It’s a fresh new year everyone! A wonderful time to start new things, chase dreams, and leave behind what isn’t helping us. Want to know something you can totally leave behind in 2018? Taking forever to get your house clean! I get it. Usually, cleaning takes time and effort. You have to pull out a different product for each job, run back and forth to the sink rinsing said product out of your sponge before adding another product, get on your knees, crawl around, do somersaults…okay, maybe not the last one but it’s exhausting!!! What if I told you I know how you can shave hours off of your time spent cleaning in 2019? Well…I CAN! I’m going to highlight 3 of my favorite Norwex products, specifically products that are the best TIME SAVERS! I totally believe with these 3 items, you can cut your cleaning time in half!
The Mop!!! This may very well be my favorite product ever created. It’s amazing how much time this saves. No longer do you need a bucket full of water & chemicals, no longer do you need to wring out the mop head, not with the Norwex mop system! With 6 kiddos running in and out all day long, I have constant messes be made. Muddy footprints, crumbs, scraps, dirt, etc. I can’t even imagine how many hours a day I’d be mopping, if it wasn’t for our Norwex mop. The thought of filling a bucket and going through that whole process every time the floor gets dirty is not appealing! The Norwex mop is so quick and easy, all you do is run the mop pad under water and do your thing!! One pad can almost always clean your floors without having to be rinsed, unless it’s a HUGE mess. So, no running back and forth rinsing and squeezing. So simple even the kids can do it! No chemicals. Fast. What’s not to love?! You’ll be shocked by how much time (and sanity) this product save you. It’s a real game changer.
EnviroWand – The EnviroWand is bendable and flexible to make dusting any space super simple! This guy can reach under couches and beds, fan blades, TVs, tops of dressers, desks, countertops, tables, any nook or cranny that you can imagine! Dust literally CLINGS to the two-sided chenille sleeve and doesn’t get spread all over the surface or drop down on the floor. This makes dusting a quick, easy chore…I almost don’t even want to call it a chore when you have the EnviroWand!! Gone are the days of whisping dust all over the house with your feather duster! You’ll be so pleased with the EnviroWand and how simple and FAST it makes dusting!
Window Cloth – If you don’t have a window cloth in your life…it’s time to change that! Cleaning windows will become a breeze! What sold me on this product was the complete lack of streaks on windows after use. I could NOT find anything that wouldn’t leave streaks or dust particles on my windows after wiping…until THIS! Just wipe windows with a damp EnviroCloth, then polish with the window cloth and they’ll seriously look just like new. I LOVE that this doesn’t require the use of any common chemical sprays, all natural cleaning here guys!
Make 2019 a year you spend less time cleaning and more time doing things you LOVE!
What are they? Any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry.
Where are they found? Skincare products such as lotions, scrubs, sprays, body and face wash, and even foods.
Pros & Cons? Parabens are tricky, because there actually is a PRO to this chemical. Parabens allow items like face wash, lotion, body wash, etc, to stay on your bathroom shelf for years, without growing bacteria. Most of us wouldn’t like the idea of rubbing bacteria-ridden lotion all over our bodies. So if you have a skincare product you’ve been holding onto for years, rest assured that if parabens are an ingredient, it is still fresh and ready to use. However; as with most chemicals that extend shelf life, there are a handful of CONS.
In 2004, a British study found traces of five parabens in the breast tissue of 19 out of 20 women studied. The study didn’t prove that parabens can cause cancer but identified that the parabens were able to penetrate the skin and remain within tissue. The fact that this chemical can stay under your skin for who knows how long doesn’t settle well with me!
Parabens are believed to disrupt hormone function by mimicking estrogen. Too much estrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumors, which is why paraben use has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.
So with parabens, I would err on the side of caution. There are so many safer substitutes and a handful of skincare brands who have promised not to use parabens in their products. If there are products available that are safer, why not use them instead of risking it?! Using products with parabens isn’t terrible in small quantities, but my advice would be to start slowly switching over your products that contain parabens, to paraben-free products for happier skin!
Safer Substitutes – Norwex offers a slew of skincare products, from soaps and lotion, to deodorant and eye creams!
Something that plagues most of us this time of year is the dry winter air! My kids are so fascinated by static electricity and how they can rub against something fabric and shock their siblings. While static electricity can be fun for kiddos, it is quite annoying when it disrupts the laundry process. How many of you go to grab clothes from the dryer to start folding and find they’re clinging together due to static electricity?! I know it was happening with our clothes ALL THE TIME during winters, until I started using…
DRYER BALLS! Even during the cold, dry winter months, these guys keep our clothes from clinging and make them super soft feeling, without having to use fabric softener. Also, they are high quality and last what seems like forever! I’ve had mine for years now, so it’s safe to say we’ve saved hundreds of dollars using dryer balls vs if we were to be using fabric softener. If you haven’t jumped on the dryer ball train yet, there’s no better time than now!!
I sing praises of joy every.single.time I submit a Norwex party for my hostesses. Why? Because closing a “cloth” party means a lot more than submitting some sales and more money in my bank account. Let me explain…
I joined Norwex 6.5 years ago with many fears:
“What do I do if no one will book parties?”
“Booking parties will be hard.”
“My friends are too set in their ways…they won’t see the value in this stuff.”
…and on and on they went in my head. Then I hosted MY own party and was floored at how many things Norwex gave me totally for free, simply because I was sharing this “cleaning with a cloth and water” new thing with my young, single income friends. As I continued to share Norwex one party at a time, I soon saw that each party is a HUGE gift and my limiting mindsets changed. It’s a gift to every guest for learning how to remove toxins from their homes in a FUN and relational way without a pressure imposed sales pitch. It’s a gift to the hostess for having the opportunity to share the mission with her friends and family and in the process, earn $100s in free products for her home (my typical hostess earns over $300 in product!!).
Here’s the deal. Friends don’t let friends clean with toxic chemicals. So if you carry fears that your house isn’t perfect or your friends won’t be into saving time, money, and improving their health, or whatever is holding you back, I promise you that at least ONE person will appreciate learning about Norwex and how it’s blessed you. If you have been considering hosting a Norwex party for year, or even just a week, I would LOVE to talk about how we can make that happen! I promise you won’t regret it.
If you are familiar with Norwex, you know the products strive to promote waste reduction. An amazing way I’ve found that helped my family drastically reduce our paper waste is… Norwex Napkins!!
While paper products are biodegradable, just think how many trees we go through as a country to keep up with this habit of consumption and disposal! An average American consumes around 2,200 paper napkins per year. 2,200 napkins multiplied by approximately 315 million Americans = 693 BILLION napkins/year. Holy smokes!!
Here is how YOU can make a small change that has a HUGE impact. If every person used just ONE LESS napkin per day, 1 billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills. Yes, 1 billion pounds! If giving up paper napkins sounds overwhelming to you, and you dread having to wash cloth napkins after every meal, not to fear!! Norwex Napkins contain BacLock. This means that after each use, these guys self-sanitize because of the embedded microsilver – killing bacteria & mildew so it can’t reproduce. How great is that?! Of course you should wash them occasionally, but a good shake down works wonders for removing crumbs, AND they dry quickly should they need a quick run under the faucet. My family washes ours after a few uses.
I can’t leave out this awesome fact – each set of 4 Norwex Napkins is made from 5 recycled plastic bottles! Even though they’re made from recycled material, these napkins come in 2 colors that can be dressed up or down, creating the perfect addition to your family dinner table!
Two lovely colors + BACLOCK + getting the job done (better than paper in my opinion) makes these nifty napkins your perfect all around solution! I encourage you to give them a try! If you don’t want to quit paper napkins cold turkey, start by having one paper napkin-less meal per day…it can make a huge difference for our earth!