Saturday, April 27, 2013

How Gain Makes Spring Cleaning Better (#PGmom Giveaway)

It seems that spring has finally sprung!

I love cracking out my sandals and shorts and stuffing my boots and sweaters away for another year.

However, I don't really enjoy the big spring clean...using actual cleaning products.

Having a toddler who insists on feeding herself leaves for a daily mess in her high chair and the surrounding area. Having a toddler who crawls everywhere and finds the littlest speck of dirt even when you just vacuumed can be frustrating. Having a toddler who splashes more than bathes making your bathtub more like a wave pool leaving puddles on your bathroom floor.

After cleaning up the aforementioned daily messes, it's no wonder I don't want to do a big clean "just because".
P&G recently sent me some cleaning products, and let me tell you, using some of them actually did make the job more enjoyable.

One of my favourite scents is Gain. There's just something about it that smells fresh and clean...it instantly puts me in a better mood. So, when smelling the scent while cleaning my sink and tub, I was in heaven. I love having a bathroom that smells like Gain! And I never thought I'd love a Swiffer scent more than I love Open Window Fresh, but now that there's a Gain scent...

Here are some tips from the folks at P&G when it comes to spring cleaning (and a few of my own in italics):

Upholstery, carpets & curtains: Mist these hard to wash areas with NEW Febreze Fabric Refresher with Gain to eliminate unwanted odours and leave a fresh scent. (It's even safe for animals, which is great, because my cat Booyah wouldn't leave the couch after I used this product!)

Closet clutter: Tuck away your winter wear in organized storage bins to make room for your spring and summer wardrobe. To keep your winter wear smelling fresh, add Gain Fireworks Original Scent Booster to your laundry load, before tucking items away. You can also use a Febreze Fabric Refresher to refresh items being pulled out of storage. (My own personal family cleaning tip - we stick a Bounce sheet in EVERYTHING we put in storage...clothes, books, stuffed animals...it keeps the products smelling great when they come out!)

Baseboard & blinds: These areas trap dust and dirt, and can often be neglected. To tackle these tricky areas, run the Swiffer Duster along the surface.

Tough to clean places: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a great tool for cleaning away the grime you come across when uncovering those rarely seen spaces and hard to reach places. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser removes scuffs, crayon marks and finger prints from walls too! Mr. Clean has plenty of tips to share, check out www.mrclean.ca for details. (Someone rubbed up against my car in a parking lot...I used a Magic Eraser, and bam, the marks were gone!)



P&G has created the Gain Spring Cleaning Kit with all the tools you need to tackle the mess, while adding some good clean fun to the mix! The bundle is valued at approximately $80 includes:
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Select-A-Size 
  • NEW Mr. Clean with Gain Spray 
  • NEW Swiffer Dust & Shine with Gain 
  • NEW Swiffer Sweeper with Gain Dry Refills 
  • NEW Swiffer Sweeper with Gain Wet Refills 
  • Swiffer Sweeper Kit 
  • NEW Swiffer WetJet with Gain Solution 
  • Swiffer WetJet Kit 
  • Swiffer Duster Refill 
  • Swiffer Duster Kit 
  • Gain Fireworks Original Scent Booster
My only complaint about these wonderful new products is that Mr. Clean didn't jump of the packing and do all my work for me.

To win some assistance for your big clean, please use the Rafflecopter below.

Open to Canadian Residents who are the age of majority only. Valid entries only. Contest ends Wednesday, May 14, 2013. By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. For further contest rules, refer to the Terms and Conditions within the Rafflecopter. 

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Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.  

© 2013 YYZ Bambina. All Rights Reserved.

67 comments:

  1. My best spring cleaning tip is to start in one place then don;t move on until done. :)

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  2. Make a list. It is much easier to get things done if you can cross them off and watch that list get smaller and smaller

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  3. Anonymous4/27/2013

    Andrea Amy
    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

    Those magic erasers are great! Especially for removing crayon off the walls.

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  4. I finally figured out to do a pre-spring declutter. It's a lot easier to clean if I don't have to keep moving piles of stuff that shouldn't be in my house, anyway!

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  5. Use newspaper to clean inside and out windows.

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  6. I also suggest making a list. It helps me focus, and then I can tackle the chores one at a time, so it doesn't seem so daunting.

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  7. Start at the back of the room and work outward. We do a little every week. We pick one day for 2 hours and work our way through the house.

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  8. get rid of the winter coats, wash them, and put them away for the season.

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  9. Don't try to do everything at once! You'll burn out. Tackle a big project every weekend until you're done.

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  10. basically, just to start doing it, but stay concentrated in one spot because if you clean here and there, you won't see any results and it can get discouraging.

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  11. I just realized how awesome a job my husbands shop vac does cleaning the roman blinds...Much better than my home vac!
    via Rhonda W G.

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  12. work from one end of the house to the other

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  13. Start early :)
    Marla

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  14. My tip is to do your windows first. Then you can open them and let the springtime weather enter and this will motivate you to do the rest of the spring cleaning chores.
    Rafflecopter: Jay Tee

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  15. Write down a list of all that has to be done and tackle them all over a weekend. I find that if I do it all at once it's not that bad. But if I leave things to "later" then they just hang over me.
    Rafflecopter - Natalie T

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  16. my tip is to work room to room
    rafflecopter - rachelle t

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  17. Just concentrate on one room at a time.

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  18. Focus on one spot at a time.

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  19. My tip is to have a bucket or container with all the supplies you'll need handy so you don't have to look around once you start.

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  20. Do one room at a time starting with the top floor and the room furthest from the stairs, working your way to the front door

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  21. Go slowly if you need to!

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  22. Something I heard on a tv show once was to take your favourite scent of essential oil and put a small dab to coat your light bulbs and when the lightbulb heats up it'll give off the scent...though I've never actually tried it myself...I thought it was a neat tip :)

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  23. I do a bit of extra cleaning every day so I don't have as much to do for my spring cleaning.

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  24. My favourite part of spring cleaning is finishing it. I mean it.

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  25. (okay, let's try that again and ignore I made that last comment.
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    My favourite tip is to not sweat the small details or the incomplete task or tasks in a given day. It doesn't have to take one day to finish a spring cleaning job. And if you don't get it just right, it's okay. Most people don't even do spring cleaning. So just doing all you did is an accomplishment, not a failure. Just try your best to find some time later on to finish the task.

    On a related note, prioritize your tasks and get everything in place ready to go as you are ready to cleaning. When everything is in place, you can clean a lot faster if you don't have to search for anything.

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  26. my tip is to hire a cleaning service and spending your precious time outside enjoying the fresh air and sun

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  27. I put a list on the fridge of all the things I want to do and then for the months of April and May I make sure I complete at least one task a week.
    Angela Mitchell

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  28. last thing to clean is the floors then u can relax

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  29. The best way to dust blinds is to close them, then wipe up and down with an old dryer sheet. It'll create an antistatic barrier that helps prevent dust from building up again.

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  30. I use the vacuum to get all the dust bunnies out of the corners of the ceiling

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  31. Store a fabric softener sheet in with winter clothes when you put them away so that they come out smelling fresh in the fall/winter

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  32. make a list,,and concentrate on doing only 1 room a day,,makes it a lot easier on yourself.
    (Karla Sceviour on rafflecopter)

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  33. Do one room and one task in the room at a time.
    thanks

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  34. start in one corner & don`t move anything back behind you

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  35. The best tip that I have is for using the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I use them to clean fingerprints from kitchen cupboards and light switches. I also use them on my floors to remove scuff marks and dirt that other cleaners leave behind.

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  36. Listen to music while you clean, it helps make it a bit more fun :)

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  37. My best tip is to put on your favorite music, wear some lipstick and stick to one room at a time before moving on to the next area!

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  38. clean one room at a time!!!
    rafflecopter name is tammy dalley

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  39. Clean on a day where it's not so nice out, then you can enjoy yourself out when it is nice.

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

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  40. sarah sar5/02/2013

    Start from the top and then work your way down to the bottom...you have no idea how much stuff ends up on the floor!

    texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

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  41. Magic eraser everything :p

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  42. eleanor5/02/2013

    Make a list and stick to it until it's all done. Also, start on the small cleaning tasks until you tackle the larger ones.

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  43. Finish cleaning one room before moving onto another one!

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  44. I usually try to start at one end of the house and move systematically to the other end - not in swoop though :)!

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  45. vacuuming makes a world of a difference

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  46. loud music while cleaning

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  47. My best spring cleaning tip is start by getting rid of old clothes. That takes care of the mess here. Then extreme dusting lol.

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  48. Store all of your winter clothing and winter accessories in air tight bags until winter decides to return again!

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  49. pick one room, keep on it from start to finish

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  50. Clean a little bit every day so it's not overwhelming

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  51. Deb Dorrington5/06/2013

    Don't spend the whole day cleaning, it will becoming a real chore that will put you off and you won't stick with it. Just do 3 or 4 hours and stop for the day..

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  52. Do one room at a time and make a list

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  53. I ask my husband to help me with it. lol

    Narathip Wall
    polo_wataga@ yahoo dot com
    www.dealsandfree.blogspot.ca

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  54. Don't forget to clean those ceiling fans!

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  55. Set a timer to go off after a certain period of time (maybe an hour). Decide to just work really hard cleaning for that time. It's easier knowing there's an end in sight.

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  56. Victoria Ess5/09/2013

    Plan to put aside a few days, and get the troops involved!

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  57. I make a list and a plan and we tackle the house room by room to spring clean.
    Thank you!
    - Dawn

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  58. Shirley5/10/2013

    Split it up over multiple days

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  59. My favorite tip is to keep the windows open as much as possible. Keep outdoor freshness indoors. :-)

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  60. I try to just keep up with the cleaning, not let it get out of hand and then I'm consumed with cleaning for a weekend!

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  61. My only tip is to have great music on your iPod or playing the background. I usually start in the kitchen, not sure why it is my favorite room to clean. It is usually a visible accomplishment once complete!

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  62. I use cornstarch and water to wash the windows. works great, no streaks, no haze

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  63. michelle tremblett5/14/2013

    Pack up and put away all your winter clothes first, amazing what a difference it makes when that is out of the way :)

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  64. Dreena5/14/2013

    Take a bit of time every day to do some task or break it up into chunks of time.
    Cheers.

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  65. Really impressive post..i will trying these cleaning solution using carpet cleaner ..keep it up...

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  66. I REALLY need to get better about a cleaning schedule because I keep our house clean but I procrastinate and try to do it all in one day and get overwhelmed! Thanks for these ideas!

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