As you take down your holiday decor, you might be noticing a few stains that weren’t there when you put things out. Is your beautiful white table cloth still harboring some of Christmas dinner? Some red wine here, your grandma’s delicious ham gravy there. Did you have a smashing New Year’s party? And, consequentially, some evergreen wax puddles now stain your beaded table runner? How do your napkins look? Mine usually need some TLC after the holidays.
Its tempting when you see these stains to reach for bleach or send out to dry cleaning. Bleach is one of the good ol’ boys of our home cleaners. For decades, it has been ingrained in us that bleach is an all-purpose solution for so many problems, including stains. However, bleach is a very toxic chemical, as it says right on the bottle. Bleach is considered a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) meaning that at room temperature it evaporates and becomes a gas. According to onegreenplanet.org, “Exposure to low levels of VOCs for short periods of time can lead to an increase in respiratory problems, nausea, dizziness, headaches and in some cases cause allergic reactions. Long term or chronic exposure to volatile organic compounds can lead to an increased risk of kidney damage, liver damage and cancer.” I’d say those are very serious effects!
Instead of reaching for bleach or sending your things out to dry cleaning, try Norwex’s new Stain Remover! Your stains will vanish with this biodegradable formula that is also free of dyes, fragrances, phthalates, petroleum solvents and glycol ethers. This solution is gentle enough to use on delicates, baby clothes, colorfast fabrics, and bedding, and works great against food, soil, protein, grease and sugar stains. It might be time to revisit a few garments in your closet that you thought were a lost cause, or pull out the table cloth you had been strategically placing dishes over to hide stains. This formula is so easy to use! Just rub Stain Remover into the stain, wait one to five minutes depending on how bad it is, and then wash just like you usually would.
Take care of your health this year! Don’t just accept things that have been grandfathered in generation to generation and be conscious of the products that are in your home!