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.
If I was smart, I’d break this up into several topics/days, but it’s Monday – bathroom cleaning day at the Macnaughton house – so here we go.
The Norwex Enviro Cloth will clean and sanitize EVERYTHING in your bathroom so you can get rid of all your sprays, chemicals and magic potions. Think of the extra space you’re gonna have in your bathroom cupboards!
Before you start, try to get rid of any stray hairs. You can use the Enviro cloth dry to rally them up and then brush the cloth out into the garbage. You don’t have to do this, but I hate dealing with hair when I’m cleaning – especially if it’s wet and stuck to my cloth.
Remember: Go from the cleanest areas to the dirtiest areas.
Start with the Dusting
- Using the Enviro Cloth DRY, dust anything that needs it (eg., lights, sconces, knick-knacks, etc.)
- Shake or brush the cloth off well into the toilet or garbage
Move on to Mirrors and Windows
- Clean the mirror first. I like to spray or splash a small amount of water onto the mirror and then just wipe it clean with the Enviro Cloth.
- For dirtier mirrors, dampen one side of the Enviro cloth, clean the mirror with the damp side and then wipe with a dry side. The drier the cloth, the less streaks on the mirror (for an absolutely streak-free mirror, you may want to try the Norwex Window Cloth).
- Clean your windows the same way as you just cleaned the mirror. TIP: If you have a screen on your window, you can dust it with a dry Enviro Cloth.
Countertops and Sinks
- Dampen the entire Enviro Cloth and fold it in half and then in half again (to get those 8 cleaning sides)
- Remove everything from the top of the counter, wiping them clean as you do so.
- Then wipe down the entire countertop, sink, faucet and fixtures. I usually use the cloth quite damp to begin with and then wring it out and wipe everything as dry as possible.
- If used flat (not balled up) the Enviro Cloth will pick up all the dirt and bacteria in and around your sink. By wringing it out well and giving everything a final “drying” wipe, you’ll soak up most of the excess water where bacteria likes to grow.
- Continue down the front and sides of the cabinet, including the cabinet knobs.
Remember, you can stop and rinse the cloth out at any time. If it gets especially dirty, use a small amount of dish soap to clean it.
Tub and Shower
The beauty of cleaning with microfiber instead of chemicals is that you can do it any time you’re in the tub or shower. Wipe everything down with a wet Enviro Cloth just before you get out and your tub/shower is clean and ready for the next person.
- Use the Enviro Cloth to clean the tub/shower walls and door before cleaning the tub
- Continue making your way around the tub, paying special attention to the grout. The Enviro Cloth works very well on grout.
- As you get closer and closer to the faucet and bottom of the walls, you might notice that the cloth will drag more – letting you know where there is more soap scum or mineral build-up.
- The Enviro Cloth works wonderfully on glass shower doors. If there is substantial soap scum build up, it may take several cleanings with the cloth to get rid of it and you may want to invest in a bottle of the Norwex Descaler. For streak-free glass doors, follow the instructions for mirror and window cleaning above.
- Remember to wipe out the soapdish/shelf. Change cleaning sides or give the cloth a good rinse after cleaning the soapdish before continuing.
- Wring the cloth out really well one more time, and go over the faucets and chrome.
- It’s not necessary, but I usually give the cloth another good wringing out and quickly wipe any moisture off the walls and tub.
If your bathroom is small or you just want to spot clean it, rinse the Enviro Cloth out after cleaning the tub, wring it out well, and clean the floor. This works well for all flooring type, and if it’s well wrung out there will be next to no moisture, residue or streaks left behind.
After cleaning the floor, rinse the Enviro Cloth out well with hot water and a little dish soap.
TIP: Pour a large bowl of water into the toilet. This will force most of the water out of the toilet bowl, and make it easier to clean it thoroughly.
- Starting with a clean side of the cloth, wipe the top and sides of the water tank. Then, clean the top and bottom of the toilet seat, and up the sides of the toilet bowl. Lastly, the rim and interior of the toilet bowl. Don’t forget under the rim too!
- The Enviro Cloth has a silver agent woven into it that kills bacteria, but remember, it takes 18-24 hours for the silver agent in the Enviro Cloth to kill the bacteria and it may be so saturated with bacteria after cleaning in and around the toilet that the bacteria may begin feeding on one another. So you should launder it after cleaning your toilet.