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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 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.
I 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 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.
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!