Imagine this scenario. Trying to eat healthier is your new goal. All week you have managed to eat less and follow your plan. Then practice runs late, and the tire is flat. Going to the grocery store is now impossible. Driving through for food for the kids, you at least decide to wait for your meal until arriving home. Dashing through the door, you start scrounging through your cupboards. Your alternatives: rice cakes or the pint of cookie dough hidden in the back of the freezer. Ice cream it is, and you vow to jog an extra mile in the morning.
What if your freezer had been full of healthy berry smoothies? Or if your purse had contained a premixed almond & dried apricot snack mix with a few mini chocolate chips thrown in for good measure? Suddenly that sweet treat in the freezer would have lost a bit of its appeal. Knowing the right choices to stave off hunger can make all of the difference to managing to continue on with the healthier lifestyle choices you desire.
The same is true with learning to clean without chemicals. Picture these scenarios. Your husband’s boss is dropping by some paperwork in five minutes, and your child picks that moment to dump over their juice. Grape nonetheless. Or your friend is bringing your child back home from a playdate, chats longer than expected and then asks to use your nearest restroom. You know, that same one where your child has his own little throne where he has been practicing all day at being a big boy? What do you do?
Well, if you have not thought ahead, you simply go with old habits. Grabbing the antibacterial wipes seems like a quick and easy alternative. That might work for the juice, but what about the bathroom? You know that the surface may not stay shiny long enough to kill germs like the back of the tub suggests, but do you figure that this is better than nothing? Or do you tell your friend that the gas station bathroom down the street just might be cleaner and send her on her way?
Knowing the right Norwex products to have on hand for such imminent disasters will make all of the difference. Just as you would go about learning to replace canned fruit in heavy syrup with canned fruit containing only juice, learning what Norwex products replace your former go-to cleaning products will help you to choose a different alternative. The chart below gives some suggestions of what Norwex items will be better substitutes.
|Instead of Using this …||Try This Norwex Product instead …|
|Disinfecting Disposable Wipes||Norwex Enviro Cloth & water|
|Furniture Polish||Norwex Dusting Mitt|
|All-purpose Cleaner||Norwex Enviro Cloth & water plus occasionally Cleaning Paste or Descaler|
|Window Cleaner Spray||Norwex Window Cloth & plus window cloth to shine|
|Polyester Duster||Dusting Mitt dry with or without Envirowand dry|
|Kitchen Sink Sponge||Norwex Dish Cloth (netted)|
|Disinfecting Sprays||Norwex Enviro cloth & water|
|Shower Cleaner||Cleaning Paste OR Blue Diamond Bathroom Cleaner (diluted to last longer) plus the Bathroom Scrub Mitt|
|Scrubbing / abrasive cleaner||Cleaning Paste plus Enviro Cloth|
|Chemical based descaling agent||Descaler (tough on calcium/lime/rust but not on you)|
|Any Chemical Based Toilet Cleaner||Blue Diamond All-in-One Bathroom Cleaner OR the Sanira Toilet Brush System|
|Fabric Softener (for scent)||Odor Eliminator (only 1 capful per wash load)|
|Dryer Sheets||Dryer balls (can add essential oils for scent)|
|Traditional Laundry Detergent||Ultra Power Plus Detergent (Need less – save more)|
|Chemical based air freshener||Odour Eliminator (dilute 1 part to 7 parts water) OR Sportzyme (for shoes, hats, equipment, gym)|
|Vacuum mop or Sponge Mop||Scrubby Corner Cloth & (for quick spills) OR Norwex Floor System & water to mop the whole floor|
|Shoe “Deodorant” Spray||Sportzyme|
|Magic Eraser||Micro Cleaning Hand Pads|
|Bottle of makeup remover||Makeup Remover Cloths plus Water|
|Washcloths with Cleansers||Body pack of 3 cloths (regular or small) & water|
|Cotton Hair Towel||Hair Turban (can use all week as its antibacterial !)|
|Bath Towels (must wash often)||Antibacterial Bath Towel (can use all week!)|
|Unknown face/body products||Norwex Timeless or Marine Organics Products|
|Antibacterial Dish Soap||Dishwashing Liquid – this plant-based formula can be used to rinse out cloths & also to pre-treat laundry|
|Antibacterial Hand Gel||Travel Pack of Four Enviro Cloths OR Timeless Natural Hand Cleaner|
Just as adding natural peanut butter and raisins to celery can make that a more desirable snack, knowing what Norwex products to combine can make all of the difference. Before you know it, you will be grabbing for the Enviro Cloths automatically when inevitable messes come your way. You will be able to achieve the chemical free lifestyle that you desire.
Thanks for reading. Please be sure to comment below if you’ve found this helpful or if you have any questions. You can also contact me; I would love to hear from you!
Here is Part 2 in “Gretchen’s Journey” where she delves into the idea of cleanliness without chemicals…
A while ago I had several friends that were into following the principles of FlyLady. In case you have never heard of this fine lady and her site, let me reassure you that this has nothing to do with learning to clean fish. Instead, this woman runs an encouraging site that helps fellow “SHE”s (Side-tracked Home Executives) to quit procrastinating to move forward to taking the steps necessary to live in cleaner and more organized homes. One of the ways that her site does this is by sending out encouraging e-mails with steps to take. As I currently have 3+ e-mail accounts with more than 1,500 total messages, I decided that if I were to get even more e-mails would never get around to actually cleaning.
Although I have not received an e-mail from her, I could tell you her recommended first step to a clean house. I personally agree it is a good place to start.
Ready …. Start with a shiny sink! Since I thankfully do not have a chrome sink right now, I cannot exactly take her advice literally. For my ivory sink to look shiny, I would have to add LOTS of chemically saturated polish, and that is not what I want to do. But I do think that when my sink is empty and clean, I do feel happier. Going to bed with dishes filled to the rim of my sink is hard for me to do. I do like to follow FlyLady’s general principle, so when I excitedly opened my first box of Norwex supplies last week, I decided that cleaning the sink was the great place to start. (I will admit that before I could clean the sink I did have to load the dishwasher first. Sigh …)
Here is what my sink looked like before I used the Norwex Enviro Cloth.
I am thrilled to announce that I will have a guest blogger for the next few months. Gretchen, my good friend from college, has agreed to review some Norwex products and blog about herr adventures into chemical free cleaning. As you can see from the picture below, Gretchen has a few kids that will help her create some “cleaning challenges” for her to clean up with Norwex. I’m excited to share her first post with you…something of an introduction. I hope you will follow her journey with me, and post any comments below her post.
If you are interested in taking advantage of the $7.99 Fast, Fun and FREE new consultant promotion Gretchen mentioned, please use THIS LINK to sign up before noon CST on March 1st.
Au Natural: Cleanliness Sans Chemicals – Really?
“Natural” brings up many connotations. A few of the many definitions from dictionary.com: existing only in nature, growing without cultivation and even a musical symbol. The one pertaining most to me: #7 “having undergone little or no processing.”
I would say this definitely applies to me as a person. After all, I still have my original hair color. And even all of my original body parts (with the exception of a few teeth pulled due to overcrowding.) Rarely does make-up touch my face.
When it comes to cleaning, this is not exactly the case. I have been known to break out the vinegar and baking soda to aid in scrubbing and cleansing. Apart from that, my favorite cleaning product is probably the disinfecting wipes. This portable cylinder of cloths have been used throughout my house to clean almost everything but my kid’s faces of course.
I love hearing from my Norwex customers whether it is them contacting me with questions, a compliment … or a complaint? I have to admit that it’s very unusual to get complaints.
I recently got a funny “Norwex complaint” from a customer and she graciously agreed to let me share it with all of you. Here goes…
My mom has a complaint with the buffing cloth (aka Norwex Polishing Cloth). She apparently used it a few days ago to clean her window. She got it so clean that she ended up get scared by her reflection – even when it was dark out! She’s not used to having the window so clean. I just thought you may want to know. Maybe they should come with warning labels – “Beware: May cause reflections due to cleanliness!” LOL! Guess if that’s the only complaint you get (your cleaning products actually clean?!), life is good.
Lynn Sunde, Author
The groundhog saw his shadow, which means there are 6 more weeks of winter. This can be agonizing for many individuals; especially with the frozen tundra enhancing weather we have been facing lately! Not only is the weather cold, but also many individuals are finding themselves getting sick. Nothing is worse than the feeling you get when you know you are about to get a bug, all you want to do is stock up on Vitamin C and fight it off!
Store bought hand sanitizers frequently contains a chemical called Triclosan, which can be quite harmful for users. CNN Health has studied the effects of Triclosan and states, “Research has shown that Triclosan can disrupt the endocrine system, amplifying testosterone. In animal studies, it reduced muscle strength. It may also harm the immune system. Whether these findings add up to human toxicity isn’t established yet, but the FDA is currently reviewing the issue.” It is just not logical to purchase a product that doesn’t even disinfect as it says it should.
Luckily, in August of 2013, Norwex came out with a WONDERFUL on-the-go hand cleanser for this exact reason. People often find that “hand sanitizers” of an alcohol base tend to dry out their hands while supposedly killing 99.9% of germs. Norwex Hand Cleanser does not contain harmful chemicals, rather natural products including Aloe and Barbadensis leaf extract. Not only does the Natural Hand Cleanser clean thoroughly on the go, but also moisturizes due to the Aloe Vera! Check it out HERE.
Norwex also just launched the production of their NEW peppermint foam hand soap. Read more about that in an upcoming post or check it out HERE. The peppermint scent is a soothing sensation to calm and relax; yet it is still cleaning your hands! Keep this foam soap in the bathroom and by the sink to stay healthy this winter season.
Instead of fearing the outdoors this continuing winter, enjoy yourselves and don’t fret over the germs. Keep a Norwex Hand Cleanser in your bag for on the go, and wash your hands thoroughly when you get home with the Peppermint Foam Soap. Stay clean and stay healthy!
Barnett, Bob. “Is Hand Sanitizer Toxic?” CNN. Cable News Network, 16 Oct. 2013. Web. <http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/16/health/hand-sanitizer-toxic-upwave/>.