Norwex Laundry Detergent – Review

I had a smelly, stinky problem: my front load washing machine smelled HORRIBLE!

Every time I would open the machine door, it was like someone stuck an old, dirty, bacteria-laden, moldy dish cloth in my face….that’s what the inside tub of the washer smelled like, and that’s what my clothes would smell like when they were finished being washed.

It was pretty gross.

We purchased our front load washing machine just before our second little one was born.  Being the penny pinching couple that we are, my hubby and I went on the hunt for an energy efficient washer and dryer that would save us money in the long run . We did our research and decided to purchase a front load machine, which uses significantly less water and detergent than a top load machine….great for our bank account, our well and our septic system.

Smelly Front Load Washing Machine
Norwex Laudry Detergent ELIMINATED the sour smell from my front load washer!

What I wasn’t anticipating was the smell the would emerge about 6 months into owning it.

Like I mentioned earlier, it was down-right gross.

Make you gag kind of gross.

I tried everything to get rid of the odour – I left the door of the machine open in between cycles to dry it out, I did loads with no clothes, just hot water and lots of bleach, I consistently wiped out the sludge from the rubber seal around the door, I used the HE liquid detergent (like I was told), and I used less than half the amount than the bottle instructed me to, . But the smell remained, and I figured it was something I would have to learn to live with.




Norwex HE Laundry DetergentThen I became a Norwex consultant, and thought that I should probably try the Norwex Laundry Detergent.  After all, I wanted to be able to give an educated opinion about how well the stuff worked.  I was really quite skeptical about it’s efficiency……it’s a powdered detergent, and I’ve not had much luck with powdered stuff in the past – my clothes would always come out with white detergent residue all over them, especially my dark loads. So I anticipated that the Norwex detergent would be the same.

I was so happy to be wrong about my suspicions!

The Norwex laundry detergent was NOTHING like the other stuff I had used, and I will never go back to using the store brand laundry soap.

Here are some of the things that are so fabulous about this detergent:

  • Norwex Laundry Detergent is highly concentrated. For a top-load machine, you only have to use 1-2 tablespoonsper load, andfor a front load washing machine the amount needed is reduced to 1/2 – 2 teaspoons per load of laundry!
  • Norwex Laundry Detergent contains no fillers or perfumes, which means that there is no filler residue left on my clothes. This is great for 3 reasons: 
    1. The fillers and perfumes are usually the cause for allergic reactions and skin sensitivities. My 4 year old who has mild eczema and very sensitive skin, doesn’t react at all to the Norwex detergent – this is GREAT!
    2. The fillers that stay in your clothes contribute to fading and thinning of the fabric of the clothes, so your favorite, lovely black shirt quickly turns greyish, and stretches out – not such a favorite anymore. The Norwex detergent won’t do this to your clothes. As a matter of fact, since starting with the Norwex detergent, I’ve noticed a significant reduction of lint in my dryer lint trap…..the lint is the fabric that is degraded enough to “fall off” your clothes!
    3. The fillers from store brand laundry soap, increase the amount of static you will have when you dry your clothes in the dryer, and also the filler residue will leave your clothes “crunchy” if you dry your clothes on a clothesline. The Norwex detergent leaves no filler residue, so your clothes are less staticy in the dryer, and less stiff on the clothesline! (For even softer, fluffier clothes, use the Norwex Dryer Balls in the dryer!)
  • It’s Phosphate FREE! 
  • The detergent is certified HE (High Efficiancy), so it’s great for front load washing machines and the new agitator free top load washers.  
  • And the MOST fabulous thing about the Norwex Laundry Detergent? The disgusting smell from my front load washing machine has completely disappeared! I had been using the detergent for about 3 weeks, when I noticed that I was no longer being assaulted by the awful smell when I would open the washing-machine door! And the slimy, sludge that would always grow inside the rubber seal is also gone.

I am a satisfied customer.

So there you go… my epic story of laundry. 

If you’d like to try the Norwex Laundry Detergent for yourself, CLICK HERE to purchase it through my online Norwex Store.

I’d love to hear your laundry, detergent, and washing machine stories, and if you’ve used the Norwex Detergent, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments section below! 

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    • says

      I have 4 young kids, use only the Norwex Laundry detergent, and have found it to be just as good at stain removal as the store brand detergents. For stains that are likely to be difficult to get out of your clothes, like grease, tomato, chocolate, blood, grass, etc., I would still pre-treat your clothes with stain remover. You can make a paste with a little water and the Norwex Laundry Detergent, and rub it into the stain – it works really well. Norwex also carries a Stain Remover (pre-wash), that is fantastic on all organic stains. I use it and love it!

  1. Debbie says

    couple of questions for you:
    1. do you dissolve the detergent in water first or just put it in like a regular powdered detergent?
    2. if you do leave it as a powder – do you sprinkle it in the drum with the clothes or do you put it in the washer’s automatic dispenser?

    • says

      Hi Debbie! Please see my answer in blue!
      1. do you dissolve the detergent in water first or just put it in like a regular powdered detergent? If you’re laundering in cold water, then yes, I would recommend dissolving the Norwex detergent first, but I generally do a warm water wash, and I never dissolve before adding it to the washing load.
      2. if you do leave it as a powder – do you sprinkle it in the drum with the clothes or do you put it in the washer’s automatic dispenser? I put the detergent in the washers automatic dispenser, but I’m hesitant to recommend this as a general rule. In my machine, the water that fills the drum, first comes through the detergent dispenser container, and does a good job of flushing it into the machine. You would want to make sure that in your machine, the powdered detergent isn’t going to clog your dispenser. If you’re going to add the detergent to the drum instead of through the automatic dispenser, then I would recommend dissolving it first in a cup of warm/hot water.

  2. melanie harrison says

    I recently started using Norwex detergent and I’m not happy. My son has been wetting his bed at night. I originally used the recommended tsp for a front load he washer. I could still smell the urine. Then consultant told me to use 2 tsp. I did that and it worked with that load. (after two washes). The next time my son wet the sheets I automatically started with 2 tsp. Urine smell didn’t come out. What am I doing wrong ? Everyone swears by this stuff. I’m not sold on it yet.

    • says

      Melanie, I’m really sorry you’re not having a good experience with the Norwex laundry detergent. I also have 2 bed wetters, and use the Norwex detergent… my sheets never smell like pee once they’ve been washed so I’m not quite sure how to advise you. There have been some occasions when my son “leaked a little” in his pants, and then put them in the dirty laundry hamper without telling me… 3 days later, I find them while doing laundry – yuck! To make sure the smell comes out, I wash them in hot water (warm at least) with the Norwex laundry detergent, and add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle – vinegar works wonders for removing smells from laundry, just make sure you add it in the rinse, not with the detergent. If you’re still not satisfied with the Norwex detergent, just let your consultant know that you’d like to return it for a refund!

  3. Jennifer says

    I’ve been using the Norwex detergent for about a month and the dryer balls around 3 months. Since starting the detergent, I am consistently having to rewash several loads a week. For some reason, most of my clothes are coming out with a soured smell. Am I doing something wrong? My husband is insisting we go back to using ALL.

    • says

      Jennifer, this is a tough one… One thing I know, is that the fragrance in most laundry detergents like TIDE and ALL, and fabric softeners like BOUNCE, simply mask the smell that is in the clothes, and also contributes to it. What usually causes clothes to get that funky, musty smell is soap residue not fully rinsed out of the fibers. It’s probably been in your clothes all along, but now that there’s not heavy fragrance to mask it, you’re noticing it. My suggestion (and this has worked VERY well for me in the past) is to add 1 cup of vinegar to to your rinse water. The vinegar will strip the soap residue from your clothes, and help get rid of old build up and the musty, sour smell. You may have to do this a few times to fully get rid of the residue, but once you do, you’ll notice a huge difference, and the Norwex Laundry Detergent will do what it’s supposed to – get your clothes clean without leaving soap residue in them!

  4. Deanna says

    I LOVE the Norwex laundry detergent!!! I am getting ready to shampoo my carpets with my home Bissell rug shampooer and thinking of using the detergent? Any opinions on this? has anyone done this ? Results?

    • says

      Hi Deanna, sorry for my late response… the Peterson house has been a bit crazy this month! If you’re going to wash your carpets, the Norwex Carpet Stain Buster is the Norwex product of choice. There are actually instructions on the bottle for using it in a carpet cleaner. I’m not so sure I’d use the Norwex Laundry Detergent… that being said, maybe you already have used it, and if so I’d LOVE to hear your results!

  5. Angela says

    I use the Norwex Laundry detergent and like you have a front load HE washer. After about a week and half of using the detergent the oder you had mentioned disappeared and the slimy residue under the seal was no longer there. However after using the detergent for about 7 months now I am getting the order back. Have you experienced this or do you have any suggestions. I also use vinegar in the rinse dispenser but that does not seem to help.

    • says

      Angela, I’ve noticed the same kind of cycle with my washing machine, and I find that sometimes the musty smell comes a little bit during the hotter, more humid months of the year, and if I forget to quickly take the clothes from the washer and put them in the dryer. I also find that doing a couple of really hot cycles in the washing machine can help, and the best bit of advice I’ve recently received; throw a couple of old towels in at the hottest setting, and use powdered dishwasher detergent. The dishwasher detergent is basically non-sudsing, and is designed to eat slimy crud. I don’t do this often, maybe just once a year, but I find it effective if I’m noticing the smell returning! Hope this helps :)

  6. fran says

    I have an HE front load washer so I put 1 tsp. of Norwex powder in half a cup of warm water and shake it up before I put it in the washer cup. I hope this is ok or do I need more water to flush through?

    • says

      Fran, I also have an HE front load washer, and I just add the powder without pre-dissolving it! You are definitely going to be ok by adding the 1/2 cup. :)

  7. Erin says

    Hi Deja,

    I love the detergent but I’m finding mixed reviews of having to dissolve it for an HE machine and not having to. What’s the official stance by Norwex?


    • says

      Hi Erin, if I’m doing a cold water wash, then I will sometimes dissolve the Norwex laundry detergent in warm water before adding it to my machine, however, it’s not necessary. Norwex doesn’t have an official stand on whether to dissolve it first or not.

  8. Shelly says

    What is in the Norwex laundry detergent? I know it is supposed to be great for allergies, but twice now I have broken out in hives immediately after putting on clothes that were washed with it. I can’t find ingredients anywhere online.

    • says

      Hmmm… hives are not good! I’m so sorry to hear that Shelly. I actually don’t have access to the full ingredient list (trademark issues), but if you tell me what you are allergic to, I will contact Norwex and they will be able to verify whether it is in the detergent or not.

  9. Sylvia says

    I have been using Norwex detergent for about 6months. We bought a top loading washing machine 16 months ago and I have been having problems with lint on wash especially dark polyester. Yesterday I had a repairman to see if he could fix the problem and he said it was my detergent. He said I need to use liquid he detergent.
    My bag of Norwex does not say high efficiency so the repairman said that was the problem. I only use 1/2 teaspoon and my wash always gets clean. I do not think my detergent is the problem but need more information before I can go back to the Appliance Store. Has Norwex ultra power plus always been high efficiency?

    • says

      The Norwex laundry detergent has always been completely safe for HE washing machines, but it’s only now that the detergent is officially labeled as being HE. I just can’t imagine why how the Norwex detergent would contribute to lint getting on your clothes… I’m stumped. I’ve been using the Norwex detergent in my HE front load washer for 6 years, and have never had a lint issue. I’m sorry I can’t help you more :(

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