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Cleaning Without Chemicals


Okay guys, I gotta admit that I have discovered something I am super stoked about, so I thought I would share!  Before I get to the nitty gritty, let me back up a bit and give you some history on this discovery.

We have problems at our house. Skin problems, sinus problems, fertility problems...you get the idea. Many of these problems are what led me to start making my own cleaning and beauty products. Commercially available household cleaners are chocked full of harmful chemicals known to cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, cancer, and even reproductive problems. I don't have proof, but I have a sneaky suspicion that many of our modern illnesses and health concerns have their roots in what we put in, on, and around our bodies.

I have been using vinegar and baking soda to clean with, and I have also been making my own laundry detergent for at least 5 years.  Both are great options for cutting down on suspicious chemicals in your home, but I could never get my mirrors and windows clean without smudges and streaks, our whites got pretty dingy pretty fast in our hard well water, I couldn't use the homemade detergent on our cloth diapers, and my house always smelled like vinegar (or orange scented vinegar).  That last problem didn't really bother me, but my husband wasn't so thrilled with the vinegar smell and he let me know it.

That all changed two months ago when I went to a direct sales party at my sister in law's home.  These parties aren't my favorite thing, far from it in fact. I wasn't even going to go, but another family member asked me to go with her, and boy am I glad she did!  That is where I learned about **Norwex** (insert singing angels here).

Norwex's products are a cleaning revelation.  All it takes is their microfiber cloths and WATER to clean and remove 99% of bacteria from surfaces (they are even approved by the FDA to make this claim).  AND there is anti-microbial silver imbedded in the cloths that help it to self-clean.  Just rinse it out with hot water and hang it up to dry and the silver kills any bacteria in the cloth. You can use the same cloth over and over again and only wash it once a week. AND any bacteria that is picked up by the cloth WILL NOT transfer to another surface. So you can clean up raw chicken spills and then wipe a high chair tray with the same cloth and not cross-contaminate. Here is a little video on the science behind it:



Not only does Norwex have household cleaning supplies (including some pastes and detergents that are made from all-natural, gentle ingredients), but they have a whole line of body products as well.  Their Body Cloth has made all of the difference in our skincare routines.  It even helped get rid of a contact dermatitis reaction on my son last week, and it gently exfoliates to remove my blackheads.

The best part? My windows and mirrors are streak free, my house doesn't smell like vinegar, and the microfiber and water actually does a better job at cleaning and removing bacteria AND what they feed on than the vinegar did.  I'm waiting for my order of laundry detergent to see if it keeps my whites whiter than my homemade laundry soap does.  It is a little pricy, so if it works I will probably reserve it for my microfiber cloths, cloth diapers, and whites only.

Norwex has an awesome mission: to improve quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning.

Want more information?  Check out this YouTube channel I put together.

Want some?  You can check them out HERE.  I started out with the Household Package which includes the dusting mitt, an Envirocloth (the cleaning cloth) and the Window cloth (for polishing after cleaning...use this after the Encirocloth on windows and chrome for streak-free perfection!). I also got the Body Cloth Pack. All of their microfiber has a two year guarantee, but most last much, much longer.





Links on this post do lead to a Norwex business site for an Independent Product Sales Consultant.  I am receiving compensation for referrals, but I wouldn't recommend a product I don't use and believe in.  

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