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Spring Cleaning All Year Round With Windex Touch-Up Cleaner (& a Giveaway!)

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate entry #2 (Stephanie) and entry #10 (Heather) on winning these prize packs! 

With spring comes all of the beauty of the changing season. We finally began to see our grass; we enjoy seeing the new buds on our trees, and the sweet smell of a good April shower. What also comes  is the time for spring renewal and spring cleaning inside our homes to bring the freshness and sunshine into our space.

This year, I have vowed to “spring clean” all year long rather than trying to set aside a specific time to do this. With a very busy family schedule, it can often feel daunting to just keep up the daily maintenance of my home.  If you are anything like me, try and incorporate these tips into your daily routine so that you can relax while everyone else is tired and haggard from their day of spring cleaning. Here are a few ideas for getting these tasks done:

  • Begin by making a checklist of everything that you would normally do during your spring cleaning. Things like washing all the linens and drapes, wiping down baseboards, washing windows inside and out, cleaning out your pantry, washing your shower curtains, organizing your linen cabinets, wiping down walls, and cleaning doorknobs and light fixtures.
  • Take inventory of your cleaners and the tools that you will need in order to accomplish all of the necessary cleaning. Nothing is worse than getting ready to do it and then finding out that you are missing that one component needed to complete your task. Put the items that you will need on your shopping list and get them on the day that you perform all of your errands. Some items I like to always have on hand are microfiber cloths (for dusting and wiping down electronic surfaces), newspaper for a lint-free swipe on my mirrors, dusting spray, and a good all-purpose cleaner. I love the Windex® Touch-Up Cleaner for easily and effortlessly cleaning your home’s surfaces. Use this cleaner for wiping down sinks, counter tops, toilets, the outside of your appliances, stove tops, sealed granite, sealed marble, glass, chrome, glazed ceramic tile, finished wood and more.
  • Continue doing your normal daily routine, but add an extra hour each week towards accomplishing just one of these tasks on your list. Check off the items that you accomplish and press on to the next one. By just devoting one hour a week towards your spring cleaning goals you will have a more manageable deep cleaning routine.
  • Clear out as much clutter as you can. Make a box for trash and a box for charitable donations and fill these with all of the unnecessary clutter in your home. By donating these items to those less fortunate you will gain so much. Not only will someone who needs these items more benefit from your donation, but you can receive a tax break and reclaim space in your own home. My theory is, if you don’t like to dust it and aren’t in love with items in your home- donate it!
  • Try keeping a cleaning schedule that fits with your life and your family’s life. Some people work better during morning hours while others of us would rather be snoozing and do better in the evening. Take advantage of the times that you work best.
  • Put your spring cleaning task on your calendar each week. It sounds silly, but don’t you remember your appointments and engagements better when it is written on your calendar?

 

  • Enlist your helpers to help you on these tasks. Your children and your husband can be active participants in getting your home organized just like they help to contribute to the clutter. Schedule dad for clearing out the garage, taking inventory of the tools you will need to do your gardening, cleaning out the basement, or other tasks inside and outside of the home. Children can aid in cleaning their own rooms by helping to remove some of the clutter in the house. Involving your family can be beneficial in showing them all that you do to keep your house running smoothly.

 

If your children need an extra incentive, be sure to print out our free handy chore punch cards to motivate your kids to be involved in the cleaning process!
For product details, visit http://www.windex.com/ and check out the Windex® Facebook page at www.facebook.com/windex for information, coupons and more; additionally, don’t forget to check out the Shineboard for creative cleaning ideas!

Disclosure: I have partnered with Windex® and am being compensated for my posts. However, my opinions are my own.

 

GIVEAWAY: Two (2) lucky readers will receive tools to make spring cleaning a breeze as well as samples of Windex® Touch-Up in Multi-tasking tool-kit!

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us how Windex® Touch-Up Cleaner will help you spring clean!

*If you are a winner, please leave a testimonial here once you’ve tried it out!*
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Celebrating Earth Day as a Family

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Looking for some fun ways to celebrate Earth Day with your family? This week I am over at the Kenmore Genius Blog to share some ways that our family has found to celebrate Earth Day and make it special for our kids. We hope you can join us and find a new way to celebrate with your family with these fun tips!

If you are in the Spring Cleaning mood, you will also find my article on Spring Cleaning Your Refrigerator.  Your refrigerator might be one of those appliances that may get overlooked, but it is one of the most important appliances in a home. Simple maintenance and cleaning procedures though can greatly extend the life & efficiency of your refrigerator and today I wanted to show how to keep your refrigerator running efficiently for your family with a few of these easy spring cleaning tips!

Today I wanted to share with you some tips for spring cleaning your refrigerator and keeping it running smoothly for your family.

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How to Clean Your Grill While You Sleep

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

It had been unseasonably warm in Indiana the past couple of weeks. Nothing says warm weather fun like dinner on the grill. I opened my grill for the season and, holy cow, the grill was disgusting. I am lazy about cleaning my grill though so I wanted to share with you my lazy and easy way to clean your grill while you sleep. Yes, I said it…clean your grill while you sleep.

For this task you do need an oven with a self-cleaning cycle, a scrub brush, and a small handheld vacuum.

 The first step is to simply put your grill grates in your oven on the racks. Both my oven and my grill were pretty disgusting so they both were in need of a little help for this grilling season.

Select the Clean cycle on your oven.

Once you start the Cleaning cycle on your oven, head to bed. There are a couple of things to note about what may occur in the night. First, it may get really, really hot. Be sure that you have your AC on. The second is that if your grill is as disgusting as mine, you will have one smoky house. If you are sleeping though, you might not notice it…unless it causes your fire alarms to go off. You have been warned.

When you roll out of bed, your oven will look like this. As you can see, the oven and the grill grates had a lot of gunk built up on them. All of that gunk has burnt off into ash and is now at the bottom of your oven. Don’t worry though, we will be able to get this clean, quickly and easily!

Pull your grill grates out of your oven first. Next, grab your vacuum (it can be a handheld quick vac or just attach the attachment on your vacuum) and let’s suck up all of the ash that is on the bottom of your oven. Using the vacuum will help this get clean quickly.

Rinse your grill grates off and use a scrub brush to brush off any of the ash that is lingering on your grill grates.

Finish your clean up by wiping down the interior of your oven with a damp paper towel.

Bask in your glory…part one and part two. It is worthy of two rounds of glory basking, I promise!

Tips for my friends without a self-cleaning oven:

If you do not have a self-cleaning oven, this task may require a little more effort on your part, but it can still be done easily. Upon removing any lava rocks in the bottom of the grill, spray the interior of the grill with a no-heat oven cleaner, shut the grill, and go about your day. The following day, hose down the interior of the grill and use a metal wire brush to remove any stuck on gunk from your grill.

Now that you know how to get your grill clean, it is time to use it!  I decided to start a Pinterest Get Your Grill On board where I am sharing my MomAdvice grilling favorites as well as great grilling tips, tricks, and recipes for making the most of your grilling season.

Be sure to friend me on Pinterest and follow my Get Your Grill On board for some fun and unique ideas for ways to put that freshly cleaned grill to work.

What is your favorite food to throw on the grill? Have any tips or tricks for keeping that grill sparkly clean? I would love to hear them!

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Spring Cleaning with Goodwill

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

vacuuming dirt off a green carpet

This month I am blogging over at the Goodwill Tips blog and we are talking about strategies for Spring Cleaning your home.

I can admit that I used to try to do spring cleaning in one week, but with endless activities on our calendar, it makes it difficult to devote a week’s worth of my time to just cleaning. Who really has time for that?

Instead of doing one deep cleaning try “spring cleaning” all year long learn how you can accomplish that spring cleaning all year long and how to use Goodwill to clear the clutter from your house. Let’s talk about how you can break this task up and reclaim your home when you don’t have a lot of time on your schedule!

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