Creative Kids? No Problem!

Creative Kids? No Problem!

Do crayon, marker and scuff marks decorate your walls?  What about soap scum on your bathtubs and shower stalls?  Many scrubbers are too abrasive, cleaning chemicals are toxic, and a cloth just doesn’t fix your problems.

I can relate.  As a mother of three creative girls, I know what it’s like to feel as if I need to walk behind them scrubbing their trail as they go.

My good friend Carole’s daughter has had a love for art since the age of 3, which became evident when she decided to draw on the basement walls of their home. She told her mom she was making them look “prettier”.

It makes me laugh thinking about how children’s brains function; their imaginations are so precious and it is something I wholeheartedly believe should be encouraged, no matter what. However, freshly painted walls are also something you wouldn’t want to ruin…

Norwex’s Micro Cleaning Hand Pads are a safe and effective alternative to leading brand cleaning erasers; products you don’t want to leave lying around your kids.

  • These cleaning pads are eco-friendly and chemical-free, unlike many similar products.
  • They will not cause skin irritation or absorb toxins into your skin while in use!
  • This product is tough on stubborn stains, yet less abrasive than a scrubber.
  • Works great on easy-to-scratch surfaces such as: walls, plastic furniture, tile, and most kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
  • They are great for erasing scuff marks from the: linoleum floor, trim, molding, baseboards, interior consoles, and dashboards, patio furniture etc…
  • Works with little pressure applied.

How to Use:

  1. Cut a piece off the pad – since it disintegrates with use.
  2. Dip into warm water and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Rub the surface with a light pressure.

**Not recommended for polished or glossy surfaces, or for brushed satin, dark or faux finishes.  Not for use on auto paintwork.

I have a couple of favourite demonstrations for this product at my Norwex parties:

  • Take an old tea cup, with bad stains from tea…within seconds it is totally clean!
  • For customers with dimpled white-handled appliances…totally wipe them clean!

This is an inexpensive solution to the irritating stubborn stains and scuff marks around your home.  Give it a try!Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.14.12 PM

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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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HELP:  Sweat Stinks!

HELP: Sweat Stinks!

The smell of sweat is not attractive! Do stinky, smelly sports gear and clothing intrude on your senses?  What about smelly shoes that have been on sweaty feet all day?   Norwex has an amazing enzyme-based product, Sportzyme, which eliminates organic odor from shoes, high heels, work boots, equipment bags, shoulder pads, knee pads, skates, cleats, helmets, air casts and more.

The special bio-active formula in Sportzyme contains dormant, non-pathogenic, fast-acting microbes and enzymes that break down and eliminate the organic residues which cause odours.

When sprayed on a surface, these microbes feed off food sources such as sweat, urine and other organic matter present on sports or work equipment, clothes, footwear, or other gear.

These microbes release enzymes that break down the organic matter into smaller particles, which allows the microbes to digest the organics and convert them into water and carbon dioxide.

Key Features:

  • Destroy organic odours completely.
  • Based on natural enzymes.
  • Formulated with enzymes that target organic odours.
  • No animal testing.
  • Non-aerosol pump.
  • Container is recyclable, HDPE #2.

TO USE:

  1. Shake well before using.
  2. Spray over the entire surface where the odor is present.
  3. Apply heavily for the first application.
  4. Allow time to work.
  5. Reapply after 48 hours if needed.

Sportzyme is regularly used at our home! From hockey equipment, the girls’ basketball shoes, winter boots… everything gets a good spray to eliminate the odour!

I once did a presentation for a lady who jokingly told me that the Norwex Sportzyme saved her marriage.  Her husband had played hockey for years.  He had a routine after each practice or game which involved placing his hockey gear, including the gloves, on all the heat registers around the house.  YES, it REALLY STANK!!  The whole house was rancid.  She purchased a bottle of Sportzyme which her husband now uses faithfully after each game and, to their delight … his gear is odourless!

Do you have a stinky shoe closet?  Leave the Sportzyme bottle on the top shelf of your closet for easy access.  Give your footwear a quick spray and in the morning your closet will be scentless.

Many are skeptical about this product, until they try it.  At my parties, I state that I’d stick my head into my husband’s hockey bag… without hesitation!  There is NO odour!

Did You Know?

Enzymes are biological molecules (proteins) that act as catalysts, capable of speeding up chemical reactions, which help complex reactions occur everywhere in life.  They bind to the reactants in a chemical reaction and assist in the reaction without being changed at all themselves.

Science has been able to identify approximately 3,000 enzymes in the body, and each one of them carries out a very specific task. Most enzymes are used for the body’s normal metabolic processes (digestion, breathing).  Certain enzymes ensure that, in the case of injury, the blood coagulates and the wound heals, while other enzymes control the production of important hormones in the body. Enzymes also destroy environmental toxins and disease-causing free radicals and can kill intruding pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Resource: http://www.mucos.com/en/home/enzyme-therapy/how-do-enzymes-work/

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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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More Time & Less Grime

More Time & Less Grime

Environmentally-friendly Norwex Cleaning Paste is often referred to as “elbow-grease in a jar”.  Use it for a variety of stubborn cleaning jobs.

Take a look in your cupboard and see how many of your  purchased cleaners have only three active ingredients.  The amazing Cleaning Paste contains: marble-flour, natural soap and traces of coconut oil.  It took me seven years of regular use to finish my first container and I use it regularly!  Norwex Cleaning Paste is perfect to use with the Spirisponge or EnviroCloth regularly to solve many of my toughest cleaning chores.

  • Polish and Protect Chrome
  • Stainless Steel
    • Pot and Pans
    • Kettles
    • Faucets and Sinks
  • Porcelain
  • Kitchen
    • Coffee Pots
    • Glasses
    • Food-Ware Products
  • Bathroom
    • Tubs and Tile
    • Faucets and Sinks
    • Counter Tops
  • Golf Clubs
  • Shoes
  • Remove permanent marker from white boards
  • Flooring
    • Tile and Grout
    • Removed scuff marks
    • Laminate / Linoleum
  • Vehicles, Boats and Campers:
    • Vinyl
    • White Walls
  • Lawn Furniture

I like to think of it as “super-paste”;  it cleans and polishes surfaces around your home.  It removes the toughest of grime, without introducing unnecessary and dangerous products to your living environment.  It is poison-, phosphate- and acid-free as well as easy on your skin and friendly on the environment.  Not only that, it smells GREAT.

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At a home presentation I did a while ago the host had a gas stove.  Her kettle was tarnished from repeated exposure to natural gas flame.  My host was explaining to her guests how she had tried everything to get it clean.  So… with the Cleaning Paste and a Spirisponge, I effortlessly demonstrated how this amazing product WORKS!

Cleaning Paste & Kitchen Scrub Cloth - Tea Kettle (Before & After) by Meighan Hopper w TextHow To Use:

  1. Dampen a Spirisponge, EnviroCloth, Kitchen Scrub Cloth or Scrubby Corner Cloth.
  2. Run it over the Cleaning Paste.
  3. Rub the surface to a polished shine.

The main testimonial from my customers is from cleaning their glass top stoves!  It works amazing!!

Cleaning Paste on stove top

At another presentation my host and her guests laughed that I wouldn’t be able to clean her sink.  It was heavily stained from coffee and tea and she mentioned her plan of replacing the old sink at some point in the future.  Within minutes, it was shiny and clean!

The pictures below shows the results:

Cleaning Paster - Kitchen Sink

*Note:  Test on an inconspicuous spot.  Do not use on brushed stainless steel, nickel, pewter, aluminum or wood.

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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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Creating A Safe Haven

Creating A Safe Haven

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.

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Picture from: www.theallergymom.com

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!

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My Family

Resource: Health Canada

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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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