During my first pregnancy, after three years of marriage, my husband offered to clean the shower for the first time. He didn’t want me inhaling the strong fumes in the enclosed space of our shower stall. I realized then, if it wasn’t safe for me to use these products while I was pregnant, how could they be safe for me to use when I wasn’t? I had been cleaning regularly with the typical, department store products. I had an arsenal of cleaning products I become accustomed to cleaning with. I was using the same products my mom used to clean my childhood home.
It is often when children enter our homes that chemical awareness really kicks in. However, without knowing the alternatives we have, we continue to wash, wipe, and spray chemically laden products onto the surfaces that our children touch, lick, smell, and inhale everyday.
To this day, I have yet to hear a parent claim they would like to expose their children to a greater number of chemicals. However, we smile and take pictures of our babies kissing the bathroom mirror, licking our windows, and blowing bubbles in the bathwater. Have you ever watched your child eat food off of the counter and stopped to think; how did I clean that surface?
Health Canada reports that, “Household chemical products are among the top products responsible for injuries and deaths in children under the age of five years”.
“Not long ago scientists thought that the placenta shielded the umbilical cord blood… researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood.” Read more… at Environmental Working Group.
It was to my great relief that Norwex offered products that would diminish our exposure to these cleaning products for our family’s future. I no longer have to worry about what I last sprayed on a surface, or what kind of chemicals my family will inhale when cleaning.
It delights me to be raising a generation that knows how to clean, without depending on harmful chemicals to get the job done. When our daughters join me for a weekend at a local Trade Show, they’ll tell the skeptical, potential customers that they do not recall anything being used in our home other than Norwex. They will often grab the mop and say, “our family has been using the same one since 2004!”.
Information is powerful. As long as there are stores full of cleaning chemicals, I have a job to do! I will educate others, one home at a time!
Resource: Health Canada
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.