For the first few months after getting them, I thought that “sour cloth syndrome” was a thing of the past – my Norwex cloths never smelled bad – I was a happy cleaner! Within about 4 months, however, my beloved Norwex cloths began to smell sour, just like my cotton cloths – GROSS.
I tried boiling them – still smelled; soaking them in vinegar – still smelled; washing them in really hot water…. all as recommended, but but the cloths were still stinky. Then I remembered a bit of advice another Norwex consultant had given me about deep cleaning the cloths when they’ve been used for REALLY dirty or greasy jobs – give them a deep clean using the Norwex Laundry Detergent.
So, I soaked them in my kitchen sink with a few scoops of the Norwex Detergent, rinsed them with warm running water, and then hung them to dry. The smell? GONE!
I was a little horrified at the color of the water in the sink after the cloths had soaked – brown; even after boiling them and laundering them before hand… these were supposedly clean cloths. I guess it’s an example of how amazing these little cloths are at picking up and holding dirt.
So if you have Norwex cloths that smell awful, don’t despair! Here’s how to get them smelling like new again:
(For stain removal, degreasing, and smelly microfiber cloths)
Fill sink or bucket with hot water, and disolve the Norwex Laundry Detergent in the water. I use 1 scoop of detergent (2Tbsp) for every 6-7 cups of water. Yes, this is WAY more than what you use for a normal load of laundry, but necessary to really deep clean your cloths. You will need to make sure that your cloths have room to move in the water and are completely submerged in the water, so be sure to use enough water and adjust your Laundry Detergent accordingly.
Add the cloths, and soak for at least 30 minutes. I also agitate them a little to get the soap and water moving through the fibers.
Rinse each cloth thoroughly, wring the water out, and then hang to dry (or launder them in your washing machine if you feel the need to).
Your cloths should smell clean and odor free!
… and if you like instructions in pictures, here you go!
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