Enzymatic drain cleaners are safer to use, environmentally-friendly, cheaper and simpler. Although some chemical-based drain cleaners in the market today claim through their advertisements that they are safer to use, we don’t want to risk the health and safety of ourselves and our family. Enzymatic biological drain cleaners are now available in the market and these eco-friendly cleaners are non-caustic and toxic free, therefore not harsh to humans, pets and especially the environment.
What are the benefits of enzyme drain cleaners? With consumers nowadays getting environmentally-conscious and resorting to organic products for everyday use and consumption from food to personal hygiene products and other basic necessities, using enzyme-based drain cleaners as alternatives is a sure fire revolutionary way to clean and maintain drain lines. These especially formulated alternative cleaners are useful for those living a green lifestyle or those who have allergic reactions to common chemical cleaners. We can veer away from harsh chemical-based drain cleaners by using these natural alternatives that are specially formulated to safely digest food particles, grease, fats and human wastes. Some don’t even have animal ingredients, are bio-degradable, non-acid and non-toxic.
If you have hard water, unattractive deposits can appear on china, porcelain, enamel, tile, stainless steel, fiberglass, chrome, and glass surfaces. Calcium and magnesium in water leave hard deposits called lime scale. Manganese leaves brownish or blackish stains. Bacteria that thrive in water with a high iron content leave a reddish or white slime. Brass and copper content in water are the result of acidic water, which can corrode plumbing and fixtures. If you have brass or copper fittings, you may end up with blue or green stains on fixtures.
NORWEX Descaler is effective in removing soap scum, lime build-up, scale and other stains in your bathrooms and kitchens! Simply spray on the surface and let sit for about 5-10 minutes. Wipe off with a moist Enviro Cloth before the surface dries. See the before and after pictures below as just one example what this great product can do!
Before: Whirlpool / Spa Jets coated in orange / rust colored lime build-up
After: Cleaned by spraying Norwex DeScaler, letting it sit for five minutes, and lightly brushing away the lime scale.
The Norwex DeScaler contains the same basic ingredients it always has: Water, orange extract, sodium gluconate, glutamic acid, and glucuronic acid*. It works quickly and does an amazing job. Our DeScaler is amazing at removing scale from toilet, showers, tubs and more! Some spots may take more than one treatment, but you will find that there is improvement after each use, and it takes longer for scale to build up after using the descaler.
Scale is a mineral deposit of calcium and/or magnesium that can leave white spots, and/or result in a whitish crust forming on shower, bath, sink, toilet and tap surfaces etc (this buildup may appear orange in color if the water is also high in iron). Scale is not black in color and is not another word for mold – so no, this product will not likely be effective to kill or remove mold from surfaces.
[The Norwex DeScaler is NOT for use in coffee pots or other food-ware products due to possible after-taste if not rinsed off adequately.]
Wondering about using a non-Norwex brand commercial lime remover? The most important thing to remember in using any product, especially a harsh chemical, is to read the instructions on the container carefully and follow all directions to protect your health.
*Please consult Norwex corporate office or contact me for a MSDS sheet if you have any questions about a specific ingredient in any of our products.
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.