In a Nutshell:
Every one of these will clean your bathroom faster and more safely than any chemical cleaning solution ever could but for me, the e-cloth Cleaning Pad wins by a hair.
Warning #1: This could be a long one. I’ve been meaning to do individual reviews for each of these cloths separately but… well crap… I just never got around to it.
Warning #2: Keep in mind that these are my thoughts on how they work in MY bathroom and MY preferences so please don’t get angry if you don’t agree with me – although I welcome your comments and thoughts below.
Warning #3: Remember that I sell e-cloth products. I used to sell Norwex products. I use products from both companies in my house interchangeably and daily. I try to keep my reviews honest and unbiased but sometimes I mess up.
What is the e-cloth® Bathroom Cloth?
The e-cloth Bathroom Cloth (the yellow one in the picture above) is essentially a General Purpose cloth (or Norwex Enviro Cloth) with slightly longer fibers. It is not shaggy but the slightly longer fibers make it more absorbent than the General Purpose or Norwex Enviro cloth.
It is a 12.5″ by 12.5″ square cloth that I use by folding in half and then in half again so I end up with 8 smallish square sides that I can clean with.
What is the e-cloth® Cleaning Pad?
The e-cloth Cleaning Pad is a sectioned sponge wrapped in a General Purpose cloth. The fibers are shorter than on the Bathroom Cloth but because of the sponge, it is more absorbent.
The Cleaning Pad is 6.5″ x 9″ and is sectioned to make it easy to fold.
What is the Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt?
The Norwex Bathroom Mitt is… ummm… a mitt. 😉 It’s the pink one in the picture above. The mitt has very shaggy microfiber on one side and a scrubby mesh on the other side. The inside is lined and there is a very thin sponge between the outer shaggy/scrubby side and the inner liner.
Please excuse the appearance of my Norwex mitt. It’s 5 years old and starting to look a bit shabby but it still works great. It is 9″ x 6.5″.
General Performance Pros and Cons
E-cloth® Bathroom Cloth
- It cleans well and picks up over 99% of bacteria
- Lightest when wet of the three cloths reviewed here
- Used folded, there are 8 sides that can be used for cleaning so I don’t have to rinse it out often
- Easily fits behind all my bathroom fixtures
- Removes “recent” soap scum but not weeks of buildup
- Dries quickly
- Tiring on the hand and bunches up when used on large areas
- Does not old soap scum buildup by itself
What Kate Would Change:
- There are times when I’d like longer fibers so maybe longer fibers on one side like the High Performance Dusting Cloth (or maybe I should just use that cloth… hmmm…)
- A mitt would be useful for large areas – although then I’d only get 2 cleaning sides instead of 8. See my comments about that with the Norwex mitt, below
E-cloth® Cleaning Pad
Admittedly, I had one of these sitting in a box for over a year before I finally tried it. I didn’t think I’d like it. Wrong! It is probably the cloth I use most often of the three. I prefer it for washing the walls around the tub and the sink/counter.
- Cleans well and picks up over 99% of bacteria
- Folds easily and fits well into my hand
- Very absorbent so good for cleaning out the bottom of the shower. I also like to wring it out well and use it to dry off the walls of my glass shower.
- Does not come unfolded or bunched when used on large areas.
- The sponge makes it comfortable to hold and my hand doesn’t tire when cleaning large areas
- Dries remarkably fast
- Fits behind fixtures
- When folded, it has 4 cleaning sides so less rinsing required
- Does not remove old soap scum buildup by itself
What Kate Would Change:
- Probably nothing. It would be awkward with longer fibers.
Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt
This was one of my first Norwex purchases. It has held up well and I love the mittness of it.
- It’s a mitt. That alone is worth a whole lot of points.
- It fits well on my hand (and also my husband’s) and doesn’t bunch up at all
- The long fibers are good at getting into grout
- The sponge inside gives a bit of “cushioning” so it’s easier on the hand
- Removes “recent” soap scum and the scrubby will remove some older buildup
- For some reason, the mitt kinda takes the “ick” factor out of wiping toilets for me
- Half of the mitt is a scrubby.
- It takes a long time to dry.
- Only 1 cleaning side so I have to rinse it often
- The long fibers get under – and lift up – the grout/sealant along the edge of my tub. I have to be very careful around that area otherwise it practically removes the grout and mold builds up under it.
What Kate Would Change:
- I would replace the scrubby side with microfiber. I can count the number of times I’ve used the scrubby side of my 5 year old mitt on one hand. Maybe three times.
Performance on Kate’s Bathroom Cleaning Pet-peeves
This is where you find out that I’m a real person. A real person with a dirty bathroom. Actually I’m writing this post today as a form of procrastination from actually cleaning my bathrooms.
Petpeeve #1: the upstairs sink and fixture
Look at this sink. Hideous. It came with the house and there’s a “gorgeous” 5 foot counter that goes with it. It’s full of little cracks – that you can see in the picture – that fill up with gunk (and probably bacteria of some sort or another). It’s an embarrassment.
And what would a hideous sink be without a cheap faucet? This darned thing is so close to the back splash thing that it’s hard to clean the gap. Also, the knobs are so close to the fixture that it’s dang irritating to clean under them.
- The e-cloth Bathroom Cloth fits easily but I have to place one hand on either side of the cloth and pull it back and forth to clean out the area. It’s easy to get the fixture side of the gap because I pull the sides forward a bit too, but very difficult to get up next to the back splash area.
- The e-cloth Cleaning Pad fits PERFECTLY! I simply hold the top of the folded pad and wipe back and forth. Easy and fast.
- This is not an easy task with the Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt 🙁 . I have to work to squish it down there and when I finish the faucet side of the gap, I have to flip it around to do the back splash side.
Sadly, none of the cloths get into the miniscule cracks in the sink. The only thing I’ve found to work is to put baking soda and vinegar into the sink and let the bubbles do the work.
Winner: e-cloth Cleaning Pad
Pet-peeve #2: Stupid soap rack-dish thingy in the shower
As an engineer, I can see what whoever designed this was thinking: the soap will sit on top and won’t get mushy because any water will drip off into the grooves, away from the soap.
As an engineer, here’s what I’m thinking: Dunh! put a bit of a slant on those grooves, Dingbat! The soapy drips just build up and sit in those grooves. And do you know what soapy drips build up into? SLIME. Bleck. And do you know who thinks to draw their fingers through the grooves to push the drippy slime out while they’re in the shower? Nobody but me, that’s who the heck who!
Little rant there, sorry.
PS: Do you like how I left the hairs in the picture? Gross, eh? But I gotta keep it real and hair in the shower is real!
To clean the soapy grooves out, I put a bit of cloth over the groove and pull the cloth with my finger.
- Folded, the Bathroom e-cloth fits well into the grooves and I can reposition my hand on the cloth so I get a fresh bit of cloth for every groove – which I have found to be necessary.
- I need to use a bit more pressure with the e-cloth Cleaning Pad to push the sponge down into the grooves but it works well. Like with the Bathroom e-cloth, I can easily adjust my hand to get a fresh piece of pad on each groove.
- The long fibers on the Norwex Bathroom Mitt are perfect for those grooves but I can’t wear it as a mitt for this task. I put my hand on the outside so that I can adjust it like for the two e-cloths.
Winner: e-cloth Bathroom Cloth
Pet-peeve #3 – Toilet Seat and Hinge Area
Just look at the pee on the bottom of the seat. Yuck! I know exactly who to blame for that. It’s not me.
Then the older male of the household (who shall remain nameless since he’s the one who brings home the bacon) lifts the seat to do his business and the wet pee on the bottom of the seat drips down into the hinge area of the seat.
That little stretch of porcelain that you see under the seat and between the two bits that attach the seat to the toilet is my pet-peeve area.
When the lid is up, my hand does not fit under there easily. When the seat is down, you can’t even see it.
- The Bathroom e-cloth easily fits in there. I usually pass it through the space and pull it back and forth along the edges. Awkward, but it works.
- The e-cloth Cleaning Pad is great here. It fits in well and is stiff enough that I can push/pull from one side and get right up against the edges.
- The Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt would be perfect here – except I can’t easily get it in there. It’s very awkward which is a shame because the longer fibers would otherwise make it the best tool for getting right into the little crack/seam where the seat meets the toilet.
Winner: e-cloth Cleaning Pad
Pet-peeve #4: Glass Shower
The main thing that peeves me about this shower is that I never use it. But I’m the only one that has EVER cleaned it. I’m holding myself back from growling here.
- The Bathroom e-cloth does a wonderful job on this and with a regular wipe-down, I’ve managed to keep hard water spots and soap scum at bay. I do find that the cloth bunches up though and my hand gets more tired using this cloth than either of the other two.
- The e-cloth Cleaning Pad is perfect for all that glass. It stays folded and the padding of the sponge makes it comfy in your hand. I wring it out when I’m done and give the glass a final wipe to get it as dry as possible.
- The Norwex Mitt really shines here. The mitt is comfy on my hand and makes cleaning the entire shower a quick and easy job. The longer fibers get into the corners of the shelves well. I do wish that both sides were microfiber though. I have to rinse it out several times during cleaning. With 2 sides of microfiber, I’d clean this thing much faster.
Note: all three of these cloths leave some water behind so I need to use a polishing cloth on the glass afterwards to avoid water marks.
Winner: it’s a toss up between the Cleaning Pad and Norwex Mitt
What About Hard Water Spots and Soap Scum?
All three of these cloths/mitts are great for removing light buildup of soap scum. By “light” I mean an average week’s worth. The cloth/mitt will drag across the soap scum and you’ll feel the cloth move more easily as the soap is removed.
If you’ve got weeks/months/years of soap scum, none of these will work. The scrubby side of the Norwex mitt might put a dent in it but you’ll need to put a lot of elbow grease into that. The Norwex Descaler is great for removing soap scum but I find vinegar works just as well.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the “old” soap scum, a weekly wipe (or maybe 2-3 times/week if a lot of baths/showers are happening) with the mitt/cloth is all you’ll need.
I do not find any of these cloths to be effective on hard water spots. The Norwex Descaler will also work on this but again… I find vinegar works just as well (so fill a spray bottle and keep it in your bathroom).
What about Cost?
- Bathroom e-cloth: $7.99US (or $14.99 as a part of a package with a Glass and Polishing cloth)
- e-cloth Cleaning Pad: $7.99US
- Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt: $24.99US
Is there a Winner?
Honestly, I use all three of these cloths/mitts all the time. Lately, I’ve been grabbing the e-cloth Cleaning Pad the most often – and as you read, it did best on my pet-peeve areas – but typically, I put them all in a drawer and grab whatever is on top.
Now that I no longer sell Norwex products (or get a discount), I probably wouldn’t get another mitt. I like it but it’s pricey. If they come out with a two-sided microfiber mitt I may reconsider.
Are you listening, Norwex and e-cloth? We need a two sided, shaggy microfiber mitt!
Where Can I Buy These Amazing Cloths?
All e-cloth products can be purchased at eclothusa.com.
My friend Deja Peterson has a great blog – Healthyhomecleaning.com – that provides lots of great info and where you can purchase Norwex products.
As always, I’m more than happy to help. Just leave a comment below!