Get Your Head Out Of The Toilet — A Giveaway!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 2, 2008

I mentioned the other day how easy it is to use the Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush Max. Would you like to win one? I have a Fresh Brush Max and a package of flushable brushes to give to one lucky reader!

Here’s how to enter:

Leave me a comment with your best cleaning tip, before 9pm on June 10th. Make sure you leave an email address, so I can contact you if you win.

If you’d like to earn an extra entry, post the tip on your blog, with a link to this giveaway…

Easy to enter, easy to win!

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Mindy June 2, 2008 at 9:18 pm

I keep a tub of Clorox sanitizing wipes in every bathroom of the house, the kitchen, and the laundry room! (Buy them at your local wholesaler…they are much cheaper that way.) They are perfect for quickly wiping down the countertops and toilet, they leave a gorgeous shine on the tile in my kitchen, and I can keep track of the dust, lint, and soap residue on my laundry machines before it gets out of hand.

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Amanda June 2, 2008 at 9:49 pm

I blogged ya! http://www.mommymandy.com/2008/06/get-your-head-out-of-toilet-giveaway.html

best cleaning tip…. throw bleach into the bottom of your trash cans weekly, those suckers cna start to smell, and if you have a trash compactor, clean them out too!

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misty June 2, 2008 at 10:11 pm

I stick dryer sheets in all of my a/c filters just to keep things smelling nicely. You have to change them every week though. And I also sprinkle carpet fresh in the bottoms of all the trash bags before they are filled up with trash so they do not get too smelly. Thanks for the opportunity.

mistchlo[at]hughes[dot]net

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Kristin June 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Um lets see my best cleaning tip is NEVER LET A ROOMBA ROAM YOUR HOME! I’m not kidding the story is bad…Good luck to all who enter!

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Renee G June 2, 2008 at 10:15 pm

If your garbage disposal starts to smell a little musty, you can solve this by pouring 1/4 cup of soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar, then boiling water to rinse. Works like a charm.

rsgrandinetti @ yahoo.com

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-TNChick- June 2, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Drop an aspirin int he washer with your white clothes to get rid of stains! =)

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JenO June 3, 2008 at 2:30 am

I have dogs, and hate how every time I sweep and mop there’s still dog hair all over my mop. So now I run the vaccuum in the kitchen before I mop. It seems to work just as well as the broom, and I don’t have to mess with the dustpan, either.

nifferjeno at gmail dot com

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BrineS June 3, 2008 at 2:41 am

My best cleaning tip…did you know that coffee filters are great to use to clean windows, glass and mirrors? Try it! :)

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hazel June 3, 2008 at 3:09 am
mannequin June 3, 2008 at 3:29 am

My painter taught me this trick;
I used to think I needed expensive brass cleaner for knobs, etc. What does he use that works even better?
windex.

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PS June 3, 2008 at 5:14 am

Old newspaper cleans glass-windows and mirrors with no streaks!

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- Marybeth I. June 3, 2008 at 5:31 am

my only tip is to follow your kids around the house and pick up the trail behind them. that is the only way my house stays clean

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Shannon June 3, 2008 at 5:42 am

I recommend the Clorox Green products highly!!! I can’t clean without them. They work wonders!

palmersf(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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Ginny June 3, 2008 at 6:51 am

Never leave a room without taking something with you. Easy way to keep clutter build up in a room down. Also, a great time to mop the bathroom floor is after your kids bath. You don’t need to worry about telling the kiddos not to splash, that water will help you mop!

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Bree June 3, 2008 at 6:56 am

Vinegar and water clean almost everything!!

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Emilie June 3, 2008 at 7:17 am

To easily clean baby bottles, pumping parts, sippy cups, etc: Squirt Dawn Direct Foam directly onto a bottle brush and have at it. It only take a single squirt to clean a whole lotta parts and you don’t have to run a whole sinkful of water for a quick clean.

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Carly & Garrett June 3, 2008 at 7:19 am
Connie June 3, 2008 at 7:20 am

To keep a collar on a baby clean, put a napkin in/around the collar before putting on a bib. Really helps to save on stains!

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Nancy June 3, 2008 at 7:55 am

To get rid of the sweat stains around the collar of a shirt, use shampoo. Just put a little of your average shampoo on the collar and scrub with a toothbrush and those stains will disapear.

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Ames June 3, 2008 at 7:58 am

I’m a big fan of using Joy or Dawn dishsoap to get rid of greasy marks on clothing!

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CJW's folks June 3, 2008 at 8:16 am

I make my husband clean the toilets, because he, um, does the most damage to them.

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Amy June 3, 2008 at 8:33 am

My favorite spray cleaner is white vinegar mixed with equal amounts of water. It cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes. I use it everywhere – bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, etc.

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Aubrey June 3, 2008 at 8:53 am

My best cleaning tip is just to do it often – if I wait the house just gets worse & worse and then I never want to do it. :)
byubabe14 at yahoo dot com

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CrystalGB June 3, 2008 at 9:14 am

My cleaning tip is: Don’t throw away socks that have small holes in them. Use them to dust furniture. Just slip one on you hand and dust away.

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Michelle June 3, 2008 at 9:14 am

I love using vinegar. It is non toxic, and it cuts through grease better than most commercial cleaners. I use it everywhere!

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Betsy June 3, 2008 at 9:26 am

My best tip is to just not let things go too long before cleaning. Another tip is to use a cloth diaper for mirrors and windows…no streaking.

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Katrina June 3, 2008 at 10:09 am

I keep a tub of baby wipes in the bathroom to wipe down the around the sink and around the toliet every night. So when the weekly bathroom cleaning comes there isn’t much to do.

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Andrea June 3, 2008 at 10:31 am

I need cleaning tips myself — ha ha. My best would be just to keep up with it. Do a little everyday so it doesn’t get overwhelming.

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MInTheGap June 3, 2008 at 10:35 am

My best cleaning tip before 9:00 pm is to make sure that you have a baby gate. After 9:00 pm, cleaning is much more manageable (except when it’s dishes, because they make a lot of noise).

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Dee S. June 3, 2008 at 10:39 am

Hi keep hand sanitizer in my purse and in every room in my house. Hand sanitizer lifts stains out of carpet so fast. So when my daughter drops something on someone’s carpet or my own, i can douse a little hand sanitizer on there and it lifts it up. Now i can take her anywhere!

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Mary512 June 3, 2008 at 10:40 am

I worked on a home cleaning crew and was a housekeeper for 2 years so I know some good tips. One of the best tips I have learned over the years is a tip on cleaning microwaves. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze some of the juice into a microwavable dish with about an inch of water in it. place the lemon halves in the dish and microwave for a few minutes. This will loosen up any gunk stuck in your microwave and make it so easy to clean. Just swipe, and your done. Depending on how dirty your microwave is, you could mic it for a longer or shorten amount of time, anywhere from 1-5 minutes.Blogged ya:
http://mommyland512.blogspot.com/2008/06/good-cleaning-tip.html
Great giveaway, thanks!

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windycindy June 3, 2008 at 10:46 am

Hi, I use a product called Hope’s Perfect Glass and it actually works on our windows and mirrors! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Cindi ( Also, mixing ammonia and vinegar works well ) :)
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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The Hunter's Wife June 3, 2008 at 11:08 am

CJW’s Folks should win just for that comment. Ha!

Vinegar and water for just about anything.

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Neen June 3, 2008 at 11:08 am

You can remove cryaon marks on walls by scrubbing them with tooth paste. Then rinse and dry.

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jenny June 3, 2008 at 11:28 am

well i use vinger and bakeing soda and lemon juice,salt and water to well clen almost every thing in my home thers also this tv show on bbc that’s called how cleann is your house that well thay give out some hits and tricks to well use things like pots and pans and stoves and so on the one trick i like a lot is how to clan the micawave and well all you need is a big bolw of hot wanter and backing soda and some cut up lemons and set it on for 5.00 min and well it realy gets it clean realy nice any how i love to try and win this thanks

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mom2boys June 3, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Well I now use the Clorox Green Works
cleaners and they work great. They are natural and smell good too. Thanks!

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Cuddle Cottage June 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm

I use a product called ‘Folex’ to get stubborn stains out of clothes, it’s supposed to be an instant carpet spot remover, but it works great on clothes and it’s never done the clothes any harm.

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michelle June 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm

After you use lemons, cut them up and toss them in the garbage disposal. Gives off such a nice smell in your kitchen!

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The Mama Hood June 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm

To cut down on drying time, I throw in a dry towel with the laundry and it helps our clothes dry faster.

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Amanda June 3, 2008 at 5:09 pm
Denise June 3, 2008 at 6:04 pm

I love to use vinegar and baking soda on tough counter top stains! The fizz is great! Thanks!

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Pamela June 3, 2008 at 6:57 pm

I use a baby bottle brush to scrub out the misting chamber on my humidifiers. It really gets the gunk out of where I can’t reach!

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gkstratos June 3, 2008 at 6:57 pm

My tip is to use toothpaste and a soft brush to clean brass fixtures, especially around the fireplace.
gkstratos @yahoo.com

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sarah June 3, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Love the Father’s Day Gift Guide post.

My favorite cleaning tip is to do it often before the grim builds up and gets harder to get off in one swipe. Better yet, invite OCD friends over often so that you purposely panic yourself and clean up more than usual. Do this regularly and your house will be as clean as your OCD friends!

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Bebemiqui June 3, 2008 at 7:56 pm

Start on the high surfaces and work your way down.

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Jenna June 3, 2008 at 8:04 pm

I have fallen in love with the Mr. Clean Orange Multi-Purpose Cleaner…i can use it as windex and just about everything…My tip would probably be to expirement until you find a product you absolutely love.

Also, I always tell myself-alright twenty minutes of nothing but picking up. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can find that you really dont need and can “de-clutter” that quick!

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ablondeblogger June 3, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Hmmm….my best cleaning tip I learned on Oprah. Pick up after yourself as you go and there’s less to clean up later.

Hang up your clothes right away, for instance. Now if only I could follow my own advice, lol.

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Tiff June 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

To clean my microwave i put a small amount of lemon juice in a bowl and heat it up for about a minute. The caked on stuff gets steamed off and the microwave smells Awesome!

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blueviolet June 4, 2008 at 6:18 am

I break up my weekly cleaning by rooms and assign each room a different day. That way it doesn’t overwhelm me too much by having to go through the whole house once a week. I try to spot clean throughout the week too so that it stays looking fresh and neat.
doot65[at]comcast[dot]net

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Anonymous June 4, 2008 at 10:04 am

My best cleaning tip: To get rid of the gross stuff that sticks to the roof and walls of the microwave. Get a bowl, fill it with about half vinegar, half water. Heat it in the microwave on high for 1 min (maybe more if the microwave is really yucky). Then, don’t open the microwave yet, let it sit in there for a little bit. Remove the bowl, the stuff should wipe right off with a paper towell or sponge!!
tangie
[email protected]

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Jennifer Cullen June 4, 2008 at 10:44 am
pintolinda June 4, 2008 at 11:03 am

I use hair spray to help get out ball point ink stains from clothes.
Please enter me.

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leisa10 June 4, 2008 at 11:42 am

Hire a maid!!

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Angela June 4, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Whoa! I am going to get a pen to write down a few of these tips!!!!

My tip:
Keep a shoe orangizer (the kind that hangs on the backside of a door) hanging in the first closet you come to wen you enter the house. My kids know to go straight there and remove their shoes into their assigned pocket. I am not a neat-freak and our carpets aren’t white, but it cust down SO MUCH on the dirt that gets tracked into the house. It also cuts down on Mama having to pick up little 7 inch shoes all over the house :o)

Thanks for the tips ladies!!
~Angela
[email protected]

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ihchicky June 4, 2008 at 1:12 pm

I always have a package of Lysol disinfecting wips under my kitchen sink to clean up spills quickly and easily.

I also posted a link to your giveaway on my blog for an extra entry.

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VickeC June 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm

When you have remants of old tape that is hard to remove,just use a little bit of rubbing alcohol,it will remove it so fast,works on stuck bandaids on kids too,just put a bit on a wash cloth an tab the sticky part an it will peal right off,no more ouchys,thanks

[email protected]

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Jocelyn June 4, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Ok – I am not the world’s best cleaner. But, my best tip is cimply to vacuum out the coils in your refrigerator! I just heard that I should be doing this and had never heard of doing this in 30 years. Thanks for the giveaway!

jocelyn dot compton at gmail dot com

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Deanne02 June 4, 2008 at 5:51 pm

I can’t stand it when you buy something glass and they put the sticker on the glass/mirror. To get it off easily just use rubbing alcohol….try it!

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Reiza June 4, 2008 at 6:41 pm

I throw vinegar in with the wash. It gets out nasty odors, it helps prevent fading and it helps soften fabrics. Plus it’s super cheap.

And no, it doesn’t leave your clothes smelling like vinegar. You lose the scent completely once the clothes are dry.

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celticbikerbabe June 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm

If you get chewing gum in hair, in the rug, or on clothing: rub peanut butter into it. The oils in the peanut butter break down the gum and it washes/cleans out easily.

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Kelli June 5, 2008 at 5:49 pm

I wipe my plastic plants down with dryer sheets when they start getting dusty – makes the plants shine and the room smell fresh!

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Princess of Everything (and then some) June 6, 2008 at 9:29 am

We have a two story apartment. My best cleaning tip is to keep a basket at the top and the base of the stairs. Then, when anything needs taking up or down…it is in the basket and anyone can just pick it up and take it with them.

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[email protected] June 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm

These are some good tips! I am writing some of them down!
My tip is de-clutter!! If everything has a place it belongs it’s alot easier to put it away!

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robynl June 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm

If there is a hole in a T-shirt or it is fading I cut it up into pieces and use for wipe ups, washing off lawn furniture, wiping puppy’s muddy feet, etc.
yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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emily n. June 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I like to use old socks with holes in them to dust because I can easily fit them over my hand and they work really well.

gotfire (at) yahoo (dot) com

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Dorothy Rozdilsky June 8, 2008 at 6:20 am

Greatest cleaning aid

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valmg June 8, 2008 at 9:23 am

Clean the stove and counter immediately after cooking, perhaps while someone else is setting the table. It’s easier to clean when the mess was just made and you won’t forget or not have time to do it later.

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gS49 June 8, 2008 at 10:35 am

The only thing that works for me is to get someone else to do it.

Helpful much?

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Team Morris June 8, 2008 at 12:06 pm

I use newspaper instead of paper towels to clean glass (windows, too). It leaves a streak-free shine with one wipe! You’re recycling to boot!

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jenstill June 9, 2008 at 10:43 am
klp1965 June 9, 2008 at 2:22 pm

get a maid ;)

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Lola June 9, 2008 at 7:56 pm

The best cleaning tip that I have is a product called “Goo Gone”. This product will clean any stains that are oil based and will take bubble gum out of hair and kid’s clothing. It is unbelievable.

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girlof80s June 9, 2008 at 8:08 pm
Heather June 9, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Do a little cleaning every day so that things don’t build up and take a long time to clean. For example, as soon as you are finished cooking on the stove (and it’s cool enough), clean it up instead of waiting and having it take 2 hours to clean.

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sandra jensen June 9, 2008 at 9:36 pm
Jo June 10, 2008 at 4:39 am
bison61 June 10, 2008 at 8:48 am

I use Clorox wipes for quick clean-ups in the bathroom

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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