I’m going to get straight to the point – Norwex Cleaning Paste is, without a word of a lie, a 5-star Norwex Product.
I’d give it 10 out of 5 stars, if that was allowed. And Good Housekeeping magazine believed it worthy of the MOST POWERFUL CLEANING COMBO award when used alongside the EnviroCloth during their 2022 Good Housekeeping Cleaning & Organizing Awards! Their cleaning experts tested over 200 of the most innovative cleaning and organizing products and brought the list down to 65 winners, with Cleaning Paste and the EnviroCloth winning the Most Powerful Cleaning Combo category! We’ve always said Cleaning Paste is “Elbow Grease in a Jar,” and now there’s even more testing and credibility to this claim!
Norwex Cleaning Paste, AKA Elbow Grease in a Jar
IN A NUTSHELL:
I LOVE the Norwex Cleaning Paste. I mean, I really, REALLY love it. Anyone who’s used it will tell you that a little goes a loooong way. Just a dab will do a big job. It’s affectionately referred to as “elbow grease in a jar”. It cleans tough, baked-on, stuck on grunge and gets rid of stains. And the best thing is, you only need a small amount! Just a couple of dabs will clean your entire kitchen sink (stainless steel), and a few dabs will do your bathtub!
Depending on how much scrub power you need, you can use it with the Norwex Spirisponge or an Enviro Cloth.
I’ve had some customers say that they would love to try it, but that the price is a little steep for a small container; it’s just too expensive. I thought the same thing before I bought it. But let me tell you, the Norwex cleaning paste lasts and lasts and LASTS. Because the paste is so compact, there isn’t a tendency to use too much for the job. I’ve had my present container for about 4 years, and I still have over 1/2 left. And it’s not because I don’t use it very often… I use it ALL the time, but like I’ve already said (lots of times), a LITTLE goes a LONG way with this stuff.
A little about Norwex Cleaning Paste
Norwex Cleaning Paste is an environmentally and skin-friendly cleaner that replaces all of your chemical abrasive cleaners. This polishing agent cleans, polishes and protects in one application. It contains absolutely no poisons, phosphates or acids.
It can be used on surfaces and materials made of:
- stainless steel
- painted surfaces
- and on coffee pots
- and on glassware and foodware products
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE on brass, copper, silver and acrylic surfaces, as it may cause scratching.
(although, there are MANY customers who have used it on these surfaces with GREAT success – just check an inconspicuous area first, before going hog-wild on it!)
Cleaning Paste can be used for:
- your bathtub (porcelain, not acrylic) to get the “ring around the tub” off.
- your bathroom (great for really stubborn soap scum, rust stains, hard water spots and build-up)
- cleaning the sludge and stains from your kitchen sink (stainless steel) – especially down in the little drain part… you know, the section that turns all brown & gross?
- getting burnt off crud from your smooth top stove. Get your stove surface a bit wet. Use a Norwex Eviro Cloth (or Spirisponge if the mess is bad) to scoop up a bit of the paste. Scrub your stove until the gunk is gone!
- cleaning burnt-on food from Pyrex and glass baking dishes.
- getting rid of stains on light-colored countertops (laminate), like coffee/tea cup ring stains, marker stains, and mystery stains.
- coffee-stained travel mugs… if you can get your hand down inside of it!
- stains in your microwave or fridge.
- polishing your pots and pans, both stainless steel and brass. I have a hanging pot rack, so my pots are always on display… the cleaning paste comes in very handy (when I’m inspired to actually do the polishing).
- cleaning the rust ring from the inside of your toilet bowl.
- Shoes! Yes, the cleaning paste is amazing for cleaning the rubber toes and soles of sneakers, whitening them up and making them look brand-new again.
- and probably many things that I just haven’t thought of!
How to use Cleaning Paste
The cleaning paste is not creamy or shakable – it’s hard and compact in the container.
- Get your Enviro Cloth or Spirisponge damp.
- Using your cloth (or Spirisponge), dab at or rub some of the paste from the container.
- Rub the cleaning paste onto the surface you want to clean and polish.
- Rinse afterward with water and dry with a clean enviro cloth.
PRO TIP: If I’m using it to clean a large area, or I want to use my bulkier bathroom scrub mitt, I will often use the edge of the lid or a butter knife to scrape off a little pile of the cleaning paste onto whatever surface I’m cleaning.
Cleaning Paste gives you a clean, shiny surface that lasts!
NOTE: While the Cleaning Paste is very gentle, you should always test on an inconspicuous surface if you are concerned about the possibility of scratching.
I have found that the Norwex Cleaning Paste not only cleans my kitchen sink but it also prevents the build-up from returning as quickly and my sink stays cleaner longer.
At first, I thought that maybe I was just overly enthusiastic about the Norwex Cleaning Paste, and was therefore imagining this, so I decided to do a little experiment:
I cleaned one side of the sink with a chemical abrasive powdered cleaner, the one in the green container, (I’m not technically allowed to name the brand) and the other side with the Norwex Cleaning Paste. Both did a great job of cleaning, but the test was “how long would the sink stay clean”? After about a week, it was clear that the Norwex Cleaning Paste did indeed help protect the surface of my sink from “holding onto grunge” – the Norwex side was cleaner after a week of use. I’m not sure which of the ingredients is responsible for this lovely benefit – I’m thinking maybe the coconut oil? But it doesn’t really matter – the point is, it works and works very well.
And, of course, there’s the winning fact that the grocery store abrasive cleaner is laden with unhealthy chemicals and Cleaning Paste isn’t.
Victoria Kershner says
Do I need a Norwex cloth to use this? I bought some and tried it on my metal pan and on my Corian sink and wasn’t impressed. I used quite a bit too. Am I doing something wrong?
Suzanne Holt says
Are you using it with something abrasive like a scrubby cloth or sponge?
Does the cleaning paste have enzymes that eat away at dirt and scum like some of the other Norwex products, or does it work differently? What type of cleaning process does the cleaning paste use?
Greg Feik says
We have a copper teapot that cost 100 dollars and would like to know if this product would be safe to use on it
Suzanne Holt says
It has the potential to scratch so I probably would not use it unless the manufacturer of the teapot says it’s okay to use an abrasive cleaner.
Can Cleaning Paste be used on silver over copper! Antique coffee server. I tried a small spot and it looks good but some comments say no while others indicate it’s ok to use.
Suzanne Holt says
Hi Margaret, the Cleaning Paste is not recommended on copper, since it may scratch that metal. Even if the silver is over copper, I would be hesitant to try it myself. You’d be safest to try a different product on your antique coffee server, to reduce the risk of scratching it!
I have some paste and I tried it on my car headlight lens which had become hazy people recommended toothpaste but I had no result. I tried copperbor silver polish and nothing. The Norwex cleaning paste made my lens look just like the new one. I couldn’t believe it. The paste may not be recommended for this but it works!
Our cleaning paste is all cracked and in pieces. I know it’s supposed to be dry, but I don’t think this is normal. We’ve had ours for about 2 years. Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
Suzanne Holt says
Hi Scott. It will still be fine if it cracks. That can happen if you’ve been using it for two years. Just take a damp cloth to wipe over the paste when you’re removing it and it should still work wonderfully. Thanks for stopping by!
I was wondering the same thing as mine is getting drier than it used to be. I added some water to the top of it but I’m wondering if maybe I should have added a little bit of coconut oil!
Suzanne Holt says
It’s meant to be really dry. When you use it, take a wet cloth over the top of it and that makes it paste-like on the cloth. Let me know if you have other questions. Thanks!
susan rahn says
Could the past be used to get out tough stains on clothes or would it not be color safe? I’m desperate. Nothing else has worked.
Maryalice Hill says
Hi Susan. I have had people tell me they used it for that, but I can’t officially recommend it because it’s not one of the things I know for sure to be safe. I guess it depends. If the garment is already ruined – what would you have to lose?
Hi, Is the paste safe to use on quartz counter tops?
Crystal Moore says
Cleaning Paste is not considered safe for Quartz, as it may be too abrasive and damage the countertop. However, other consultants use it sometimes and say it doesn’t damage it. I’d would advise that the safest approach, to avoid damage, is to use an EnviroCloth to clean, a Netted Dish Cloth or Kitchen Scrub Cloth for the sticky bits and a Window Cloth to polish it dry!
Great post! I have enjoyed reading all your reviews and I have been inspired. Would you use the cleaning paste on vinyl siding on the outside of a house? Or on window tracks? We live on a farm and things look dirty pretty fast.
Talie, Yes you could definitely try the Norwex Cleaning Paste on vinyl siding to remove stains and scuffs. And I’ve actually used the cleaning paste on window frames/tracks to get the white looking white again!
What is the best way to clean my porcelain tile shower? It stays pretty clean except in certain areas. The tile is glazed a lit…not too shiny though.
Hi! I am loving my cleaning paste but have a question. You mentioned above that the paste should not be used on brass, but then recommended using it in brass pots and pans-is it ok or not to use on brass? Many thanks for your post-so helpful!
Hahaha! Yes, I did contradict myself Kirsten – thanks for letting me know! I’ve just done a little consulting with other consultants (some of whom have brass pots), and although the official Norwex recommendation is to not use it on brass, almost everyone who had tried it on brass, LOVED it. Just maybe, test it on a little, inconspicuous patch before going hog-wild with whatever you’re planning on cleaning.
I have a camper and was told you could use this on the fiberglass sides. Is this true?
Hi Barb, yes you can use the Norwex Cleaning Paste on fiberglass – it works wonderfully!
are there any products I can use for brushed nickel? My taps have hard water buildup but it seems the descaler and paste can’t be used on brushed. Any suggestions?
Elyse, unfortunately the only Norwex products for hard water build up (Cleaning Paste, Descaler, & Blue Diamond Cleaner) all have warnings not to use on any “brushed” metals. Even using lemon juice or vinegar will eat away at the coating used to give your faucets that brushed look… I’m afraid I don’t have good news for you 🙁
Is this supposed to be actual paste in the jar, or is it supposed to be solid and dry? I ordered some and it is solid and dry.
The Norwex cleaning paste is NOT creamy – it is as you described, solid and dry. This is a good thing, because you’ll use less of it (I know I do… I’m a heavy handed scooper!). If your cleaning job isn’t too big, just wet your Norwex cloth or spirisponge, and rub it on the paste. If you need more of the paste, use the lid to scrape a some of the paste into a little pile to use from… I do this when I’m cleaning my kitchen sink.
Sarah Bozzuto says
Is it good for glass top stoves?
It’s AMAZING for smooth top stoves! It’s best used with a Norwex Spirisponge (which doesn’t scratch), and your burnt stuff will come right off.
Maybe I purchased the wrong product. I have extra hard water and therefore have issues in the bathroom with soap scum and lime scale. I purchased the paste and the bathroom mitt to help remove it. Should I have purchased the descaler instead?
Kris, the Norwex cleaning paste is great for hard water build up, but you do need to use more elbow grease. I would most definitely recommend getting the Norwex Descaler, it will make the clean up of hard water scale much easier 🙂
It also works great to clean nail polish from counter tops! I’ve had it happen in the kitchen (entire bottle was dropped and shattered) and the bathroom (3 year-old decided to do it by herself one day). I was AMAZED at how well it worked! Nail polish remover just spread it around.
Wow! So good to know Lyndsey – thanks for sharing!
Is the Cleaning paste suitable for long term use on polished nickel or will it wear it down?
Suzanne Holt says
Unfortunately, I don’t know how it would affect polished nickel over time, Debbie!
Is this safe for marble and granite? I have marble tile walls in the shower, marble bathroom countertop and granite kitchen countertop.
It’s not recommended to use the Norwex cleaning paste on granite or marble, since it is somewhat abrasive. However, I do know people who have used it on both of those surfaces to get rid of tough water stains on granite and soap scum in their marble showers. If you do try it, make SURE you do it in an inconspicuous area, and be gentle with the scrubbing… don’t go too crazy right away. If you don’t already have them, I would HIGHLY recommend the Norwex Mcrofiber Enviro Cloth and Window Cloth for cleaning granite and marble. The Enviro Cloth is surprisingly fantastic for scrubbing and getting rid of scum and grease, and the Window cloth is an amazing polisher.