Last month I did a post on the efficiency of natural cleaners against bacteria. Since having some health issues a few years back, I try to eliminate as many manmade chemicals/toxins as possible in our home, but I also want to know if what I am using is working! For example, I have tried several natural and chemical free detergents and even made my own concoction, but nothing works on our clothes like Tide does. (I am open to any suggestions you have tried a natural one that works well.)
Last month I tested several essential oil blends, along with a Norwex cloth, bleach and 409 all purpose cleaner. The bleach ended up doing the best, some essential oil blends did decent and some not as good, and the Norwex cloth didn’t do well at all (which disappointed me). You can read all those results HERE. I wanted to give Norwex another shot, because well, I really wanted it to work! I have had my cloth for just at a year, and my friend offered to send me a new cloth to try it out. I was hoping maybe my cloth has just been over used.
I asked my Facebook friends what other cleaners I should try, and had an overwhelming response. I feel like I could do 5 more tests with the different types of cleaners people named! Here are the ones that made the cut this time around:
- Norwex year old cloth
- Norwex brand new cloth
- Thieves cleaner concentrate (made like directions on bottle)
- Thieves sanitizer
- Mrs Meyers cleaner
- Clorox wipes
I started this test by taking a piece of raw chicken and smearing it over an area on my counter. I then let it sit for at least one minute before beginning with the first cleaner. I sectioned off areas with blue tape, and began cleaning one cleaner at a time.
I would spray the cleaner on the spot, let it sit for 1 minute before wiping it off with a paper towel. (I didn’t leave the cleaner on the counter for barely any length of time last time). I would then swab the area with a sterile cotton swab and rub it on the agar in the petrie dish. With the Norwex cloths I would wipe the area clean for 30 seconds with the cloth flat, then take the cotton swab and rub it over the area and onto the agar in the petrie dishes. I then let the petrie dishes sit for 3 days. And here are the results:
Results in order from best working to least effective, according to what my eyes see:
1. Thieves Cleaner
2. Bleach & Lysol
3. New Norwex Cloth
4. Mrs. Meyers, Clorox, & Peroxide
5. Thieves Sanitizer
6. Old Norwex cloth
The thieves cleaner surprised me at how well it killed bacteria. In the last test my homemade version only made it in the middle of the pack for being able to kill the bacteria. Obviously the cleaner by young living is a little more concentrated. The lysol and the bleach both had a strange spot right on the edge of the petrie dish, which makes me wonder if it came from the swab, or from an outside source. I would say they tied for first with the thieves cleaner if it wasn’t for this outside spot. But they still were at the top of the list.
I was very happy that the new Norwex cloth did well! Just look at the comparison from the new cloth (right) to the old cloth (left)!
These cloths are supposed to be good for two years, and mine just hit the one year mark so theoretically it should still be working fine. It obviously isn’t, so now I am curios if I overused it, or if I took care of it the wrong way. I will have to look into it because I really like using my Norwex cloths!
Mrs. Meyers, the peroxide, and the Clorox wipes all ended up about the same. I would feel comfortable with any of these cleaning my home.
The thieves hand sanitizer didn’t kill as much bacteria as the cleaner did. I would have assumed they would have been close, but the cleaner must be at a higher concentration than the sanitizer.
Last was the old Norwex cloth. It just seemed to smear the bacteria everywhere and not pick it up.
After performing 3 different cleaning tests, I have decided to switch to the ‘official’ thieves cleaner. My homemade one didn’t work as well as their concentrate. I will continue to use bleach some in the bathroom, because – it’s the bathroom and needs to be bleached on occasion. As far as the Norwex cloth I was using (the old one), I won’t be using that specific one anymore. I am looking to still get more of the cloths if I can find out why mine didn’t last super long. (two years is their warranty I believe).
What are some of your favorite cleaners to use? Do you prefer natural cleaners or traditional cleaners?