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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Spring Clean Your Rooms with Norwex

Spring Clean Your Rooms with Norwex

Spring Cleaning Bathrooms

Bathrooms require A LOT of maintenance, right?! Often bathrooms, because they are part of our regular cleaning schedule, they often get forgotten when it comes to spring cleaning.

Spring Cleaning is the perfect time to give your bathrooms a really deep clean… clean out the drawers, remove calcium build up on your taps, reorganize your toiletries, etc…   Spring cleaning your bathrooms with Norwex will make the job fast and efficient as most of the surfaces can be cleaned with only water and an EnviroCloth.  For the areas of your bathroom that have water stain or rust stains,  Norwex has biodegradable hard-working solutions to tackle those jobs.  Your bathrooms will be sparkling in no time and all with natural cleaning products from Norwex.

Here is a quick guide to help you get your bathrooms EXTRA sparkly during this spring cleaning season.

Spring Cleaning Bathroom

 

Norwex products provide innovative and simple methods to clean your home.  Watch the videos below to get the most out of your Norwex products!

Ergonomic Toilet Brush and Holder (with an antibacterial agent in the brush to stop the growth of bacteria and mould)

Cleaning your Shower with Norwex Descaler

 

Spring Cleaning Other Rooms in Your Home

Of course bathrooms are not the only rooms in your home that need attention during spring cleaning… Check out this guide for spring cleaning your living room, bedrooms and closets (yup… even the closets).

Spring cleaning Rooms

Clean and Polish Glass Furniture

 

 

Spring Cleaning Your Rooms

A lot of spring cleaning is spent dusting! You know… dust collects everywhere. Be encouraged that as you dust (and it is easy with Norwex’s Dusting Mitt) that you are removing harmful chemicals, dead skin and irritants that make up dust from your home. Spring Cleaning with Norwex will be a breeze and then before you know it… summer will be here!

Comment Below: How will you celebrate when your spring cleaning is done?

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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 Kitchen with Norwex

Spring Clean Your Kitchen with Norwex

Spring Cleaning Kitchen

I think we can all agree that our kitchens are the most well-loved areas of our homes. It’s where family and friends gather, eat, have discussions, have meetings, quiet devotions with tea, it’s the place we leave our miscellaneous piles and make the most mess. I love my kitchen!

Spring Cleaning your kitchen is must… but it’s easy with Norwex! Norwex is not only environmentally-friendly and a money saver, but Norwex will also save you time. Lots of time!!!  It will take you 75% less time to do your spring cleaning with Norwex products than with traditional methods and cleaners.  Norwex uses water and superior microfiber to clean most surfaces… it is quick, easy and effective.

This post can be used like a spring cleaning guide or checklist… if you will. Check the items off as you go… your kitchen appliances and surfaces will be spring clean in no time!!!

Spring Cleaning Appliances

Norwex cleaning methods are unique and sometimes require clear instructions… my videos below to ensure you are getting the most out of your products.

 How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

 

How to Clean a Glass Top Stove

 

Non-Toxic Oven Cleaner, Racks & Glass Door

 

 

There are lots of surfaces in our kitchens that require cleaning.  We all wipe down the counters on a regular basis, but in the spring, I like to deep clean of all the surfaces… like the: countertops, back splashes, cupboard shelves & doors, and the table & chairs.

Spring Cleaning Surfaces

How to Clean Granite Countertops

 

Kitchen Spring Cleaning ♥️

If your kitchen is the heart of your home, like it is in my home… spring cleaning is a must! This spring give Norwex products a try and enjoy your getting your cleaning done simply, efficiently, quickly (up to 75% quicker) and without chemicals (mostly with EnviroCloth & water)!!!

Comment below:  Where do you start your Spring Cleaning?  Kitchen? Outdoors? Basement?  No Where? 🙂

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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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New Norwex Products — 2016

New Norwex Products — 2016

I am so excited about the New Norwex Products for 2016! This year Norwex has made some of it’s favourite products even better… more versatile and more environmentally friendly. Take a moment to see what is new and if it could better your Norwex collection.

Microfiber Variety Pack (MVP)4

It is a 3-pack of the most favourite Norwex cloths in a compact size (16 x 16 cm), including; the famous EnviroCloth, Window Cloth & Body Cloth.  They are small which makes them a perfect size to introduce a new friend or to just always have the right cloth right in your bag.

Shower Gel & Body Lotion – New Size Available1 copy

Norwex’s fantastic Body Lotion & Shower Gel are now available in a larger family size (500 ml)!  Nothing smells better than these AMAZING products!

The Shower Gel is a gentle foaming cleanser for your skin, made from the derivatives of fruit sugar, sweet pineapple, coconut & lemon; complete with aloe vera to moisturize and nourish your skin. This product is proudly organic and certified by both BDIH & Natrue. It is still available in the original convenient 200 ml size.

The Organic Body Lotion is a perfect match for the Shower Gel and is made from natural botanicals including coconut oil, grape seed oil, aloe vera, sweet almond oil, shea butter and vitamin E.  This lotion will leave your skin feeling wonderful and is certified organic from both BDIH & Natrue.  It is also still available in the original convenient 200 ml size.

Ergonomic Toilet Brush & Holder – New & Improved2

The Ergonomic Toilet Brush & Holder was improved to include an antibacterial agent to inhibit the growth of bacteria and mold, keeping the toilet brush clean (not to mention ergonomic to reach all those little spaces)… Isn’t that smart?

Air Freshener Bags – New & Improved3

These Air Freshener Bags add long-lasting freshness to the needed areas in your home… without chemicals!  Bamboo, which is fast growing and sustainable, is the secret ingredient… it is turned to charcoal and is able to absorb odours, mold or mildew-causing moisture.  During the day time, it naturally recharges. They last for 2 years and then can be used as a natural fertilizer. The improved part is that you can replace the charcoal insert… making it an even more sustainable product!  They are available in 2 convenient sizes.

Let me know if you have any products you would like to see Norwex create and distribute.  These products are proof that Norwex continues to create solutions to make homes safe havens.

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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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Testimonies to Eliminate Stink…Odour Eliminator

Testimonies to Eliminate Stink…Odour Eliminator

Our homes are often bombarded by unwanted odour.  Life is messy, stinky business.  And that is okay… especially because we usually love those and the activities that stink up our homes… such as hockey-playing boys, well-used running sneakers, sick kid during the night, cloth diapers, the family pet — like our new addition Bentley, just to name a few.

Norwex has a fabulous line of enzyme-based cleaning products, including: Sportzyme, Carpet Stain Buster, Oven & Grill Cleaner etc.  This post highlights the Odour Eliminator, another amazing enzyme-based cleaner that is effective because of the bacterial spores in the solution that work to eat up the organic matter causing the odour.  It is an organic solution that leaves a fresh scent without any dyes or chemical-laden masking fragrances.  My team and I have heard lots of great testimonies about the Odour Eliminator… Here are a few that may be a solution for you.

 

tip“I want to thank you for recommending Norwex Odour Eliminator as a way to combat pet smells in my home.

I am a cat owner and work very hard to keep my home fresh from a pet smell. After moving my cat boxes to another room, I noticed the “cat smell” in the room. Making sure there where no “accidents” on the floor, I sprayed the room with a mixture of the Odour Eliminator and water. I sprayed the entire room and left (I did not open any windows for airing). I came back a half hour later and the smell had lessened but was it was still there. I sprayed the room again and this time I also sprayed the litter boxes themselves.

WOW!!! I came back about one hour later and the smell was completely gone!

I am so happy to not only have the smell dissipated but the knowledge that it was done with a green product that is safe for pets.  It is amazing!

“Odour Eliminator has now become a part of my cleaning routine with my pets. I cannot thank you enough for making my house happy and healthy!”  Sincerely, A satisfied pet owner ~ Melinda

“I have a client who swears by this for her horse barn!” ~ Melissa Gregson-Webber

“The odour eliminator does just what the name says! It eliminates our cloth diaper odour in the wash with just a squeeze! It also works great to get rid of pet accident smells!” ~ Charly Ball

“At a show I did last night, a lady was having trouble with her cat going #2 in her dog kennel. She sprayed the kennel with a strong dilution of Odour Eliminator and the cat stopped.”  ~ Arlene George

“I love a capful of Odour Eliminator in my fabric softener slot with laundry. I have a boy who still wets at night and in the middle of the night will kick off his soaked bottoms and put new bottoms on. He sometimes leaves them under the covers and I don’t always find them until a day or two later. The smell is very strong. I love that the Odour Eliminator takes care of the source of the odour (as it is an enzyme cleaner) and doesn’t just mask it like scented detergents!” ~ Darci Cree Grifhorst

“I spray the soft surfaces with the diluted Odour Eliminator spray – curtains, pillows, cloth couches and chairs, rugs, etc. I clean 10 cottages every week and do this on a regular basis. Freshens and deodorizes without the heavy scent.” ~ Lois Gitzel

Cooking is another source of unwanted lingering odouring in our homes.  Here is a great tip on how to remove lingering smoke smell from burnt food.  Use 1:7 Odour Eliminator to Water and spritz the air, it works amazing!  Carole Kuypers, a fabulous consultant, admitted to burning the broccoli one night, “ It was broccoli, yes! I used the Odour Eliminator. Love that stuff… works great!”

As you can see there are countless ways to use Norwex’s Odour Eliminator!  It’s that fantastic… another simple way to keep our homes clean (& fresh) without harmful chemicals.

Leave a comment about how Odour Eliminator has been solution.

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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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