How do you clean your Dehumidifier?

How do you clean your Dehumidifier?

Dehumidifiers are a wonderful appliances for wicking extra moisture out of the air in your home… especially in hot, humid climates.  They are also designed to reduce allergens like dust mites, mould & mildew in the air and are effective to control condensation in damp basements and bathrooms.

But take a peek in the water reservoir tank of your dehumidifier… you may not like what you find.  Dehumidifiers have the tendency to grow bacteria and mould if they are not cleaned on a regular basis. The water and moisture that your dehumidifier absorbs tends to calcify and contain bacteria and other air-born materials which leave a difficult residue to clean. Yuck!dehumidifier before

Aren’t you glad that Norwex can come to the rescue again with a simple and environmentally-friend solution?  The above photo is of my dehumidifier… it obviously was in need of a good cleaning! So, I filled the reservoir with water and added a scoop of Norwex Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent and let it soak overnight.  Check out the results!

I simply emptied the reservoir, took my EnviroCloth and wiped the dehumidifier clean. So easy!

Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without my Norwex products!  They are amazing!  The water stains, the calcification, the bacteria, the mould… all gone. Do you have an amazing “Norwex-to-the-rescue” story?  I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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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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Is your kids’ classroom a safe haven?

Is your kids’ classroom a safe haven?

School is back into full swing… all the lunch boxes, new clothes and school supplies have been bought, labeled and delivered.  You’ve done your part, right? Yes! But… let me ask you, have you ever wondered if their school is a safe haven – safe from chemicals? Schools work really hard to keep our kids safe and their environment healthy. But there are a few simple Norwex solutions that could help your kids reduce the amount of chemicals they come in contact with at school.

Hand Washing

Schools often encourage kids to use hand sanitizers or perfumed, chemical-laden soap for hand washing before snack & lunch times.  Of course hand washing is very important and schools work hard to instill this important life habit… but research shows that some antibacterial agents, such as triclosan and parabens, though they fight germs, are toxic to our health. On friday, September 2, 2016, Environmental Working Group (EWG) was pleased to release,

WASHINGTON – The federal Food and Drug Administration announced today that triclosan, a toxic chemical ingredient associated with hormone disruption in people, will no longer be allowed in antibacterial hand soaps, which EWG noted as a significant success.

“This decision by the FDA is a huge victory on behalf of human health and the environment,” said Ken Cook, co-founder and president of EWG. “EWG has been conducting research and advocating for this exact federal government action for nearly a decade, and our work, as well as that of other public interest groups and many of our supporters, has finally paid off.”

“EWG research found industry adding this sketchy, endocrine-disrupting germ killer to all kinds of soaps and even to toothpaste. Nine years ago we found it at disturbing levels in San Francisco Bay,” Cook added. “Worse yet, EWG studies detected the stuff in breast milk and in bodies of teenage girls. Clearly this is an industry that needed a good, swift kick in the triclosan. It took far too long, but today the FDA delivered.”

It is obvious that the governments and producers are starting to realize the importance of protecting people from dangerous chemicals.  That is great to see! Let me tell you how using Norwex products can help reducing our chemical consumption by with great alternatives.  Read the ingredients in those those cute, travel-sized hand sanitizers before you send them to school with your kids.  Antibacterial formulas are not all they are cracked up to be and good old-fashioned hand washing with soap is the best way to rid harmful bacteria, while allowing the body to naturally maintain a healthy immune system.  But when water and soap are not readily available or there are 25 kids ahead of you in line for the sink, the Norwex Timeless Natural Hand Cleaner is a good alternative.  It is made from pure raw organic aloe, lemon fruit extract, rosemary & lavender which all have natural antiseptic qualities to combat bacteria, while providing nourishing moisture to the skin with eucalyptus globules leaf and spearmint extracts. It has been certified by EcoGruppo and NaTrue for its organic properties.  Another plus… it only takes a drop or two to clean your entire hands – It’s organic, free from chemicals, only requires a small amount, smells wonderful, leaves hands moisturized – what more could you ask for? (by the way, Norwex also has a wonderful Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap – that is pure soap, not antibacterial, in foam form so it lasts longer – for at home).

School Bag Lunches

The daily task of packing lunches is another part of the school routine and a wonderful opportunity to pick items that will add to the health and nourishment of your kids.  As we all know, it is important to choose fresh fruits and veggies… but did you know that some produce is ‘cleaner’ than others? The EWG is a non-profit organization that works to empower people to live healthier lives by researching and educating to raise awareness and help drive consumer choice and civic action. The EWG group has identified which produce is heavily doused in pesticides and which produce is not.  They have developed a handy list to help you make the BEST choice for your lunches.

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Source: www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2016/08/back-school-season-protect-lunchbox

They recommend that we should pick produce from the Clean 15 list and avoid the Dirty 12 as much as possible when you are unable to buy local organic produce.  The Norwex Fresh Produce Wash is perfect for times when organic is not an option, or your kid really loves having strawberries in his lunch (when they are not in season).  The Fresh Produce Wash is a plant-based, biodegradable, concentrated wash.  It not only removes unwanted residues from fertilizers, wax, dirt, oil & bacteria, it does not require scrubbing, it leaves no aftertaste on your fruit and it even extends the shelf life of the produce. Did you know that you should wash fruit that you peel too…like bananas and oranges? Now your kid’s lunch box is a safe haven!produce-wash

Clean Work Space

School desks or work spaces are full of germs, that tend to multiply and grow. Instead of using the standard disposable, chemical-laden wipes in the attempt to control these germs, consider tucking a damp Travel Pack Cloth (in a Reusable Wet Wipes Bag) in your kid’s lunchbox. Within seconds your child can wipe down his or her desk and have a perfectly clean surface to eat on, work on, rest on… you get the idea.  They could even wash their little hands with it before they dig into their lunch.work-space

School is a great place, with many individuals who work hard to teach, protect, guide and help our kids.  As parents, we can do our part too.  Norwex has a lot of great solutions for our daily needs that protect our kids when they are at school. Check them out.

Sources:

http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2016/08/back-school-season-protect-lunchbox

http://www.ewg.org/release/fda-finally-bans-toxic-triclosan-antibacterial-hand-soaps

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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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October 2016 Customer Specials

October 2016 Customer Specials

Your house is going to SPARKLE!!!

This month Norwex’s customer sale items will get your sinks, tubs & floors clean and shiny.  There is nothing better than a freshly-cleaned house and even better when use Norwex products because you will get a superior clean without any harmful chemicals, it will cut your cleaning time by 75% because the methods are simple and it will save you money. Let me tell you about the feature products this month!

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Does it All!

Did you know that Cleaning Paste is one of Norwex’s Top 10 Products!!! And for good reason.  This paste, when partnered with a Scrubby Corner EnviroCloth, will shine up and protect most surfaces in your home, including; chrome, stainless steel, porcelain, bathroom sinks & tubs, counter tops, stove tops and is even safe for food-ware products glasses and coffee pots.  Norwex Cleaning Paste is made from marble flour, natural soap & coconut oil and it has a nice fresh scent.  It comes in solid form, so a small dab will do, making it last one year on average – even the packaging is minimal and recyclable.  This paste is incredibly versatile…

“My brother and cousin own a huge dairy farm with robotic milkers. My brother uses the cleaning paste to clean the security cameras. It’s the only thing that works! He also uses it in his shop to clean motor/machine parts. He loves it!!” ~ Rahel Klaeki Moore

“Found another use for Norwex Cleaning Paste — removing GUM from the dryer drum when someone leaves gum in their pocket and it goes through the wash. NO damage to my dryer and all the sticky gunk has been removed.” ~ Krista Travisdoesit-all

Depending on the type of cleaning job you face, the Cleaning Paste can be used with an EnviroCloth, the Scrubby Corner EnviroCloth, the Spirinett Sponge or even the Spirinett. Give it a try, see what you can make sparkle.

Sparkling Diamond!

The Blue Diamond All-in-One Bathroom Cleaner is also a Top 10 Seller and when partnered with a Bathroom Scrub Mitt, will get your bathroom sparkling clean in no time.  The Blue Diamond Cleaner is a thick, concentrated gel  that can be used for all the surfaces in your bathroom, including your toilet.  It is noncorrosive, using organic salts and citric acid to remove hard water deposits, rust, soap scum, urine salts and stains. Because of its ability to linger, little scrubbing is needed to reveal a sparkling clean bathroom. The Bathroom Scrub Mitt works perfectly with the cleaner… it has a scrubby side maximize the cleaner and a soft microfiber side to wipe down the surfaces when you are done.  Now you can clean your whole bathroom faster… using just Blue Diamond All-in-One Bathroom Cleaner.

“My husband is a potter and my bathroom sink gets all gummed up with clay residue from his hands. The Blue Diamond seemed like it wasn’t going to work at first but I let it sit on the sink for a few minutes, then wiped it out with the Bathroom Scrub Mitt and my sink was like new. Little or no scrubbing effort, too! “~ Dawn Bruggman basics

Double-Sided Mop Special!

This is a fantastic deal!  The Norwex Double-Sided Mop is almost 50% off this month.  Let me tell you how it will save you time and make your floor sparkle!  First of all it is double-sided so you can attach the dry mop head on one side and the wet mop head on the other side.  Start by wetting and wringing out the Wet Mop Head before attaching, then attach the Dry Mop Head.  You can dry mop your floor using the power of static electricity to sweep up the debris as well as pick up the minute dust particles off your floor.  Then flip the mop over to the wet side to quickly clean your floor until it sparkles.  The mop is made with Norwex’s exclusive Baclock™ technology that goes to work to self-purify and inhibit odours from bacteria, told and mildew growth within the mop.  When you are finished cleaning your floor, simply rinse out the wet head and wring dry; use a Rubber Brush to remove the debris from the Dry Mop Head.  Your mop will ready to go for the next time!  Although the mop is totally washable, feel free to wash it only after a few mops as it self-purifies because of the Baclock™ technology.  Happy clean floors!

I love when my house is sparkling clean!  This month, take advantage of some of these deals that will make your house sparkle.

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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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How Clean is your Sink?

How Clean is your Sink?

What about the carrot sticks or lettuce leaves that tumble from the colander into the sink? Surely the sink, which is regularly doused with soap and water, must be cleaner than the floor, which is regularly defiled by the feet we use to stand at the sink — right?

“Wrong, wrong, 500 times wrong”, says Environmental Microbiologist Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., an assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona. While the floor may be crawling with 1,000 bacteria per square inch, the sink typically hosts around 500,000 bacteria per square inch — and she’s seen sinks that had millions more than that. “The sink is a ready source of bacteria just from washing off hands as well as food, which may carry fecal bacteria.” The number of bacteria it takes to make us sick depends on the type, but Reynolds says that it takes between 100 and 1,000 bacteria to transmit salmonella, which is the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illness.

Reynolds says our kitchen sinks are often dirtier than the toilets of public bathrooms, which may be regularly scrubbed with powerful disinfectants. “If you dropped something in the toilet at the gas station, would you rinse it off and eat it? Use the same mentality for your sink.”

Our kitchen sinks are where we wash everything from our hands, to doing the dishes, rinsing out your kitchen cloth, to washing veggies & fruit, to cleaning the thanksgiving turkey and even soaking your Norwex EnviroCloths to deep clean them.  The kitchen sink is a busy place.  As it is harvest time… some of our sinks will be especially busy.  Before you dump your beautiful harvest of carrots, potatoes, turnips, apples or cherries into your kitchen sink, consider how clean your sink really is and why it is important. DeloresVan.com

The World Health Organization (WHO) works with 150 countries to help them “ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people”.  They are committed to combatting disease as well as ensuring food, air & water safety.  They empower people to do their part in ensuring food safety in our homes…

So how do your keep your kitchen clean and safe?  Norwex’s Global Mission is improving quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes.  Cleaning your kitchen sink properly and without chemicals is a simple way to improve our quality of life.

Seeing as the average kitchen sink can be 500 times dirtier than the average kitchen floor, let me give you a few Norwex tips on how to ensure your sink it really clean.  Did you know that Norwex not only provides clean solutions, but their solutions are time-saving, effective, chemical-free, environmentally friendly? That is awesome!

  1. Rinse your sink with hot water.
  2. Wet a Norwex Spirisponge and dab with Cleaning Paste.  Cleaning Paste has only 3 active natural ingredients (marble flour, natural soap, coconut oil). The Cleaning Paste will remove stains and bacteria, while leaving your sink shiny.
  3. In a circular motion, clean the entire sink from top to drain.  Spend a little extra time cleaning the ridges of your drain to remove any build up.
  4. Rinse with hot water.
  5. Wipe dry with flat-folded EnviroCloth.  EnviroCloths will remove unto 99% of bacteria from a surface when used properly.
  6. Repeat as needed.Step 1

This should take you no longer than 90 seconds from start to finish and the end result is a clean, food-safe sink!

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I love Norwex’s quick, simple, affordable, effective and environmentally-friendly solutions for our day-to-day cleaning needs. With all the research revealing how dirty our sinks are and how it can negatively effect our health, Norwex offers a good solution!

Source:

http://www.oprah.com/blogs/Whats-Worse-Dropping-Food-in-the-Kitchen-Sink-or-on-the-Kitchen-Floor#ixzz2OlaxJfO6

http://www.who.int/about/en/

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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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Free Summer Fun with Kids

Free Summer Fun with Kids

Summer is all about finding a little adventure, spending time together, creating memories and enjoying your community and the outdoors. Norwex’s Global Missions is, “Improving quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes”.  As we work hard to protect our world and our homes, let’s take time to enjoy it as well.  Summer is a perfect time to do just that.  In a city as large as Edmonton, there is always a lot going on during the summer months. The city has so much to offer, why not find a few free things to do with your kids.  As summer is in full swing, here are a few ideas…

  1. This summer has been so warm and glorious, it is time to try out a new spray park.  Raising Edmonton listed their favourite parks… so jump in the car and try a different spray park outside your community.
  2. Edmonton has a vast trail system, over 160 km, through its beautiful river valley.  Evening summer bike ride adventures could be your next family tradition.  Check out the city trails map.
  3. Edmonton hosts many different festivals in the summer from sports to music to cultural festivals… there is something for everyone.  Bring a picnic basket and blanket to watch the Dragon Festival from the side of the river, or go downtown to watch the Cari West Parade, or head down to Hawrelak Park and enjoy the entertainment at the Servus Heritage Festival.
  4. For those kids who love the thrill of the ride, take them to Sherwood Park Bike Skills Park or Stony Plain BMX track or the Devon Bike Park.
  5. If your kids love to built stuff, check out Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics.
  6. Try out a new sport like Disc Golf.  There is a free course at Edmonton’s Rundle Park.
  7. Take in the beauty of nature by walking the Clifford E. Lee Natural Area boardwalks or find a breathtaking view of the river by walking over the Fort Edmonton Pedestrian Bridge on the west side of Edmonton.
  8. Don’t forget the amazing free Edmonton Public Library programs Read. Create. Explore… keep your kid’s nose in a fun book during the summer months.

The summer days are long… but the summer goes by FAST.  Enjoy every day with your kids, getting out and spending time together is what memories are made of!!!

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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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