IN A NUTSHELL: Norwex sells a lot of great products (see my 5 Star Norwex Reviews), but the Norwex netted dish cloth ain’t one of them. I hate this cloth. I hate the size of it. I hate the way it feels in my hand. Mostly I hate how irritated it makes me feel. And $6.99 is a lot to pay for an irritating piece of mesh fabric with finished edges (note since originally writing this, the price has gone up to $16.99US ($21.99CDN) for 2. PLUS shipping! That blows me away).
Norwex Netted Dish Cloth Review
Update: March 2019 – I’ve added some information since my original review of 2011 (including a much cheaper alternative). Keep reading or scroll down to see updates.
Sure, you can use the netted dish cloth in your sink to clean your dishes (and I will admit that it’s actually pretty good for cleaning up gooey baked cheesy messes) but God forbid you splash a bit of water on to the counter and try to wipe it up with this cloth.
The holes in this cloth are just small enough to allow for the miracle of surface tension. So when you lift the cloth out of the sink and wring it out, water clings in the holes and falls out the second you touch your counter with it. Not to mention the fact that this cloth is incapable of absorbing anything so if you did spill a bit of water, this cloth won’t pick it up. It’ll just smear it around.
I’ve got a small kitchen with limited storage space so the thought of needing a second dish cloth to wipe up bits of splash-over from the sink really irks me.
I’m giving this cloth 1 star because as Norwex claims, it does dry quickly, it does wipe up flour and other gooey messes well, and the goop rinses out relatively easily (although not as easily as I had expected or hoped). I suspect this might work well in my camping kit, so unless someone in the Cambridge area wants to come and take mine off my hands, that’s where it’ll end up.
As a Norwex Consultant (update: March 2012 – I am no longer a consultant), I obviously don’t want to shoot myself in the foot and put you off of Norwex. As I mentioned above, Norwex has a lot of great products – especially the Enviro Cloths, which are amazing – this just isn’t one of them.
Update March 2019 – I’m upping it to 2 Stars
Keeping my promise to provide honest reviews, I will admit to you dear readers, that 8 years on, my original Norwex Netted Dish Cloth is still kicking around my kitchen. It looks really dingy and the mesh has torn in a few spots, but this dang thing just won’t die.
Have I come to like the netted dish cloth?
No, it still irritates me. I’ve kept it around because my husband really likes it. And possibly (more likely) because it’s still useable and I hate to just throw things out.
I have a friend that enjoys goading me into arguments. He is a fan of the netted dish cloth. It seems ridiculous, but I’ve probably spent 2 full hours arguing about this bloody cloth with him.
Based on my husband’s opinion of it, the heat in my friend’s argument about it, the comments below, and MANY emails I received from people who were upset with my review, it’s obvious that a lot of people love it.
The netted dish cloth irritates me in a new way
I’ve come to notice that when I hang the netted dish cloth to dry, it drips and leaves a good puddle on the counter. Apparently the force of gravity is greater than the surface tension in this cloth. So sure, it dries quickly, but it leaves a mess on my counter.
Do I wash dishes with it?
No. 8 years later, I still don’t like the feeling of it in my hand – although it has softened up a lot and is no longer stiff. I use the washing up pad (see my review here) for dishes. Only my husband uses the netted dish cloth for dishes and he will search the towel drawer for it if he’s doing dishes.
Is the netted dish cloth a good scrubber?
I do NOT find this cloth to be a good scrubber. To give you an idea, I don’t consider scorched milk on a pot to be an overly tough job for a scrubber. I have found that it takes a good amount of elbow grease for the netted dish cloth to remove scorched milk from a pot. The netted dish cloth does NOT remove cooked-on stuff on my pans or stove top. It will remove wet flour from my counter, but then, what wouldn’t?
What do I like about the netted dish cloth?
There are 3 things I like about this cloth:
- it’s handy for wiping bread crumbs and onion/garlic skins off the cutting board
- like I mentioned in my original review, it’s good for cleaning cooked cheese from pots. It doesn’t actually clean the cheese from the pot easier than any other cloth/scrubber I have, but it IS easier to get the cheese out of this cloth afterwards than other scrubbers.
- something about this cloth makes my husband hang it up after he uses it. I kid you not, he doesn’t hang other cloths up. He lays them over the sink. But he hangs this thing.
I found a cheaper option
Sometimes – once in a blue moon kind of frequency… maybe less – I selflessly do something to please my husband. And sometimes I do something to save you, dear reader, some money. Recently, I purchased a pack of 3 these netted dish cloths from amazon for $6.99 with free shipping. Mainly, I wanted to see how these hold up compared to the Norwex ones so I’ve put them through a few tests.
These cheapies clean flour, cheesy messes, crumbs and onion/garlic skins just like the Norwex netted dish cloth. They also feel awful in my hand, are irritating for counter wiping and drip on my counter when hung up. I don’t know if Norwex changed the size of their cloths over the years or if mine shrunk (they are now listed as 17.7″ x 17.7″ and mine is 14″ x 10″). The amazon cheapies are 12″x12″.
Overall, I’d say the amazon cheapies are pretty much equal in performance to the Norwex netted dish cloth. Time will try to remember to update this again in a couple of months.
I don’t see how you can go wrong at $6.99 for 3 rather than $16.99(US) or $21.99(CDN) for 2 of the Norwex netted dish cloths.
So now I have 4 bloody netted dish cloths in my house. Sigh.
How do YOU use the Netted Dish Cloth? Love it? Hate it? Own a “cheapie” version from Amazon? Please leave a comment below to tell me all about your love or hate for this cloth. Your thoughts will help others… and you might convert me to a lover of this thing.