Saturday, June 30, 2012

Enviro Cloth - Stained Antique Chair

This post is compliments of my friend Julia.  I love Julia's story.  She wouldn't come to my launch party because she just didn't do parties.  Well, her neighbor talked so much about how great Norwex is, that she decided to host a party.  Is she a believer now???  Absolutely!

Julia's party order arrived on Thursday.  She promptly went home and cleaned an antique chair  that her cat had been sick on over a year ago.

She had previously tried 409 carpet cleaner, hot water, a toothbrush, dish soap, and Shout and wasn't able to remove the spot.  You can probably imagine how she felt considering this was a family antique.

She used a damp Enviro Cloth (just water) and started scrubbing with the grain of the fabric.  She said she had to leave before she felt that it was done but when she returned home it was dry...

...and the stain was GONE!

Imagine how much better using just water is for the fabric of an antique chair than putting all of those chemicals on it.

The Enviro Cloth alone has been known to remove stains from carpet, clothing, and furniture.  With just WATER!  That is how amazing Norwex microfiber is.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Caring for Norwex Microfiber

Your Norwex microfiber clothes will come clean by washing them in your washing machine.  Using hot water to wash them is recommended but I'm a cold water kinda gal so I only wash mine in hot once in a great while.  BUT, there are times when you will want/need to do a deeper clean on them.  If you've seen the butter demo, you know just what the fibers are capable of picking up and holding onto to.
About every 6 months, or when they are feeling a little stiff, you'll want to throw them in a pot of boiling water.  You'll want a good rapid boil going before you throw them in.

Here is my nice clean water that I started with.

Boil them for 10 minutes.

I'm boiling my Enviro Cloth here.  I've had it since February and cleaned a lot of butter off of windows with it, in addition to a lot of kitchen and bathroom grime over the last few months.  It wasn't stiff or crunchy feeling, I just thought I should try this boiling thing that I keep telling people to do.

After 10 minutes, I removed it from the heat.  Once it a had cooled a bit, I rung it out and poured all the water back into my glass measuring cup.  The water wasn't so clear any more and had a dirty tint to it.

I threw the cloth in the wash and it did feel a little softer when it came out.  Boiling it helps release all of the oils and other grime that gets stuck in the fibers.

Sometimes Enviro Cloths get a little stinky after lots of use.  Here are some other things that have helped customers get their cloths clean.
1. Soak in vinegar for a few minutes before boiling.  This works really well if you have hard water, which can cause a mineral build-up in your clothes.
2. Fill a sink or bucket with hot water and dissolve Norwex Ultra Power Plus laundry detergent.  Use 1 scoop (2 Tbsp) for every 6 cups of water.  Make sure the cloths are completely submerged and have room to move in the water.  Agitate them a bit to get the soap into the fibers then soak for a minimum of 30 minutes or overnight.  Laundry as usual.

Here are the general Do's and Don'ts of Microfiber care:
~Do wash them when they start to smell or look dirty.
~Do wash with regular, non-linty, laundry with hot (preferred) or warm water.
~Do dry with regular, non-linty, laundry.
~Do rinse after each use with warm water.
~Do clean between washings with dish soap under warm water.
~Do rub cloth together to help clean spots.
~Do boil cloths for 1 minute to deep clean or to remove stains or odors.

~Do not wash or use with bleach.
~Do not wash with fabric softener.
~Do not wash in laundry with lots of lint (like towels).
~Do not use with household cleaners or soap (prevents antibacterial silver from working).

As always, if you have any other questions regarding the care of your cloths, feel free to contact me.

Ink Pen on Microfiber Couch

My friend's adorable son took an ink pen to her microfiber couch.  She put an SOS on facebook.


Norwex to the rescue!

I first used a wet Enviro Cloth to scrub the spot.  That took most of it out.  Then I used a Micro Cleaning Hand Pad to finish the job.  The only thing left behind was a wet spot, which dried beautifully.

Dusting Mitt - Window Screens

There is a small creek that runs behind our house and there are a lot of trees along the creek.  Many of them are Cottonwood trees so it "rains" white, fluffy stuff for a couple of weeks in late spring.  Of course, this white, fluffy stuff is attracted to our window screens.

Thankfully I have a Dusting Mitt!  I got it a little damp and wiped away.  The cotton balled up then wiped off with the mitt.  As you can see from the dirty mitt, I also removed a fair amount of dust from the screen.  The Dusting Mitt has a higher pile than the Enviro Cloth so it gets into the screen better.

One screen down, too many more left...  Maybe tomorrow. :)

Carpet Stain Buster - Old Spots in Carpet

We moved into this house nearly 3 years ago.  When we moved in, there were several black spots on the carpet in D's room (and not in a place I could place a piece of furniture either). I don't know what they were but they were awfully black so my guess was Sharpie marker.

I used a couple of different carpet cleaners to remove them with no luck.  We had the carpets professionally cleaned with no luck so I figured they were going to be with us until we replaced the carpet.  

Last week I decided to give the Norwex Carpet Stain Buster a try.  I sprayed the spots, let them sit for 5 min and then used the Enviro Cloth to scrub.  I repeated that process a couple of times and each time the spots got lighter and lighter.

You can barely see what was left of the biggest spot after 3 rounds with the Carpet Stain Buster and Enviro Cloth.

Next I got a Norwex Micro Hand Pad and scrubbed for a minute with that.  Poof!  Gone!  I was so thrilled.  I didn't think anything would remove those spots!

Cleaning Paste - Grout Cleaner

OK, one last post with Cleaning Paste, for now anyway.

I noticed the grout in our shower was a little dingy.  Ok, more than a little I guess.  (It's been a while since it's been cleaned.  Not one of my favorite chores.)

I thought I'd give the Cleaning Paste a go at it.  I got a little bowl of water, an old tooth brush and my cleaning paste.  I dipped the tooth brush in the water and then swiped up a bit of the Cleaning Paste.

After a little scrubbing, it looked like this!

I continued around the shower and found this. Ick!  This decorative tiling starts just a couple of feet from the floor so you have to get on your hands and knees and purposely look under the tiling "ledge" to see it.

A little Cleaning Paste and a bit of scrubbing and it looked like this!  Gunk is all gone.

There is a little ledge as we step into the shower.  I found this all along the ledge.

Cleaning Paste took care of it!

Cleaning Paste - Rust Spots on Silverware

I keep thinking I'm done posting about Cleaning Paste and then I find another great use for it!

Our silverware frequently get rust spots on them.  I often ignore them and then we have friends or family over for dinner and I'm checking each piece of flatware for rust spots before putting it on the table.  Eventually I decide enough is enough and get the Bar Keepers Friend out and go to town removing the spots.

I keep the Bar Keepers Friend on a high shelf in the pantry (to keep the kids safe) inside of a plastic bag so the white powder doesn't end up everywhere.  It's kind of a pain for me to get it out, hence the reason for so many rust spots.

I decided to try the Cleaning Paste on my silverware instead (which is under my sink so very easy to access).  I got my Enviro Cloth damp, wiped some cleaning paste onto it, and went to town.  It was just as easy to get the spots off with the Cleaning Paste as it was with the Bar Keepers Friend!

Let's compare ingredients.  Cleaning Paste contains marble flour, natural soap, and traces of coconut oil.  It is not poisonous.  You can eat it and not have to go to the ER.  Bar Keepers Friend is made of oxalic acid.   A little research shows that oxalic acid is poisonous.  You will get very sick and could die from eating it.  Thankfully, Cleaning Paste does the same job so I can now throw the Bar Keepers Friend away!  One more thing I don't have to worry about my kids getting into AND I just freed up more space in the pantry.  Love it!

Sanira Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Last week I mentioned that I'd talk more about the Norwex toilet bowl cleaner.  Exciting, huh?  Have you ever actually read the back of your toilet bowl cleaner bottle?  Did you know you are supposed to use 6 oz. to disinfect your toilet?  And you wouldn't dream of leaving it somewhere that your kids could get into it.

Here is a quick $$$ comparison.  The Norwex Sanira Refill costs $18.99.  If you cleaned 2 toilets/week with it, it would last 1 year.  I checked the price of toilet bowl cleaner at the store yesterday.  The average bottle cost $1.97.  To clean 2 toilets/week, a bottle will last 2 weeks.  That's it, 2 weeks!  So, at 2 bottles a month, you end up spending $47.28/year on toilet bowl cleaner.  Now think about adding 24 bottles of toilet bowl cleaner to the nearest landfill.  Oh, and don't forget, you need to leave it sit in there for 10 min. before it really does anything.  Oh, and don't let the kids get a hold of that bottle, it's poisonous.  Oh, and it takes 30 days for the solution to break down.

The Norwex Sanira toilet cleaning solution is vegetable based and not poisonous.  Yes, your kids could eat it and you wouldn't have to rush them to the ER.  The solution breaks down within 48 hrs.  The refill is on the right hand side of the picture above.  It fits into the bottom of the brush system.  You simply press down on the brush for 4 seconds and that causes the solution to enter the brush.  You're ready to go to town!  For a year! (Unless you clean more than 2 toilets/week.)

I have been using it and it works great.  At least as good as the other stuff from the store.  I was using Clorox Tough Stain Remover because we have some build-up along the water line in our toilets.  The Clorox didn't work on that.  I think it's probably lime so I'm going to try the descaler on that sometime.  (I'm just not a fan of getting close to the toilet so I haven't tried it yet.)

One common complaint with this system is the design of the brush.  It's flat on the bottom which takes some getting used to.  But, it doesn't contain any metal parts.  I know many people who have had theirs for at least 2 years and the brush is still like new.  The bristles are designed to shed water to avoid bacteria growth.  The solution is also safe for use with septic systems.

A Challenge

Have you ever actually read the back of one of your favorite household cleaners?  About the only thing I had ever read was whether or not I could use a chemical on a certain surface.  After I attended my first Norwex party, I came home and grabbed the bottle of Mr. Clean Multi-Surfaces Antibacterial Spray that I used often.  It says: "For hard, nonporous surfaces, spray until thoroughly wet.  To Sanitize: Let stand 5 minutes before wiping.  To Disinfect: Let stand 10 minutes before wiping."  Huh?!?  Then to remove any remaining chemical residue, I have to use a wet cloth and wipe them again.  That's a lot of work to get my counters clean every day.  And, I have to make sure that my kids stay away from it and I have to remember to actually come back and wipe it up.  Oh, all the while breathing in the lovely fumes it's giving off.  Did you know that indoor air is actually more polluted than outdoor air?  This is largely in part to our favorite household cleaners.

Then there is the section about what to do if I get it on my skin.  I'm supposed to "rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes."  Yeah, that's what I want to spend my day doing.

I think I'll reach for my enviro cloth instead.

Another fascinating bottle to read is your toilet bowl cleaner.  Did you know you're supposed to use 6 oz. of cleaner each time you clean the toilet?  That means you get 4 uses out of one bottle!  (Next week I plan to write more about this.)

A little challenge for the week: Go and read a couple of your favorite household cleaners.  You'll be surprised at what you find.  I guarantee it.

The Mop

The mop is one of the most popular Norwex items.  It is also the most expensive single item we sell BUT it is loaded with features.  I'll confess, I don't mop often and had yet to mop my floor with my Norwex mop.  So I finally gave it a test drive last week.  I started with the superior dry mop pad.  It sticks to the base with just velcro.  
I put the base all to way to one end of the pad so I had a couple inches of dry pad to dust my baseboards as I swept.

The dry pad is made of microfiber and great at picking up all the fine dust that will cause streaks if left behind.

Some of the dirt from my floor.  Lovely.

I then used the rubber brush to brush the dirt and debris into the garbage can.  The dry pad looked clean again so I just hung it in the closet until next time.
Then I got out the wet pad and ran it under a little water, just enough to get it damp.  The wet pad is also antibacterial microfiber, like an enviro cloth.

You can see the sticky spots on the floor.  I'm assuming it was lemonade.

Again, I put the base on all the way to one side.  This gives me space for my toe to add a little extra scrubbing pressure to any spots on the floor.

This is what the wet pad looked like when I was all done.  Hmmm.  I should probably mop more often.

And somewhere on this section of floor is where the sticky spots were.  Yay!  They're gone!

Here is what else the mop does very well.  The pads have good corners for getting into all the nooks and crannies.

The handle lays flat making it easy to clean under your furniture.

The handle can also be easily adjusted from 39 inches to 63 inches long.

There is a lock feature on the mop so the head doesn't swivel from side to side.  This is great for cleaning walls.  Or there are the Mop Base Brackets (sold separately) that allows you to put an Enviro Cloth or Window Cloth on the base so you can clean windows that are higher up.

It's easy to see why this mop is loved by so many!

The mop comes in two sizes.  The Large Superior Mop Starter is  6" x 19".  A great size if you have a lot of flooring to clean.  If you have a smaller section of flooring to clean, you can probably get by with the Superior Mini Mop which is  5" x 12".

Cleaning Paste - Glass Stove Top - Pictures

I know I already did a post about using Cleaning Paste on glass stove tops but today I have pictures!  Last night, a pot of pasta water boiled over.  I decided to add to the mess.  I boiled more water today but added some butter and white cooking wine to it.  While it was boiling, I dropped some shredded cheese right on the burner.  When all was said and done, I had a stinky house and a really messy burner.  Perfect for a demo!


First I used my Enviro Cloth to wipe off the grease and burnt on chunks.

Then I got out the Cleaning Paste and Kitchen Scrub Cloth.  I cleaned the right half for a little side-by-side comparison.

Finally, I finished the job.  It looks beautiful again!  It did take me about two minutes of scrubbing but keep in mind what I did to that burner.  Hopefully your messes are this big.

Cleaning Paste - The Kitchen Sink

I keep thinking that I've posted my last Cleaning Paste post but then I find something else that really needs cleaning and provides some great before and after pictures (fortunately/unfortunately).

I have a stainless steel kitchen sink.  I used to use some smelly spray to get the grime off.  Now I just use a little Cleaning Paste. Here is what it looked like before.  Yuck!  (My excuse is that I wanted a good before picture.)

A little Cleaning Paste and 10 seconds later, I had this.  Notice all the grime has been transferred to the Enviro Cloth!

The other side of my sink is where the dishes dry.  This side somehow always ends up grimy as well, especially the drain area.  Gross!

A little more cleaning paste and another 10 seconds and voila!  Gunk is gone!

I did a home demo at a friend's house a few weeks ago.  She had a black sink that she thought was pretty clean.  I took my handy dandy Enviro Cloth with a little Cleaning Paste and wiped part of the sink.  She was surprised to see the grime on the Enviro Cloth.  If you have a white sink, the Cleaning Paste & Enviro Cloth combo gets most of the gunk stuck in the scratches and makes it white again.

Wedding Season

Wedding season is upon us.  We've already been to one wedding and have two more to go this year.  Some of you may have bridal/wedding showers to plan.  Have you considered a Norwex bridal/wedding shower?  I haven't done one of these yet but I have heard that they are quite fun and the bride and groom end up with new bathroom towels and organic skin care products in addition to some great cleaning products!

In addition to the gifts the couple receives from their friends and family, they also become the party hosts and receive all hosting benefits!  Their new home will be set!

Cleaning Paste - Silver Polish?

Let me start off by saying that the catalog says Cleaning Paste should not be used on brass or silver due to the possibility of scratching.  BUT, I tried it this morning after another consultant used it to clean a silver vase.  It worked wonders! (**Always try on an inconspicuous spot first.)

I have this beautiful silver frame that's been sitting on display with D's pictures in it.  Over the last few years it has tarnished and I didn't have anything to clean it with.  Until now!  I used a damp Enviro Cloth with Cleaning Paste for most of it.  Then I found my cleaning toothbrush to get in the grooves.  I then used a clean part of the Enviro Cloth to wipe it off and the Window Cloth to polish it.  It sounds like a lot of steps but it really only took a couple of minutes.  I spent far more time looking for the toothbrush!

Back to Basics

Most people who own any Norwex products have the Enviro Cloth and the Window Cloth.  These can be bought as a set, called a Basic Package, to save you $.  One of my favorite demos is to smear butter on a window and use just a wet Enviro Cloth and Window Cloth to clean it and make it streak free.  Today I did a comparison of the Enviro Cloth and Window Cloth combo vs. Windex & paper-towels.

First I used butter to write a big 'N', for Norwex and a big 'W' for Windex on the window.

 I sprayed the 'W' with Windex (yes, I still have a bottle to fix scratches in DVDs) and used a paper towel to wipe it off.  It left a nifty greasy layer that I was able to write "Hi" into.

Then I got out my trusty Enviro Cloth.  I got it wet with water and rung it out.  I spent a few seconds wiping off all the butter.  I followed that with a wipe down from the Window Cloth and viola!  One grease free (and finger print free and toddler slobber free) window!  For the grand finale, I went into the bathroom and wiped down the mirror with the same cloths.  It's beautiful as well.
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The Enviro Cloth is the only cleaner I use in the kitchen any more.  The rest when to the hazardous waste collection that Johnston did last month.  I use it to clean counters, cabinets, stove, microwave, and sink.  Pair it with the Window Cloth and my stainless steel appliances and faucets have a nice streak free shine. 

But, how can I be disinfecting with water?  Well, the microfiber is so fine (1/100 the size of a human hair) and woven in a way that it easily picks up all the bacteria and then holds on to it. It either gets rinsed out and goes down the drain or it's held in the cloth until the silver embedded into the cloth suffocates it (within 24hrs.)  To do the same thing with any other cleaner, I would have to spray it on, leave it sit for 10 min, wipe it off, then wipe it again with a damp cloth to remove the spray from the counter.  (I do not kid about this.  Go read the back of your favorite cleaning product.)  Do you have that kind of time and dedication?  I certainly don't.

Cleaning Paste - Lasts Forever

One last post about Cleaning Paste for a while.  Those who have used it, LOVE it.  It is not cheap but it will last you a very long time.  My direct upline has been using hers for her home and her 4-6 parties/month for over a year now.  She probably has 1/3 of it left.  She uses if far more often than the average person so, yours will last you for what seems like forever.  It will not dry out as it only becomes a paste when you wipe some up with a damp cloth.

Here is a picture of mine to this point.  I've had it for two months now.  I've used it on my glass-top stove, stainless steel appliances, kitchen sink, and bathtub.  I've also done several demos with it and have hardly made a dent in it.

Cleaning Paste - #@$% Glass-top Stove

One of my favorite Norwex products is the Cleaning Paste.  Prior to attending my first Norwex party, I had given up on cleaning my flat-top stove.  It frustrated me to no end.  I had tried the creamy cleaning stuff that came with it.  I poured it on thick so it would stay wet on the stove for hours and then tried scrubbing.  That failed.  I tried baking soda, leaving it sit on there wet for at least 4 hours.  That failed.  The gray burner lines were slowly disappearing under a layer of burnt on grime but I had given up.  My next move was to use a razor blade but I was afraid that would permanently remove the gray lines so I decided it was better to have them there but not visible, than to accidentally remove them forever.

Then I got the Cleaning Paste and Kitchen Scrub Cloth at A's party.  I found those gray lines again!  Don't get me wrong, it took some scrubbing.  BUT it took less scrubbing with Norwex to get the gunk off than it did with the others to still have a layer remaining.  I went to a friend's house yesterday morning and showed her how the Cleaning Paste could remove the burnt on cheesy sauce from her stove.  She was impressed at how well it worked and there were no chemicals involved.  I wish I had taken pictures because that burnt on cheesy sauce showed up well on the black stove top but I didn't think of it at the time.  So, you'll have to settle for the next best thing, one of the spots on the Kitchen Scrub Cloth.

To get the cloth clean, I put some Norwex Dishwashing Liquid on it, rubbed the spot with another part of the cloth and threw it in the wash.  Now that spot is gone too!