If you are anything like me, you want your kids to have a hand in cleaning your home, but you don’t want them exposed to harmful chemicals and harsh cleaners. For many years now, our family has been using baking soda and vinegar for most of our cleaning, but a few months ago I was turned on to Norwex supplies, which are not only safe for the environment, but they’re safe for my kids. AND, these products clean so much better than regular cleaning products, using mostly just the specially designed microfiber cloth and water!!!. Here’s how they work….
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After regular daily use, all I do is rinse them and hang them to dry. Then once a week I wash them using one teaspoon of their recommended laundry detergent. So easy!
Making a cleaning caddy for the kids is easy as well. I used a basket, but a utensil caddy would work just as well. In their basket, I’ve included the enviro cloth, the window cloth, the dusting mitt, a spray bottle with water and a little baking soda for scrubbing power. Having a basket ready for them makes cleaning easier, faster, and more convenient.
To start I would encourage you to try the Basic Package, which includes the EnviroCloth and the Window Cloth, but below I’m sharing all of our favorite Norwex products:
For the Kitchen: the kitchen envirocloth, the netted dish cloth, the window cloth (I use this on my stainless steel appliances), and the veggie and fruit scrub cloth
For the Bathroom: a travel envirocloth (for the toilets), an envirocloth (for all surfaces but the toilet), the window cloth, the Erogonomic Toilet Brush (with an antibacterial agent to help suppress the growth of bacteria and mold to protect the brush!), the Blue Diamond All-in-One Bathroom cleaner and the body cloth
For the House: the superior mop starter system and the dusting mitt
Cleaning Supplies: cleaning paste, the Blue Diamond All-in-One Bathroom cleaner and the laundry detergent.
And if you miss the smell of clean… consider adding a nip of your favorite essential oil to the water in the spray bottle.
Norwex also have cleaning products dsigned just for kids.
It was a little pricey to start up, but if you care for them properly, these products will last for years. And a little goes a LONG way with the products themselves (for example, you need only one teaspoon of the laundry detergent if you have an He washing machine.) So in the long run, you’re actually saving money while living a cleaner, healthier life.
You can head over to the Norwex link here (use my name, Heidi Steffen if you would) to shop around and learn more!
I’m also sharing with you a few of our favorite books that help inspire my kids to clean. Maybe they will inspire yours too!
- The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
- Things to Do with Dad by Sam Zuppardi
- Tidy by Emily Gravett
- Laundry Day by Jessixa Bagley
- Laundry Day by Maurie Manning
- Hammer and Nails by Josh Bledsoe
- Glamorous Garbage by Barbara Johansen Newman
- The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
- Sprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead
- Gift Days by Kari-Lynn Winters
- Chirchir is Singing by Kelly Cunnane
- Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? by Wade Bradford
- Washday by Eve Bunting
- Eloise Wilkins stories
- Let me Help (an I can Read book) by Louise Tidd