With spring finally here, it's time to freshen up the house for a new season. Tayler Moots, chemical-free cleaning expert, business owner, wife, and mother of 2 shares with us easy tips and solutions to simplify spring cleaning. I had the pleasure of meeting Tayler last year at an event through a mutual friend and was inspired by her passion for environmentally safe options to cleaning our homes.
Sabine: In your opinion, why is spring cleaning so important & where is a good place to start?
Tayler: What could be better than those first few beautiful spring days? When they arrive I want to dust everything off and greet the season with a clean and healthy home. First, throw open your windows since we know the air in our homes is 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. I believe in making our homes 'Safe Havens' and to me that means they are well maintained, promote health, and are comfortable for guests. A dirty cluttered home causes me nothing but stress, so taking time each year to really clean is key!
"I believe in making our homes 'Safe Havens' and to me that means they are well maintained, promote health, and are comfortable for guests."
Most recommend cleaning from top to bottom (cobwebs off the ceiling fans then work your way down until you polish up the floors). However, in practice I like to do the job first that is calling my name. This is usually something like cleaning the windows and screens. When the sun shines I don’t want to think about the dirt and my kid’s greasy fingerprints I see, but to enjoy and appreciate the season. Do your best to tackle the jobs that are relevant for your family. If your closets are overflowing with clothes, start there. If your oven or dishwasher have never been cleaned and aren’t working well as a result, start there. I think having a plan and list is always a good starting point and try to keep it realistic. The truth is that not every inch of your house needs to be cleaned in the spring. You can tackle a lot now and save the rest for rainy days.
Sabine: Cleaning can be a daunting task, is there a way to make spring cleaning fun?
Tayler: Fun cleaning to me means that the house is spotless and I got it that way in the fastest and easiest manner. This begins with having the right cleaning supplies! Did you know that 24% of human disease is caused by environmental factors (things like our chemical cleaners)? When I learned that many of my cleaning supplies had been directly linked to cancer, infertility, allergies, and many other ailments (check out EWG.org) I knew it was time to change the way I cleaned.
What drew me to Norwex was how easy and effective the products were. I could do most jobs in half the time and my house never looked better. I had tried natural cleaning products, but they didn’t work well or were so expensive. Also, since there are no harmful chemicals used with Norwex, my kids could help with most jobs and that is when cleaning gets even more exciting! Celebrate your progress with a nice Spring cocktail!
Sabine: What are your top 3 tips for cleaning multiple surfaces?
- Get rid of anything you haven’t used in 1 year if it has no strong emotional ties. Cleaning will be so much easier with less stuff!!
- Use a product like Norwex’s EnviroCloth that allows you to clean every type of surface.
- Find a product like Norwex’s Cleaning Paste that can tackle any tough job from cleaning ovens to tubs.
Sabine: Briefly tell us about your cleaning products and how they are different than your typical cleaning products?
Tayler: Norwex offers an innovative, yet simple way to clean. The signature products are very high-quality microfiber cloths that allow you to remove 99% of bacteria from the surface with just WATER. As if that isn’t cool enough, the cloths are embedded with micro-silver (BacLock). Yes, SILVER. Silver is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial so when you are done using your cloth you hang it to dry and the silver in the cloth goes to work inhibiting bacterial odor, mold and/or mildew growth. That means the cloth is self-purifying and no more stinky cloths.
Fact: More than 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into our homes in the last 50 years and only about 200 have ever been assessed for their impact on human health.
Sabine: After spring cleaning is complete how can a busy family maintain a clean household?
Tayler: I’ve found the best way to keep the house clean is to keep things simple, organized and have a routine that works for you. Once we eliminated chemicals and I figured out that I could clean all three bathrooms in less than 30 minutes, I could spend so much more time doing the things I actually enjoyed (does not include cleaning showers and toilets).
On a daily basis we wipe down the kitchen counters and sink, mop the floors and keep things picked up and in their place. One job we sometimes forget, but that can positively impact our health is cleaning our mattresses and pillows (check out Norwex’s Mattress Cleaner). Our mattresses DOUBLE in weight every ten years from the organic waste they harbor like dead skin cells, dust mite feces, and body oils. Once we began treating our mattresses regularly, we found allergies decreased and we slept better. Make cleaning a family affair and keep it as simple as possible.
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