Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta – Review

A while back I thought I was having some issues with gluten, which I’m sure you already know is a protein found in wheat (among other things).  I wanted to find a wheat/gluten-free pasta, and I came across this Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta at Target.

It’s a really good alternative for traditional wheat pasta!  It takes a bit longer to cook than most pastas I’ve used in the past (you have to boil it for 15 minutes), but I just know to start boiling the water first before I begin making dinner.

This pasta has a very mild flavor and the texture is just a bit different than normal pasta, but everyone in my family enjoys it.  I will say that if you reheat these noodles, they will be very sticky!  My kids like having leftover chili for lunch occasionally, and I have to cut the brown rice noodles apart so they aren’t in a clump!

The jury is still out whether I really have an issue with gluten, so I try to limit wheat products when I can.  If for any reason you are trying to or need to stay away from gluten, this brown rice pasta makes a great stand in for meals with noodles!

The Tinkyada site has lots of recipes as well!

Norwex Microfiber Enviro Cloth – Review

If you haven’t heard of it before, Norwex is a company that sells chemical free cleaning products and personal care products.

One of their top products is the Enviro Cloth.

What it is….  The Enviro Cloth is a microfiber cloth made from a blend of polyester and polyamide.  The individual fibers are 1/100th the size of a strand of hair (tiny!) and a patented knitting process is used to create the cloth.  The fibers contain micro silver which has self purification properties against mold, fungi and bacterial odor.  The cloth can hold up to seven times its weight in matter.

How to use it… You can use it dry to dust or you can dampen it and clean anything….counters, floors, windows, etc.  When you are done using it, you can clean it with warm water and a little dish soap and let it air dry (or put it in the dryer).  When it gets really dirty, you can throw it in your washing machine.

I use a damp Enviro Cloth to clean windows, mirrors, wood furniture, appliances (stainless fridge, microwave, dishwasher, stove, etc.), counters, floors, showers, tubs…..everything except toilets.  I just wet the cloth and wring it out.  I start with the least dirty areas and work my way to the dirtiest areas.  Occasionally I’ll stop by the sink to shake it, rinse it out, and redampen it but that’s it.  It’s truly amazing.  I was originally sold on this product because it does a great job of cleaning without using chemicals but now I’m even more impressed with how much time it saves me!

There are a lot of amazing things this product claims to do but I haven’t been able to verify all of them yet (like it removes carpet stains – as soon as I have one I’ll definitely try it!).  But I will say when I have put it to the test, it has not disappointed.  We have hard water and my sliding glass doors always have hard water stains on them from the sprinklers.  I used to spray this heavy duty chemical cleaner on them, let it sit for a minute, scrub the heck out of the window and then repeat.  Now, I dampen the Enviro Cloth and wipe the glass – CRYSTAL CLEAR!  (I seriously feel like I’m doing an infomercial right now but it’s true!)  AND – even the not so tough jobs look better than when I used other products.  My stainless appliances, granite counter tops, wood furniture –  everything looks so clean and shiny!

Now I know it’s tough to wrap your head around how this little cloth can pick up everything especially bacteria and viruses.  We are conditioned to believe that a strong chemical or heat is the only way to ensure everything is clean.  Of course this topic came up when I recently hosted a Norwex party.  This is how the consultant explained it to us.  The cloth itself absorbs 99.9% of surface matter (the thousands of tiny fibers and the patented weaving process enable this and prevent cross-contamination).  Once in the cloth, the micro silver goes to work killing the fungi, bacteria, viruses, etc.  The consultant made an interesting point when we mentioned our inability to let go of the idea of killing the bacteria and viruses on contact.  She said most of us don’t even use “antibacterial” sprays or steamers the way they need to be used in order to kill these microorganisms.  For example, to disinfect with Lysol you are supposed to preclean the area, then spray the mist over the entire area and it must remain wet for 10 minutes and air dry.  I didn’t know that!  Another thing to consider if you are having a difficult time letting go of your antibacterial sprays is the fear that antibacterial products may cause bacterial resistance, which decreases the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Here is something else to consider.  (I know – it’s a stinkin’ cleaning cloth!  Why am I writing an 8 page review on it??  I can’t help it!)  If you are like me and always question newfangled products and processes, you’re probably wondering about this micro silver.  You may have heard about the controversial nano silver (difference between nano and micro is the size).  If not, here is a quick recap.  Nano silver is being used in many products and when washed down drains is discharged into lakes and rivers, coming into contact with fish and other aquatic life.  Research has shown fish embryos exposed to nano silver have become mutated and/or died.  Not only is this not good for our ecosystem but we have to wonder – what about its affect on humans?  Unfortunately, there aren’t definitive answers yet but research is being performed.  So it’s wise to be cautious of nano silver.  But what about micro silver?  Well Norwex maintains that micro silver is safer than nano silver and that the silver in their products does NOT wash out.  So now what?  I’m not mentioning this to scare you away from these cloths; I merely want to share the information.  Do I think the Enviro Cloth is the “perfect” solution to green cleaning?  No, but it works for me at this point in my journey.  It’s definitely a step in the right direction and I will be using it until something better comes along.

This cloth runs about $20 but I’m telling you, it’s well worth every penny.  It also has a 2-year warranty.  If you are interested in this and/or other Norwex products, check out their website and find a consultant near you.

Please note, for windows and mirrors I use the Enviro Cloth to clean and the Norwex Window Cloth (review to come) to dry/polish.  If you don’t dry with the Window Cloth, you might have streaks on windows and mirrors.

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