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.
I am blessed to be the mother of two boys. When I found out that I was expecting my first, I knew that I would need to learn to deal with muddy shoes, insects, stinky smells. After all…aren’t we told that “snakes and snails, and puppy dog tails…that’s what little boys are made of?” When I learned that we were having our second son, I decided to accept the fact that there were going to be some seriously messy things in our house and that I would just have to learn how to deal with it.
We have had our share of messes. We have had one son walk all the way across the house with his toe bleeding, oblivious to the fact that he was smearing blood all down the hall. They come inside and tell me that they “forgot” to put shoes on before going out and playing in the dirt, so white socks have now turned brown. Yogurts break in backpacks and aren’t reported until the next day. They walk to our room to tell us they are sick and end up getting sick in the hall. We have even had one of our sons bring the head of a dead duck into the house!
These are some seriously messy scenarios. All of these messes were cleaned in a safe Norwex way…soaking socks in Norwex Ultra Power Plus to turn them white again, cleaning out backpacks or carpeting with the enviro cloth…and I have to admit that we have used our share of Odor Eliminator (after all…they are BOYS!)
There are also the everyday messes…spilled milk or juice, tiny food-fights, splashing water all over the bathroom, toothpaste in the sink and on the mirror, mud tracked across the hardwood floor or carpet, grass stains in clothing, … the list could go on and on.
What excites me is that the majority of messes that my boys make, THEY CAN CLEAN THEMSELVES!
I walked into the kitchen this morning and found one of my sons on the floor with a wet enviro cloth, scrubbing. He had spilled some juice all over the hardwood floor. Instead of using paper towels and creating waste, he got an enviro cloth, got it wet with warm water, and took care of cleaning up the mess. It warms my heart, especially right before Mother’s Day, to see my sons able to take the initiative to clean up after themselves. To know that they are doing it in a way that is safe, and also saves money and eliminates waste…that’s AMAZING!
I love the fact that I can hand my boys two cloths (an enviro cloth and window cloth) and send them into their bathroom and they can actually CLEAN it! With those two cloths, they can clean their mirror, wash the sink, wipe down the counter top and tub, and even clean the floor around the toilet! They are learning skills of self sufficiency while I am saving time and becoming a much happier mom! They do help with the dusting sometimes as well, with the Norwex Kids Dusting Mitt, but this is a story about THEIR messes, not mine.
I am so blessed to have two wonderful sons, messes and all, but I do admit that I love the fact that they can now “clean it themselves!!”
How has Norwex changed your family’s cleaning habits? Do your children help clean up after themselves more than they did prior to Norwex? I’d love to hear your stories!
- 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!
Following are upcoming events in Minnesota where either myself or a member of my Norwex “Dream Team” will have a Norwex booth. Come learn about the Norwex company, new Norwex products, and the Norwex business opportunity.
June 9, 2012 – Father Hennepin Festival 5th Annual Craft & Gift Show, 11955 Champlin Drive, Champlin MN Carousel Crafts
Saturday 11:00am – 8:00pm
Health Freedom Expo, June 15-17, 2012 Friday and Saturday (10 AM – 7 PM) Sunday (10AM – 6 PM)
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center 1551 N. Thoreau Dr Schaumburg, IL 60173 http://www.healthfreedomexpo.com/site/index.php
Melissa Tomas will be the consultant at this show
June 16, 2012 Walk N’ Roll Community Pathway Celebration, Route begins at New River Medical Center and continues to West Bridge Park Monticello, MN 55362
Saturday 9:00 – 1:00pm Rain or Shine Katie DeVries will be the consultant at this show
Following is a personal story from a good friend of mine, Melissa, on how she found a ‘healthy balance’ in her life.
Finding a “healthy” balance…
There are so many “good” things a caring mother can do for her family that it can be overwhelming. We can buy only organic food, the best vitamins, and research which chemicals to use in our homes if we use any at all. Having a serious health situation in our family – I have considered implementing many of these “good” things. Here is a bit about my journey.
My oldest daughter was 2 when she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. During her course of treatment, her little body was exposed to some nasty drugs. The scariest part was not knowing the long term effect of the drugs. Some were well studied and documented – monthly labs had to be drawn to monitor her liver as well as track the progression of her disease, and some were too new to know. While the human body is amazing and can bounce back from so much – I saw it as my personal mission to make sure she is as healthy as possible. While this mission could potentially lead down an expensive route, I refused to put my family in financial jeopardy and whatever I did do had to make reasonable financial sense. I quickly found out everyone is selling something to improve health – and if you’re not careful, you could end spending a lot of money!
Vitamins are a prime example. While our family does eat good foods, fruits, vegetables and protein every day, I don’t believe it is adequate for proper nutrition. (I often wonder if physicians focused more on nutrition, then altering the effects of poor nutrition, what the world would look like.) I also don’t believe you have to spend hundreds of dollars every month on supplements to achieve proper nutrition. I have a friend who is a dietician and once asked her opinion about a direct sales supplement company. The first thing she told me was, because the FDA doesn’t regulate supplements, she is “not suppose” to recommend any of them to clients. However, she indicated many of the over the counter supplements are probably as good as any others. Makes you wonder. I have listened to a few consultants from companies selling supplements – and honestly, some of what they say does make sense. Things like – there are bonding agents in the cheaper vitamins that may not be the best, and the idea the vitamin needs to break down at the right time during the body’s absorption process to have any benefit. Too soon or late and it comes out as liquid or solid waste. Looking at the price of the “high quality” vitamins, that is some pretty expensive waste! The other thing that almost sucked me in was the guilt! How could I not want my kids to take the best supplement? Through my journey, I have empowered myself to say no to these expensive companies and given myself permission to NOT feel guilty.
After doing some research and talking with a friend who is a pharmacist, I have my family on supplements from Vitamin World (just one multi-vitamin – they too have many, many products). Vitamin World claims to not add the extra bonding agents that could upset the stomach and that their vitamins are “time leased”, making absorption optimal. Their price is within out budget for our whole family. Another factor that went into this decision is the longevity in my family. Great Grandmothers have made it well into their 90 – without “proper nutrition”. My decision may have been different if this were not the case. I should note that my oldest daughter is now in remission, keeping our fingers this will be permanent, which is the natural progression for 95-97% of these patients.
While I did explore buying strictly organic food and joining a whole food co-op– the cost again did not make sense. Instead, I decided to educate myself to what kinds of foods we should be eating and why. I have completed a 12 week course called “Transitions” with Nanette LaNasa (where I lost 15 pounds) and followed this blog – mariahealth.blogspot.com. Empowered with new knowledge, I have cut out 80% of the processed food, carbohydrates and the amount of sugar in my family’s diet. Our meals now consist of a protein, vegetable and occasionally a fruit. We sometimes splurge on avocadoes, mangos and pomegranates though they are costly and we still have the occasional desert. We are trying new recipes and continue to make little changes along the way. Pancakes are one of my kids favorite – instead of cutting them out, we found a recipe that calls for of less flour and plain yogurt as a main ingredient. Sharing this knowledge of what foods to eat and why with my kids makes me feel 10 times better than buying strictly organic food!
The other major change I made in my family is reducing our exposure to chemicals. I now clean the majority of my house with water and Norwex microfiber cloths. If you haven’t tried Norwex yet, I highly recommend it. I clean just about everything with the microfiber; windows, mirrors, counter surfaces in the kitchen and bath and my floors. They are a huge time saver, I have cut down on the number of paper towels we use AND I no longer need to buy anything in the chemical isle at the stores. I have been using Norwex for over two years and still get complements on how clean my house looks (especially the windows!) I often visit friends and instead of their houses smelling clean, I smell chemicals. You know how it is to go somewhere that allows smoking and you wonder how we ever put up with second hand smoke? I now feel the same way about the smell of chemicals; they are over powering and can give me a quick headache. I have tried other chemical free cleaning direct sales companies and liked many of their products, but they make it necessary to purchase a monthly minimum– which always ended up to be way more than I needed!
If you are looking for ways to improve your family’s health, I have a few recommendations. First decide what’s important to you and your family, then do some research – there are some great companies out there that are worth investing in! Once you decide what is important – find a means to reasonably make it happen. Most important – know you are doing the best you can for your family – which is NOTHING to feel guilty about!
~ Melissa N.