Kates Norwex 1 Star Rating for the Netted Dish Cloth

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.

norwex netted dish cloth review

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:

  1. it’s handy for wiping bread crumbs and onion/garlic skins off the cutting board
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

52 Comments

  1. Sarah

    I just saw that ecloth has a new sponge with some kind of mesh interior. Have you tried it yet, Kate? I’d love to hear what you think of it!

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    • CleanUpKate

      Sarah – I just got my new “fresh mesh” dish-washing thingy in the mail yesterday. It’s sitting on my desk as I type this. I’ve got a busy couple of days but I’m just dying to cut it open and see what it looks like inside. The picture on-line has me kind of guessing. The Fresh Mesh isn’t as shaggy as the Kitchen Dynamo and it feels kind of bristly (kind of like if you burn the fibres on a normal shaggy microfibre cloth if that makes any sense)

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  2. Allison McKelvey

    I actually LOVE my netted dish cloth. But, I use it strictly for cleaning dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher. I have never attempted to use it on my counters and I don’t use it for washing dishes. I disliked having a scrubby pad in my sink (not that I like having a netted cloth hang over the sink either) and couldn’t use something scrubby on my pans, so this dishcloth has been great as an all-purpose scrub cloth. I am definitely adding the 3-pack from amazon to my shopping list because I really don’t care if it has the Norwex brand, and there’s no baclock anyway. I do think the cloth is a little big so the smaller size excites me. Thanks for sharing!

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    • CleanUpKate

      Allison – what do you mean you clean dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher? Am I supposed to be doing that? 😉 Let me know what you think of the 3-pack. My husband hasn’t noticed a difference… but then he has probably only washed dishes once since I got them.

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  3. Helen

    Ha ha Kate! Thanks for the update. Amazing that you still have that cloth. I’m another “non-fan” of the netted dish cloth but my sister swears by it. She’s a norwex consultant and gave me one for free but I gave it back to her. I just couldn’t find a good use for it. Have you tried bleaching yours?

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    • CleanUpKate

      Helen – at least your sister is trying 😉 I have not tried bleaching mine – mostly because I don’t keep bleach in the house. I have heard from others that theirs bleached ok though.

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  4. Sarah Lobo

    I love my Norwex netted dish cloth – but it was not love at first sight! I bought them because they were on sale and I was intrigued. A week or so later, I asked my consultant if Norwex sells anything that can remove sticker residue from hardwood floors (my 3 year old puts stickers freaking everywhere). She told me to try my dish cloth, and I looked at her like she had 2 heads. But I tried it, and the sticker residue that I’d been working on for days came up in seconds. Inspection sticker residue on windshield – gone. Label residue on things in my kitchen that I’ve been trying to remove for years – gone. Deposits in my enamel cookware – gone. These are now my favorite Norwex products. I do also use them for dishes, but I use them kind of bunched up, which seems to help them retain suds. I tend to get pretty grossed out by dishcloths and sponges, and these have none of that ick factor for me. All of that said – I totally understand why they are not everyone’s cup of tea!

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    • CleanUpKate

      Sarah: Somehow, my now 8 year old, ratty netted dish cloth still hangs by my sink. It has bigger holes now since it has torn in a few spots. My husband still loves it and I’ve grown to grudgingly tolerate it. I DO like it for at least starting to clean cheezy messes stuck on pots and for getting flour off the counter. I like your sticker residue idea and will have to give that a try.

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  5. jennifer

    I love Love LOVE the netted dish cloth. It is one of my favorites, really. Especially at cookie baking time. Cleans up all of the flour and sugar and holds it in the little holes, but does not turn it to paste. It scrubs, but doesn’t scratch. It looks and feels weird when you get it, but it shrinks and gets soft as you use it. Last Christmas my daughter pleaded with me to make a decorated snowflake cookie for every member of the Nutcracker cast and crew on opening night, which was also her birthday. We also made enough for her school class and teachers for a total of 250. It would have been a real mess if not for my Norwex!. I do have several products I rarely use, but this is not one of them!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      I will admit that I STILL have the darned thing. My husband still prefers it to all other cloths. It looks pretty disgusting but it’s still working like new. I remain unsold on it.

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  6. Donna

    Omg! I loved this thread, laughed the whole way. Really love you attitude and approach Cleaninup Kate!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Glad we could give you a chuckle, Donna! Enjoy your weekend.

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  7. Pai

    The only reason you think it’s useless is because you’re trying to do something fairly illogical. You said yourself it’s great for cleaning up all kinds of dish messes, dries quickly, rinses easily, and does exactly what Norwex promised it would do. It’s called the “Dish Cloth”, so it’s meant to be used to clean dishes. They have a myriad other products for water absorption, and it still does clean drier messes. Your problem arises not from the cloth but from the fact that you’re attempting to use a NYLON NET to absorb liquids. It was not designed to do this, so it won’t. You can’t blame Norwex for not altering the fundamental nature of a material.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Thanks for putting me in my place Pai. But it doesn’t change my opinion of this cloth. I still hate it. But my husband loves it so it’s still in my kitchen, dang it!

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  8. Sarah

    I love my netted dish cloth, but there is no way I would use it full size. I cut it into 4 pieces so each one is manageable.

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  9. Karen

    I love my netted cloth. My sons family recently visited and after using it he asked me where I purchased it. Said he wanted one because the cloths in the kitchen always smelled. Daughter-in-law not so crazy about it because it couldn’t do dishes, table and counter. Getting them one so I guess we will see if we can win her over!

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  10. Nicola

    I thought the netted cloth looked really useless too but it is just great on baking messes – flour, pancake batter etc. and it gets clean easily after all that messy glop. I guess everyone has a different opinion, but here’s mine.

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    • Jennifer Masloski

      Norwex sent me this item for free and I looked at a little cockeyed and thought, why would anyone use THAT for dishes…untill I tried it. It is one of my favaorite products, never stinks, and I throw it in the dishwasher each time I run it. It is also one of my top selling products. Love, love, LOVE it, and my customers do too. great on my stainless cookware as well as non-stick (if you still use those).

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  11. Cleaninup Kate

    I HAVE to add an update here. I recently ran out of my wonderful Natura Dish cloths and was forced to use the stupid Norwex Netted Dish Cloth. I’ve been using it for about a month and my original review stands. I really hate this cloth. If you have big things (like cookie sheets) that don’t fit entirely in the sink, the cloth will annoy you to no end as you try to clean the part that’s sticking out of the water. The netted dishcloth just doesn’t hang onto water. And it doesn’t look very nice either. But maybe that’s me being petty :). I’ve now completely switched to using the e-cloth washing up pad. It’s got a pretty good scrubber on one side and a non-shaggy waffle-weave microfibre on the other. It’s a good size that fit’s comfortably in my hand. It works on counters and dishes and will fit right down into your glassware. And it’s machine washable.

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    • Amanda Williams

      I would never use my netted dish cloth to clean a cookie sheet? Anyone else? I use the spiranette!?!

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Oh Amanda, we’re such opposites ;). I would never use a spiranette on my cookie sheet – I can’t stand the stuff getting stuck in it. I finally found a use for my netted dish cloth though – my muffin trays. It does a pretty good job of cleaning them up and rinses free of the guck pretty easily afterwards. Otherwise that old cloth just sits unused as I’m still having trouble finding the love for that thing.

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      • Joyacs

        I love my netted dish cloth. I would rate it a “5”. My friend bought one as well, and she, too, is crazy about it. I love how it cleans glasses and vases, etc. It also works great as a little abrasive cleaner and cleans up and dries so fast. Don’t underestimate the power of simple.

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        • Jen

          I have been a consultant for over a year now and was not sure about the white netted cloth. I recently purchased it and actually love it! It is amazing on my glass top stove with cleaning paste! For some reason it cleans up more than my blue kitchen scrub cloth and cleaning paste!

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  12. Jana

    Why are you no longer a consultant? Just wonderingif it’s because of the product.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Hi Jana – I’m no longer a Norwex Consultant because I liked the e-cloth products and prices so much I decided to become a retailer of them instead. Norwex doesn’t look kindly on their reps selling any other products so I gave that up.

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      • Jana

        I have ordered several of the e-cloth products and LOVE them. How did you get in to the business of selling this product? From what I see these items can only be purchased on line.

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        • Cleaninup Kate

          Hi Jana – I’m so glad to hear that you are liking the e-cloth products. As for my selling them, I guess I just happened to be in the right place at the right time ;o) Old stock is occasionally available in stores like Winners, TJMaxx, Marshall’s and you can sometimes find a few of the products in speciality stores, but otherwise sales are on-line.

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  13. Mindy

    I am liking the netted cloth for washing dishes, and I keep the regular Norwex dish cloth out for wiping counters. Now that I’ve used it for a while and it’s getting discolored I was wondering what the best way was to clean it and now I read in the above comments to put it in the dishwasher – excellent idea and I can’t wait to try it! (Any tips?)

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Mindy – unfortunately I won’t be able to offer much here. My netted dish cloth has been sitting in my drawer (unused) for 2 years now. It’s as white as the day I got it. But I’ll be very interested to hear how the dishwasher works. Please post a comment here after you’ve tried!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Mindy – I was just hanging the diapers out to dry and had a thought about your dish cloth. It’s well known in the cloth-diapering world that the sun is brilliant at removing stains. Trust me when I know about stains and how well the sun gets them out ;o) Anyway, I was thinking that you could try hanging your netted dish cloth out in the sun and to “boost” the solar power, you could douse the cloth in lemon juice beforehand. Just a thought.

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    • Amanda Williams

      Each time you are done using it, soak it in a tiny bit of clean water with a squirt of the Norwex dish soap in it. It comes right out in the wash then. The Norwex dish soap is not my friend in the kitchen, but in the laundry room taking out stains! SERIOUSLY! The most difficult stain I every had was oil, and I treated it and washed it 3 times and it is good as new! I was able to sell the shirt at a consignment shop that is very picky and she never even knew about it because the stain was GONE! Most stains come out first treatment! Hope that helps your cloths. It sure does mine!

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Good advice, Amanda. Thanks! The Norwex dish soap is also not MY friend in the kitchen. I found it useless on dishes and the suds disappeared before I put any dishes in the sink. I have heard good things about it as a stain remover though. Which is also good to know because the I had absolutely no luck with the actual Norwex stain remover. ;o(

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    • Tammy

      clean in dishwasher – drape over the cups so it doesn’t fall through. I LOVE my dish cloth – same one used for 6 months now!!!

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    • Julie

      I found a great way – I tried the dishwasher, and the washing machine, and as always hung to dry outside in the sun, but my netted dish cloth still looked brownwish and old, Until this week! I found a cleaning method that also has the advantage of making your stainless steel sink look new (least the bottom & drain area) – Deep Cleaning method: use one scoop of Norwex Laundry detergent (dump in the kitchen sink) and add about 1-2 inches of boiling water (2 kettles full), add you cloth to the water & let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse the cloth very well in hot water (and dry in the sun outside). If your results are anything like mine, your netted dish cloth with look brilliant white and all stains (including tea, coffee) will be removed from your sink and the stainless steel will sparkle (you will actually see the water color change before you add the cloth as the stains from the sink are lifting).

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      • Cleaninup Kate

        Thanks Julie! The good old sun! We use the sun every couple of days to bleach stains out of diapers. Amazing. I’ve also found that soaking white kitchen towels/cloths in the sink with water and some lemon juice and then hanging to dry does miracles.

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  14. Ginny

    I have found this article and the thread of comments thoroughly amusing! I thought that the mesh dishcloth must be the biggest waste of time and money ever UNTIL I tried it. You’re totally right that it’s not good for cleaning counters alone, you do have to go back and wipe with another cloth. But it’s great for everything else I use it for.
    I bet you weren’t expecting so much support for that little mesh cloth!!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Ginny – thanks for the comment. I’m beginning to feel very lonely in my dislike of the netted dish cloth. I still pull it out from time to time – like after making pizza dough etc. but otherwise the poor, lonely dish cloth stays tucked away and hidden at the back of the drawer.

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  15. Nita Tuuttila

    HA! i am so ammused that this cloth is at or near the bottom of your list!! i just attended a party this evening (I’ve been using Norwex for apprx 5 years) and when asked what my top 5 favs were, this cloth is one!! I does NOT do well for wiping counters, that much is true. but it is AWESOME for washing dishes. your everyday regular dishes. is it stiff when you get it?? YEP! does it feel annoying?? YEP!! do you wonder, why the heck you bought this stupid mesh thing?? YEP!
    BUT!!! give it a week of daily use and I PROMISE you will use it forever for washing dishes!! oh, and if you use any stoneware(especially the muffin tin, bundt pan or mini loaf pan) then this is a must have!!!!! ok. so now im going to read the above posts, but felt the need to defend my mes cloth!! lol

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Thanks Nita. I’m obviously alone in my distaste for the dish cloth. Very glad to hear that you love it.

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      • Maria

        I came upon this site for information and a “real” review of their products after having talked to a Norwex rep this weekend (and choked at the cost!). I cannot wrap my head around paying twenty bucks for a cleaning cloth!. Anyway, I’m amused by the fact that your review of this cloth has so many people opposing your view, while at the same time agreeing that your assessment of the cloth is correct. If it makes you feel any better, it would drive me insane to have to use a dishcloth that doesn’t also clean up the counters and work on items that aren’t under water. It must be a personality thing. 🙂

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    • Kathy Robinson

      Thank you Nita for your review. I was wondering whether to order this dishcloth or not, but when you said if you have stoneware then this cloth is a must! I use my stoneware quite often so now I will definitely order this dishcloth. ?

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  16. Christine

    I am also a big fan of the netted dish cloth – the first time I used it on my pots – I was converted – it cleans up so quickly and I was using non norwex micro fibre cloths (I am new to this product line) Now not a single pot hits my dishwasher :o)

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  17. Lori

    The netted dish cloth is one of my favorite items!!!! I LOVE using it for dishes, NOT for wiping counters. It worked great getting sticky spills out of the microwave and fridge. Really great for getting bugs off of the cars now that fall is here. Funny how one persons favorite item is anothers least liked!

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Lori – Thanks for the comment. I’m beginning to see that I’m the only person that doesn’t like this cloth. It’s still sitting virtually unused in my drawer. But I’m glad to hear that you’re getting good use out of yours!

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  18. Rebecca G

    i am a norwex consultant, and the netted dish cloth was one of the last products i bought, and i also love it! i think my favorite part about it, is that i can stick it in the dishwasher to wash it! it never stinks and works wonders on cleaning dishes and gooey counters!

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  19. Donna

    I recently went to a Norwex party and the products seem too good to be true, so I am constantly looking for reviews to help me make future purchases. However, I love the few items that I did buy (netted dish cloth, envirocloth tea towel and cloth set) and plan to buy more (cleaners, mops, skincare). I bought the netted dishcloth even though I did not think I would like it and I LOVE it. It is great for washing dishes, anything from silverware to dishes to messy pots and pans. I would not recommend it for wiping off your sinks – use an envirocloth for that. Thanks for your blog! Great, fun reviews.

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    • Cleaninup Kate

      Donna – Thanks for you comment. I’m happy to hear that you’re loving your Norwex products, including the netted dishcloth. I guee it just isn’t for me (although I admit that I use it frequently for cleaning up playdough and it’s my 2 year old son’s go to cloth for “cleaning”.
      I’ve tried lots of other Norwex products that I haven’t had the time to review yet so if you ever have any questions just let me know. Or check out http://www.katesnorwex.com.

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  20. Cleaninup Kate

    OK, OK, OK… in addition to the two earlier comments, I’ve had plenty of comments on facebook and to my email mentioning that I was too hard on the netted dish cloth. For those of you that like it, seems you REALLY like it. I will admit, I do like it for cleaning up flour from the counter, but I don’t find it to be a great “scrubber” (like for pots and things) and for the limited (twice a month) baking I do, I just find it gets in the way in my small kitchen.

    BUT KEEP THE COMMENTS COMIN’ FOLKS. I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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  21. amanda williams

    I LOVE this! I use mine for washing dishes and wiping up crumbs on my counter top. It is such a wonderful cloth! I am sorry you didn’t like yours. 🙁 I am not a consultant or anything, but was recently invited to a party and have just started stocking up on Norwex products. I really enjoy this cloth!

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  22. Brenda

    So I have recently joined the Norwex team! I found your blog through googling norwex reviews! I have actually just ordered up the dish cloth because I have had so many people tell me they absolutely love it! They do bake bread and other stuff a lot and they said it cleans up the counters like nothing else when they are cleaning up! Since, I do a lot of baking myself I am really looking forward to trying it out!

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