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 Norwex Dusting Mitt, but the e-cloth® Dusting Cloth performs just as well – and is of equally high quality – at a fraction of the price. Oh, and it picks up dog hair! Here is my review of the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth.
In a Nutshell:
Aside from a single – but serious – design flaw (in my opinion), the Norwex Dusting Mitt is pretty darned impressive.
Dusting is definitely NOT my forte. Let me re-phrase that. I’m a good duster, I just don’t do it often. And living in this 140+ year old house, with on-going renovations and 2 large dogs, I see more than my fair share of dust.
To say my house is dusty is an understatement. I’d provide a picture here, but I’m just too embarrassed.
So the Norwex Dusting Mitt had a lot to prove and I can tell you it did not disappoint.
What Does the Norwex Dusting Mitt Dust WELL?
The Dusting Mitt is a great little duster. I use it throughout my house. When it’s full of dust, I just brush it off and keep going. It’s great for cleaning up drywall dust and gets into little nooks and crannies. I’ve used it to dust:
- wooden furniture
- light fixtures
- ceiling fans – this is a biggie for me. You know how the ceiling fan gets that kind of “sticky” dust on the top? Well, the Norwex Dusting Mitt does a pretty darn good job of wiping it off. And BONUS, the mitt hangs on to the dust so it’s not falling onto the floor. This is a HUGE Bonus if your ceiling fan is in your kitchen so dust isn’t falling onto the counter/food/etc. Just try to keep the dust away from the piping along the seam of the mitt (see Design Flaw details below).
- knick-knacks & collectibles – the Norwex Dusting Mitt is pretty plush so the longer fibers get into all the folds and creases.
- decorative baskets – I’ve got some nice baskets that I bought in Africa and Asia that have collected dust over the years. The mitt just slides over them and collects all the dust.
- the stairs – sometimes I find “dusting” the stairs easier than sweeping/mopping
- pictures and artwork
- stereo and the TV (NOTE: it’s NOT recommended to use this on the screen of your TV or Computer). Just remember to turn these things off 15 minutes before you dust them otherwise the mitt just won’t work.
What Doesn’t the Norwex Dusting Mitt Pick Up?
As great as the Norwex Dusting Mitt is, there are a few things that it just isn’t good at:
- It does not pick up dog hair (or at least coarse dog hair like that from a Labrador Retriever). It kind of “corrals” it on the front edge of the mitt into a big pile and the odd piece will stick to the mitt but otherwise you have to be careful when you lift the mitt away as the ball of hair falls loose. Oddly, the piping along the outside of the mitt “grabs” the hair better than the actual mitt part, but any sudden movement or breeze makes it fall off.
- There are some kinds of dust that it won’t pick up. This is a picture on my stairs. You can see a little bit of dog hair that’s stuck on the piping of the mitt and some little white particles on the stair (don’t ask what they are. I have no idea. Plaster from the ancient ceiling?, something the dogs brought in?, who knows). The hair was grabbed by the piping as I lifted the mitt up off the stair and the white particles were left behind. I spent a bit of time trying to pick those particles up with no luck. It’s not sand (which the dusting mitt also won’t pick up). There are examples like this that I come across in my house periodically but this is the only one I have a picture of.
What is this Design Flaw You Speak of, Kate?
Why, oh why, OH WHY does the mitt have to have that piping around the edge? When you’re dusting things with inside corners (like stairs or boxes or inside cupboards), the piping gets in the way. So you’ve got to take the mitt off or reposition it in a strange way on your hand to get into corners. The piping does pick up some dust, but not like the microfiber part so there’s always dust left in the corners.
Also, since the piping ends up being the leading edge of anything you’re dusting, like a table for instance, it picks up some of the dust and then drops a lot of it when you pick the cloth up. So many times I’ve seen stuff cling to the piping and just fall off. It drives me nuts.
Why can’t they just sew the seam without the piping?
But this is just my opinion. I’m sure you’ve got your own.
Why is the Dusting Cloth Antibac?
I have absolutely NO idea! In my opinion this is an idiotic feature of the Dusting Mitt (oh I can see the comments I’m going to get on that statement already). You use the Dusting Mitt dry and for the Antibac feature to work (i.e, the silver in the mitt to kill any bacteria picked up by the mitt) it has to be wet. INSANE. And isn’t most bacteria living in wet/damp areas? You’re DUSTING for crying out loud. The surface is DRY. So what bacteria do you have to kill?
Am I missing something here?
- the Norwex Dusting Mitt works. It works really, REALLY well.
- when it’s full of dust, you can just shake/brush it off and continue using it
- you can dust ceiling lights and fans without worrying about dust falling
- you can clean your blinds without slicing your hands to bits
- if your hands are at all arthritic, you’ll appreciate the mitt
- you don’t need any sprays that leave a sticky residue behind and actually collect dust!
- The piping along the edge gets in the way and causes some dust to fall away from the mitt
- It won’t pick up dog hair (at least it won’t pick up MY dog’s hair)
- There are certain types of dust that it won’t pick up.
- Now this may be just me (and this is a minor Con) but if you’re not an ambidextrous duster, one side of the mitt gets under-used. Try as I might, I just can’t get my left hand to dust well. So, when the right-handed side of the mitt gets full of dust I flip it over on my right hand and don’t use the thumb part or I just take it off my hand all together and use it more like a cloth than a mitt.