AB: Hi everyone! My name is Alison Buonome but you can call me Ali. I live in Vernon, CT and I am a busy mom to 5-year-old twin boys. I have lots of messes to clean and love my Norwex products. I used to despise cleaning but Norwex makes it so easy and I don’t have to worry about my family being exposed to chemicals! Norwex’s mission statement is “Safe, Effective, Sustainable”. Yep that’s it. Our commitment to a brighter future starts with our product mission. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice effectiveness or sustainability when you choose a safer product. So we won’t put the Norwex label on it unless it meets all three criteria.
FF: What made you decide to get into the Norwex business?
AB: As I said above, I am a mom to 5-year-old twins boys. My boys were born prematurely at 33 weeks. I would put my kids to bed, go straight to the bathroom, close the door and start spraying my bleach around. I was so concerned with what they would be breathing in with their little, already compromised, premature lungs that I didn’t care I was hacking up a lung in my bathroom while cleaning. I thought bleach was killing all the germs that could make them sick. I didn’t realize that bleach solutions need to sit wet on a surface for a full 10 minutes in order to disinfect. So I was thinking, there has to be a better way. That’s when I discovered Norwex and when I started using the products, I was blown away with how well they work. My husband took a lower-paying job 2.5 years ago and we needed extra income, so here I am. Within 6 months I was paying our mortgage and within a year I was making a full-time income, nearly matching my previous engineering salary.
FF: For people with chemical sensitivities like those dealing with fibromyalgia it’s important to have a chemical-free home.
What kind of products are out there for sufferers with chemical sensitivities?
AB: Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest-ranking environmental health problems in America, with chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside. Much of this exposure comes from the things we use in everyday life, such as common cleaning products. The good news is that Norwex helps reduce the number of harmful chemicals in your home by using products with fewer harmful chemicals. Norwex Microfiber offers you a powerful clean with nothing but water. Our household cleaning products use enzymes for their incredible cleaning power, instead of harsh chemicals like chlorine, ammonia, and phosphates. A video I will share in one of the later questions goes over some of our most popular products and explains the basics of Norwex microfiber. I love, love, love our top 10 products which include our microfiber products like the EnviroCloth (all-purpose disinfecting cloth), Window Cloth (polishing cloth), Dusting Mitt (household duster), Mop System, and Body Pack (full body cleanser) that you use with just water to clean. Also included in our top 10 products are our non-toxic cleaners like our Laundry Detergent (amazing free and clear type laundry detergent), Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls (dryer sheet replacement), Descaler (heavy-duty descaling agent), and Bathroom Cleaner (all-purpose bathroom cleaner).
FF: Many people with fibromyalgia also have skin irritations like eczema which is brought on by allergies. Soaps are especially hard on sufferers of eczema-like myself because I develop it around my eyes making it hard to wash my face properly. What types of products do you recommend for health and beauty and for cleaning clothes?
AB: On average, consumers use 12 personal care products per day, many of which contain harmful chemicals. But with Norwex personal care products, you can provide your family with the gentler, more natural clean they deserve. Sourced from around the world to bring you the best, our nourishing products carry certifications you can trust, such as Ecocert, NaTrue, EcoGruppo, and BDIH. My skincare routine, using Norwex, is simple. I cleanse my skin with one of our Body Cloths (sold in a 3 pack called the Body Pack) and water only. I use no soap, except for our Lysere Daily Hair Shampoo and Conditioner in my hair. I even remove my makeup with these cloths and before I shave, I wipe up against the hair with a damp Body Cloth and shave with a wet razor only. No soap or shaving cream for me. The Body Cloth lifts the hair and exfoliates around the follicle so you don’t get any razor burn. For makeup removal, if you have super sensitive skin, I recommend the Makeup Removal Cloth Set instead. One of my sons has eczema and he does fine with the Body Cloths and what’s better, in the 2+ years we’ve been using the Body Cloths, he hasn’t had one single eczema outbreak. Once I’m done cleansing my skin, I use our Naturally Timeless Set on my face and our Body Lotion on the rest of my body. I also LOVE our Crystal Deodorant!
For cleaning clothes, I highly recommend our Powder Laundry Detergent.
This highly concentrated, superior stain-fighting powder contains biodegradable surfactants and is free from phosphates
Designed for both high-efficiency (HE) and conventional washing machines, this formula whitens whites, brightens brights
and dissolves grease and grime.
Safe on all fabrics, including hand-washables and Norwex Microfiber. Works in all water temperatures. I use 1 teaspoon in
a large size load which will wash over 200 loads.
FF: Are there any other products you want to talk about?
AB: Here’s a short video that explains the basics of Norwex and shows some of our most popular products. These are great products to start with:
AB: Here is a great demo on how our most popular cloth, the EnviroCloth, really works:
AB: And then here is a video demonstrating how the EnviroCloth and Window Cloth work together:
FF: Lastly Ali, would you please share your website so the readers can find these fabulous fibro-friendly products.
Fibro Women Blogs
Chronic Woman Blogs
Chronic Illness Blogs
Official Fibromyalgia Blogs