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
Gretchen’s Journey Part 11
Can’t see the forest through the trees?
…Or the carpet through the toys?
When my kids were younger, I seemed to read We’re Going on a Bear Hunt frequently enough that I have it memorized. Now these lines from the story naturally come to mind whenever I am up against a challenge .. “Ooh, a forest, a deep dark forest. Can’t go over it, can’t go under it. Oh, no – we’ve got to go through it. Stumble, trip! Stumble trip!”
I do believe these lines sum up the challenge of teaching children to be more responsible. While that result is a big goal for most parents, getting there is not exactly an easy task. It’s certainly not for lack of information. Searching “teaching children responsibility” results in hundreds of articles. In fact, you will find some of the best suggestions on Suzanne’s Pinterest Board: Teaching Children Responsibility. Continue reading
For almost six years now, I’ve been teaching my boys to “Just say NO!” (to chemicals). They have grown up learning that there is a better way to live; a way in which we can clean with water and a cloth, a way in which we can wash our hands the old fashioned way with soap and water rather than reaching for antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer.
I love the fact that my kids are being influenced by the values I’m teaching them about saving their health and the environment by avoiding toxic chemicals. I love that they feel sad when they see someone buying dryer sheets or antibacterial wipes at the grocery store. Most of all, I love that my boys are growing up as AMBASSADORS FOR CHANGE!
Last November, I wrote about Celebrating the Norwex Dream Team and how my boys got up in front of a room full of 100 plus Norwex consultants and shared what they loved about their mom working as a Norwex consultant and leader. They both shared their desire to educate other kids on how “chemicals are bad.” My oldest son said “I never used to know how bad chemicals are. Now I do, and I want other kids to know too.” That’s amazing to me! They see the problem, and they want to bring about change in the world around them.
My younger son was once giving a friend a quick tour around our house. He stopped half-way up our stairs, turned to his friend and said “Oh – and we don’t have chemicals here. We use Norwex, so it’s safe.” He was in Kindergarten at the time, and my heart just melted at how sweetly he was assuring this other little boy that he was safe in our home because we don’t have toxic household chemicals.
Cabin time is so different from our day-to-day life in the suburbs. Our cute little cabin in the woods is a lot of fun, but definitely lacks the creature comforts of home. There’s no dishwasher or air conditioning, the kitchen feels like it’s practically in the living room, and we have one tiny bathroom that we share. It’s awesome though, because it’s ours, and it allows for great family bonding time. The cabin is one luxury that Norwex has allowed us to have, and I’m so thankful for it. It’s a great time for my family to get away from the rush of life and really slow down and enjoy nature and each other. It’s time when the kids forget about tv, computers and other electronics, and they play in the woods making forts and creating fun games for themselves.
As we’re doing these things, I’m constantly reminded of the changes Norwex has brought about in our lives. For example…the car we drive to get here. Before Norwex, we didn’t have a car that was really large enough to comfortably get our family and supplies to the cabin. When I promoted to the level of Vice President a few years ago, Norwex generously gave me a car allowance that provided the means for my family to be blessed with an SUV that we can travel in. Every time I drive it, I’m reminded how thankful I am for the career opportunity Norwex has blessed me with.
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.