Yes my friends, those are just about the cutest puppy eyes you may ever see. I don’t shy away from using them to draw your attention to a good product. The simple fact is dogs are great but their smell, well, often isn’t. Despite that fact that this pampered pooch is more often referred to by my mom as “my brother” than as an actual dog, he is in fact a canine. Canines have hair that sheds, most love to go through the mud, most do not have a great awareness for what they step through and despite their near humanness sometimes still potty outside. All of these traits contribute to their unique odor and ability to bring a whole lot of extra dirt into the places they call home. And, actually a lot like people, they also have body oils & dander that can spread around a house contributing to bad odors and allergies for their human family members. In some case you might even say our homes have “gone to the dogs”.
Luckily for us there are easy, effective, economical and most importantly safe ways for us pet lovers to address this issue and still pamper our pets (yep, these work for any furry friend who co-habituates your home)!
Step 1: Stop the Source!
-The simple fact of the matter is you can clean your home as often as you want but if your pet is dirty you are kind of fighting a losing battle. Getting you pet clean is the first step to taking back your home and preventing future problems. Norwex introduced two solutions to address just this problem last fall!
The Norwex Pet Mitt makes quick daily maintenance cleans an easy task without running the risk of drying out your pets skin from over bathing or harsh soaps. Used dry the pet mitt is great for collecting loose hairs or debris your pet may have picked up in their coat while outside. Used wet it offers and effective way to give them a quick cleanse helping to reduce dander and reduce the odor from their body oils. This mitt is also embedded with the patented BacLock mircosilver technology that never touches you or your pet BUT acts as a self purify antibacterial agent for the mitt itself, which is a fancy way of saving you can use its a few times before it stinks! This mitt also has one other essential use that I will address shortly!
The Norwex pet towel (pictured above) is probably one of the most genius solutions for pet care out there! Its super fluffy so it dries your pet efficiently and has two sewn in “pockets” for your hand so you can really wrap the towel around your pet effectively. This makes drying your pet quicker & easier so you don’t end up having to follow behind your soggy pooch mopping up the wet floor. But what really sets this towel apart is that its mircofiber dries fast and traps any remaining germs deep in its split, turbine like fibers AND it is also embedded with the patented mircosilver BacLock technology so no stinky towel!
Step 2: Prevent the Problems with Some Paw Patrol!
– Pets don’t potty in the toilet unless you happen to have a Meet the Falker’s rare toilet using cat. So even the most spoiled of pet either has to go outside to take care of business or has to step in their toilet when nature calls. Both mean that there is a whole lot of stuff on four little paws that you don’t want traipsing all over your home. While cleaning will still be necessary (and we will get to that part in step 3) just like not cleaning your pet (the source) won’t do you much good, not putting effective measures in place to reduce what comes into your home on your pet also won’t do you much good. Once again Norwex to the rescue!
The Norwex Entry Mat may not be the chicest mat on the market but when it comes to dirt and feces, frankly style is not my first concern. Did you know that the carpets inside your home can actually contain 80% more contaminates that the dirt outside your home? And statistically the first 4 steps you or your 4 legged friend take bring in 85% of the contaminates in your home? An entry mat is not a style statement, its an essential tool to a cleaner & safer home. The Norwex entry mat available in brown or grey has multiple strips of the same 1/200th of a human hair split mircofibers that make up our enviro cloth (that crazy cloth I told you about here that can remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface with just water). In between those strips of mircofiber are strips of polyproplene bristles that scrap of the dirt gently but effectively so it stays right there on the mat. Because the mat is made of mircofiber instead of just “bristles” the dirt gets trapped inside the little split turbine like fibers and get stopped at the door. IF you have a kitty this is also a great option for in front of the litter box. And….before you do an about face after seeing the price remember this mat unlike most of what you will find at the store is covered by a 2 YEAR warranty and its washable- so its going to handle ALL the extra mileage better that the store bought option. (read more about all the yuck that comes it through the door (cockroach exoskeltons anyone?) here)
The Norwex Pet Mitt can actually also help you with the prevention of what comes in at the door! While the entry mat is a GREAT first line of defense both for what your pet and you bring in, since our pets tend to step with less consideration that we do, the pet mitt is an easy & quick way to get your pets’ paws extra clean and ensure they aren’t tracking dirt or worse through out your whole house! Keep a dry one by each entrance and its always right at hand 🙂
Step 3- Cleaning up the damage done!
Whether you are trying to take back your home or just doing the inevitable cleaning up after pets require Norwex has some of the fastest & effective solutions on the market, but more importantly they are SAFE solutions for your pet. Lets face it, your pet spends a lot more time in close contact with surfaces like your floor than you do and cleaning it with chemicals that can cause your pet skin irritations, respiratory problems or worse doesn’t solve your problem. A pet with irritated skin will scratch more, meaning more dander, oils, dirt and hair to clean up. Plus the cost of an emergency vet bill if Fido licks the cleaner or drinks from your mop bucket? No thank-you! Not when a far better solution is available and more affordable!
– The Norwex Carpet Stain buster is an enzyme & mircobe based formula that eats the protein source of the stains. It gets to the source of the smell and works for HOURS to get rid of it completely. This is really important when it comes to pet stains for a few reasons. First they are the worst, I will take red wine over dog pee all day long. Secondly most carpet cleaning products only cover the stain which may work for that red wine but won’t eliminate the odor or ick factor of a pet stain. If you don’t get rid of the smell and the source of the problem guess what, your pet will make it their “spot” and the problem only gets worse. Third most of those carpet cleaners are pretty toxic. I don’t want them in my air space for hours and I certainly don’t want that on the carpet my pet and kids lay and crawl all over.
-The Norwex dusting mitt & envirowand gets the pet hair that gets everywhere. O.M.G. the pet hair, I can’t even. Its the bane of my existence. But with these two I can literally just wipe it away. The thick split mircofibers trap and lock that hair along with the dust so it is gone in a fraction of the time.
-The Norwex Mattress Cleaner is a bit of a misnomer because this powerful but natural enzyme based formula eats away the organic materials like body oils, pet dander and dust mites that end up in our fabrics (furniture, carpets, pillows, curtains,toys, etc). As long as you haven’t scotchgaurded it, you are good to go. I challenge you to google this product actually and see some of the demonstrations that have been done where they weighed a pillow or a toy before and after using this product. Its crazy!
– The Norwex Enviro Cloth & Window cloth tackle all the dirt and slobber and yes even accidents pets leave behind. Now yes, I use paper towels to deal with the actual accident, but clean up afterward is either going to be with my Norwex Mop or if its a small area with the enviro cloth. Because its that effective! The window cloth is kind of a no brainer with pets. Why they make out with themselves in shiny surfaces never ceases to amaze me but they do and the enviro cloth & window cloth duo knock out this problem in seconds! (pssst- little pro tip, you can save yourself some money getting a few of these basic solutions in packages like The Basic Package, The Household Package & the Household Plus Package)
-The Norwex Mop is essential for pet hair control. If your house is like mine the largest collection of pet hair is the floor. I have tried vaccum after vaccum and I am sorry but they never get it all. Even roomba, great for carpets, but the hard floors forget it. The vaccum always pushes it off to the corners, it fills up the trap too fast, clogs the tube, or just doesn’t get it all. And with roomba it takes FOREVER to clean a room and you basically have to leave because if you are in the room its convinced your toes (and the kids toys) are dirt. But the mop, oh the mop! So fast, so easy, so reusable and affordable. Really its one of those a picture is worth a thousand words. (ps…did you notice the size? when it comes to floor cleaning, size matters;) )
So pet lovers, its time to take back your home because ultimately its whats best for you and your pet. With Norwex all the mircofiber products are covered by a 2 YEAR warranty so these simple effective solutions are seriously affordable because they replace all those other products you begrudgingly pick up and “maybe this will work” at the store almost every trip. If your home has gone to the dogs or even if it hasn’t give your pet AND you a sparkly clean home everyone can enjoy!