Here’s a question I get asked a lot: What’s the difference between the Norwex kitchen cloth, the all-purpose kitchen cloth, and the envirocloth?
I often describe the envirocloth as your “everything” cloth – you can use it on walls, cupboards, bathrooms, even carpet. So if it’s your everything cloth, what are the others for?
Well, the one thing the envirocloth is not great for is food. In the kitchen it will pick up all the food, and then, because it has SUCH a tight weave, it’s hard to rinse out again. That tight weave makes it great for picking up all the grease, grime and bacteria from most surfaces, and SUPER durable, but it’s not great in the kitchen. Whenever someone tells me their envirocloth has started to smell, it turns out they’re using it in the kitchen.
The kitchen cloth, on the other hand, has a much wider weave, which not only is more useful for picking up crumbs from your bench top, it also is much better at letting them go! The kitchen cloth is highly absorbent, but also dries out more quickly than the envirocloth, and is a little smaller – all in all, a better cloth for the kitchen. The fact that it has so much less microfibre in it is also why it costs so much less (just $12.50 on its own). I use my kitchen cloth for wiping bench tops, tables, cupboards and doing the dishes. It works great on tea and coffee stains in cups too!
It’s also great to have a couple of regular kitchen cloths around to use instead of paper towels to wipe up spills on the floor (although you can use the new norwex counter cloths, which are purpose designed for this, too). In a survey by another Norwex consultant I know, the average family spent $182 on paper towels every two years, and another $91 on Chux. At $30 for 3 kitchen cloths (sold individually), that’s a saving of $253 over two years – which is the warranty period for the cloths. (Note: In 2018, 3 kitchen cloths would now be $37.50, but the cost of the other products would presumably have also increased)
This kitchen cloth is amazing: “There was sausage fat on the table, and I just wiped it up with the kitchen cloth. Not only did it pick it all up, but I kept wiping, and it didn’t spread it around at all! No other kitchen cloth we’ve ever had would have done that!” Chris Howe (who happens to be my husband).
Now, the “All purpose kitchen cloth” is so named because it is also awesome at cleaning grease and oil. It’s grey, so I always tell people to think “grey-grease cloth”. It’s the cloth for your oven, rangehood, greasy pots and pans, stove & BBQ. The normal kitchen cloth also does a great job on normal grease (like the sausage grease on the dining table), but the all-purpose kitchen cloth is better for serious grease cleaning, like the rangehood or BBQ.
Chris made that comment above when I was wiping a whole lot MORE sausage fat off the stove with the all-purpose cloth. BUT, the all-purpose kitchen cloth does not have silver in it (baclock) – so it would need to be washed a lot more often than the normal one, if you used it as your daily cloth.
The grease cloth does just say “kitchen” on the tag, like the everyday kitchen cloth, so remember it is the dark grey cloth with the waffle pattern weave.
In short, I think every home should have one (or maybe two) grease cloths, but a few kitchen cloths.
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