Stinky kitchen cloths are the worst, aren’t they? You go to wipe the counter with your soapy kitchen cloth, but the whole counter ends up smelling like must, and so do your hands! Blugh! So you throw it in the wash, but even though it’s freshly laundered, it smells as soon as you get it wet!
Norwex has a microfiber Kitchen Cloth that helps tackle this very problem (Hallelujah!). I’ll explain why this Kitchen Cloth is better than the average cloth, how to keep it smelling fresh, and what to do if it does begin smelling for you, to get it back to rights!
The Awesome Features of the Norwex Kitchen Cloth
The Norwex Kitchen Cloth is made of our awesome microfiber. This microfiber has been split and is 1/200th the size of a human hair. Not only is it super absorbent for wet spills, but it has the ability to remove 99% of everything from the surface, using just water. Yes, you heard me right! You don’t need soapy water. And you don’t need disinfectant or disinfectant wipes. You can use this damp cloth for wiping down all kitchen surfaces, and for removing all substances! From crumbs, (which get stuck on the awesome ridges of this cloth), to sticky jam, to meat juices; this cloth has you covered!
A bonus feature of this cloth is that it contains our signature BacLock agent, which works on fighting against bad odours. This micro silver in the cloth self-cleanses within 24 hours, to help drastically reduce mould, fungi and bacterial odour. That means that your cloth will stay cleaner and fresher, longer!
So many cute colours! And matching Kitchen Towels are available too!
How To Use
- Get cloth wet. Ring out well.
- Fold into Fourths.
- Wipe the surface.
- As the cloth becomes soiled, flip over to a clean side, flipping as needed.
- Turn inside out for four new clean sides.
- Rinse well in hot water after using, or in between uses
- Hang to dry from its tag, so it can begin to dry
I recommend you hang your cloth from a hook of some sort, not draped over your sink or faucet, to dry (3M hooks are great on the inside or outside of a cupboard!) You want air to circulate well so that it dries some in between uses!
You also have the option of cleaning your cloth in between uses before laundering, to help it stay fresh longer. Simply add a small drop of dish soap to the wet cloth, rub the cloth against itself, and rinse well (a natural, environmentally friendly dish soap is best for this!)
But My Kitchen Cloth Still Gets Smelly!
While the BacLock agent is truly awesome at making your cloth smell better than the average kitchen cloth, I will be honest and say that it’s not the perfect system. This cloth WILL smell after some use. The silver can get overloaded, especially in a place like the kitchen, where you are constantly using it. The BacLock agent also needs up to a full 24 hours to dry in order to be the most effective. In the kitchen, that doesn’t happen often, since you’re grabbing it multiple times a day, right? I know mine gets used sixteen bajillion times a day!
Based on personal experience, when you first get your Kitchen Cloth, you can go many days without needing to launder between uses. However, over time, you’ll find that you need to launder it sooner. This is because over time, your microfiber has accumulated a build up.
I prefer to launder my kitchen cloths every one to two days. When I do that, I find that they don’t smell bad. Longer than that, and they’re going to begin to smell.
So: How Can I Get Rid of the Smell?
Sometimes, even with frequent laundering, my kitchen cloths do start to smell. This means that they need a really deep clean. First, lets review the standard laundering recommendations:
- Launder with other Norwex microfiber, OR with non-linty items. So: not with fluffy blankets or towels. Keep those linty things away from your Norwex microfiber. It’ll stick to your microfiber, and you’ll get little little balls all over it that won’t come off!
- Hot water is best
- Avoid bleach, fabric softener and dryer sheets
- Use a laundry soap that does not contain fillers. I highly recommend a laundry detergent that does not contain fragrance, either. Synthetic fragrance leaves a residue that actually makes them smell worse! The Norwex Ultra Power Plus detergent really is the bomb (and it saves money, ya’ll). It’s all I use in my laundry room, and I recommend it to everyone!
Now, when regular laundering isn’t doing the trick, and your cloths just smell bad, even after laundering, you have two options:
Option 1: Super Clean
Boil your kitchen cloth for 10 minutes in a pot of water on the stove. Immediately dump out the water and rinse the cloth in cold water. This boiling process helps open up all of the little pockets in your cloth, and release anything it’s holding onto. A word of caution: It will smell a.w.f.u.l. The colour of the water, will be n.a.s.t.y. But the smell will be GONE. Don’t leave it sitting in the water. You can go ahead and use it, or throw it in the laundry at this point.
TIP: turn on a timer. You DON’T want to boil this one dry. It will leave a crazy, smelly, gooey mess in the bottom, and your cloth AND your pot will be ruined! (Personal experience talkin’ here!)
Option 2: Deep Clean
I do this when any of my microfiber is smelling its worst or badly stained.
Here’s what to do:
- Boil water
- Immediately pour water into a sink (or large bowl or container)
- Add an overflowing scoop of Norwex Ultra Power Plus Detergent
- Stir it around a little with a spoon or gloved hand to dissolve
- Immediately place 1-3 smelly kitchen cloths (or any of our microfiber), into the water (you only want enough water to just cover)
- Let sit until it cools
- Drain/dump water
- Rinse cloths well
Your cloths have just been stripped, and you will be good to go for a while now, with no lingering odours!
An Extra Hint
Some people use their Norwex Kitchen Cloths for wiping down surfaces AND washing dishes. If you’re using the Norwex Dish soap, or another ‘green’ dish soap, that’s fine. BUT, if you’re using a ‘standard’ brand, they contain a lot of extra stuff and heavy synthetic fragrance, and these soaps don’t rinse out well. That means that a lot of soap residue is left behind. This soap residue coats the microsilver, and it just doesn’t work as well.
Norwex has another cloth, the Dish Cloth, that is effective for washing dishes and it literally NEVER smells bad. This one is not made of microfiber, and does not contain BacLock, but is a nylon cloth. It’s my fave for washing dishes! Works great, even on the really stuck on stuff! I use the Dish Cloth for washing dishes, and the Kitchen Cloth for wiping surfaces. Here’s a little video to explain the two, with more details on the Dish Cloth (note that the Dish Cloth comes in Graphite and Blue, and the White has been discontinued):
I hope that all of these tips have helped you learn more about the Norwex Kitchen Cloth, and that you’ll be able to get rid of any smells in the ones you currently own! If I didn’t answer your questions, or you’re still having problems with a smelly cloth, please leave me a comment, and I’m happy to help you out!
All of these products mentioned in this post are available to purchase in my shop. Head on over there now and get yourself a set of Norwex Kitchen Cloths in your favourite colour, a pack of Dish Cloths, and a bag of Laundry Detergent to ‘Norwex your kitchen! ‘ Thanks for taking the time to read, and happy cleaning!