My Favorite Things: April 2019

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This month’s list is dedicated towards environmentally-friendly spring cleaning.

1) Norwex Dusting Mitt

 
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In case you’re not familiar, Norwex is a company devoted to the revolutionary “Cleaning without Chemicals” approach—which focuses on reducing the use of chemicals to clean homes. There are independent Norwex consultants, but you can also find products on Amazon.

This Dusting Mitt contains microfibers that attract dust like a magnet and even keeps it from resettling. Just slip it on and you’re ready to go! I bought this and am thrilled with how quickly I can dust things like blinds, stair railing, and bathroom dressers. It just takes seconds to pass over the surface, and everything is completely dust-free! It can be used dry or slightly damp for heavily soiled surfaces.

2) Norwex Enviro Cloth

 
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This is another favorite from the company. Like the Dusting Mitt, this cloth is made with Baclock® which is an antibacterial agent. This multipurpose cloth can be used wet or dry to clean everything. The fibers in this cloth are made with silver which ensures that surfaces are sanitized … no chemicals needed!

I attended a Norwex party, and the consultant rubbed raw chicken onto a cutting board. She then took a large cotton swab used in labs to test for bacteria. The swab turned purple to show contamination. She then cleaned the cutting board with a damp Enviro Cloth and took a second swab. The swab stayed blue indicating that there was no bacteria. It truly was miraculous!

I use this cloth to clean my kitchen counters. You can also use it on windows with just water, and you’ll have NO streaking! I can’t tell you how much I love it. I’m thinking about purchasing one for bathroom cleaning, too. (And yes, it’s been proven to effectively sanitize sinks and toilets, too!)

3) Amber Glass Spray Bottles

 
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I’m a big fan of using essential oils to clean. I like to mix a simple solution of water, vinegar, and lemon essential oil into a spray bottle. (2 cups water, 1 cup vinegar, and 10-15 drops of essential oil.) This can be used to clean and disinfect just about any surface. It’s much less toxic than traditional cleaners. Adding essential oils also detracts from any vinegar smell. Other nice options besides lemon are tea tree, eucalyptus, wild orange, mint, or lavender. However, good quality essential oils are so powerful that they will disintegrate plastic bottles. Glass solves that issue. It’s important to use a darker glass bottle to help preserve the oils and protect them from degradation from any UV light exposure.

4) Wool Dryer Balls

 
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It’s no secret that dryer sheets are pretty darn toxic and are not environmentally friendly either. A nice replacement is to throw some wool dryer balls into your dryer with your wet clothes. These will help soften your clothes and even dry them in less time. For a nice scent, you can put a few drops of essential oils directly onto the balls. My favorite for this is lavender. These should last for at least a year.

5) Eversprout Duster with Extension Pole

 
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If you have a chandelier, ceiling fan, or any high area you can’t reach, this is the perfect tool for you. At $69.99, it’s an investment piece, but one that you can always use and that will come in handy over the years. We have a chandelier in our 2-story entryway that was overflowing with cobwebs. How do spiders get up there anyway? My husband purchased this duster for that reason. After assembly, it took about 5 minutes to remove every single cobweb on the chandelier, high windowsill, and in the corners of the ceiling … no ladder needed. This extends from 7 feet up to 25 feet. It comes with 3 removable and interchangeable heads: a Cobweb Duster, a Flexible Microfiber Ceiling & Fan Duster, and a Microfiber Feather Duster.

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