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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New Products for Fall 2018

Fall is, hands down, my favorite time of the year! Leaves will be falling in a month or so, apple-picking season begins here in Michigan, and I can almost smell the cool-weather bonfires and pumpkin spiced everything! The other part of autumn that I LOVE is the release of the new Norwex 2018 Fall Catalog and new products.

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This year, Norwex gave several of our top selling products a Nordic Naturals makeover, in colors that certainly will complement any modern decor. Check out the updates made to your favorite products below:

EnviroCloth: The Norwex EnviroCloth is now available in five colors: Blue, Graphite, Green, NEW Champagne and NEW Rose Quartz. This is the same EnviroCloth we all love, just updated with two new color options!EnviroCloth-Colors-2018

Travel Pack: The changes made the EnviroCloth also affect the popular Travel Pack. It now contains all five EnviroCloth colors!new-travel-cloths

Reusable Wet Wipes Bag: This handy bag for carrying cloths on-the-go now comes in two new designs: Diamond and Floral.wet wipes bags

Window Cloth: In addition to the popular purple color, you can now order a Window Cloth in Pink Opal.norwex window cloths

Dusting Mitt: This was a special a few months back. Now the Graphite Dusting Mitt is available in the catalog, along with Blue and Green.

Superior Mop System: The Green/Blue Mop is still available, but have you seen this gorgeous Gold / Rose Gold / Silver version? WOW. Now our mop truly looks like the Cadillac of all mops.

Reusable Napkins: In addition to our Slate and Peacock colors, we now have the napkins in a Leaf Pattern (it also has a smoother texture).

Optic Scarf: Where would I be as a glasses-wearer without one of these? Joining our previous patterns of Butterfly, Bird, Multi, Dots, & Camo are NEW Ikat and NEW Marble.

Reusable Grocery Bag w/ BacLock: We now have two more designs to add to the Green: Retro and Rings.

There are a few more items in the works for an October release, including toddler feeding bibs and a new Microfiber Deep Cleaning Powder. We have also reformulated Ultra Power Plus (now called Norwex Laundry Detergent), Liquid Laundry Detergent, Descaler, Bathroom Cleaner (formerly Blue Diamond), Dishwashing Liquid, Oven & Grill Cleaner and Stain Remover. The products with these snazzy new labels are now being formulated and manufactured in the United States near Dallas, Texas!

Which products are you most excited to see?

 

Bleach Wipes on the School Supply List?

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In recent years, the discovered toxicity of bleach/disinfectant wipes has led many school districts to forego the usual request on back to school supply lists. Unfortunately, you may still see them on your child’s supply list, making you wonder if they are truly necessary.

If you have never looked at the back of a tub of disinfectant wipes carefully, you might not know that they specifically state to keep out of reach of children. They also state to wash your hands after using them and that you must allow a surface to stay visibly wet for 7-10 minutes in order for them to disinfect. Lastly, all of the tubs of standard disinfectant wipes that I have seen also state to wipe the disinfected surface with a damp cloth afterward if the surface will come in contact with food (or your child’s hands, which will inevitably touch food or their mouths, right?). Our skin is our largest organ–it makes sense that in most cases we shouldn’t put anything on it that we wouldn’t put in our mouths.

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As parents, we have the ability to vote for change in our schools with our actions and our dollars. Instead of purchasing disposable wipes that pose risk to our children, we can bring alternatives like the Norwex EnviroCloth or EnviroCloth Travel Pack. Norwex microfiber removes up to 99% of bacteria from a surface without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. In fact, instead of going to the sink to wash your hands after using a disinfecting wipe, wetting a Norwex cloth will take about the same time. Also, our cloths come with a two-year warranty, meaning that your child can use the same cloth for at least two years (and likely much longer)!

Want to purchase a set of EnviroCloths or a travel pack for your child’s classroom? You can place your order on my Norwex website HERE.

Want to create a campaign to get these reusable, incredible cloths in children’s hands at the school level? Contact me and I will set up an easy ordering system and information for distribution.

Norwex for the Holidays

One of the common objections I hear this time of year is that “No one will want to come to a cleaning party because these aren’t really gift items.” I completely understand that train of thought, but it is flawed. Here are three reasons to consider Norwex at the holidays:

  1. If you celebrate the holiday season in your home with family and friends, you will want your house to be a CLEAN and inviting environment. All of my childhood holiday memories include a furious cleaning day / morning before the guests would arrive to our home. Floors had to be mopped and bathrooms cleaned. The front room had to be dusted (this was my job as a child for a time) and the kitchen had to be prepped to handle a lot of cooking. What if it would take your guests about half the time to prep their homes with Norwex? Spoiler alert: it would. No more stinky chemicals to cover up with copious amounts of holiday-scented candles either.
  2. When I am asked what I most want to receive for Christmas, the first thought that runs through my head is, “How about a bill payment or another hour in the day?” If you are like me, the most important things to me right now are intangible. Many of us never seem to accumulate enough time or enough money to do what we would like to do. When you gift someone Norwex, you are giving them both. They will save money on cleaning supplies and laundering (big bucks!) and will also be able to clean more quickly and effectively. Seriously. Give it a shot and make someone’s life better for the new year!
  3. Norwex carries something for everyone. My party sales in November and early December are the highest average of the entire year. Need something for the men in your life? Consider our Car Wash Mitt and Car Cloth made with the most advanced microfiber technology in the world. Don’t know what to purchase for your sister-in-law? Consider our vegan and toxin-free Olive Oil Salt Scrub and Organic Shea Butter with Avocado Oil. Teachers love our Travel EnviroCloths and Natural Hand Cleaner. There is a fantastic flyer below that outlines some amazing product combinations at all different price points.
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The possibilities are endless!

There is still time to host a party in November or early December, but my calendar is filling up fast! Want to earn some extremely generous host rewards but don’t have time to host? Consider a catalog or online party. You can earn your wishlist for free while you share the gift of Norwex with others in your life. To see the November Host Rewards, click below.

November Host Specials

Ready to host a party? Contact me. You can also check out our brand new products for Fall 2016 by clicking on each product name below. Let’s make this holiday season the most meaningful gift exchange yet! My best sellers are marked with as asterisk.

Personal Care:

Body Scrub Mitt*

Cooling Mint Toothpaste

Kids Strawberry Toothpaste*

Natural Deodorant Stick

For the Family:

3-in-1 Car Mitt*

Kids Pet to Dry Brown Bear

Kids Pet to Dry Grey Kitten*

Optic Scarf – Camouflage

Pet Towel

Pet Mitt*

For the Home:

Biodegradable Cutting Board

Chenille Hand Towel*

ErgoBend

Essential Oil Soothing Blend

Essential Oil Purifying Blend

Essential Oil Energizing Blend

Wrinkle Release Spray*

Why Norwex? Save TIME.

I remember when I worked my first “Real Job” out of college, a coworker made an off-hand comment about how much time I must have had on my hands due to not having any children. I felt almost insulted by his insinuation that I must spend all of my free time doing whatever I pleased, when he was well-aware that I was putting in over fifty hours a week at the office. Little did I understand that the mourning I saw in his face was for a loss of personal time in his own life after the arrival of his three children. It really had nothing to do with me, but he was reminiscing the time that he had been able to spend on his wife and their shared hobbies in his pre-fatherhood years.

Flash forward five years later and I was far removed from my desk job with the long hours. Instead of working while eating my lunch at my desk, some days I didn’t even remember to eat. My position had shifted to a Jill-of-All-Trades (and master of none) roll, responsible for entertaining the children (a 2-year-old and a newborn), keeping them alive, and figuring out something to feed everyone at the end of the day. I had a part time job as a marketing manager for an IT company, but I felt like I could barely keep on top of what I needed to complete each week. Cleaning the home probably was in my job description, but many days I struggled just to get out of my pajamas, let alone out of the house with two small kids. Most of the time I just felt overwhelmed. How could being a mother be so wonderful and yet so terrible from day-to-day?

This was pretty much my life at the time that I attended my first Norwex party. I was easily sold on the idea of using water to clean, as it would save us money. It also seemed like a great idea to stop buying chemical cleaning products and using them around our small children. Time, however, was a harder concept for me to measure. At that point in my life, I just had so little to give–even to cleaning my house past the bare minimum.

When I returned from that Norwex party with my first EnviroCloth, my life was forever altered. I didn’t realize it while I was frantically running from room to room to erase the fingerprints from our walls (Try it.Your light switches will never be the same), but Norwex had managed to accomplish a major feat in my home: Norwex had added about 30 minutes to my day, every day. Cleaning had just become so much simpler!

At a recent facebook party, I posted the following graphic of a multitasking woman. So many times in early motherhood, I felt just like this. This graphic was me–only with the added hairbrush and nicer clothing because she obviously hasn’t given up on her life yet. One of the guests asked me how Norwex could actually save us time, since we still have to clean the same items in our homes (the kitchen counter still gets covered in crumbs, right?). I paused and thought out my answer before responding with the following example:

Save Time with Norwex

Norwex saves us time by reducing the number of products that we need to buy, store, and utilize to clean our homes. Before Norwex, I probably owned at least 5 different chemical cleaners for tackling my bathroom. I owned one spray for the shower (at least), one for the floor, one for the counter and sink, one for the mirror, and yet another to clean the toilet and the bathtub. The majority of those cleaning jobs were completed with paper towel. This means that just to clean the bathroom alone required sheet after sheet of paper towel (which wears down, rips, etc during use and gets tossed into the garbage). Between each cleaning task was another spray and another sheet. After a few minutes, the exhaust fan would go to work to try to suck out theĀ  mixed chemical smell from all of the products.

The EnviroCloth alone can remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions. This one cloth–which does not cross-contaminate–can be used to wipe down counters and sinks, toilets, showers and more. The cloth works with water alone and doesn’t require frequent breaks from gas inhalation. The best part, in my opinion, is that I can now clean my entire bathroom in at least half the time that I did prior to using Norwex and my bathroom is actually cleaner. Re-read that line again. My bathroom is actually cleaner! Norwex microfiber does such an incredible job of leaving surfaces clean that there is NO residue left behind to attract dust and dirt.

Norwex can save anyone time, regardless of their parenthood status. However, I do have a special understanding for moms out there who feel like the woman in the above graphic. If this is you, do yourself a favor and start to replace your chemical cleaners with Norwex microfiber. Our Household Package (EnviroCloth, Window Cloth and Dusting Mitt) can be used to clean 80-90% of your home with only water. Once you try these products, you will wonder why you didn’t add 30 minutes to your day sooner!

What Cloth for What Job?

One of the questions that I receive most often at parties is why Norwex has so many different cloths when the EnviroCloth is the multi-purpose, “everything” cloth. In answering this great question, I do my best to explain that having the right tool for the job can help you to tackle a project more efficiently (and save you some valuable time!).

This month, Norwex released a handy chart to give consultants and customers a guide for each cloth’s use. Keep this one handy the next time you clean your home!

To read more about each cloth, click the products below:

EnviroCloth

Window Cloth

Dusting Mitt

Kitchen Cloth/Towel

Scrubby Corner Cloth

All Purpose Kitchen Cloth

Kitchen Scrub Cloth

EnviroTowel

Bathroom Scrub Mitt

Which Norwex Cloth