A New Twist on Home Economics: Cleaning Without Chemicals

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In an age of increasing environmental consciousness, Edith Courter is, in a sense, an educator of such. Courter and I were doing business together and she asked if I had heard of Norwex Microfiber. Norwex? “No, but I’m familiar with microfiber cleaning products” I replied, as she handed me a microfiber-type cloth. “But this is different!” she explained, and that’s where my interest in Norwex began. Courter enjoys sharing her knowledge about a product making its way into the Mint Hill area.

First, a little about Courter. She’s a wife to husband Charlie and mom to four grown kids. She enjoys living in this community because “we love the friendly people and small-town feel of Mint Hill.” She hates to clean, which makes her love for Norwex and its products even more alluring. After all, these products make cleaning more manageable … right? But if she just has to clean, Norwex Microfiber and water get the job done … and get it done right the first time, in record time, and without using chemicals or creating waste.

As a Norwex Independent Sales Consultant, Courter loves being able to share sustainable products that are a win-win for the personal health of our community as well as the health of our environment. Courter was looking for part-time work and realized this company was a good fit for her because of Norwex’s core values: Integrity, Trust, and Respect. Norwex backs up their core values statement by providing amazing products, stellar customer service, and an incredible 2-year warranty on all Norwex Microfiber. They also offer unbelievable host benefits and consultant benefits. Listen to the buzz among your neighbors and I’ll bet you’ve heard of a Norwex party being held.

I asked Courter what makes Norwex Microfiber stand out against other microfiber cloths and conventional cleaning products. She offers that Norwex Microfiber was created with innovative fiber engineering to lift and collect even the smallest particles of dirt, grease, and moisture and has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface with only water when following the proper care and use instructions. In addition, many Norwex Microfiber cloths contain BacLock: micro silver in the cloth inhibits the growth of mold, fungi, and bacterial odor. And you can clean about 90% of your home using just water! That’s worth saying again. You can clean almost your entire home using nothing but Norwex Microfiber and water! I did sit down and check out the YouTube video she recommended (www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FdxJwbTQu8). It’s hard to believe that you can clean your home with very few products, but the videos will dispel any reservations about Norwex. There’s even a Norwex YouTube channel with a variety of demonstrations that are amazing in their own right.

Courter obviously believes that we can each participate in making our environment a cleaner, safer place. She’s in the business of helping people radically reduce the use of chemicals in their homes, saving time housecleaning, saving money spent on housecleaning products, reducing the amount of chemicals that end up in our water supply, and reducing the amount of packaging waste. All done through cleaning with two things: Norwex Microfiber and water. What seems to be the most popular product in the Mint Hill area? “Too many to mention!” says Courter. “Leading items include the EnviroCloth (cleans everything), Window Cloth (polishes everything), Pet Mitt and Pet Towel (bathe your pet without shampoo for a coat that smells fresh and is truly silky soft), the Superior Mop System (for sparkling floors without using chemicals that dry quick as a flash), and the Makeup Removal Cloth Set (removes makeup without the use of soap and gently exfoliates for softer, smoother skin). You can view the catalog in various formats under the “Shop” tab and/or connect with Courter on her personal website: edithcourter.norwex.biz.

In closing, Courter offers this interesting statistic: “The EPA has reported that the average person generates more than four pounds of waste each day. To help combat that statistic, I encourage the Five R’s of Recycling: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, and Refuse (see https://www.norwexmovement.com/the-5-rs/). Many people know and live by the first three, but what about the last two: Repurpose and Refuse? Repurposing (also known as “upcycling”) is using what would probably end up as trash (may even be something in your own home you haven’t used in years – stuff in your attic or in the back of a closet, etc.) for something useful – and can be as simple as using a Mason jar for a vase, pencil holder, or drinking glass. A simple and very effective way we can all help alleviate the amount of garbage we produce is to refuse the use of plastic grocery bags. The U.S. National Park Service at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Florida reports that it takes 10-20 years for a plastic grocery bag to decompose.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Norwex, purchasing products or becoming a host/hostess, contact Courter via her website: edithcourter.norwex.biz.

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