What Norwex Cloth Should I Use?

What Norwex Cloth Should I Use?

Norwex has a fabulous collection of cleaning cloths!  Did you know? Norwex Microfiber has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions. All Norwex cloths are constructed with superior microfiber. Lots of them have the exclusive Baclock™ in the cloth that goes to work to self-purify and inhibit odors from bacteria, mold and mildew growth in the cloth; some of them have different types of fibers woven with the microfiber for extra scrubbing power. Some are super-soft for delicate surfaces, while others are textured to deal with tough kitchen messes. The Norwex line of microfiber cloths are expertly designed to tackle every job you face in your homes without using chemicals.

Have you ever wondered if you are using the best Norwex cloth for the job?

Let me remove the guessing game and give you the scoop on what cloth is best for what job. Let this post be your quick reference guide when you find yourself wondering if you are choosing the best cloth.

What Norwex Cloth for What Job?

What Cloth for What Job? – PDF

The Norwex Counter Cloths are so new that they are not on the comparison chart. But they are so fantastic, I wanted to include them in this post :).Norwex Counter Cloths

Did you know that most of your Norwex cloths should NOT be used with soap?

Norwex microfiber cloths only require water to do their job effectively.  The reason soap is not advised is because the microfiber is designed to absorb 7 times it’s weight (in water, dirt, debris, grease) but it will absorb soap as well.  This happens because there are open spaces in the fibers created by the splitting process (during manufacturing) that enable the cloths to lift away dust and dirt and absorb several times its own weight. The absorbed soap will coat and clog the pores in the microfibers, making them ineffective and deep cleaning will be required to restore the cloth.  But like most things in life, there are a few exceptions.  These exceptions are designed to be used with or without dish soap (ideally Norwex Dishwashing Liquid). They include:

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These one aren’t technically cloths, but they are worth mentioning:

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Did you know that Norwex cloths expire? 

Norwex’s superior microfiber is guaranteed for 2 years of service.  Norwex microfiber cloths work hard and have the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.  The microfiber is so ‘micro’ that if unwound, the fibers would stretch 3 million meters.  After two years, they are no longer guaranteed as a chemical replacement. This doesn’t mean you should throw them away… it just means they should be demoted to jobs that don’t required 99% of bacteria removal.  There are lots of jobs like that! For example: garage jobs, the outside windows, cleaning patio furniture, etc.  I do suggest you replace the cloths you use to maintain your kitchen, bathroom, toilet, and any other cloths you use on surfaces that would normally require chemicals, every 2 years!  That way it is guaranteed clean.

Here’s my little riddle to help you remember:

Expired Norwex Cloth Riddle

Ever wondered if you are following the ‘proper care and use instructions’ for your Norwex cloths? 

Caring for your cloths is simple. To maximize the use of your cloths, ensure that you are removing up to 99% of bacteria from the surfaces in your home and prevent your cloths from getting stinky, just follow the instructions below.  Norwex Microfiber Care Tips

I recommend that every 6 months, you deep clean your cloths. This is the best and most simple way to care for and maximize the life of your Norwex cloths.  Read How to Deep Clean your Norwex Microfiber Cloths for all the details.

Norwex’s way of cleaning is radically different!  Because of this, you may need to radically change how you think about cleaning.  Hopefully this post will equip you with the information needed to sort out any confusion between the cloths and help you make the most of your cloths, inform you when it is time to replace your old cloths and teach you about proper care instructions for your cloths.

Do you still have questions? Feel free to leave a comment if you are still wondering about how to make the most of your Norwex cloths.

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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EnviroCloth — New & Improved!!!

EnviroCloth — New & Improved!!!

Isn’t it wonderful when something fabulous gets even more fabulous? The Norwex number one, top-selling item, the EnviroCloth that started Norwex, is now New and Improved !!!

3 things have improved…

  1. COLOUR

For the past nine years I’ve been asked, “what’s with the colour palette for the EnviroCloths???”!!! These cloths have always been available in four colors – red, yellow, blue & green – and now it is available in grey. The grey colour is not only trendy for home decor but it is also practical for hiding stains. It is universal to match any home! The yellow EnviroCloth is now discontinued (that’s okay, it was dedicated for my toilets anyway 🙂 ).

2. MAGNETIC CORNER

Not only is the grey EnviroCloth available in the regular size, it is now also available in a larger size with an added magnet… keeping the Magnetic EnviroCloth convenient and always within reach. Hang it on your fridge, washing machine, barbecue, toolbox, fitness equipment, stroller handle, or simply on your stove. Quick and easy for drying your hands, wiping down a dirt surface, removing streaks and smears, or for drying out the inside ring of your washing machine seal. The magnet makes it quick and easy to hanging your cloth up to dry. This strong magnet in the corner of the cloth will keep your cloth handy 24/7.

3.  MORE MICROFIBER

It gets even better!! For years the EnviroCloth has contained 2.9 million meters of microfiber, which was awesome, but now they are even thicker with more than 10 million feet  / 3 million meters of fiber in every Norwex EnviroCloth.   Making the fiber in each cloth one hundred thousand meters longer.  The fibers in the cloth are still a minimum of  1/200th the size of a human hair.   If you were to unravel the fiber in one cloth, you could reach from Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

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You can FEEL the difference. This makes the cloth more absorbent, totally replaces the need for paper towel, it traps dust and grime inside the cloth and leaves your surfaces streak-free and shiny, all with one amazing cloth. The EnviroCloth replaces the need for any toxic chemicals that used to occupy the space underneath your kitchen sink. Just add water to the EnviroCloth and it has the ability to remove up to 99% of the bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.

A FEW USAGE & CARE TIPS:

Norwex Microfiber has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.   But, how old are your Norwex EnviroCloths? Do you know when a your cloth need to be replaced?

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Of course, you can still use these older cloths for detailing the inside of your vehicle, wiping down the barbecue or inside your oven, the patio furniture and outside windows. But if you are wanting to clean a surface with an EnviroCloth as a chemical replacement, ensure that the cloth is less than two years old.

You can also use the EnviroCloth dry and with power of static electricity, it will lift small particles of dirt and dust up into the cloth and prevent it from resettling on your surface. Use it damp for heavily soiled areas and it will pick up everything just by using water.

Norwex is the leading distributor of microfiber products globally. Norwex has cutting edge technology in the microfiber industry with micro silver-embedded BacLock™, that goes to work to self-purify and inhibit odors from bacteria, mold and mildew growth within the cloth within 24 hours so that it is ready to use again. Norwex offers one of the most innovative products in the cleaning industry today. The cloths are totally effective to clean your home, just by using water.

The care for the Norwex EnviroCloth is simple. Launder your cloths in the washing machine on a hot cycle with scent-free detergent like Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent and dry them in the dryer with Dryer Balls. Always launder them with lint free clothing articles. Never use fabric softener nor bleach. Never submerge them into soapy water. Only use laundry soap for washing your cloths or deep soaking them.

For heavily soiled or stained cloths, pour boiling water over your cloth in a pot or Pyrex dish. Let it sit and soak for 10 minutes. You can also sprinkle in a little bit of Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent for extra cleaning power. Then launder as usual.

A FEW NEW PRODUCTS:

The thicker improved EnviroCloth is now available in the Travel Pack sets and the Magnetic EnviroCloth.  And don’t forget that it comes in GREY!!!

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

 

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The Big Surprise: Part 6

The Big Surprise: Part 6

There is a famous cloth that hangs in the Norwex home office.  This is the first cloth that Gerd Doroshuk brought to Canada and showed to her friend Debbie Bolton back in 1999.  Gerd had just returned from her trip to Norway visiting her sister.  Once Debbie got her hands on that cloth, a dream was born.  To quote Debbie,

“My journey with Norwex began in 1999, when my dear friend Gerd introduced me to the power of a red microfiber cloth.  Being a passionate, positive person, I couldn’t wait to share it with others.  It was ‘just a cloth”, but when we saw what it could do, we immediately understood its potential – especially knowing that it worked using just water.  Imagine fewer chemicals in our homes!

Working together, Gerd and I discovered that this little red cloth could make a big difference in not just our homes, but in many homes across North America.  It took a bit of courage for us to put our trust in that little red cloth, but we began to purposefully share it with others.  We believed in it, we dreamed big and eventually our dream became our destiny – to leave a legacy for each other, for our families and for our world.”

Debbie connected with Bjorn Nicolaisen in Norway and Norwex was born.  When I attended my first North American Conference in 2007, the famous framed cloth was there.  Here is a picture of Gerd Doroshuk, Tammy Burgardt, Cheryl Moffat and myself.

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Once our tour of the factory was complete, with emotion in his voice Eivind Schackt our Norwex Global CEO made an announcement.  He wanted to give each of his leaders the opportunity to make their our own Red (aka Pink) EnviroCloth.  From start to finish.  We were excited to have seen the nine steps and now we were going to do the nine steps and experience the working on the factory floor.

With a partner we unrolled the microfiber, laid it flat and cut it.

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Here I am laying the microfiber out… and cutting the strip.

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Here we are laying out the fabric for our cloth template.

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Then we laid a template out on the fabric and cut our two cloths.

After that, we went to the inspection tables to inspect our fabric for flaws or dye inconsistency.  Everything was great.  So we moved onto the sewing machines.

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Now this was entertaining!  I actually screamed when my sewing machine it took off on me. I was the first to attempt sewing. I actually screamed and so did everyone else. It was very comical.

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Did I mention, I don’t own a sewing machine and I have never worked on one.  So, needless to say they gave me some test fabric to work out the kinks before sewing my actual cloth.  Check out my YouTube cleannatural to watch my factory clip.

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Albert, who is beside me, is a very long-term employee and manager with Norwex.

After the cloth was sewn and the Norwex tag was attached, I was off to the hot tip table.  They wrapped tape around my left finger to press down each corner after we removed the excess seam and sealed it.

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Then we did our final inspection and ran it through the metal detector.  Well, let’s be honest.  One corner of my cloth wasn’t totally square, so my cloth failed the inspection.  I was still delighted to take my cloth home!!

David pulled all the factory staff off their machines and introduced us.  We cheered for them and they cheered for us.  What an amazing group of hard-working Norwex employees.

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As we were about to exit the factory floor, I wanted to sit and watch one last worker make a cloth. Savour the moment. This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. I thanked the employees for their diligent efforts and for their amazing craftsmanship – delivering an outstanding product.

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We were then brought back up to the board room for our final surprise!  The idea for us to make the cloths was evidently Eivind Schackt’s idea.  He shared with us the significance of the first Red Enviro Cloth framed hanging in the Canadian Norwex home office.   Then with excitement and full enthusiasm he declared that each of us had just made history and wanted us to take our own framed Red Enviro Cloth home.  Wow, that what an emotional gift!!  Thank you Norwex, for your class and generousity!

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A treasured gift!

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We also received a parting gift:  A beautiful rotating ceramic pot, on an engraved base “Factory Tour Norwex China June 2015”.

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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Norwex in China: Part 4

Norwex in China: Part 4

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Visiting the factory, taking a tour and meeting the staff was certainly the highlight of my entire trip.  As I toured through the factory I gave the staff Canadian ceramic mugs as thank you gifts.  My amazing husband thought I was crazy to pack half of my suitcase filled with heavy cups, but when their eyes lit up with joy to receive a mug, not made in China, covered in red maple leafs… it made it all worth it.  Plus, I was strategic, I had room to bring some specials items back home from China!

2015-06-25 14.24.16Norwex certainly has changed a lot in the past 15 years.  A questions I am regularly asked, “why are your cloths made in China?”

The answer is:

  • Norwex owns their own manufacturing equipment and technology in China where the microfiber is made.
  • Norwex has a close relationship with all of their supplying factories and it is a small group to ensure quality.
  • Norwex has employees on site with our most important suppliers.
  • Norwex owns their own cut and sew factory, which we visited.
  • In 1999, the Norwex cloths were made in Sweden.  At that time, our cloths contained 1.5 million meters of fiber.  This was the highest quality that Sweden could produce. China with their elite training, education and degrees in textiles was able to help Norwex develop a cutting edge cloth with 2.9 million meters of fiber per Enviro Cloth.  That is a lot more “micro”fiber per cloth!
  • This area of China is famous for their textiles, knitting and dying.
  • It is a good location for transportation.
  • The city is clean.
  • It is a global economic development zone.

Factory Tour 1

How does Norwex treat their employees?
  • Norwex is voluntarily apart of the UN Global Compact, that has a commitment to quality working conditions.  There are less than 300 companies operating in China who adhere to all of these standards.
  • Norwex only deals with other factories who comply to all of the UN Global Compact regulation.
  • The factory was air conditioned  – thank goodness – because it was warm and humid!
  • The factory was brightly lit with big windows.
  • The factory was extremely clean, with one employee assigned to dusting the floors constantly.
  • Wages are at least 50% higher than the average factory worker in the area.
    • Employees were offered the option to either earn overtime or for Norwex to hire a second shift.  All of the existing employees choose to work the overtime.
    • They are paid 1.5 times over 8 hours on week days, double time on Saturdays and triple time if they work on Sunday.  Currently the factory is running Monday through Saturday.
    • Employees currently average 2-3 hours overtime per day plus an 8 hour shift on Saturday.
  • Vacation pay starts immediately with 6-10 days per year.
  • Family Day: Norwex takes all of the employees out for a day of fun and team building.
  • A complementary dormitory is available for employees and many go home on the weekend.
  • A catering company provides lunch and dinner with five food groups per meal.
  • Safety Bonuses:  For every 25 work days, a safety bonus is given.  Once an employee reaches 250 days, the bonus is then given in 250-day increments.
  • Employees receive a 15-minute break every 2 hours with no limits on drink or bathroom breaks.  They also receive 30-minute lunch and dinner breaks.
  • The factory runs 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Factory Tour 2

Three managers for the Norwex China Factory: David, Albert and May.
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 Norwex has their own team for Research & Development to maintain their high quality control standards.
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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

 

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The Norwex  Hair Turban: a Must-Have

The Norwex Hair Turban: a Must-Have

Regardless of where my travels take me… the Norwex Hair Turban is always packed.

When my girls were young, I would use the turban to dry their hair after each swimming lesson… in turn, they would all share the same turban as they were being dressed.    It was remarkable how they all left the pool with dry shirts.  Previously, I had used a regular towel to do the job, but it just wasn’t up to the task; their long hair would make their shirts soaking wet.

Now that our daughters are older, it became apparent we each needed our own turban!  Now no one enters the washroom to shower without bringing it along.  It’s become a staple in our home!

Drying your hair can be tiresome and time-consuming, especially on those days when you’re in a hurry.  Over-drying can cause your hair to lose its lustre, form brittle/split ends, or even cause breakage.  Plus, every minute you use your blow dryer increases your utility bill.

Simply wear the Norwex Hair Turban for 10 minutes after bathing and it will absorb almost 70% of the water from your hair.  Saves you time, hair damage and money!

The lightweight turban is quickly wrapped on and will not fall off.   The superior microfiber has Baclock™ agent , which goes to work to self-purify and inhibit odors from bacteria, mold and mildew growth within the cloth.

TIPS:

  • Flip your head upside down.
  • With the turban button at the back, tuck your hair into the turban.
  • Twist and loop over hair & fasten the button.
  • For ultra-shiny hair, once a week apply a deep conditioner to your wet hair.  Wrap it up in your Norwex Turban.  After 20 minutes, remove the turban and rinse out the conditioner.
  • Give the Norwex Turban to your friends or family members with long hair…it is the BEST gift!!

Did you know?  If you use a 1500-watt hair dryer for 10 minutes a day, at 10 cents per kilowatt hour, your utility bill will increase by approximately $9 per year.

One of my hosts commented to me that she was not interested in receiving the Hair Turban as part of her hosting package of free products.  She said she already owned a different brand of hair turban.  I encouraged her to simply give the Turban away as a gift, as that particular portion of the hosting package was predetermined by head office.  About 6 weeks later, it was November, she was attending another show that had been booked as a result of her own party.  Her order that evening consisted of 6 more turbans!  I just had to ask why.  She said that she had used the Norwex Turban she received and felt it should go the on “Oprah’s Must Have List”.  That year all of her friends received one for Christmas!

Yes, it’s that good!!  Try it, you will love it too!

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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