Dishwashing 101!

Today as I was looking at my coffee mug with its coffee stains, I was recalling how those stains used to be difficult to get off.  So I decided to write a little note today about how we wash dishes with Norwex!  Most of us have an automatic dishwasher, but if you’re like us, there are some dishes that you still choose to do by hand.

The Norwex netted dish cloth is for cleaning your dishes with dish soap.  (I love the Norwex Dishwashing Liquid!  It’s low-sudsing (takes a bit of getting used to), and it does a GREAT job at getting dishes clean!) I guarantee that if you try to wipe your counters with this cloth you will leave puddles!  It’s not intended for that purpose.  It does provide great scrubbing power for washing dishes, dries quickly, and doesn’t provide germs an area to “set up house” & multiply! Norwex Netted Dish Cloth A very common error when using Norwex products is when our customers use our Kitchen Cloths to wash their dishes!  They then tell me that their Kitchen Cloths have gotten very smelly!  And how we all hate the “stinky dish cloth”!   But if you’ve been to one of my Norwex parties, you already know that I educate you in using TWO separate cloths in your kitchen.  One for washing dishes (the Norwex netted dish cloth) and one for wiping counters, tables, etc, using JUST WATER (either a Norwex Enviro Clothor Kitchen Cloth).  Yes, this takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s very exciting to discover a “stinky-dish-cloth-solution”!!

I must also mention the fantastic NorwexSpirinetts These are our amazing no-rust stainless-steel scrubbers that provide some serious & quick “elbow grease” for cleaning pots and pans!!  (Spirinetts should not be used on surfaces that scratch easily, such as Teflon or porcelain though!)  Not only do customers love these for cleaning pots & pans, but also for oven cleaning (AWESOME in combination with our Oven & Grill Cleaner!)! Fantastic Stainless-Steel Scrubbers for Pots & PansAnd if you’re a “sponge person”, you will likely love our Spirisponge.  It can be washed in the top rack of your dishwasher (as can the netted dish cloth & the spirinetts).  It is a more disposable item than our cloths, so you’ll occasionally need to replace it.  Some people even use this sponge to scrub their flat-top stove.  Norwex Sponge safe to use on Teflon & porcelain

The Norwex Kitchen Cloths (the ones that come in green, tan & yellow) are to be used with WATER ONLY to wipe and sanitize your counters and tables.  (They also serve as great little-hand “napkins” at our house!)  However, as I mentioned above, IF you decide to use this antibac kitchen cloth to wash your dishes, you will find that it quickly takes on an odor!!  The grease & dish soap residue will quickly coat the silver agent that’s embedded in the fibers, making it ineffective against germs.  If you have done this, try soaking your cloths in concentrated Norwex Laundry Detergent overnight and then boiling them in a kettle on the stovetop for about 12 minutes.  This should help them release all the soap build-up, grease, and so forth.  And then begin using them properly… with just water.  Here’s a helpful tip that one of my good customers passed on in regards to the Kitchen Cloths:  “After each use, I scrub it (didn’t do this before, as with a regular counter cloth, I didn’t…had to change my habits), then I let it dry over the oven door handle, each time, so it does not sit wet.  This way, I can go one week without a sour smell to the Norwex kitchen cloth.  Before it would sour in about 3 days…love the cloths!!”   So remember to scrub it well against itself under water, wring it out well, and hang it to dry!  This will make for less frequent washing and boiling necessary!  And remember,use them just for wiping counters and tables with JUST water!

So back to my coffee stains.  I simply took the white netted dish cloth with the Norwex dish soap and scrubbed out the cup.  Then I dried it with the Norwex Suede Envirotowel (mint green).  (It makes a great dish-drying towel, especially if you’re a flour-sack dish towel fan!)  And my mug was sparkling clean and stain-free again!    In the photo, you’ll see the Dish Liquid, Netted Dish Cloth & Envirotowel setting by the mug.  I love Norwex kitchen towels as a “hand towel” for wiping hands in the kitchen or bath!!  And I use the kitchen cloths to wipe counters (again, NOT for washing dishes!).

Coffee Mug with Stains Sparkling Clean Dishes!

I mentioned above how most of us have automatic dishwashers.  So I’ll take a moment to talk about the Norwex Dishwasher Detergent.  This one Norwex product that I get some mixed reviews on.  In certain homes/ water, it seems to work beautifully and customers are thrilled with it!  (I must add that most of my customers who love it also use the Norwex Magnet Ball in their dishwasher.)  And some people simply aren’t so crazy about it!  So it’s not a product I sell a lot of.  If you’re purchasing it, you have to remember that it does not have all the chemicals that you’ll find in many other detergents, so it is a safer choice, but also may not be quite as effective as those with bleach, etc.

Our Dishwasher Detergent is NOT recommended for dishwashers that have a stainless steel interior, as it may lead to discoloration of the stainless.  In our previous home, we had an older dishwasher that wasn’t fantastic, but after playing around a bit with the amount of Norwex detergent I was using, I eventually found an amount (used in combination with the Magnet Ball) that did the job.  And in fact, it also started to remove the yellow build-up that was all over the interior.  But in our new home, we have a dishwasher with a stainless interior, so I have not been using the Norwex Dishwasher Detergent.  But the Magnet Ball works great in all dishwashers!!  I have found it has really decreased my water spots on my glasses and I no longer need to use Jet Dry!  Wooo Hoo!!  :)  When you use the Magnet Ball, be sure you are DECREASING the amount of detergent you are putting in!  This is whether or not you’re using the Norwex Dishwasher Detergent.

When I used the recommended amount of non-Norwex dishwasher detergent in combination with my Magnet Ball, I began getting a bad soap buildup on my dishes!  But when I decreased the amount, they began coming out beautifully clean!  (The Magnet Ball is sort of a crazy little thing, but it can really save you a lot of money given that you cut your detergent use by about 1/2!!  It pays for itself very quickly.  It can also be used in a standard (non-HE) top-loading washing machine.  Again, cut your laundry detergent approximately by half.)

As always, I hope this has been helpful!  Please contact me if you have any questions or would like assistance with placing an order.  And if you want to help us share Norwex across the USA and help us get chemicals out of our kitchens, our homes, and our environment, while earning a very good income, I am very honored to help you start your very own Norwex business!

Sonya

Cleaning your stove

Thanks to Jaclyn in Illinois for sharing these photos of her stove before and after being “Norwexed”!  She said she had tried multiple other products to try to clean the burner areas, but did not have success.

Jaclyn shared that she cleaned this with a WET Norwex spirinett & then cleaned with a Norwex cloth.  (Always use your spirinettes wet!)  I’m typically very cautious about using our spirinettes since they are powerful stainless steel scrubbers, and I recommend ALWAYS testing them on an inconspicuous area before proceeding.  They are, after all, stainless steel & should never be used on surfaces that scratch easily, such as porcelain.

These before and after pictures tell Jaclyn’s stove story the best:

Stove Before Norwex Stove After Norwex

Wow!  I always love to share before & after pictures like these, so if you have a “Norwex miracle”, please feel free to share!

If you are concerned about scratching a surface like your stove top, another fantastic cleaning option is the cleaning paste with either the Norwex Enviro cloth or the Norwex Kitchen Scrub cloth.  (Again, always recommended to test an inconspicuous area first.)

Shine and Clean with Norwex Cleaning Paste

cl_pasteOur Norwex Cleaning Paste is a fantastic non-toxic cleaner that provides mild, chemical-free abrasion to polish, sine, and clean.  Just today I was cleaning our basement laundry sink- which I’ve tried many times to clean, but hadn’t yet tried the Norwex Cleaning Paste, Kitchen Scrub Cloth, and Spirinetts.  Now let me tell you, this sink has been extremely well-used over the years!!  Paint.  Caulk.  Grime.  Hard-water build-up.  Not too pretty.  So, I’m going to input a photo of what I accomplished in a short time with the Cleaning Paste, Kitchen Scrub Cloth, and Spirinetts.  And around the faucet, I used the DeScaler to cut through some of the hard-water deposits.  basement laundry sink
It was an amazing improvement!  Now I need to go down and finish the other half.  :)

A bit more about the Norwex Cleaning Paste.   It is definitely one of our most popular cleaning products.  One of my favorite things is that  I can identify & pronounce all four of the ingredients:  Marble Flour, Chalk, Natural Soap, Traces of Coconut Oil.   The cleaning paste will replace your Ajax, Comet, SoftScrub, and other chemical abrasive cleaners.  It polishes, cleans, and protects!  It’s great to use on plastic, stainless steel, aluminum, porcelain, tile, painted surfaces, enamel, chrome, coffee pots, glassware and food storage products.  It is NOT recommended for cleaning brass, silver, and acrylic.  NOTE The cleaning paste is extremely gentle, but it is still mildly abrasive.  While it’s safe to use on most surfaces, as with all of our cleaning products, Norwex recommends you first test an inconspicuous area if you are concerned about the possibility of scratching.

The Cleaning Paste becomes a “paste” once you have rubbed your wet Enviro, Kitchen Cloth, Spirisponge (or whatever cloth you are using with it) on the compact “chunk” in the container.  It is not liquid or powder, but rather is hard and compact in the container.  I find that it lasts a *very* long time, making it not only a safe & effective cleaning option, but also a very economical choice ($28.99 for a canister that will last you a LONG time)!!   Once you have accumulated the product on  your cloth, clean & polish the surface.  Then collect any residual Cleaning Paste by going over it with an Enviro cloth and a Polishing Cloth to leave a streak-free, beautifully polished surface.

I find it’s great for built-up soap scum, rust stains, tile, and some hard water stains in bathrooms (although this is where the Norwex DeScaler really shines!!).  In the kitchen, I love mine to polish up stainless steel or white/ beige sinks and faucets.  I also have many customers who absolutely love it for their smooth-top stoves.  (To clean my flat-top stove, I use the Cleaning Paste with the Kitchen Scrub Cloth and it works great!)  PLEASE NOTE:   Although I have many customers who love the paste for their stovetops, Candi Bezte mentions below that it may be too abrasive for some of the new enamel or ceramic stove tops, so ALWAYS be sure to test a small inconspicuous area first!

Here’s what Candi Bezte writes about the cleaning paste:

Tech Talk
by Candi Bezte, Norwex Science & Technical Advisor

“Spring” Cleaning Paste!

It really is amazing how well the Cleaning Paste works! It gets the worst scuffs/marks off fiberglass tubs, marks off vinyl flooring, or that permanent ink that mysteriously may get on the kitchen counter! It will take rust out of stainless steel sinks and off plastic dishwasher walls, and even remove permanent ink off white board.  It is fantastic for those “normal” cleaning  jobs such as getting the soap scum out of your tub or shower.  Considering you need to use so little…one container of Cleaning Paste really goes a long way! It is nice to use a cleaning product that is not a liquid (eliminating possibility of inhaling while using) – just a damp Envirocloth, a small dab of paste, and you’re good to go!

How does this amazing product work? It contains some soaps and a very small amount of sodium laureth sulphate combined with marble fl our and chalk (calcium carbonate) which result in a very slightly abrasive product that has the ability to also remove grease. The majority of the work is simply the result of very mild abrasion – similar to the Micro Pad. The paste basically functions like ultrasuperfine sandpaper, with a bit of soap added to it.

CAUTION: Since the Cleaning Paste is mildly abrasive, always test in an inconspicuous spot before using. Not recommended for use on acrylic surfaces, brushed stainless steel, the new enameled or ceramic stovetops or other delicate surfaces. The Cleaning Paste is a physical scrubber and is not intended to be an everyday use product; it is intended only for stains and marks that do NOT come off with regular soap and water or the Enviro and water!