One of the questions that I get most often as a Norwex consultant is how to wash the cloths. It is really easy, following a few simple rules will keep your cloths working for you for years to come. Here is a guide on how to care for your Norwex microfiber.
How to Care For Your Norwex Microfiber, No Need for Fabric Softener
One common mistake with laundering Norwex is the use of fabric softeners or dryer sheets. These products aren’t necessary and will actually coat the fibers and leave a residue on them. The residue can make it so they get smelly (the silver in the cloths won’t be able to do its job as effectively because of the film, and it can also cause the cloths to leave streaks. If you use dryer sheets, it will be best to air dry the cloths. They are so effective at picking things up, that they will actually remove the film that the dryer sheets leave behind in the dryer, even if there are no sheets with them. If they are accidentally laundered with fabric softener, take a deep breath, they aren’t ruined. They may need a deep clean, however, which we will get to later in the article.
No Bleach, No Lint and Free and Clear is Best
It is really important to leave the bleach out of your laundry routine when washing your Norwex. It is harsh, and can damage the fibers of the cloth, and could potentially make them less effective. If the cloths are bleached accidentally, they may be ok, but use your best judgement. If this is a mistake that happens multiple times it could very well ruin the cloths. For laundry detergent, a free and clear detergent is the best option. Norwex cloths are great at picking up things, and will accumulate the fillers and scents from conventional detergents. A free and clear detergent will make sure the cloths are in their best working order. It will also be important to wash with lint-free, or low lint laundry. Norwex microfiber has a charge, and will pull in lint from the laundry. If you are noticing specks of lint, it is possible that the cloths picked them up in the laundry. I like to launder my Norwex with my jeans, or all together. Safest Choices for Laundry
How to Care For Your Norwex Microfiber, A Summary of Easy Tips
- No Bleach
- No fabric softener or dryer sheets. Opt instead for the Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls which will reduce static, and shorten your dry time.
- Free and Clear detergent, such as our Laundry Detergent, or Liquid Laundry Detergent is ideal. All you need is a small amount, and there are no scents and fillers to accumulate in your cloths.
- Keep the laundry lint free.
- Handwashing is perfectly fine
Instructions for a Deep Clean
Have you had your cloths for six months or more? Are they repelling water? Have they accidentally been laundered with fabric softener more times than you can count? Not to worry! We can bring them back to their original glory. Your cloths may need a deep clean. A deep clean will open up the fibers within the cloth and release the mineral content or fillers that they are holding onto. This debris can clog up the fibers over time, and cause the cloths to repel water, or even get a little smelly. The good news is the process is incredibly easy. All you need are a few gallons of distilled water and some Norwex Laundry Detergent. Fill a pot with some distilled water and 1/2 tsp of Laundry Detergent. Bring it to a boil for 10 minutes, remove from heat and let cool. See the water? It’s all the minerals from your tap water! I bet you didn’t know you were doing a science experiment. You may need to repeat this a few times until the water is clear. After that, your cloths will be good as new!
Are you overwhelmed with all the information you just read? Don’t be! It is really easy and the cloths are super tough, so even if you slip up a little, chances are they will be totally fine! Deep cleans are just as needed, I didn’t do a deep clean on my cloths until I was a consultant for about a year. Following these tips will keep your cloths performing the way you want them to, and will ensure that they last a very long time. Do you have questions? Send me a message, I want to make sure your questions are answered!