Norwex Antibac Enviro Cloth Review – Yes Kate, there is a Santa Claus.

5 star review rating for Norwex enviro cloth

Yup, the Norwex Enviro Cloth gets 5 Stars!

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 Enviro Cloth, but the e-cloth® General Purpose Cloth (and the new e-cloth® Antibacterial Cloth) performs just as well – and is of equally high quality – at a fraction of the price.

IN A NUTSHELL:

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!  That’s the sound of hitting the cleaning jackpot, Baby!

OK, there is no cleaning “jackpot” .  I made that up.

Lets just say Santa came by early and dropped off a little prezzie to make things a little easier and a whole lot healthier. NO, it’s not a bowl of All Bran.  It’s the Norwex Antibac Enviro Cloth, Silly.

Norwex Antibac Enviro Cloths - Blue, green, yellow and red

BUT IT’S JUST A STUPID CLOTH, RIGHT?

Yeah, yeah, it’s just a cloth, like The Sopranos is just a television show. Come to think of it, I bet ya Tony could have used the Enviro Cloth to clean up a mess or two.

I’m not going to say I love the Enviro Cloth.  I’m not that kind of girl. I love dirty jokes, roller coasters and hotdogs (even though Nurse Jackie says the main ingredient is cancer).  I DON’T love cleaning products.

But…

The Enviro Cloth wipes up, picks up and soaks up everything and it WILL change the way you clean.

THINK YOUR DOLLAR STORE/CANADIAN TIRE MICROFIBER CLOTH IS “ALL THAT“?  THINK AGAIN!

Yeah, I’ll admit it.  I’ve got some microfiber cloths that I picked up at Costco a couple of years ago.  I thought they were pretty good (well, at least better than my old kitchen rag)… but they ain’t no Enviro Cloth.

It’s like comparing biting your nails to using nail clippers.  One kinda gets the job done but it takes some effort, can get painful and messy, and it’s GROSS. The other is quick, painless and, well, not so gross.

Want some examples?  Here ya go:

1. With the Enviro Cloth, you can wipe up butter from your counter and then clean your windows without even having to rinse the cloth.  I know, that sounds stupid, and you’re not likely to do it, but I tried it (with a LOT of butter) just to see if Norwex was telling the truth about the “grabbing” power. Guess what… it worked.

Try THAT with your Dollar Store cloth.  OK, you don’t have to.  I did it for you.  Ended up with a huge smeary buttery mess that I cleaned up with the Enviro Cloth.

Each strand of the Norwex Antibac Enviro Cloth is split more than 100 times, whereas Dollar Store, Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire etc. microfibers are split as little as 6 times per strand. With all those tiny strands, the Enviro Cloth picks up dirt and bacteria and holds on to it.  Norwex claims that a wet Enviro Cloth picks up more than 99.9% of bacteria and it has the documentation to prove it.

WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, that last paragraph was boring.

2. You can cut raw chicken on your counter then wipe up all the bacteria with the Enviro Cloth! That’s right.  You don’t need to spray any cleansers or use bleach anymore.  Just wet the cloth and wipe up the nasties. Don’t believe me?  Watch this… (No, that’s NOT me in the video)

ABSOLUTELY DO NOT TRY THAT WITH YOUR DOLLAR STORE CLOTH!

SO WHAT DO YOU USE THESE DARNED THINGS FOR?

I’ve got 2 Enviro Cloths; one for my bathroom, and one for the rest of the house. Lets start with the “rest of the house” cloth and what I’ve used it for:

  • Wiping – toys (especially after some sick kid comes over and puts them in their mouth), appliances, walls (since it’s only wet with water, there is no fear of ruining the paint job), the outside and lid of the kitchen garbage bin, baseboards, windows, floors, shoes, high chair, mud off of doors, lights, counters, cupboards, tools, light switches, sticky hands, phone, keyboard.  The Enviro cloth cleans all these things easily with only a little water.
  • Cleaning (with wet cloth) – sinks, counters, stove, inside of my fridge (the Enviro Cloth is amazing for this – just move items to one side and wipe the other side.  Done in minutes!  It’s brilliant for cleaning out the fridge drawers and shelves!) inside of my car.
  • Soaking up Spills – the Enviro Cloth can soak up 7 times it’s weight in liquid so if you can beat your dog to the spill, you can get it all with only one cloth instead of 5 paper towels.
  • Carpet/upholstery stain remover – just spray the stain with water and soak it up with the Enviro Cloth
  • Dusting (with dry cloth)- pictures, electronics, knickknacks, baseboards, lights, whatever you dust!

My other Enviro Cloth stays in the bathroom and I clean everything with it:

  • toothbrush holder, soap dish, etc.
  • mirror
  • window
  • cupboard doors and knobs
  • faucets
  • light fixtures
  • sink
  • counter
  • tub
  • walls
  • floor
  • toilet

Honestly, I use the Enviro Cloth to clean my whole house.  I have some other Norwex cloths that I use too but really, the Enviro Cloth is all you need! And keep in mind that all that cleaning is done with only WATER!

PROS:

  • the Enviro Cloth picks up bacteria and kills it
  • you can clean your entire house with a single cloth
  • you can get rid of all your chemical cleaners
  • you’ll dramatically cut down on paper towel usage
  • it doesn’t get stinky

CONS:

  • it picks up so much stuff and holds on to it so well that the cloth tends to stain if you don’t rinse it well enough.  My cloths have held up well but do show some staining.  I hear the Norwex Laundry Pre-wash works well for this but haven’t tried it personally.  For tough and really dirty jobs, I usually use my All Purpose Kitchen Cloth (because it’s dark and doesn’t show stains – see my review here).

Want more info?  Leave me a comment or check out my 30 Days of Enviro Cloth posts.

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19 Responses to Norwex Antibac Enviro Cloth Review – Yes Kate, there is a Santa Claus.

  1. Patty says:

    Was not able to view the video regarding cleaning up bacteria after cutting raw chicken. When I clicked on play it said “video does not exist”. Is there another way to find it? My husband thinks the Norwex enviro cloth is a hoax and this video could be very interesting.

    • Hi Patty – thanks for letting me know. I’ll have to look into that. If you google “norwex chicken test video”, you’ll find a multitude of videos. Seems many Norwex consultants decided to post essentially the same video.

  2. Sarah says:

    I am wondering if you have ever experienced or heard of someone whose Norwex Cloths smell? I can not get the odor out. After a couple months of use (with frequent laundering) my Enviro cloths, dish cloths, body cloths, and make-up removal cloths all smell like a wet stinky rag as soon as they get wet. Then the odor transfers to whatever it is I am cleaning. I have never used bleach or fabric softener with these products. I use either a free and clear laundry detergent, Norwex detergent or Dawn dish soap (with Kitchen Cloths). I have tried boiling them in water, boiling them in a water/vinegar solution, and washing with vinegar in hot water. In my previous home I had slightly hard water, but not extremely hard (it didn’t leave major stains in my tub, sinks, or clothes). I now have a water softener in our new home and was hoping I would notice a change, but have yet to smell a difference. I became a Norwex consultant 2 years ago, but have not been selling to anybody until I figure out a solution if there is one. I have contacted Norwex CS and also my up-leaders but no one really has a solution. I can probably do a return/exchange, but I would rather figure out a solution or at least the reason so I can avoid doing something wrong and also pass it along to others. Any advice? Thank you!

    • Sarah – I’m working on a “smelly cloth” post for this blog but haven’t had time to add it yet. Interestingly, I just had a similar problem with one of my older cloths. Like you, I had tried washing it several times, boiling, vinegar, etc.

      Finally, I was able to cure my smelly cloth with an old cloth-diapering trick. I boiled the cloth for 15 minutes with 1/4 cup of baking soda. Then I boiled it with vinegar. Then I laundered it. It’s been 3 weeks of constant use since I tried that and there has been no recurrence of the smell.

      One thing about the kitchen cloths. I’m not sure if things have changed but when I was a Norwex Consultant, we were told that the Kitchen Cloths were not for dish-washing (even though that’s why everyone buys them). The reasoning is that the dish soap coats the silver (and fibers), resulting in stink. If you are using them with dish soap (or if you’re using your body/makeup cloths) with soap, I’d suggest rinsing them out really well after each use to make sure the soap is out.

      I’ll be very interested to hear if the baking soda trick works for you. With our cloth diapers, I have to do this about once every 12-18 months. Depending on how much stink there is, I do it twice. Perhaps your cloths will need that too(?). But please do let me know what happens!

      • Sarah says:

        Thanks so much! I will try the baking soda and let you know.

      • Sarah says:

        So I boiled my Norwex cloths in 1/4 C. baking soda a couple of weeks ago. After boiling I dried them in the clothes drier. Some of the cloths still had some odor. So I then washed them in the washing machine with very HOT water and more baking soda (probably 1/4-1/2 C.) and Norwex detergent. I think that the baking soda has definitely improved some of my cloths. I notice my kitchen cloths still have an odor but that’s probably my fault because I continue to use them for dishes with Dawn detergent.

        Along with my cloths smelling, many do not seem to be as “grabby” or have as much static. I just read today while doing some Norwex research that vinegar acts as a fabric softener and can also break down silver. So I am now wondering if using Vinegar to try and get the odor out of my cloths has broken down the cloths and if they will ever be what they used to be? I am going to contact Norwex CS and see what they have to say.

        These are the quotes and sites where I read about vinegar.
        “I would NOT use vinegar with the Norwex cloths since vinegar can dissolve silver.”
        http://microfiber-ratings.blogspot.com/2011/01/norwex-review.html

        “Besides removing soap, white distilled vinegar prevents yellowing, acts as a fabric softener and static cling reducer, and attacks mold and mildew.”
        http://www.vinegartips.com/scripts/pageviewsec.asp?id=8

        I also read on your page “When and how to Launder / Wash your Norwex or e-cloth ® Microfiber Cloths” that some people also used vinegar to try and restore their cloths?

        According to Norwex the silver used is a Micro Silver that is melted into the microfiber before weaving and the silver can not seep out like Nano Silver. I am not very familiar with this yet and still doing some research if in fact Vinegar can dissolve or break down Micro Silver. Do you have any input and/or knowledge about vinegar breaking down the silver in Norwex Cloths? Or do you know if the use of vinegar permanently removes the static cling from the microfiber?

        Thanks Again,
        Sarah

        • Hi Sarah – interesting. This is not something that I’d heard of before. If you ever get an answer from NorwexCS, I (and probably others) would love to read it.

          In my experience, the vinegar has not effected the static charge in my cloths but I use it on my cloths only very rarely. So if it did, the vinegar would have been washed out in the next washing and I didn’t even notice. I wouldn’t think that it would permanently remove the static from the microfiber.

          I did just post something on this blog about how to remedy stinky cloths last month. Although it sounds like you’ve tried something similar (with the baking soda) that didn’t quite work. Washing dishes with your Norwex cloths will definitely cause them to stink and it’s probably the main reason why Norwex does not recommend them for dish-washing (although in my opinion, they’re the perfect size!).

          The truth is that the cloths will lose their grabby feel over time. I’m not sure what the main cause of that is. I take very good care of mine (I’m a fanatic about rinsing after each use etc.) and mine probably feel similar to yours. But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t working as well. You may notice a difference when using them to dust, but when damp, they’ll continue to perform.

          I don’t think I’ve helped you at all here. Sorry.

          If you hear anything from Norwex, I’d seriously love it if you shared it.

  3. Celestial says:

    I am new to Norwegian and thankful for your time! I hear so many convincing stories about how well it cleans and grabs and holds on to stuff like raw chicken and grease but how the heck does that crap ever get out!?! I just can’t imagine hot water really gets the stuff out. Any chance you can explain it?

    • Hi Celestial. I’m assuming you mean Norwex. I’ve got to reiterate here that I’m no longer a Norwex consultant so I’m going to talk about e-cloth (which I now sell and find to be a comparable product).

      When you use an e-cloth to wipe up bacteria and grease, etc., the millions of fibers pick it up and essentially “lock it in”. Hot water allows the fibers to swell and spread out so that the grease and bacteria can be released. The hotter the water, the more the fibers will open up.

      Hope this helps.

  4. Casey says:

    Borrowed one from a friend and used it to clean an old stain on the carpet of the house I just bought. Was an aweful stain that steam cleaning and spot treatment wouldn’t clean. Was going to replace the carpet, then with this cloth and water alone…. stain gone! AMAZING!!! Now… questions: I don’t understand how to clean this (or e-cloth, cuz will probably order those next, only ordered Norwex 2 pack with enviro and window cloths) You aren’t supposed to use soap, so how do you clean inbetween washings. Dish soap works okay? Like regular $1 cheap stuff? Won’t hurt the cloth? Is there something better to use? I’m trying to eliminate chemicals, work towards more enviro-friendly choices. Question #2- can you/have you used one of these clothes to clean inside oven? Or do I need to buy a fancier one specifically designed for this purpose? Thoughts/advice? Thanks so much. LOVE the blog!! :)

    • Casey – what a great success story! Thanks for sharing.To answer you questions:
      1) Cleaning your cloths – have you read my post on how to launder your cloths? If not, it’s probably worth a read. I rinse my cloths with hot water after EVERY use. If they’re pretty dirty, I rinse with a bit of dish soap and I generally rinse any cloths I’m using in the kitchen with a bit of dish soap at the end of the day if I haven’t already. The key is to just use a little dish soap and to make sure to rinse it out – especially if it’s a Norwex cloth and has silver in it. The dish soap will coat the silver and render it ineffective.
      2) I just cleaned my oven last week for the first time in 2 years. No cloth would have been effective on it’s own in there! That being said, if you’re on top of your oven cleaning and there’s just a light film of grease/whatever, the cloths will work if they’re damp. I use the darkest cloths I own because they’re hard to get clean/stain-free after cleaning an oven.

      Thanks for loving my blog!

  5. Kathy says:

    I am wondering how long the enviro cloth actually works?
    Thanks

    • Kathy – I’m not sure how long they’ll work for but I CAN tell you that they’re guaranteed for 2 years and I’ve had mine for about a year and half and it still works wonderfully. I use it for EVERYTHING and daily so I can attest that you’ll get your money’s worth!

  6. Brenda says:

    I will say that I do “love” the enviro cloth :) It has become such a necessity in our home! I also do that protein swab demo at parties and everybody is in awe! I had a question though… I understood that these cloths should not come in contact with soap because it will suffocate the silver, but you suggest in this posting to rinse with soap- is it okay?

    • Brenda says:

      Oh, and I forgot to mention that I really like your comparison to biting nails… if you don’t mind I think I will use that at my presentations!

    • Brenda, thanks for your comment. Norwex does recommend that you not use your Enviro Cloth (or any of it’s antibac microfiber cloths) with soap, dish soap or cleansers because:
      (a) Norwex cloths clean better than cleaners with only water and
      (b) soap etc. can build up on the silver agent that’s woven into the antibac cloths and prevent it from killing bacteria.

      HOWEVER, Norwex does recommend that you use a very small amount of dish soap in between laundering days to loosen dirt and grease. By small amount, I mean just a dot in the sink with a enough water to saturate the cloth. With the cloth saturated, the microfibers open up to release the dirt and grease. Give the cloth a good rinse afterwards to get rid of the soap.

      If, after several weeks/months of use, you notice your cloth getting kind of hard/stiff or a bit stinky, then boil it in water for 10-15 minutes to really open up the cloth and release any soap and grease or dirt buildup.

      As a consultant, you’ll now have access to a number of webinars that will teach you stuff like this. Also, whoever signed you up should be able to point you in the direction of a wealth of information.

  7. trish says:

    LOVE THESE CLOTHS!!! if somone feels its too expensive to switch to norwex products I encourage them to host a party like i did! they have a very generous host program!!

  8. Megan says:

    Ooooh! I didn’t even think about carpet stains. Next time the cat pukes I’ll have to try it out!

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