How to Clean Norwex Microfiber Cloths (Best Care Tips)

Are your Norwex microfiber cloths stinky or just in need of a good cleaning? This article will give you all the information you need to clean your Norwex Microfiber cloths and some of the best care tips so you can keep your cloths working properly for many years to come! First, I want you to know that I am an Independent Sales Consultant with Norwex, but my blog focuses on how I am raising my twin boys in a Montessori home while at the same time creating a safe home environment and reducing chemicals by using Norwex. I have years of experience using Norwex products and want to share some of that with you!

In this article, I will share the best care tips to keep your beloved Norwex microfiber cloths in tip-top shape! These suggestions I make in this post are based on the care instructions Norwex recommends and my personal experience using these products for many years.

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Basic Care Instructions (The things you should do daily to care for your Norwex before needing to launder)

What I love about Norwex is you don’t need to clean the cloths after every use (usually). Cloths can be used multiple times before a good cleaning in your washing machine. The reason for this is because all of Norwex microfiber cloths contain BacLock®, which is a micro silver agent in the cloth. The BacLock® will go to work and self-purify your microfiber cloths within 24 hours. Below I outline basic care practices you need to follow based on the Norwex products you are using and what you have been cleaning with your cloths.

Norwex Enviro, Kitchen cloths and all microfiber cloths Care instructions

The Norwex Enviro Cloth is the most popular Norwex product, it can do it all! This cloth can be used on just about everything such as hard surfaces, outdoor furniture, and the kitchen sink (plus so much more)! The ‘E’ in EnviroCloth stands for EVERYTHING!

Norwex kitchen cloths are probably one of my all-time favorite Norwex rags! They clean kitchen counters without any harmful chemicals, which is vitally important in our kitchens when food is constantly coming in contact with our surfaces. You need to rinse your kitchen and Enviro cloths with warm water (the hotter the better) after each use. For the best results, rub the cloth fibers against themselves for a deeper clean. Then, whenever you start to notice the cloths feeling a little stiff after they have dried or a little stinky you know that they have done their job well and need a wash in the washing machine.

After each use, rinse with hot water, ring out, and hang to dry for your next use. You can wash your slightly dirty microfiber by adding a drop of Norwex Dish Soap, scrubbing, and then rinse thoroughly under warm running water. Ring out excess water and either hang up to dry or pop your cloth into the dryer (with non-linty items). However you choose to dry them is fine, just don’t let them sit in the bottom of your sink or they will certainly begin to stink with mildew growth.

If you are using your EnviroCloth on your toilets you may consider washing before your next use. Not totally necessary but some recommend this. At the very least, rinse out with very hot water and hang to dry so the BacLock can go to work to kill off all that bacteria!

Norwex Dusting Mitt Care Instructions

If you are dusting your entire house with your Norwex dusting mitt after you can use your Norwex rubber brush to clean off all those dust bunnies. No need to wash your dusting mitt after each use. Probably about 1x a month depending on the frequency of use.

Norwex Mop Pads Care instructions

The dry mop pad can be cleaned between uses with the Norwex rubber brush and laundered when needed. Using the rubber brush is a great way to remove all of the dirt and debris from your mop pad.

After using the Norwex wet mop pad, rinse and hang to dry. Launder when needed, probably after a few times of cleaning your floors.

You can launder the Norwex mop pads with any other Norwex products. Again, just don’t wash with detergents that have dyes, fillers, or fragrances. Stay away from dryer sheets, bleach, and fabric softener when cleaning your Norwex products.

Norewx body and face cloths Care instructions

The Norwex body and face cloths have eliminated my need for face wash, saving me so much money over the years! They work so well to remove makeup! After use, rinse with hot water, rubbing the fibers against themself. Hang to dry. Launder every 2-3 days. Conveniently, they come in a pack of 3 for this reason!

Norwex netted dish cloth with a mini green EnviroCloth in a mini bread dish

Norwex Proper Care Instructions

You likely received a card that listed the proper care instructions with your order. Here’s a review! By following these proper care instructions you will ensure many happy years of use of your Norwex products!

  • Between uses rinse your Norwex cloths in hot water (you could use a drop of Norwex Dish soap)
  • Wash all Norwex microfiber and mop pads in the washing machine.
  • Use Norwex laundry detergent or any laundry detergent as long as it is free from all fillers, fragrances, and dyes. These things will clog the fibers in your cloth and they will not clean as effectively. Do not use fabric softener, bleach, or dryer sheets when washing your Norwex products.
  • You can wash with cold water, but hot water is recommended because this will help open up the fibers to release all the dirt and bacteria you trapped in your cloth while cleaning!
  • Dry in the dryer with lint-free laundry or you can hang dry your cloths

How to do a deep cleaning of Norwex cloths and mop pads

Norwex recommends doing a deep clean of your Norwex microfiber every 6-12 months. This is going to be the most effective way to remove any stink from your Norwex microfiber.

To do the deep cleaning you will want to use Norwex Microfiber Cleaner and Laundry Booster.

  1. Fill your sink with hot (not boiling) water.
  2. Add up to 10 Norwex microfiber cloths or mop pads into the water
  3. Add 1 scoop of Norwex Microfiber Cleaner and Laundry Booster
  4. Soak your cloths for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse and ring out cloths well.
  6. Repeat a 2nd or even 3rd time if you think your cloths need it.
  7. Transfer your deep-cleaned microfiber into the washing machine and wash with Norwex Ultra Power Plus laundry detergent or another fragrance, dye, and filler-free laundry detergent.
  8. Dry in the dryer (you can do this right from the deep clean, but I would recommend washing first)
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Sink with water and various Norwex microfiber cloths
Container of Norwex Microfiber cleaner laundry booster
Scoop of microfiber cleaner held above a sink with cloths soaking
Microfiber cleaner being sprinkled over cloths soaking in a sink of water
Sink of water with cloths soaking and a women's hand grabbing a cloth
sink of dirty water

What NOT to do when it comes to Norwex

  • Do NOT use bleach, fabric softeners or dryer sheets
  • Do NOT leave your Norwex cloths sitting in a pile in your sink or on your counter
  • Do NOT wash your dishes with your microfiber cloths and soap. (Consider the Norwex Netted Dish Cloth and never need to buy a sponge again!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Cutting board with Norwex Enviro cloth and Norwex rubber brush

Why are my Norwex cloths stinky?

Even though Norwex cloths self-purify with the silver antibacterial agent, BacLock® , they still need to be cleaned regularly. Norwex cloths are so great at picking up dirt and debris and doing all of the hard work that they need to be cleaned on a regular basis and deep cleaned every 6-12 months. The fibers get clogged or just have carried and trapped in so much dirt which can inhibit your cloths’ ability to self-purify and kill off that bacteria.

Can I dry my Norwex cloths in the dryer?

Yes, you most certainly can!
Do you like your cloths or clothes to have a fragrance but don’t want to use toxic dryer sheets? Try using wool dryer balls (Norwex sells these!) and put a few drops of your favorite essential oils on them, toss in with your laundry to be dried and there you have laundry smelling great!

What if my Norwex microfiber cloths are stained?

Your cloth is doing its’ job if it has some stains! You can try to pre-treat your Norwex cloths with Norwex stain remover. Some stains may not be able to be removed, and at a certain point, you may want to invest in some new cloths. All Norwex microfiber cloths have a 2-year guarantee.

Can I wash my Norwex with regular detergent?

You can use any detergent as long as it has no dyes, fragrances or fillers. Do not dry with dryer sheets. Do not use bleach or fabric softener.

Why are my Norwex cloths not absorbing water?

This may be a sign of hard water and minerals. You can wash your cloths by adding 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the drum of your washing machine. Otherwise, wash as normal.

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    1. Good question! Norwex recommends doing a deep cleaning of microfiber cloths about every 6 months. Norwex sells a Microfiber Booster powder that you can use for this. You may notice the cloth is stinky or stiff. That is a good sign that they may need a deep cleaning. Cloths should have a definite lifespan of 2 years. However, if you follow the proper care instructions they should have a much longer lifespan than that! I have had many of my cloths for many many years and they are still working effectively. I hope this helps answer your question!

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