Friday, February 3, 2012

That Awkward Moment In Which I Clean

Cleaning. I think we've talked about this before.

I'm not the best at cleaning. I wait, people. I wait until I begin to realize how filthy a particular item looks. And, sadly, in some instances, it takes a long time for me to see filth. [hangs her head in shame]

You see, finding/seeing filth is just not my gift. You see, I am gifted in looking over such things. In my home, in other's homes, at name it. Nope, all I see is what is in front of me. I mean, really, why would I look for dirt/filth?

True confession time....I am about to show you something that would completely embarrass a sane person. Seriously, if you are a "neat-freak", I urge you to run! Run to my house and help know you want to.

It wasn't until I saw a friend's facebook picture of a loaf of bread on top of her stove. Yes, I saw the bread but what I saw underneath the bread I'm not sure what the proper term for this is called but I'm calling it a rack. The rack is the thing on gas stoves that holds the pan above the flame. Now, that we have that settled...her rack was spotless. Spot.less. Mine, not so much. So, I asked her how she keeps them clean. Her reply? Dishwasher. Dishwasher? Honey, mine would not come clean in a dishwasher. In fact, I am certain throwing them in the dishwasher would make the gunk stick even more! sigh.

Norwex. I will use my Norwex Envirocloth, which is a antibacterial microfiber cloth and Norwex Cleaning Paste. Yes, that is what I shall do. So, I did.

Let me explain Norwex. Norwex is a company which sells cleaning products through consultants, which I am not. One would think, I, who has a love-hate relationship with cleaning, would not be so excited about Norwex products. Well, I am. No chemicals involved when cleaning with Norwex products. Just water and a Norwex cloth will do in a situation. Excellent for people or loved ones with allergies.

I first found Norwex when we needed to purchase a new washing machine. Mine died. A slow, pitiful death...but death nonetheless. We opted for a front loader. I wanted to start my machine out right and not clog it up with a bunch of gunk I know regular laundry detergent can do. Long story short, I found Norwex laundry detergent. It is highly concentrated and it dissolves so amazingly quick. I only use any where from one teaspoon to a heaping teaspoon per load. Yup, that is it. The price can be a little intimidating at first but when I figured it out, I am saving so much money in the long run! A ton of money!

If you are interested in finding out more about Norwex, go here. You won't be sorry!! [I love my dusting mitt, my envirocloth, my handtowels, my laundry detergent, my tea towels, my window cloth, my..... I had a party. They have an awesome hostess program! But, I digress...]

So, on with the embarrassing show.....

Here is where those who are 'neat-freaks' should look away. Really. Look.away. For those brave enough, carry on.....

This is my embarrassing mess of a stove.
Look at all that baked on crud...shutter.

Ewww!!!! Obviously, it has been a while.
Don't judge me, people. :)

First, I grabbed my Norwex Kitchen Cloth.
See the mess in the back is already cleaned up with just water and my cloth.

What little I couldn't get clean with just water and my cloth,
I used Norwex Cleaning Paste.

Cleaning Paste on my Envirocloth.

After...well, during.

Can you tell which half I cleaned?
And, I didn't have to scrub until I thought my fingers would bleed!
A huge plus in my book. This was two swipes. Two.

Granted, some spots refused to be removed.
I'm thinking it is because I waited so long to clean the racks
and it was so 'baked' on it will take my husband's muscles to get it totally clean.
So, even though it is not totally spotless, it is so much better than it was. I'm not blaming the Norwex products at all. I'm blaming my gift of overlooking filth. Note to self: keep on top of these sorts of things! I may need to get some Norwex Oven & Grill Cleaner to finish this project.

If you have any questions on the Norwex products, just contact Jen.


  1. Awesome post, Deanna! It's great knowing Norwex products have made your "cleaning life" better :)

  2. IF I must clean, I must use Norwex. :)

  3. I'm not sure I fully understood the concept. Can you bring your container of Norwex over to my house and do a reenactment on my stove?

  4. Sure, Julie...I'll be right over.... :)

  5. have the same stove I do, and let me give you a piece of advice. That tray that lifts out under the grates? Not necessary! Just take it out and store it. It's much easier to clean without it, because there's 1 less surface to clean!!

    Just a little tip in payment for introducing me to Jody Hedlund! <3 you!

    Rebecca Z.