The Norwex Kitchen Cloth, All-Purpose Kitchen Cloth & Envirocloth – What’s the Difference?

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. It’s the densest cloth in the Norwex range, so it’s the one to grab when you need a little elbow grease. So if it’s your everything cloth, what are the others for?

Norwex Kitchen Cloth, Norwex All-purpose kitchen cloth, Norwex envirocloth |

Note: Prices and Colours updated 2019

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.

Linking up with the Effervescent Jess at her weekly linkup.

  14 comments for “The Norwex Kitchen Cloth, All-Purpose Kitchen Cloth & Envirocloth – What’s the Difference?

  1. May 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I love finding products that make daily life easier.

    • Kirsten McCulloch
      May 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Me too Kaz, whether I buy them or make them myself 🙂
      Thanks for visiting 🙂

  2. May 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Now this is a product I love because I can’t STAND yukky dishcloths that smell, don’t clean and just spread the mess! Emily – also visiting as part of #teamIBOT

    • Kirsten McCulloch
      May 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Yeah me too. In fact, originally the envirocloth was my favourite Norwex product (probably cause it’s the first thing I got, but also cause it cleans SOOO amazingly well), but the kitchen cloth has usurped its position I think. Partly cause I love it, and partly cause customers rave about it to me so often! 🙂

      • Amanda
        December 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

        Do you use your kitchen cloth to wash your dishes? with soap? can you use Dawn with them?


        • December 10, 2017 at 10:11 am

          Hi Amanda,
          Yes you can. Many people prefer the dish cloth (the netted one), which won’t hold onto water or organic matter and can go in the dishwasher, but others use the kitchen cloth. You just want to make sure you rinse it thoroughly afterwards to ensure there’s no dish soap residue coating the fibres, or the silver won’t be able to do it’s job.

    • Kirsten McCulloch
      May 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

      PS – just had to click through to make sure you were still you with your new avatar, and then found a whole new blog look too! Love it 🙂

  3. Bec
    May 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I really like the kitchen cloth. I haven’t used it to wash dishes however – I’ve got enough so I could. Do you use the same one for wiping benches and washing dishes or a different one?

    • Kirsten McCulloch
      May 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

      I use the same one Bec. Actually, TBH mostly the DH does the dishes at the end of the day and he uses a brush, but I prefer the cloth when I do it. And then I just give it a good rinse in the rinsing water, wring it out, and hang to dry. Then 30 seconds later I need to use it again to wipe the bench or something! 🙂

  4. May 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Oh my husband is such a norwex skeptic, but I love it!! Will have to show him this so he knows what they do. Thank you!

    • Kirsten McCulloch
      May 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      You’re most welcome Talia! 🙂

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  6. Allison
    June 29, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I was told that the kitchen cloth shouldn’t be used to wipe down a baby’s face. Is there any harm in that? I could see the enviro cloth you wouldn’t want to do that.

    • December 10, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Hi Allison,
      Sorry, I didn’t see this earlier.
      Look, it’s not going to be as gentle as a body cloth, or baby body cloth, so I would go easy with it, but I have done it myself. Just not as your go to cloth all the time probably, and be gentle.

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