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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Silvercare Toothbrush

What is the one thing we use several times a day and probably do not think much about?  Give up?  It's our toothbrush that slender little thing that some of us keep in our purses, some in their lunch box and of course, we all have one in our bathrooms.  (Personally I don't carry one with me unless of course I am travelling).

But, have you ever wondered what's really on your toothbrush?  Bet, you haven't!

I learned recently that our toothbrush is like a small petri dish! (This next section is not for the faint hearted, truly quite disgusting what we put in our mouths).  Why?  Well one thing it lives in an outhouse (bathroom). Microbes from your toilet may be atomized and sprayed up to 20 feet when you flush if the lid is not down. Excess toothpaste left on your brush is an invitation for bacteria to join in. I was shocked to lean that some bacteria and viruses could survive for a week on a toothbrush.  Yep!  Such things as herpes simplex virus, influenza, and streptococcus, which leads to gum disease are just a few of the germs and bacteria that can lay in wait on your toothbrush.

So how do we promote good toothbrush hygiene?

  • First of all never share your toothbrush with anyone
  • Clean and dry your toothbrush after every use and store it upright in an open container and keep it in the medicine cabinet.  If sharing a container with others do not let the bristles touch
  • Brushing with a hard bristles can harm teeth and gums.  Use a softer brush and brush gently.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or whenever the bristles appear warn or splayed.

And last but not least contact your nearest Norwex Consultant and ask for one of their fantastic Silvercare toothbrushes!  Why?  I hear you say:

So how does the  fabulous Silvercare toothbrush work?  
The Silver Care toothbrush has bristles embedded in the unique pure silver-plated head.  On contact with water the silver head release active ions that reduce the bacteria that otherwise remains on traditional toothbrushes.  This antibacterial process is natural and continuous.

Silvercare is the only antibacterial  toothbrush.  It's natural, the process by which the pure silver, on contact with water, releases active ions that eliminate the bacteria that instead remain on normal toothbrushes.  So, every time we brush our teeth with Silvercare, it's like using a hygienically pure toothbrush.

The heads are available in soft and medium and RRP is $24.50

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Leather Shine

Our Leather Shine formula will naturally clean, restore and beautify your leather without the use of manmade waxes or harmful chemicals.  Great for boots, purses, belts, leather gloves, baseball mitts, saddles or anything else made of leather.  Made with pure bee and carnauba wax and lanoline, this product penetrates leather to restore the natural oils, waterproofs, moisturizes and protects.  Can also be used on rubber and hard plastic to restore luster.

 Dispense a drop of the balm with the sponge (black surface) and apply it on the leather surface.  Turn the sponge and polish until glossy with the opposite side.  Do not use on suede leather.

Bees Wax
This is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees

Carnauba Wax
Also called brazil wax and pal wax, is a wax of the leaves of the palm Copemicia prunifera

Comes from squeezing the sheep's harvested wool between rollers.  Lanolin's role in nature is to protect the wool and skin against the ravages of climate and environment - it also seems to play a role in hygience.

Vegetable Oil
This product is derived from plants

Is made from petroleum.  It is used as a lubricant

Glycerine is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture.  Glycerine is obtained from fats and oils during soap and fatty acid production.  It is non toxic and has no known environment effects

Parfume Oil
Is a mixture of fragrant essential oils/or aroma compounds

I love using this product on my daughters school shoes where they continually come home scuffed.  Fabulous to use on leather couches (especially restoring old couches and rejuvenating the original colour) - see below.

The results speak for itself!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Did you know .....

People are discovering fabric softeners are some of the most toxic products made for daily household use.  They contain chemicals (like chlorofilm, benzyl/acetate and pentane) that are known to cause cancer and/or damage to lungs, brain and nerves.  These chemicals are even more dangerous when heated in clothes dryers.  The toxic fumes then go into the neighborhood air and everyone for blocks around is forced to breath them in.

Fabric softener chemicals are made to stay in clothes fibre and slowly release for a very long time.  That slow release of chemicals into the air affects the health of whose wearing the clothes and of people around them.  Some symptons caused by fabric softener fumes are, tiredness that is not cured by resting, difficulty breathing, nervousness for no known reason, difficulty concentrating and remembering, dizziness, headaches, sick stomach, feeling faint.

Looking for a solution.  Try out Norwex Magnet Ball.  Comes with a 5 year warranty. 

How and why does the Magnet Ball work?

Hard water is water containing a high level of calcium, magnesium and other minerals.  Hard water reduces the cleansing power of soap and produces scale in hot water lines and appliances.

The idea of the Magnet Ball is that by passing water through a magnetic field, the calcium and magnesium ions are altered in such a way that they lose their ability to cause scale.  Although the water is not technically soft, it has the useful properties of soft water, which has a number of benefits;  it won't reduce the effectiveness of your laundry soap, or dishwasher detergent, and is effective in reducing scale buildup in your pipes,which improves energy efficiency and reduces cost. The Magnet Ball tricks your hard water into thinking it's soft!

Doug Greene from Magnetizer Industrial Technologies, Inc. says:

"I would agree that ion exchange reduces hardness from a chemical standpoint and magnetic water treatment does not remove hardness; however, magnets reduce the impact of the hardness minerals which is why magnetic water "acts" like soft water, since the negative effects of the minerals are controlled.

The fact remains that salt softening brine discharge has been banned in many areas due to the negative environmental impact and more and more plumbers are offering magnetic treatment systems as an environmentally sensitive alternative."

Can I use the Magnet Ball in a front loading washing machine?
Magnet Balls are NOT recommended for front load washing machines for a couple of reasons...

1. They actually aren't necessary as front load washers already require such a small amount of soap and the amount of water passing through your machine is minimal
2. There is some concern that because of the way the water circulates in a front loader, that they could possibly damage the inside of the drum OR the glass on the door.

Are there any other places that I can use the Magnet Ball besides my washing machine?

The Magnet Ball can also be used dishwashers (on the bottom shelf), toilet tanks (to reduce hard water build up in your toilet bowl), and I have even heard of some people who use them in their tub while drawing a bath!  Reduce the amount of diswasher powder by half and eliminate Rinse Aid from your wash cycle as you will find the magnet ball does a fabulous job.

Do I need to clean my Magnet Ball?

Yes, it is a good idea to periodically clean the inside of your Magnet Ball. This is especially important if any member of your family works in an industrial  setting, where they may get metal filings in or on their clothes (eg. welders).  The Magnet Ball will draw these out of the water and into it's center, and unless the ball is cleaned out, these metal filings will rust.  To clean your Magnet Ball, simply run a microfibre cloth through the center hole of the ball a number of times, until you notice it is coming out clean.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Norwex Mattress Cleaner

Wow what a winner of a product!

When your mattress isn't clean, on a microscopic level, it can look like a swarm of bees around your head when you sleep.  Dust Mites are the culprit!  While perhaps not the only cause, these little critters can cause snoring problems and breathing difficulties when sleeping.

There are 15 different species of mites that have been found living with us in our homes.  Just one ounce of common house dust can host as many as 42,000 dust mites.  Approximately 10 million dust mites live in a bed, 8 million in a mattress and 2 million in a pillow.  We never sleep alone.

The primary food source of dust mites is dead skin cells from humans (which accounts for approximately 80% of the dust in a home).  They also eat fungus that grows on rotting dead skin.

Dust mites and their faeces can become airborne simply from walking across carpet, sitting on furniture cushions, climbing into bed or moving a pillow while sleeping

Inhaled faecal matter can lead to eye-ear-nose=-throat infections, headaches, fatigue, depression, sleep difficulties, snoring and respiratory illnesses such as sinusitis, allergies and asthma attacks.

So you want some help?
First you must understand that dust mites cannot be completely eliminated from indoor environments.  It is possible however, to effectively control their numbers with regular use of the Norwex Mattress Cleaner!

How it works:
Norwex Mattress Spray contains the dormant or resting stage of live bacteria.  When they find a good source, and other growing conditions are right, the bacteria become active and they will grow.  To eat they produce enzymes that are in a type of protein.  It is the enzymes they produce while eating that break down accumulated dust mites, dust mite faecal matter, pet dander, dead skin cells, or any organic matter which causes unpleasant odours, allowing this matter to be consumed,

They will continue to consume this material until all organic matter is removed, converting it into carbon dioxide and water.  Once there is nothing left for them to feed on, they disintegrate.  Similar to our other ├źnzyme-based"or microbial products, our Mattress Cleaner does not "kill"anything (including dust mites).  It works by eating up all of the organic matter that the dust mites would feed on, as well as the accumulated dust mite bodies and faecal matter.  No food = no more growth of mites.....at least for a while.....until there is more food.  The overgrowtth of the good bacteria at the expense of the dust mites is called competitive inhibition.  We simply add enough "good guys"to be sure they out compete the "bad guys"

The spray is safe for children and pets because there is nothing in it different from what is around us on a daily basis.  We are surrounded by a micro-world of bacteria and other microbes that keep each other in balance, and this same micro world exists on our skin, in our mouth, and throughout our body.

The Mattress Spray does not contain acids, alkalis, or solvents, however it is important to use this product correctly.

How to use:
Shake before use.  Spray once or twice on the pillow, 5-6 sprays on a single mattress, 7-8 sprays on a double bed, 9-10 sprays on a queen bed and 10-12 on a kind bed.  Allow to air dry before making bed with clean sheets.  If too much product is used (more than the mattress can absorb) it is possible that an allergy-sensitive person may react.

Treat bed once a month for the first three months, then every second month for allergy sufferers, otherwise every three months

The mattress cleaner has a two year shelf life and should be stored closed in a cool place.

Used for:
Beds, pillows, comforters, fluffy toys, upholstery, vehicle seats, pet beds, sofas and anywhere organic material collects
Monday, September 27, 2010

Norwex Oven & Grill Cleaner

QDoes Norwex Oven and Grill Cleaner work?
A: A resounding "YES"!!!

.....OVEN AFTER NORWEX OVEN and GRILL CLEANER!https://sandrarussell.norwexbiz.com.au/?p=n&sectid=4&cid=5&pid=403406

So why is it that we don’t clean our ovens, well very often anyway?  If you are anything like me my oven used to get clean once a year – how terrible is that!  Although these pictures were not pictures of my own oven….( because now I use the Norwex Oven & Grill it’s spotless), I did take these pictures before a Norwex oven clean.   The camera just does not capture the full ickyness of it, sorry Sue :o) 

So why was I always so hesitant in cleaning my oven?  I HATED using the toxic, corrosive and smelly store brand oven cleaners.   I would go through a whole can of standard oven cleaner to do the one oven with layers of newspaper and paper towel  to soak up the grease and grime and loads of water.  I invested in rubber gloves, so I didn’t  irritate or burn my skin, plus I wore  a mask so I didn’t inhale the fumes – what a mission just to clean an oven!  You see standard oven cleaners contain lye, petroleum distillates, and glycol ethers.  The chemicals found in standard oven cleaners are so toxic and caustic, they can cause burns to your eyes, mouth, throat, skin on contact – no wonder I needed a mask and gloves.  Then to think we cook our food in the oven afterwards!

I found a simple solution.  The Norwex Oven & Grill Cleaner!  At first I was very sceptical, I mean how could this product work in degreasing months of burnt on food and grease, really how effective could it be?  Extremely impressed the Norwex Oven & Grill Cleaner worked faster and easier than anything I had used before, plus I could safely breath without the fumes of a standard cleaner

Let's learn about this great product!   This info comes directly from Norwex Head Office but I have added my comments in blue for you
  • Self scouring action means less scrubbing when you clean ovens, broilers, hoods, pots, pans and fryers
  • Effectively removes baked-on fats, oils, grease, proteins and carbohydrate residues of animal and vegetable origin 
    • ODORLESS, so there is no fear of breathing harmful fumes!  HOWEVER, I found that this does have a bit of a "spray-back" effect - there is a very fine mist in the air  depending on volume used that lingers for a bit, and I notice this is prominent if the spray is sprayed when the oven is too hot.  Although it's non-toxic, it will can cause you to cough a little if it catches your breath.  Just make sure that you do not have the fan in the oven on when spraying
    • Water-based, non-caustic cleaner safe for use on stainless steel, ceramic, chrome, Formica®, iron, aluminum.  Do not use on painted surfaces or cheaper teflon coated pans as it may cause bubblying
    • Bio-based, natural and biodegradable - this non-corrosive formula contains enzyme formulation.
    • pH 9 creates an alkaline solution (non-acidic).  Although it's non-corrosive, and I personally don't wear gloves while cleaning. I suggest if you have very sensitive hands, and didn't want to risk a reaction then you should wear latex/rubber glove use.
    • Concentrated formula: Saves money - cost is only a fraction of most ready-to-use products.   Although the price seems rather high at $39.95 the bottle will last for many applications, depending on how dirty your oven is at least 6-7 applications  
      (NOTE: although highly concentrated, the product CANNOT be diluted.  It does not mix with water well, and loses its cleaning efficacy quickly when diluted.)
    Oven Cleaning Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 100°F (38°C) and turn off before applying product.  Pre-heating the surface will energize the microbes and enzymes to work faster.  NOTE: Don't over heat your oven!  I did accidentally, and when I sprayed the cleaner on, it evaporated on contact!  Surprisingly it still worked well, but it worked much better when my oven wasn't too hot and the cleaner remained nice and wet on the surface!
    • Apply undiluted Oven and Grill Cleaner to top of oven first, then to the sides, and lastly to the bottom.
    • Allow cleaner to work for 5-10 minutes. If you've let it sit too long and it's dried, simply use a spray bottle with water and mist the surface again - it will make wiping up the mess much easier.
    • Wipe with damp al purpose kitchen cloth and rinse thoroughly. Stubborn deposits may require more than one application and a scrub with a damp spirinett.  Note the spirinett may be used on glass but you do need to use a small amount of water.
    • After cleaning, heat oven to 200°F (95°C) for 10 minutes prior to use.
    Grill Cleaning Directions
    • While grill is warm, use spatula or flat blade to remove excess grease and food deposits.
    • Apply undiluted Oven and Grill Cleaner onto the grill - allow to work for 5 minutes.
    • Lightly scrub with a spirinet, then rinse surface completely with water.
    • After cleaning, heat grill to 200°F (95°C) for 10 minutes before using.
    This is a 5 star product in my opinion! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Norwex Cleaning Paste

★ ★ ★ ★ ★... Yes, here we have another 5 star Norwex Product!
Norwex Cleaning Paste - INGREDIENTS:
  • Marble Flour
  • Chalk
  • Natural Soap
  • Traces of Coconut Oil
...... the Cleaning Paste ingredient list is one of the many reasons why I love using it.  It only has 4 ingredients, and I can remember them all!  The ingredients were not manufactured in a chemist lab, but come from natural sources. 

A little about the Norwex Cleaning Paste:https://sandrarussell.norwexbiz.com.au/?p=n&sectid=4&cid=3&pid=403500
Norwex Cleaning Paste is an environmentally and skin-friendly cleaner that replaces all of your chemical abrasive cleaners, like Jiff. This polishing agent cleans, polishes and protects in one application. It contains absolutely no poisons, phosphates or acids. 

It can be used on surfaces and materials made of...

  • chrome
  • nickel
  • stainless steel (not brushed)
  • aluminium
  • plastic
  • enamel
  • ceramics
  • porcelain
  • tile
  • painted surfaces
  • and on coffee pots
  • and on glassware and foodware products
NOT FOR USE ON brass, silver and acrylic surfaces. 

How to use: The
The cleaning paste is hard and compact in the container, so it last for such a long time and you don't need to use much of it.  The best way that I've found to use it, is to take a damp Scrub Cloth or Enviro Cloth and wipe a small amount from the container.  Rub the cleaning paste onto the surface you want to clean and polish. Rinse afterward with water, and  a clean enviro cloth. If you would like a polished shiny surface (especially great for chrome and stainless steel (not brushed), then finish off with a dry Window/Glass Cloth for a superb shine. The result is a clean, shiny surface that lasts.
WARNING: While the
Cleaning Paste is very gentle, you should always test on an inconspicuous surface if you are concerned about the possibility of scratching.

The Cleaning Paste is a wonder in the bathroom to remove stubborn soap scum, rust stains and build up, and proves to be a fabulous universal paste throughout your home.  I love to use it in my kitchen sink with the scrub cloth to remove the grease, grime and build up leaving your surfaces cleaner for longer.

Now this may sound a little pricey at  $34.45 for a small container.   I thought the same thing before I tried it.  Because the paste is so compact, there isn't the tendency to use too much for the job.  It certainly lasts far longer than it's store alternatives and is so much better for your health - a very economical and effective purchase!  You must give it a try!

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