Part 12 in Gretchen’s Journey
For many years, my kids have gotten out of cleaning. After all, what mom in her right mind would give her young child a bottle of chemicals and say “Squirt Away.” That has all changed now that I use Norwex products. Since no chemicals are involved, even younger children can learn how to scrub with a cloth. While the kids can use the majority of Norwex items, several of the products have been created specifically with kids in mind.
This microfiber cloth has the same great features of the traditional BacLock Enviro Cloth but is only 10X10″ instead of 13″x13″.
For even younger kids, you may want to consider the four set pack of Enviro Cloths. At 6×6″, they are perfect for littler hands. This is also a great option if you want each of your children to have their own color of cloth. Additionally, you could designate a different color for each space that you want to clean – for example, use only yellow for the bathrooms, use the pink for the kitchen and so on. Continue reading
Baseball season is upon us, and that means lots of nights out at the local baseball fields watching the boys learn teamwork and how to play the all-American pastime. This year, our coaches have decided that the boys will play even if it is raining. Tuesday night we had a great game (our team won!) at one of the local fields. It was pouring rain the entire time. My little guy came home soaked to the skin, and with socks covered in mud!
Summertime socks always seem to get especially dirty at our house, and baseball socks seem to be the worst. What was once white is now brown and dingy looking.
You have a few options when it comes to really dirty socks.
- You always have the option to drive down to your local store and buy more socks; throwing the disgustingly dirty ones in the trash. This would be the most costly and least environmentally-friendly solution.
- Some people tell me that they bleach their socks to keep them white. I have previously posted some information on the dangers of bleach under Negative Impacts of Bleach, so that is not an option I would recommend either. It’s hard on the clothes, and not friendly to either your health or the environment.
- What we do (and what I recommend) is the following… Take one full scoop of Norwex Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent and put it in a bucket of hot water. Drop the dirty socks into the hot water, and soak them overnight. The next day you can launder them with a regular load of laundry. We have had good success with this method.
I love my boys, and I’m thrilled that they get their socks dirty. Dirty socks mean they are outside being active and exploring the world. I also love the fact that I know how to get these socks clean the “Norwex way.”
What is your biggest laundry challenge? I would love to help you tackle it.
I got this fun testimonial from a really fun hostess!
“My miniature little miracle” aka the Travel Enviro Cloth set
Do you want to clean off that table before you eat out in a restaurant, wipe off a telephone before you use it, wash something greasy on your vehicle window, clean off your steering wheel or wipe off your pets feet when they come in from outside? Those are just a few things I use this amazing cloth for!
We have designated the “b=blue for b=bathroom” color for the bathroom. The three boys in my house clean up after themselves by using this to wipe up their little “drips” and “splashes” on the toilet.
We even did a no-no that Suzanne told us not to with it… we used one of them in our painting kit for around the house. It works absolute wonders to clean off your floor and window moldings after sanding, mudding/taping and painting (of course let the paint dry first). After were done, we washed it just the same as the others and it came out clean as a whistle! This little rag has a million uses… my childcare children loved to clean the tables, counters, toys, walls and everything they could get their hands on. It is an easy, affordable “toy” that will keep them busy for hours!!!!
Struggling with a Dust Mite Allergy?
They eat skin cells regularly shed by humans and their furry pets such as dogs and cats. Dust mites thrive in humid, warm temperatures of dwellings and workplaces.
The places you lounge around your home such as mattresses, bedding, pillows, and carpeted areas are ideal living spaces for these mites. There can be up to 100,000 dust mites found in a piece of carpet measuring one square yard.
Your bedroom mattress offers all a dust mite would want – warmth, moisture, and dead skin cells to feed on. The average mattress can double its weight in ten years. How, you may ask? The added weight comes from alive and dead dust mites, their feces, and our sloughed off skin cells. If your pillow is two years old, 10% of its weight comes from, you guessed it, alive and dead dust mites and their waste.
Dust mites can also be found on curtains, stuffed animals, upholstered furniture, and the list goes on. Often the most overlooked item is that cute teddy bear in your child’s room. Dust mites are especially attracted to stuffed animals made of wool or stuffed with down materials. Years of droppings and dead and alive mites add up quickly. To keep dust mites at bay, clean the stuffed animals often and spray regularly with the Norwex Mattress Cleaner.
Dust mites are linked to asthma and allergies, especially in children and the elderly. The dust mites themselves are not actually harmful to people. It is the decaying bodies of dust mites and their feces which is protein that causes an allergic reaction. The dead bodies and feces are a major component of house dust. Some people have a genetic trait to dust mite allergies, but others can develop it over time. Some homes have enough allergens present that it causes sensitivity to people who would otherwise not have an allergic reaction. To sum it up, a person who was not allergic previously could develop an allergy given enough dead dust mites and feces.
Symptoms of a dust mite allergy include sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, cough, congestion, facial pressure, and asthma attacks.
What can you do to give yourself and your family a better quality of life?
Getting a handle on the dust in your home can help tremendously.
- Dust with the Norwex Antibac Dusting Mitt that will trap the dust in the mitt rather than allowing it to float in the air.
- Vacuum the carpet under your bed every few weeks to control the dust mite population. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Spray your mattress with our Norwex Mattress Cleaner. It provides guaranteed elimination and removal of dust mite waste and organic material. Active zinc encapsulates and micro organisms remove odor causing particles and other organic material from mattresses, sofas, and bedding (including comforters). It minimizes bacteria and dust mite growth, etc. A few sprays applied once every two to four months dramatically changes the lives of those with asthma or dust mite allergies. It will eliminate dust mites and their waste in a natural chemical free manner.
- Wash your bedding weekly in HOT water.
- Clean your flooring weekly with a mop and water. We recommend the Norwex microfiber mop packages.
- Dust furniture in carpeted areas prior to vacuuming, so dust settles to the floor to be vacuumed. Vacuum carpeting thoroughly weekly rather than a light cleaning daily.
A fun story from a favorite hostess of mine named Christine who managed a child care:
I have to tell you how much I love those cute little antibac baby body pack cloths…
These little travel-sized facial cloths are unbelievably wonderful! I have them everywhere… I did family child care and I took them on field trips to wash the kido’s hands whenever needed, especially before meals. When the little ones were in the highchairs, I used them to clean their faces and hands while they are learning to eat, makes for a much easier clean up when you have 10 kids eating at the same time!
Have you ever had a little one with a raw bottom from nasty diapers? Take the “blue” one (b for blue = b for bathroom) so you know that it’s always the bathroom color cloth, and gently clean your little one’s bottom. Not only does it clean it, but it’s soft and it’s antibacterial and a whole lot better than a normal washrag! It really helps to heal the infections fast.
I pack these wet in a little zip lock bag, put them in the lunch bags my older children take to school; that way I know they always have clean hands when they sit down at the lunch table and helps to keep those school germs away.
Don’t forget to keep them in your purse/bag and cars…take them with you when you are shopping, eating dinner out or having fun!