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Norwex Cloths – An Unbiased Review

What is Nowex? An honest Norwex review for cleaning cloths from a busy mom, in response to the lack of helpful, unaffiliated reviews. Is Norwex a scam or legit? Find out!

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A few years ago I was introduced to Norwex cleaning cloths. I found that research was very hard to come by so I am giving my 100% unbiased Norwex review of the cleaning cloths. I am not affiliated at all with Norwex, e-cloths, or any other company. I want everyone to be able to read this post and decide if the products would be best for them, because the answer may not be the same for everyone!

Today, I want to share with you my opinions on Norwex as a whole and their two flagship products: The Envirocloth and the Window Cloth.

If you would like to check out my thoughts on their other products, these additional articles are helpful:

My cleaning routine prior to Norwex

In my own home, I would say that I am somewhat typical in my cleaning routines. I used Windex, Dish detergent, Stainless Steel Polish, Grease Lighting, All kinds of bathroom cleaners, and floor cleaners. I didn’t use anti-bacterial cleaner such as lysol or clorox. For laundry we used detergent, fabric softener, and sometimes dryer sheets, oxyclean, and very rarely bleach. (Boy, that does seem like a lot of products!)

So that’s me in a nutshell to give you a context for this Norwex review.

Typical household cleaner assortment including products for laundry, disinfecting, stains and dusting.

What is Norwex?

Norwex is an MLM style company similar to Lularoe or Young Living Essential Oils. Their product focus on cleaning the home although they do have some beauty and food preparation lines as well.

In order to purchase Norwex products, you need to either attend a Norwex home party or know a consultant. If you do not have a consultant, there is information at the bottom of this post.

Norwex’s mission is to empower families to reduce or eliminate harmful chemicals throughout our homes by using their special microfiber cloths as well as other chemical free cleaning products. Here is their extensive catalog.

Norwex cleaning products focus on a special type of microfiber that is very different from microfiber cloths that you purchase at the grocery store. The difference is night and day!

Take a peek at the video below to learn more. (This video is directly from Norwex).

Claims made about Norwex Review

Norwex makes some pretty hefty claims. Here are the top three and my thoughts on them:

1. Norwex Cloths Never Smell

This is the claim that whipped my head around when I heard it. I used kitchen towels nearly every day to wipe things down and they were rancid before laundry day.

My Vote: True. Now, I don’t have to deal with that stinky, funky smell anymore. For our kitchen, I use one cloth for a day or two, let it hang dry, and then toss it in the hamper just like I always have. The key here is that you do need to let it hang dry from a door knob or cabinet knob. (Not folded over)

2. Removes Bacteria as Effectively As Bleach

The big claim here is that the Envirocloth physically removes 99% of bacteria from a surface. This claim came directly from Norwex media pamplets, although I see many other consultants and purchasers making claims far beyond this such as the bacteria will rinse out of the cloth or the cloth naturally disinfects itself as it dries.

Many Norwex cloths contain BacLock, which is basically tiny threads of silver woven into their cloths. While certain silver types are safe and naturally anti-bacterial, I couldn’t get a straight answer on what kind of silver is used in Norwex cloths.

My Vote: Sorta True. I have a very hard time finding truly independent testing of this particular claim. However, a reader sent me a really good video where a news station uses a lab to test the Norwex cloths against other cloths here.

3. More Cleaning Power

The cleaning cloths have replaced Windex, most paper towels, Pledge, Magic Erasers, Simple Green, and bathroom cleaners. This microfiber is not like the microfiber you buy in Walmart or the Dollar Store. When I wipe the kitchen counter down, I don’t have to cup my hand at the edge for crumbs. The dirt sticks to the cloth!

My Vote: True. If you haven’t seen the butter test, I highly recommend you watch this video. There is no comparison between these cloths and other cloths that I have used.

Norwex Enviro Cloth and Window Cloth and two Norwex cleaning balls, solution in background.

Norwex EnviroCloth Review

The Envirocloth is Norwex’s flagship product and is considered the “everything cleaning cloth”. I use them to clean the bathroom, the kitchen, walls, and pretty much every surface in my home. They can be used wet or dry, and they are nothing short of amazing. Dirt sticks to them like no cloth I have ever used and it does rinse away out of the cloths easily.

As a side note, I have personally tested Norwex vs E-cloths and there is no comparison. The dirt does not stick to E-cloths the way that it does to Norwex. I also don’t like the way that E-cloths feel in comparison as they are thinner and I don’t even think they are microfiber at all.

Window Cloth Review

This is probably the most amazing cloth I have ever used! I am not usually the kind of person who calls everything “the best ever”, but I get all fan girl over the window cloth. It is worth every single penny. If you are unfamiliar with the Norwex window cloth, think of it as a polishing cloth. You use any sponge or cloth to scrub up the dirt and then wipe away the water with the window cloth until  It gives the most streak free windows I have ever seen in my life – with ease! It is nothing short of magic in my opinion. Here are just a few of the benefits that I and my family have seen:

  • Windex and metal polishes are gone
  • I have cut my window cleaning time by at least half if not more.
  • Hot car windows are streak-free!
  • Glass shower doors, mirrors, faucets, metal, and stainless steel are cleaned with ease!
  • Keeps down hard water buildup on surfaces.

Negatives of Norwex

You are sort of at the mercy of how quality your consultant is. The training may be spotty and some consultants may use less than ethical sales tactics. I do however, trust my consultant completely and she tells it like it is. Independent research of the anti-bacterial benefits of Norwex doesn’t seem to be readily available and I believe that better independent research needs to be better to back up their claims.

The shipping can be ridiculous. I know we are all spoiled in the era of companies running free shipping and that shipping does have costs. Yet, I still hate it. I order a year’s worth of laundry detergent just to avoid shipping costs. I also combine orders with family members to cut down shipping.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Norwex a Pyramid Scheme?

Norwex is a legitimate company, but running on an MLM model and pyramid commisions. You have a consultant, meaning that you have someone to show you how to use the products properly. As a host, you can earn rewards. However, those products are not really “free”. It is one reason that Norwex products are so expensive.

Is Norwex a Scam?

While Norwex is definitely not a scam, it is expensive, no question about that. However, I am personally more interested in value. Under current pricing models, a window cloth costs $19.99 (plus tax and s/h). While I absolutely agree that it’s outrageously expensive, I would buy it again in a heartbeat. Also, you can split with a friend! The same goes for Norwex Envirocloths, but there are a few items I would not purchase again and I do plan on writing more reviews soon.

Do You Need A Consultant to Buy Norwex?

There are a few options:
1. You can find Norwex online at Amazon, but the prices are generally above what you would get through a consultant directly (and you can’t pair items to cut down on shipping cost or add rewards.)
2. Consultants now have online stores. Even better, you can ask a consultant if you can have an online party for your friends to earn rewards and commission.
3. If you are in an area where you don’t have a consultant, you can order through this online shop. More info at the bottom.

Final Conclusion

I wrote this review in response to the serious lack of helpful reviews about Norwex’s microfiber products. Almost all reviews/content come exclusively from Norwex consultants (i.e. people selling it.) There were also some pretty outrageous claims. I realize that having a blog comes with some perks like being able to help people fill in these blanks, and I am willing to be a guinea pig for the greater good!

All in all, I highly recommend Norwex to anyone who wants to get rid of chemicals in their home, wants to save money over the long haul, or who just likes cleaning better, faster, smarter. In case I haven’t made it plain, I really do love the Norwex Enviro Cloths and Window Cloths.

If you are interested in learning more about what all the fuss is about, check out Jennifer’s shop or the Norwex Catalog. You can contact her or comment below with any questions and we will be sure to answer them!

If you found this useful, you could use “Clean with Rachel” party for your order, and I might earn a bag of laundry detergent some day. Regardless, I am happy to help!

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Norwex Kitchen Cloth Review – This May Not Be Wedded Bliss

 

Those who are married know this truth: You and your spouse don’t always get along, and your partner is just irritating some days.  And – cute, but not always useful.

So, perhaps I should marry my Norwex kitchen cloth, because, as much as I love its cute colours, it is not perfect, and sometimes just irritates me when I’m in the kitchen?

Norwex Kitchen Cloth Review

Norwex Kitchen Cloth Review

PROS

  • The Norwex Kitchen Cloth is ribbed, which is its defining feature.  These ribs are power ‘grabbers.’ Quite frankly, it’s the best cloth I’ve used for wiping up crumbs on the counter and table.  I would say that I prefer using it over a standard kitchen cloth, or even an Enviro cloth.  That feature would make it a five star product in my books.
  • It has silver in it, which makes it antibacterial – again, awesome.
  • It’s great at degreasing – no soap or other cleaning product needed, just the cloth and some water.  Great at getting all the bacon grease splatter from the stove, counters, and walls.

CONS

However (you were waiting for the however)…

  • the amount of care this little cloth needs is what makes me irritated, knocking down its star power.  The best way to care for this cloth is to NOT put it in your soapy dishwater.  That soap residue builds up over time and breeds smelly bacteria.  So you say, “Okay, just don’t dunk it in your sink of dishwater then!”   Well, the problem is, I always have a sink of soapy dishwater on the go.  I have found it inconvenient to always remember to run this cloth through fresh water and avoid the soap.  Essentially, I have found this cloth to be a piece in the kitchen that needs to be “managed” (not to mention training children and husband the ‘rule’ with this cloth, which we know they’re not going to care about!).  It means that I need to have two dishcloths on the go and that just seems pointless to me.  Knock down 1 star.
  • Due to its antibacterial qualities (which are awesome), it should not be bleached.  Which means, if it becomes stained, many of those stains will linger.  Leaving it dirty looking.   And I like my dishcloth to have a clean ‘look,’ you know?  A deep clean is possible, but it’s not as convenient as a bleach wash (I know, I know, bleach is horrible for our health, but it gets stains out of dish cloths, and I like clean dishcloths!).  Knock down another star.

 

This is after my cloth has been removed from the washing machine…

Norwex Kitchen Cloth

 

I actually really want this cloth to work though.  A good feature is that it can be used for many days if you rinse it well and hang it to dry at the end of the day.  And that saves time on laundry as well as eliminating gross-dish-cloth smell.  Alas, since I can’t seem to get a good ‘system’ going, it hasn’t become a central piece in the daily washing routine (despite the fact that I even have a special little hook for it).

 

Hanging all by its lonesome. I think it knows it’s not loved! Norwex Kitchen Cloth Review

Conclusion:

For me, I’m leaving it at a 3 star rating for those days it comes through as a super-crumb grabber and de-greaser.

This may be a 4 or 5 star product for some people… people who don’t always have a sink full of soapy dish water, and who remember to only wet the cloth under running water.  Also, I have kids, and they make a royal mess of my kitchen.  For those whose cloths don’t get all stained, or for people who just don’t care if their dish cloth gets stained, this may be a winning dish cloth for you!  I’d really like to hear other peoples experiences with the Norwex Kitchen Cloths!

 

Fortunately for my marriage, I’ve been able to figure out a good system for lovin’ my husband and working around irritating moments with him. We’ve got a good system going, and he’s a piece I’m always gonna keep around!

 

***UPDATE***

After spending more time together in the kitchen, a change of heart concerning the Norwex Kitchen Cloth has occurred! Read the updated post on this Kitchen Cloth HERE to find out how you can make this a five-star favourite in your kitchen!!!

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An Honest Review of Norwex Cleaning Supplies: Too Good to be True?

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This post gives an honest, unbiased review for Norwex cleaning supplies from a naturally-minded mom. (Not a Norwex rep!)

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I have spent at least eleventy billion hours cleaning my house thus far.

Okay, that’s a total lie. If that were true it would be a heck of a lot more sparkling clean around here. Half that number, then half it again, then – oh never mind.

Let’s just say that while I love a clean and sparkling house, the actual scrub-a-dub-dub doesn’t set my heart a-flutter. You feel me?

That’s why the cleaning tools that I use (when I use them, ahem) need to be top-notch. No messing around with sub-par stuff that takes longer and doesn’t work as well, thus requiring me to clean *more* often. Ain’t nobody got time for that amirite?!

Messy house whining aside, when it comes down to it – we all have to clean sooner or later. Some sooner, some later, but that’s beside the point. And you probably want to do it with as few toxic chemicals as possible. (Read more about the ingredients in conventional cleaning supplies here.)

More ways to avoid toxins: in your drinking water (Hidden Toxins in Your Drinking Water), in your cleaning supplies (“Check out my unbiased norwex review“), in your body care items (how to find a natural deodorant that works), in your menstrual supplies (Guide to Reusable Menstrual Supplies) and in the summer (3 Toxins to Avoid This Summer (& What to Use Instead))

Detoxing your cleaning supplies is one of the easiest baby steps to take toward a more natural, toxin-free lifestyle, and may I just say: Norwex is my ultimate favorite non-toxic cleaning product. I have happily used several Norwex products for nine years now, so writing this post was a total no-brainer.

Note: I’m not a Norwex rep, and have never been one. I’m just a satisfied customer and a naturally-minded mom who wants natural products that actually work. This was originally a review post that was sponsored by a Norwex rep friend, but she has since closed up shop, so I’ve added some amazon affiliate links for Norwex products below, as well as a few to a well-reviewed competitor so that you can check out both.

Why is Norwex Better?

After hours of research and many years of personal experience in using Norwex products – I believe Norwex is the best quality natural cleaning product on the market right now (with one possible competitor – see below).

Here are some key reasons I love my Norwex cleaning supplies with the fiery passion of a thousand lovers (or something along those lines…)

1. Norwex Products are Anti-Bacterial

The basic premise is that the incredible quality of the microfiber picks up even the tiniest particles and organisms when it’s wet, including germs, which are then rinsed down the drain when you rinse the cloth out. The cloth then disinfects itself naturally while it dries and awaits your next use.

There are two factors here that relate to the anti-bacterial claims.

A) Significantly Higher-Quality Microfibre

Average store-bought microfibre cloths are probably an average of around 1/16th the width of a human hair, whereas Norwex microfibre is 1/200th. This effectively means that Norwex cloths are far superior at grabbing up dirt and germs that you can’t even see – leaving the surface cleaner than the alternative.

Norwex cleaning method illustration in diagram form

B) Embedded Silver (aka “BacLock”)

Many Norwex products are also labeled “BacLock”, which means that they contain a silver-based agent embedded into the tiny microfibres of the cloth.

Silver is a naturally anti-bacterial agent. According to this study: “the antibacterial activity of silver has long been known and has found a variety of applications because its toxicity to human cells is considerably lower than to bacteria.”

Side note: I use colloidal silver on occasion for medicinal purposes, and have been very successful with it. I especially like the spray for sore throats. This study found that silver has antiviral properties.

The silver in the cloth is not meant to disinfect the surface (a common misconception) but rather it’s designed to inhibit bacterial growth, mold, and mildew in the cloth itself as it dries over a 24-hour period.

Note: It’s still recommended to launder it after especially heavy-duty uses, like raw meat juices on the counter, or cleaning the toilet, but for regular everyday use you can simply rinse it well and hang to dry. I love not having to throw my kitchen cloth in the wash every time I use it.

With regular cloths I only let them go about half a day before throwing them in the laundry. With my Norwex kitchen cloth, I wait more like 3-5 days.

norwex cleaning paste and window and body cloths on a wooden surface

2. Norwex Actually Cleans Better Than the Alternatives – Natural or Not!

This is perhaps the best part of all. Once I started using a norwex window cloth, I refused to use anything else on all of my stainless steel and glass. It’s absolutely incredible. I honestly wouldn’t have imagined the difference it would make, but it really, really does.

I clean my stainless steel faucet with a regular ol’ cloth + homemade cleaning spray… and it’s clean (with more scrubbing), but full of streaks and smudgy spots. The Norwex window cloth makes it as flawlessly shiny as when it was brand new. No kidding.

And since shiny things are my favorite, the window cloth is my BFF. It does the same for mirrors and other glass. It impresses the heck right outta me. Dare I say: it *almost* makes cleaning legitimately fun.

Check out this photo I posted on Instagram a while ago to show my glass shower, cleaned with my Norwex window cloth.

On the left = gross soap scum, and on the right = the CLOSED shower door that I had just cleaned with just my wet Norwex window cloth. Amazing, right?!

glass shower wall and door half with soap scum, and half cleaned with norwex window cloth

3. Norwex is Actually Cheaper in the Long Run

With Norwex, I would advise to prepare for sticker shock, but also – in my normally-very-frugal opinion, the Norwex cloths are actually worth the money because they last so long and are total workhorses in their efficiency.

You should also know that Norwex is no cheap dollar store microfiber. Cheaply made microfiber cannot compare – I’ve used them, and thrown it in the back of my closet never to see the light of day again. They’re a clearly superior product to anyone who tries them.

My enviro cloths and window cloth that I bought nine years ago (a 4-pack of the travel sized cloths in order to save money back then!) are still going strong, and I still favor them over all other cleaning supplies. I figure they’ve probably saved me a ton of time and money by now simply by being so much more efficient than other options, and lasting this long without wearing out. (I’ve since added a couple more cloths to my collection so that I can keep them in different spots in the house.)

Plus – think of all of the disposable cloths, towels, and sprays that people buy… I haven’t bought that stuff in years other than some toilet bowl cleaner!

pink norwex scrub mitt on a stack of other norwex cloths

4. Norwex Makes Cleaning Simple and Easy

Norwex products are completely free of harmful chemicals, yet you can use them with only water for maximum efficacy! In fact, soap can clog the fibers, so it’s recommended to stick with water.

Because they’re free of the toxic chemicals found in conventional (and some so-called “natural” or “organic”) cleaners (check out this article at the EWG for info on the lack of transparency in labeling on cleaning and personal care products), they are totally perfect for anyone that has allergies or chemical sensitivities. Or, you know, lungs.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t especially want to breathe in more toxic chemicals that what’s already around me in items I can’t avoid – like furniture, product packaging, and more. Also, in case you haven’t already – you can check out the safety rating on your favorite cleaning products at the Environmental Working Group’s database here.

I also LOVE that I can just wet it and go. No hauling out an assortment of cleaning scrubs and sprays – just wetting it provides enough ‘oomph’ to the cloth to clean almost any mess. (I do have one small jar of their cleaning paste that I use and love for tough jobs.)

And of course, the fact that I can clean pretty well my whole house with just a few cloths or scub mitts is pretty amazing. I love the simplicity of this system!

Which Norwex Products are Best?

In case I haven’t made myself clear yet: I honestly love Norwex.

  • Enviro Cloth (I have several, and keep them in different rooms for quick usage!)
  • Kitchen Cloth (I adore the thickness of this cloth, and the deep grooves that easily scrub away tough kitchen messes. I use it every day.)
  • Dusting Mitt (absolutely perfect for my kids to use – they think it’s great fun, and it actually picks up dust amazingly well with ease.)
  • Bathroom Scrub Mitt (cleaning the tub is so easy with this mitt. This thing has serious scrubbing power.
  • Cleaning Paste (I use this stuff only when my regular Norwex cloths fail me… so, rarely. And it only takes a small bit. But it’s great to get the tough spots that you figure were a lost cause – like toddler art on your walls.)

Is Norwex an MLM?

Yes, Norwex’s business structure is that of a multi-level marketing company. This is not the same as a pyramid scheme – those are illegal. An MLM is a company like Tupperware or Pampered Chef (or hundreds of others) where the sales reps sell to you directly and get a commission (some MLM companies also allow you to buy directly from the website or amazon, but many do not), but they have the most earning potential by recruiting others under them to join as sales reps. Each rep tries to recruit more people, hence the “multi-level” marketing.

Lots of people have criticisms of the MLM model, and honestly – I agree with some of them. I think that the prices of most MLM products are inflated, and that’s usually because there are a lot of people needing to get paid in the pipeline. With non-MLM companies, you’re not paying a sales rep, so prices can be lower. MLMs will claim that their product is superior, but that’s not always true. Many MLMs offer an excellent product – like Norwex – but they’re not necessarily the only ones doing so. Which leads me to…

Are There Comparable Alternatives to Norwex?

Personally, I’m a huge fan of my Norwex products that I’ve been happily been using for years. I’ve raved about them to family and friends, and because they’re so well-made and durable, I haven’t had the opportunity/need to try any other brands (other than the dollar-store cloths, which were a mistake).

However – I did some research on alternatives to Norwex, and one brand was mentioned by numerous different sources as being comparable in quality, but lower in price, and it’s called eCloth.

I have not actually used any of their products, but based on their excellent reviews and comparable claims, I wanted to let you know about them. They’re a lower-priced option you might want to try if Norwex is out of your budget. If I ever try them myself (if my Norwex cloths ever wear out!) then I’ll be sure to come back here and update with my opinion.

Whatever you use to clean your home, consider investing in some good-quality tools to do it. You don’t need to spend extra time and frustration on cleaning. Clean less, enjoy life more!

Don’t miss my Spring Cleaning Checklist: The Ultimate Guide for Busy Families!

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