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.
If your family is anything like ours, this means loading up the car with suitcases full of clothes, coolers filled with food, beach toys, recreation items, DVDs for the kids…basically everything except the kitchen sink. I have often thought there would not be room for the people in the car by the time we loaded up all of the “must have” items for the weekend away.
As I was packing this weekend, I started thinking about the Norwex items that are “must haves” on my cabin packing list. I want to share a few of my favorites with you.
Towels: We always need so many towels at our cabin, and it often seems that they stay damp all weekend because of showers, beach time, and the humidity not really allowing them to try. By using the Norwex Hand Towel (antibac) and Norwex Bath Towels (antibac), we are able to keep towels that are dry and fresh smelling all weekend. My favorite cabin towel, however, is the Norwex Sport Towel! It is so compact in it’s own little carrying case, and it dries quickly. A few years ago, my husband and I had a bit of a competition about whose bath towel was better. He had a cotton bath towel from a department store, and I had my Norwex Sport Towel. When it came to our second morning at the cabin, his cotton towel was still damp from the previous morning’s shower, while my Sport Towel was dry and fresh. Of course, the Body Pack cloth is great to have along as well for removing makeup and cleaning the skin!
Odor Eliminator: Cabins are usually more compact and cozy than our homes, and ours is no exception. We have one small bathroom for the four of us. With two young boys, there were often times when I felt that the bathroom smells were permeating the entire cabin! The Norwex Odor Eliminator has been wonderful!! We keep a little bottle of it in the cabin so that the boys can spray a couple of sprays in the air after using the bathroom. By the time they open the door, we are left with our normal fresh air “Real Clean” smell again! Cabins should smell like lakes, trees, and other outdoor smells; they should not smell like a chemical based “air freshener” that really only adds another stink to the air. It’s also really nice to spray a bit in the air when we first open the cabin up to get rid of that musty, closed up smell.
Enviro Cloth: This is a must have for every day of our lives, so I wouldn’t dream of heading to the cabin without one. It’s great for cleaning up spills, wiping off hands in the car, quickly wiping down the bathroom fixtures, and taking little marks off the furniture and walls.
There are so many other great cabin must have’s:
Spirinettes: For doing dishes, scrubbing the sink, or cleaning off the grill.
Mattress Cleaner: We always use this when we first open the cabin in the spring.
Dish Liquid: It feels so good to be using a natural, phosphate free dish liquid, especially at a cabin with a septic system and well. We know that we are not putting harmful chemicals back into the ground water.
Face and Neck Gel: We always pack this if there is a chance we may be getting too much sun. The aloe in the Face and Neck Gel make it a wonderful coolant for skin that has been over-exposed to the sun after a day on the water.
Shea Butter: Wonderful for dry, cracked heels to get sandal-perfect feet!
Oven and Grill Cleaner: We grill almost daily at the cabin, so it’s nice to have a clean grill to work with.
What are your “must haves” for a weekend at the cabin or campground?
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!