Remember last week when I “washed” my car at the carwash and came home and wiped it with my e-cloth?  Remember how dirty my e-cloth got? No?  Well here’s a little reminder…

e-cloth cleans carsThat, my friends, is a D-I-R-T-Y e-cloth.  It’s full of grease and road grime.  And you’re probably wondering:

Is Kate nuts?  Who uses a cream-coloured e-cloth to clean up really dirty messes?

  1. Perhaps I am nuts, but this is an old “shower” e-cloth that accidentally got washed with my brown Pet Towel so it’s not as “cream” coloured as it used to be and for some reason I relegated it to the “odd jobs” basket.
  2. I wanted to show you that you CAN keep your cloths nice and stain-free (except if you wash them with something that bleeds colour… like the pet towel)

3 Steps to Keeping Your e-cloths Stain-Free

Of course this will work with your Norwex cloths as well. Probably any microfiber cloth, really.

  1. Within a couple of hours of getting your cloth super dirty/greasy, put it in your kitchen sink with a bit (1/2 tsp) of dish detergent and the HOTTEST water you can get.  I add boiling water from my kettle.Rinse dirty e-cloth in hot soapy water
  2. Let the e-cloth sit there for a while 10 minutes or more and agitate the water periodically with a wooden spoon (you can use your hands but obviously that’s not advised if you used boiling water).  Microfiber cloths need HEAT and AGITATION to release dirt and grease.
  3. Most of the “stains” should be gone now but some may linger.  Rinse the cloth in hot water to remove the soap and then wash it in the washing machine. This does NOT have to happen right away – my cloth sat for 3 days before I washed it. Again, wash in the hottest water possible.  Take a look at this beauty (beast?) of a washing machine! They don’t make ’em like this anymore do they?  Steel drum inside – you know this baby is meant to last. Launder your e-cloth in hot water

And presto-chango! A nice, clean, stain-free e-cloth.stain-free e-cloth

If you have e-cloths that have older stains in them, you may want to try boiling them for 10-15 minutes.  This may not get rid of the stain completely but should lessen it.

I’ve got more info on laundering e-cloths (or Norwex) here: When and How to Launder your e-cloths

If you’ve got stinky e-cloth or Norwex cloths, give this a try.

If you’re e-cloths are “crunchy”, check this out.