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Is Norwex Really Better?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A few years ago, a friend from our very first Air Force assignment mentioned Norwex to me. (Hi, Julia!) I had been complaining about washing my windows and how they are always streaky and I just hate doing it. Can you feel me on this? Does anyone enjoy cleaning windows?

After she mentioned it, I checked out her sales page and thought, "well, that's interesting. Maybe I'll give it a try when we move." 

Then I promptly forgot about it.

Fast forward two years, or maybe three - I can't remember for sure, and a different friend in my neighborhood was moving out and had a box of cleaning stuff she asked if I would take. It was kismet that I said yes to this random box of cleaners because I clean almost my whole house with vinegar and baking soda. I hate using chemicals and won't unless I feel there is no other option. Lo and behold, she had two brand new Norwex cloths in the box. I asked if she knew those were in there and she laughingly said,

"I love the idea of healthier, eco-friendly cleaning; I really do. 
I just keep going back to the stuff I'm used to using. I've never even tried them."

Hmmm. Yeah, I fall into the same habits day in and day out, too. But now I have these brand spanking new Norwex cloths and why not give it a shot? What's the worst that can happen, right?

These.Things.Are.Awesome.

I was hooked immediately and can I tell you how much cleaner my house is on a regular basis now? Typically, my house gets messy but it's never actually very dirty so it's not like these cloths have worked miracles or anything but they are so easy to use and do such a good job in every room and on every surface that I will definitely be ordering a couple more.

And that window cloth? For the first time in my adult life, I have streak free windows. Regularly. I can wipe my windows once a week or every other week and it's done. I did have a bit of a learning curve here, but what works for me is to use the multi purpose cloth slightly wet and follow it with the purple glass cloth dry to shine and polish. I think the real key might be to not get the window cloth too wet before using, though. 

You want to know about time, don't you? Besides going through an entire roll of paper towels, I used to spend several hours washing all of our windows. It was pretty much an all day job... so it didn't get done very often. Now? I can do all of the windows on all three floors of my home in about an hour. If I'm just focusing on our main floor, I can do that in about 15 or 20 minutes. That's washing the inside AND the outside. (For reference, my living room has 2 big double windows, my dining room has 2 sets of French doors. I have a double window in my kitchen - this one takes the longest because it's hard to reach - and one medium sized window in my half-bath. The front door is frosted glass and beside it is another window the same size as the door.)

It really is that fast. The lazy girl in me loves that; I would much rather read a book than clean windows. I'm not spraying gross chemicals and breathing them in or absorbing them through my skin. I'm not generating an entire garbage bag full of waste. The hippie in me loves both of those things.

I use the multi purpose cloth everywhere else. I dust with it, wipe the table, clean the sinks and bathroom shelves. I even wipe down the tile walls in the bathroom. It is antibacterial, but I don't use it too often on the kitchen counters. I would really like a separate cloth for that, but I do use it to wipe down my cabinets, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Oh! I almost forgot doors and trim work! A couple of swipes and those sticky little hand prints are gone! No scrubbing, no harsh cleaners. No ruined manicures. 

You read that correctly - it cleans everything and leaves nail polish perfectly intact. 

It really is amazing.

When I first got them, I thought there would be nothing special about these cloths. They're just microfiber squares with a finished edge so they don't unravel. I didn't truly think they would be any different from any other microfiber dish cloth you can pick up at the supermarket. So I did just that - I bought a 4-pack of what looked like higher quality microfiber cloths and came home and cleaned with them. 

There is such a difference. A huge difference. I don't know if it's the weave or if it has to do with the silver that the Norwex cloths are charged with, but the Norwex works infinitely better. After seeing the differences, I hate the other cloths I bought and never use them but since I spent $10 on them, I feel like I can't toss them just yet.

So that's my Norwex spiel. I don't sell it and I get no commission if you decide to try it. I just wanted to share my experience because these two little strips of fabric have made my life so much easier. I feel like I am one HUGE step closer to being the domestic goddess I want to be. 

I have so much fun cleaning with these that I usually put on a cute apron while I'm using them even though there is nothing to get my clothes dirty. I'm just silly like that.

I plan to buy at least 2 more cloths - one for the kitchen and one to keep in our main bathroom - and I really want to try their mop. Maybe Santa will bring me one for Christmas.

If you want to give it a try, here's the link to my friend Julia's store. Or you can go to the main Norwex page to find a consultant in your area. They would maybe have some products you could see in action. This link connects to the two products I have and use.

If you use Norwex or try it out, let me know what products you love and how you use them to make your life easier and cleaner and healthier. I'd love to hear back from you.

2 Responses to “Is Norwex Really Better?”

  1. I've been wanting to try Norwex products for a while now. My friend said I would like the floor system. Do you use vinegar with the cloths?

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    1. I don't use vinegar with them. I wet them a little and wring out as much water as I can and then clean. If I'm working on a very dirty surface (or something sticky), I'll wet the cloth with really hot water and wring it out then use. After a few days or a week or so (depends on how dirty they look), I toss them in the wash or in a boiling pot of water to clean them up. I mostly use vinegar in the shower and toilets, and sometimes I spray my kitchen with it to disinfect. I think you'd really like them; they've revolutionized cleaning for me.

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