Norwex Alternative - Pricing a Norwex Ripoff?
Why are you paying so much for silver cloths when it’s not the silver that gets things clean?

Question: Why would you buy a cloth without silver in it when you can buy one with silver in it?

Answer: Why would you pay all that extra money for a cloth containing silver when the silver has nothing whatsoever to do with cleaning power of the cloths?

It’s true! Look:

e-cloth General Purpose ClothAll 3 of these cloths pick up more than 99% of bacteria, but only 2 of them contain silver:

  1. Norwex Antibac Cloth with Silver (35cmx35cm) - $16.99 a cloth
  2. e-cloth® Professional Antibacterial Cloth with Silver (35cmx35cm) - $11.99 a cloth
  3. e-cloth® General Purpose Cloth without SIlver (35cmx35cm) - $7.99  a cloth (or a General Purpose 4-pack for $6.25 a cloth)

it’s the microfiber itself that removes more than 99% of bacteria with just water. The silver has nothing to do with it, and it makes the cloths more expensive.

  • The silver in the cloths does not contribute to the removal of bacteria from the surface that’s being cleaned - it’s the microfiber itself that does this!
  • It’s the microfiber itself that dries quickly and therefore inhibits the growth of bacteria.
  • In fact, for many years Norwex microfiber was sold without a silver component, and it still worked just as well: their independent research showing how well their cloths work comes from the time before they added silver to their microfiber.

If Norwex and Pro e-cloth® silver cloths don’t need the silver to get things clean , then what’s the benefit of the silver? What does the silver do?

The natural silver that’s incorporated into the Pro e-cloth® and the Norwex cloth is for AFTER the cloth has been used and rinsed. At that point, the silver speeds up the killing of bacteria and keeps the cloths fresher. This is very helpful in commercial applications where janitorial cloths are not washed as frequently.

Is a cloth with silver preferable to a non-silver cloth for home use?

Honestly? No. It’s the microfiber itself that does the job to clean the surface, not the silver. e-cloth® offers the antibacterial silver cloths for public purchase because there is a perception that the silver somehow gets things cleaner, and many people like to buy it as a “just in case.”

But it costs more to make the cloths with silver, and that’s why the price is higher. If you wash your cloths regularly, you’d do just as well to stick with the e-cloth® General Purpose cloths, which work just as well and cost a lot less!

Think about the price difference:

Instead of buying 1 Norwex Antibac cloth for $16.99, you can get 2 e-cloth® General Purpose Cloths for $15.98 and have a dollar left over for a cup of coffee.

In fact, you can get 4 e-cloth® General Purpose Cloths for $24.99, which works out to $6.25 cloth. So unless you need the silver because you don’t wash your cloths regularly, why are you paying so much for it? Why are you paying for it at all?

Is the Norwex Price Increase for 2012 a Ripoff?

Norwex Ripoff

Are Norwex products worth the 2012 price increase? What are some Norwex Alternatives?


Norwex is not a scam. But in 2012, people are starting to talk about the possibility of a Norwex Ripoff.

Norwex was already expensive, and in 2012 it got even more expensive. This doesn’t make it a scam, but some people are saying that it feels like a rip-off.

Some examples of 2012 Norwex pricing.

1. A Norwex antibac cloth with silver costs $16.99. An e-cloth® antibacterial cloth with silver costs $11.99. That’s a full $5 difference in price between two cloths that both do the same job of picking up more than 99% of bacteria with just water. A Norwex antibac cloth costs 42% more than an e-cloth® antibacterial cloth.  Is Norwex a ripoff? You decide.

2. Norwex Cleaning Paste costs $31.99 for 6.7 oz, which works out to $4.73 per oz. Shaklee Scour-Off™ Heavy Duty Paste costs $8.10 for 9 oz, which works out to $0.90 oer oz. That’s a difference of $3.83 per oz between two products that do the same job of shining up sinks, ceramic stove tops, etc (Here’s a blog review showing Norwex Cleaning Paste vs. Shaklee Scour-Off™). This means that for an equivalent 6.7 oz, you’re paying $25.66 more for Norwex. Is Norwex a ripoff? You decide.


3. Norwex sells a low-phosphate (3%) laundry detergent, and in 2011 it came in a 2kg bag for $29.99. Now, in 2012, it comes in a 1kg bag for $21.99. At first glance, it seems that Norwex detergent is cheaper than before, but if you take into account the smaller bag size, the 2012 price for an equivalent 2kg of detergent is $43.98. This is a 46.6% price increase. Is Norwex a ripoff? You decide.


4. Norwex sells several very effective enzyme-based cleaners that have been repackaged in smaller bottles for 2012. Again, the prices seem lower, but they have actually increased. Is Norwex a ripoff? You decide. Look:

  •     DeScaler for Limescale and Rust


    2011 - 500ml for $37.99 (7.6 cents per ml)
    2012 - 350ml for $31.99 (8.6 cents per ml)

    This means that the 2012 price equivalent for 500ml of DeScaler would be $43.00. That’s a 13% price increase.

  •     Carpet Stain Buster


    2011 - 500ml for $32.99 (6.5 cents per ml)
    2012 - 350ml for $27.99.99 (8 cents per ml)

    This means that the 2012 price equivalent for 500ml of Carpet Stain Buster would be $40.00. That’s a 21% price increase.

Norwex alternatives - what can you use instead of Norwex?

If you find that Norwex’s increased prices are feeling like a “Norwex Ripoff”,  there are some great green cleaning alternatives out there that you can use instead:

1. e-cloth® cleaning system

This high-quality antibacterial microfiber has clear research to show it’s a great Norwex alternative. It picks up more than 99% of bacteria with just water, and a e-cloth® Professional Antibacterial Cloth with silver is $5 cheaper than a Norwex antibac cloth.

2. Shaklee natural cleaning products

Shaklee has been in the green cleaning business for more than 50 years, and they offer number of time-tested healthy cleaning products for very affordable prices. One is the Shaklee Scour-Off™ Heavy Duty Paste, which is 5x less expensive than Norwex’s Cleaning Paste and does the same great job.

Another very effective Shaklee healthy cleaning product is their phosphate-free Get Clean laundry detergent.

Yes, Norwex products are great. They really work. But they’re not the only green cleaners on the block, and Norwex prices are outrageous in comparison to other green cleaning products that work just as well. It’s no wonder some people are talking about the idea of a Norwex Ripoff!