Friday, April 19, 2013

Bathroom Products

How many of you feel that no matter how deeply or how frequently you clean your bathrooms, it seems like the soap scum, lime build up, rust and ring around the toilet continue to accumulate? And do you dread using those corrosive products because of that inevitable headache from an odor so potent that you know it has to also be causing some serious respiratory damage? Do you have to open the windows to aerate the room of noxious vapors? Do you have to use gloves, wear a mask, and quarantine the area you are cleaning so that your children and pets do not touch or walk or crawl on the surfaces where those chemicals have been used? And all the while, are you frustrated that the so called 'answer to your prayers' cleaing products don't do the job they claim they will do?

Norwex provides an array of amazing, chemical free products to meet all of your bathroom cleaning needs!

Norwex Blue Diamond is an all-in-one product that safely cleans toilets, sinks, tub basins, porcelain, glass, counter tops, floors and most other hard bathroom surfaces without corrosive fumes! Deep penetration allows for effective cleaning and descaling in one application.

If you suffer from hard water stains or calcium build up, you cannot afford to live without this product! The highly concentrated formula works wonders on those spots that you have long since given up on! Blue Diamond adds that extra 'oomph' for those really set in stains. Simply apply the solution, wipe clean with an Enviro Cloth, rinse and admire the sparkling clean surface!

Norwex Blue Diamond is effective for use on glass and tile, and is safe for septic systems. Blue Diamond is not recommended for natural stone surfaces. As with any product, test in an inconspicuous place, especially on metal surfaces, as the product may cause discoloration.

Blue Diamond's Key Ingredients:

Organic Salts: Replace strong corrosive acids traditionally found in cleaners. Help to remove calcium, lime and rust.

Citric Acid: Excellent chelating ingredient. By chelating the metals in water, it lets Blue Diamond produce foam and work better without adding water softening agents.

Surfactants: Lower surface tension of water, making water wetter. Help the product to spread better, cling vertically, and to better remove stains.

Blue Diamond's descaling ingredients work against rust, hard water salts and lime. The surfactants increase its cleaning power against substances like oil, grease and soap scum.
Norwex Descaler also removes hard water salts, rust and lime, and it is a better choice for large surfaces, such as the walls of your shower stall. Norwex Descaler is a spray, making it easier to cover large surfaces, while Norwex Blue Diamond is a gel, more effective for concentrated cleaning.

Norwex Cleaning Paste is a miracle worker for stainless steel, chrome and silver taps and handles, because it polishes as it cleans. This environmentally and skin friendly super paste, composed of marble-flour, natural soap and coconut oil, cleans, polishes and protects chrome, stainless steel, aluminum, porcelain and similar surfaces in one application.

I don't know how I ever got by without my cleaning paste!! It more than surprasses the performance of it's dangerous, chemical laden "competitors", like Comet. The paste has completely removed the elbow grease from my cleaning routine. With just a dab of the Norwex Cleaning Paste on a damp Enviro Cloth, I am armed with a cleaning and polishing machine that leaves my surfaces looking brand new! A little goes a LONG way, so your tub of Cleaning Paste will last a very long time!!

A damp Norwex Enviro Cloth is a fantastic tool to apply your Norwex Blue Diamond, Descaler or Cleaning Paste to surfaces like countertops and faucets, but for larger surface areas like glass shower doors or tile walls, the Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt is a miracle worker!

The Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt has quickly become one of my favorite Norwex products! The Bathroom Scrub Mitt combines a thick and plush Antibac Microfiber on one side and super strong scrub mesh on the other to deliver superior results on any surface that needs a little extra elbow grease. Long fibers and thick, absorbent construction makes cleaning your shower or tub a piece of cake!

The microfiber scrubbing mesh of the Bathroom Scrub Mitt removes stubborn dirt and grime and can be used with the Norwex Cleaning Paste, Norwex Descaler or all by itself. The large mitt design makes it perfect for anyone to use. Just insert your hand and wipe! No more holding a damp, dirty cloth and using harmful, noxious chemicals! A sponge liner adds extra absorbency and the handy hang loop provides convenient drying and storage.

After numerous attempts to remove the hard water stains and soap scum build up from her boyfriend's shower, my friend gave the Norwex Bathroom Scrub Mitt a try. She sent me the following testimonials and pictures of her experience:

"I've tried Kaboom and Scrubbing Bubbles with no luck... A 20 second scrub with my Norwex Shower Mitt and a little water... LIKE NEW!!"

"This spring cleaning task only took 5 minutes out of my day. Another 5 and it will be complete! I LOVE my Norwex shower mitt!!"
Not only did the Bathroom Scrub Mitt remove all of the soap scum in a matter of minutes, it did so without the use of any harmful chemicals! You just wet the scrubbing mitt with water and wipe away years of build up!

And last but not least, the porcelain throne...everyone's favorite item in the home to clean! Who doesn't love using a filthy, germ infested toilet scrubber and sloshing around chemical cleaners mixed with dirty toilet water? Big commercial companies would like us all to believe that a place so infested with filth can only be cleaned with a harsh, caustic, chemical cleaning product, but they are sorely wrong!

Norwex provides a safe and much more effective alternative! The Sanira Toilet Brush System is the truly the answer to my prayers...and yours!

The brush has a unique channelling system for the cleaner that does not contain any cavities where bacteria can grow. There are also no metal components, which prevents the brush from rusting and tarnishing.

The cleaning solution is vegetable based with coconut oil and a naturally occurring sugar surfactant. The smell is light and citrusy rather than the strong, chemical odor in other toxic cleaners. 
The disinfectant is biodegradable and breaks down within 48 hours, compared to 30 days for most other cleaners.
4) This brush system uses only 3-4 ml. of disinfecting solution, which is 10 times less than traditional toxic cleaners!

The Sanira System is really easy to use since everything you need is included. Just press the brush into the holder and count about 4 seconds to fill the brush with the disinfectant. Scrub it around the toilet and let the solution sit on the surface for 10 minutes before flushing away. Simply rinse the brush after each use and place into holder.

The Sanira solution can also be used as a household disinfectant and mildew remover! Just combine 1 part solution with 3 parts water in a spray bottle to use throughout the house!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Why Norwex?

Because Norwex is safe for the environment!

By choosing Norwex, you are helping to protect our world from the ever growing tradgedy of pollution and toxic waste. By reducing the chemicals we use in our homes and work places, we can make a big difference!

Because Norwex is safe for your family!

The complete selection of Norwex Antibacterial Microfiber products allows you to clean and sanitize using just water, so you can be certain that your home is healthy and safe for your family. Norwex household cleaners are made from raw materials, are biodegradable and safe, and Norwex organic personal products provide you and your family with a natural way to stay clean.

Because Norwex cleans better!

Simply put, Norwex cleans better than the traditional chemical cleaners and cotton swabs or sponges. Not only does the Norwex system clean everyday dirt and grime more effectively, but it also removes the accumulated residue of chemical cleaners, which acutally attract more dirt to the surfaces in your home. In addition to your home being dirt and germ free, it will also be free of harmful chemical residues that traditional cleaners leave behind.

Because Norwex saves your time!

The Norwex cleaning system has been proven to reduce cleaning time by 75% or more! If you normally spend 4 hours every week cleaning your home, you could cut that down to 1 hour or less! Imagine all the great things you could be doing with the other 3 hours!

Because Norwex saves you money!
The average household spends between $450-$600 a year on chemical cleaners and cleaning supplies. By reducing the use of these items, you can eliminate up to 90% of your cleaning costs!
Because Norwex is not tested on animals!
Norwex values all life, including the lives of our four legged friends. All Norwex products, including skincare, and NOT tested on animals. Norwex products are also vegan (with the exception of the Leather Shine, which contains beeswax).
Because Norwex cares!
At Norwex, our purpose is simple and powerful: The idea that working together with trust, integrity, and honesty as our core values and radically reducing chemicals in our homes as our mission, we can improve the world around us. The Norwex purpose touches many facets of life with the end result being the ability to collectively make a powerful and positive difference in the world we live in and the lives we touch.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Laundry Products


While I have known for some time that commercial cleaning products possess dangerous ingredients that can pose serious risks to our health, I had no idea what I was in for when I really started doing my homework! I was blown away to learn about the extent that the products I thought were cleaning and purifying my clothing and linens were in fact coating them in dangerous chemicals!

Is there anyone else out there that believes, or believed at one time, that if a 'mainstream' product is sold in a well known store and is sold by the bazillions, that it must be safe to use? Many assume that because a product is seen time and time again in television commercials and newspaper ads, and is blanketed on the shelves of every store known to man, that it must be safe...right? And what about the products that slip "green" or "gentle" into their names? That must mean that they are a safe alternative for the environment and for my well being...right? RIGHT???

It is an understatement to say that it was very hard for me to swallow the fact that the ads we all know so well, and the products that make us believe they have our best interest in mind, are actually chalked full of dangerous, toxic ingredients that have been scientifically proven to jeopardize our health!!

To make matters a million times worse, did you know that laundry detergents are not legally required to list all ingredients on their labels?? While harmful ingredients are often absent from the product labels, tests conclude that they are most certainly present in the products. And the ingredients that are hidden from the consumer in these so called "trustworthy" products are proven to cause cancer, allergies and asthma, and birth defects, among many other very serious health problems.

A 2008 University of Washington study found that 99% of leading laundry detergents released cancer causing chemicals that are considered legally toxic and hazardous by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)!! Most of the ingredients were NOT LISTED ON THE LABELS!!! Laundry detergent companies are clever about hiding those toxic chemicals by calling them by another name..."but a rose by any other name would smell as sweet".

The most lethal chemical found in leading laundry detergents is called nonylphenol ethoxylate. (Say that 5 times fast!) The chemical is so is banned in Canada and ALL of Europe! Yet the United States continues to use it!! Nonylphenol ethoxylate (let's call it NE) is also a primary ingredient in pesticides, a product whose sole purpose is to poison and kill living creatures! In addition, 'NE' imitates the hormone estrogen, which can cause serious damage to the body when it enters the bloodstream. The Journal of Pesticide Reform shows strong evidence that this chemical causes severe damage to heart and muscle function.

And do not even get me started on dryer sheets!!!!

How many of us use dryer sheets because we want our laundry to have a "fresh scent" when it comes out of the dryer? We have all been taught to equate fragrance on our laundry to cleanliness. But the fact of the matter is that the artificial fragrance in cleaning products, especially dryer sheets, actually equates to extremely toxic chemicals. And when used in the dryer, the toxic chemicals are coated on your laundry. True cleanliness is the absence of scent. The "fresh smell" on your laundry after using dryer sheets is truly just the presence of a dangerous chemical substance.

Some food for thought: Dryer sheets are so toxic that unused, they are required to be discarded at a toxic household product plant. They absolutely must not be thrown away in the trash! However, once they have been used in a dryer, they can be diposed of with your other household garbage. Why? Because the toxic element on the dryer sheets is now coated all over your laundry!!

"Hold on a minute! I've been using commercial laundry detergents and fabric softeners all my life and I'm just fine!"

Just like lead poisoning, the damage is not immediate. Exposure to the chemicals will gradually compromise your health over time. After the chemicals come into contact with your skin, they seep into your bloodstream. So, by washing your clothes, towels and linens with chemical laundry detergents and drying them with chemical fabric softeners, your clothes are literally being coated in the toxic chemicals. And upon wearing the clothes, sleeping in the bedding or wiping your body with the towels, it takes only 26 seconds for the chemicals to seep into your blood stream!!!

While severe damage to your health is a gradual process, you may already be exhibiting some of the initial 'mild' symptoms! Over time, the build up of toxic yuck in your body can begin to wreak havoc on your immune system and overall health. Do you have dry, itchy or irritable skin where your clothes come in contact? Or do you ever get a headache when you clean with chemicals???

Now, there are obviously many causes of diseases like cancer. And laundry detergents and fabric softeners are not the only culprit. But the fact of the matter is that health compromising ingredients are knowingly hidden in commercial products. And all the while, cancer rates in the United States are increasing dramatically, from 1 in 5 people not that long ago to 1 in 3 today! 1 in 3 people will battle cancer in their lifetime!

I have seen far too many loved ones succumb to this horrible epidemic. I lost my beloved uncle two years ago after a 5 year battle with prostate cancer. And I felt helpless as my dear daddy was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year. After intense chemo and an invasive surgery to remove his bladder, he is cancer free! It is my mission to spread the truth in hopes of decreasing the likelihood of others succumbing to this horrible disease.

In the month of April, I am donating 25% of Norwex sales to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an incredible organization that raises money to provide life saving treatments for cancer patients. My sister is a pivotal player in the LLS mission! She has fundraised thousands of dollars and run hundreds of miles in support of this incredible organization!

This is a picture of my sis about to cross the finish line at her most recent LLS marathon...while getting a high five from our dad, whom she runs for. xo

While there is no single "quick fix" to prevent the diseases that run rampant today, removing toxic chemicals from our homes is certainly a huge step in the right direction!

So, what alternatives are available?

Norwex provides healthy and effective products that alleviate dangerous chemicals from the equation!


The Norwex Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent is a highly concentrated superior stain removing powder for use on all fabric types. Unlike commercial detergents that use fillers such as ground up whale bone, peanut shells and chalk to add bulk and a false sence of value, the Norwex  detergent is 100% pure and contains NO FILLERS. Depending on your type of washing machine, a 1 lb. bag will wash between 80-400 loads of laundry! Because the Norwex detergent is free of fillers and is composed only or pure cleaning power, top loaders only require about a tsp. of detergent and front loaders only require about a tsp. and a half! When you don't pay for the bulk of fillers in commercial detergents, you save a considerable amount of money!

Not only do the fillers added to commercial detergents make you pay more for less, they cause clothes to become dingy and to wear more quickly. The absence of the added junk in the Norwex detergent means that the only thing touching your clothes is a safe, 100% biodegradable cleaning machine, that makes whites whiter and colors brighter.

The Norwex Dryer Balls are one of my favorite Norwex products! They alleviate the use of fabric softener! And they actually perform better and fulfill more jobs than fabric softeners claim to do...all the while, eliminating dangerous chemicals from your laundry.

The unique design of the dryer balls lifts and seperates laundry, while softening fabrics. This reduces drying time, static cling and wrinkles, naturally and without chemicals.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Enviro Cloths

Until February of this year, I had never heard of 'Norwex'. Certain that I would be interested, my girlfriend invited me to a party she was hosting in her home.

Now, if you have ever met me, you know that I am a CRAZY PERSON when it comes to products that are earth friendly, organic, chemical free, and cruelty free! I was thrilled to learn about a product line offering all of the qualities that I have spent years scouring the internet and uncountable stores to find!

But...does it work? I will be the first to admit that I was a little skeptical. Believe me when I say that I have tried A LOT of products in my day. It has been my life's mission to eradicate my home of dangerous chemicals and to only support companies that care about the environment and animal rights. And it is not easy to find genuinely green proucts that actually do what they say they will do!

I began to experiment with the little pink microfiber cloth that I had received as a door prize for attending my girlfriend's Norwex party. And let me tell was no time at all before I was hooked!

With only water, the Enviro Cloth effortlessly cleaned all my surfaces with sticky residues like honey and orange juice, greasy smears like butter, dried on crud like burnt spots from food boiling over on the stove top, ring around the tub, hard and soapy water spots and toothpaste spatter.

One of my favorite uses of the Enviro Cloth is cleaning and polishing my stainless steel appliances and kitchen sink to a brand new, fingerprint free shine. Check out what the Enviro Cloth picks up from a stainless steel sink!

I couldn't believe it when I heard that a little cloth would remove set in stains from my pillows, couch cushions and carpet! I had to see for myself!

If you have pets in your home like we do, you know that you can expect to find the occasional "surprise" on the carpet. This lovely stain was left by our sweet little pittie, Penny. This time it was puppy vomit...and it happened at my parents house!!!  Eek!

Good thing I carry an Norwex Eviro Cloth in my purse!! Check out the carpet after spraying it with water and wiping with an Enviro Cloth:

This little cloth has truly surpassed all of my expectations!

A friend of mine who I had been sharing my Norwex cleaning 'conquests' with desperately wanted to try the Enviro Cloth at her boyfriend's 'batchelor pad'. She had tried every extra strength, mainstream chemical cleaning product on the market to remove the years of soap scum build up, calcium and lime deposits and rust stains from his bathroom sink.

This is his bathroom sink after using Kaboom Shower, Tub & Tile Cleaner: 

Look what happened when she used only the Enviro Cloth and water:

Not only did the Enviro Cloth clean far better than any of the commercial products that promised results, it polished the sink to a brand new shine without the use of harmful chemicals!

After using the Enviro Cloth instead of chemicals, I found that my house even stayed cleaner longer! And as I learned more and more about chemical cleaners, I began to understand why.

You see, chemical cleaning products leave a sticky residue on all surfaces where they have come in contact. While water evaporates, chemicals are smeared all over the surfaces you are trying to clean and stick. When dust and dirt settles on this sticky residue, it essentially gets “glued” down, making it more and more difficult to clean off the next time.

As I mentioned before, when it comes to green cleaning products, I have covered the whole gamut. Over the years, I have tried every eco friendly product on the market. And while they are a way better alternative to the mainstream 'toxic' products, they too leave a chemical film on the surface you are trying to clean. When anything is added to water for the purpose of cleaning, the additives remain on the surface after the water evaporates.

So, by eliminating the use of chemicals in your cleaning, you also eliminate the sticky chemical residue. My surfaces no longer attract dirt or encourage the dirt to really stick, which results in less frequent cleaning and faster cleaning! That is why Norwex is referred to as 'The REAL Clean!'

So how does the Enviro Cloth remove dirt, crumbs, spills, sticky residue, hard water spots and 99.99% of germs and bacteria from every surface you’re wiping...using only water?

First of all, the Enviro Cloth (and all Norwex microfiber products) are created with high-quality microfibers and a unique knitting process that creates an extremely effective cleaning material which can hold up to seven times its weight in water! The Enviro Cloth acts like a bionic sponge, removing the dirt, grease and grime away from the surface and into the cloth. The microfibers pick up and hold onto the dirt and bateria, safely eliminating the germs from your house.

In addition to the unique fibers of the microfiber cloth, they also have an antibacterial element within the fibers, meaning the Norwex microfiber cloths are “self purifying”. There is a silver-based antibacterial agent embedded right inside the tiny microfibers that is referred to as "Antibac". This design helps to inhibit bacterial odor, mold, and/or mildew growth within the cloth while it’s hanging to dry. One of the major benefits of this is that your cloth will resist that all too familiar, yucky smell!
I truly cannot say enough about these amazing microfiber cloths! I don't know how I ever got along without them! In no time at all, the Norwex Enviro Cloth has become the most used cleaning product in my house! Nothing I have tried in the past has cleaned as effectively as this amazing little cloth! All those years of spraying ineffective and dangerous toxic chemicals in my home are a thing of the past!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Microfiber Products

These innovative microfiber cloths are second to none! The microfiber picks up dirt, grime and all of those other miscellaneous grungies better than anything else I have used! The Norwex microfibers are 1/200th the size of a single strand of hair! Compare that to other microfiber cloths on the market, with fibers that are only 1/6th the size of one strand. Finer fibers provide for a significantly larger surface area for collecting and storing debris.

When the cloths are used dry, these fibers produce an electrostatic charge which attracts and holds dust particles like a magnet. When used wet, the fibers use a capillary vacuum force which pulls and traps the dirt, bacteria, moisture, and grease from the surface into the fibers, leaving the surface residue free and squeaky clean!

Cleaning with chemicals and cotton cloths or paper towels breaks down dirt and grime, but then spreads it, along with the chemicals, all over the surface you are wiping rather than actually removing the filth. In fact, these traditional cloths will even transport the germs to the next surface you are trying to clean. Ewwww!

Not only does the Norwex antibac microfiber pick up dirt and grime without releasing it onto other surfaces, but it also sanitizes itself! After 24 hours, the cloth itself will destroy 99.99% of the bacteria it has removed from your home, which means cleaner cloths, less frequent laundering, and a reduction in cross-contamination.

Now, how in the world does a cloth sanitize itself? I'm so glad you asked! One of the most unique properties of the Norwex microfiber cloths is the antibacterial silver agent that is embedded into the fibers. This design helps to inhibit bacterial odor, mold, and/or mildew growth within the cloth while it’s hanging to dry. One of the major benefits of this feature is that your cloth will resist that all too familiar, yucky smell!

Microfiber vs. cleaning agents - Microfiber's non-abrasive wedge-shaped "cutting edges" are so fine they cut through dirt and grease and trap the waste within the fibers, leaving a clean, streak-free and scratch-free surface. With conventional cloths, chemical cleaning agents are needed to breakup the surface tension holding dirt to the surface. The Norwex microfiber is carefully designed to penetrate the dirt films to remove even microscopic dust and help eliminate the need for chemicals.

Look at the difference between regular fibers and microfibers under a microscope:


Top 5 Norwex Microfiber Products:

Norwex offers a wide range of microfiber options to suit all of your cleaning needs! Tackle your home, office, vehicles, and recreational equipment. Or treat your body with microfiber body towels and cloths!

Enviro Cloth – This is the item for you if you want a superior clean with less work than traditional cleaning methods. The cloth removes bacteria, dirt and grime faster, easier and more safely than chemicals. And Norwex cloths have been shown to last over 7 years! Just imagine how much money you'll save when you no longer have to purchase all those cleaners.

Window Cloth – This cloth cleans and polishes to a streak free clean every time. No more chasing streaks around your windows. No more hazy fog when you've finished." Great for mirrors, glass doors, windows, brass and anything that needs to be shined! You will never buy paper towels or window cleaner again!

Dusting Mitt – Microfiber has a natural static charge that makes this mitt ideal for dusting. Used dry, it grabs dust and traps it in the mitt until you take it outside and shake it. As you remove the dust from your home, you will find that it takes longer for dust to accumulate. The mitt holds to your hand, so you don't have to work to keep it on while you dust. This feature is fantastic for anybody with joint stiffness or soreness.

A smaller version for kids is also available! Children love using this dust mitt! Your kids will beg to help you clean!

The Norwex Floor System – Norwex dry mop pads employ static charge that attracts dust to the mop like a magnet. Norwex dry pads are excellent for cleaning floors, ceilings, walls, ceiling fans, high windows and more. Each pad is statically charged attracting dirt, dust, pet hair, crumbs and micro particles like a silent vacuum cleaner.


Body Pack – The cloths are great use for regular cleansing, removing makeup, exfoliating and in the shower or bath! These antibac suede cloths are gentle and effective for removing makeup and are designed specifically for sensitive skin and delicate eye areas. The tight weave of the fiber allows for mascara and dark makeup to wash away with ease.

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