I get questions every day from someone asking how to clean Norwex microfiber.
Some common misconceptions out there include:
- I need to boil my Norwex cloths (NOT true)
- I should never wash my Norwex cloths…after all, they are BacLock™, 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 microfiber:
- Fill sink or one-gallon bucket with hot (not boiling) water and dissolve a full scoop (30 ml) of Microfiber Cleaner Laundry Booster.
- Add up to 10 heavily soiled microfiber cloths and soak for 30 minutes. Rinse well and tumble or air dry.
- Or, after soaking, place in washing machine and launder on normal cycle using a Norwex laundry detergent.
- Do not use bleach, fabric softeners or dryer sheets. Launder dark colors separately. Dry as usual.
If the water is quite dirty after the 30 minutes, you might want to do a few more cycles in the Microfiber Booster until the water isn’t opaque.
After a deep cleaning, your cloths will be refreshed and ready for more action! The rules to clean Norwex microfiber are simple, but stop back anytime you need a refresher course!