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Wash Your Car with Rain Water in 3 Easy Steps

It’s the middle of January in the Northwest, and I washed my car. With captured rain water and a Norwex Enviro cloth. And nothing else.

I had a dirty white vehicle and had been thinking for the last couple of weeks that maybe I should get the dirt off. Then the day turned out sunny and mild, almost spring-like, making me want to do something like wash the car.

My full 50-gallon rain barrel was sitting just 20 feet away from my parked vehicle. The inside of the rain barrel was kind of, well, gross. Like, full of healthy algae crawling up and down the sides of the rain barrel. But when I filled my bucket at the rain barrel spigot, the water came out actually pretty clean.

I got my Norwex Enviro cloth completely wet in the rain water and went to work cleaning my vehicle. This technique is a little different from using a hose but nevertheless very effective.

  1. First, I poured the rain water on the area that I was washing to get the area completely wet.
  2. Next, I wiped/washed the area with my wet Norwex cloth. If you have read my other posts, you will know that, again, with a Norwex cloth, you do not need soap.
  3. Then I poured more rain water on the area again to rinse away the loosened dirt and grime.

Repeat on all sections of the car until it’s all clean.

Yes, you can wash your entire vehicle just with captured rain water and a Norwex Enviro cloth. No soap is necessary and your car will be just as clean as if you had used soap.

Save money on soap and water and be green, all at the same time.

Where to buy a Norwex Enviro cloth

Since Norwex is a direct sales company (meaning, the products are not sold in stores), you will need to buy from a Norwex consultant. Essentially, consultants take the place of the store.

Please go to my website and purchase your Norwex Enviro cloth.

All Norwex microfiber have a 2-year warranty. However, there is no warranty if you buy from a third-party source (such as an online auction site).

Check out my other post on the amazing things you can do just with water and a Norwex Enviro cloth! Other Norwex product tips are available at


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Fats Can Be Good for You

The right fats are a good thing. In fact, about 60 percent of our brain is made of fat. It’s the artificial fat that we must avoid. The ones that are plastic-like, you know? Our bodies cannot process these because they are not real food. At best, your body will excrete them. At worst, they will collect in your body since your body can’t digest them, and the accumulation of these fats will cause problems.

My authority on fats? The Bible.

We read in many places that people gave animal fat to God as a sacrifice and had fatted livestock for their party food (for example, Numbers 18:17 and Luke 15:23). If fat was a sweet savor to God, it must be good enough for us. Ah, there’s nothing like the aroma of a little fat on the edge of my steak under the broiler.

Butter is also awesome. It is made from the fat, or cream, that rises to the top in cow’s milk. And about milk, I do not buy homogenized milk because the fat has been corrupted in the sense that its structure has been changed through the homogenization process. The fat particles are made so small that they can enter into your bloodstream where they don’t belong. I do not buy low-fat or nonfat milk because the fat, which is the most nutritious part of the milk, has been removed.(Here’s a lot more information about real, raw milk.)

The truth is, drinking whole milk will not make you fat any more than diet drinks will keep you slim.


The milk fat is yellower than the water portion of the milk and rises to the top.
Now that I don’t get raw milk much anymore, I buy Twin Brook Creamery’s non-homogenized but pasteurized milk in glass bottles. (At least it’s not ultra-pasteurized!)

In the old days, after farmers removed the fat to make butter or just to have cream, they threw away the watery stuff that was left or fed it to the pigs. They knew there wasn’t much nutritional value in it. The watery stuff today is marketed heavily as the nonfat or low-fat milk that everyone should drink because, you know, you don’t want to get fat. Wow, what a clever marketing strategy so the dairy industry doesn’t have to throw the water portion of the milk away anymore and can now make money on it.

We need our fats — the right fats. It’s especially true for our growing kids. To give them low-fat or nonfat milk and other low-fat and nonfat foods, to me, is robbing them of an essential food. I raised my kids on whole milk (non-homogenized, and for many years, raw, or unpasteurized) and did they ever have a weight problem? Never.

Just remember to avoid the artificial fats. Real fats are good, but, of course, balance and moderation are necessary.

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7 Things To Do With the Norwex Enviro Cloth

With the new year just underway, I’ve decided I am going to be a better housekeeper this year. So guess what? I’m using my Norwex Enviro Cloth more! It is THE most versatile cloth I have ever owned, and I’ll share 7 ways that you can use it — just with water, of course.

Please go to the bottom of this blog post to buy Enviro Cloths. (You can’t have too many of these cloths. Plus, they make great gifts.)



Regular Enviro Cloth: 13″ x 13″
Kids Enviro Cloth: 10″ x 10″
Travel Enviro Cloth: 6″ x 6″


7 things to do with the Norwex Enviro Cloth

  1. Clean your windows and mirrors in your house and car.
  2. Clean your leather furniture and leather accessories such as purses and shoes. (Caution: If your leather furniture or item is not dyed deeply but rather just surficially, the Enviro Cloth may remove some of the dye. Test on an inconspicuous area first.)
  3. Clean your greasy stove and range hood.
  4. Remove stains from your carpet or other textiles. See the amazing before-and-after photos below. To remove stains, rub lightly and blot the stain with a damp Enviro Cloth. Rinse out the cloth and repeat until the stains are gone. You will be amazed at the stubborn stains that did not come out with that expensive (and toxic) carpet stain remover you bought. For REALLY persistent or years-old stains, try the Norwex Carpet Stain Buster. 
  5. Wipe your screen — computer, TV, phone, et cetera.
  6. Mop your floors (while the Norwex mop is patiently waiting to get crossed off your wish list).
  7. Dust your house. This last item calls for a dry Enviro Cloth. Dust your wood furniture, baseboards, and anything else that you would dry-dust. The dry cloth PICKS UP dust, not move it around the way other dusters do.




These are just 7 ways to use the extremely versatile Enviro Cloth. Many people who own the Enviro Cloth didn’t even know they could do all this and more with this single cloth!

Besides the 7 uses I list above, be daring and try it out on other things. You will surprise yourself when you see the amazing things this awesome cloth can do.


What to do when your cloth gets stained, dirty, and greasy

Wash it out in hot water. If the stains and gunk are too much for just the hot water, I soak the cloth in a sink of hot water with a sprinkle of Norwex Power Plus Laundry Detergent. For spot treatment of stains on the cloth, I use a couple of drops of the Norwex dishwashing liquid. These two cleaning agents clean better than any detergent or soap I have ever used. You use so little of it and get powerful cleaning results.

Norwex says you can boil the Enviro Cloth up to 4 times a year when it gets really, really dirty. Just simmer the cloth in a pot of water for 10 minutes. This releases the grease and gunk. I like to add a sprinkle of the Norwex detergent to the water.

Keep in mind that, like any cloth or fabric, the Enviro Cloth will stain over time. That’s just what happens when you use it. So if you’re like me, I keep several Enviro Cloths around so I can dedicate one to my greasy kitchen, one for my non-greasy windows, one in my car, et cetera.


Buy Enviro Cloths

As you know, Norwex is a direct sales company, which means Norwex products are not carried in stores. So in order to buy these awesome cloths, you need a Norwex consultant (me!). Here are the links to buy your Enviro Cloths:


A clean house is better than a dirty house! The great thing about using Norwex cloths is you can clean tons of stuff just with water. This cuts out other cleaners (especially those awful toxic ones) in a huge way, saving you lots of money.