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!

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

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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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Soft Baby Bottoms need Norwex

Soft Baby Bottoms need Norwex

Soft, like a baby’s bottom”…  This saying only tells part of the story about babies’ skin.  Of course baby skin is soft — it is the best!!! — but it is also delicate, fragile and needs to be protected from chemicals in our environment.

Skin is a very important multifunctional organ that provides our bodies with a barrier function, mechanical protection, thermoregulation, immune surveillance and it prevents the loss of body fluids. Healthy skin plays a role in keeping babies alive. It was previously thought that the skin barrier function reached its maturity at about 34 weeks gestation (still in the womb). However, recent data shows that newborn skin goes through a gradual process of maturity in its environment and continues to develop until 12 months after birth —that is all the way until their first birthday!!! Skin care is important during a baby’s first years of life as studies show that baby’s (6-13 months old) and toddler’s (17-24 months old) skin has higher skin reactivity and absorption than adults.

The newborn’s skin is very naturally sensitive, thin and fragile. The skin of the premature newborn is even thinner, therefore highly permeable. This increases the risk of toxicity from the absorption of chemicals. This skin is also more easily attacked mechanically. For example, a baby’s bottom is in constant contact with diapers and being wiped with baby wipes which can cause repeated removal of top layer of skin cells. This increases the permeability of the skin and chance of skin rashes and infections.  The health of a newborn’s skin is so important to the overall health of the child.

Norwex’s Global Mission is to: “Improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes.”  This mission does not only apply to how we care for our homes but how we care for our bodies.  The shelves at the supermarkets and drug stores are lined with chemical-filled baby products.  Even with the knowledge of cancer-causing agents, these can still be found in some of the most “trusted” companies baby products.  Isn’t it wonderful that Norwex provides alternative skin care products. Here are a few chemical-free products that will keep your babies clean and safe.

Baby Hooded Towel Set:  It is the perfect size for babies and toddlers; it is super absorbent, super soft and super cozy, just what their sensitive skin needs.  It is constructed with microfiber and has Norwex’s exclusive Baclock™ agent to inhibit odors from bacteria.  It also comes with a matching face cloth.

hooded bathtowel collage

Baby Body Pack:  It comes with three baby-sized face or body cloths.  They are super soft and gentle on your baby’s skin.  They are constructed with microfiber and has Norwex’s exclusive Baclock™ agent to inhibit odors from bacteria growth.

Bubble Bath:  All kids love bubbles at bath time!!! Norwex’s bubble bath is made from 3 natural ingredients — water, caprylyl/capryl glucoside (a natural foamer) & natural wild cherry fruit extract.  It is non-allergenic, biodegradable and a gentle cleansing agent.  Plus, it is FUN!!!

Bubble Bath Collage

catimg403155Body Lotion:  This chemical-free lotion is good for the whole family and is certified by BDIH and NaTrue for its organic and natural properties.  It smells wonderful and is loaded with a variety of natural botanicals like coconut oil, grape seed oil, aloe vera, sweet almond oil shea butter and vitamin E.

Take the time with your sweet baby to massage this wonderful lotion into their skin… they will feel loved & comforted, their circulatory system will be stimulated and you will be at ease knowing that there are no chemicals being absorbed into their perfect skin.

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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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Well-Used Ovens and BBQs need some Love?

Well-Used Ovens and BBQs need some Love?

Recently my family hosted a delicious lasagne dinner for our extended family. It was a full house — with approximately 40 people in attendance. We needed a lot of lasagne that night! We baked a few in the oven and a few (my husband’s brilliant idea) in the barbecue. Not only did we cook a lot of lasagne that night, we made a lot of mess in both my oven and barbecue!  The lasagne exploded all over the place!!!  Lucky for me, Norwex makes a great Oven and Grill Cleaner.

Here are pictures of my personal oven … Before & After.

Cleaning Oven Collage

I did included step-by-step cleaning instructions in an earlier Spring Clean post… but thought that if you have a busy family or a lasagne party, or are hosting Thanksgiving dinner and need to clean up the bottom of your oven before cooking the turkey, or you were ready to put the barbecue away for the winter season, this enzyme-based cleaner will make your oven/barbecue clean and look brand new!

Did you know that the “self-cleaning” cycle in your oven releases toxic lingering fumes in our homes making it an unhealthy for our families and especially our small children and small pets?

Here’s a little ‘how-to’ refresher:

Cleaning Racks CollageCleaning the oven used to be an enormous task but with Oven and Grill cleaner, simply turn the oven on to 175°, once it is preheated turn the oven off. Spray the Oven and Grill solution on the racks, walls, base, door  and glass window. Let the solution sit for 10 minutes. Wipe it clean with a Spirinett and then an EnviroCloth.  These targeted enzyme breaks down any burnt food or residue in your oven or on your racks and turns it into a black liquid which is easy to wipe clean. Never before has cleaning your oven been so simple or toxic free!

What shocks me every time, is how my Norwex EnviroCloth rinses clean after wiping up these significant messes!!

Cleaning your barbecue is also made simple with Norwex Oven and Grill Cleaner. First roll your barbecue on to a tarp to catch any drips from the cleaning solution and black char from your barbecue. It would be awful for the cleaning process to damage your deck boards. Next, preheat your barbecue to approximately 175°. Turn the barbecue off. Then, spray the Oven and Grill cleaner on the racks. Wait for approximately 10 minutes, when you return, wipe down the rack with a Spirinett and then with an EnviroCloth. The EnviroCloth will also do beautiful job of cleaning/polishing the stainless steel exterior of your barbecue.

 

 

So if you missed the cleaning fever in the Spring or your summer has been filled with hosting backyard barbecues or lasagna has been exploding in your oven, Norwex has a safe and easy solution… again.

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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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Pets Can Be Messy!

Pets Can Be Messy!

Whether your mess is big or small, the Carpet Stain Buster is the solution!  It comes with a handy spray nozzle trigger and is a “MUST-HAVE” product if you have kids or pets in your home!  This product works remove stains from food, drink, bodily fluids, you name it!  Even if the spoiled surface is a new or old stain, the enzymes will be activated and will start to work.
Here are couple of my favourite testimonies from my customers with and pets:
Last year a friend and her dog came over to my condo for a visit. The one room that had white carpet was of course where the dog decided she wasn’t feeling so great and had a very big accident! My friend and I quickly ran to the store to buy carpet cleaner for pet messes, we cleaned it as best we could but it was still very clear that an accident happened. Next I borrowed a Bisell carpet spot steam cleaner. I tried this numerous times on numerous days and still could clearly see the big spot. After attending a Norwex party I decided to try the Carpet Stain Buster… I was really excited to see if it would work. I used the stain remover once and it was truly the best thing I’ve ever seen. I could instantly tell what a difference it was making but not only that, over time it kept working and the stain was completely gone. I will never use another carpet cleaning product and would recommend this to absolutely everyone I know!!”  ~ Krystle Yaghi
Sorry Delores. It is a bit long winded and kind of gross but it shows how awesome it really is:
The first time I tried the Carpet Stain Buster, my medium-sized dog had left 3 giant piles of diarrhea on my light-coloured basement carpet. By the time I found the mess, it was dried and the carpet was disgusting. I removed the solidified part of the mess and began to tackle what was left. I grabbed my Bissell carpet cleaner and gave it a good cleaning. That only helped minimally. I grabbed a household cleaner, diluted it in warm water and scrubbed at the stains and rinsed it with my carpet cleaner. That lightened it a little. I tried a clothing stain remover. That did nothing. I was running out of options and had spent way too much time scrubbing my carpet. I was starting to think the stains would never go away. And there was still a slight hint of poop smell left behind too. I told my sister in law about my problem and she had yet another product for me to try. Norwex Carpet Stain Buster. I was a bit of a Norwex sceptic but thought to myself, “what do I have to lose? I have tried everything else”. I sprayed the carpet and let it sit while I did some other stuff. When I came back, I couldn’t believe my eyes! The stain was already almost gone before I could even scrub it! I scrubbed the stains and treated the area again and now you can’t tell where it was or smell that it ever happened. Since then, the carpet spray has removed vomit, more dog-related messes and many more spills and stains. I truly believe that this product has saved me from replacing my carpets. Every house should have a bottle or two in the cupboard to rescue them from life’s little accidents. This product has been an absolute life saver for me.” ~ Kathryn Debree — Dog Groomer
 Anyone have a hunter in their family? I have received testimonies from customers who use the Carpet Stain Buster to remove dried-on blood stains from camouflage jackets, pants etc…  By time the hunter gets home from the bush, the blood stains may seem permanent, but simply spray the Carpet Stain Buster over the affected area, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then launder.   Thanks to many of my veteran hunting wives, all the staining come out of the beloved camo.
 Do you have a story to share about the Carpet Stain Buster? Please comment below.
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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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RV & Cabin Norwex Must-Haves

RV & Cabin Norwex Must-Haves

Camping is one of my family’s favourite things to do together.  If you are a camper or have a cabin, there is nothing that compares.  Every family has their favourite camping spots, hiking trails and lucky fishing holes, favourite campfire snack and ‘remember when’ stories. Getting away from it all is just the best.
As we all know, one thing you can’t get away from, is the mess.  Camping is wonderful, but it also requires a lot of cleaning after the fun is done.  Dirty feet, dirty dishes, sticky gooey marshmellow fingers, more dirty dishes, are all things that Norwex can help make easier to clean when you are getting away from it all.
 I will highlight a few items for your RV and Cabin needs:
The Entry Mat – It is extremely absorbent and stops the dirt and the toxins before they can get into your travel trailer. It works because it has scrubby strips embedded into the mat to remove debris from the bottom of your footwear or from your pet’s paws.
Bottle Brush – A travel mug is a must for any coffee or tea drinker and especially when you are out camping.  At home, a travel mug can save countless disposable cups and while camping, it is perfect for keeping your beverage hot.  One of the biggest issues with travel mugs is getting the inside clean… like really clean, not just rinsed out. The bottle brush will quickly become one of your favourite kitchen tools to clean your travel mugs or coffee pots. I have one in my kitchen at home and in my travel trailer.
Dish Mat – This drying mat is fantastic! You can see it laying here, on my travel trailer stovetop. It adds a little extra surface to my counter, is very compact, extremely absorbent, it never smells, and dries quickly.
Bottle Brush
Kitchen Towel – Most of us don’t have the luxury of a dishwasher while camping. You need absorbent tea towels. And absorbent tea towel, sounds like oxymoron to many. That is not the case with the Norwex’s Kitchen Towels.  So when you have too many dishes to air dry on your Dish Mat, grab a Kitchen Towel and get to work.  You will be amazed how many dishes will get done. My favourite testimony was from a customer whose dishwasher quit on Thanksgivings day and she was given the opportunity to put her Kitchen Towels to the test.  For a 35-person dinner, they only needed two towels to dry all the dishes, the pots and pans, all the ways down to the fine wine glasses.  If they can tackle the Thanksgiving dinner dishes, they can tackle the dinner dishes at the campsite.
Kitchen Towels

The Kitchen Towels are available in 8 different colours.

Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash – This foaming hand wash is scented with peppermint, smells amazing and will conserve water. Simply take a pump of this peppermint foam soap into your hands and lather for 60 seconds then turn on the water to simply remove the excess moisture soap from your hands. Your travel trailer water tank will thank you! It’s even available in a refill size so you can simply pour the foam soap solution into any foam soap dispenser. The soap is not antibacterial, as antibacterial hand soaps are now proven to reduce your immune system. This is just clean and simple.
HandSoap
Bath Towel – Whether you’re on the lake for the day, or you’re showering in your travel trailer or cabin, Norwex Bath Towels are awesome. Norwex towels are compact, incredibly absorbent,  imbedded with silver to stop bacteria growth and dry quickly. Boat owners love these towels, because they dry so quickly! These towels are available in multiple colors and sizes.
Bath Towels

The Bath Towels are available in 4 different sizes & 4 different colours.

Superior Mini Mop Collection – For all the sand and debris that gets past your Entry Mat (like sand in the cuff of your kids’ shorts), the Norwex Superior Mini Mop is the perfect solution. It is lightweight, compact, and extremely efficient!  Once or twice a day, simply zip over the smooth surfaces to collect all the debris leaving a spotless service – ready for the next time.  Use your Norwex Rubber Brush to remove all the collected hair, dirt, sand, grass and debris.  Keep it simple, quick and easy!
Mini Mop

Living in our trailer with three girls, I can collect a pile like this two or three times a day.

mop storage

This is where I store my mop. It stands perfectly behind the toilet and never falls down, even while we drive down the road. It’s quick and easy to dry or wet mop the floor when needed. If you’re thinking, ” why on earth is she wet mopping her RV?” The answer is: dirty feet, a puppy and dripping freezie juice!! Life happens!

 Camping with your Norwex products will give you another reason to get away more often. Happy Camping!

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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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