Thursday, November 29, 2012

What the Heck are Enzymes?

This is something I've been meaning to research for quite some time.  Many of our cleaning products are enzyme based vs. manufactured chemicals.  So, lets figure out what these things are.  (In simple terms.  That's all I'm capable of.)

So, some research tells me that enzymes are a protein that acts as a catalyst.  They help reactions occur about one million times faster than they would without the enzyme.  The enzyme finds the organic material, breaks it down into smaller pieces and the smaller pieces are digested into carbon dioxide and water.  Once the enzyme can't find any more organic material to feed on, it stops working.

 Enzymes occur in nature and we're full of them, it turns out.  They help us digest our food and our blood to clot.  The key is finding the right enzyme for the job.  That is why Norwex has several different enzyme products for different purposes.

Norwex currently has the following enzyme products to help make cleaning easier and safer for you and your family:
Carpet Stain Buster
Oven & Grill Cleaner
Mattress Cleaner
Sportzyme
Odour Eliminator
Laundry Pre-Wash
Drain Care
Refresh

Enzyme products are good for 2 years after you open the bottle.  After that, they'll still work, they just won't be as effective.

Sources: http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/570enzymes.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002353.htm

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gift Ideas for Kids & Babies



Kids Toothbrush: The silver on the bristle base eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria commonly found on toothbrushes!  Available in light blue, green, pink, and dark blue.
Kids Mop - My current favorite kids product is the mop.  I got a kick out of it when it arrived.  It was far more feature rich than I had imagined.
~Telescoping handle 27.5" - 45.5"
~Dry mop pad (this is the polyester dry mop pad)
~Antibac wet mop pad (this is the same microfiber pad as the small adult mop uses)
~Head swivels front to back and side to side
~2 year warranty

With two small children, spills happen.  My kids get excited to grab his mop when water spills on the floor. 

Kids Cloth Package - This package includes kid sized Enviro Cloth, Window Cloth, and Green Dusting Mitt.  These are made the same as the ones you or I would use, but they're smaller and different colors.
Baby Hooded Towel Set - If you're looking for a great baby gift, consider the hooded towel & washcloth set!  These cloths are very soft and super absorbent. 
Kids Towel - If you have a bigger kiddo, consider the kids towel.  It's lightweight and super absorbent as well.  Take it to the pool and use it to dry the whole family off!  No more carrying a tote full of towels.

Need a gift idea for a grown up?  Check out these ideas!

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Top 10 Norwex Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming.  Your list is full of hard-to-shop-for-people.  What do you do?  Check out my list of top 10 Norwex gift ideas!  There's something for everyone here.  Norwex does have more than 10 items so you can check my website for other great ideas.  The links in the product descriptions below will take you to previous blog posts for the item so you can learn more about the products you're interested in.


#1 - Enviro Cloth:  This is a must have for every home.  You can clean 95+% of your home with this cloth using only water on it.  Not a fan of blue?  It also comes in yellow, green, and red (pink really).
#2 - Window Cloth: Once you remove the grease and grime from your windows, mirrors, faucets, stainless steel appliances, etc, use the Window cloth to dry the surface for a streak free shine.  No really, I'm not kidding.  Check out this post for more info on these first two items.  Want to save some money?  Buy the Basic Package which includes both the Enviro (blue) and Window cloths.

#3 - Dusting Mitt: Use it dry to easily dust all of your surfaces.  Use it damp to clean window screens.  The mitt is microfiber but has a higher pile than the Enviro cloth.  With the mitt on, it is easy to remove dust from even the oddest shaped objects.  And no more sprays that leave residues behind.  Want to save even more money?  Buy the Household Package which includes the Enviro cloth (green), window cloth, and dusting mitt.

#4 - Body Pack: How about a little pampering for yourself?  Or a friend or family member?  The body pack includes 3 cloths that are great for cleaning your face.  With just water!  How easy is that.  Simply your bedtime routine!  Body packs come in the vintage colors shown, neutral colors, and vibrant colors.
#5 - Naturally Timeless Lip Balm: This paraben-free lip balm includes organic aloe vera, coconut oil, and tea tree oil.  Can your current lip balm claim all that?  Check out the ingredients of your current lip balm.  You may be surprised what you find.  And not in a good way.
#6 - Cleaning Paste: This really should be higher on the list but I got tired of cleaning products at the top of a Christmas list.  While they are awesome cleaning products, it's good to pamper ourselves during the holidays too.  Anyway, this is another must have item for your house.  Excellent for glass top stoves, sinks, soap scum on shower doors and tub, cleaning grout, removing cleaning solution residue from stainless steel appliances, removing rust spots on flatware, and so much more.  I've had my cleaning paste since February, use it at home and at all my parties, and still have 3/4 of it left.  It lasts forever!

#7 - Superior Mop Set: This is one of the most coveted items in our catalog because of it's ease of use and how well it works.  The yellow pad is the superior dry mop pad.  This pad picks up all the fine dust that leaves streaks when you mop.  The blue pad is the wet pad.  Just get it damp with water and clean your floors like they have never been cleaned before.  You use just water so there is no residue left behind for your kids or pets to pick up when they walk across the floor.

#8 - Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent: Filler free, fragrance free, dye free.  If you have an HE machine, you need 1 tsp. of detergent to make your brights bright and your whites white.  With 1 tsp, you will get 276 loads from a bag.  That's $0.08 per load!  This also works in traditional washing machines, you just need a little more.
#9 - Dryer Balls:  Dryer sheets are full of all kinds of chemicals.  Then you dry your clothes with them and those chemicals coat your clothing.  Then you put the clothes up against your skin all day.  Your skin is the largest organ you have.  It absorbs all of those chemicals.  Think about how a nicotine patch works...  Norwex dryer balls are softer than other brands so they don't make the clunking noise in your machine.  They tumble with your clothes, lifting and separating so your cloths dry faster, saving you more money!

#10 - Descaler:  This is the product that really caught my husband's attention.  I cleaned our shower doors and our bathroom didn't stink for days afterwards.  This product is great for removing mineral build-up on shower doors, around sink faucets, on sink faucets, around sink drains, or from refrigerator drip trays under the water dispenser.
#11 - Mattress Cleaner: Alright, I know I said this was a top 10 list but then I thought of an 11th amazing product.  Our mattresses are full of dust mites.  And what do dust mites do?  They poop.  For many, this poop irritates their throats and this is what causes them to snore.  I've heard many many stories of people who got a better night of sleep thanks to the Mattress Cleaner.  The cleaner is an enzyme based cleaner.  You spray 10-12 sprays on a king size mattress every 3-4 months.  The enzymes eat the dust mites food source (dead skin cells) and poop.  This causes the dust mites to starve.  Then the mattress cleaner goes to work digesting the little bodies leaving you with a clean mattress.  Once the enzymes have done their work, they break down on their own.  Why not give the gift of better sleep!

Need a gift idea for a young person?  Check out these gift ideas!

I've thrown a lot of info at you here.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.  Any of these items can be purchased from my online website: christiesteinbock.norwex.biz
Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Basic Package - Dirty Dirty Windows

I've finally finished up my craft fair items for this weekend so hopefully things lighten up a bit.  There hasn't been much cleaning going on here lately so I'm looking through some old cleaning projects I didn't post before.

We had to get a new front door in August.  Shortly after that, we had to have the front step mudjacked.  The sidelight windows were DIRTY!  I showed you how Norwex microfiber removes butter from windows (and all the other greasy stuff in your kitchen), but what about dirt?

I grabbed my Enviro Cloth and got it wet with water.  Then I grabbed my dry Window Cloth.  That's it.  No spray bottles required.  (These two cloths can be purchased as a set called a Basic Package to save some $!)
I folded the Enviro Cloth twice to give me eight sides to work with.  I wiped down the window with my Enviro Cloth to remove the dirt and grime then wiped it with my dry Window Cloth to get a streak free shine!  Easy as that. 

If I had been feeling ambitious, I could have kept cleaning window with the same set of cloths.  Once all eight sides have been used, simply run the Enviro Cloth under running water.  Rub it against itself and wring out.  Now you're ready to continue cleaning windows, mirrors, counters, cabinets, woodwork, sinks, showers, toilets... you get the idea.

I just want to comment on the upcoming holidays.  Don't get me wrong I LOVE Christmas time but it's already starting to overwhelm me a bit.  October went by in such a blur and now we're well into November.  By now I usually have a list of who I need to buy for and some ideas of what I'm going to get them.  I'm hoping to get a handle on this over the weekend.  Anyway, Norwex makes an excellent gift.  My posts in the next couple of weeks will focus on some great gift ideas.  (The Basic Package makes a fantastic gift!)