I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning around my apartment over the last several weeks, most of which involves getting rid of old clothes, organizing my desk, and lazily adding more stuff to my storage area. One chore I tend to neglect the most is dusting, which is pretty bad since I live next to some train tracks and the windowsills get very dusty from debris when the windows are open.
I completely forgot that Deja sent… Continue reading
Dryer sheets are one product I am so happy to have replaced in my household. I used to use them because I hated pulling static filled clothes out of the dryer, but as I read more about the dangers of dryer sheets, I began to realize it just wasn’t worth the risk.
Sure, dryer sheets & liquid fabric softeners eliminate static & make our clothes smell like “spring breezes” and “ocean winds” – and as I’ve said before,… Continue reading
When Deja sent me some Norwex samples to review, I was most excited to try the Makeup Removal cloths. She claimed that these cloths would remove makeup with just water, which might have been the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard. As someone who has spent a small fortune trying to find a face wash that removes dirt and makeup without a bunch of harsh chemicals that dry out my skin or leave an oil slick,… Continue reading
What is Earth Day?
It’s quite simple really; each year on April 22, people around the world join together to celebrate nature, get educated on environmental issues and learn how to live greener lives!
Earth Day began with a bang in 1970 as a nationwide protest and has since evolved into a global phenomenon, with thousands of events and initiatives engaging millions of people and spurring additional action.
One of the main goals and purposes of Norwex is improving our… Continue reading
It shocked me to see that so many Pledge products received a “D” rating from the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, particularly the Pledge Dust & Allergen Dry Cloths. What can be so dangerous about a pack of cloths that are designed to grab dust?
A lot, it turns out…
It’s interesting that these cloths are supposed to… Continue reading
If you’ve read my review for the Norwex Sanira System for toilet cleaning, you know it is one of my absolute favorite products. Toilet cleaning is so easy to ignore, but it doesn’t take much to accumulate some seriously grody scum inside that bowl.
There are SO many toilet cleaning products out there, and many of them are made of strong, harsh chemicals. These companies have us convinced that since it involves bathroom waste, only the roughest, toughest products… Continue reading
I get MANY emails from customers asking varied questions on the same theme, “How to do I wash my Norwex microfiber?”. Norwex has it’s own, certified laundering rules, but these instructions are quite short and to the point, and not fully comprehensive.
So for those of you who need a little more, I’ve also written up a “Deja’s Instructions for Washing Norwex Microfiber” list, that is casual, detailed, and rambling…
… hopefully it is helpful.
But first, the official… Continue reading
Here is the beautiful 2013 Norwex Catalog!
(Sorry it’s 2 months late…)
Click on each of the images below, and it will take you to the online “flipbook” version.
Please note that you are not able to order from the online catalog page – it is simply a lovely visual for you to leaf through. If you would like to order any of the products you see in the catalog, you can do so at DejaPeterson.norwex.biz or you can contact… Continue reading
The other day I discussed a few steps on greening up your kitchen, and now it’s time for another room that uses a lot of water and energy – the bathroom!
Between excessive hot water use, kids who forget to shut off the light, and the need to regularly clean and sanitize the sink and tub to keep everyone healthy, it’s no surprise that a good portion of our energy costs come from the bathroom. If you’re curious… Continue reading
If you have hard water in your home, you know it loves to leave hard water stains – nasty brown or white spots and soap scum on your bathtub, sinks, and clothes, making everything twice as hard to keep clean. Hard water occurs from a high concentration of dissolved minerals – usually calcium, magnesium, & iron – that are picked up by it on the way to (and from) the processing plant. It can be a real pain to constantly… Continue reading
If you have children or pets, you know that everything goes in their mouths. It’s nearly impossible to keep everything out of their hands and paws, and yet so many of us clean our homes – including our floors – with strong chemical cleaners. If your kids are crawling around or keep their toys on a freshly mopped floor, you know those chemicals will eventually land in their mouth, in their eyes, and all over their skin.
That’s why… Continue reading
I am always pondering what steps I can take to make every room in my home healthier. One of the most important rooms for this, in my opinion, is the kitchen. It’s where I prepare food that nourishes me, my husband, and my children, so why wouldn’t I want to take extra care when deciding on utensils and other items?
Of course this is always a work in progress since I am always learning more, but here are a few… Continue reading
Laundry might be my least favorite chore. With four kids, you can probably understand why. I’ve also never been a huge fan of the smell of laundry detergent, and I’m mildly worried about the wear-and-tear it caused on my clothes and how the ingredients affected my skin. I know detergents like Tide Ultra Powder Detergent and other brands are supposed to help prolong the life of your clothes, but when the Environmental Working Group rates Tide with a big fat… Continue reading
The EASY-OFF Fume Free Oven Cleaner gets a big ole’ “F” rating from the EWG, despite claims that it is free of harsh and toxic fumes. Ingredients such as ethanolamine, paraffin, and propane lead to health concerns such as asthma and respiratory problems, skin irritation,… Continue reading
I will be the first to admit that I use bleach on occasion, particularly when my kids have the pukin’ flu, but as far as anything else goes, it is not a product I like to keep or use regularly in my home.
I know many of us, especially Moms, think bleach is the miracle cleaner that kills everything and sanitizes our home to the safest standards possible. Unfortunately, it’s not. Not only are there a lot of myths… Continue reading
I’ve talked to a lot of readers, friends, and even Norwex users who say they want to “go green,” but are completely overwhelmed by the idea of it. I get it! I’ve totally been there. Between natural cleaners, energy-efficient lightbulbs, plug-in vehicles, recycling plastics, and vegan recipes, there are a million things you can do, and figuring out where to start is quite possibly the biggest hurdle. The good news is that you don’t have to do everything… Continue reading
Are you aware of the health dangers of fragrance?
If you’ve ever climbed to the top of a mountain, swam in a freshwater spring or stood outside in the rain, you know none of these things smell like laundry detergent. So why do so many of us rely on these scents to know our home and laundry are “clean?”
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that “mountain fresh” laundry detergent is not made of scents derived… Continue reading
Norwex has a whole line of bath & body microfiber, and the most popular (and my personal favorites) would have to be the Norwex face cloths – the Body Pack Cloths & the Makeup Removal Cloths. You can read my reviews of them here, and here, but in a nutshell, these cloths completely clean & exfoliate your skin with JUST WATER – no soaps or cleansers needed.
I often get emails from customers asking, “So, what’s… Continue reading
Today’s post in our “Use This, Not That” series is going skin deep. That’s right, we’re talking about face wash – particularly the ever-so-popular Clearasil Ultra Daily Face Wash – rated HIGH on the Environmental Working Group’s health concern list – and how to keep your skin fresh and clean without coating it in chemicals.
This post kicks off a new series here on the Healthy Home Cleaning blog – “Use This Not That!” I’m going to be tackling a list of some of the most dangerous household cleaners (found here) and giving a rundown on everything you need to know about the harsh chemicals in them, along with information on which Norwex product will do the same job safely and efficiently. How’s that sound? Good? Good!