Thursday, February 3, 2011

Routine Deep Cleaning Of Your Hardest Working Norwex Cloths

Three of my most valued and hardest working Norwex Products are my:

Enviro Cloth - This cloth cleans my home top to bottom!  No more cleaners, just water!!!  10 year old stain from a carpet.  Baked on butter from a white plastic toaster.  Walls.  Floors.  Grease from paint.  Cupboards.  Bathroom fixtures easier and shinier than with comet.  Micro-suede dining room chairs.  Couch.  Coffee spill on my shirt.  etc.  I clean on Saturday and do laundry on Sunday.  If I need to use the cloth during the week for a small light job I just rinse with warm water.  Medium job I hand wash with a little Norwex Dish Liquid.  If it's a bigger job it is retired until laundry day.  If it is a really dirty / greasy job it gets a deep clean (as outlined at the end) and then it's off to the laundry.

Kitchen Cloths - Thanks to these cloths I no longer waste 3 rolls of paper towels per week and more than $260 per year!  These are probably the toughest working babies!  They have to deal with biodegrading food and sticky grease on a daily basis. We all know this means a sour smell in cloths within a day.  Not these antibacterial babies!  This is also why they are made thin and light to allow for thorough rinsing and quick drying.  Even though they are thin they still clean everything in my kitchen just as well as the thicker Enviro Cloth.  They can also pick up nearly an entire cup of water!  I strongly recommend not using one of these more than a couple of days.  After 2 days It is retired to the laundry bin.  After a really greasy job such as cleaning up after frying bacon I hand wash with Norwex Dish Liquid, hang dry and then it's retired to the laundry bin whether it's been 2 days or not.  Same for any high bacteria load clean ups such as after raw meat.

Baby (or Makeup or Body) Cloths -  These cloths remove my makeup, including waterproof mascara, with just water!  Makeup and skin oils gather in the cloth quickly. I use one side per day for 2 days.  If it is the beginning of the week and will be several days before laundry day I wash with Norwex Dish Liquid to get rid of some of the oil as I don't want the oil to prevent the antibacterial action by coating the fibers.

I LOVE THESE CLOTHS!  But!  I'll be honest, even though I know better, I sometimes lose track of time and use a kitchen or body cloth longer than I should.  I've forgotten to rinse out and hang dry my Enviro Cloth.  In fact just recently I found my demo Enviro Cloth in a plastic bag I had thrown it in 3 days earlier after a demonstration party!  Still just as wet as when I had put it in there and no smell!  Thanks to the Norwex antibacterial silver agent technology.  After about 4 months though my cloths started to let me know I was pushing things and they started talking back in the form of odour!

I had a kitchen cloth that was quite sour. Smelled just like cotton cloths do after just one day.  First I soaked it in vinegar. Still smelled.  Then I boiled it. Still smelled. Then I laundered it as usual.  Still smelled!  I had followed all of the recommend procedures.  They didn't work.  That's when I decided to do what I already recommend for deep cleaning Enviro Cloths after tough job with lots of dirt and/or grease.  I soaked it in a bowl with 1 Tsp of Norwex Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent (details at end).  Laundered as usual.  No more smell!  I was also amazed that the water was dirty when I deep cleaned it since the cloth had already been boiled and laundered.  More proof of how exceptional these cloths are at picking up and holding dirt!   Also a reminder to not over use my cloths. They are awesome but they have limits.   Even with those limits these cloths are 10 times better than the cotton cloths, sponges, paper towels and other things we used to use.

Another option for dealing with smell is using Norwex Odour Eliminator.  I have used that as well.  It is designed for dealing with organic based odours and is great for use around the garbage, cat litter box, in the bathroom, diaper pail, etc. It is most often used diluted as a spray but it can also be added (1 cap full) to the laundry for something like sheets after a bed wetting.  A single bottle of Odour Eliminator used as a spray diluted 1 part Odour Elminator to 7 parts water.  This means a single 500ml bottle of Odour Eliminator can make up to 4 liters of spray.  For even tougher odours in future I might try Sportzyme.  Similar product but several times stronger as it is for use in stuff like gym bags, sports equipment and shoes.

DEEP CLEANING
After a dirty job, greasy job, for stains or routine maintenance.

To deep clean 1 or 2 cloths at a time I use 1 tsp (corrected - used to say Tbsp) of Norwex Laundry Detergent (the amount usually used for an entire load of laundry) in a bowl with 4 to 6 cups of hot water.

Dissolve the detergent in the hot water.

Add the cloth(s) and let soak for at least half an hour.

Put on some rubber gloves and agitate, agitate, agitate!  You may be surprised at the colour of the water!

Rinse well. 

Launder as usual.  

I find this works even better than boiling when it comes to getting dirt and grease out of this fantastic cloths!

If I were doing all (8) of my Enviro (2), Kitchen (3) and body cloths (3) I use for removing makeup I would do it in a bucket and use 1 tsp per 6 cups (1.5 liters) of water.  (This was edited of April 25, 2011).

From the new 2011 Norwex Catalogue

Microfiber Care Instructions

To save the environment and reduce the use of detergents, we suggest that slightly dirty cloths and mops be washed with a little Norwex Dish Liquid under warm running water and used again before laundering.
  • Launder microfiber cloths with other lint-free laundry.
  • Use only Norwex Ultra Power Plus or another environmentally friendly detergent without fillers and bleach to clean our products.
  • Do not use bleach or fabric softener on microfiber.  Bleach and fabric softeners destroy the product's ability to clean effectively. 
Please note:  Dryer Sheets fall in the fabric softener category so don't use them when drying your microfiber. 
For convenience and little extra insurance I use a Norwex Washing Net.  The thing is huge!  It's like a duffel bag, not the flat nets you have seen or used before.  I fit all my cloths in it or 2 extra large towels with lots of room for them to move around. They are less likely to collect lint or touch the dryer drum which is coated with fabric softener.  It also keeps all my cloths together so I don't lose them like socks that magically disappear!  I collect the dirty cloths in it and then the whole thing goes in the washer and then the dryer. 
 
BOTTOM LINE

These cloths are special and they require a little bit of special care but they are way beyond worth it.  I hope I'm not making it sound like a lot because it really is simple. 
  1. Follow the Care Instructions outlined in the catalogue.
  2. Don't over use the cloths.
  3. Deep Clean every couple of months for extra "insurance" and to make up for the times we didn't do 1 and 2.  : )