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Norwex helps reduce body burden

Body Burden: The buildup of toxins (man-made or natural)  in the body faster than the body is able to metabolize and excrete them.

Have you recently discovered your body is diseased and want to give it a fighting chance? Are you needing to get rid of the cleaning chemicals in your life? I have part of the solution for you: Norwex chemical free cleaning.

Norwex and its liberating antibac microfiber can enable you to ditch the cleaning chemicals and get the Real Clean you desire. Norwex microfiber cleans better than chemicals because it lifts microscopic particles off the surface and leaves it truly clean.
Chemical cleaners sit on the surface and create a challenge for germs to try to overcome. Sometimes germs do mutate to overcome the chemicals trying to kill them. They become resistant. The chemical residue also becomes an adherent for more dirt and germs to adhere to. [June 2013 UPDATE: Here’s a good scientific article showing that chemical cleaners create resistant germs – “Effect of subinhibitory concentrations of benzalkonium chloride on the competitiveness of Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown in continuous culture.”]

How do chemicals get in the body? By inhalation and by contact with the skin. That smell that you think means clean really isn’t. Clean doesn’t smell. All that dipping, wringing, and wiping means it’s on your skin and if it is on your skin it can get into you bloodstream.

With Norwex you get the clean without mutation, residue, and toxins. Give it a try. Come see the Norwex products that can help you ditch the chemicals.

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Dirty dog nose windows

dog in window

Image courtesy of Ian Kahn /

I recently saw a cute sign that said, “My windows aren’t dirty, that’s my dog’s nose art!”

While humorous, I’m sure there are many people who would like a cost effective solution to cleaning their windows on a daily basis to deal with their pet. I have that solution for you!

Norwex offers a Basic Package: an envirocloth and a window cloth. Wet the envirocloth with water, and wash your window. Take the window cloth and polish it dry to a streak-free, lint-free finish. Voila!

No more paper towel and windex to buy and dispose of and no worries of toxic chemicals to come in contact with your pet!

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Phthalates and Diabetes

I just read an article published on July 13, 2012 about the multitude of personal care products women use and their link to diabetes. The article, Chemicals in Personal Care Products May Increase Risk of Diabetes, lets us know that phthalates interfere with our endocrine system. Typical personal care product culprits cited are: moisturizers, nail polish, soaps, hair sprays, and perfumes.

Again, I am glad to offer you the Norwex Organic Products as an alternative to what is on the store shelves.

Naturally Timeless CollectionMarine Organics Collection

403050 Norwex Marine Organics Body Lotion

403060 Norwex Marine Organics Bath & Shower Gel

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More nasty chemicals found in independent study

I just read an article about the ingredients found in the Brand Name cleaners we’ve all used at one time or another. The article states that they did some independent tests and found a bunch of bad things in these Brand Name cleaners.

My favorite line of the article is: “Consumers deserve to know what chemicals they are being exposed to, so that they can easily avoid products that may cause allergic reactions or serious long-term health impacts like cancer, birth defects, or pregnancy complications. ”

Check out the article for yourself and see the tables they posted. The article is:

Dirty Secrets Test Results

from the Women’s Voices for the Earth website.

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Antibacterial Soap

Triclosan, the ingredient in antibacterial soap  is back in the news. Check out this article by The Globe and Mail –  Ottawa to review safety of key ingredient in anti-bacterial soap.

Triclosan is suspected to interfere with thyroid function.

The good news from the article is that Canada is leading the way with the Chemical Management Plan.

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Headaches from Cleaning Chemicals

woman with a headache

It makes me so sad whenever I do a Twitter search of “cleaning chemicals”. Every time I search, I read of people getting headaches, sometimes massive headaches, from the cleaning chemicals they use.

Every time I read their unhappy tweets of suffering I want to let them know that they can avoid getting headaches from cleaning chemicals by switching to Norwex Enviro Products and water. I want to let them know that it actually does a better job at cleaning their surfaces and is the ultimate in green cleaning!

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The Story of Cosmetics

From the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Norwex Organic Personal Care

This is why I love Norwex Enviro Products so much. In 2008 Norwex Launched its Organic Line. The Norwex Organic Personal Care Line is ECOCERT certified which means that the products are free from:

  • mineral oil and silicon
  • emulsifiers such as PEG (polyethylene glycol)
  • viscosity controlling agents such as carbomer
  • preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, parabens or formaldehyde releasers
  • synthetic perfumes
  • synthetic dyes
  • synthetic solvent such as propylene glycol

My absolute favorite is the Norwex Body Wash which unfortunately was omitted from this year’s catalogue. I also love the Day Cream, Night Cream, and the Face & Neck Gel. Check out all the other Organic Personal Care Products Norwex has to offer.

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The Dangers of Cleaning Chemicals

I used to believe that if it was on the shelf for sale, then it was safe – that someone had done the due diligence and tested the product and that there were laws protecting us.

The truth is that our laws in this area are old and that they only test for first-aid type hazards, not long term use type safety. Even if they started to do testing, we’re so far behind that it would take a very long time to catch up. We’ve created over 80,000 man-made chemicals not to mention the yearly parade of “New and Improved”.

I wanted to show a few of the cleaning chemicals that are commonly marketed to us but aren’t as innocent as we thought.

The great information below is quoted directly from the website of The Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Cleaners may contain ammonia, a strong irritant which can also cause kidney and liver damage, butyl cellusolve which is neurotoxic and rapidly penetrates skin, and ortho phenylphenol which is a severe eye and skin irritant. Many all-purpose cleaners contain DEA and TEA which can react with nitrites (added as undisclosed preservatives or present as contaminants) to form carcinogenic nitrosomines which readily penetrate the skin.  Many coloured products are made with carcinogenic coal tar colours.  Hormone disrupting parabens may be used as preservatives. Many cleaners also include fragrances and detergents. Alternative brands may contain d-limonene, a sensitizer which can also cause respiratory distress as well as liver, kidney and nervous system damage. D-limonene is a hazardous substance, although it is derived from a natural source.  We do not recommend it for frequent use.

Glass Cleaners

Most glass cleaners are made of ammonia, a strong irritant, and coal tar dyes. Some contain butyl cellusolve, a neurotoxin, alchohol, naphtha, and glycol ethers.  Some contain wax.  Aerosol products create small particles which are more likely to be inhaled or irritate eyes.


The main ingredient in chlorine bleach is sodium hypochlorite (chlorine added to lye.) Chlorine is toxic as a skin irritant, and by inhalation. Sodium hypochlorite can create poisonous chlorine gas if mixed with ammonia (which may be an unlabeled ingredient in some cleaning products) or with vinegar. Workplace safety data sheets warn that sodium hypochlorite may be a neurotoxin and cause liver damage. People with chemical sensitivies report adverse reactions to minute quantities of chlorine. Sodium hypochlorite readily combines with organic matter to form organochlorines which are highly toxic to aquatic life.

Sink, Tub and Tile

Sink, tub and tile cleaners can contain ammonia and dimethyl ethylbenzylamonium choride, both strong irritants, ethylene glycol, a neurotoxin and reproductive toxin which may also cause kidney and liver damage, sodium orth-phenylpenol, a carcinogen and irritant, and trisodium nitrilotriacetate, a carcinogen.  Some brands use highly caustic chemicals like sodium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and phosphoric acid that can burn eyes and skin.  Breathing vapours can burn lungs.


I didn’t want to make this an incredibly long post but I hope I’ve put enough to get you thinking about what you use to clean your home, office, and schools. I’m happy to be able to offer you solutions that are green, environmentally friendly, natural, alternative and responsible.

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Stop suffering with cleaning chemicals

I did a quick immersion into the twitter stream to see what people were saying about cleaning chemicals. Here’s some of what I found:

  • Head hurts (from inhaling the fumes)
  • allergic reaction
  • asthmatic reaction (needing inhalers)
  • skin crawling
  • hands burning
  • feeling “high” (from inhaling fumes)
Some of the proposed solutions on twitter were:
  • make your own chemicals
  • use (smelly) vinegar and (gritty) baking soda
  • steam cleaners (costs you electricity and doesn’t work in a power outage or camping)
I am here to offer you a better solution than smelly vinegar and gritty baking soda. With Norwex, all you need is water. No chemicals yet amazing clean! No nasty physical reactions. Dirt, goop  and germs are literally LIFTED off surfaces with the amazing Norwex Microfiber and water!

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The Montreal Gazette recently published this great article about growing concerns over chemicals in the every day products that we use. Here’s a quote from the article:

Smith, who banished triclosan from his home years ago after reading studies identifying the antibacterial agent as a possible carcinogen and endocrine disrupter, saw the levels rise in his body by 2,900 times after using, over a two-day period, brand-name deodorant, toothpaste, anti-bacterial soap and shaving cream containing triclosan.
To read the rest of the article click on this link here:  “Concerns grow over chemical use in toiletries, toys

Just another reminder why the Norwex chemical free cleaning line of microfiber and the true Norwex Organic Personal Care Line are so important to your health.

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