Can Norwex help Fight against the Flu?

Can Norwex help Fight against the Flu?

As a Norwex Independent Sales Consultant it is my job to provide superior alternatives to using chemicals to clean our homes to protect families and give them a better future.  Their products are safe, environmentally-friendly, cost-effective and simple to use.  Did you know that cleaning the surfaces in your home is a great way to protect you and your family from spreading germs?  As it is flu season, let me tell you a few ways to use Norwex to help protect your family from spreading the influenza virus in a few ways.

First, the flu and other viruses are part of life and seem to become more prevalent during the winter seasons.  Let me quote the World Health Organization who identified who is at risk and how we transmit viruses…

Who is at risk?

Yearly influenza epidemics can seriously affect all populations, but the highest risk of complications occur among pregnant women, children aged 6–59 months, the elderly, individuals with specific chronic medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, asthma, and chronic heart or lung diseases, and health-care workers.

Transmission

Seasonal influenza spreads easily, with rapid transmission in crowded areas including schools and nursing homes. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets containing viruses (infectious droplets) are dispersed into the air and are spread to persons in close proximity who breathe these droplets in. The virus can also be spread by hands contaminated with influenza viruses. To prevent transmission, people should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing, and wash their hands regularly.

Norwex has some simple and natural ways to fight the transmission of viruses and bacteria…

Timeless Natural Hand Cleaner – A must-have during the cold and flu season (but really a necesity all year long)!  It is a beautiful Natural Hand Cleaner that is perfect for when you are on the go or in a place without running water.  It is called “cleaner” and not sanitizer for a reason.  Sanitizers are made to kill bacteria and viruses on our hands… sounds good right? Unfortunately, most contain ingredients like alcohol, triclosan, parabens, petroleum solvents and artificial dyes/colours which can be irritating to the skin.  Norwex has formulated a ‘hand cleaner’ that uses organic lemon, rosemary and lavender extracts that have natural antiseptic/astringent qualities to clean your hands.  They added organic aloe vera, olive oil and gluten free wheat germ oil to soothe, heal and moisturizer your skin.

Take a travel-sized tube wherever you go.  I actually keep a tube of Natural Hand Cleaner in the door of my vehicle.  It makes it convenient to clean my hands after grocery shopping, getting gas, after any activity where I have been in contact with lots of people.  I love that it not only cleans my hands, but it only requires a small pea-sized amount, it has a beautiful citrus scent and it leaves my hands soft and smooth — plus it protects me against the flu and other viruses.

Clean Your High Traffic Areas –  Another great way to protect your family from viruses is to clean high traffic surfaces in your home on a regular basis.  These include: door knobs, hand railings, fingerprinted-walls, light switches, computer keyboard and mouse, phones, and remote controls.  This could sound like a big job but with a damp EnviroCloth, this task is quick and easy.  Simply wet a EnviroCloth and wring it out until damp.  Flat fold the EnviroCloth to get 8 cleaning surfaces and get to it.  In fact, because you only need water to clean with Norwex EnviroCloths, this is a great opportunity to get your kids involved in cleaning. Give each kid a damp Kids EnviroCloth and a job to clean.  Your home will be virus and bacteria free in no time.  Watch my youtube “Kids Can Clean” for some inspiration.

Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash – Hand washing is the greatest defence against the spread of viruses and bacteria.  Norwex has formulated an energizing foaming hand wash that uses natural peppermint oil to scent and a combination of panthenol, allantoin and aloe to provide your skin moisture.  Not only does it clean your hands beautifully, the peppermint scent makes you feel energized and because it is foam, a little goes a long way. Did you know? According to a study conducted by American Society for Microbiology, only 67 % of people wash their hands after using the washroom.  If that is true, I bet they don’t wash after they sneeze, blow their nose, or cough into their hands either.  Ewww.  Now go WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

Partner with Norwex and their simple chemical-free solutions to help keep you and your family healthy during the cold and flu season.

Resources: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs211/en/

www.abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117956&page=1#.UcMXJZVjDHg

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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Out & About? Pack Norwex Summer Essentials

Out & About? Pack Norwex Summer Essentials

Summer is the best! It is the time to get outdoors, enjoy the weather, go on an adventure or two, take the trip you have been dreaming about during the colder months, or just hang out in your backyard and enjoy…  Norwex has a line of personal care products that will help you enjoy these long summer days.

Here are the products I consider to be “Out & About” Norwex Summer Essentials:

  1. Mediterranean Moisture Face & Neck Gel – This organic aloe vera, olive oil, wheat germ & apricot seed oil gel will soothe your skin and help it feel soft, hydrated and fresh.. revealing a younger-looking skin. Great for sensitive, sunburned or wind-chapped skin.  It is a great aftershave too.  Provides perfect relief from long days in the sun.
  2. MVP Microfiber Variety Pack –  These three 16×16 cm-sized cloths are in a convenient to-go pouch.  They are perfect for every little cleaning jobs you encounter on your summer adventures. Leave your house prepared for anything.
    1. The mini EnviroCloth can be used dry or wet for lots of little messes like soak up a spill in the car, clean up a mess in the cooler, wipe down a picnic table… the uses are endless.  Just like the normal-sized EnviroCloths these travel-sized clothes that have the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following proper care and use instructions.
    2. The mini Window Cloth – This is handy for any small polishing needs while on the road like car windows or mirrors.
    3. The mini Body Pack Cloth – To reduce our use of disposable chemical-filled wipes, use this cloth for washing little sticky popsicle faces or washing up after a picnic lunch.
  3. Timeless Natural Hand Cleaner – Our culture is crazy about sanitizing hands, but Norwex offers an alternative to alcohol-based sanitizer for when there is no water available.  This natural hand cleaner uses the natural antiseptic/anstringent qualities of organic aloe vera, olive oil & gluten-free wheat germ oil extract to clean hands.  It will not only clean your hands but it will soothe, hydrate, nourish and protect them.
  4. Timeless Lip Balm – This natural lip balm is a rich, emollient balm that provides relief, moisture and protection for dry lips.  This is also a fabulous cuticle lotion!!  It’s main ingredients include: organic aloe vera, coconut oil and tea tree oil.  It is gluten-free, paraben-free and vegan.
  5. Optic Scarf – This handy super-soft microfiber scarf easily attaches to your purse or bag and is perfect to bring on your summer adventures to clean your sunglasses, glasses or cell phone.

So pack up your family, a few snacks and water bottles, grab your hats and your Norwex summer essentials and get out the door to enjoy another day of summer.

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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Norwex Crystal Deodorant

Norwex Crystal Deodorant

Underarm deodorants have a very important job!  No one wants to be stinky! As the days get warmer, the harder our deodorants have to work.  Perspiration is a natural, important bodily function.  When we perspire, its not the sweat that is stinky, it is the fermented bacteria on our skin that make us stinky… and some of us more than others.  Traditional deodorants do the job, but they often use fragrance, emulsifiers, triclosans, alumnium, and other chemicals that all penetrate the skin. These chemicals often irritate delicate freshly-shaven pits, clog our pores and enter our blood stream while keeping our armpits stink-free. Norwex developed the Crystal Deodorant to provide an alternative to using harmful chemicals on our skin but still providing odour control.1

How Norwex Crystal Deodorant Works:

  • It is made from mineral salts.
  • It is non-staining.
  • It does not absorb into the skin.
  • It does not clog pores.
  • It is odourless.
  • It allows for natural perspiration.
  • Works to reduce odour on underarms, under breasts & bottom of feet.
  • Can use for one year before replacing.
  • Mineral salts stop bacteria from forming on the skin, therefore stopping odour from forming.

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Fun Fact:  Use the Crystal Deodorant and you will not get yellow staining on your shirts!

One of my customers started using the Norwex Crystal Deodorant when she found out she was pregnant… and never went back.  She wanted to avoid aluminum and other unnecessary chemicals that absorb through the underarm found in traditional deodorants while maintaining a fresh underarm. It started with a desire to protect her growing baby and turned into a desire to protect herself.

As you probably know, Norwex has wonderful line of products that clean our homes, but did you know that they also have a wonderful line of skin products that not only keep our bodies clean, as such; the Body Pack, the Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash & the Crystal Deodorant, but they do it with natural ingredients that do not compromise our health.  Clean without Chemicals… that is fabulous!

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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My Norwex Favourite Top 10

My Norwex Favourite Top 10

What is Norwex?  Is Norwex new to you? Or are you wondering what Norwex product would be great to add to your collection?  Look no further.  Let me share the top 10 favourite Norwex products that will get you well on your way to transforming your home into a safe haven. These are the products I sell the most, they are tried-and-true, and have become the cleaning staples in my home for the past 10 years.

EnviroCloth — It is the cloth that started Norwex and has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from surface when your following proper care and use instructions.   They are simple to use and simply clean your home with just water.

Window Cloth— A Norwex staple that used along side the EnviroCloth to polish surfaces and windows. Use the Window Cloth dry to polish the surface after wiping with a wet EnviroCloth, or mist your windows or mirror with water and polish to a streak-free shine!

These two cloths are amazing and are best friends. When working side by side they can clean and polish anything in the home! Not to mention how fast I clean my house now and everything stays cleaner longer! These are the first two must-have items to purchase when you start your Norwex collection.” ~ Meighan, Illinois, USA

Blue Diamond All-in-One Bathroom Cleaner — This highly concentrated cleaner is perfect for all your bathroom cleaning needs.  It has both cleaning and descaling properties without corrosive fumes to remove hard water deposits, soap scum, rust spots and leaving all the surfaces in your bathroom shiny.  ** do not use on natural stone.

Descaler — This Descaler consists of natural acids to effectively remove mineral deposits, soap scum, lime/scale, calcium and rust stains without damaging the surfaces with scrubbing.  It makes your taps & drains, your shower doors & curtains, shower stalls & bathtubs all SHINY.  Spray Descaler on the desired surface, wait 5 minutes and wipe with an EnviroCloth or Bathroom Mitt to reveal a perfectly clean surface.   TIP:  Put a little Descaler in a plastic bag and attach it onto your shower head with an elastic band…come back a couple hours later to sparkling clean spray nozzle!   ** do not use on natural stone.

Vintage Body Pack — This 3-pack, super-soft, Norwex Microfiber Cloth pack is perfect for cleansing your face and body gently, yet thoroughly.  It is perfect for sensitive or mature skin and works to cleanse skin and remove excess oils, exfoliate acne and blackheads with just water.

Superior Mop Collection — The versatile mop system comes with both the dry mop pad and the wet mop pad for a complete floor cleaning system.  The dry mop uses static electricity to attract the smallest particles as you first go over your floor in a figure eight pattern.  Then quickly clean out the dry mop pad with a few strokes of the RubberBrush into the garbage.  Grab the wet mop pad (which has self-purifying qualities of BacLock™ technology), rinse with warm water, roll to wring it out and then clean your floor without any chemicals. The mop is designed for linoleum, vinyl, laminate, wood, marble & tile flooring and will leave each surface streak free.

Cleaning Paste — Affectionately known as “elbow grease in a jar”.  This product’s active ingredients include: marble flour, natural soup & coconut oil.  Use it with a Spirisponge or EnviroCloth to clean and polish chrome, stainless steel, porcelain, burnt on food, rust stains, coffee pots, glasses, food-ware products, bathtubs and tiles and lawn furniture.  It is fantastic! *not for use on brushed stainless steel.

Dusting Mitt — Can be used wet or dry to effectively and quickly dust all areas of your home, without any chemicals, including; blinds, screens, fans and vent covers.  The Dusting Mitt uses static electricity to trap dust and allergens in the mitt.  It has Baclock™ in the cloth goes to work to self-purify and inhibit odors from bacteria, mold and mildew growth in the mitt.  For dirter jobs, spray a mist of water on the mitt and wipe down the surface.

Fluff & Tumble Dryer Balls — These 100% natural wool dryer balls are a fantastic alternative to using chemical-laden dryer sheets to reduce the static in your clothes, reduce your drying time and you can add the beautiful scent of essential oils to the Dryer Ball to freshen your clothes.

Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent — An awesome detergent that is highly concentrated, stain-fighter, safe for all linens, colour safe, safe for both HE and conventional washing machines, free from phosphates, filler, perfumes and is 100% biodegradable.  What more could you want in a clothes detergent?

Give one or all ten of these top 10 favourite products a try.  Post below, how many of these products do you own?  Let me know how they have made your home a safer haven.

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

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New Norwex Products — 2016

New Norwex Products — 2016

I am so excited about the New Norwex Products for 2016! This year Norwex has made some of it’s favourite products even better… more versatile and more environmentally friendly. Take a moment to see what is new and if it could better your Norwex collection.

Microfiber Variety Pack (MVP)4

It is a 3-pack of the most favourite Norwex cloths in a compact size (16 x 16 cm), including; the famous EnviroCloth, Window Cloth & Body Cloth.  They are small which makes them a perfect size to introduce a new friend or to just always have the right cloth right in your bag.

Shower Gel & Body Lotion – New Size Available1 copy

Norwex’s fantastic Body Lotion & Shower Gel are now available in a larger family size (500 ml)!  Nothing smells better than these AMAZING products!

The Shower Gel is a gentle foaming cleanser for your skin, made from the derivatives of fruit sugar, sweet pineapple, coconut & lemon; complete with aloe vera to moisturize and nourish your skin. This product is proudly organic and certified by both BDIH & Natrue. It is still available in the original convenient 200 ml size.

The Organic Body Lotion is a perfect match for the Shower Gel and is made from natural botanicals including coconut oil, grape seed oil, aloe vera, sweet almond oil, shea butter and vitamin E.  This lotion will leave your skin feeling wonderful and is certified organic from both BDIH & Natrue.  It is also still available in the original convenient 200 ml size.

Ergonomic Toilet Brush & Holder – New & Improved2

The Ergonomic Toilet Brush & Holder was improved to include an antibacterial agent to inhibit the growth of bacteria and mold, keeping the toilet brush clean (not to mention ergonomic to reach all those little spaces)… Isn’t that smart?

Air Freshener Bags – New & Improved3

These Air Freshener Bags add long-lasting freshness to the needed areas in your home… without chemicals!  Bamboo, which is fast growing and sustainable, is the secret ingredient… it is turned to charcoal and is able to absorb odours, mold or mildew-causing moisture.  During the day time, it naturally recharges. They last for 2 years and then can be used as a natural fertilizer. The improved part is that you can replace the charcoal insert… making it an even more sustainable product!  They are available in 2 convenient sizes.

Let me know if you have any products you would like to see Norwex create and distribute.  These products are proof that Norwex continues to create solutions to make homes safe havens.

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

 

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New Cleaning Solutions:  Keeping it fun!

New Cleaning Solutions: Keeping it fun!

Norwex has 3 fabulous NEW bathroom products!

firstThe first new product is the Pet to Dry — a silly name for the most fun hand towel ever invented.  It was created for all the little kids in your life who avoid taking the time to wash their little hands, never mind, dry their little hands.  “How do they do it?” you ask. They made the Pet to Dry irresistible!!!  They are adorable & fluffy and all you have to do is pet it and your hands are dry.  It comes in two styles – a pink pig & a yellow tiger. Like Norwex’s regular hand towels, these the Pet to Dry is made with BacLock™ technology works to self-purify the cloth and is constructed out of a soft chenille microfiber.  It not only dries little hands quickly, but it is quick to dry as well. The best part of these soft, cute hand driers is, that it is an effective tool to help kids create healthy-hand-washing habits for the rest of their lives.  Hang it on your washroom door knob or on the kitchen cabinets for quick and easy access!

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secondDo you feel like a contortionist when trying to clean and exfoliate the skin on your back?  The second new bathroom product is the Back Scrubber! There is nothing better than a good back scratch… except for an exclusive Norwex BacLock™ technology, microfiber, dual handle & easy-to-grip, quick-drying Back Scrubber.  Not only is a good back scrub a guiltless pleasure, but Norwex’s new product also aids in the health of your hard-to-reach skin with deep-cleaning exfoliation to remove toxins and impurities and reveal radiant, clean skin.    Great for your neck, shoulders, legs and feet.  Your back will thank you (and maybe your spouse too)!

IMG_6332thirdThe third new bathroom product is the Bathroom Mat.  Now it’s not completely new, but what is new is that it now comes in a graphite (grey) colour.  It is still super absorbent, holding 10 times its weight in water, it still doesn’t slip on your bathroom floor because it is so thick, it still dries quickly and is super soft on your feet.  It comes in three beautiful colours: teal, latte & graphite.  Check out my previous post to get all the details on this fabulous bath mat & all its uses.

These new bathroom products will help develop healthy habits and aid in healthier lifestyles without adding any toxins to your bathroom routine. Doesn’t that sound wonderful???

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Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.

 

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