Something happened to me about 5 weeks ago. Something I couldn’t believe. Something that has happened to others, but NEVER to me. I mean, I’m perfect (ha! ha! ha!).

These things don’t happen to me.

But it did.

I wiped my counter with my General Purpose e-cloth® and then…

WHAT is that smell?!?!?”.

“NOOOOOOOOOOO!” (picture me with my hands up, face turned away in shame, eyes closed, screaming. Like it was the end of the world).

My e-cloth was smelly! So smelly that it was leaving the stink on the counter and everything else I wiped.

I’d noticed the smell the last time I’d used it. But then I laundered it and thought it was better.


But guess what. It’s not the end of the world (or your cloth) if you get a smelly Norwex or e-cloth. You can fix it.

3 Steps to Cure a Stinky Norwex or e-cloth

  1. Boil your cloth(s) with baking soda. I put about 1/4 cup baking soda in with 2-3 litres of water.  Let it boil for 10-15 minutes stirring regularly.
  2. Drain the water and then boil again with 1/4 cup of vinegar. Again, 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly.
  3. Launder it.

NOTE 1: You can probably skip step 2 and go directly to step 3 if you put vinegar in the rinse cycle.

NOTE 2: You can probably skip step 3, I’m just being on the safe side to make sure all the stink is out.

NOTE 3: You may be able to skip steps 1 and 2 by just adding a generous amount of baking soda to your wash and ditto for some vinegar in the rinse cycle. Steps 1 to 3 are just how I did it and it worked.

Weeks later and the stink has not come back to my precious e-cloth.

3 Reasons Why Norwex and e-cloths get Stinky

  1. They’re not being rinsed out frequently or well enough.
  2. Grease, soap and/or detergent is trapped in them.
  3. They’re not drying quickly enough or at all.

How to Prevent Norwex and e-cloths from Getting Stinky

(In case you skipped over my 3 reasons why they get stinky, above)

  1. Rinse them WELL under hot water after every use. If you’ve cleaned something particularly greasy with your e-cloth, put the plug in the sink and add a drop of dish e-cloths waiting to be launderedsoap and swish the cloth around in there. Then rinse with plain water.
  2. Use a minimum amount of laundry detergent (preferably one without fillers) and make sure to rinse them well any time you use them with dish soap. If you’re using commercial cleansers with your Norwex or e-cloths… STOP! You don’t need them (the cleansers, I mean)
  3. Hang your cloths up to dry after each use. If you hang your cloths up to dry in a cupboard under the sink, keep the door open to let some air circulate. I put some hooks on the side of my washing machine to hang damp cloths on when they’re waiting to be laundered.