Norwex Microfiber Cloth – Review

The Norwex Microfiber Enviro Cloth is absolutely my favorite Norwex pick, and probably the most used Norwex product in our house. If I were to rate this on a scale of 1 – 5, this handy little cloth would be a definite 10!

This cloth cleans EVERYTHING in my house, and has replaced all of the chemical cleaners I used to use ~ Every home should should have one of these! Here are some of the reasons why I love it so much:

1.  This microfiber cloth GRABS dirt, soap scum and general grungies like nothing I’ve used before.

The reason for this is because it’s made of such a high grade microfiber ~ each strand is a mere 1/200th the size of a human hair. Translated, this means that the Norwex microfiber cloth has a HUGE amount of surface area grabbing the dirt from whatever you’re wiping, making it great for both dry dusting and wet cleaning.  One of my favorite uses for the Antibac Enviro Cloth is in my bathroom ~ the sink, bathtub and tub surround.  Gone is the Comet and Mr. Clean!  Using a minimal amount of elbow grease this cloth cleans the ring-around-the-tub, soapy water spots on the tub walls, toothpaste spatter, hard water spots, and general grossness found in bathrooms.  It leaves everything streak free and eliminates the chemical residue other cleaners leave behind.

Norwex Enviro Cloth2.  It removes EVERYTHING from whatever surface you’re wiping….using ONLY WATER!

The Norwex Microfiber Cloth picks up and holds onto the dirt and anything else on your surface, safely eliminating it from your house, without using harmful chemicals.  As I already mentioned, I have stopped using chemical cleaners thanks to this amazing cloth, because I don’t need them to get things clean.

3.  The Norwex microfiber cloth is “self purifying”.

There is a silver-based antibacterial agent embedded right inside the tiny microfibers.  This design helps to inhibit bacterial odor, mold, and/or mildew growth within the cloth while it’s hanging to dry.  One of the major benefits of this is that your cloth will resist that all too familiar, yucky smell!

Norwex Antibac Enviro Cloth – Cleans EVERYTHING in your house!

4.  The Norwex Enviro Cloths actually cleans better and faster….period.

In my attempt to “go greener” in our home, I have tried other green cleaners, including the home made ones using baking soda and vinegar.  I am rather embarrassed to say that I always reverted back to my bad habit of using chemicals.

The reason?  I just didn’t find that the green methods cleaned as well.

Then my sister gave me the gift of a Norwex Microfiber Cloth, and I skeptically started trying it in all the different rooms of my house.  In all honesty,  I was amazed.  In every way this little cloth surpassed my expectations.  Not only did it clean better, but I also discovered that my house stayed clean longer.  Chemical cleaners leave a sticky residue where they’ve cleaned.  When dirt settles on this sticky residue, it essentially gets “glued” down, making it more difficult to clean off.  So, when I eliminated the chemicals, I also eliminated sticky chemical residue, which resulted in surfaces that no longer attracted dirt or encouraged the dirt to really stick, which led to less cleaning and faster cleaning.

Norwex Microfiber Cloth - Enviro Cloth

I have had many people ask me how the Norwex Microfiber cloth differs from the microfiber you can buy at the dollar store.

I explain to them that there are 2 major differences.

  1. Norwex microfiber is a MUCH higher quality microfiber than what you would find at the dollar store or even Superstore or Costco. Each Norwex microfiber is split upwards of 200 times per thread (for superior ‘grabbing’ power), whereas the store variety of microfiber thread is split as few as six times per thread. The cleaning power of a dollar store microfiber cloth is significantly diminished after only a few washes, where as Norwex microfiber cloths have been shown to last seven years or longer, and even after 500 washes, studies have found that an Enviro cloth is still just as effective at removing EVERYTHING from the surface being wiped, as it was when it was brand new!
  2. Unlike the dollar store variety, which you can not put in the dryer after laundering, the Norwex microfiber CAN and SHOULD be dried in the dryer, and the hotter the setting the better!  It may not seem like such a big deal until you try fishing them out of your wet laundry… it’s a bothersome hassle!

How To Use Your Norwex Enviro Cloth

DRY – Simply fold into quarters and wipe dusty surfaces.  When finished, take the cloth and shake it outside to release the dust.

WET – Wet the cloth and rign out the excess water.  Again, fold the cloth into quarters.  Wipe the dirty surface, making sure to keep the cloth flat against the surface rather than “bunching” up the cloth when wiping – this allows for maximum surface area contact which means maximum cleaning.  For spot removing, spray water on the surface being cleaned and then wipe with a damp cloth.  When the one side of the cloth gets dirty, simply flip the cloth over and use the other side, then unfold, and use another quarter of the cloth, and so on, until all parts of the cloth have been used.  When it needs to be rinsed, just rinse the cloth under warm/hot running water, while rubbing the cloth against itself to release the dirt.  Wring it out, and start again!

I encourage you to test this cloth! ~ I continue to be amazed at it’s cleaning abilities! It will remove old stains from your carpets, take smells from the rim of your toilet (eewww!), wipe grease and stuck on “stuff” from kitchen surfaces, and get soap scum and hard water scales off your bathtub and shower….., oh, and if you want truely streak-free mirrors and windows, wet your Antibac Enviro cloth with water, wipe the surface, then polish with your dry Antibac Window Cloth. You absolutely will NOT believe how great the result is!

For more detailed information on how to take care of and properly wash your microfiber, you should read my rambling posts:

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    • Deja says

      You can boil your cloths for about 10 minutes… a few minutes more won’t hurt though. I can say, from personal experience however, that deep cleaning your Norwex cloths, using lots of Norwex Laundry Detergent in a small amount of water, is THE best way to get your cloths smelling completely clean!

  1. Sheree Phillips says

    I get mixed up which cloths to use for what job..I do the blue for washing my windows and lavender to polish. I have the yellow, green and coral cloths also so whats the best uses for them? Love my windows!!

    • says

      Hi Sheree! The different colored cloths can really be used wherever you would like, but yes, it’s nice to have different jobs color coded for peace of mind. I personally use the yellow for my toilet ( I have 2 little boys with poor aim, so yellow seems an appropriate color!), blue for my shower, bathtub, sinks, and mirrors, and green for my kitchen. I use the red cloth (which is really pink) for other odd cleaning jobs around the house… walls, light switches, railings, door knobs, etc. This is the color system I use, but you can use any of the cloths for any jobs, with exception of the purple window cloth, which is for drying and polishing windows, mirrors and other shiny things! So glad to hear that you love your windows… the window cloth is amazing :)

  2. Gina says

    Do you usually wet the cloth first, unless dusting? Then how often do you launder, after every deep clean? or will rinsing get the stuff out?

    • says

      Yes, unless you’re dusting, the Enviro Cloth needs to be wet/damp for cleaning. I generally launder my cloths after every deep clean. If I’m just using it to wipe the bathroom counter and sink, I will often use it a few days in a row, and just hang it to dry in between the jobs. If you’re going to use the cloth multiple times before laundering, it’s important to rinse it out really well under warm running water (or wash it by hand with a little dish soap), and then hang it to dry so that the silver in the cloth can do it’s work of self sanitizing.

    • says

      Yes, the Norwex Enviro microfiber cloth is WONDERFUL for high polished granite – it cleans off everything… sticky fingerprints, grease, etc. I would highly recommend getting the Window Cloth as well. You would wash with the Enviro Cloth and then use the Window cloth to polish and “de-streak” your granite. You can purchase them together (, at a slight discount – it’s called the Norwex Basic Package.

    • says

      Gail, no, bleach can not be used when washing the Norwex microfiber cloths. Bleach degrades the fibers, and will quickly render them ineffective in doing what they’re supposed to.

    • says

      Brenda, sorry for my late response! I had to check with the Norwex technical advisors regarding your question. Here is their answer:

      We do not recommend that you use products such as Oxiclean with the microfiber cloths. OxiClean is an oxidizer and can affect Norwex microfiber. We cannot guarantee that the antibacterial properties or cleaning ability will still be effective after contact with oxidizing agents so recommend you use just environmentally friendly detergent with the microfiber cloths.

  3. Sue Pusztai says

    does boiling my cloths affect the silver embedded in the fibers? I boiled my cloth for 10 minutes and when I was done the water looked dark — I wondered if it was dirt or silver. Does boiling affect the antibacterial properties? Will a cloth have those antibac properties for the life of the cloth?

    • says

      Boiling your cloths does not affect the silver embedded in the fibers – the silver is there permanently. It’s the silver in the cloth that gives the cloth its antibacterial nature. Silver naturally kills bacteria by causing the bacterium cell wall to break open, and it dies. Since the silver in cloth can’t be washed or boiled out, it will always stay Antibac! I also should point out that although boiling your cloth is helpful for getting them ultra clean, I have found that deep cleaning them (as outlined in THIS blog post) works MUCH better!

  4. Katherine says

    I am trying to convince my husband that Norwex is great. His only problem is this….
    After cleaning the chicken covered surface, then rinsing the cloth in the sink, he says you still have to disinfect the sink, because the bacteria/protein, is now in the sink and the drain. How will this area get clean?

    I am having a home party soon, and hope to have an answer soon.

    Thank you ,


    • says

      Katherine, I am SO sorry for my late response… my other full time job (aka ‘mom’), has taken over for the last couple months! Typically when I’m cleaning up raw chicken mess, or anything else in my kitchen that could make my family sick, I slosh a little white vinegar in the sink and let it sit for a while, after rinsing out my Norwex Enviro Cloth. This is an easy and ‘green’ solution!

  5. Alycia Reinhart says

    I spilled a milkshake on my microfiber sofa and then tried the alcohol, sponge, and scrub brush, but I’ve had no luck. I tried using a store bought foam with a scrubbing head and I think It may have made it work. When you use the enviro-cloth and water, do you apply the water to the stain or to the cloth? Does it leave a water mark?

    • says

      Alycia, for food stains on upholstery, you would get the Norwex Enviro Cloth wet, wring it out, and then rub the stained spot. If that doesn’t work, you should try the Norwex Carpet Stain Buster (my review of the product)… it’s amazing for stains on microfiber couches… I know because I’ve used it countless times on mine! Simply spray the stained spot, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and then gently rub the spot with your Enviro Cloth. If the stain isn’t completely removed, just repeat the application.

  6. Paula says

    We just bought a new kitchen table 1 week ago and I have been using the gray microfiber envirocloth to clean it and every time I use it there seems to be more and more scratches that are appearing. Any suggestions?

    • Paula says

      I should say it is the graphite Kitchen cloth. I turned my table around and started to wipe the other end with a normal cotton dish rag and so far there have been no scratches. Too scared to try the norwex cloth again.

      • says

        Paula, I’ve never heard of the Norwex cloths scratching the finish of a kitchen table… I’m not quite sure what to say about that. Does anyone else have a suggestion?

  7. Diane Malmin says

    Does the purple cloth ever become over used.? I loved it at first then I began seeing streaks in my windows. I have been watching several Norwex vides on washing windows. I am going out to try again. Possibly I was not holding my cloth properly.

    • Crystal Moore says

      Diane, do you wash your polishing cloth sometimes? I tend to throw mine in the wash after a few uses, or if I’ve used it to polish windows that had been really dirty (like washing the outside ones). I don’t hold or fold mine in any particular way. I’d recommend washing it and throwing it in the dryer to see if that helps!

  8. Debbie Gignac says

    A friend of mine encouraged me to use your product. She ordered 2 cloths for me, and am a little confused about to how to use them. The girl she ordered them for sent me 2 purple cloth. Is one for for washing windows and mirrors (wet) and the other is suppose to be kept dry for polishing? There is nothing on the cloths that says one is a Window cloth, and the other a Enviro cloth. Thanks for your help.

    • Crystal Moore says

      Debbie, it sounds like you’ve received two window cloths, as only the polishing cloths come in purple. To clean a window, mirror or glasstop surface, you would need an enviro cloth, that you would use wet to wipe the surface, and then polish dry with your dry purple cloth.

  9. Tamara says

    I have a question. How many times is the Norwex microfiber split? There seems to be some confusion about “1/200th the size of a human hair” and the number of times a fiber is split. I keep reading that the fiber is split 200 times, and was just wondering if that is actually factual.

    • says

      Tamara, the official answer from Norwex, is that the Norwex Microfiber is no thicker than 1/200th the size of a human hair. Does this help?

  10. Jamie says

    I have had my cleaning clothes for about 4 years, and there still going strong, they have been through everything and back, I have cleaned just about everything you can image, I can pickup the rags and find myself cleaning everything, and even cleaning other people’s windows, they think I am crazy, but I’m very pleased with the product

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