About Elyse

My first experience with Norwex was almost by accident. My second daughter was only two and a half months old when I found myself invited to a mega-party (this is an event with multiple hostesses and multiple consultants). For the previous couple of months, I had lived the hermit life–nursing, changing diapers, trying to remember to eat and to shower. The mere idea of being in the presence of other adults and wearing real, non-pajama clothing filled me both with excitement and a little dread.

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This is a photo of my little family around the time of my first introduction to Norwex.

Armed with the $50 that my mother-in-law had given me and made me swear to spend on myself, I attended the party with the desire to see if this Norwex stuff was as impressive as some of my online mommy friends had been claiming. I was all for using natural cleaning products, but I had no idea that this one party would change my life.

You see, that night I saw with my own eyes how one little microfiber cloth could clean butter off of a glass window and not leave any residue behind. I learned that the cloths could take the protein from a raw egg off of a countertop and saw a professional-grade protein swab used by a consultant to prove that the surface was, indeed, clean. The most important truth, however, was that these little microfiber cloths could clean every surface of my home with WATER. I could go home, throw out my chemical-laden products, and manage to get my home cleaner with water.

Two months later, I decided to make the career jump to Norwex Independent Sales Consultant. Within months, I owned nearly every product in the catalog just from working my business and sharing this good news with my circle of friends and family.

Norwex is changing lives daily and mine is no exception. I invite you to join me in the Norwex mission to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes.

 

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DIY Fly Paper – A Chemical-free Solution

There is nothing quite like realizing that flies have reproduced somewhere in your home. One day, your kitchen is a quiet and calm place for cooking and the following day it looks like a convention moved in (reservations for 200? Sure, why not?!). After spending two days employing my fly swatter and feeling both disgusted and overwhelmed, I scoured the internet for a better, more passive solution. After all, even using my magical Norwex EnviroCloth and Window Cloth to clean off the dead-but-not-forgetten was getting old after the third time in two days.

The internet delivered, just as I had hoped. DIY Fly Paper is an easy and chemical-free solution to those freeloading flies that won’t cost you much at all! I combined the information I found and attemped the project below with promising results:

Supplies:

  • Paper (I used strips cut from paper bags, but you can use thicker paper like cardstock as well)
  • String or twine
  • Hole Punch
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Corn Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Wire hanger

Directions:

  1. Cut paper into strips. If using paper lunch bags, cut horizontally so that the two sides stay attached at the folds.
  2. Punch holes for the string and add a loop with string or twine.
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Fly paper strips with string, ready for the sticky coating!

3. Heat the sugar, corn syrup and water in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar is dissolved.

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This mixture is very sticky, especially as it cools.

4. Remove mixture from heat and use a pastry brush or spatula to spread on the strips, holding them upright so that they do not touch the table or counter (this would just get messy, but it is okay if the mixture drips). Make sure to coat both sides.

5. Hang finished strips from a wire hanger over newspaper or other similarly easy-to-clean surface. They will drip quite a bit.

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A simple coat hanger will do the trick.

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You will want something underneath to catch the drips!

6. After 4-6 hours, remove carefully and hang where you need to capture flies. Ta-da!

What are your favorite chemical-free solutions to pest control in your home? Share in the comments!

 

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