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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Try Cleaning with Norwex Enzyme-Based Cleaners

Try Cleaning with Norwex Enzyme-Based Cleaners

Enzymes

What is an Enzyme?

Enzymes are protein molecules in the cell that work as catalysts or to speed up chemical reactions without getting used up in the process.

“There are thousands of enzymes involved in everything from the cellular processes in your body to the decomposition of your trash, but enzyme cleaners are made using a few specific enzymes that break down biological substances like fats, oils, proteins, and starches. That means that instead of just wiping away the food on your kitchen counter or the mildew on the shower curtain, enzyme cleaners break down those stains into elements like oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Enzyme cleaners are non-toxic and biodegradable, meaning they are safe to use in any area of your home.” (1)

Enzymes are perfect for cleaning our homes because our household messes are all organic in nature and therefore act as the substrate (or the substance that starts the chemical reaction) for the enzyme to do its job.  I love that Norwex has developed enzyme cleaners… they do an amazing job, without the need for harmful chemicals.

How do Enzyme-based cleaners work?

There are thousands of different enzymes and they all have their own job. Enzymes specific action (or job) is only activated when their specific substrate is present.  Enzyme-based cleaners use specific enzymes in their solutions to create the desired action and preferred performance… many cleaners combine enzymes to create a product they desire.  For example, “modern detergents typically contain several enzyme activity types to ensure optimal cleaning of complex soil substrates.” (2)

Amy Cadora, Norwex Chief Marketing Officer and author of the Norwex Movement Blog, gives a quick overview of different enzymes and how they can be used in our everyday cleaning.  They provide an all-natural, environmentally-friendly, toxic-free alternative to the chemical-laden cleaners we find in the supermarket.

“Proteases break down protein stains, like grass, egg, blood, coffee, tea, dairy, wine and fat, as well as odors.

Amylases help break down starch-based stains, like those from pasta and potato dishes, and cereals.

Lipases accelerate the breakdown of fatty and oily stains. They help remove body stains on cuffs and collars, as well as stains from lipstick, butter, gravy, vegetable oils and other non-mineral oils and fats.

Cellulases help maintain brightness by reducing pilling and fuzzing that can trap dirt. In other words they help your whites and brights stay that way.

Mannanases break down food stains caused by thickening agents like guar gum and locust bean gum.

Pectinases disintegrate stains from fresh fruits and berries, as well as processed foods, tomato-based foods and sauces, jelly, and more.” (3)

 

Clean with Norwex Enzymes

Enzymes & How they Work – PDF

How to Use Norwex Enzyme Cleaners

While both Norwex Sportzyme and Odour Eliminator look the same from an ingredient standpoint, they are actually quite different. Using the same enzymes in varying concentrations allows products to solve specific problems. For instance, Sportzyme contains a higher microbial count and a very high concentration protease… an enzyme that tackles protein-based odours that contribute to smells, perspiration or sweat. In the Odour Eliminator, the microbial counts and enzyme concentrations differ and are designed to fight a broader range of odours which are generated in the laundry room, bathroom and carpets. Each formula is unique and has been developed with a different application in mind. Check out all of the Norwex enzyme-based cleaners!

Mattress Cleaner

Not just for your mattresses and fabrics in your home, but also use this Mattress Cleaner on all the fabrics in your RV, trailer or cabin. Did you know? 80% of what you see in a ray of sunlight is dead skin cells… yuck! This enzyme-based product removes dust mites, their feces, animal dander and dead skin cells.

How to Use:

  • Twin Mattress: 5 Sprays
  • Double Mattress: 8 Sprays
  • Queen/King Mattress: 10 – 12 Sprays
  • Fabric Couch: 5 Sprays

Carpet Stain Remover

Have a pet, or potty training a toddler?… This enzyme-based Carper Stain Remover spray will come in handy! But seriously, it can handle any tough carpet stains. The testimony below is from one of my personal customers… I’m so glad I was able to offer this solution to fix her problem.

“My customer had just moved into her new condo. Her friend stopped by with a puppy, to check it out. The puppy had a bout of diarrhea on her white carpet. (She was not impressed.) She cleaned it up with a “home” carpet cleaner, but the carpet was still stained and rough in texture. Six weeks later at a presentation she bought the Carpet Stain Buster, to her DELIGHT… the carpet became totally clean and back to its original soft texture.”

Enzymes Odour Eliminator

Odour Eliminator

Norwex just released 3 NEW Gorgeous SCENTS… Fresh Rain, Misty Meadow, Crisp Linen!  It is versatile and a little goes a long way, so dilute this enzyme-based solution 1:7 with water. Spray into garbage cans, camping trailer, use as an air freshener in the bathroom, great to remove campfire smoke smell from your jacket and use with the Norwex mop to clean your floor to leave a fresh scent. Unlike traditional air fresheners that mask the odour, Norwex’s Odour Eliminators have no artificial fragrances, aerosol canisters or chemicals, instead, it uses enzymes to break up the odour-causing agents and leave your spaces fresh.

Microfiber Cleaner Laundry Booster

Did you know? The best way to care for your Microfiber cloths (like EnviroCloths, Window Cloths, Body Pack Cloths, etc.) is to deep clean them every 6 months. Norwex just released an enzyme-based Microfiber Cleaner Laundry Booster that does a beautiful job.  Simply soak your cloths in hot water and a scoop of Microfiber Cleaner, agitate the water and watch how dirty the water gets… repeat this process until the water is clear.  Then, enjoy your rejuvenated microfiber cloths!!

Sportzyme

This enzyme-based cleaner is perfect for families with athletes and active individuals… sweat is stinky!  It is perfect for spraying all sorts of sports equipment to help control the odour. Putting away those winter boots, mittens, gloves for the summer season?  Use a spray of Sportzyme and have them smelling like new for next fall.

Enzymes vs. Chemicals to Clean

Traditional cleaners use chemicals, toxins, artificial fragrances, stinky soaps which can all contribute to hurting our environment and hurting us.  Norwex has a radically different way of cleaning. Most of the jobs in our homes only require an EnviroCloth and water to clean.  Did you know? Norwex Microfiber has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions.  But for some jobs, enzyme-based cleaners are required. Enzymes keep working until its job is done. Different enzymes digest different materials which are why Norwex has different products to complete different jobs.

What enzyme-based cleaner will you try first?

Resources:

(1) http://www.greenhome.com/blog/a-guide-to-enzyme-cleaners

(2) http://www.aboutcleaningproducts.com/science/ezyme-science/

(3) https://www.norwexmovement.com/enzymes-beat-chemicals/

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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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Spring Clean Your Outdoors with Norwex

Spring Clean Your Outdoors with Norwex

Outdoor Spring Cleaning

In my neck of the woods, we are all ready for springtime (& spring cleaning)!!

All winter, dust and debris pelt our homes and windows, the wind brings in garbage, pets do their business, patio furniture huddles together collecting dust and our decks are weathered by the elements. For all these spring cleaning needs, let me give you a few of my spring cleaning tips with the help of Norwex products, to tackle all these ‘hibernated’ areas and make them shine again.

Outdoor PDF

For complete demonstrations on how to clean your outdoor items, take a moment to watch a few of my short YouTube videos:

Spring Clean Outside Windows

 

Use Mop System for Window Cleaning

 

Spring Clean Your Patio Furniture

 

Easy BBQ Cleaning

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning

As the snow begins to melt and the sun stays out longer and we all anticipate summer… be inspired to try a few of my spring cleaning tips to make your outdoor areas their best. Nothing beats looking out a freshly cleaned window while enjoying the sun going down.

Comment below: What spring cleaning job do you enjoy the most? …and dread the most?

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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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Cleaning Paste Top-10 Norwex:   Want an environmentally-friendly, versatile, long-lasting cleaner?

Cleaning Paste Top-10 Norwex: Want an environmentally-friendly, versatile, long-lasting cleaner?

A well-loved home will always be a bit of beautiful mess!” ~ Melissa Michaels, author of The Inspired Room blog

“Home is the nicest word there is.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

“It’s so good to be home.” ~ Unknown

“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.” ~ Mother Theresa

“Our home should inspire us to go out into the world to do great things & then welcome us back for refreshment.” – Melissa Michaels

We don’t often talk about how cleaning our homes contributes to making our homes a sweet place to be… but a clean home is a big part of creating a place to inspire us. I believe our homes should be a little slice of heaven on earth. It should be a place you love to be in and feel comfortable to invite others to visit.  Although mess can be beautiful and a sign of life… you still need a clean home. But clean does not require chemicals or need to take lots of time. Norwex provides cleaning tools to help create a safe haven, without chemicals, green-clean solutions that save time and money. Norwex products also equip you to clean less so you can live more because they are simply to use. One of the top-10 favourite Norwex products is the Cleaning Paste!  It is a versatile, hard-working, long-lasting, phosphate-free, smartly-packaged FANASTIC product!

Cleaning Paste is so versatile it deserves a list (though not exhaustive) of different ways you can use this top-10 product:

  • Remove Burnt-on-Food from Flat Stove Tops
  • Make your Kitchen Sink Sparkle
  • Clean Tile Grout
  • Remove Rust Stains
  • Polish Stained Pots and Pans
  • Remove Soap Scum
  • Remove Hard-Water Stains from Tubs and Toilets
  • Clean Deck Surface and Deck Furniture
  • Remove Burnt Materials off Iron
  • Makes Well-Used Cookie Sheets and Baking Pans like Brand New
  • Remove Permanent Marker from Tile and Walls
  • Remove Scuff Marks
  • Get Scratch Marks off Dishes
  • Polish Faucets and Sinks
  • Clean White-Wall Tires and Rims
  • Remove Film from Vehicle Headlights
  • Clean Rubber Soles of your Favourite Shoes
  • Clean up your Golf Clubs
  • Clean Cameras at your Dairy Farm (read the testimony)
  • Remove Stains from Hard Surfaces
  • Clean White Fridge Door Handles
  • Remove Crayon, Pencil, Marker from Hard Surfaces
  • Make Chrome Shine
  • Clean Stainless Steel (but NOT brushed stainless steel)
  • Clean Campers and Boats
  • Clean Coffee Makers and Kettles

Cleaning Paste is an easy-to-use, long-lasting (typically one year or longer) hard paste.  Simply wet an EnviroCloth or Spirisponge and with a circular motion, clean the dirty surface then rinse the surface with water and dry with an EnviroCloth or Window Cloth.   The best thing…  is that paste is a safe, environmentally-friendly product that you can use to effectively clean a variety surfaces in your home.

Cleaning Paste is so easy to use and versatile it will quickly become one of your top-10 Norwex products!  Leave a comment about how it helped you create your “home sweet home” by providing some “elbow grease” to your mess.  

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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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Looking for the Perfect Bridal Shower?

Looking for the Perfect Bridal Shower?

You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without. – Unknown

Are you or someone you love getting married this summer?  Do you want to bless the bride-to-be with a shower to help set up her home in a way that will create a safe haven?  Whether the bride-to-be has never heard of Norwex or she already loves Norwex products and can’t wait to stock up her new home… a Norwex bridal shower is always a great choice.  I have helped set up their home with Norwex products that they will love and use for 10+ years to come!

Getting together with friends and family to celebrate an upcoming wedding is always soooooo much fun, so much excitement, so many hopes & dreams, and such a great time help brides-to-be set up her home so that it is free from unnecessary chemicals to create safe place for her new family to live and grow.

When I started my Norwex business in 2006, in the greater Edmonton area, I met many people who had never heard of Norwex. Often their young daughters would hang out during the party, watch and learn how to clean their home. It is amazing to teach people about Norwex, because it is a radically different way of cleaning homes.  It is chemical-free, uses green clean methods that actually work, saves time and saves money.  Now, 11 years later, nothing brings me more JOY than helping the daughters of the individuals I first met and help them set up their homes.  This generation truly cares about their environment and believe that they can make a difference.  They are also busier than ever and need quick solutions to keep their homes clean. Some of these daughters are lucky enough to have always cleaned with Norwex… so they have their favourite products and a long wish list for their bridal party.

How does a Norwex Bridal Party work?

Whether it is a request of the bride-to-be or a surprise shower, she will be able to stock her new home with LOTS of free product! So the bride-to-be needs to make herself a Wish List (this can happen during the party or before).

The bride-to-be earns free product through the generous hosting rewards:

  1. Everyone who attends the party can purchase product for themselves… just like any regular party.
  2. Invite friends and family who live near or far across the country to place an order.

The Norwex Host Rewards increases as the amount of total guest sales, the number of buying guest, and the number of new party bookings increase.  When family come together to shower the bride-to-be, the Norwex reward program will also supply her with free product to compliment the gifts she receives.  Every month the host rewards change; check out April  host rewards to get an idea of what she will receive.

Options for blessing the bride-to-be: 

  1. Friends and family can add anything off the bride-to-be’s wish list onto their orders… as a gift!
  2. Friends and family can bless the bride-to-be by placing cash or a cheque into an envelope to help her purchase anything on her wish list!

*** Remember that each purchase increases the bride-to-be’s host rewards!!!

What will the party be like?
Feel free to plan the party to suit the bride-to-be!  There will be a time of teaching about Norwex; it is fun, short and interactive. There will also be time required to place orders and get that organized. But the sky is the limit to how you plan the shower.  Whether you serve elegant wine and hors d’oeuvres or have a more casual gathering with drinks and finger foods… a Norwex Shower will certainly be a blessing.
The bride-to-be is always THRILLED with all her FREE product.  Once a home is set up with Norwex… they are set up for years to come!  Seriously, my mop is over 11 years old!!  Norwex products save time, money, our health and the environment.  I can’t think of a better gift than that!  Contact me today to set up your bridal party!

Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. – Franklin P. Jones

Are you moving into a new home?  Consider having a Norwex housewarming  party!  You will earn all the host rewards and make your new home a safe 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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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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