Cleaning with Microfiber…No Sprays or Chemicals Required!

How would you like to……..

I can see all of you shaking your head in the affirmative….so I’m going to tell you a SIMPLE way to do this…..

Invest in some of these!  

Wait a minute Jillee!  You said I could KEEP more of my $$!  Trust me…after reading this post you will not only be willing to pay for these babies…but you’ll realize that in the long run you ARE saving $$!

A few weeks ago one of my regular readers (visitors? I never know how to refer to all you beautiful people who read my posts….help me out here!), Denise in Ark, gave us a GREAT rundown on how to efficiently and effectively clean a bathroom. (She cleaned professionally for 20 years…and let me tell you she has got it down to a system!)
In the process of learning from the master…I was introduced to the wonders of microfiber cleaning cloths! I don’t know where I’ve been…but apparently I completely missed the boat on cleaning with microfiber. But LOTS of you left comments praising this wonder of modern science….including Jen, who said microfiber was now her go-to method of cleaning….so much so she’s gone into business spreading the word to the world selling a product called Norwex. :-)  And lucky for you…she wants to make a couple of you “believers” in microfiber too and has generously donated some of their most popular cloths as a giveaway. More on that in a minute.

Since I had literally never cleaned with a microfiber cloth before (I’m such a newb!), when the cloths from Jen arrived I was at a loss as to what to do with them! Sad as that sounds.  So I did a little reading up and decided I would put the multipurpose Enviro Cloth to the test.  And boy did I have a TEST for it!!!  I’m not talking any ORDINARY test…I was going to see what this little microfiber cloth was REALLY made of. I’m talking EXTREME DUSTING!

I’ve been working on cleaning and organizing my mudroom/laundry room lately and happened to notice that I had put my rotary cutter up on the top of one of two small cabinets in the room.  Since I was contemplating a cute paper craft I was dying to do…I decided to take it down and put it to good use. WHOA! It had obviously been up there QUITE AWHILE because it was COVERED in a THICK layer of dust! Actually, I don’t think you could technically call it just DUST now…I think we’d graduated to DIRT at this point.

I was pretty certain this isn’t what this pretty little baby blue cloth was designed to tackle…but what the heck…no skin off MY nose if it didn’t work. I didn’t even bother using any water of the cloth…I just figured that would literally muddy up the task.

So…literally 2 minutes later….here is that same rotary cutter.  Not a SPECK of dust anywhere on it. And, just as important, no dust flying all over either. It was literally all “stuck” to the cloth! Impressive.  Really impressive.  But I wasn’t done yet.  The rotary cutter was just the warm-up act to this:

Now that is some SERIOUS dust/dirt!!! I was once again quite sure this was a job for something MUCH BIGGER and MORE POWERFUL than this cute little blue towel.

Ummm……do you hear that crunching sound??  That, my friends, is the sound of me EATING MY WORDS.  See for yourselves.

After “dusting”.  That one cloth trapped ALL THAT DIRT!!
Top of cabinet “AFTER”.  Yep, it was painted WHITE under all that gunk!
The same little blue cloth after simply SHAKING IT OUT on my back step!
I can almost hear it saying “Is that all you got?!”  lol.  To which I replied….
“Nope, I’ve got one more JUST LIKE IT on the other end of the room!
BEFORE
AFTER
The little microfiber cloth that could!!!

Well, are you impressed yet?  I haven’t even TOUCHED on the stuff their WINDOW cloth can do! I think I’m going to save that for you to find out for yourself. The Window Cloth allows you to clean windows, mirrors, jewelry, and shiny surfaces with only water!


As I mentioned above…Jen has kindly donated some of the most popular cloths they sell for two lucky winners! It’s called the Norwex Basic Package and its’ retail value is $30.99. The package includes 1 Enviro Cloth and 1 Window Cloth.

You can enter to win two different ways:

Go to the One Good Thing By Jillee Facebook page, gives us a “Like” and/or leave a comment.

Become a follower of Jill’s Good Things on Twitter and/or TWEET about this post.

That’s it! 

GOOD LUCK! And even if you aren’t a “lucky winner” of the giveaway….hopefully you feel like you’ve “won” something by learning more about this frugal, eco-friendly way of cleaning.

For more information about Norwex products, visit the website:  http://jensteiner.norwex.biz/

(((GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED)))

Using microfiber cleaning cloths that are eco-friendly and frugal too….is today’s……..


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Comments

  1. Deanna says

    First, Jill, you are one brave woman showing us the top of your cabinets! I salute you!! Second, I totally agree with your comments about the Norwex cloths. They rock at cleaning. Now, if I could only figure out a way for the cloths to clean without me… :) So glad Jen shared Norwex with you & you were impressed.

  2. Lauralee says

    Hope I win! These cloths look amazing. I've seen demos on QVC and HSN, but never tried them before because of my slim wallet. I've done the Twitter and Facebook thing, so all I have left are my fingers to cross!

  3. Tamara says

    First I've never been one to clean, but after I read your tip on cleaning a bathroom last week I ran to Ross & bought a pkg of microfiber cloths! I'm truly amazed! Now I'm hoping to win a pkg of these "new" microfiber cloths! Crossing my toes & fingers to win these!

    • Holly says

      The Norwex microfiber clothes are super fine so they can hold more bacteria. The enviro Jillee used, while useful for dry dusting, actually is most useful as a wet cloth for your home. It contains silver, which kills the harbored bacteria so it can be used several times and not breed bacteria, like the dollar store microfiber cloth would. Norwex has other dusting products that utilize static for efficient dry cleaning. They are expensive, but they are well made.

  4. Morag says

    Microfiber cloths are certainly useful, but they have their drawbacks too. You can't shake the dust out of them, so you need several and to wash them frequently. Also, after many washings they start to clump up and are no longer useful for dusting. They are not especially good for drying things or on large glass/mirror areas where they do cause streaks. Sometimes microfiber is good, but you still need absorbant cotton rags to do a good job. Just like magic erasers, they're useful but do have limitations.

  5. Jen says

    I'll address a few of the questions raised here :)

    In response to why these microfiber cloths are more expensive, there are a few reasons. (1) In order for a cloth to be consider "microfiber", the fibers have to be 1/6 the size of a human hair. The Norwex microfiber cloths are 1/100 the size of human hair, therefore they are much smaller (and more fibers are packed into each cloth through the Norwex knitting process) so they are higher quality than typical store bought cloths. (2) Norwex microfiber cloths have a silver agent embedded into the fibers. Silver is a natural antibacterial agent that breaks down the dirt and bacteria picked up in the cloth. It (naturally) breaks down the bacterial order, mold and mildew within the cloth, so you're not moving those contaminants from surface to surface as you clean. (3) This also means that you don't have to launder them as often as other cloths, since the silver is breaking down the "gunk" when you simple rinse them out with water. Because of the high quality of the cloths, they have a 2-year warranty from Norwex.

    In response to the question about not being good for drying things or on glass/mirror areas, Norwex has the window cloth (which is included in this giveaway) that works great for windows, mirrors or any shiny surface. Simply spray water on the surface and wipe it dry with the window cloth. No streaks! A lot of streaks that are typically left on shiny surfaces are actually the remnants of the cleaning products (like Windex). With the window cloth, all you're using is water, so there is nothing left to leave streaks – any excess water will evaporate and leave a streak-free finish.

    Hope this is helpful! And thanks, Jill, for the chance to share about Norwex!

  6. harleywife57 says

    Thanks for this info ; I have cheap microfiber towels and for what I use them for they are ok . I want to get some of these and try them on the windows and 'big' jobs ! I like you on facebook now ; follow you on twitter and tweeted about it ……….

  7. Jill Nystul says

    Heather…and the rest of you who don't do Facebook or Twitter….consider yourself entered. I should have added that a comment here would suffice as well. :-) Thx for pointing it out!

  8. Jill Nystul says

    Heather…and the rest of you who don't do Facebook or Twitter….consider yourself entered. I should have added that a comment here would suffice as well. :-) Thx for pointing it out!

  9. Lewis' says

    Awesome! I absolutely love my Norwex cloths. I like their dry cloth the most!! I wash my windows and mirrors with water then just use the dry cloth and it's so much better than anything else I've ever used. Love their products!

  10. Anonymous says

    I just found your blog today and love all the stuff I've been reading. I've got many great cleaning tips to try now. I "liked" you on Facebook and hope to win the microfiber cloths. I saw the Norwex cloths at sn expo and wanted to buy some but didn't have the money at the time.
    Thanks for all the great tips and ideas here!
    Carol

  11. Anonymous says

    I just found your blog today and love all the stuff I've been reading. I've got many great cleaning tips to try now. I "liked" you on Facebook and hope to win the microfiber cloths. I saw the Norwex cloths at sn expo and wanted to buy some but didn't have the money at the time.
    Thanks for all the great tips and ideas here!
    Carol

  12. Anonymous says

    I got "tricked" into a Norwex party, but when I saw her wipe butter off of the stainless steel finished refrigerator with ease and no streaks, I was sold. You don't even have to go with the grain. I've been using them for about. Year now and am pretty happy. I washed the inside and out side of all my windows so easy. No buckets, no squeegee….it was awesome.

    • Kim Richer says

      I have some dollar store microfiber cloths and I hate the way they feel too – they catch on my skin even if my skin isn’t super-dry.

      I also have Norwex cloths and they don’t feel the same at all – I guess because their fibers are so much smaller? I’m not sure, but I know I love using my Norwex cloths!

      They work wonders on all kinds of surface and they don’t make me feel like I have rough skin.

  13. Jill Nystul says

    To the person who said they didn't like microfiber cloths because of the way they "feel"…I completely agree! I actually said that very thing yesterday when I was dusting….I don't like how they "stick" to my dry hands….but I'm willing to overlook it because they are so darn EFFECTIVE! :-) (They don't bother me at all when they are wet, however.)

  14. Heather says

    I love cleaning with micro-fiber towels! For those who don't like the way the feel, that actually your hands are dry and you need to moisturize them! I kinda like using them as a gauge for when I need to moisturize. When I grab mine, and they "stick" to me, I know my hands are dry & it's time to lotion up!

  15. Kelli Schaefer says

    Good Morning. I love the talk of Norwex. I too sell Norwex but just from time-to-time. I too own a cleaning business, 5 years now. My business is called Green Cleaning. I began this trade with one idea in mind….cleaning without harsh chemicals. So many times, people hire cleaning companies to come in, but they have no idea what is being brought into their home to use. About one year ago, after saying no many times, I began using Norwex. There are soooooooooooo many great choices with Norwex. Their cleaning cloth will clean ANYTHING!! I am going to be honest…I have used product with extremely terrible jobs. I am here to tell you…Norwex’s quality is no comparison to say Walmart microfiber. In fact, although I’ve cleaned for 5 years, the professional type cleaning didn’t really come through till I began cleaning with Norwex. There is no comparison ladies and gents. I know it seems high for a price but you will save SO much money! I love that they guarantee their products!

    • says

      I have been using Norwex cloths for about three years. They are expensive…. but you cannot beat them for cleaning without leaving dust flying through the year. I love cleaning my mirrors, pictures and windows with them and they are STREAKFREE as well they stay cleaner longer because there is no film on the surface to attract dust. Cleaning is a pleasure – I like to see that quick, immediate shine as I have a lot of large mirrors and pictures, not to mention windows!

      To date, I have only been washing my Norwex cloths separately or in with a load of sheets only and Tide detergent. Can these be washed with towels as well without ruining the fibre?

      I bought my Norwex from my daughter’s in-home party. She lives in B.C. and I live in N.S. but she told me about how good they were so I said please get me some. She did and she also got the set of facecloths which I love. Such a great job of removing your makeup at night. It is quick and you look shiny clean. I can’t say enough about them. I liked them so much that I bought another set for the cottage where we also have a lot of windows.

      BTW – I see where people have commented that they don’t like the feel in their hands of microfibre and I would just like to point out that Norwex does not have that “feel” to them. I know what they mean as I don’t like the feel of other cheaper microfibre cloths. Norwex is entirely different.

      Patti

  16. Amber says

    Hey there! I totally understand your excitement with discovering microfibers! But i beg of you, check out http://www.enjoUS.com. I’m not soliciting, i just researched both brands very intensely, and I think you would be very impressed, even after using norwex, at how well these Enjo fibers work! If you do check it out, let me know what you think! :)

  17. Joli says

    I have a tip for you I read about on pinterest! Placing wax paper on top of cabinets to collect dust! You just replace it every couple of months! That way there is no heavy cleaning needed on those hard to reach places.

  18. Mary Kay says

    I also have the Norwex enviro cloth and the polishing cloth. I was amazed at how clean they get windows with ONLY water. They may be a little pricey but definitely worth it and lucky for me my BFF is a Norwex dealer. My next purchase will be the mop system.

  19. Comet says

    You can place the wax paper on the top of your fridge too–if you are worried about it showing just move it towards the rear a bit. If the metal surface has a very light “coating” of water on it before you place the paper it will “stick” better.

    I knew someone who “slip covered” the side of her fridge with saran wrap (the good heavy stuff) so cooking grease etc was easy to clean off.

    We use microfiber to clean our motorcycles and even just using the cloths from Wally World (the ones from the AUTO section are thicker AND cheaper by the way and come in Blue and White so you can designate say bathroom and kitchen cloths–and if they can get the road grime OFF the bike like these do–well then I am SOLD. We also use the two color system so we know which is to be used for the grime and which is for the rinse.

    Don’t know where to “add” something but here is a “trick” for windshields—use HOT water and soak a towel in it–with a speck of cleaner if you like–and either lay the motorcycle windscreen on a towel outside or in your tub (protect it with a soft towel underneath) or drape over a buggy car wind shield. Drape the HOT towle over the item –I use clips to hold the towl in place if it is still on the bike! Let sit for a while (not in hot sun!) and let the water penetrate all of the bugs and grime. Scrub (gently if windscreen is Lexan or other plastic) and rinse well. You can then use one of the polishing compounds for getting scratches out and the windscreen will be in “Almost New” condition. This method also works for any helmets (foot ball etc) and boat windscreens etc. Also side windows on sports cars!

  20. Anna bean says

    I go to the car cleaning section of Walmart and buy micro cloths in a bundle. Very cheap and I think they work just as good. They are made for polishing cars so they must also be delicate. I buy the cheap medical gloves. 100 for around $3.00 and they last forever. I use them when I clean. Hope that helps someone!!

  21. Carol says

    I have to finally replace my 2 Norwex cloths. They are 3 yrs old and we are still using them but they are getting a little natty looking..lol. . I need some for the camper too! They are much better than anything in any store, no comparison there (I tried–wanting to save money-big mistake) THANKS for the reminder to get some!!! Love your presentations on your site and your humor.

  22. says

    For the tops of my shelves, my cleaning consists of laying wax paper down on the top & when it get’s “too dusty” for me, I simply throw away the old & replace with new wax paper. Cheap (I know it depends on where you live, but for me, buying the [generic] wax paper is cheaper than using cleaning supplies & rags) & best of all, NO scrubbing! :)

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