Over the past five months the way I clean my home has done a complete 180. I used to use all kinds of random chemical cleaners, because to be honest, I didn’t know any better. I thought that I was doing a good job keeping my apartment clean, but in reality I wasn’t. So when I first heard about Norwex back in April, my jaw literally dropped.
“You mean these antibacterial wipes really aren’t working, unless I do this, this and this?”
(read the instructions, y’all… They’re CRAZY!)
“So I can actually clean up raw chicken off my counter without worrying about residue bacteria?”
(Check out this video to see what I’m talking about!)
“Wait… that’s all there is to it?! Just water?!”
And, my favorite:
“You sell more than just rags?” (Which was the start of my Norwex obsession ;) )
If you’re as intrigued as I was when I first learned about these products, I getcha girl. One of the things I HATED the most about cleaning was wondering in the back of my mind if I was really cleaning like I thought I was. I detested having to lug around a huge basket of products any time I cleaned the bathroom, and the bleach smell in a lot of cleaners always gave me a headache. So when I learned that there was a such thing as “chemical free cleaning”, you betcha I was all over that stuff! And I’ve gotta tell you… I can see a definite difference in how clean my counters look and feel, and I love that I don’t have to worry about whether or not my counters are really clean. Because they are.
How Norwex Started
Norwex started in Norway back in 1994 when the founder, Bjørn Nicolaisen, used a microfiber cloth and water to clean a dirty windshield. It was such an incredible cloth that the concept of “Cleaning without chemicals” was born and swept the country. Over the years the company continued to grow, as it expanded into different countries. Then in 2008 BacLock was created (aka, my best friend- we’ll talk more about it later) and their product line continued to grow.
In 2011 it arrived in the US, and they were now selling their microfiber cloths and many chemical free personal care items. From there the company has only continued to grow and make an impact on not only household cleaning, but also through charitable organizations and through helping their local communities when disaster strikes (they recently donated a bunch of free disaster kits to families in Texas after Hurricane Harvey hit).
The company’s mission is to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes, and y’all… they are doing just that.
How it Works
The microfiber cloths (like the EnviroCloth, Dusting Mitt, Kitchen Cloth and Kitchen Towel) are able to clean up dust, dirt and grease from all washable surfaces using only water. That’s right folks, no chemicals! The microfiber can remove up to 99% of bacteria from those surfaces (when you follow the right procedures, of course) and will pick up and trap dust particles and grime until you rinse the cloth out.
Many of their products also have BacLock, which is Norwex’s micro silver antibacterial agents. The BacLock helps the cloth self-purify and prevent odors from bacteria and mold and mildew growth from happening within the cloth.
You can use them damp for general cleaning and heavily soiled areas, or dry for dusting since it creates static electricity that lifts even those small particles from your surfaces. You don’t have to worry about spraying harmful chemicals on your counters, toilets, tubs and so on, nor do you have to worry about residual junk being left on those surfaces either. Awesome, right?
The Microfiber in the cloths is seriously SO cool, y’all. It’s what I’d call a “super microfiber”, because it can not only remove up to 99% of bacteria, but It can hold up to seven times its weight in water. AND it’s woven so densely, that the fiber in ONE EnviroCloth can stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. WHAAAT?! #crazy
Read more about the microfiber here!
Caring for your Norwex
For day-to-day use, I scrub and rinse out my cloths under warm water after using them in order to get the dirt, dust and everything in between out of the cloth. Then I hang it up to dry until I use it again. After a few days, I throw my cloths into the washer and clean with some chemical free detergent one of my sweet friends makes and sells. (If you don’t have chemical free detergent, use something like All Free and Clear!).
Please note that you should never, ever, ever use your Norwex with cleaning products. It will not only mess up the microfiber but let’s be honest… who needs those chemicals anyways?! Only use it with water OR with other deep cleaning products Norwex sells (unless specified otherwise).
Norwex offers SO many other household and personal care products that you can find exactly what you need in order to make the switch to chemical free cleaning. I absolutely LOVE their kitchen cloth & towel, and the window cloth is perfect for shining up my mirrors and windows after wiping them clean. The dusting mitt and EnviroWand are perfect for making sure my house is dust-free, and don’t get me started on how amazing the mop is. One word: life-changing. ;)
Check out their other products here.
I have been SO pleased with every single one of the products I use, and I can’t wait to try out even more. I never thought I’d be the one to say “sionara” to my cleaning products, but I am so glad I made the change. Norwex has not only helped make my home a safer, cleaner place, but it’s helped cut down my cleaning time immensely, and I love that I don’t have to worry about whether or not my surfaces really are clean. Because friends, they are!
Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Have you ever heard of Norwex before?
What are your thoughts on chemical free cleaning?
*I was not compensated for this post. I’m just sharing my thoughts about products that I love!