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Norwex Window Cleaning Cloths – How To Make Your Windows, Mirrors, and Stainless Steel Shine

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Many people are looking for an alternative to Windex and other conventional glass cleaners that contain less harmful chemicals. Norwex window cleaning cloths are the perfect solution! I love using this to clean all glass in my home, including mirrors. It also does an amazing job polishing stainless steel!

I created a video to show how I clean mirrors and stainless steel appliances in my home without harmful chemicals. Having a clean home is important to me, but sometimes some of the cleaners that work the best can also be harmful. When you have two small kids, you spend all this time child proofing to keep your kids from getting into things they shouldn’t, but things can still happen at any time. My four year old has figured out all the cabinet locks, anyway!

Even though you can lock things away, it still makes sense to remove as many harmful things from your home as possible. It’s also better for the health of everyone in the household to save harsh chemicals only for when they’re absolutely necessary, and use gentler products day-to-day.

What Is Norwex?

norwex-window-cleaning-clothsNorwex is a company that sells chemical-free cleaning products. They are committed to environmentally-friendly and healthy cleaning solutions. It is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, but I am in no way affiliated with Norwex, nor do I know any consultants. I am simply a person who has tried and uses their products.

The Norwex window cleaning cloth is only one of many products they offer. This cloth removes 99.9% of bacteria from surfaces, and it traps dust and grime within its fibers to leave the surface perfectly clean and shiny.

These products are also environmentally friendly in that they don’t use any harsh chemicals, and they eliminate the need for paper towels. It makes cleaning your house far less wasteful than typical cleaning practices.

Norwex is a perfect choice for people with allergies and sensitivities to scents. Because all you need to clean is the Norwex cloth and water, there is nothing to cause any sort of reaction or discomfort for anyone in the home.

Cleaning Mirrors and Stainless Steel with the Window Cloth

You can clean more with the Norwex window cloth than just windows! My favorite use for the cloth is actually bathroom mirrors, followed by stainless steel. Here is a video detailing my process for cleaning mirrors and stainless steel with the Norwex window cloth.

Video Summary

norwex-window-cleaning-cloths-stainless-steelI have been using the Force of Nature cleaning system to do so many jobs around the house lately, but I still prefer to use my Norwex window cloth as a final step on windows, mirrors, and stainless steel. It does a great job making it shiny and removing all moisture so as not leave behind watermarks.

When I first started using the window cloth, I wasn’t very impressed. I tried just taking the cloth and wiping the dry mirror/window, and was frustrated that it didn’t seem to do anything. After a little digging, I realized it does best by making it a two-step process.

First, you need to clean off the grime and dirt from the surface. You can use whatever all-purpose cleaner you prefer for this. I use my Force of Nature cleaner or a wet microfiber cleaning cloth.

Then, you take the window cloth, fold it into quarters, and use it to dry, shine, & polish the surface. Make sure for stainless steel that you wipe with the grain–that is essential for removing all smudges from the surface and not adding more.

That is all you need to do to make your mirrors perfectly clear and your stainless steel shine beautifully.

What About BacLock?

norwex-baclockNorwex products contain a self-cleansing agent called BacLock, which is a layer of antibacterial silver. The idea is that the BacLock will cleanse the cloth within 24 hours to kill germs in the cloth and prevent things like mold and mildew from growing.

It’s important to note that the BacLock is only for self-cleaning the cloth itself–the BacLock doesn’t kill bacteria on surfaces. BUT microfiber itself does an excellent job of pulling bacterial and germs off surfaces. Those germs are stored in the cloth, and the idea is that you rinse out as much as you can and the BacLock takes care of the rest.

Experiments have been done to determine whether or not BacLock is sufficient to disinfect the cloths, and unfortunately it is not. It definitely may help slow bacterial growth, and may even kill off some of it, but it will probably not completely eradicate it. That is why I also like to have a cleaner like Force of Nature on hand–when your kid throws up all over your dining table at dinner, or your dog has an accident on the carpet, or you get raw chicken juices on your counter, it is important that you truly tackle and kill those germs.

Now, this does not mean that Norwex products don’t work–they definitely do! Microfiber cleaning cloths in general are amazing at removing bacteria and germs from surfaces. They do a wonderful job getting off dirt, grime, and grease, and leave surfaces looking shiny and new. I love them! But I just think it’s important to be realistic about them, and understand that they will probably hold on to some of those germs in their fibers until properly disinfected (I will explain how to do so below, keep reading!) which means the next time you go to use the cloth, you could re-spread the germs on the new surface if you haven’t yet disinfected it.

For the window cloth, this is not a big deal to me. As I showed you in the video, the window cloth is best used on a clean surface, so I do not really need to wash the window cloth all that often or worry about germs in the cloth.

But for my other Norwex cloths, I have noticed that even after rinsing them really well and hanging them to dry, they still get an odd smell to them. Throwing them in the washer helps a bit, but sometimes they still smell slightly off out of the washer, too. Ultimately, to really cleanse the cloth you need to boil them once in awhile.

It seems like a hassle at first, but it’s really not. I just use my Norwex cloths to do whatever I need them to do, then I rinse it out, throw it in a pot, fill it with water, and put in on the stove while I finish up other chores. After it has boiled around 10 minutes, I pull the pot off the stove, bring it to the sink, and run cold water over it until the cloth is cool enough to handle. Then I squeeze it out and hang it to dry. This stops all funky odors from taking over the cloths.

You don’t need to boil every day–it kind of depends on what sorts of jobs you used it on. You will be able to tell when it seems like the cloth isn’t quite as clean as you’d like–it will have a musty smell. At that time, throw it in a pot and boil for 10 minutes.

Don’t let having to boil the cloths stop you from trying them. I may sound like a crazy person, but using microfiber has kind of changed my life! 😉 Seriously, I just love the way it leaves surfaces smooth and shiny. Also, for the window cloth you will very rarely have to wash or disinfect it anyway, as long as you always use it on a clean surface.

Final Details

Norwex products in general are the cheapest through the consultants, and if you plan to make a large purchase I do think finding a consultant is best, especially if you want to try to throw a party to earn rewards.

But if you’re like me at all, you either: a) don’t really know a consultant, b) aren’t sure you know anyone that would actually like to come to your Norwex party (many people are starting to get a little tired of MLM parties).

I tried to host a Norwex party a few months ago, surveyed my friends and family to see who wanted an invite, and didn’t get one taker. Maybe that just says more about my popularity than anything else, but it became clear that a party wasn’t going to benefit me if I didn’t have anyone to attend the party.

Thankfully, ordering through a consultant is not the only way to get the products. Amazon sells Norwex products, and while they cost a few bucks more there than through a consultant, they’re often on Prime, so if you are a Prime member you don’t need to pay for shipping. Once you factor in shipping, the prices are about the same anyway. If you only want a couple items and don’t want the hassle of trying to throw a party, purchasing on Amazon is the way to go. If you plan to make a big purchase of multiple items, then it is probably worth trying to get a party organized with a consultant.

Have you tried Norwex cleaning products before? What about the window cleaning cloth? Let me know what you think of them in the comments!

Holly Lee

I'm Holly and I'm the mom of two awesome young boys. We have been cloth diapering for 5 years. My family and I live in Minnesota with our dog, Ruby, and cat, Gherkin. Outside of Rocking the Cloth, I am also a middle school teacher. Thank you for visiting Rocking the Cloth--feel free to email me at holly@rockingthecloth.com if you have any questions or concerns. I'd love to help!

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12 Comments

  1. Dave M. says:

    I have never heard of Norwex products until I read you post. Thanks you for including so much information! I am not very happy with the bathroom mirrors in my house after I clean them. I use windex and a paper towel, but it leaves streaks and paper towel “lint” all over the mirror. I think a product like a  Norwex cloth will likely solve this issue. Do you think it works well on the chrome faucets? I love a sparkling bathroom and that is on area that needs to shine!

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Hi Dave! Yes, no more paper towel lint with the Norwex clothes! I do think the Norwex cloths would shine up your chrome fixtures, too.

  2. Lok Which says:

    Norwex is the best window cleaning clothe. It was the best thing i ever ordered for my windows. I absolutely love it and told all my friends about it. No streaks anywhere on my windows. It is all that is promised and then some.. I am going to order more. 

    I used to hate window washing. Now, I just use an old microfiber cloth for washing, and use the Norwex to dry. It makes my house look so beautiful and neat.

    Thank you for sharing this informational article.

    Lok Which

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Awesome, Lok! Glad you have had a great experience with them.

  3. Liliana Duarte says:

    I didn’t know that this type of cloth existed! This is so interesting, it looks so much easier with this cloth! And i love the baclock feature as is so hygienic,never thought that a cloth could stop a bacteria to grow!!!  And as I have allergies problems and my partner is really sensitive to some odors is always to clean the house without one of us gets sick

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Hi Liliana! Norwex is definitely a great brand for you to consider in your household if you have allergies and sensitivities. I think you will be happy with the products!

  4. Sondra M says:

    Hi Holly, trying to clean smudges and fingerprints off of stainless steel appliances is challenging.   Actually challenging may be an understatement.  If Norwex cloths can effectively handle that tasks, I need to try them.   I am glad they can be purchased  from Amazon.   

    I can see how it would be challenging to get your friends and family to buy into the idea of attending a Norwex party.   At least you were smart enough to ask prior to signing up for their sales program.   

    p.s.   Thanks for contributing to my  unexpected education about chemicals in window cleaners.   When I read the first part of your post, I was in disbelief.   I actually pulled two different brands of window cleaner products out and looked at the ingredient labels and the warnings.   You were right.    Now, I realize that I don’t want Francesco, my poodle, to be licking the glass doors and windows at my house and shop.  I’m not sure if he licks them but he certainly spends a lot of his time with his nose pressed against the glass.  

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Hi Sondra! I agree, it’s scary sometimes to think how every day items can be dangerous to our kids and pets. I’m glad you found the post helpful!

  5. Rick Ware says:

    I like that  Force of Nature System is an alternative to Windex and other conventional glass and chemical cleaners. I especially like that there are no harmful chemicals in Norwex cloths. The best part is that I can cut back on those toxic solutions cluttering up my closets. I’m purchasing several for my house. I would urge anyone concerned by their health and the health of the planet to purchase Norwex window cleaning cloths. And, thanks for the terrific video showing exactly how to use the Norex Cloth!

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Thanks Rick! Glad you found it helpful.

  6. This is right up my alley, so to speak, I don’t use any chemicals when cleaning either and, I adore micro-fiber cloths.  This Norwex cloth looks like another gem for my collection. 

    Usually, for my laundry I use some borax or, baking soda & a little vinegar on hot cycle for my rags and cleaning cloths but, also for my regular cloths and, my mans’ work clothes.  Do you think that would ruin the cloth?  I’m not opposed to boiling it though just infinitely curious 🙂

    You aren’t alone Holly.  Micro-fiber cloths cut cleaning time down!  I don’t do MLM’s as a business anymore but, that doesn’t mean I don’t buy MLM products if they are fabulous.  Besides, you are doing the best thing possible with your business by promoting something you love on your own real-estate, your website!

    Ps.  Who else saw her start her video down on the floor thinking ‘yep, some people will never understand what the main person cleaning the house goes through on a weekly basis to make their lives sparkle!”

    1. Holly Lee says:

      I’m sure it’s fine to wash them with vinegar/borax/baking soda, but the only thing is that those elements don’t disinfect, and microfiber can trap particles and germs really well. That’s why they’re so awesome to use for cleaning to pick up and trap germs. Boiling them once in awhile will make sure the germs truly die off.

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