By now, you may have surmised that I am a minimalist at heart. Clearly I derive little to no satisfaction shopping or adding non-consumables to my home and the homes of my clients. With that insight into my psyche, you will understand how rare it is for me to get enthusiastic enough about a product or product line for me to share with you.
Recently, I have become a fan of Norwex and their eco-friendly line of products. I have always used personally and environmentally safe cleaning products, mostly home-made. However, over the last few years with changes in newspaper ink and suspected watering down of vinegar, my tried and true method for cleaning mirrors and windows was letting me down. One day I asked the owner of Executive Choice Cleaning, a premium home cleaning company serving the Portland, Oregon metro area which uses strictly environmentally sensitive products, to share her secret. She responded with a sample microfiber cloth and a silky cloth. I have to congratulate her on her savvy business technique. The products sold themselves. No other microfiber I have used in the past compared.
As instructed, I put a little water on the microfiber to clean all the goop off my bathroom mirror followed by a few swipes with the silky cloth. Honestly, after months of frustrating smears, I was literally jumping up and down with excitement. So much so, that I immediately ordered a set of these cloths for myself and had a set sent to my daughter in Texas. When I told my daughter what I had done, she chided me for all the raves because I had also been giddy about the dry and wet mop heads that I had previously purchased from Norwex. She asked how I could fall prey to marketing from an online sales company-- yada yada yada.
Fast forward to the day that her products arrived. The texts started flowing in with too many expletives to include as testimonials on the Executive Choice website about how "freaking" [mom edited] clean her surfaces looked and "holy sheet" [paraphrased by mom] her mirrors and glass were gleaming just as I had promised. The best part, no chemicals or cleaners were involved.
Okay, I guess I need to preface that by saying no chemicals were involved during the cleaning. Yes, the microfibers are a blend of polyester and polyamides which are petrochemicals. Most of my cleaning cloths are cotton diapers and cotton socks which are definitely not suitable on glass without leaving streaks and bits of lint.
In a previous blog, "Put That Mouse on a Diet," you may have seen the deconstruction that has been occurring in my home after a water leak. Once the drywall was removed, I vacuumed my floors and they looked oh so clean until I received my Norwex dry mop head and ran it through my kitchen. The orange-yellow head was literally black when I finished. So much for thinking vacuumed floors are clean. Now imagine how awful the blue wet mop head looked. Again, not pretty and only a little water was used to dampen the head.
At only 1/200th the size of a strand of human hair, Norwex Microfiber is one of the most innovative products in the cleaning industry today. When combined with the unique knitting process, the microfiber becomes a highly effective cleaning agent and can hold up to seven times its weight in matter.
Unlike cotton cloths that will simply spread the dirt, grease and other particles around, their trademark Antibac* microfiber lifts these particles up into the cloth and away from the surface. Once inside the cloth, the microsilver in the cloth goes to work with self-purification properties against mold, fungi, bacteria and odor, leaving your home clean and sanitized with no added chemicals!
If you would like to learn more about Norwex and how to reduce chemicals in your home, please visit their website here.
To purchase Norwex and for special offers only available on this website, please contact ThePracticalSort.com.
As for me, my phosphate and filler-free Norwex laundry detergent arrived a few days ago which I have not had a chance to try yet. Admittedly it is expensive; however, about a teaspoon is used for each load as it is highly concentrated, so I suspect this bag should last for many loads. It will be worth it if my whites are no longer dingy gray and my colors are free from white residues.
My 20+ year old cutting boards are barely hanging on, so their rice husk-based cutting board will be next on the order list.
Still don't think cleaning can be fun or you simply despise cleaning? Then I strongly encourage you to contact Executive Choice Cleaning. I promise that you will be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, meticulous, and thorough home cleaning company. And if you cannot begin to fathom getting your home clean because it is in disarray, contact ThePracticalSort.com and we'll get you sorted right away.
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