  45. lorette weaver

    how can I sell e-cloths. do I need to contact you…? is it MLM….

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  46. Gail

    Hi Kate – A little bit of an odd question. I bathed my infant granddaughter tonight, reached for the washcloth to help rinse off the baby wash product, and only after I was well into it did I realize it was one of my daughter’s Norwex cloths I was using to rinse her! I mentioned it to my daughter and she said it was the window cleaning cloth. It was green. But perhaps it was actually the more all purpose one? After reading a bunch of these posts, I see that even the face cloths have the embedded silver. So I’m thinking it was probably not horrible that I used this cloth on the baby. I thought maybe my daughter should ask her Norwex consultant, but my daughter said she wasn’t worried. But I’m still slightly uneasy. I know you are no longer a Norwex consultant, but I figured you could answer my concern, and I don’t know who else to ask. Thank you so much!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Gail. Put your mind at rest, you have nothing to worry about! The only issue you may have with using Norwex (or e-cloth) cleaning cloths on a baby is that they can be drying on the skin. Both Norwex and e-cloth have products available for body use but I (and likely many, many others) use the cleaning cloths daily to wash the face and hands of my toddler and pre-schooler several times/day.

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  47. Lona

    I really want to try your product, do you have a coupon code, I could use.-thanks,

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    • Heather

      They are on sale right now, two for one and some if the best packs are on sale!!!! Just look under sale. Perfect time to try them! I bought them without a code and I am addicted;)

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  48. Wendi

    E-cloths offer all the same comparable items as Norwex? What are your favorites of each? Thanks!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Oh Wendi – I could go on and on for days to answer that. You absolutely can’t go wrong with the e-cloth General Purpose and Glass & Polishing cloths. You can clean EVERYTHING with those. And I’m also a big fan of the e-cloth washing up pad. I’ve got lots of reviews of both Norwex and e-cloth products on here. For my favs, take a look at the 5 and 4 star reviews.

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      • Wendi

        Kate-Thanks so much!!! I did read your reviews and bought some of the 5 star products. I will place an order with you in the near future! Thanks for your website!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Great! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. My days just aren’t my own right now. Busy little boys.

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  49. Philip

    looking @ learning more about Norwex. I’ve seen a lot of videos on youtube about Norwex all positive. doing research on google and hitting these sites. the only thing I haven’t seen is the sales & marketing plan. is Norwex the same a melaleuca?. the 1 & only thing that turned me off from them was that every single month wether you liked it or not you had minimum of at least 35 base points worth of products sent to you door. regardless wether you needed them or not!…I like the idea of having environmentally safer products in my home that actually work & that are safe for my family. I just didn’t like the idea of having a stockpile of products in my basement like Melaleuca. thats the only reason I didn’t join melaleuca. I waiting to see a product demonstration & the sales & marketing plan from Norwex. thats the only thing holding me back from making a decicion wether to get involved or not. god hating sitting on a fence….

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Philip – Norwex is a multi-level-marketing company. There is an initiation fee which is different between US and Canadian consultants. You don’t have to buy things and they don’t automatically send you stuff that you have to sell but you do have to have a certain value of sales every 6 months(?). I no longer know the details, sorry. Deja Peterson has some good info on her blog. Take a look at this link. If you click on the link at the bottom of that page (US or Canada), you’ll see a bit more info about fees etc.

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  50. Amanda

    Hi Kate,
    I am not a Norwex rep but have recently ordered some products. I have to comment that your blog does not seem objective. You obviously are promoting E-cloth over Norwex. While your reviews may be “honest”, if you have some sort of relationship with Ecloth than how could they be objective? I noticed on ecloth’s facebook page that they are linking to your blog a whole lot for product reviews and I would assume that you have a business relationship with them? So I wanted to ask you straight, are you working for E-cloth in any capacity, paid or unpaid? Thanks.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Amanda – Thanks for the comment. I have tried to make it very clear throughout the posts on my blog and in my comments that I now sell ecloth and that I used to be a Norwex consultant. I believe my reviews of both Norwex and e-cloth products are fair and I stress that they are my personal opinion, of which we are all entitled. I also welcome others to add their comments if they disagree and I ALWAYS post them unless I find them offensive (which remarkably is sometimes the case). For obvious reasons I promote e-cloth but I’m also giving my HONEST opinion of the products.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Sandy, excuse the tardy response but quite honestly it has taken me days to determine how best to reply without losing my temper.

      I have time and time again in my posts mentioned that I sell e-cloth. I even have one post in which I give a very detailed account of why I decided to leave Norwex in favour of e-cloth. I do not add this information to every post because a I have a lot of “followers” who would get bored with reading that every time.

      I have written over 30 reviews of Norwex products, most of which are glowing, and all of which were written while I was a Norwex consultant. If people are drawn to my blog because they are searching for real reviews of Norwex products, that’s what they get. If, while they’re here they discover there’s an alternative (because trust me, many people are not aware that there are alternatives to Norwex – many have only recently been introduced to the wonderful world of microfiber), well good for them.

      I get a lot of questions of how e-cloth compares to Norwex and that’s why I started those kinds of reviews/posts. What the people want, I try to give. I try to give the pros and cons of each product. Sometimes I miss/forget some but those usually get picked up in the comments. To date, I have had one, count it – ONE – customer who did not agree with my comparisons.

      I should add that I’ve been selling e-cloth for almost a year now and in that time have received many comments from people who have used my reviews to help them to decide which Norwex – yes, NORWEX – products to purchase. Of course I’m always happy to get a customer but if someone wants to buy a Norwex product than I’m happy to help them to decide which one is best for them.

      Bait and switch? I’m officially offended.

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  51. Brenda

    oh my goodness! These reviews are so odd to me. I am a Norwex consultant, have been for over 4 years. The netted cloths is my very favorite product! I could not imagine being without it! First of all, it is not meant for cleaning counters (unless you have pie dough stuck on it). It sits in your sink and is strictly for washing dishes. Even if you have a dishwashers, it is great on corning ware, pots and pans, etc. It cleans up so well because the foods rinses off through the holes in the cloth! And if you can’t stand it when it starts to turn grey or yellow, just soak it in a bit of bleach and water for a half hour. It comes out like brand new! I really don’t like to hear people say they hate something. Just try it and if you don’t like it, oh well.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Brenda – thanks for taking the time to comment, but you seem to have focused on the bad. Did you not notice all my raving reviews of Norwex products? And I realize the netted cloth is for dishes – I just don’t like it and as I mentioned in my review, I’ve got a tiny kitchen and not a lot of room to hang cloths so I don’t feel the need for that one. It doesn’t clean any of my dishes or pots better than my usual cloth/scrubber and I can’t stand the feel of it. With the multitude of comments I’ve gotten from readers though, I’ve come to realize that I may be the only person on the planet that doesn’t like it. I’ve taken a lot of time to add my honest reviews of products. We can’t all like everything all the time, can we? I get a lot of feedback from Norwex consultants but unfortunately, 9 times out of 10, it’s to criticize me for a bad review on Norwex products. No offense to you or to other consultants, but I sure would like to get some feedback on my good reviews sometime.

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      • cleaningproducts2012

        You know what! I am a Norwex Consultant too and honestly I think it’s great that there are reviews out there. I absolutely love almost all of the products I have tried so far, but I recently came across one that I am not too fond of. I think it’s great to have honest reviews and that is what you’re doing. Thanks for sharing feedback, I think it’s great 🙂

        Rosalie Narveson

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Rosalie – thanks for sharing. Just out of curiosity, which product is it that you don’t like?

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    • Margaret

      I just attended my first norwex party and isn’t the point that you are no longer going to need bleach in your home??

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    • sahmcordova

      Brenda – it bothers me to say you would soak it in bleach! That is very hypocritical!

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      • angelaanderson

        I am a Norwex consultant as well and would not soak anything in bleach. To clean “stained” items I use a a combination of things depending on the product and how old or difficult the stain is. My favorite is to take the dish soap and some of the Ultra Power Plus laundry detergent to make a paste for pre-treating items. I also soak items like cloths in hot water and the Ultra Power Plus detergent which is what I would suggest INSTEAD of bleach. Norwex sells a pre-treat product for laundry, but I have no experience using it and I am all about items I can use for multiple purposes. Most items also say not to use bleach on them or the warranty is voided. I have 4 small children between the ages of 7 and 4 months so I got rid of bleach in my home about 8 years ago (honestly I didn’t use it much before that). I also make my own soap instead of purchasing any of the store antibacterial junk because it isn’t true soap and there is no evidence that suggests that antibacterial hand cleaners do any better of a job. I realize I kind of went on a tangent there, but basically I WOULD NOT use bleach on any of the Norwex products.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Angela. The frustrating thing about this blog is that it tells me what page you’ve commented on but not necessarily on which topic. So I’m not certain where the bleach reference comes from. In any case, I agree 100%. Bleach will destroy the fibers in microfiber cloths (if that’s what we’re talking about). Thanks for your tips on stain treatment. I have tried the Norwex pre-treat spray and did not find it effective – I’ve got a hand soap that works better and was much cheaper. I tried the Norwex stuff on almost every stain, letting it soak in and then using immediately before washing and it just didn’t work on the types of stains I was dealing with (mostly food stains on the boy’s shirt fronts).

          I’m a fellow soap-maker. Love it!

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          • Sarah

            I have not been able to get an answer to this question. What are the ingredients in Norwex products products other than silver in the clothes?

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            • Cleaninup Kate

              Sarah – Norwex cloths (and most microfiber cleaning cloths) are made of a mixture of polyester and polyamide. The percentage of each material is dependent on the cloth.

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        • Brenda

          I realize this is an old post but will answer it anyway. I do not use bleach on Norwex Products or much of anything if at all possible. But I love those white netted cloths. They are a cleaning tool. They have no anitibac properties in them whatsoever but they get grey and ugly after awhile so I soak them in a tiny bleach to turn them white again. Nothing else works. As often as I do this, I am not going to harm anyone over it. They are a kitchen tool, thats it. You would think I am committing a crime here.

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    • SMK

      I was told to NOT use bleach to wash the Norwex cloths

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Oh yes, this is true. You most definitely do NOT want to use bleach with ANY microfiber cloth. It will destroy the fibers. Did I miss something SMK? Did someone mention using bleach and I missed it?

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        • Sue

          yes, a Norwex rep said if the netted dish cloth turns yellow to soak in bleach. It was Brenda on Dec 3.

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          • Cleaninup Kate

            Thanks Sue – I see that now. I hadn’t gone through all the comments to see what was what. Shame on me 😉

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        • deborah

          So you will no longer be confused, a few posts back Brenda said she would soak her netted cloth in bleach if it got gross.

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          • Cleaninup Kate

            Thanks Deborah – so many people coming to my rescue here. I’m glad to see people are actually reading what I’m writing!

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        • Brenda

          Yes me. Read my comment about the netted cloth. Which is a simple kitchen tool. Not microfiber, you all misunderstood me completely.

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      • Brenda

        In my earlier comment. I said I soak the netted cloth in a bit of bleach. The netted cloth is NOT made out of microfiber. It is just a scrubber for washing dishes. I don’t like that it turns grey, so yes I do soak it in a it of bleach now and then. I never ever use bleach for my actual microfiber. In fact that is my only reason for ever usng bleach. .

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Oh OK Brenda. Sorry if I was confused. I didn’t have time to go through all the comments that day and wasn’t sure what was going on. BTW, have you tried soaking your Netted Dish Cloth in lemon juice and hanging it in the sun instead of using bleach? That did wonders for mine. I also tried running it through the dishwasher which worked pretty well too!

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        • Renee

          I use the cleaning paste. Let it set then wash it out. Works for me.

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        • Rachel

          There is now a new deep BLUE Norwex netted cloth! No longer will it turn gray or look stained because it is blue 🙂

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          • Cleaninup Kate

            Well that IS good news, Rachel. Thanks for letting us know.

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    • denise hodges

      Bleach? I have to say I’m shocked to hear a Norwex consultant talk about using bleach. That’s like a dentist telling a patient to rub gummy bears on their teeth instead of using a toothbrush!

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  52. Kate Kecely (@CriticalK8)

    Hi Kate,
    I attended a Norwex presentation (here in Australia) over a year ago and loved the idea of chemical free cleaning. I hosted my own presentation shortly after and used it as the cheaper way of purchasing the items I really wanted.
    I purchased a variety of items; 4x enviro cloths, grey grease cloth, purple polishing cloth, natural 3-pack of body/face cloths, car pack, pet pack, blue bathroom scrubber and the blue mit for dusting.
    To this day, I still have not used my car pack at all. However the large lime green mitt with ‘noodle like’ fibres on one side I found is really good for cleaning flyscreens around the house (still haven’t used it on the cars). As I have been recently made redundant, I now have timme to wash our cars so this may change.
    My enviro cloths get a serious workout. They are constantly in use virtually anywwhere in the house and on the windows outside too. I have even used them for my outdoor timber furntiture and they work very well on that too but I need to rinse them out more often as the dirt is so thick. Our backyard is not landscaped as yet (we bought land and built a house) and so our back deck gets a whole lot of dust blown on to it as we don’t have grass/turf. (Particularly when I mow my weeds 😛 ).

    I find the grey grease cloth perfect. I have a large gas top and oven that I only clean once a week (too lazy) and it works an absolute treat. I used to use all sorts of cleaners to remove the grease, and then use windex to get the shine back, but the grease cloth and water is now all I use.
    I also have a black glass dining table, and every speck of dust shows up on black glass, and I have two cats too that are always shedding their coats. The cats of course are not allowed on my tables or counters anywhere, but when I get up in the mornning, I can see their little paw prints all over the balsted glass so I know what they are doing while I sleep!! I use just an enviro cloth and then the purple polishing cloth and it comes up sparkling in under 60 seconds. Anytime I find the purple polishing cloth dragging, I have found it heps to have it slightly damp to get it going again like you have said previously. It is the cloth I launder the most to reduce streaks.
    I don’t really use the scrubber cloth much except in the shower and am not too excited about the elbow grease it needs.
    The enviro cloths and the polishing cloth are again used in my bathrooms on the bathtub, mirrors and vanities and these work very well.

    I use the pet pack on my cats (which get ‘locked’ in the ensuite shower with my husband so they can’t run away) about once every 2-3 months for their shampoo and the towel cloths and mits are are great to assist in drying them alot faster so they don’t sit on the carpet with a wet bum. I don’t use them to wash the cats; only to dry them afterwards.
    The face cloths are used only by me. I did scrub too hard when i first used them and caused surface grazing so I learnt pretty quickly to not scrub so hard, or at least have more water in the cloth at the time. My skin is not so great on my face and chest, I get little sweat pimples alot on my chest so this cloth helps me control my breakouts now that I’m off the Pill. It’s not a cure, but it certainly helps. Q: Do you think washing these body/face cloths once a week is often enough? I only really use it on my face and chest.

    Lastly the blue dusting mit I find is barely okay. Once it is covered in dust, which really only takes a quick wipe on one or two surfaces, only laundering it seems to get it to work again. Shaking the mit or brushing it only helps a little, so i usually end up using a dampened enviro cloth instead. I really don’t need the dusting mit. I bought it specifically for my dining table but found it didn’t attract the cat hairs and dust as much as I though it would so it tends to stay in the cupboard.

    I wanted to purchase the mop for my floor tiles, which being dark chocolate brown and a matt finish, show up everything. The daughter of the presentation host bought one (another Kate), and hates it and thinks it is useless. It’s kind of put me off, that and the cost, so I just stick with the vacuum cleaner.

    My neighbour, yet another Kate, also uses Norwex and swears by it, and she previously was an Enjo convert. I have never used Enjo. From the sounds of it I don’t think it would suit me as I’m a ‘wring it out’ kind of gal. I don’t think I would be patient enough to care for it according to the instructions.
    When my Norwex ones finally bite the dust, I’d be interested in your e-cloths to see how they go, but at this stage, I would think there will always be room for Norwex at my house.

    I’m off to boil my cloths now. Hope my feedback is off help to someone.

    Cheers,

    Kate

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    • Kate Kecely (@CriticalK8)

      I just read this back to myself after posting and noticed all my typos: Sorry!! Should have read it first!!

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        typos? What typos? Give yourself a break Kate! I look the other way for people that take the time to write.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Kate: WOW! Thanks for the very detailed reviews. I’m sure many will find your tips/thoughts useful. I’m with you on the Norwex Dust Mitt – completely useless on pet hair. I do find the e-cloth dusting cloths much better.

      As for the mop – I recently put dark chocolate tiles with a matt finish in our mudroom. We went for high grade ones so they’re very textured looking and really hide the dirt/cleaning streaks. But a friend of mine has the same issue as you with her dark brown tiles. What I suggest to people that are thinking about the mop is to try one of your e-cloth or Norwex cloths on it first. If you like the way the cloth works, then you’ll be happy with the mop. Obviously I’m going to suggest you try the e-cloth mop instead of the norwex one though :).

      Thanks again for all your feedback!

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    • tami

      I wet my dusting mitt also and it does an amazing job! Dampen it and wring it out, it dries the surface so fast and doesn’t harm your furniture!

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  53. monica polutranko

    Looking to purchase the norwex mop. But I don’t know which is better, dry superior mop pad or dry mop pad. I have children and pets. Also which size would give me my monies worth.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Monica – Have you considered the e-cloth mop? I did quite an extensive comparison of it to the Norwex mop. It’s considerably cheaper. In any case, the comparison might be worth a read because the dry e-cloth mop pad is essentially the same as the Norwex dry mop pad and I compare that to the Norwex Superior one. So it should give you a good answer to your question. I’ve also got pets and kids and I use my e-cloth and Norwex mops interchangeably MANY times per day. Love them both but for the price, you can’t beat the e-cloth mop. If the post doesn’t answer your questions, please let me know. You can find more info on the e-cloth mop here.

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      • Yvette

        Sorry Yvette, I’ve deemed your comment as too rude to be posted and I deleted it.

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    • MamaSmurf5000

      One thing I did notice when I used the Norwex mopping system, is that you need to do all the steps. I tries to wey mop first but is left streaks. I should have dry dusted with the blue pad first and then the yellow wet one. I like not having to drag aroung a bucket of dirty water.

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        This is good advice, MamaSmurf5000! Using the dusting mop pad first is a good idea as it will pick up all those little dust particles and hairs so that the damp mop can concentrate on the messier stuff. Also important to rinse the damp mop pad out a few times as you go. For instance if your floors are relatively clean, maybe mop one room then rinse the pad under hot water and start on the next room. If your floors are more dirty (like mine can get right inside the back door), you’ll have to rinse more frequently. Some people find it convenient to have 2 damp mop pads so that one can be soaking while the other is being used.

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      • Annie

        MamaSmurf5000,
        I am a Norwex consultant and just wanted to be sure you were using the Norwex mop correctly. The yellow pad is your dry dusting mop pad and the blue is the wet one. I also use a spray bottle to wet the blue pad which works great on my wood floors.
        Hope this helps a bit!

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      • Brenda Shelton

        I thought the blue pad was for wet moping and the yellow pad was for dry or dusting moping. Is that correct or did I misunderstand the above comment? I am new to norwex. Also can any of their towels or mop pads be put in the dryer?

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  54. Janet White

    I have tried using the white “nylon looking” dish cloth. I couldn’t get the stains out after one week of use, even after bleaching. So I tried another one. It stained after one use. How do you get the them to look clean? If I can’t get them clean I will discontinue use.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Janet – I’m assuming you’re referring to the “Netted Dish Cloth”. Have you seen my review for it? It’s my absolute least favorite Norwex product. Although I seem to be a minority in my opinion because I’ve had several comments from people who love it. But I digress…

      I can’t really speak to staining on that cloth because I absolutely never use it. It’s not microfiber though so perhaps you can bleach it? Maybe ask your Norwex consultant about that one because I just don’t know.

      As for the other Norwex (or e-cloth) cloths. These are high quality microfiber cloths. That means they pick up dirt and grease and grime and don’t easily release it. It’s not that the cloths are stained – it’s more that the dirt gets trapped in there and can’t get out. Chances are, once you use you’re cloth, it will start to seem dirty. You can launder e-cloth ® and Norwex products in hot water. The hotter the water, the more the fibers will open up and the more dirt/grease will be released. This is why I recommend boiling your cloths occasionally. If you haven’t read it already, I wrote a post some time ago on how to launder/care for your Norwex and e-cloth products. Maybe worth a read.

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      • Shirley Zimmerman

        I am wondering what the warranty on e-cloths is? Norwex is 2 years and have never seen it on the ecloth posts here. Thanks

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Shirley – e-cloths have a 300 wash guarantee. So number of years kind of depends on how often you wash them. I wash mine about once a week so 5.5 yrs. But I’ll probably get new ones before then, “just because”. 😉

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  55. jag51

    Another trick, especially for the bathroom drain is to use one one of those long plastic drain picks-it has little hook things along it that grab the hair & gunk. It isn’t a pleasant task, but very effective & NO chemicals. You can buy them for a couple of dollars at WalMart or Ace Hardware. It worked for me when the “drano” type of products didn’t do anything for my slow drain. Hope this helps.

    Jean

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Thanks jag51. I like the sounds of this better than picking at it with a Q-tip, which is what I usually do and get disgusted by.

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    • Soprhy4

      Long sports straw brushes sold at Bed Bath and Beyond also work great for that ugly task!
      I have long thick hair and this works great!!

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  56. Amy

    Hello, o just tried the Norwex polishing cloth. I am very very impressed, to the point where I am recommending them to my fire chief to use for our trucks. I was wondering how the Norwex cloth compares to the E-cloth. I was thinking maybe from a financial point using these cloths would be.more cost effective than constantly buying cleaning sprays. Your input is gratefully appreciated.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Amy. What a great idea! The e-cloth Glass & Polishing cloth has a different feel/texture than the Norwex one. It’s more like the Norwex Car Cloth (which you may not have tried). It’s got more of a silky feel but is amazing for polishing anything and getting into tight spots inside cars (and firetruck) dash boards etc. Performance wise, I haven’t noticed any difference between the e-cloth and Norwex cloths except that the e-cloth one slides more easily over windows and mirrors.

      Right now, e-cloth is having an amazing 2 for 1 sale on “Fall” colors of the Polishing cloths (2 for $7.99) with free shipping in the US. The General Purpose cloths are also on for the same price so if there are parts of the truck that need to be cleaned before they’re polished, they could be handy.

      Finally, e-cloth does have a vehicle-washing line. Nothing’s on sale right now but perhaps worth a look, depending on the department’s needs. But if you’re just looking for something to polish with, you definitely won’t go wrong with the 2 for 1 sale.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. I’m happy to help.

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  57. Heather

    I was recently introduced to Norwex. A friend let me borrow the general purpose and glass cloth and I was amazed! I looked online to see if this was truly a one of a kind product and found your site! Since my friend introduced me, I purchased the enviro cloth/glass set and some spiri sponges. I also ordered a general e-cloth and polishing cloth from your site (and the cleaning sponge!) to compare. I think the general cloth from e-cloth feel “fluffier”, but both work the same…e-cloth is just far cheaper! I do have to give Norwex the higher grade on the polishing cloth though. It doesn’t seem to get wet as quickly when using in combination with the general cloth for washing/polishing. The Norwex seems a little higher quality, BUT I could purchase 2 e-cloths for the price of one Norwex…so it’s a toss up! The sponges seem about the same, but I think I’ll end up grabbing the e-cloth sponge more due to the two different texture sides.

    Thank you for all the great reviews on this site. My house has never looked better (not even close because I actually sort of like cleaning again!)!

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    • Dee

      my preference with Norwex is that there is silver in the aniti-bac products so the bacteria is getting ‘killed’ while the cloth is sitting/drying so the cloths don’t get an odour (which is bacteria)….I’ve had some of my Norwex cloths for 4 years and they still work (leave no streaks) and have no odour though I admit when I ordered new ones, they work MUCH much better (obviously).

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Hi Dee. Thank you for taking the time to comment. There’s nothing like a brand new cloth, is there? e-cloth also offers a cloth with silver in it but I’ve come to really appreciate the non-silver ones. They dry quickly and I’ve never had a problem with the stinkies.

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        • sandra

          what sort of silver is it and how is it put into the fibre? The Norwex Cloth has micro instead of Nano which is the unsafe one. I believe that Norwex have the patent on silver in microfibre cloths.

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          • Cleaninup Kate

            Sandra – e-cloth stopped manufacturing cloths with silver in them last year because the silver in NO WAY improves upon the cleaning ability of any cloth (including Norwex) and it only caused confusion to customers. Not to mention the extra expense and strain on the environment. I’m not sure if Norwex has a patent or not. If they do, it would most likely be related to HOW they put it in the cloth, not whether it’s in there or not. But again, I’m not certain.

            I’ll take this opportunity to remind people that e-cloths (and Norwex) cloths work so well because of the quality of the microfiber. It’s the microfiber (not the silver) that picks up bacteria (over 99%!), grime, grease, dirt, etc from a surface. e-cloth has had some very good lab testing done and have proven that if you rinse the cloths well after you use them, over 99% of bacteria that was picked up by the cloth will be rinsed out.

            The purpose of the silver is to speed up the killing of bacteria in the cloth. BUT, as mentioned above, if you rinse your e-cloth well after each use, there will essentially be no bacteria left in the cloth. So the silver is kind of superfluous.

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  58. Carole

    not yet, haven’t had time to contact website you mentioned.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Carole – if you don’t have the receipt you’ll at least have to tell them the date of the party, host and consultant. Beyond that, I don’t think I can help you since I’m no longer a consultant. But I will be interested to hear what happens so will you please let me know?

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  59. Carole

    My dealer no longer sells Norwex 7 person who hosted has moved…now what?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Carole – I’m going to sound a bit frustrated here but it’s not directed at you. It’s at Norwex and consultants and ex-consultants. They make it difficult for people to make returns/exchanges when it should be easy. There is no reason why your ex-consultant couldn’t point you in the right direction. She made the money off the sale and she knows the ropes. Or at the very least she could have taken the time to tell you what you need to do. Instead you have to resort to contacting a stranger (me) for advice. It just frustrates me.

      You’ll need 3 things: The date of the party, your receipt and the name of the consultant. Ideally, the receipt has the party date and consultant name on it. Scan in the receipt and email it to customerservice@norwex.com with a description of what happened to your mop. Tell them that your consultant is no longer with Norwex and that is why you’re contacting them directly. If you don’t get any response from them, let me know and I have one more email that you can try. Either way, please let me know what happens. I’m sure others in the same situation will appreciate any comments you leave about your experience with the return/exchange.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Carole – did you get your mop situation sorted out?

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  60. Martha

    If I were to buy a few products just to get started, what would you reccommend? A friend invited me to her Norwex party tomorrow, and I would like to support her, but I think I will put most of my money towards e-cloths. Which e-cloths would you get first.

    Thanks,
    Martha

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Martha. This is a great question. Personally, I’d start with the e-cloth starter pack. I always recommend that people get at least 4 general purpose e-cloths (which the Starter Pack has) so they have one for the kitchen, bathroom, and “everywhere else” and then an extra one for when the other 3 are being laundered. The Starter Pack also comes with a Glass & Polishing e-cloth which you’ll want for your windows, mirrors, glass stovetop, and everything shiny. The General Purpose cloth will do the heavy cleaning and the Glass & Polishing e-cloth will give everything a streak-free finish.

      You can clean most of your house with these 2 cloths.

      You can also use the General Purpose e-cloth to dust, although I find the dusting e-cloths work much better.

      And of course, there’s the mop – which I LOVE.

      But I’d start with the Starter Value Pack to get used to this kind of cleaning and as you figure out where the General Purpose cloths are lacking, or if you need more, you know where to come :o)

      If the Norwex Consultant knows her stuff, you’re probably going to be dazzled at the party. The Norwex products are great and the consultants have the selling of them down to a science. I’ve got a couple of suggestions:
      1) Don’t take your wallet – consultants usually leave the party “open” for a few days, or you can ask that they do. If you don’t have your wallet with you, there’s no pressure to buy “spur of the moment” and you can go home and think about it for a day or two (and read my reviews again – or ask me questions about products I haven’t had the time to review yet)
      2) I’ve mentioned time and time again that the e-cloth microfiber is as good as the Norwex. So if you’re only interested in microfiber, stick with e-cloth, because you’ll save yourself a lot of money (except the Norwex makeup removal cloths. e-cloth doesn’t have those…yet). But, e-cloth doesn’t sell any of the cleaning solutions and Norwex does have a few that might be worth it to you. I use them in my house because I’ve still got some that I got free as a consultant. I’m not sure that I’ll actually every buy any though as I find I can do the same job with baking soda and vinegar in most cases. But that’s just me.

      One last suggestion:
      3) Don’t get hung up on the “antibac” cloths with silver. I hear that Norwex is downplaying this a bit lately because of huge misconceptions about how it works. If you have time, I’ve posted some info on how it works that you may want to read before the party. If you do decide it’s what you need (personally, I don’t think so), e-cloth has the Professional Cloth with antibacterial silver.

      I hope this helps. Have fun at the party!

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  61. Lori

    Omg do I love the Enviro cloth! It is saving my carpet! If u have any stains just dampen cloth, lay over stain and leave for awhile…Amazing <3!!! It has removed most of my stains in my carpet that I thought was set forever. Great product that I will never live with out!!!!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Lori – glad to hear you’re loving your Enviro cloth. I just had to retire my Enviro cloth. After 2.5 years of constant use it has served me well and it was sad to say goodbye. You’ll know it’s time to retire yours when it just doesn’t seem absorbent any more. I’m using my e-cloths now and love them just as much. Here’s to greener and easier cleaning! Take care of your Enviro cloth and it will take care of you.

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  62. cindy

    hi,
    i find that after washing my windows, and then using the pollishing cloth it does not wipe with ease, it sticks and the results are STREAKY windows, i have had several people complain about this… what to do.. and i take care of my cloths rinse them after each use so do not believe they dirty
    cm

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Cindy. I have the same problem and mentioned that in my review of the Norwex Window Cloth. To be honest, I don’t know what you can do about it. The only “work-around” I’ve found is to use it slightly damp. It moves more easily across the glass and seems to leave my windows streak free.

      I haven’t written an official review for the e-cloth Glass & Polishing Cloth yet but it’s on my list. It has a completely different feel from the Norwex one and doesn’t stick as you wipe. It’s smaller and more manageable as well. Not that you want to go out and buy another cloth after you invested good money on the Norwex one. But if you’re ever looking for an alternative, or a 2nd one, it’s very good.

      I will be interested (and perhaps others will as well) if you find dampening your Norwex Window Cloth fixes the “sticking & streaking” problem. Will you please keep me posted?

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  63. Allison

    Thanks for the help. I did have plenty of water in the pot while boiling but maybe too many cloths. Do you clean them each individually? That would take forever! I did try vinegar and then soaking them in hot water with a little soap, which helped. Thank you.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hmmm. You’ve baffled me, Allison. I usually boil 1-2 Enviro Cloths or 3-4 of the body cloths together in a small pot (sometimes 4 or 5 Enviros in a larger pot – 4 litres(?)). Anyway, I’m glad to hear the smell is gone. If it comes back, just return them!

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  64. Allison

    I tried boiling and now my cloths are burned… Am I suppose to boil the water and then soak, or keep the water boiling while the cloths are being cleaned? They still smell a little funny too. Will I have to pay full price for replacement cloths? I do love my cloths, just struggling with the cleaning them part… They do great work cleaning other stuff! Thanks 😉

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Allison – I’m really surprised to hear that your cloths burned. Did you have lots of water in the pot? Did it boil dry? Did the cloth touch the element? Do you have a picture you can send me? I boil mine (keep the water boiling) for 10 minutes about once a month and have never had a problem. They were Norwex cloths right? Norwex has a 2 year warranty so as long as you bought them less than 2 years ago there will be no charge for the replacement. You’ll have to go through the consultant you bought them through to get the replacement.

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  65. Jenny

    No, I haven’t tried the dishwasher soap, but my dishwasher does have a stainless steel interior so I wasn’t going to purchase it. I was out of my regular dishwashing detergent and thought that because the Norwex laundry soap is also non-sudsing it might be a good substitute. The inside of my washing machine is stainless steel and the laundry soap didn’t specify not using it in that instance. Do you think it would be worth a try in the dishwasher?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Jenny – I wouldn’t. To be honest, I’ve never used the Norwex laundry detergent as I’ve always been happy with Charlie’s Soap. I would guess that even though it’s advertised as “non-sudsing” that it will still bubble up some. But I could be wrong. I’m thinking that since Norwex has never marketed their laundry detergent for the dishwasher that it’s not a good idea. Especially when they sell a dishwasher detergent that can’t be used in a stainless dishwasher. It seems to me that if the laundry detergent COULD be used in a dishwasher (stainless interior or not), Norwex would be marketing it that way – or at least spreading the word. If you’re really set on trying it, contact the consultant that you bought it through and they can put the question to head office (I no longer have access to that kind of help since I’m no longer a consultant).

      If you do find something out, please let me know as I’m sure others will be interested to hear.

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  66. Jenny

    Can you tell me if the Norwex laundry soap can be used in the dishwasher? They are both non-sudsing so I wondered if that would be an option?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Jenny. Interesting question and I’ll be honest, I don’t have a clue. Have you tried the Norwex Dishwasher Detergent? Although it’s not recommended for dishwashers with stainless steel interiors.

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  67. Dorothy Maes

    Hi Kate I just found this site looking for feed back on Norwex, I have a cleaning business and the norwex cloths have saved me so much time. I love them, I clean my cloths with norwex and other laundry soap on the whitest white cycle of my washer (Never to use bleach, sofener or dryer sheets) Because it is the hot water wash cycle, When I wash my microfiber its a load of like material all microfiber and nothing else. I noticed people complain about them geting stinky, When ever I am done with my microfiber cloths I clean and rinse them with water wring then tight and then hang them open and flat to dry until the next use. My cloths have never got stinky and I have been using them for about 1 year. I handle my cloths with the best of care. Always rinse clean and ring dry after every use and hang them to air dry. I love them.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Dorothy – thanks for taking the time to comment. Sounds like your laundering regime is similar to mine. I’m sure others will find your tips useful! Here’s hoping you get MANY years of use out of your cloths!

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  68. Nicole

    Hello! Have you had any negative feedback on the dryer balls? I recently washed a load of whites then dried them with the dryer balls and all the shirts came out with yellowish blotches on them…They are definitely not the bright crisp white they were before I washed them…The Norwex consultant I bought them from assures me it was NOT the dryer balls that caused the odd coloring, but I am not convinced…

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Nicole. I wish there was a way for users search the comments on my blog because I KNOW I’ve gotten some comments on them but I can’t remember what post they were related to. The main negative/problem comments I’ve gotten were related to the dryer balls falling apart. I have not heard of any discoloration issues but there’s always the chance that your set has a problem. Is there something you don’t really care about that you can try drying them with – like an old white towel or dishcloth (or your husband’s underwear 😉 ). If you don’t trust them or just don’t like them, remember that Norwex has a 60 Day Satisfaction Guarantee and just tell your consultant you want to return them. She/he doesn’t need to know the reason other than that you’re not happy with them. Sorry I can’t be of more help. But I will be interested to hear what happens if you try them again with an old towel or something. Will you keep me posted?

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    • Cathy

      I have had a few pieces of clothing (usually my husbands work shirts) that have a small yellowish/greenish spot on them. I can’t figure out what is causing it. I have suspected my Norwex dryer balls (because they are the same color as the spots), but really didn’t want to think that was the cause. Nicole, have you had any more issues with your wash getting spots?

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  69. Allison

    So, I clean my shower regularly with the Norwex cloth but it tends to smell like my shower even after the cloth dries and after washing. Can I soak them in vinegar first? What about oxy clean?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Allison. Have you tried boiling it? You could try soaking in vinegar. I’m not familiar enough with oxy clean to know whether that’s a good idea or not. I would try the boiling and vinegar options and if the smell is not there, contact the consultant that you bought it from and ask for a replacement.

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  70. Jackie

    Hello. I have a question about my outside windows that have developed stubborn water spots (likely from watering flower gardens). I have tried the e-cloth followed by polishing cloth with no success. Suggestions?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Jackie – I’ve had the same problem. I sprayed my windows with a good dousing of vinegar and let that sit there for a few minutes before wiping with the e-cloth. That worked for me. If you’ve got the stainless steel or stovetop e-cloth, they have a bit of a scrubber on them that you could use too. I’ll be interested to hear if this solves your problem so please keep me posted.

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  71. Rebecca

    Hi! I was just recently introduced to Norwex products at a party, and the whole idea of chemical-free cleaning with microfiber is new to me and very appealing. I ordered several of the cloths and towels and can’t wait to try them! Reading your blog has been extremely helpful in understanding how to use the cloths and also how to care for them – thank you! I do have some questions about cleaning them, though: 1) First…My husband likes for his clothes to be dried with dryer sheets, so we do use them with some of our laundry loads. So even though I won’t be drying my Norwex cloths with dryer sheets (which I don’t use with my kids’ clothes, either), do I need to be concerned about “dryer sheet residue” in my dryer from previous loads affecting the cloths? If so, what should I do about it? Would washing and drying the cloths inside a pillow case or garment/laundry bag prevent any issues? 2) Second…After a really bacteria-heavy job (like raw meat or chicken juices, toilet, kitchen sink, etc), could I just boil the cloth for 10 minutes instead of waiting until the next laundry load? Would that “clean” the cloth just as effectively (and also make it ready to use again right away)? Also, you’ve often mentioned adding a teaspoon or so of dish soap to the boiling water; is this necessary, or can I just boil the cloths with no soap? And since you’re supposed to use “water only” (no soaps or cleansers) with the Enviro Cloth, or other cloths, do I need to worry about the oily dish soap “coating” the microfibers of the cloth in any way during boiling, thereby making them less effective? (or is simply rinsing the cloth in the sink afterwards sufficient enough to get the dish soap out?) I hear different things and sometimes it gets a little confusing. Thank you so much for all of your help, Kate! I’m so grateful for your site and so thankful to have found it!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Rebecca – I think you’ll love your Norwex products. I’m glad my blog has helped you a bit. e-cloth and Norwex products are both very simple to use but it’s such a departure from the old fashioned type of cleaning that I know people have a lot of questions.
      1) using dryer sheets – if you want to avoid dryer sheet residue on your microfiber cloths altogether, you could just hang them to dry. I don’t know the “science” of dryer sheets enough to say whether putting your microfiber cloths in a pillow case will keep the residue away or not. I would think that if you put them in the dryer and periodically boil them with a bit of dish soap (or detergent), you’d get rid of any fabric softener residue.
      2) Boiling instead of laundering after cleaning a heavy bacteria area would be fine. Personally, I would boil for 10 minutes and then rinse in hot water (or boil again) just to flush everything away.
      3) I add a tsp of dish soap (in reality, I probably only add 1/2 tsp because when I add a full tsp, the bubbles overflow onto my stove) when I boil my microfiber cloths because my cloths are typically full of grease from around the stove. The boiling will open the fibers and release a lot of the dirt but sometimes you need to use soap too. You don’t have to add it every time you boil them. But imagine washing your laundry without detergent. It wouldn’t work.
      4) If you’re boiling your cloth with dish soap (or detergent), make sure to rinse them in soap-free hot water (or boil again) afterwards. That should be enough to get rid of all the soap. If you find your cloths start to stink, just boil them without soap to get rid of any residue.

      One last thing – I wouldn’t boil them after every use. It’s probably fine, but I wouldn’t want you to wear out your cloths too fast. Once or twice a month should be fine.

      Enjoy your microfiber!

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      • Rebecca

        Thank you so much – this was really helpful!!! I also appreciated your blog post outlining this in further detail; thank you for taking the time to do that for all of us. The link to the cloth diapering site was a big help for me as well, as I have actually been wanting to switch to a “cleaner” but still affordable laundry detergent – not just for my microfiber cloths but also for my children’s clothes. That site was a huge help!!! Thanks a million. By the way, I just got my Norwex cloths and have started putting them to the test…and WOW. I am definitely a believer now! I’m simply AMAZED at how well they work (even just in drying dishes – amazing)…The water, dirt, dust, etc just disappear! It’s like magic. Thanks again for all of your help! I’ve enjoyed your site and will be back again and again!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Rebecca – thank you for taking the time to write. I do appreciate it. I think a lot of people have shared your first impression of Norwex and e-cloth products. They can’t believe that they work until they actually try one for themselves, and then they’re amazed. I’m sure you’ll love your Norwex products. If you’re ever looking for an equally good product but cheaper, I’d be happy to convert you again 🙂

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  72. Lsyts

    I was thinking of getting the mop, but didn’t want to spend close to $100 on the whole system. But then I got to thinking, I’ve got a dust mop (looks similar to a Swiffer, but with a longer base) what if I attach some velcro to the bottom of it and used that with the Norwex mop pads! Do you think that would work? My sister in law is getting the mop system, so I may just have to look into this idea. It would certainly save some money and I could still keep my dust mop.

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      • Lsyts

        I actually did just last night. I figure this will be my back up plan if I don’t win. 🙂

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Ack, I THOUGHT your name looked familiar. Sorry I didn’t pick up on that! Busy day on my end. Good luck.

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  73. Audra

    Hi, i just got a microfiber cloth and window cloth and love them! I am still experimenting with all the ways i can use them. Can the microfiber cloth clean a tub with hard water stains or do you need something with a bit more abrasive power?
    Also, how should i “clean” the microfiber cloth after use if i want to wait on laundering for a few days? Thanks!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Audra – glad to hear you’re loving your microfiber cloths. Did you go with Norwex or e-cloth? How big of a build-up of hardwater stains have you got? If it’s just slight, good microfiber cloths will pick it up but it may take a few tries so just be patient. If that doesn’t work, you can use a scrubby microfiber like the e-cloth stainless steel cloth or the range and stovetop cloth. They’re both non-scratch but give good “scrubbing” power. If however, you’ve got a lot of buildup, you’re going to want something stronger the first few times. Baking soda or Cream of Tartar are great (depending on the surface, you may want to try in an inconspicuous spot first to make sure it doesn’t scratch). Once you get the buildup off, a daily or 2-3 times/week wipe with your microfiber cloth will stop it from building up again.

      If you let me know what type of cloth you’ve got I can point you in the right direction of cleaning instructions but generally, I recommend washing it after every use in the sink with HOT water and a bit of detergent or dish soap. If you’re washing around your toilet, don’t use it again before laundering it properly.

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  74. Connie

    I have recently purchased a few products, one which is the cleaning paste. My plan was to use on our tub/shower which is fiberglass but I haven’t read where it’s safe for that finish. Can you tell me if I can use the paste on my shower without scratching or removing the finish? I also have a glass top stove. Can I use the paste on that?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Connie – the Norwex Cleaning Paste is slightly abrasive so they always recommend doing a “test” first. So pick a small part of your tub/shower and give it a try. The same goes for your glass stove top. That being said, I know people have used it with great results (and no scratching) on both. In my opinion, if you’re regularly using a good microfiber cloth (like the bathroom e-cloth or the Norwex bathroom mitt), you won’t need the paste. By regularly, I mean if you’re wiping your shower/tub after every use. Or if you’re in a household like mine, you’re wiping after YOU use it. I know others here aren’t ;o)

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  75. Jess

    Hi – love reading through all this info. I am new to norwex, by I am hooked! One problem – my husband (trying to be helpful) washed one of my kitchen cloths with other towels and bleach, and put it in the dryer. No dryer sheet with that load, but I have used them in the past, so I know there is dryer sheet residue. Is the cloth completely ruined for microfiber / anti bac purposes?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Jess – too bad about the bleach. To be honest, I’m not certain how that will impact the silver in your cloth (you may want to contact your consultant and have them put the question to head office). Washing with bleach is a big no-no though as it can degrade the microfibers. As for the dryer. It is fine to dry your cloths in the dryer. The dryer sheet residue may accumulate over time – in which case I would recommend boiling your cloth with a little dish soap for 10 minutes. Actually, I always recommend to do this periodically anyway. One other suggestion would be to NOT wash/dry them with linty items like towels. The cloths will pick up ALL the loose lint. That should come on in the next wash/dry cycle or two. Right now, the bleach is the only questionable factor for your cloths.

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  76. Katie

    Hi Kate,

    I saw your post about the all purpose e-cloth…is there a noticeable difference between it and the professional line cloth with silver? I am just thinking about how many to order & which type- can you only use the non-silver ones for one cleaning session? I have some Norwex cloths & I really appreciate not having to launder them after only one use.

    Thanks!

    Katie

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Katie. There is absolutely NO difference in the performance of the the e-cloths with and without silver. They’re both great! As for frequency of laundering, it depends on what you’ve been cleaning and I leave that to your judgement. Personally, I wash/rinse my cloths (regardless of whether they have the silver or not) in the kitchen sink after every use. I use hot water and a bit of dish soap. If I’ve used it to wipe up a lot of grease, I let it sit for a while. But if I’ve used it to clean up after dealing with raw meat, I launder it. You should do this with the “antibac” cloths too.

      If you haven’t already, I would recommend reading my post about how the silver in “antibac” microfiber cloths works. It gives a little information on when you should launder your cloths.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  77. Molly Kortuem

    Thank you for all the posts and HONEST answers. I just recently became a Norwex Consultant and really love the products I have used. I still had some questions and most of these were answered on this site! Thank you Clean-up Kate for taking YOUR time to inform others. Thank you bloggers for all the great questions!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Thanks Molly. Nice of you to take the time to comment.

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  78. Anjie Johnson

    Hi! I was wondering about the story I heard about using the enviro cloth at a hospital. Supposedly they used the same wet cloth to clean like 10 table surfaces with MRSA, e coli, etc. & it picked up 99.9% of all the germs & did not cross contaminate. I was wondering, would they have to fold the cloth & use separate clean areas on each table? Or would the same surface of the cloth really clean up that much bacteria & viruses? Thanks!

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  79. Casey

    Hi, iv been using the norwex antibac cloths on my face for about two weeks and I’m very scared to continue using them as its caused acne. Help!!??

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Casey. I would recommend sticking with it – at least for another week. The thing is, your skin has to get used to this new way of cleaning. Most of the feedback I get about using the cloths on your face is similar – the first week or 10 days, people tend to break out but then it clears up and their skin is better than ever.
      One point I’ll add though – I recommend using the makeup removal cloths for DAILY use and the body cloths only a few times per week. The body cloths are used more to exfoliate and can be drying on your skin.
      I hope this helps. Keep me posted on what happens over the next week or so. I’m always eager to hear.

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  80. Christeena

    Kate, that is on my list of items to “win” at my presentaipn next week – I’ll give it a whirl then and let you know what happens! Thanks!

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  81. Heidi

    Hello, I own several Norwex products and am very happy with all of them. I was wondering if you could explain the “antibac” cloths- In the catalog is says the antibacterial agent is for self-cleaning purposes only. I was under the impression that they have that same effect on the surfaces you are using them on. In other words, when I use the kitchen cloth, is the cloth actually sanitizing my kitchen counter/table as well?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Heidi. GREAT question and funny enough, I just posted an entry on my blog a couple of weeks ago that discusses how the “antibac” feature works (and doesn’t work). I think that will answer your questions, but if not, pop me another note here. Here’s the link.

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      • Heidi

        Thanks so much for your quick response. So, are your surfaces (i.e. kitchen counter) considered “disinfected” after washing them with a wet “antibac” microfiber cloth? One of the demos at the Norwex party I hosted, the consultant rubbed raw chicken on my kitchen counter, tested it with a test swab to show the bacteria present, wiped the counter with the cloth, then tested it again and it showed no more bacteria present. That leads people to believe that it’s sanitizing the surface, which is what I’m trying to clarify. I really like the idea of the Norwex mop as well, but am a little leary because I’m still a little confused with the “antibac”. Does a wet norwex mop clean better or the same as washing your floor with a water/vinegar mixture?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Heidi – I think the best way to explain it is to tell you to forget about the antibac (well, for a minute anyway) feature of the Enviro Cloth. Think of it just as a very good microfiber cloth. The MICROFIBER picks up the bacteria, dirt, grime, germs, etc. The MICROFIBER traps that bacteria, dirt, grime and germs in the cloth and doesn’t let it go until you wash the cloth. The Microfiber is doing the cleaning.

          So, now you’ve wiped your counter with your Norwex microfiber cloth and the counter is VERY clean. The Enviro Cloth has been proven to remove over 99% of bacteria from smooth surfaces. (All our microfiber is good and likely removes over 99% of bacteria, but the test have actually only been completed on the Enviro Cloth). For instance, your consultant showed you that the Enviro Cloth picked up all the bacteria from the chicken.

          This is when the “antibac” kicks in. AFTER you’ve wiped your counter. The “antibac” works to kill the bacteria that your cloth picked up and is now trapped within the microfibers.

          In my mind, “sanitize” means killing bacteria on the surface. That is NOT what ANY microfiber does. All microfiber (including Norwex) picks up the bacteria and traps it. The antibac works to kill any bacteria that is picked up by the cloth. It does NOT kill bacteria on the surface of your counter like chemical cleansers do.

          I hope this clarifies things for you.

          The mop is good but it IS pricey. Have you read my reviews here and here? Like our cloths, they pick up the bacteria and trap it. The wet mop is “antibac” so it works to kill bacteria that is picked up by the mop. It works better than a traditional mop because it traps dirt instead of pushing it around and because you use it only slightly damp, there are no streaks and it’s safe for wood floors (that you’re not supposed to use a wet mop on!).

          If you’re interested in the mop, you can buy it here. Personally, I recommend the large one as it makes sweeping/mopping that much quicker.

          Hope this helps.

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  82. Christeena

    Kate, thanks for your response – yep -using my enviro cloth damp on the wall! Sorry , I kinda double posted – wasn’t sure if my one post went through. I’ll get the gray cloth from my show next week! Thanks!

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  83. Christeena

    Kate, The urine is definately topical as I can take a really strong cleaner in a hidden corner and get some off so I know it hasn’t bleached the wall. If I had to do it over again, I’d encase the walls around the stool in plastic when having little boys in the house!! 🙂 Also, I cleaned my aunt’s fireplace glasses which the cloth did great but how do I get my once lovely blue cloth blue again instead of black!!!???? Thanks!

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  84. Christeena

    Kate, Thanks for getting back to me! I don’t think the urine has bleached the wall because if I use a “toxic” cleaner in an unseen spot, the yellow urine shows up on a white cloth but it also takes off the finish. 🙁 I really hate to have to repaint these two walls because the faux finish is textured to it will just be one big mess. Also, took my cloths over to my aunts to clean her fireplace glass and it worked great but now the BLACK cresote and soot does not want to completely leave my cloth! And she had just cleaned the glasses yesterday so they were not even nearly as dirty as they can get! I’m having a show next Tuesday so I’ll see what a bit of paste does for the wall. I just boiled my cloth with a dab of Dawn and it helped some but there is still black on my lovely blue cloth!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Christeena – the urine is a mystery to me. Honestly, I can always get it off the walls with no problem. You’re using the Enviro cloth damp, right? As an aside, I’ll be keeping my 2 boys sitting as long as possible ;o).

      It IS great for the fireplace glass,isn’t it. I used it as a test for my “30 days of the enviro cloth” posts and couldn’t believe how clean the glass was afterwards. But, you’re right, it does turn your Enviro Cloth black. Unfortunately the “stains” are a side effect of great microfiber cloths. They grab dirt and don’t let go! Every time you boil/launder it, you’ll get rid of a little more out but it may never look brand new again. I managed to get rid of all the soot from mine, but there are other “stains” in my cloth now. You could also try boiling it with a bit of laundry detergent. I mostly use my all purpose kitchen cloth for “dirty” jobs like the fireplace, oven, BBQ. It’s gray and hides that black soot really well.

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      • Renee

        If you are cleaning fireplace glass, a great non toxic trick is to use wet ashes! Take a wet paper towel, dab it in the whitest ashes in your fireplaces and scrub away! Use a clean wet paper towel to wipe off any leftovers. THEN use your good cloths.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Renee – wow, this is good to know. Thank you! Always glad to hear ways to prevent staining in my cloths.

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  85. Christeena

    So Kate, I’ve been cleaning like crazy with my Enviro cloth and have to say, I’m in love! It is amazing what it cleans with just water. I just tried to tackle my bathroom walls around the stool where several little boys missed and I did not catch it quickly and now it is dried on there but good! I tried wiping it off but it won’t budge. It is a faux finish wall so strong chemicals have never been an option! Any advise???

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Christeena. Glad to hear that you’re liking your Enviro Cloth. I’m intrigued by your little mess. The Enviro cloth has always wiped it up for me. Is there any chance that the pee has actually bleached the paint and those are the spots that you’re seeing?

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  86. Angie

    I have a question about the Norwex green dryer balls. I got my first set over a year ago and within 10 months, one ball was breaking apart. I got free replacements and have now been using these for a few months and now I just discovered one of these balls breaking in half. I don’t get it why this is happening. I have a friend who used her dryer balls for two years without anything going wrong. I do a few loads of laundry every other day so I’m wondering if these balls cannot stand having the heat applied a few times in a day. It’s just frustrating because I do like using them. Any ideas of why this happens?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Angie, I’m really sorry to hear about the troubles you are having with your dryer balls. To be honest, I don’t use them and have not heard of anyone else having this problem. I’ll put the question out to other consultants and report back here if I hear anything. In the meantime, I would suggest that you contact the consultant that you bought them through and request another replacement. Sorry I’m not more help.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Angie – I’m not sure where you are so this may or may not apply but someone mentioned that because dryers vent directly outside, the inside of your dryer can get quite cold in the winter. So, if you’re keeping your dryer balls in the dryer, when you start the dryer, the balls go from cold to hot very quickly and can crack. It’s recommended that you keep the balls out of the dryer when not in use.

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  87. Michelle Grubbs

    what happens if i dry the norwex with other lint producing stuff

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Michelle – Norwex cloths are like a magnet to lint. If you dry them (or wash them) with lint-producing stuff, you may find that they don’t function as well because they’re full of lint. The fibers expand with heat so most of the lint will gradually be removed the next few times you put the cloth in the dryer. Some people tie their cloths inside a pillowcase (obviously not a fleece or flannel one!) when washing and drying with other items to keep the lint away.

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  88. Katie

    Hi Kate,
    I am relatively new to the Norwex line (bought the starter pack a couple of months ago) & have some questions about them:
    – For a toddler with eczema, is it okay to use the baby body cloth on his body & use the makeup cloth for face?
    – I cleaned some very dirty areas of our home & the cloth is still visibly dirty after washing with detergent, is this a stain or do I need to try boiling it & washing again?
    – Have you heard anything about the dishwashing detergent & magnet ball?
    – What products (including skincare line, etc.) besides the cloths do you use in your home?
    – Last one – have you had any experience or feedback from folks who have used E-cloths? They seem to be very similar to Norwex at a more affordable price…
    Thank you!!
    Katie

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Katie – thanks for the questions.

      I use the baby body cloth to wipe up my sons’ hands and faces after meals. It does a great job but I find it does dry the skin on their face. For a toddler with eczema, you may want to stick to the makeup removal cloth for the body too.

      You’ve probably noticed that your Norwex cloths are VERY good at cleaning up messes and picking up dirt. So good that they pick it up and don’t want to let it go. So I’m not surprised that your cloths look stained (you should see mine!). I always suggest boiling it for a while. This will open up the fibers to release some of the stuff stuck in there, but it likely won’t get rid of it all. Unfortunately this is a side effect of having great microfiber. In the future, if you’re cleaning something that you’re worried will stain the cloth, try rinsing it immediately in HOT water in your sink.

      I use the dish washing liquid and like it. If you’re referring to the detergent for the dishwasher, I have NOT used it but hear good things. My dishwasher is stainless steel inside so I can’t use it.

      I’ve heard mixed reviews about the magnet ball. Same with the dryer balls. Some people really like it. Some people just don’t.

      Personally, I use the descaler (and love it), the cleaning paste (love it), the toilet cleaning system (love the solution, absolutely hate – and will NOT recommend the brush), the face and neck gel and the face cream (love it but the new price, along with the price of ALL the creams is FAR too high in my opinion), the oven and grill cleaner (love it), the mattress cleaner (to be honest, I’m not certain it has done anything for me). I’ve got reviews for several of these items here on my blog. I keep meaning to add more reviews but time gets away from me. If you have any questions on any of these products, let me know. I’ve provided links to my website which will also provide some info.

      Funny you should ask about e-cloth. I’ve got a blog entry in the works. Stay tuned – i hope to post it in the very near future.

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  89. Barb Panichelli

    I am extremely dissapointed in the increase in price in the Laundry soap. When I was introduced to Norwex I was extremely pleased with the product and I passed this on to co workers, family and friends. We have a group of up to about 20 people and one of the products most of us purchased was the laundry soap. The price has jumped from $29.99 for a 2kg bag to $20.99 for a 1kg bag. When the consultant inquired about the increase indicating patrons were unhappy this was the response:
    Hello Barb,

    Due to the rising cost of raw materials, the current packaging of the laundry detergent was to experience a significant price increase, resulting in a purchase price of more than $32. We elected to repackage this top selling product in the new 1kilo/2.2 lb package to support a more affordable purchase price. Again, we know how many customers LOVE our laundry detergent but we also recognize that many consumers would be hesitant to purchase the laundry detergent for the first time at a price of more than $32 therefore we elected to reduce the package size AND the purchase price in order to keep this competitively priced. The new price is an increase over the former per ounce/kilo price and could not be avoided. No decision is ever made at Norwex without us having first considered how it affects our consultants, their families, and our customers.

    WOW talk about blatant inconsistency first of all lets do the math how could a $2 increase for the 2kg pkg compare to a $6 increase for 1/2 the size? Someone needs to attend marketing 101. Also how dare you be so RUDE as to say NO DECISION is ever made blah blah blah I guess what a lot of consultant are concerned about does not matter ie here is an e-mail from another consultant
    Hi Barb,

    I have forwarded off this concern to head office as I think they need to hear this feedback.

    I also just had a customer today call me to re-order laundry detergent and decided to cancel her order when I told her the change so I understand your concern completely. 🙁

    I have worked real hard over the past 6 years marketing the laundry detergent and now it is going to be really hard to keep marketing it because of the price increase.

    Thanks so much for your email.

    Lorraine Coutts
    Executive Sales Manager
    Norwex Enviro Products

    I and others will definately NOT purchase the laundry soap with the above attitudes!!!!!!!!!! As well I will forward this to as many as possible

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Barb – thank you for your comment re: detergent pricing. I’m 100% in agreement. Although I love the Norwex products I’ve been disappointed by the price increases and find it increasingly hard to justify the cost. The cleaning solutions and skin care products are wonderful but the price makes them out of reach to the average consumer. Even with my consultant discount, I am unable to afford them.

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  90. Krista

    I purchashed some norwex kitchen cloths and forgot that they should be washed separatetly from clothes.They were washed with plain detergent with no fabric softener or bleach though. Since then I have washed them separate and let them air dry but they do have a smell to them. I have been using them as just cleaning rags in other places such as floor spills, windows, etc because I just can’t get past using them in the kitchen with the smell. My question is..are the cloths still effective even though I washed them with a full load of regular cloths? I was told that the fibers from the clothes probably got into the cloths which is why they smell.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Krista. I’m surprised to hear that your kitchen cloths are smelling. I’ve mistakenly washed my cloths with other items and the only problem was that they grabbed EVERY-PIECE-OF-LINT-IN-THE-WASHER! You CAN wash them with no-lint items like jeans but try to avoid throwing them in with towels and fleecy clothes (like what I did).

      In any case, I would suggest boiling the cloths with a bit of dish soap or laundry detergent. By “a bit” I mean less than a teaspoon. Boil them for 10-15 minutes, drain the water then boil again without any detergent. The boiling will open up the fibers and release any lint and dirt. You can hang them to dry but Norwex actually suggests drying them in the dryer.

      Let me know if this helps (or if it doesn’t).

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  91. Lou

    I’m a House manager for a high quality home and just recently started using Norwex. I ordered the starter kit and have only used it to clean glass shower doors, mirrors, glass tables, and bathroom vanities. Very impressed!
    Will Norwex products safely clean crystal stemware, silver flatware, and finished leather furniture/decorative panels? I’m mainly concerned with scratching or dulling of these surfaces.
    Thank you

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Lou. Welcome to the wonderful world of quality microfiber! Norwex cloths are safe for all types of cleaning. For polishing glassware and silver, I recommend the Suede Envirotowel. I think you’ll find that the Enviro Cloth that came with your starter pack works wonderfully as a duster when dry and heavy-duty cleaner when wet. If you’re looking for a more dedicated “duster”, you can try the dusting mitt. It makes dusting small ornamental items, baskets, blinds, fabrics very easy.
      As for leather furniture. I would recommend using the Enviro Cloth or Dusting mitt DRY. A damp cloth may pick up some of the dye and frankly, isn’t good for leather. Norwex has a new product – Leather Shine Bees Wax – that many people have commented favourably on.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Lou. I just wanted to provide you with an update here as e-cloth has a fantastic cloth made specifically for polishing glassware. The Drinkware Drying & Polishing e cloth is more reasonably priced than the Norwex suede cloth and is ideal for cleaning/drying crystal stemware, silver flatware and fine china.

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  92. Joanna

    Another thought regarding excema, could the makeup removal clothes be a good subsitute for washclothes for my girls? I really like the idea of just being able to wash them with just water but wanting to know if this would be enough. Thanks again!

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  93. Joanna

    My girls are allergic to dust mites which manifests in excema. I just bought the matteress cleaner( waiting for it’s arrival) in hopes to decress their breakouts. I was wanting to know a little more about the techenical workings of the product and where do the micro organizims come from? I was also wondering if the baby body pack would be recommended for their skin? Or any other products that would be helpful for their situation. Thanks!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Joanna. I’ve pasted a bit of information about the mattress cleaner below. If you need more than that, let me know.

      The baby body cloths are nice, but I think they may irritate your girls’ exzema as they work to exfoliate and can be quite drying on the skin. I would definitely recommend the makeup removal cloths as they give a thorough cleaning without drying and are gentle on the skin.

      I also have a couple of skin care products that you might find work nicely. The Mediterranean Olive Oil Salt Scrub moisturizes really nicely and lasts a long time. The Shea Butter deeply moisturizes and relieves the itch of dry skin.

      I hope this is of some help.

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      • Joanna

        Thank you!!! Also great site, I have found it to be very useful. Especially the 30 day enviro cloth challenge.

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      • Margaret

        Hi Kate, I was searching for your info on the matress cleaner and couldn’t locate it. Could you repost or email it?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Margaret. I’ve actually never done a review of the Norwex Mattress Cleaner. I have some but wasn’t sure how to review it since there’s not really anything to see so to be honest, I never know whether it’s actually doing anything or not. I never had a problem with our mattress in the past. I usually vacuumed it every time I flipped it and otherwise just left it alone. I got the Norwex Mattress Cleaner free. Otherwise I never would have gotten it. I’ve use it on our dog beds thinking it would keep the smell down but again, no noticeable difference. I continue to use it on our beds but like I said, I’m not sure what it’s doing for me. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

          I once a saw a review of it about someone who got night sweats. They said they started using the mattress cleaner and the sweats stopped. Personally I find that hard to believe – but you never know. I also get the night sweats and can tell you that the mattress cleaner hasn’t done a thing for that and I just can imagine how it would since sweats are generally a hormonal/health issue – or sometimes if there’s a plastic/foam mattress protector.

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  94. Margie

    I use the Nowex products and love them all. I use the enviromental cloth for all cleaning projects with water, and feel it really works well. I wiped down the stainless apliances and finish with the polishing cloth, and love the results. I have been using it also on the painted walls to get off fingerprints and grime from dirty hands, and it leaves no streaks and doesn’t fade the paint, like some harsher cleaners.

    I also use the body cloth and make-up remover clothm and feel my skin is much softer, and do not need to use lotions And no i am not a Norwex cosultant or have interest in the company, just a stasfied customer. mc

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      mc – thanks so much for taking the time to add a comment. I’m so glad to hear that you’re happy with all your Norwex products!

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  95. justmeandclean

    As stated above I attended my 1st party about 2 weeks ago and was very impressed. I’ve ordered close to $150. But I was talking to my sister and she told me about a competitor and their cloths are about half the price. So I was so anxious to get mine, but the hostess held the party open for close to a week so I ordered from the competitor too, and have had my cloths almost a week now (with very clean windows and house 🙂 I might add) still waiting on my Norwex order. I was going to have a party but I don’t think I could live with myself knowing that my friends could get the same thing at half price. On the cloths. There are some that the competitor don’t carry like the bath towels and a few others. But I’m going to order the toilet cleaner and the paste.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Thanks for your comments. I fully understand what you mean about the price. Even as a consultant, I find the prices high but the products are extremely well made and last a long time. I am glad to hear that you’re happy with all your products.

      As for the toilet cleaner and paste. I love the paste and like the toilet cleaning solution but absolutely hate the brush (what a saleswoman I am, hey?). If you haven’t done so already, you may want to see my review of the toilet system .

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  96. Angie

    I have acne and combination skin type. I am also concerned about wrinkles. Are there norwex products that would work for this? And if so what line would work best. I am 35yrs old and have a busy schedule.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Angie. Great question (although it sounds a bit loaded. Are you a Norwex Consultant by any chance?). I always recommend the Makeup Removal Cloth for problem (or any type!) of skin. It is gentle on skin and will clean your face with just water. Some people have mentioned that it takes a couple of weeks for your skin to get used to this new way of cleaning (i.e., not cleansers) but then the results are astounding – so don’t give up on it. You can also use the Antibac Body Cloth to clean and exfoliate the skin, but I don’t recommend using it more than a couple of times per week as it can be quite drying.

      Norwex has the Naturally Timeless line of skin care products for those of us over 35 (sigh, that’s me too). These are relatively new products and I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried them personally. I had used (and loved) the old “organics” day and night creams but I find the new line just too expensive at $60.00/jar. For a stay-at-home mom, that’s way out of my price range. Some people really love it (mostly Norwex Consultants that get a discount on them), others find the results less than thrilling. Not a great sales pitch, I know, but I do thrive to be honest!

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  97. elle

    Hello, I just bought some products. If we find that we need to continue to use our old detergent with fabirc softner, then it sounds like we need to wash our cloths separate? That will be a very small load and wasterful on water. I don’t have the time to keep boiing them, Any suggestions? Thanks!!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Elle. You can wash your cloths in the sink with a bit of dish soap. Use hot water – add some from your kettle if you can – and rinse them when you’re done to get the soap out.
      Your Norwex cloths will last you a long time as long as you take care of them. Think of them as an investment. You can use any laundry detergent as long as is doesn’t have fabric softener or bleach in it. Also, if you want to do a larger load in your washing machine, you can wash them with other non-lint items (like jeans) that don’t require fabric softener.

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  98. RD

    Hello, I have just recently been introduced to Norwex. I have a question regarding the descaler. It did a wonderful job on my very difficult shower (my husband even commented) and stubborn ring from hard water on the toilet. It does say keep off of skin which of course I read after using, but do I need to be concerned with having artifical nails (acrylic) will it cause them to lift? Should gloves be worn with products?

    Silly question I know, I guess I will find out if I keep using it.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi RD – I’m happy to hear that the descaler is working well for you. I’ve got to be honest – I have no idea if it will cause your acrylic nails to lift. Personally, I don’t wear gloves when I use the descaler, but then my hands don’t really come in contact with it. I have gotten it on my skin without it bothering me at all, though. If you’ve got very sensitive skin – or cleaning in a way that you’re getting lots of direct contact with the descaler I would suggest that you wear gloves.

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  99. Dawna

    (I love this blog! Good questions, great answers!)

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Thanks Dawna! It’s nice to wake up to a thoughtful comment on my blog.

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  100. cjpb

    hi there! I recently bought some Norwex products and stumbled across these comments. They are super informative—thank you!

    Would you use your EnviroCloth to, say, clean up a puddle of pee left from your potty-training toddler? After rinsing it off, can you immediately use it again or do you have to wait for it to dry?

    Also, would you, if you HAD to in a pinch, wipe down your kitchen sink, rinse it off, then wipe off your baby’s messy mouth? I use one of the travel-size EnviroCloths for my baby’s mealtimes, and a normal sized EnviroCloth for everything else. But I was wondering, if it really works, I should be able to, say, wipe the sink or the floor, rinse off, and then use on my baby’s face and hands….right?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi. Thanks for your questions.

      There are 2 things to remember when cleaning areas or messes that are high in bacteria (such as potties, around the toilet, raw meat juices, yogurt and dairy products):
      (1) it will take 18 to 24 hours for the silver in our antibac cloths (like the Enviro Cloth) to kill the bacteria and
      (2) it is possible that there is so much bacteria picked up by the cloth that bacteria starts feeding on bacteria and you get hyper-growth of bacteria that the concentration of silver in the cloth cannot kill fast enough.

      So it’s recommended to launder the cloth in hot water or boil it with a bit of dish soap after using it to clean bacteria-laden messes.

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  101. Natalie

    Hi I have loved my Norwex cloths and their ability to clean but recently sent them through the wash with Tide detergent. Is there anything I need to do or can do to reverse the effects? Or is it OK to just to keep using them? Thanks in advance for the information.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Natalie. Don’t worry, your cloth should be OK. If you accidentally wash your Norwex cloths with a detergent that contains fillers, or if you accidentally use fabric softener, you can:

    • run the cloth through the washer a few times with a detergent that does not contain fillers OR
    • boil it for 10 minutes with a teaspoon of dish detergent. If you use the boiling method, just make sure to rinse it out thoroughly afterwards to make sure the detergent is out of it.
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      • Natalie

        Thanks!

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      • heidi

        Kate-
        I recently started using one of Norwex’s microfiber cloths to clean my face. I now have a rash on my neck…have you hear of this happening to anyone before? It is not a break out…it is definitely a rash. Could I be allergic to the silver in the cloths?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Heidi. Sorry to hear about the rash. I’ve heard some rumours about allergies to the silver but I’m not entirely sure about them. I’m going to do a bit of checking and get back to you. But in the meantime, can you tell me which cloth you’re using? Is it one of the body cloths or a makeup removal cloth?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Ok – I just did some quick checking/asking around and it appears that others have had an allergic reaction to some of the Norwex cloths too. It’s unclear whether the microfiber or the silver is causing the reaction. Sorry I’m not much help here. Just out of curiosity Heidi, do you typically react to silver?

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  102. Dawna

    Thanks so much for the tips! I will try them for sure. I’m having trouble using such a small amnt of detergent, its all in my head tho. 🙂 Thanks again!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      No problem Dawna. I know what you mean about it being hard (mentally) to use such a small amount of detergent. We’ve been using Charlie’s Soap here for just over 3 years now. In the beginning I would use a few tablespoons because it just didn’t feel right. Now I use 1/2 to 1 tablespoon depending on the size of the load and everything always comes out clean. Makes you wonder about the brand name stuff, doesn’t it?

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  103. Thinking about that cheesecake in the fridge...

    I wasn’t sure where to post this question, as I didn’t see any reviews on skin care products or the Antibac Body Cloths or Makeup Remover ones. Or maybe I missed them? Anyway. I was wondering if anyone had heard anyone say the Antibac Body or Makeup Remover cloths helped with acne problems. I’ve used some stuff called Colloidal Silver that came in a bottle with a dropper that dried up my acne spots overnight. (Well, not the cystic ones, but those only go away over time.) I can’t find it anymore. I wonder if maybe the silver in Norwex is chemically similar? I am sick of flushing paid cell phone bills’/grocery store trips’ worth of money down the toilet on acne creams, lotions, face washes, masks, peels, etc. that just don’t work. Proactiv works, however, I refuse to pay such an over-inflated price for that small amount of product. (And I’m beginning to feel that way about detergents and cleaning products in general.) I was given one of the Makeup Remover Cloths yesterday by a friend of mine who just started selling Norwex, and I’m still in the Uncertain Sampler phase of use. 🙂 Just thought I’d ask and see what anyone has heard. Thank you!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi. The makeup removal cloths used daily and the body cloths used a couple of times a week for exfoliation on your face work better than anything else out there. You have to give it a month when you switch as the process will bring stuff to the surface so for a couple of weeks you may feel like you are breaking out. Be patient and it will be a miracle. This will work best if you’re using all natural facial creams (like the Norwex ones) that aren’t full of fillers. The reason I recommend using the body cloths only a couple of times/week is that they work great to exfoliate your skin but can cause it to dry out.

      I’ll be very interested to hear how the Norwex cloths work for you. Please keep me posted!

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    • Stacy

      I just wanted to chime in here on your question. I have used the facial both and have moticed that the blemishes that were starting up on me actually went away before they got bad. My mom has also used it and had one starting up on her nose and she said it was gone by the next day. I have been told that the Norwex cloths are much like the coloidal silver you mentioned.

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Stacy, thanks for you comment. I’m glad to hear that the facial cloths are working for you and your mom.

        Just to clear something up, the Norwex cloths are NOT like colloidal silver. The makeup removal and body cloths work because of the great microfiber. All those fibers pick up the oils, dirt and grime from your skin. They work better than a regular face cloth because of those millions of fibers. The silver in Norwex cloths is embedded into the fibers and does not impact (for better or worse) the cleaning power of the cloths. Instead, the silver acts after you’ve used the cloth to kill any bacteria that was picked up.

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      • laura Regan

        I use the makeup removal cloths to wash my face daily and the body cloths to wash my body. My face got irritated when i used the body cloths to wash my face. It could be my skin or the fact that it’s winter and EVERYTHING is dry!!

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        • CleanUpKate

          Yes, truly it could be either. My skin is soooooo dry right now! But you do have to be careful with microfibre of any sort on your face. The Norwex body cloths are magic for face-cleaning – and I’ve heard a lot of good comments about them for controlling acne – but they can really do a number on your skin if you’re not careful.

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  104. Teal

    Kate,
    I am wondering if you can help me with a question. Do you know how to tell if your microfiber is still working? I know it has the guarantee of 2 years and it’s been tested for 500 washes (which is almost 10 years at washing once a week!) But is there a way to determine if the microfiber is not working as well or at all anymore?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Teal. Great question. When the cloths get old, they lose fibers. If despite proper care of your products, the microfiber cannot soak up water, then they are ready to be replaced. Test this by pouring some water on a table, put the cloth on top of the table and remove it after a few seconds. If the table is wet, you either used a significant portion of the bottle of water or your cloth is ready for replacement.

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  105. Dawna

    I was just recently introduced to Norwex and was very excited! I hosted a party and found the company to be VERY generous in their hostess gifts!! I have nearly everything in the catolog. A few products have me concerned though and are making it extremely difficult to ‘sell’ this company’s ideas to my husband.
    I have been using the laundry detergent in a basic washer (not HE) I was told this detergent should last me close to a year. I feel like I will need a bag every month or so, there is no way this will last even close to a year. (I do 5-6 loads a week.) What am I doing wrong? I am using 1 scoop per load, give or take.
    I have also been using the magnet ball, but whenever I use it my washer becomes off balance and bounces all around and is very noisy. I have tried rearranging the clothes, but the only thing that works is to take out the magnet ball. I’m not sure what to think of this. I don’t have hard water, but I was using the ball in hopes I could get by on less detergent. Do you know why it is affecting the balance of the washer and if I really need this product?? I am on the verge of asking for my money back for this.
    My other concern is the dryer balls. I was under the impression these would cut down on the static cling issue and remove the need for dryer sheets. I do think they have cut down on the drying time, but the static is outrageous! If anything, this has gotten worse. Has there really been success in this area or was that just a gimmick?
    Also, I can’t figure this out: I have a purple cloth and a pink cloth that both say polish on the tag. The purple is for the windows right? What is the pink one for?? (This seems like a really dumb question, but I have looked thru the catolog repeatedly and can’t find the pink one anywhere.)

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Dawna – thanks for your comments and questions. Firstly, I’ll get to your pink and purple cloths. They ARE both window cloths. The purple one is the standard-issue window cloth. The pink one is sometimes offered as the hostess gift – but it’s the same as the purple one.

      With the detergent – Norwex recently downsized their detergent bag to 1 kg (2.2 lbs), down from the 2 kg size. Check to see what size bag you have. The new bag has a big yellow flower on it and washes up to 40 loads (70 with the magnet ball). The old bag did double that (about 120 with the magnet ball). So at 5-6 loads a week, that would only be 16 weeks (24 with the ball) max. I’m not sure why the consultant told you it would last a year. To be honest, I don’t use the Norwex laundry detergent, and haven’t even tried it. I use cloth diapers for our two sons and invested in an insane volume of special detergent a few years ago and haven’t run out yet. Also, I find the price on the Norwex detergent to be out of my range – especially since I do soooooo much laundry. Is that sacrilege – being a Norwex Sales Representative and using products other than Norwex? If so, here’s more…

      I also don’t use the magnet ball or the dryer balls. I’m very sorry, I’m not being much help here. I can’t think of why your washer is going so off-balanced. I can’t imagine that the ball weighs enough to do throw it off that much. It’s a top-loading machine, right? I have a friend that uses the dryer balls and she swears by them but I have another friend who had static issues, like you, and returned them. I’m sorry I’m not much help here.

      I’m going to ask someone else about the magnet ball and get back to you ASAP.

      Very sorry I couldn’t be of more help but perhaps I’ll have something for you in a day or two.
      Kate

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      • Teal

        Hi there,
        I just thought I’d let you know that I do use the laundry detergent and I absolutely love it. I have a top loader with the magnet ball and have heard a few people have the same problem as Dawna but I haven’t at all. I’m wondering if maybe the machine needs to be levelled or something to make it work better with the magnet ball (or relevelled) it’s probably worth a try anyway because my bags of laundry detergent with the magnet ball last me 6-8 months (that is the big bag I haven’t used the small yet) but I have two very small children and there are tons of pee accidents in my house so I have a very very large amount of laundry. I love the detergent and I only use 1/4 to1/3 of a scoop with each load.
        Also the dryer balls have you tried decreasing the amount of dryer time significantally? I find I just had to cut the time down by an extra 10-15 minutes to get rid of the static. Maybe that will help!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Teal – thank you for your comment. I’ve passed it on to Dawna with hopes that it will help her. I’m glad to hear of how happy you are with all your Norwex laundering products!

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      • justmeandclean

        I just attended my 1st Norwex party and was pretty impressed. I also won a sample of the detergent. The consultant said to only use 1 Tablespoon for top loaders and 1 teaspoon for front loaders. The bag still says 40 loads, but she said they checked with the company and they were reassured that the 1 T. and 1 t were correct. That is how I used my sample and I was very happy. So I ordered some.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi again Dawna – I checked around and can’t get a good answer as to why your magnet ball is causing your washer to go off balance. Are you doing particularly small loads of laundry? I just can’t imagine that the ball weighs enough to throw the washer off balance. I’m not doubting you – it’s the engineer in me that trying to think of what the heck is happening. Per my earlier message, I just want to confirm that you’re not using it in a front loading machine.

      In my search for an answer, I spoke with someone who had heard of issues from people using the magnet ball in loads that included clothes that were worn in industrial plants. Apparently over time, metal filings were collected within the washer and kind of threw things off when the ball was used.

      Sorry I can’t offer any more help. If you’re not happy with the ball (or it’s causing you problems), I would definitely return it. You’ll have 60 days from your purchase date. Contact the sales rep that you purchased through. If they are non-responsive contact me and I can see what I can do.

      One last thing – based on my own experience with unbalanced loads (too many diapers on one side of the washer a few too many times), which resulted in broken bearings, I would definitely discontinue use of the magnet ball if it’s happening every time. I’m told that it would be cheaper to buy a new washer than to fix the broken bearings. I’ve been using it for over a year now but it sounds like a jet taking off when it hits the spin cycle. Deafening!

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      • Dawna

        No, I’m not using a front loading machine, nor am I running really small loads. I have stopped it mid- cycle, taken everything out and put it all back in with the same result. No industrial plant workers here either. It has me baffled. Thanks so much for your input and research, I really appreciate it!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          My pleasure, Dawna. I’m just sorry I can’t find an answer for you. I’ve put out a message on the consultant forum and will let you know if I hear anything of interest.

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    • Beth

      Hi Dawna,
      I am also an Independent Sales Consultant for Norwex and wanted to help you out re: the dryer balls. The reason you have a lot of static is because you are drying your clothes too long. They cut down on your drying time and so if you continue to get static the reason is because you need to lessen the amount of drying time. Or.. there are a few other reasons.. 1. you have fleece in your load (this will always be static) and 2. You live in a very cold area.. everyone is going to get some static in the middle of winter. Please continue to use them. Dryer sheets are full of cancer causing chemicals, they also make your clothes and dryer flammable AND they are terrible for your skin and any asthma/allergies. Hope this helps. Beth Gray, Fresno, CA

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    • MJ

      Hello –

      I used the laundry detergent as well and love it. I also had the bigger back and started using it July of 2011 and just used the last of the detergent this week (March 2012), so it lasted me almost 9 months. I only used 1/4 to 1/3 scoop with each loand and we do at least 5-6 loads a week. I definitely think the bag lasts a long time. Although I just purchased a new bag an it is the smaller bag and I am sure it will not last as long. I will say that I am surprised they reduced the bag size to half of what it used to be but the price did not go down by half–only by 1/4 – so now I will see how far it goes to see if it is worth it – if I am still paying a pretty penny for it but only getting half–it may not be worth the trouble!

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Hi Dawna. Thanks for the comment. I’ll be interested to hear what you decide!

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  106. Bill

    I just have simple thing to ask and that is you keep saying there is silver in this why would there not put it on the label that can be miss leading and if one can use or be around silver that could also be not good to not have that on the label

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Bill, thanks for your suggestion. I’ve forwarded it on to Norwex head office.

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  107. Diana Lazzeroni

    Hello, I have a friend that has severe rosasia. Is there any evidence that the make up removal or face cloth may help with that? Her case is quite severe, i.e. keeping her inside and painful to the touch, and she is really seeking help.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Diana – thanks for your question. The Norwex makeup removal cloth may be a good option for your friend. From what I’ve read about rosacea, doctors recommend that only non-soap (for dry or normal skin) or very mild soap (for oily skin) cleansers should be used by people with rosacea to sooth and treat the skin. No rosacea-related tests have been completed by Norwex, but I would think that the makeup cloth would be worth a shot since it’s very gentle on the skin, cleanses thoroughly and uses only water to remove dirt, grime, makeup, oils etc. The makeup removal cloth has a “suede” finish and is very soft on the skin. The Norwex face cloth and the body pack cloths might also work, but they’ll exfoliate the skin a bit – which may not be ideal for your friend.

      I hope this is of some help. Let me know if you would like to give the makeup removal cloth a try or if you have any further questions.

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  108. Jodi

    will the car cloth work on windows? Can I use Mary kay’s 3 in 1 cleaner with the Body Pack?

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. The car cloth WILL work on windows (including your car windows!!). I’ve used it on my very dirty windows with great success.

      You can use your cleanser with the Body Pack HOWEVER…
      1) it’s recommended that you only use water with all the antibac Microfiber cloths as cleansers can clog/coat the silver agent and prevent it from working properly. If you do use it with your cleanser, I would suggest rinsing it really well in hot water afterwards to open up the microfibers and release any oils and cleanser that was collected. Boiling them in a pot of water for 10 minutes once a month would be good too.
      2) we received some information from Norwex recently that suggested that you may want to use the makeup removal cloth for daily face washing and the body pack only once or twice a week for cleansing/exfoliating. Apparently the microfiber in the body pack is so good, that if used too much it will have a drying effect on your skin.

      I hope this is of some help.

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  109. Susan

    I have several Norwex items and love most of them. However, I am very disappointed in the lack of effectiveness of the products in my tile showers. I clean the showers with the scrub mitt and cleaning paste and within a week I find red slime in the grout. I clean and it does not come off, even with major pressure. The only thing that removes it is bleach. I guess I have to resort to using bleach in my tile showers to keep them clean. P.S. When I use a product that contains bleach, I NEVER see the red slime. Did some research and it is believed that it is Serratia marcescens. Disappointed!!!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Susan – I’m sorry to hear that the mitt and paste are providing disappointing results in your shower – especially since you seem to be so satisfied with all your other Norwex products. Personally, I use the mitt every time I’m in the shower and only occasionally use the paste and find that it does a wonderful job – even on the grout.

      I like to remind customers of the Norwex 100% satisfaction guarantee. All microfiber products (including the bathroom mitt) have a 2 year warranty and all other products can be returned within 60 days of purchase. I’m sure you’ll find lots of other uses for the mitt and paste throughout your house, but if you’re not happy, just contact the consultant that you bought them from.

      OK, all that being said, I also did a bit of research on Serratia marcescens and found some interesting information posted in an inspection news forum. From what I’ve read, it’s an airborne bacteria and may have entered your home through a window (among other possibilities). I’ll post the link below, but essentially it’s saying that “once established, the organism usually cannot be eliminated entirely. However, periodic and thorough cleaning of the surfaces where the pink slime occurs, followed by disinfection with chlorine bleach appear to be the best way to control it.”

      From that information, I would try using the mitt after every shower. That might keep the organism at bay and perhaps you’ll no-longer need the bleach.

      One final note. Serratia marcescens is not listed as one of the strains of pathogenic bacteria, yeast and viruses that the Norwex antibac agent has been tested against so I would give your mitt a little cleaning after each use (either in your washing machine or just in the sink/tub with a little dish soap).

      I hope this is of some help.
      Kate

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  110. Shelly Hinz

    How long do these stay effective for (the cleaning cloth’s with silver). I have the same thing in my washer (silver) but it wears out after 2,000 washes or something like that. I am assuming that the silver will wear out as well.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Thank you for your question. Norwex uses micro silver in its antibac cloths and it’s part of the fiber, so it doesn’t leach. We have a

        2 year warranty on our microfiber

      , but they last a lot longer than that if cared for properly. This includes the silver content as well.

      It is not silver nitrate – it is a form of silver which is physically and chemically embedded within the microfiber itself so that it does not leach out of the fiber – it is basically in there for the life of the cloth – which is why it is so safe to use and safe for the environment – because we are not leaving little bits of silver everywhere. Norwex is the only company that has been able to do that.

      The silver is a micro-silver-based agent. When norwex microfiber is produced, it starts as a molten liquid and it is at this time that the silver-based agent is added. It is then extruded (forced through) something like a shower head. It starts out as a liquid on one end, and comes out microfiber on the other end. The silver-based agent is added when it is in a liquid form and is therefore physically embedded within the fiber – it does not wash out.

      The silver used in Norwex microfiber is obtained from a secondary or even tertiary source and it is not pure silver.

      If you have any further questions feel free to contact me here!

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  111. Amy

    I would like to know if when using the norwex cloth if you clean up a bloody mess, will the silver in the cloth kill Hep C? If it does I would like to know how to do this and has it been proven?

    Thank you
    AW

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      AW – thanks for your question. Sorry for the slow turn-around time on my response but I wanted to check with the Norwex head office before I answered you question. The “official” response was ” we are unable to comment on this as it is not listed as one of the strains of pathogenic bacteria, yeast and viruses listed in our catalogue.” This is pretty vague so I’m guessing either Hep C has not been tested or it has been tested and the antibac agent is not effective against Hep C. Either way, I guess I wouldn’t rely on the antibac cloths to kill Hep C.

      In case you’re interested, the antibac agent in the Norwex cloths has demonstrated its effectiveness against many strains of pathogenic bacteria, yeast and viruses such as:

    • E. Coli
      Klebsiella pneumoniae
      Proteus vulgaris
      Salmonella typhi
      Staphylococcus aureus
      Streptococcus faecalis
      Streptococcus pyogenes
      Candida albicans
      MRSA
      SARS coronavirus
    • If I hear anything further with regards to it’s effectiveness against Hep C, I’ll let you know.

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      • Lisa

        Hi Kate,

        What product would you use on shower screens? Is their anything suitable for my mouldy shower (tried bleach/bam etc..) and do you have a cloth for dusting that will reply dust, ie. on entertainment unit and blinds. thanks
        Lisa

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Lisa – What do you mean by shower screen? Is it a glass door or a shower curtain? For glass doors, a daily (or after every shower or 2) wipe with the e-cloth ® Bathroom or Shower cloth will keep soap scum and grime away (the Bathroom cloth is more plush than the Shower cloth). If there’s a buildup of soap scum, I’d recommend spraying some vinegar on there the first couple of times to make wiping it off easier. Both the Bathroom and Shower cloths will leave some moisture behind which may cause streaks/spots so I recommend using the Glass & Polishing cloth afterwards (this is included in the e-cloth Bathroom and Shower packs). If it’s a shower curtain you’re referring to, you can do the same thing although it’s a bit awkward since it’s not rigid. We have a clear curtain so I can see the soap scum buildup on it and I’ve had good luck spraying it with vinegar and then just wiping with the bathroom cloth.

          As for mold in your shower I’m not sure what to advise. Did the bleach/bam etc. get rid of it and then it came back? If you can get rid of it – even temporarily – and then be sure to use the Bathroom cloth EVERY time you use the shower you may be able to keep it at bay. Wipe the shower with the cloth, wring it out and use it to dry the shower as much as possible. Mold grows in damp places so the dryer the shower, the less chance of mold. Is there a fan in your bathroom?

          Dust – The e-cloth ® dusting cloths are very good. They feel a bit different than all the other e-cloths as they’re 100% polyester instead of the polyester/polyamide mix. They’re still microfiber though. I’m in the midst of writing a review of them for my blog (but having trouble finding the time so it may be a while/weeks before I get it posted here) and have yet to find something that they don’t dust well. 2 things to remember:
          1) Make sure your entertainment system has been turned off for at least 15 minutes before you dust it as the static in it will overpower the static in the dusting cloth and you won’t be able to pick up the dust
          2) Do not use the dusting cloths on tv or computer screens. The e-cloth screen cleaning pack will be kinder to your screens.

          I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions. Or if you have more info/details on your bathroom mold problem let me know and I can give it more thought.

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      • Sherry

        I saw that they sell a drain cleaner for about $40. Do you use the entire bottle on 1 drain? Does it work? It seems like a small bottle, and that’s a lot of money to pour down the drain! 🙂
        Thanks!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Sherry – Great question – and I like the “pouring money down the drain” reference. This is a tough one because the Norwex drain cleaner does work to some extent, but the price is astronomical. Here are a few things to know:
          1) You only use one scoop per cleaning – I think it’s about a tablespoon (some industrious Norwex consultant has probably measured it out and can tell you how many scoops are in a jar – but that’s not me)
          2) it foams up a lot and does an ok job at cleaning out your drain but…
          3) if your drain is seriously plugged, you’re going to need to do it at least 2 times (maybe 4-5) to unplug it. We had a notoriously slow tub drain and I had to use the Norwex drain cleaner 5 times to get it running properly. That seemed like a pretty expensive fix to me.
          4) a close friend of mine who is a plumber-extraordinaire warned me before I started using it that drains almost become addicted to cleaners. And he was right. Before we started using it, I had never cleaned our bathroom sink drain. I could see that the pipe was grimey but it drained OK. Out of curiosity, I tried the Norwex Drain cleaner on it. It cleaned the pipe but now it seems to need to use it about once a month or things slow down. This could be in my head, but I don’t think so. It just starts building up faster.
          5) I got my bottle free when I hosted a party. Knowing what I know now, I would never buy it. It is somewhat effective but you’re going to need a lot of it over the years and that’s going to add up.

          This makes me think I should write a review about it – and I may steal your “money down the drain” comment if you don’t mind. 😉

          Someone gave me this tip for “green” drain cleaning a while back and I’ll be trying it when I run out of the Norwex stuff. But perhaps I should try it before that so I can do a comparison review. Hmmm. The wheels are turning.

          For cleaning drains I use baking soda and you guessed it vinegar. You put the baking soda down the drain and leave it sit a few minutes. Then pour white distilled vinegar. It will bubble and fizz. When that slows down, I add some good ol’ table salt to reactivate the baking soda and vinegar. Add more vinegar, add more salt. I do this until I think to clog is pretty much gone and then I follow it with a 2 gallon bucket of really hot water. Do not use the water straight from your tub faucet if cleaning your tub drain unless you have instant hot water. You want the water to be very hot the whole time you are washing this down the drain. Takes a little work, but no more chemicals! And it’s cheaper!

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          • Sherry

            Thank you!! I really appreciate your honesty and awesome tips!!! I will continue to read your great answers!!

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        • Karin

          Sherry-
          I’ve been “cleanin’ green for a couple years now, & have been able to find safe & effective products at either the regular grocery store or a natural food/grocery store for a better price than the Norwex products. There are a couple different brands of enzymatic drain cleaners that I’ve seen & used(of course I can’t remember names & have none at the moment). OR: put a funnel in the drain; put 1/2 c baking soda followed by 1 c distilled white vinegar down funnel; let sit 20 min, then pour boiling H2O down drain. You may have to do this a couple times, but it WORKS!!

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          • Cleaninup Kate

            Karin – thanks for the tip. I’m going to try that in my bathroom sink. It’s been draining really slowly lately.

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      • Donita

        Why did you stop selling Norwex?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Because Norwex frowns upon (i.e., won’t let you) sell a competing microfiber product if you’re a consultant and I liked the e-cloth products better. Keep reading my blog, I’ve got lots of info on my switch in here.

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      • Carole

        I purchased mop w/swivel head @ party w/dusting pad & wet mopping pad…swivel has broken & don’t know how to replace it…help please!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Carole to replace any Norwex product, you need to contact the consultant that you bought it through. His/her name should be on the receipt. If you can’t remember, contact the person who hosted the party and hopefully they can put you in touch. Since I’m no longer a Norwex consultant, I can’t really help you but if you’re having trouble with your consultant, contact me again and I may know a couple of loopholes you can use to get a replacement – as long as the mop is still under warranty etc.

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      • Melinda

        I have several of the all-purpose E-cloths and when I use them to clean the bathroom, they seem to just smear around the dust and little particles sitting on my counters and toilets, instead of picking them up. I have tried making the cloth less wet, but it does not seem to help. What I am concerned about is that they are just smearing around bacteria and viruses as well, intead pf picking them up. Any thoughts or advice?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Melinda – this seems odd to me. Have they been washed with fabric softener and/or bleach?

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      • Jeanna

        We love our Norwex products & I owe a lot of it to this blog as I read through it several times before making my purchases- so thank you to all for the comments & replies! I have 2 polishing cloths & with one of them I noticed it seemed to be leaving behind fibers or maybe small pieces of lint after using it. Both have been laundered the same way (Norwex laundry detergent, no fabric softener) and I bought them at the same time. Any thoughts on what might be causing this? Thanks!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Jeanna – I’m sorry I don’t have any bright ideas on why one of your cloths is leaving lint behind. Unless it was washed with something linty (towels, flannel, etc.). Of course this would only be the case if you ever washed the 2 cloths separately. Otherwise they’d both be linty. Sorry I can’t help more.

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        • Jeanna

          Thanks for the reply. We have enough products (both Norwex & ecloth) that they’re washed by themselves in a load. Hopefully a washing will fix it.

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      • Jean

        I have many Norwex cloths and love them but am really intrigued by the e-cloths and will definitely try them as I am now on a fixed income and cost is a factor. I love the Norwex gray Car Cleaning cloth – is better than any chamois I have ever used! Works on the entire vehicle, windows and all! Which e-cloth car cloth compares to the Norwex one? Also, does e-cloths have the dryer balls? Your tips and comparisons are awesome. I only wish we could “search” this site for the info we have questions on. Thanks for you valuable information.

        Jean

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Jean – I’m happy to hear you’re open to trying e-cloth. I think you’ll be as impressed by them as you were by the Norwex cloths. They are a bit different, but they work just as well. I also have the gray Norwex Car Cleaning cloth and really like it – actually I like it for cleaning windows better than the Norwex window cloth.

          e-cloth has a number of cloths for car cleaning and we actually have a chamois cloth that’s microfiber and is amazing! But if you’re looking for the closest thing to the Norwex Car cloth, the e-cloth Chrome & Polishing cloth is almost identical. It’s smaller but has a very similar feel.

          e-cloth doesn’t have any dryer balls. But I’ve seen the Nellies ones at TJMaxx and Marshalls and Winners on occasion.

          If you have more questions, feel free to ask. I’m always happy to help.

          PS – there is a search option on my blog – on the right-hand side.

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      • Jean

        Thanks for your quick reply & great advice on which e-cloth would work for cleaning vehicle’s outside………..I do have another question regarding washing the e-cloths & the Norwex cloths. I make my own powder laundry soap and it contains 1 bar of laundry soap, 1 cup each of borax, washing soda and Biz laundry booster. I use 1-2 Tablespoons of this powder per load and use vinegar as a “fabric softener”. I am unable to determine if the Biz is a Bleach but it isn’t labeled as bleach. Do you think it is OK to use for washing the cloths?

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      • Karin

        Thank you SO much for this site! I’ve been considering selling Norwex since I love not just the products but also the motive behind them, but have been held back by the price. I’ve actually gone to stores & written down cleaning product info (ingredients, packaging, # uses, $) to grid out comparisons for people to see. The cost in dollars over 2 years is better with Norwex on many products, but not on all. Your info on e-cloth & how it compares has made me decide against, & I’ll definitely be buying what I can from your site!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Karin – thank you for taking the time to comment here. Even with the Norwex consultant discount, e-cloth can still be cheaper. I’ll be eager to hear what you think of the e-cloth products once you give them a try.

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      • Karin

        Hi! I am wondering what makes the Norwex Dryer Balls so much better/more expensive than all of the dryer balls out there? Are they worth the extra money??

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Karin – good question. To be honest I don’t know. I haven’t used them and I hear a lot of mixed reviews of them. Some people swear by them, others find they don’t do anything. At one point, I believe the Norwex balls were made by the same company as another brand that was more widely available and cheaper. I’m not sure if that’s still the case or not. I’m going to put the question to Norwex and get back to this.

          Personally, I’m a skeptic. I’ve read some studies on the net and just don’t see the advantage. They claim to shorten drying time but I haven’t seen any conclusive evidence of that. Plus, since we started using Charlie’s soap a few years ago, we’ve never had an issue with static.

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      • Ruth

        Thank you for all this info. I am new to norwex and like what I have purchased, but was very curious about the e-cloths I saw in the stores last week. I will give a hint regarding dryer balls (I have not tried norwex brand) I made my own out of wool and felted them, they are fabulous. Just google how to make them.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Ruth. Thanks for the comment and tip on the wool dryer balls. I’ve been seeing a lot of info on them lately and have PILES of wool in my house to use. Just haven’t gotten to it yet.

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      • Karin

        I think Norwex is extremely over priced. For example their enviro cloth priced at $16.99 (canadian) for one cloth is extremely overpriced. I purchased the same quality cloth at Costco for less $16.99 and I received 24 13 x13 cothes. There is something wrong with their pricing. I have also purchased many of microfibre products at Dollarama stores, which I found did all the same functions as Norwex products. Honestly if they are made in Denmark, you are not paying for the product, you are paying union wages. I think Norwex is just another pressure tactic sales job, trying to sell a dollar store item as a higher end item. Shame on them. This is my opinion of their product.

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      • Kaye

        Hi Kate,
        I know that you are no longer a Norwex consultant but would like to ask you a question please regarding the Norwex makeup removal cloths. I have been reading some of your blogs regarding both Norwex and E-cloth but decided to go with Norwex because they have the microfiber face cloths. I am from Australia and recently purchased a pack through a internet consultant where I live. I have also emailed her regarding advice about these cloths and delivery times and have not yet heard a thing from her. If I knew this beforehand there would be no way I would have bought the cloths from her but there was no telephone number just email. Anyway, the cloths have finally arrived over a week late when really it should have only taken 3 days. I have used the cloth twice very wet and wiped my face with it gently then washed the cloth with Velvet soap and hung on line to dry. I don’t wear makeup so no need to wipe face too much. I decided to buy the makeup removal cloths because in one of your blogs you mentioned that they could be used daily instead of the body cloths which can over exfoliate the skin. I am in my late 40’s and my skin is combination oily and prone to acne and bumps, however can also be very sensitive to many chemical products including plant botanicals, essential oils, coconut oil, shea butter and many other ingredients that is why I have decided after many years of using $1000’s of dollars worth of expensive products from all sources down to natural remedies including changing diet etc my skin has not improved therefore my last resort was to just use water to wash face and nothing else hence buying the cloth because normal face washers including bamboo hasn’t helped. After using the Norwex cloth twice as mentioned earlier, my face has broken out in new pimples/bumps. Now I am not sure whether to continue using the cloth or like everything else it is not going to help my complexion. I know it has only been 2 or 3 times but I am scared to persevere and worried that I will end up with bad acne that will take ages to go away. I have tried searching this question on the internet but only have read glowing reviews and it seems that everyone with acne said that these cloths were the only things to clear their skin and that they are the best product around. In fact I don’t think I have yet to read a bad review. I am so sorry for the long essay but can you offer me any suggestions or advice and have you heard from your past clients whether these cloths have worked wonders for them or not. Thanking you for any help you can offer me. Regards, Kaye

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Kaye, I’m so sorry -Your comment has completely slipped my mind. I think I may have emailed you but now I can’t remember. Did I email any info to you? Has the situation improved? Let me know and if you’re still looking for info I’ll be more than happy to help.

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      • cheryl

        Can the e-cloths be used with cleaners rather than water?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Cheryl – you can use them with some cleaners but I’m not sure why you would. Save yourself some money (and the environment and your health) but just using the e-cloths with water. If you simply MUST use a cleaner: 1) make sure there is no bleach in it or you’ll ruin your cloth 2)make sure to rinse it out well afterwards – probably with hot soapy water – otherwise the cleaner will coat the fibers, making them prone to stinkiness and causing them to lose effectiveness.

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      • Micki

        Hi all – I haven’t used either of the cloths yet but am ready to order Checked other sites reviews including amazon about E-cloths. All reviews positive as an alternative for those who have used Norwex. The Norwex wins even though more expensive. I’m not saying E-cloths are not good as I don’t know but plan on doing my own caparison. Sometimes you get what you pay for..and sometimes you pay more for the name. I’ll let you all know in a month or so. I’m going to compare both similar products of each company as I’m interested in selling as well. E-cloths are said to work but other comments once you use a Norwex you’ll go back. I guess it’s all what is important to you and for me… I’ll let you know. Thanks all

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Micki – having sold and used both, I find the two brands pretty much equal. They both make a great product so in my mind, why pay more? Keep in mind that although there are plenty of legit reviews on amazon, MANY of them are written by Norwex consultants. IN any case, I’m sure you’ll be impressed by both and I’ll be very interested to hear what you think of the two so please do get back to me here!

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          • Karen

            I forgot to click comments to notify. Sorry.

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        • Karen

          Mickie, have you done your comparison yet? I’m really curious what you have to say bc I am exactly where you were and you took the words right out of my mouth when you said that about pricing. The other thing to remember is pricing also depends on who develops the technology, who buys from what resources and overhead. Also, if this is a side company someone developed or a hobby, or it is what’s putting food on the table. There is so much that goes into the manufacturing of a product. I used to be one. While I made toddler to teen sleeping bags, mine were over $100.00. But, they were made in my city, they were made with designer fabric bought wholesale, they had pockets, pillows, a closing strap, a zipper all the way around, had down stuffing mixed with poly fiber and were heaven. I could not keep up with the demand. My friend still has hers at the cub house retreat( I made camouflage ones,) and they are 12 years old and with the exception of staining from young kids, they are still fluffy, comfortable, and still feel exactly like they did when purchased. Quality goes a long way, when it lasts.

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          • Cleaninup Kate

            Karen I WANT one of those bags! They sound amazing. Did you give up your business?

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      • kltunks24

        I recently hired someone to clean my house every other week. Since she began, I have a gnat problem. I’ve tried everything to get rid of them and they won’t go away. The only thing I can think of is she uses the Norwex products. Have you had anyone else give you this kind of feedback?

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          I am very doubtful that the use of Norwex products would cause a gnat infestation. Aren’t gnats just fruitflies? It IS the time of year for them as they’ll come in on any fruit (and some houseplants) and multiply like crazy.

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      • shaunnaager@gmail.com

        Yesterday I had my daughter (7) use my Body Cloth to wipe off her cheer makeup from her competition, which basically is lipgloss and glitter. It took the glitter and such right off, however ever since she used it her one eyelid is basically raw. Have you ever heard of this??

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Is it the Norwex Body cloth? That is something that you have to be careful with as the “shaggy” microfiber can be very drying – and exfoliating – on the skin. Be very careful around sensitive areas like eyes. I use the baby wash cloths (essentially the same as the Body cloth except for colour) on my two sons’ faces without any issue but I don’t “rub” or “scrub” – just a gentle wipe to get food off generally. I always recommend that if people are using these cloths for their face that they start gentle and small. Use it just 2-3 times per week at first to see how the skin reacts. Since your daughter’s skin was so sensitive to it, you may want to avoid using the body cloth on her and maybe try the Norwex Makeup removal cloth instead. Alternatively, e-cloth has the face cleansing mitt and eye pad which I’ve found to be very effective and gentle.

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      • Carol

        OK…I’m confused…is the e-cloth dust pad compared to the superior Norwex one or the other one that Norwex sells? I have heard great things about the Norwex mop system..but I have a hard time putting that kind of money out. You compared them and say they are very much the same. Please Help..

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Carol, the e-cloth dust pad is comparable to the regular Norwex dust pad. They are both 100% polyester. The superior Norwex dust pad is a polyester/polyamide mix. The advantage of the 100% polyester is that it has a negative electrical charge that attracts most types of dust and pollen, which have a positive charge. I compared the e-cloth dust pad with the SUPERIOR Norwex pad – a bit like comparing oranges to tangerines, I suppose – because I only own the Norwex Superior pad, not the normal one. I expect the regular Norwex dust pad (the 100% polyester one) would perform identically to the e-cloth dust pad.

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      • Wanda Furgason

        A sucker born every minute. That is the way I feel. Very very expensive products and no special quality. Laundry detergent a pain to use and does not clean well nor deodorize. Floor mop so so but $100?? Cleaning clothes so so, nothing special and $30 ?? Like many things of this quality you are invited to a “party” and feel obligated to buy! I just decline.

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      • Shaylee

        I found a nearly brand new jar of Norwex cleaning paste that I bought YEARS ago. Trouble is, it’s not so “paste” like anymore, it’s more like a hard brick of chalk. Can I use it like this (it’s hard to get much on the cloth), throw it in the garbage or is there a way to get it back into its “paste” state? Any suggestions would be great.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Shaylee – I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I’ve been busy getting my kids started at school and time slipped away. The old jar of paste will work fine and likely once you add a bit of water to it with a damp cloth, it’ll loosen up a bit. I have a jar of paste that’s over 5 years old. It looks like old cracked clay but still works fine. It takes a bit of rubbing with a sponge to get it started but no problem after that. I would suggest just taking a damp (fairly wet!) sponge or cloth and rubbing it around in the paste. The sponge/cloth will pick up some. I don’t recommend ever using an Enviro Cloth (or e-cloth General Purpose) cloth with the NOrwex paste. Those cloths tend to grab the paste and hold onto it rather than letting it loose on the surface you’re trying to clean – very frustrating!

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      • Jennifer

        We have a glass shower door. We try to wipe it down with a squeegee afterwards but it doesn’t always happen. There seems to be a build up on the doors. At a glance they look clean but I can see the build up. I have used windex on them and it hasn’t helped. Suggestions?

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      • Sharon Goodwin

        I just bought a Norwex glass cleaning cloth. What a waste of money. It works no better than an old towel. To make matters worse there was a $5 shipping charge added to my bill. My friend who had the Norwex party said everything arrived in a big box. So if they are charging everyone a $5 shipping fee they are making a lot of money on shipping, let alone the ridiculous cost of the clothes. Don’t waste your money on these clothes.

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      • Cale's Mom

        This may be a little late in the game to comment on this blog, but maybe someone else will come across it one day. I have cloths called No More Chemicals. They are from the UK, part of the same company as e-cloth but you can get them for about $3.50/ea!! What a savings even from buying e-cloth! Shipping is only $10 to the US so I got a bunch of friends/family together and we placed a big order. Totally worth it. I’ve had one of my kitchen cloths about 8 years and it is still going strong. They are amazing! Same micro silver technology as Norwex and e-cloth.
        http://www.nomorechemicals.co.uk (Btw, I don’t work for them, I’m just a firm believer in a good, affordable product.)

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Cale’s Mom: No More Chemicals was a another brand owned by Enviro Products, Ltd. The brand has not been sold in the U.S. for a number of years now but is sold on a very limited basis in the UK. It is a lower quality product than e-cloth and I believe any residual stock is being sold off by liquidators.

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          • Cale's Mom

            Oh Ok. Well, I was able to purchase them online and they have lasted very well for me. Yes, the quality is not the same as Norwex but they do the job for so much less. I could buy 5x as much. And I can even buy 2 or more times more than ecloth. I’ve had a great experience.

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      • Susan

        Kate, I am a Norwex user having been introduced by a friend. I fell in love with Norwex instantly. I have just been researching alternatives to Norwex though given cost and curiosity about the lifespan of the cloth because I believe mine are starting to deteriorate and came across your blog which I have found very helpful in clarifying some of my questions about Norwex and microfiber clothes in general. Thank you for the time you spend on this.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Thank you for your very kind words, Susan. Much appreciated!

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      • Patricia Israel

        Hello. First time to comment; have not used any products nor have I been to any parties. I have white “cultured marble” shower walls, which cannot tolerate any kind of abrasive cleaner. The shower has very expensive glass doors. The water here is quite hard and also usually contains a little “particulate matter” also known as suspended soil, which in this area is orange clay. Then of course my husband and I have body oils. The only positive is that we don’t get very dirty. So, the shower walls get hard water streaks, which trap body oils and the suspended particles of orange clay. It is a MESS. I’ve tried foaming bathroom cleaners (manufacturer recommends) and Kaboom bathroom cleaner, to no avail. I tried rubbing lemon oil very hard, following up with the foaming cleaner or Kaboom, and that worked okay but required multiple applications, lots of rubbing and scrubbing, hurt my hands (arthritis really kicked up), and didn’t do a complete job! I saw posts about the Norwex scale remover, but many folks said it had a strong and putrid smell (!?!?). Do you have any suggestions on what I might use? Is the scale remover truly putrid-smelling? Thanks.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Patricia – I’m not sure if vinegar is ok on your marble walls or not, but it’s certainly ok for the glass. For hard water marks on my glass shower doors, I saturate paper towel in a mix of vinegar and water and then just stick the paper towels to the glass. I leave it there for a while (at least 10 minutes, sometimes hours depending on what I’m up to that day) and then just peel it off and wipe with a Glass & Polishing cloth. I find that works just as well as the Norwex Descaler (which also works well, but is pricey. It does have a smell, but nothing you can’t live with in my opinion). I’d try the vinegar and if that doesn’t work, I doubt the descaler will either. Let me know if that helps. I’m curious.

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      • Colleen

        I own a restaurant and have both eclothes and norwex. We polish all our silverware and the eclothes get wet quickly. The norwex last three times long in which I would guess due to the thickness. The norwex delivers a shiner polish.

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      • Chelsea.

        Hey Kate, I wanted to give you props for this website!!!! You have done a lot of work with your reviews and it is greatly appreciated! There’s a lot of haters which which i felt I needed to write:) I dont sell any products and I am strictly a consumer here. I recently went to a Norwex party where I was able to ask a TON of questions. I took the whole week and did at least 25 to 30 hours of research in 5 days and came to your same conclusions before I found your website. The biggest reason for my research was the silver….. I had the biggest time swallowing the (more than double) prices! I just could not find any studies that proved or showed that the silver ACTUALLY worked!? Im not saying they are not out there but just couldn’t find it. Anyone let me know if you have a link and I’ll be sold! So to continue my story I found a study that tested a regular cotton cloth, ecloth, and norwex cloths that showed the only way to “disinfect” your cloths was to boil your cloths for 10 minutes while stirring (seriously, this lady did her research) Actually mind blowing all the tests she did, great research! I think studies done by independent people/companies prove more credibility as they don’t have a reason to be “swayed” by the facts. Reference here:

        http://www.stopthestomachflu.com/norwex-cloth-independent-testing

        I then asked my Norwex consultant about her references and links to the studies she had talked about. She told me to look up silver and its disinfecting/antibacterial properties online (wikipedia). Which for me was kind of a weird because a company who has been around for over “20 years” (stated by my norwex consultant) common sense says you would think they would have taken time to do a study on the silver…. to actually back up your claims of its disinfecting properties…..??? (i could get into more details on that another time.) Then I was sent a link with a study from a hospital on just microfiber (no silver) that was 1/6 of a hair. Which was actually helpful because i do believe that the finer the weave, the more it picks up! If 1/6 fiber picked up over 90 percent of germs, then YES I believe that a better quality cloth will pick up MORE. So props to that Norwex consultant there:) She then led me to a video which you can find on youtube where a news company did the petri dish testing which found it cleaned a little over 90 percent of germs…which was actually still impressive.

        Anyways I left the party feeling amazed and dazzled, I was hooked! I told my husband all the things I had learned and he (the logical one) brought up some good points which I decided to figure out every detail I could find on microfiber! (good, bad, and ugly) And in the end, mainly because of the silver issue, I could not justify spending that much for 1 cloth. I own 1 norwex enviro cloth(which was give to me) and several ecloths. They both clean up pretty much the same. I have never had my cloths stink because I hang them up after each use. I could do that with any cloth and not have them stink if I hung them up every time and rinsed thoroughly with hot water.

        So I decided that for me, silver wasn’t absolutely necessary AND I get the same quality of clean up because its the microfiber that does all the work! Im not saying Norwex isn’t a great company, they do have a lot of great stuff and ideas. They have an amazing sales catalog and their presentations are on point:) With that being said, I feel that you are buying a “brand” when you go with norwex. The prices, MLM and the silver issue that I just couldn’t find substantial evidence/studies (hit me up a link if someone has solid silver studies in microfiber cloths) I just couldn’t do it… especially when I knowingly could buy something equally as great without the cost… In the end I felt like I was only buying their product to help my friend and the consultant I knew in my neighborhood(which isn’t a bad thing to support them). But if money wasn’t a big issue for me, I would have no problems supporting her. Unfortunately real life kicks in and I have to make my money go far. I have no problem spending money on a quality product, but knowingly spending double(or more than half) is complete insane!!!!

        Thank you Kate for all your honesty! Im glad I found your website, your comparisons on norwex vs ecloth solidified what conclusions I had already come to! I knew I wasnt crazy! I have a lot of norwex lovers near me and when I brought up the information I found/ or couldn’t find, I wouldn’t say people were “offended” but miffed that I could have more information that may contradict what they know about microfiber and silver. I cant imagine the heartburn you have had to deal with transitioning over from selling norwex, but morally I agree with why you switched:) Sorry so long! I have loved all my ecloth products btw!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Chelsea – thank you for taking the time to write and to share your story. I agree, that it’s difficult to find info and that was why I started the blog in the first place. Sorry it took me so long to respond!

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  112. Peggy Johnson

    how do you clean the make up cloths that get all that mascre on it? i put it in the washing machine and it does pretty good but after a while the build up is on there. they work great but i want to get them clean. thanks

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Thanks for your question – it’s a good one! The thing about this darned Norwex microfiber is that it picks stuff up and just doesn’t like to let it go. If you’re finding your cloths are looking a bit grimy or feel stiff, the best way to freshen them up is to put them in a pot of water on the stove with a bit of dish soap. Bring the pot to a boil and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. This will loosen the dirt/makeup and you’ll likely be disgusted by the colour of the water ;0). If after that time, the cloths are still releasing dirt/makeup you can do it again with or without soap. I usually boil twice with soap and then once without. Just make sure that at the end, you’ve rinsed out all the soap.

      I’ll be honest, this probably won’t get them looking brand new again but it does a pretty good job and will make them look and feel better.

      If you have a minute when you’re done, please let me know how this works for you. I’m always interested.

      And just a reminder: Do NOT use bleach or detergent with bleach to clean your Norwex microfiber cloths. It will ruin your cloth and void the warranty.

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      • Ashley

        The Norwex hand soap gets the make up clths clean!

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  113. Susie

    AS the hospitals put silver drops in baby’s eyes I believe the comment about the cloths being antibacterial.. However, the mops are a waste of money. The base is way smaller than the mops making it impossible to clean the corners. That was real waste of $100. Save your money and get a swiffer

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Susie, sorry you aren’t happy with your mop. Personally, I like that the base is smaller than the microfiber pad. It allows the pad to go up along my baseboards and the back of the stairs as I’m cleaning. Sometimes I place the pad unevenly so that it’s close to one edge of the base, that way I can get right into the corners.

      Norwex stands behind it’s products and if you aren’t happy with your mop, you can return it for a full refund. Just contact the Norwex Representative that you bought it from.

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      • Lori

        I had a swiffer and promptly got rid of it after finding out how bad they are for your pets. I use Norwex to get away from all the chemicals. The mop will get under absolutely anything and using only water to clean is fantastic! Most people that have a mop would not give it up for anything!!

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Lori – I agree with your “would not give it up” comment 100%. I love the Norwex mop. I have a swiffer (along with an almost full bulk box of the swiffer sheets from Costco) that’s been sitting unused for almost 2 years.

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      • Debbie

        I have a mop that is similar to the Norwex mop bought it years ago from CVQ I just discovered the other day that it has a locking mechanism so you can make it only swivel in 2 directions. I locked it and forgot I did, then when I went to use it the next time it flopped on me, so I unlocked it and that solved the problem. Maybe that’s whats going on here.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Debbie – thanks for your reminder that the Norwex mop does have a locking feature. I agree that it flops when it’s locked – but I also have the problem when it’s not locked if I’m pushing too hard or not going in a “figure 8”. A light touch and a figure 8 motion is the key, I believe.

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