Saving Trees… One Cloth at a Time

Saving Trees… One Cloth at a Time

Norwex Paper Towel Alternative

Once we learn something is important, it is impossible to keep it to ourselves!

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. 

Teaching and educating is my passion! My desire is to stir a ‘proactive spirit’ in people regarding their choices and the danger of harmful chemicals.  Many people are not aware that what they are currently using is harmful to our environment.

University of Bergen Study

The University of Bergen in Norway recently performed a study of 6000 people over a 20 year period, who had regular exposure to cleaning products. It was found that their lung function had been significantly affected as much as a person who had smoked a pack-a-day for 20 years as well as put them at a 40% higher risk of developing asthma.

The study revealed was that “the small particles from the spray [cleaners] can remain in the air for hours after cleaning. The small particles can travel deep into the lungs and cause infections and ageing of the lungs” Dr. Svanes explains.   Dr. Svanes, the main author of the study, recommends “You [do] not need a lot of chemicals after all, when cleaning. Microfiber cloths may be just as effective.

Norwex performed chamber tests to compare the number of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs or small particles) released by chemical spray cleaners and paper towel vs. Norwex Microfiber cloths and water.  The results were AMAZING!!!  Traditional chemical cleaners released 800 times the VOCs than Norwex products!  There is no need for dusting sprays, room deodorizers, artificial fragrances, floor cleaners, all-purpose cleaning sprays… when you have a Norwex EnviroCloth and water!

Problem: Paper Towel

Let me share some information about the truth about paper towel consumption in North America… and how Norwex provides a solution.

  • On average, a person uses and disposes of 2,400 – 3,000 paper towels every year.
  • Paper towels are used in 90% of households.
  • The average family of 4 uses about 26 rolls of paper towels a year. That’s an annual expense of approximately $91 for a single-use, throwaway item that is clogging our landfills!
  • Paper towel creates 13 billion pounds of waste every year! That works out to a whopping 3,000 tons of waste daily… comparable to the weight of 1650 economy cars!!!
  • Most are made from virgin tree fibre and used only once.
  • One paper towel is often not enough for many jobs, and some brands are even bleached with harmful chlorinated compounds—not good for your family or the environment.
  • Residential dwellings are the largest contributor to pollution, not industrial.
  • Long-term exposure to many of the cleaning products you use in your home every day has cancer-causing potential.
  • What does it take to produce just 1 ton of paper towels? Approximately, 17 trees and 20,000 gallons of water!
  • In North America, we have a huge paper towel habit.  3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced every day and accounts for the consumption of approximately 51,000 trees and 60 million gallons of water!
  • Paper towels, even when made of recycled materials still produce an environmental impact. The recycling process still uses water, energy and chemicals.
  • If everyone cut back by one sheet of paper towel per day, it would save North America 571,230,000 pounds of paper towel waste, every year.  Now imagine, if, one-by-one, households began to eliminate paper towel waste altogether…what kind of impact would we see then?

Solution: 4 Norwex Cloths

Norwex is a company that provides solutions for problems like paper towel.  Let me highlight a few different eco-friendly Norwex products you could use to replace your paper towel.

EnviroCloth

The EnviroCloth is Norwex’s flagship product!!! The microfiber cloth has the ability to remove 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions. It contains Norwex’s exclusive Baclock™ agent – micro silver antibacterial agent – goes to self-purify and inhibits odours from bacteria, mold and mildew growth within the cloth within 24 hours so that it is ready to use again. The microfibers in the EnviroCloth are 1/200th the size of a human hair and if unravelled, have a maximum length of more than 3 million meters (10 million feet).  The splitting process that happens during manufacturing creates open spaces in the fibres and enables the cloth to lift away dust and dirt and absorb serval times its own weight in water. And it only needs water to clean; no cleaner, chemicals or sprays required.

Doesn’t that sound better than a disposable paper towel??Norwex Cloth

Window Cloths

Window Cloths are designed to be used with the EnviroCloth. Once you have cleaned a surface with an EnviroCloth, use a Window Cloth to polish it to a streak-free shine. No paper towel or window spray required. If you love clean windows, but hate how long it takes, the EnviroCloth and Window Cloth will take 50% less time to clean and leave you with better results. The Window Cloth or ‘polishing cloth’ is constructed of tightly woven Norwex microfiber with the self-purifying Baclock™ agent, is lint-free, traps dust and grime in the cloth so your surface is cleaner, only needs water so there is no “chemical muck” left behind. This cloth will change your cleaning regime.

Counter Cloths

Norwex Counter ClothNorwex introduced Counter Cloths as a great alternative to paper towel.  They are the same size as a half-sheet paper towel, come in beautiful colours, are made from 50% recycled materials, have a super-absorbent unique new weave for quick spill clean up. These beauties are perfect for your kitchen and bathroom.  They even have Norwex’s self-purifying Baclock™ agent in the cloth. Seriously, with these handy little cloths, you won’t ever grab for a paper towel again!

Napkins

Norwex NapkinsFor anyone who loves to use a half-sized paper towel as their dinner napkin, Norwex has an alternative for you too. On average, a family of 4 uses more than 3000 paper napkins/paper towels a year.  The Napkins are made from 50% recycled materials (5 plastic bottles per set of 4) and are lovely. They come in either charcoal or peacock blue, the microfiber also has Baclock™ agent so you can use them more than once before laundering, they are quick-drying and very absorbent, plus they make your dinner table look pretty. Saving trees and dressing up dinner all at the same time… not bad.

So, what can you do?

Let me give you a challenge! Next time you start a new roll of paper towel, take a pen and write in the date inside of the roll.  First, try if you can go 4 months with one roll, then 6… then try if your family can stretch one roll of paper towel to last an entire year!  You can do it!  Other customers have done it, I know you can do it too.  Imagine with me the impact that would be realized by simply changing the way we use paper towel.

Become an Educator

Since I started my Norwex journey in 2006, thousands of Consultants have been working with me to spread the word about these amazing products.  I believe Nelson Mandela’s statement about the power of education… which means, we have a lot more educating to do!  Every grocery and department store has at least one aisle stocked with toxic cleaning chemicals.  Only 2% of North American homes use Norwex products… we have a lot of people to educate! Join my team, become an educator and help Norwex make a difference.

Are you going to take the paper towel challenge? Leave a comment about how it went.  Was it easier or harder than you thought?

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Resources:

https://www.uib.no/en/news/115228/household-cleaning-can-be-bad-smoking-lung-function

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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 to Care for Your Norwex Microfiber

How to Care for Your Norwex Microfiber

Love Your Norwex Microfiber

Norwex microfiber cloths are not like your run-of-the-mill cleaning cloth, cleaning rags, or even the crocheted dishcloths your grandma loves to make.  So because they are different, they require a little extra special care. ❤️  Norwex microfiber is an efficient and amazing way to clean your home without compromising your health by inhaling, ingesting or absorbing chemicals from traditional cleaners. Keep reading to find out what makes Norwex different and how to take care of them.

What makes Norwex Microfiber Cloths Different?

  • EnviroCloths are a multipurpose cloth that can be used wet or dry to clean most hard surfaces.
  • Norwex microfiber is 1/200th the width of a human hair… if the cloth was unwound it would reach from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico (3 million meters). These microfibers have innovative cleaning power.
  • Because Norwex microfiber is so ‘micro,’ it has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.
  • It replaces the need for chemical cleaners, like window cleaners, dusting sprays and multipurpose sprays, and just requires water… saving you money!
  • Eliminates the need for paper towel… reducing your paper waste and paper dust in your home.
  • Eliminates residue from traditional cleaners, that are often left behind, leaving your home cleaner.
  • Embedded with Baclock™ – Norwex’s exclusive micro silver antibacterial agent – goes to work to self-purify the and inhibit odours from bacteria, mold and mildew growth within the cloth within 24 hours so that is ready to use again.
  • Available in 7 colours… allowing you to colour-code your cloths for different jobs.
  • When you flat fold the cloth, it has 8 cleaning surfaces to use… reducing cleaning time up to 75%!
  • Norwex works hard to protect the environment.  In fact, Norwex uses 2 – 5 plastic bottles in the construction of their cloths and they have a recycling program to recycle old, retired Norwex cloths.

Care Tips for Your Norwex Microfiber

Microfiber Care Tips PDF

Norwex Microfiber Care Instructions

The first 3 instructions are a must for caring for your Norwex investment:

  • Launder in the washer & dryer.  Although you should avoid the soapy dish sink with your Norwex cloths, it is important to launder them in your washer to clean them.  The rinse and spin cycles in your washer work to remove all the soap from the cloth. It is important to dry your cloth in the dryer because Norwex cloths employ the power of static electricity.  In the dryer, the spokes of the microfiber get ‘perked’ up and make the cloth ready to clean again.
  • Lint freeload.  Launder your Norwex Microfiber with lint-free fabrics only.  Lint from other fabrics gets caught in the spaces between the microfibers, reducing the effectiveness of the cloth.
  • No bleach or fabric softener.  These products will break down and coat the microfibers reducing its ability to clean a surface and will ruin the cloth.

The last 3 care instructions are a suggestion to get the most out of your Norwex cloths:

  • Unscented detergent is best.  Unscented laundry detergent cleans without leaving lingering fragrances and residue that might damage the microfiber. I would recommend either of the Norwex laundry detergents.  What do you prefer?  Powder or Liquid, we have both and the ingredient lists are extremely CLEAN!!  Personally I use the Liquid Laundry Detergent.  It is biodegradable, enzyme-based, ultra-concentrated (one bottle cleans 215 HE loads or 107 Standard Loads), effective in hard water and comes in a small, recyclable, pump dispensing style bottle. It is free from: Phosphates, Chlorine, Fragrances, Optical brighteners, Ammonia, Sulfates, Dyes, Fillers, Phthalates and Bleach.
  • Deep Clean when needed.  This is always a shocking experience.  If you have any older cloths – I highly recommend this!!  Every 4-6 months, your cloths will benefit from being deep cleaned.  Use the Norwex Laundry Booster! It is the perfect product to deep clean your cloths.  Simply dissolve 1 scoopful of enzyme charged powder into a gallon of hot water and soak for 30 minutes. Repeat this step until the water is clean.  Then launder in the washer with Norwex Laundry Detergent or Liquid Laundry Detergent.  WOW!!!  This product also cleans; hockey equipment, exercise gear, bras, footwear, bed sheets (say goodbye to head stained pillowcases), etc…  I call this the POWER POWDER, this enzyme works like a charm!!
  • Avoid soapy water. Norwex microfiber works (and has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.) when the microfibers spokes are perked up and have space to absorb all the dirt, debris and bacteria.  The danger of submerging Norwex microfiber into soapy water, is that the soap will leave residue behind, making the microfiber less effective.

How Long Can I Use my Microfiber Cloths?

Norwex offers a 2 – year warranty on their microfiber cloths… outside of normal wear and tear. If you want to know for sure that your microfiber cloth is removing up to 99% of bacteria from your surface (like raw chicken on your counter!!!) ensure your cloth is less than two years old. I recommend that you use a sharpie to write the purchase date on the tag of the cloth and after two years, cut the tag and use the cloth as a rag (like cleaning the patio furniture or cleaning the oven or bbq… dirty jobs).

Norwex Microfiber Investment

Norwex products are not a luxury – they are a necessity.  Everyone is cleaning with something.  Every home incorporates “cleaning supplies” into their annual budget.  The wipes, sprays, gels and scrubs get tossed in the cart without a thought.  Norwex is choosing to live your life intentionally to protect your health and the environment.  These products are an investment…  not only a financial investment but also an investment in your health. Seeing as it is an investment, it only makes sense to take care of it to ensure you get the most out of your Norwex microfiber cloths. You will love how they clean your home, quick and easy… with just water. What an investment!!!

What Norwex cloths are on your wish list? Have you tried the Window Cloth or the Body Pack Cloths? Which ones are your favourite?

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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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