Cleaning your Norwex Microfiber cloths and mop pads may be easier than you have been told. I get more questions about microfiber care than on any other topic! I frequently hear unusual things from customers who stop by my craft show or expo booths….things like cooking their cloths in a crockpot, microwaving them, or always boiling…and never ever washing or putting them in the dryer.
Here’s the official Norwex laundering instructions from their customer care sheet that is sent with each order:
Use dry to pick up and hold dust.
Dampen your cloth with water to loosen dirt and debris, leaving surface free from everything.
- Wash slightly dirty microfiber cloths with Norwex Dishwashing Liquid under warm, running water. Rinse thoroughly, hang to dry or drop into the dryer.
- Launder microfiber cloths separately or with other lint-free laundry.
- Use Norwex Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent for best results.
- For deep, stubborn stains or odors, microfiber can be boiled for 10 minutes to allow fibers to swell and release the debris.
- Between launderings, use our Rubber Brush to remove dirt from dry Mop Pads and Entry Mat.
- Do not use bleach, fabric softeners or dryer sheets when laundering microfiber as these additives coat the fibers and reduce their ability to clean effectively.
- Do not use microfiber (except Norwex Optic Scarf ) on anti-glare surfaces.
I get questions every day from someone asking how to launder their Norwex microfiber.
- I need to boil my Norwex cloths (NOT true)
- I should never wash my Norwex cloths…after all, they are Antibac, right? (again…NOT true)
- I should microwave my Norwex microfiber (I’m not even sure where this rumor came from)
- I can’t ever dry my Norwex microfiber in my clothes dryer (not necessarily true…see below)
That brings us to the question at hand… What ARE the proper laundering / washing and care instructions for Norwex microfiber?
To be as environmentally friendly as possible (and save you time and money!), we suggest that slightly dirty cloths and mops be washed with a few drops of Norwex Dishwashing Liquid under warm running water and used again before laundering.
We recommend that you launder your cloths in your washing machine approximately once each week if they are being used regularly. Some tips to remember:
- Launder microfiber with other lint-free laundry.
- Use only Norwex Ultra Power Plus or another environmentally friendly detergent without fillers or bleach to clean our products.
- Do not use bleach or fabric softener on microfiber. Bleach and fabric softeners destroy the product’s ability to clean effectively.
That last statement about fabric softener seems to trip some people up, so let me clarify. “No fabric softener” means:
- No liquid fabric softener in the washing machine
- No dryer sheets or other fabric softener in the dryer
- NO DRYER SHEET RESIDUE – This is the one that always trips people up. If you EVER use dryer sheets, you would want to air dry your Norwex microfiber. If you have used dryer sheets in the past but plan to stop (and switch to our Norwex Dryer Balls of course!), you will want to scrub out the inside of your dryer with hot soapy water and an old (NOT Norwex microfiber) rag. You will also want to take your lint trap out and clean that under running water to fully remove any fabric softener residue that can build up and cause problems with dryer performance.
What happens if I accidentally use fabric softener or some other conditioning agent, or what if my cloths seem stinky?
This usually means that you have something ‘clogging’ the microfiber and it needs to be deep cleaned to eliminate that residue. It may be fabric softener residue, soaps, or mineral content from your water.
To deep clean, remove stubborn stains, or to remove odors from cloths, Norwex microfiber can be boiled for 10 minutes to allow fibers to swell and release the debris. You can use a solution of 1/4 white vinegar to 3/4 water when boiling.