Cleaning agents differ in their classification of health hazards; some cause serious or immediate dangers such as skin irritations, respiratory and eye irritation to illness such as reproductive and respiratory disorders as well as major diseases such as cancer. A health hazard commonly associated with using window glass cleaners would be inhalation of the mist emitted from the bottle or getting the chemical into your eyes. Ingestion of the chemicals could pose a serious health risk.
What’s in your window cleaner?
Some of the chemicals typically found in window cleaners include ammonia and isopropanol. Ammonia is known to be a powerful chemical agent that is diluted for household cleaning products and is highly poisonous. Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia can cause burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract and can result in blindness, lung damage or death. Inhalation of lower concentrations can cause coughing, and nose and throat irritation. Swallowing ammonia can cause burns to the mouth, throat and stomach. Skin or eye contact with concentrated ammonia can also cause irritation and burns. *
What does clean look like to you? What does it feel like? What does it smell like?
What does CLEAN look like? Does a clean hardwood floor glimmer with the sheen of a chemical that has been applied to it, or does it look like pure, natural wood that has been “cleaned” by removing dirt and debris from it, but leaving it free of a chemical residue?
Growing up, our kitchen floor always had the shine of a chemical cleaner when it was “just cleaned.” Now that we have the Norwex Mop, that floor is truly clean…void of all dirt and debris, but also beautiful wood that doesn’t have the artificial shine of a chemical. This is healthier for the people and pets that come in contact with that floor.
We’ve all been conditioned that an item is “clean” when it looks shiny from a chemical being smoothed over it. The truth is that a Real Clean would be removing dirt and debris from the surface and leaving us with a natural surface. This eliminates the possibility of humans or pets being endangered by coming in contact with a chemical residue that is most often toxic.
We have also seen that surfaces void of chemical residue stay clean longer because there is NOTHING left behind to attract more dirt and debris to a surface. Removing everything from a surface without leaving a chemical behind will save you time because your home will stay clean longer.
What does CLEAN feel like? Does it feel like oily residue left behind from a chemical cleaner or oil, or is the smooth feel of your marble, hardwood or laminate? Truly clean surfaces feel great because they feel NATURAL!
Prior to Norwex, we used the hardwood floor cleaner that our home builder had recommended. My little boys would slip as they walked across the floor because of the slick residue from the cleaner. After switching our cleaning regimen to the Norwex mop, our boys can now run back and forth across the hardwood. Their little feet are gripping the feel of a clean floor; not one covered in chemical residue.
What does CLEAN smell like? Is it that “lemon fresh” chemical scent that isn’t really all that lemony or all that fresh? Is it a pesticide spray that you are using to cover up garbage or bathroom odors with the artificial smell of wildflowers or pine trees?
I would challenge you that a CLEAN smell is one absent of any chemicals; flowery or not. Clean is the smell of a breeze drifting through your house on a beautiful summer day, the smell you experience when you stand out in the middle of nature breathing in air untainted by man-made chemicals.
The smell of CLEAN is what you will experience when you clean your home with Norwex antibacterial microfiber and water. Your home will smell natural and fresh.
When we walked past (never down) the “cleaning aisle” at the grocery store last week, my little guy covered his mouth and nose as he was talking to me. I love the fact that those “lemon fresh” smells we grew up thinking of as a clean smell seem toxic to my boys.
Have you experienced “The Real Clean” of Norwex? If so; please share your stories here. If you have not experienced Norwex and would like to learn more, please CONTACT ME. I would love to show you how to TRULY CLEAN your home.
- Which cloth can I use for washing dishes?
- What works great on granite?
- Can I wash my Teflon with that?
- What is good to use when I’m baking?
- Can I use my Norwex enviro cloth in the kitchen?
The truth is, Norwex has a few different kitchen “cloths” that all have a distinct and unique purpose. Together they can transform your kitchen cleaning! Let’s walk through the cloths one by one.
Kitchen Scrub Cloth – The Norwex Kitchen Scrub Cloth is great for washing pots and pans that require a bit extra scrubbing power. It is safe for Teflon(R) surfaces. Since it is not Antibac, the Kitchen Scrub Cloth is approved for using with soap.
Dish Cloth – The Norwex Dish Cloth is a favorite for anyone who likes to bake! This loosely-woven, netted cloth is great for removing flour dough and other sticky substances from countertops after baking.
Kitchen Cloth Set (Antibac Kitchen Cloth Set) – The Norwex Kitchen Cloth Set is truly my favorite of the Norwex kitchen items. It is the cloth that is always near our sink; ready for cleaning up spills or washing off our flat top stove. It shines granite countertops beautifully and dries quickly. My favorite part … no more stinky kitchen cloth!! This cloth is Antibac, so it is not to be used for washing dishes. The kitchen cloth comes in a set of three, or in the Tea Towel Set. The tea towel is an excellent towel for hanging in the kitchen for drying either your dishes or hands … or both!
The Norwex All-Purpose Kitchen Cloth – To be frank; this is one of the few Norwex items that I don’t use myself. It would be great for a really greasy project like the hood of your stove, but for all other tasks I prefer the Norwex Antibac Kitchen Cloth Set because of it’s Antibac properties. The All Purpose Kitchen Cloth is not Antibac.
Lastly…to answer the question “Can I use my enviro cloth in the kitchen?“ - I would not recommend it. The enviro cloth is woven so tightly that it can easily be clogged up with soap residue, oils, or sauces. This may cause the cloth to take on an unpleasant odor, which is never a happy occurrence. My recommendation is to use some of our fabulous kitchen items in the kitchen, and save the enviro cloth for the rest of the house; after all, it is our hardest working Norwex cloth!