Ultra Microfiber Cleaning Cloths REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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Green cleaning
is a big deal for me, as you may know from my previous posts and green cleaning recipes. I want to ensure that no toxic cleaning products are used in my home, so I’m really careful about what I use. In the past, I used Norwex cloths, but then stopped after reading Ecoholic’s post about the use of micro silver in their products. (I am now aware that the silver does not leach out of Norwex cloths. Please see my note at the end of this post!) She stated in a later post that “microfiber cloths have been shown to remove 99.9 per cent of bacteria from surfaces with or without silver, thanks to their weave”. So when I got the opportunity to do an Ultra Microfiber cleaning cloths review, I was excited!

Microfiber used for cleaning products is composed of very fine split fibers of polyester and polyamide (a nylon blend). Most microfiber products are made of 80% Polyester/ 20% Polyamide or 70%/ 30%. Ultra Microfiber carries Nordisk Microfiber cloths (originatingfrom Denmark) that are 50%/50% – and this ratio is more difficult to find with its higher Polyamide content. Some of the advantages of the Nordisk cloths:

  • cloths are very durable, lasting more than 500 machine washes
  • cloths can withstand being tumble-dried at 80oF
  • 3 year guarantee on all products

The 8 cloth starter kit is what I received to review, and it includes:

  • 1 Glass Premium cloth (white only)
  • 1 Waffle Premium cloth (blue only)
  • 2 Multi-purpose/Duster Premium cloths (blue, green)
  • 4 Basic Economy cloths (blue, green, pink, yellow) – best used in the kitchen orbathroom

The first thing I noticed when I took out the cloths was how fluffy they feel! Super soft and absorbent, they soak up liquid even better than a sponge. I have a glass dining table so I was eager to try the glass cloth on it. I wet half of it with water and it wiped with no streaks effortlessly. I also tried the economy cloths on it when there were massive amounts of yogurt streaks (my daughter likes to rub the yogurt into the table) and often I didn’t even need to use the glass cloth afterwards! Very impressive!

I used an economy cloth on my daughter’s bathtub after it started to get that ring around it. I literally spent 2 minutes wiping it with only a little bit of effort and it all came off easily. Same deal with the bathroom sink and faucets – we have hard water so mineral deposits show up quickly. One swipe and they were gone! When I used the premium cloth on the buildup around the sink drain – WOW! Super-powered swipe!

 

microfiber-cloths-bathtub-juicygreenmomDusting. I hate dusting. I know I need to do it more but I just never make time for it. Part of it is that the dusting cloths I use are great at picking up the dust – but then it’s a huge pain in the arse to get the dust OFF the cloths to use them again. When I used these cloths – basic or premium – the dust was super easy to rinse off with water and I had a nice clean cloth again! Woohoo!

I’ve been using the economy cloths on my kitchen counters and it really takes very little effort to get them clean. The kicker here is – my husband also loves them. He rated them 8-9 out of 10 for how easy they are to use. He does not give high ratings easily so that is HUGE!

(I feel a little bit like I’m doing a commercial here, but seriously. I truly was impressed with how well these cloths cleaned with very little effort. And I like to use the least amount of effort whenever possible when it comes to cleaning!)

And now – GIVEAWAY TIME!!! Ultra Microfiber is going to send 1 lucky winner the same 8 cloth starter kit ($50 value) I reviewed! This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US only.
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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

I hope this Ultra Microfiber Cleaning Cloths Review helps you decide whether you want to use them in your home. If you want to try them out, there’s a 20% off discount code available now through August 31, 2015 (enter coupon code 2220 at checkout).

(Note: If you’ve read any of the comments for this post, I’ve received a LOT from people who use Norwex cloths. Thank you all for taking the time to comment. I want to point out that I am in NO WAY saying that Norwex cloths are bad! I simply stopped using them when the Ecoholic article came out in 2010 questioning the use of silver in their products. I’d be happy to try Norwex cloths again now that I know the silver doesn’t leach from their cloths. I do wonder what happens with the silver in the cloths at the end of the life cycle and whether it breaks down in a landfill – so if anyone has an answer to that question, please comment!)

What’s your favourite cleaning cloth?

(Disclosure: Ultra Microfiber provided me with an 8 cloth starter kit at no cost in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions expressed are my own.)

49 Responses

  1. I can see that I have a lot to learn about green cleaning!! Looking forward to learning more. I would love to win these cloths

  2. I want to try all of them Been hearing how good they are and I am working on making my housecleaning more green.

  3. Wow…that’s a very disappointing review and very inaccurate description of Norwex. I used to be a fan of your info but am thinking your reviews might not be legit anymore. Please be sure to scroll down and read the NOTE at the end of the Norwex article where she specifies that micro silver is safe and does not leach put.

    • Thanks for your comment. I did indeed read the note at the end of the Ecoholic article. And I didn’t state that I’m against Norwex cloths in my post, just that I stopped using them when the controversy came about regarding the possible use of nano silver in 2010. I have nothing against Norwex and would be happy to try them again – I just hadn’t gotten around to it at this point. I’m sorry you felt my review was disappointing – though I only mentioned Norwex in one sentence of the entire post.

      • While you may have only mentioned Norwex in one sentence, the source you cited was clearly inaccurate in their description of the silver… yet you still used it to sway your readers from using Norwex versus the brand you were given for free. Seems like I might need to do more checking before I take your reviews at face value.

        • I am sorry that you feel that way. It certainly was not my intention to “sway” anyone to one side or the other, which I have attempted to clarify in my post after your comment. I do really appreciate your honesty and comments.
          As for the source – Ecoholic Adria Vasil is well-known for being one of the best-informed eco-journalists in Canada, which is why I cited her. When volunteering with the David Suzuki Foundations’s Queen of Green, she also referred to Ecoholic as being a very unbiased and accurate source of information. I do carefully consider what sources I refer to.

  4. Funny these don’t work. Looks like you took that picture off a Norwex site. My friend sells Norwex which is the true honest brand not the fake.

    • Thanks for your comment. Are you saying that you tried these cloths and they didn’t work for you? And no, I didn’t take the picture off a Norwex site, it was supplied to me by Ultra Microfiber. I don’t “take” pictures off random sites, that would be against the policy of my blog.

  5. I use Norwex right now, and love it. But I would be interested to try these Utlra Microfiber Cloths too, to see the difference in the fiber blends and how they work. However, the silver in the Norwex cloths doesn’t leach out or affect the environment, which was what Ecoholic’s problem with the product was. I like knowing that the silver is not letting the bacteria I pick up off the surface to continually multiply in the cloth!

  6. I love Norwex microfibers not only for their green cleaning abilities but also because I don’t have to wash them all the time due to the microsilver embedded in the cloth. I reduce the amount of laundry I do which saves on water usage and our environment. Love this product.

  7. I think you should do your research on Norwex before you start reviewing products. There are other cloths that have been removed from the market due to a leaching problem.However, that is not Norwex. Those companies were using Nano silver, not micro. Nano leaches in to the environment, micro does not. With out the silver agent in the micro cloth your microfiber cloth is a bacteria breeding ground. Here is some more information….

    Norwex has developed the patent pending silver agent which is part of the fiber. Other microfiber that claims to have silver is not embedded but is a covering which can leach and wear off. Norwex silver does not wear off. Our regular cloths contain 70% polyester and 30% polyamide and 2.9 million meters of fiber which is top quality. We also have a 2 year warranty on our microfiber, but they last a lot longer than that if cared for properly. This includes the silver content as well.

    It is not silver nitrate – it is a form of silver which is physically and chemically embedded within the microfiber itself so that it does not leach out of the fiber – it is basically in there for the life of the cloth – which is why it is so safe to use and safe for the environment – because we are not leaving little bits of silver everywhere! We are the only company that has been able to do what we do.

    The silver is a micro-silver-based agent. When our microfiber is produced, it starts as a molten liquid and it is at this time that the silver-based agent is added. It is then extruded (forced through) something like a shower head. It starts out as a liquid on one end, and comes out microfiber on the other end. The silver-based agent is added when it is in a liquid form and is therefore physically embedded within the fiber – it does not wash out.

    The Antibacterial agent is embedded inside tiny microfibers the size of 0.3 Denier or smaller.
    Denier is a unit of measure for the linear mass of fibers. A single strand of silk is one denier. A fiber is generally considered a microfiber if it is 1 denier or less.
    When microbes come into contact with this agent they tend do die rather rapidly, and we have a measured 99.9% reduction after 24 hours (but the agent is working well before then to destroy bacteria).

    • Thanks for your comment, Rachael, and for explaining about the silver in Norwex cloths. I was by no means trying to put down Norwex at all, simply that when the controversy came about in 2010 following the Ecoholic article, I decided to play it safe and stop using them. Like I replied to another comment, I’d be happy to try them again.

      I’m happy to hear that the silver does not leach out of the Norwex products – however I do have a question about what happens when you get to the end of the life cycle of the cloth? How does it break down, and what happens to the silver?

  8. These sounds awesome! Much better than the Costco microfiber cloths I currently use. They drive me nutty sometimes!

  9. What happens to your cloth after you use it? Does it self purify? Norwex does. Do they come with a 2 year warranty? Norwex does.

    • Thanks for the info Karen. My understanding is that the microfiber removes bacteria from surfaces and then needs to be rinsed off to remove it from the cloth. As for warranty, I’m going to ask Donna who provided me with the cloths to respond to that.
      Please see my note at the end of my post. I am not trying to argue that these cloths are better or worse than Norwex. I am simply giving my review of this particular product.

  10. Hi everyone, I’m the Distributor for Nordisk Microfiber products that are presented in this review.

    Our Premium 50/50 cloths are similar to the original Swedish Microfiber manufactured on quality machinery, so the durability is supreme. These are very hard to find in stores or on line. The supplier guarantees the Nordisk NMF cloths for three years (with proper care – no bleaching). We will exchange any cloth that someone isn’t happy with. The supplier is very fair and the customer service is excellent.

    It is important to know that all our products are machine washable and can go in the dryer. The manufacturer’s tests show that the premium cloths 50/50 will last for 500 machine washes, and the basic economy cloths 70/30 with last for 250 machine washes. So essentially the cloths will last for several years. Our cloths are not treated with anything. Their composition is a blend of polyester & polyamide only. The microfiber in our cloths does NOT kill the bacteria removed from a surface, so frequent machine washing is recommended and required when they feel dirty, otherwise the cloths would get dingy and smelly. They can also be dipped in boiling water to further disinfect or remove greasy grime. Please drop by our site for more information and to view our various products. You will be happy with the cleaning results. Ultra Microfiber Products http://www.ultramicrofibers.com/

  11. I would love to try the cloths for cleaning my floors.I was also looking at the face cloths and they look very nice too.Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂 I love that they can go in the washer an dryer and that they have a three year warranty on them!

  12. Hi Judith, I know this comment is super late lol! But I am an independent Norwex consultant and I happened to come across your post. I noticed that you had requested information about what happens to Norwex cloths when they are past their prime, and whether they end up in landfills. I wanted to share with you that Norwex has a recycling program for all of their microfiber products! I will include the link below for the info on their website. Feel free to ask if you have any questions! 🙂

    https://norwex.biz/en_US/microfiber

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