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The Chemicals in Household Dust – and How to Avoid Them

How toxic is your household dust? SustainableSuburbia.net

Did you know that household dust can often contain harmful chemicals including phthalates, pesticides, brominated fire retardants and countless other pollutants tracked in from outdoors, or shed from your inside furnishings and appliances? Indoor pollution is often significantly worse than outdoor. Five things you can do Vacuum regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter.…

The Easiest Way to Get Vomit Out of Carpet

Carpet Stain Buster Enzymes and microbes help to eliminate protein-based stains from carpets, rugs and upholstery | SustainableSuburbia.net

So your child/dog/cat/spouse has puked all over the carpet and you are wondering how to get it out, naturally, leaving no disgusting odour behind? It’s so easy! No, really, it is. Gross, yes – cleaning vomit out of carpet – or anywhere – is always going to be gross! But the important thing is getting…

Lip Balm That Lasts – for AGES

Lip care includes hysdrating more by drinking water and applying lip balm liberally, as the lips have no oil glands. Norwex lip balm moisturises and protects lips with organic aloe vera, coconut oil, and tea tree oil, and is gluten and paraben free.

The AWESOME Norwex Lip Balm is currently 35% off! This is another product I bought 3 of at full price just a couple of weeks back. Oh no! But it’s okay, ’cause I wanted those for Chrissy presents for my kids, so I couldn’t have got them in time if I’d waited 😉 Having done…

Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Attractive bottle of olive oil with several sprigs of rosemary inside.

Okay, so Christmas is in 4 days. Who’s finished their present buying/making frenzy?? Not me, haha! One thing I try to do every year is have the kids help with making gifts for their grandparents and aunts and uncles. Years ago my family decided to only buy gifts for the kids, but I have always…

6 DIY Christmas Gifts

Felt caterpillar

One way to make Christmas not only more sustainable but also less expensive than it would otherwise be, is to make your own gifts ( I may have talked about this before!!). Now, when I was a kid, that usually meant making something out of cardboard that my parents then had to sneak into the…

How to Use the Norwex Hair Turban

Norwex blue hair turban |SustainableSuburbia.net

One question I get a lot from my Norwex customers is how to put the hair turban on. It’s something I like to model at bath & skin care demos (I think I look great in a turban and spa wrap!! – over my clothes folks, over my clothes!), but it’s easy to forget until…

Is Your Dishwasher Making You Sick?

Dishwasher powder is toxic. Would you eat it? | SustainableSuburbia.net

Did you know that dishwasher powder (or tablets) is likely one of the most toxic items in your house? In America, in a two year period, 14,000 children were admitted to emergency after eating dishwasher tablets. They are incredibly caustic and burn mouth and throat as they go down. In Australia, over 2000 kids each…

Is Your Kitchen Making You Sick?

How to Choose Utensils and Cookware that Won't Make You Sick | SustainableSuburbia.net

It seems like such a simple thing – toxin-free utensils. But, more and more, people are discovering that manufacturers have traded convenience for safety, and consumers are paying the price. Here’s how to choose utensils that won’t make you (or your family) sick. Avoid Plastics, When Possible Plastics often contain BPA, Bisphenol A, a chemical…

My Secret Love: Rescue Gel

Timeless Relaxation Rescue Gel by Norwex. Help melt away stress and tension with a synergistic blend of natural and organic botanicals

Well, not so secret really, since I keep a bottle next to my bed, in my bag, and often in the car too. Long time readers will know that I love to use essential oils, and that is the basis for this “magic in a bottle”. This stuff is AMAZING. My favourite way to use…

Join Norwex in New Zealand – for FREE

Count Me In! Join Norwex gfor Free NZ | SustainableSuburbia.net

UPDATE: I wrote this post over two years ago when Norwex was first launching in NZ, and since then WOW it has really taken off. New Zealanders love Norwex, and really, it’s no wonder 🙂  The Fresh Start Package you can get on joining hasn’t changed substantially from the image below, but there is now a…

The Absolute, Hands Down, Best Way to Clean Glass

Norwex dynamic duo - envirocloth and window cloth | SustainableSuburbia.net

There are literally dozens of posts out there about cleaning glass without nasty chemicals, recommending everything from vinegar to metho to corn flour to Ammonia (which okay, arguably is a bit nasty, but better than some options). But what’s the best way you ask? Well, it’s simple really. The best option, the one that uses…

Non-toxic Baby – Top Norwex Baby Shower Gifts

baby with Norwex hooded towel

Having a baby is often the reason people start transitioning to a less toxic lifestyle. That moment when you realise your baby is lying on carpet coated with toxic cleaning or fire retardent chemicals, dressed in cloths that are coated with laundry powder fillers, breathing in endocrin disrupting phthlatates from the scented candle you have…