Washing Norwex Microfiber

I get MANY emails from customers asking varied questions on the same theme, “How to do I wash my Norwex microfiber?”.  Norwex has it’s own, certified laundering rules, but these instructions are quite short and to the point, and not fully comprehensive.

So for those of you who need a little more, I’ve also written up a “Deja’s Instructions for Washing Norwex Microfiber” list, that is casual, detailed, and rambling…

… hopefully it is helpful.

But first, the official rules:

Official Norwex Washing Instructions:

All Norwex microfiber is guaranteed for 500 washes.  If you follow these washing steps you will get many happy years of use from your cloths and mops.

All Norwex microfiber cloths and mop pads NEED to be washed in your washing machine with low lint items (like sheets, t-shirts & jeans).  You CAN use cold water, but hot water is recommended.  The heat causes the fibers to open and allows for better release of the dirt and grease.

  • Any detergent (without bleach)
  • NO FABRIC SOFTENER or dryer sheets

Norwex microfiber CAN be dried in the dryer – the hot setting is the best.

 Washing Norwex Microfiber


Deja’s (unofficial) Instructions for Washing Norwex Microfiber!


Please remember that these suggestions are MINE (Deja’s), based on the general recommendations from Norwex and my own personal experience with the Norwex microfiber.  They’re not set in stone. I have no idea what you’ve been cleaning or how frequently. This is the method that works for me.

How (& When) to Wash Norwex Microfiber

NOTE: These suggestions apply to the Norwex microfiber cleaning cloths, face clothes and mop heads.

1.  If you’ve used your Norwex Microfiber for LIGHT CLEANING JOBS…. 

… like wiping your kitchen counters, your stove top, light switches, outside of cupboards & appliances, etc.  You should hand wash your cloth in warm running water with a bit of dish soap.  You need to make sure that you give it a REALLY good rinse, ensuring that all the soap is completely rinsed out of the cloth.  The rinsing is especially important for Norwex cloths with silver in them, as soap residue will coat the silver making it ineffective at killing the bacteria in the cloth.  Hang to dry in between uses.

2.  If you use the Norwex Face Cloths (either the Body Pack Cloths or the Makeup Removal Cloths)…

…after each use (in between proper laundering) rinse your face cloth under warm running water and a little dish soap (making sure to RINSE WELL), and let it hang to dry in between uses.  The Face cloths should be properly laundered once a week or more often.

3.  For your Norwex Kitchen Cloths…

I find I can only use my kitchen cloths for 2-3 days or they will begin to smell, so they get laundered more frequently.  At the end of each day, I give my dish cloth a good hand wash with a bit of dish soap, under warm running water (hot is even better), then hang it to dry until the following morning.

4.  If you’ve used your Norwex microfiber to clean areas with a high levels of bacteria…

….like for the toilet, floor around the toilet, garbage containers, to clean raw meat prep area, etc., YOU NEED TO WASH IT IN THE WASHING MACHINE with hot water before using it again for another job!  Yes, even the Norwex cloths with silver in them MUST be washed.  Just for good measure however, I always give my cloth a little rinse under warm running water & dish soap, and hang it over the edge of the laundry hamper to dry if I can’t get it in the washing machine right away (it could be days before it makes it to the washing machine in this house).

5.  If you’ve used your Norwex Dusting Mitt or cloths for dusting…

… just give it a good shake (outside), or hit them against your deck railing (as I always do), and you’re good to go again.  I only launder my Dusting Mitt once a month at the most, but more realistically, every couple months.  However, if you, or someone in your house suffers from dust allergies, I would recommend washing your Dusting Mitt (or cloth) after each use rather than waiting.

6.  If your Norwex cloths get stinky and smelly…

there IS a way to get them smelling fresh again… do not despair!  Contrary to popular Norwex mythology, boiling your cloths DOESN’T WORK to remove the stink, and I have found that boiling them changes their texture… they will feel “slimy” even when they’re dry.  The VERY best method for removing the smell from your Norwex microfiber is to DEEP CLEAN THEM.  (As explained in my blog post, deep cleaning involves washing/soaking your Norwex cloths in a sink or bucket of VERY hot water (previously boiled) with a high concentration of easily dissolve-able laundry detergent – I recommend and use the Norwex Laundry Detergent.

7.  Your Norwex microfiber cloths may start to look really dirty and stained. 

This is, unfortunately, unavoidable.  Norwex microfiber is great at picking up, and holding onto dirt and grease, and over time they will stain, and start to look well used.  The good news is that HOT water opens up the fibers, and with laundry detergent, more dirt and grease can be released from the fibers.  So again, I recommend deep cleaning your cloths.  They will not look new again, but they will look better!

8.  In my personal opinion, your Norwex Microfiber should be properly laundered AT LEAST once a week. 

  • HOT water is best, as it opens the fibers to help release trapped dirt and bacteria.
  • wash them with NO LINT items like sheets, jeans or T-shirts.  Do not add your cat hair covered blanket to this load, or your Norwex microfiber will be COVERED in it.

9.  Ideally, you should use a small amount of laundry detergent that dissolves easily and is filler free, when laundering your Norwex microfiber. 

This is especially true of the Antibac cloths (microfiber with silver in them), since it’s necessary that the fibers not be coated after it’s been washed.  You want ALL the detergent to completely rinse out of the cloth.  If you’re looking for a good laundry detergent without fillers, is highly concentrated, dissolves easily, and rinses out fully, the Norwex Laundry Detergent is my favorite pick!  If you don’t want to purchase the Norwex detergent, just look on one of the many cloth diapering websites, and you’ll easily find another brand that meets these criteria.  All of that being said, you can use ANY detergent as long as it does not contain bleach or fabric softener.

10.  You CAN dry your Norwex microfiber in the dryer – the hotter the setting, the better.

11.  DO NOT use bleach or fabric softener/dryer sheets.

Bleach degrades the fibers, and fabric softener/dryer sheets leave a yucky coating over the fibers.  However, DON’T PANIC if you accidentally wash your Norwex clothes with bleach, fabric softener or throw it in the dryer with a dryer sheet.  You haven’t ruined your cloth.  It may not work as well the next time you use it, but over the next few launderings, the fabric softener will wash out of your cloth.

 12.  DO NOT leave your Norwex microfiber in a wet heap on your counter, or the floor, or in your dirty laundry hamper while waiting to be laundered. 

This is one mistake that will DEFINITELY make your Norwex cloths STINK!  Your cloths need to dry in order to halt bacteria growth within the cloth.  Bacteria thrive and multiply in warm, moist environments, and your wet Norwex cloth bundle is a perfect petri dish for bacteria to grow, grow, GROW!   Yes, there is silver in most of the Norwex cloths, but if the bacteria is growing at a faster rate than the silver can kill it, your cloth will be over-run with bacteria, and you will lose the battle against “the Stink”.

I would really love to hear if you have any stories, questions or helpful advice about how to take care of your Norwex microfiber.  I’m sure I’ve missed something, even in my long rambling above, so please, post a comment!  Oh, and if you know other people who might find these instructiions helpful, “share the knowledge” by clicking the cute little share buttons below!


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  1. j moore says

    it seems like no matter how little norwex laundry detergent I use I can’t get all the suds out. is it ok to use vinegar in the rinse water?

  2. says

    You are very thorough in your blog writing — and you can tell you are passionate about your Norwex business. I had a question for you in regards to the Norwex face cloths —

    When I remove my makeup (mostly mascara) it seems to stain the cloth. I will use a mild soap to wash it away (similar to what your recommended) but it still remains.

    Thoughts? Are my cloths just too old?

    • says

      Unfortunately Tammy, I have this same problem, especially with waterproof mascara. I’ve found that the mascara washes out of the cloths better when they are new, but when they get older, like you mentioned, the mascara seems to stick. If you have the Norwex Dishwashing Liquid, it seems to be the best for getting it out of the cloths, although still not perfect. Wish I had better news for you.

  3. Lee says

    Hi Deja, I recently bought a heap of Norwex products, love them so much. I was told you could use normal washing powder so I put them in the wash but now my dry mop head has much less static and is not nearly as easy to use and the enviro clothes don’t seem to work quite as well. I thought it had to be the washing powder, I tried to see what it had in it on the box, didn’t seem to contain bleach but then I googled “OMO Ultimate ” sure enough it contains bleach. I have since swapped to the Norwex laundry detergent, its great, everything is so much fluffier but the cloths etc seem only very slightly improved, just wondering if there is any way to restore them ? I suspect they are permanently ruined , I read above you said the softener will eventually wash out but the bleach destroys I guess ? I feel bad for using a washing powder with bleach ( for the environment ), I didn’t know ! feeling very sad about my norwex products. Thanks, Lee

    • says

      Hey Lee, I’m so glad to hear that you love the Norwex products! Although bleach isn’t good for the microfiber, I don’t think you’ve ruined your cloths. I have cloths that are still highly effective for cleaning but are definitely not fluffy anymore… unfortunately, the loose their fluffiness rather quickly. If you think that you have fabric softener on them, you can soak them (for about 1 hour) in white vinegar, which will help to strip them of any built up residue. This might help them fluff up a bit.

  4. Dana Kinchen says

    I have been using Norwex for a year and love how easy it is to clean my bathrooms and kitchen appliances. I am a little disappointed lately with the residue my wet mop is leaving on my hardwood floors. I recently bought a new mop thinking my last one was old but the new one is leaving a residue as well. The residue shows all footprints and handprints and leaves the floor messier looking afterwards. Am I doing something wrong? I do not use bleach or fabric softener. I would appreciate any input.

    • says

      Dana, I’m wondering if the residue is from your water?… Since the microfiber itself can’t leave residue, and if you’re not using any chemical cleaner with your mop, the water you’re using would seem to be the next logical culprit. There have been a number of conversations with other Norwex consultants whose customers experienced the same thing as you are describing, and discovered that it was the “residue” in their tap water. One possible help might be using some vinegar in your wash water, rather than just plain tap water as vinegar strips away hard water minerals. The other option is to used distilled water, which unfortunately, you would have to buy… although it would still be so much cheaper than purchasing chemical floor cleaning solutions! I’d love to hear from you, if the vinegar idea works… let me know your experience with it!

  5. AiTee says

    Hi Deja, Someone tried cleaning enviro cloths by putting them in a soapy water n microwave it. It seems to remove the sinky smell . Since you mentioned heat is very good at opening the microfiber , it seems logical to do that, n fast.ni tried n it works as well. However, will microwave destroy the silver ? Any thought on this?

    • says

      I’ve heard from others that putting them in the microwave works great for getting the smell out of stinky Norwex cloths, but Norwex doesn’t endorse this. To be honest, they’ve never really given me the scientific reason for this. I don’t believe that it’s going to destroy the silver, and I don’t think it’s going to wreck your cloths. I’m checking with Norwex though, and I’ll post what they send to me!

  6. AngelaW says

    I am loving my Norwex products. I have never washed any of them yet. After reading about how request soaps coat them I refuse to wash them yet… Just ordered the dishwashing lig and UPP laundry detergent. I have always used Tide and dryer sheets and stopped using fabric softener yrs ago. Palmolive as my dish soap. I have rinsed my Norwex kitchen cloth with a little Palmolive soap but always rinse well with hot water. So my question is. I hear the dryer sheets leave a residue in your dryer! Do I need to clean my dryer before drying my Norwex towels? If so how do I do this. Also with my purchase I am getting the fluff balls. Making major changes! Do these balls work as well as dryer sheets for static? Thanks for your blog!! It’s been very helpful!!

    • says

      Angela, it’s so great that you’re making such huge changes in the way you clean your house, getting rid of harmful chemical cleaners! I’m so happy to hear that my blog has been helpful to you in your journey!

      If you’ve used dryer sheets for a long time in your dryer, it would be a good idea to give your dryer drum a good scrub. The best product for this is the Norwex Micro Hand Pads – they will completely remove any residue from your dryer. As far as the Norwex dryer balls are concerned, they are great, but because they’re not using a chemical to eliminate static, many people say that they don’t work at all. Here are a few things to remember when drying your laundry, which will help eliminate static: 1). DON’T over-dry them! This is really important because static in your laundry is caused by the friction of dry fabric rubbing together. If you simply reduce your drying time by about 10 minutes (especially in the dry winter months), you will notice a huge change in the static. 2). If you can, dry your cottons separate from your polyesters, or take out the polyester items early. This point relates to the first one: polyester dries way faster than cotton, so it will be in your dryer, fully dry, rubbing against itself, creating all kinds of static, while the other fabrics are still not dry! If you remove them before they have a chance to do this, you’ll have less static!

  7. Hope says

    My boyfriend grabbed my Norwex cloths and washed and dried them with a load of towels. Are they ruined from all the lint that comes from towels? I read they aren’t ruined from the dry sheets. I don’t know what to do about the lint. Please advise. Thank you!

    • says

      Hope, don’t worry AT ALL about your Norwex cloths – they definitely aren’t ruined by the lint from your towels! Confession: I ALWAYS (and I mean all the time) wash my Norwex cloths with my towels, and I’ve never had a problem with lint :)

  8. Michelle Masters says

    Hello, I am concerned if I wash the filthy cloths with all the bacteria on them with bath towels or sheets or T-shirts , taking this in consideration that the bacteria would contaminate my towels. Do you know if this is a correct thought? Also can I wash all my cloths together in the machine or are other fabrics needed to rub together against cloths to open fibers? I have not bought any yet. I have been reading up on them.

    • says

      Since the clothes you wear would have bacteria on them, and laundry detergent is designed to lift, remove, and wash away dirt and bacteria, washing the Norwex cloths with your normal loads of laundry isn’t something you need to be concerned with at all. If you feel like this might be an issue for you though, you can always wash them in hot water separately… the Norwex cloths don’t need to have other fabrics to rub against to get clean.

  9. Dana says

    I have been using the body cloths, but I still use them with my regular body wash soap. Is this going to ruin them? I do wash them with Norwex detergent.

    • says

      Dana, it’s not going to ruin your cloths, but with the body wash, the Norwex Body Pack cloths aren’t going to be as exfoliating if they have soap in them, and they’re not going to clean as well… the soap will be doing the cleaning rather than the microfiber. Just make sure you REALLY rinse them out well so that the soap doesn’t clog the microfibers.

  10. Alisa says

    Thanks so much for all these tips! I was guilty of leaving my Norwex Antibac cloths in a heap after I used them to wipe up my kids’ messes. The result was stinky! I boiled them with a bit of vinegar first on the advice of a family member, and was left with clean smelling cloths and some really brown water. But then I decided to try soaking them in Norwex detergent, as you suggested (immediately after boiling), and the water was an even darker brown when I removed the cloths. Gross! I can’t believe I had let so much build up, but I’m so glad to start over with fresh, clean cloths. I’m going to try to use the dish soap trick to prevent future stink! Thanks again!

  11. Nikki says

    Will the colors bleed if I wash my Norwex cloths for the first time in hot water? Can I use a Shout Color Catcher in the wash with Norwex products?

  12. Britani says

    Just wondering, when you say after use rinse body cloths with dish soap, is that with Norwex dishwashing liquid or any dishwashing soap? When I had a consultant come over to my place to do a Norwex show, she said to not use ANY soaps on them (excluding the wash obviously) because it would coat the silver.. so i’m just looking for clarification :)

    • says

      Hi Britani, the soaps you need to avoid using to clean your Norwex microfiber (face cloths included) are ones with these ingredients in them; 1) bleach, 2) fabric softener, 3) oils {hand soaps often have oil in them}. Any other soaps will work – you do not HAVE to use the Norwex laundry detergent, although it is great! The big issue with coating the fibers (and therefore the silver) with soap is if you fail to properly rinse the soap from the cloths after you’ve washed them. Don’t use the 3 ingredients I mentioned, rinse with hot water, and your cloths will be fine!

      • MR STEPHEN GARNER says

        Hi, you say not to use soaps which contain oils? is this essential oils as I use kin kin natural for all my family and its all natural with essential oils?

        • says

          Norwex officially recommends not using any oil based detergents, including those that contain essential oils. I do know that a number of consultants use their cloths in combination with essential oils sometimes. However, I don’t know how this affects the lifespan of the cloth, or its effectiveness. You would be best to use a different detergent for your Norwex Microfiber, such as the Ultra Power Plus detergent from Norwex or another green brand that does not contain oils!

  13. whitney says

    Hi there. Thank you for so much great information. I am relatively new to norwex but LOVE everything I’ve bought. My question is regarding my envirocloth. I use one for primarily light kitchen things, the counter and cabinets and such. My problem is that after a few washings it’s starting to fade and is getting a little stiff (and slower to take up water). At first I thought it was because of my washing combo, borax and nellie’s power which is coconut oil based, but now I have a newer cloth that is only washed in a chemical free liquid and I’m seeing the same thing. Can the hard water in my neighborhood have an effect on the integrity of the cloth? It’s just not what it was when i first got it. Thank you so much for your help.

    • says

      Hi Whitney, the hard water in your neighborhood most definitely impacts your Norwex cloths, especially it’s absorbancy. Once the fibers get coated with hard water build up, they will repel rather than absorb the water. There are a couple of things you can do to help your cloths be less stiff: 1) Soak them in undiluted white vinegar for a few hours, or 2) Soak them in a water/Norwex Descaler solution for a few hours. Both of these methods will help to dissolve the hard water build up on your cloths. To be honest, I’m not sure which method will work the best, so you should start with the vinegar… it’s cheaper! If that doesn’t work, the Norwex Descaler should help them. You also may need a few “treatments” before they’re feeling better.

  14. Linda says

    I really like the Enviro cloth and window cloth. I have talked them up so much to my friends, they all ordered them from my daughter in law at her party! I finally have windows that are not streaked. I have never done more than rinse them thoroughly after using. I’m glad to read here that I can wash them in the washer (without bleach or softener) if I think they look like they need it. The consultant said to just use water to rinse them and allow them to dry. I also like the white vinegar idea. Thanks for the info.

  15. Jennifer says

    I deep cleaned my norwex cloths, which worked well. I am wondering if there is any way to get them fluffy again? The fibers seem matted, especially my body cloths. Is there a way to “revive” them?

    • says

      Hi Jennifer, unfortunately the answer is no, there isn’t a way to “re-fluff” your Norwex cloths to their original softness. The good news is that even though the fibers look a little worse for wear, the cloths are still just as effective in cleaning as they were when you first bought them!

  16. Ruth says

    Why, when dusting with my Norwex mitt does it tend to leave a trail of dust on the last swipe? The same thing happens with my long handle dusting tool too.

    • says

      This happens to me sometimes too Ruth. I take it as a sign that I need to shake out my mitt or wand. Sometimes, if this reoccurs, I will get them slightly damp to help with the problem!

  17. Darcy K says

    Can washing the antibac cloths with the silver threads in sudsy amonia cause the silver to deteriorate and become less afffective?

    • says

      Darcy, unfortunately, you shouldn’t use ammonia to clean your Norwex cloths as it will degrade the fibers, similar to the way bleach does.

    • says

      Yes, vinegar can be used in combination with your Enviro Cloth. I used to use Vinegar to clean tubs and showers that had a lot of build up. However, once I tried the Blue Diamond cleaner, I never went back! It was truly more effective (from a home cleaner’s perspective, not as a salesman!). It’s really great for hard water build-up on glass doors and the faucets. If you scrub the surface with a Spirinette after it’s been sprayed with Blue Diamond, the effect is even better! The Blue Diamond is a concentrated product, so it will last you a very long time. For more info, check out the review!

  18. Brian says

    Hi. I love your site by the way. :)
    My question is, Will it hurt my cloths to wash them with the Downy Unstoppables? This is my first time washing my cloths, in the wash machine, and I wasn’t thinking clearly, and I put them in with the unstoppables. I washed them with the Norwex laundry detergent, with a second rinse cycle, and maximum extract. I hope I haven’t hurt them! I can’t live without them!

    Thank you!

    • says

      No, you haven’t hurt them! Fabric softener leaves a yucky coating over the fibers. Therefore, repeated exposure to fabric softener is going to leave a noticeable effect. Your cloth MAY need one or two more launderings before all of the fabric softener is washed out of your cloth, but it’s good to go!

  19. Cynthia L says

    Thanks for all of your amazing posts on Norwex. I’m finding them very helpful! My question regards the Bath Towels. I have several I purchased, and used them daily for weeks (yes, weeks, it was a test) without any smell. Since then, I’ve used and washed them, using Norwex UPP. Now however, the towels have this bad smell in them! I have even resorted to boiling one of my towels, no luck! I only use the wool dryer balls in the dryer, and I don’t overdry them. Now, along with a stinky smell, the towels are losing their softness. In fact, even taking one out of the dryer, you can see the creases in the towel from the twist from wrapping the towel around me. I’m so sad (and upset) after spending so much money on what I thought was a great product. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

    • says

      My suggestion Cynthia, is to wash your Norwex towels in the hottest setting you can, and dry them on the hottest setting for a loooong time – this is the time that you want to over-dry them… let the heat of your dryer kill any of the nasties in your towels. Norwex microfiber actually needs to be washed and dried at the hottest possible temperatures; the heat opens the fibers up, allowing everything trapped deep in the microfiber, to get out, including whatever is making your towels smell. You could also try washing them with a wee bit more Norwex detergent then you usually use, and then add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to your final rinse…. I would even do an extra rinse, if your washer has that feature. Also, don’t overcrowd the load when you wash them – give the towels lots of room to slosh around in the hot water!

      • Cynthia L says

        Thanks for the tips Deja. I’ve been afraid to “over-dry” them because they get way staticy even with the wool dryer balls. Maybe I’ll pull out the other clothes then extra dry the towels. I have a front loading HE washer, and I use about a teaspoon per load. They said not to use more than that because it might over suds (although I’ve never had a suds problem….) I’ll let you know how I make out!

  20. Susan says

    I washed and dried my Norwex dusting mitt, tide concentrate no bleach. When I dusted a glass shelving unit it was just smearing the dust around. What did I do wrong and how can I fix it?

    • says

      Try rubbing your Dusting Mitt vigorously with your hands, before dusting, to create a static charge which will help the dust stick to the mitt. I do this every time before I dust!

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