Monday, May 2, 2011

Spring Cleaning - $100 Visa Gift Card AND Libman Freedom Spray Mop Giveaway


I know this is going to sound very strange, but I actually like spring cleaning.  Do I love the everyday picking up of toys, crumbs and other surprises that my girls leave around?......well, not so much.  But I have to admit that a good deep cleaning around this house feels really good (while it lasts, that is).



Several weeks ago, I mentioned that I cleaned all of my kitchen cabinet fronts with help from my little ladies - Miss Savannah and Miss Matilda.  I just used hot soapy water with one of my favorite cleaning products, Dr. Bronners - all in one cleaner (read more about my love for this product HERE).  I used a good, clean sponge and scrubbed each cabinet, rinsed it down and then dried them off with a micro-fiber towel.  And though no one may notice the huge difference in the cabinets, I can notice and they really look great!


Next, I tackled my dusting.  Again, I used my microfiber cleaning cloths.  I just L.O.V.E. these - what a difference they make.  And what's even better is that you can just throw them in the wash and use them again and again!  Now, I'm not saying my family doesn't use paper towels (we do), but you can go through some serious paper towels when cleaning and that can be rough on the budget and rough on the environment.  A good micro-fiber towel will take you along way in your cleaning.  I have about 3-4 of them and then a special towel used for cleaning glass.


I was asked by Libman to test out their new "Freedom Spray Mop", which was just perfect because mopping the floors was next on my list of spring cleaning "to-do's".  Up until this point I had been using a "Method" brand mop that I purchased at target with a re-usable microfiber cleaning pad.  That mop was really great, but this new Libman mop took things to the next level.


The Libman Spray Mop has a machine washable cleaning pad.  It can be washed up to 50 times which reduces the need to buy those expensive disposable mop pads which is great on the wallet and for the environment.


What I really thought was great was the detachable cleaning solution bottle (this was something my "method" mop did not have).  You can fill this bottle up with any solution you like - maybe you like a more natural approach with just water and vinegar or perhaps you have a "go to" floor mopping solution.......whatever it may be, you can use it with this mop.


There are no batteries needed, you simply squeeze the handle and the solution sprays out of the mop onto the floor - easy peasy!  I am honestly very happy with this spray mop and so happy I was asked to give it a try!

A new product I recently added to my cleaning supplies, is this one........






This is by far one of my new favorite cleaning products - Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner.  I don't need a ton more cleaning products other than my Dr. Bronners, but I think having great smelling, fun cleaning products makes the job a lot more enjoyable.  And I like changing things up from time to time.

Mrs. Meyers comes in a bunch of great scents (Lemon Verbena, Lavender, Basil, Geranium, and Rosemary) and is great for those of you looking for a more natural cleaning product.  I personally love the Lavender scent.  You use this product a lot like Dr. Bronners.  Just mix a small amount with water and it can be used on floors (like in the Libman Freedom Spray Mop), on countertops, for dusting, ect...



And my final little spring cleaning tip/product, is essential oils.  Again, my personal favorite is Lavender oil.  I particularly love to use this in the bedrooms.  I dab a little of this essential oil on a used dryer sheet and tuck these into baskets or drawers around the house.  They leave the rooms smelling great and add a fresh, spring like quality to the air (without the harsh chemicals of room fresheners).  I've had this little bottle for 2 years now, so while essential oil may seem a little pricey, it will last you forever.

I still have a lot more spring cleaning to get done.  I'm just getting going, but I just wanted to share a few products, tips and ideas that make my life easier and help me to enjoy what could be a not so fun task.


So, tell me.......what is your favorite cleaning tip?

 All comments left on this post will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card from BlogHer AND a Libman Freedom Spray Mop from Libman (one winner will be selected to receive both). 
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316 comments:

  1. I am currently using a Swiffer Wet Jet, but the bottled solution and pads are so expensive. Also I have changed all my cleaning products to all natural products, my son has asthma and well, it is great for the environment!
    I would love a mop that I could use my own products and wash the cleaning pad!

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  2. I love my steam mop but I hate that you really have to get every last crumb off the floor before using it.

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  3. My favorite cleaning tip is getting my kids to help! Yesterday my 8 year old son was positively THRILLED to use cleaning spray and scrub the railings of the front porch. He was happy, and I was certainly happy!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  4. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/65040913059164160

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  5. I am in love with Clorox Green Works! It smells so good, and is a lot less harsh on my skin than other strong cleaners.

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  6. Mrs. Meyers is my favorite! I also love using vinegar to clean everywhere. Lemon juice is great for scrubbing off stains as well. :-)

    jberkom (at) gmail (dot) com

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  7. I love using Mrs. Meyers (geranium sent) to wash the dishes. It makes that daunting task a little more enjoyable. :)

    I posted about this giveaway on my blog:
    http://justcallmeblessed.blogspot.com/

    justcallmeblessed2(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Thanks! Leah

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  8. My cleaning tip is, I cut up old stained or ripped T-shirts into a size to fit my swiffer, then I spray diluted vinegar on my floors and use the t-shirt covered swiffer to "mop" my floors. I can then wash them or just toss the t-shirt scraps if they cleaned up something nasty that the doggies left behind.

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  9. I blogged about your giveaway here

    http://www.amberscraftsandstuff.com/2011/05/giveaway-at-cottage-home.html

    ~*~Amber~*~
    amber (AT) amberscraftsandstuff.com

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  10. I use a steam mop on my floors and basically water and microfiber cloths everywhere else:) Thanks for the giveaway:)

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  11. I like the steam cleaner but love the look of the Freedom Spray mop!! I am going to try the essential oil too!

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  12. I use Dr.Bronner's or vinegar for most of my cleaning. I've been wanting to try the Mrs. Meyer's products but haven't been able to find them in the store.

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  13. My husband and I invested in a pricier vacuum, and while it was a big expense, it has far out weighed it's price in its usefulness. It has attachments for cleaning every type of floor surface, as well as steam cleaning the carpets, and cleaning the furniture. Love it! Looking forward to trying some of your cleaning tips as well.

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  14. I think it's not a new tip but the age old wiping of mirrors with newspaper so there is no fibers still works fabulously for me. Thanks.

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  15. My secret weapon is also vinegar. I use it in the wash instead of fabric softner (doesn't leave spots on clothes), I add it to the water in my steam mop, and I put a cup full right side up in my dishwasher to help clean!!!

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  16. I would love a chance at the give away.....I always clean my wood floors with vinegar and water. it seems to do much better and doesn't leave a sticky feeling on the floors plus I know it's not gonna damage my old original wood floors.

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  17. My favorite cleaning tip is to do a little bit every day so it doesn't pile up. Of course, I don't always take my own advice!
    I just bought a Swiffer Wet Jet and have remedied the need to buy reusable pads by cutting up some of my Sham Wow cloths:)

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  18. Whaaaaat?!!?!! I didn't even realize you tweeted! I'm now following you on twitter and just tweeted the give away...my account name is lawilkerson :)

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  19. I save money on cleaning products by mixing up my own window cleaner. It works great and costs only 50 cents per bottle! I also make my laundry detergent for $2/ 5 gallons. Now, if I could just find a cleaning fairy to actually do the work :) Thank you, mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  20. Tweeted @mamalusco. Thank you! mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  21. I love to use Shaklee all natural cleaning products.

    A great way to clean your microwave is to put some lemon slices in a bowl of water and microwave for about 2-3 minutes. then just wipe out of the microwave and all the grime and dirt should come right off very easily.

    Another tip to clean your mattress: in a small jar mix baking soda and a few drops of your fav. essential oils. Shake well and sprinkle over mattress. Let sit for about 20 minutes and vaccuum up. Clean, and smells great.

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  22. My secret is to pay a professional to do a general cleaning every other week. Then I keep up with a few small daily tasks - wiping down countertops and keeping toys in their place.

    It's a great solution for people as OCD as my hubby and me to have almost three year old twins and a spotless house. ;)

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  23. my favorite cleaning tip is when doing a load of stinky clothes or urine soaked bedding is to put some vinegar in with your regular laundry soap to wash them. Cleans and refreshes the clothes.

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  24. I like using baking soda and vinegar for cleaning
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  25. http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/65067909583618048

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  26. I love cleaning the bathrooms although the smell isn't the greatest. It's hard to beat the shine and the cost!

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  27. I love to add a couple drops of essential oil (lavender I prefer) to a mixture of vinegar and water for all purpose cleaning- adds a great fresh scent- awesome for diaper pals! Also- club soda works great for washing windows- and the kids can help out too- they love it!

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  28. My favorite cleaning tip is to use barbasol shaving cream to clean out carpet stains! I can get it for 1 dollar at the dollar tree and it takes out stains like a champ! Plus you get the shaving cream smell, which I love!

    settee@gmail.com

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  29. My favorite tip would have to be using newspaper to clean windows...no streaking and it saves paper towels!

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  30. My favorite cleaning tip would be to get the kids involved, like you did. My 3 year old LOVES to use the hand held vacuum, and I make sure he is able to enjoy using it frequently! I show him where to vacuum and he gets to work! mrs.jennynoll@gmail.com

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  31. My favorite cleaning tip... teaching your kids to pick up after themselves at a young age. My daughter is 2 and she is pretty good at picking up her own toys :)

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  32. I love my steam mop and when I need a little pick me up I use Mrs. Meyers lavender, smells soooo good!

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  33. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. They are the best. Will clean up after almost any mess the kids make and no harsh chemicals. The bathroom sponges are wonderful and effective. (As someone with severe asthma it is so helpful not having to use any chemicals that will set me off and cause problems.)

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  34. I use simple green or white vineger for most of my cleaning needs. My oldest child has asthma and all four of my children have sensitive skin, so the more natural I can be with cleaning, the better!
    I would love to win these items!

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  35. My favorite cleaning tip is to clean on a sunny, happy day with some good music. It makes it so much more relaxing, satisfying and uplifting! Oh, and don't forget to have a good snack too. I find I get low on energy and have to push through to finish those long projects.

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  36. My favorite cleaning idea is to use old newspaper to clean windows, I really did not think this would work when I was first told to do this but it does. thanks sbm11685@yahoo.com

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  37. I just bought a Pledge Fabric Sweeper for dog hair, love watching the dog hair pile up in the container makes me feel accomplished!

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  38. My favorite spring cleaning tip is to de-clutter everything (closets, bedrooms, cabinets, etc.) and give to a charity, etc. I then use household cleaners to give everything a good scrub down! I love that mop & it would come so in handy in my kitchen! Thanks for the giveaway! Hope I win! :-)

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  39. Love to use hydrogen peroxide to clean with! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  40. My favorite cleaning tip is to work on small sections of the house in short spurts. It's pretty helpful too, when you have small children to attend to!

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  41. Well, I don't currently own/rent (about to go to college!) But I do know that cleaning windows with vinegar+water and drying with newspaper works wonders! That and cutting up old t-shirts to use as rags. They may not be cute BUT they'll work!

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  42. To make spray cleaners last longer, you can usually just mix in some water when they are getting low. Most of them are uber concentrated, so diluting them doesn't change their effectiveness, although they sometimes get quite bubbly.

    Also, this is more of an organizing tip, but in my underwear drawer in my dresser I use small cardboard boxes covered in contact paper to separate socks, underwear and bras. I also have painted cardboard boxes and lined them with fabric to separate my crafting materials. Cardboard boxes really dress up quite nicely!

    alwaystotheleft.meg (at) g mail (dot) com

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  43. This year my husband and I used vinegar and hot water to scrub the mold off our metal framed windows and I was so pleased with how well it worked, and it was so much less stressful than trying to keep bleach under control!

    michelle (dot) oborn (at) yahoo.com

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  44. My favorite cleaning tip is to use old ratty socks and t-shirts as cleaning rags. It gives them another use so that they don't just get thrown away!

    ohyeahitsfelicia (at) gmail (dot) com

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  45. I like to fill the jet dry compartment in my dishwasher with vinegar, it works great, and is super cheap. I also use odd socks to slide over a swiffer sweeper, then wash them when the floor is clean.

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  46. I use a steam mop for all my tile floors. I use to scrub the floor on my hands and knees and still do once a month but the steam mop is good weekly. Michelle Stew

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  47. i use cloth rags in place of paper towels, and make the rags out of old tshirts! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  48. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/65227488183328768 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  49. hmm, vinegar and water works pretty well, but the smell leaves something to be desired! :) come to my house and spring clean for me okay? hehehe

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  50. My favorite cleaning tip is to teach them young!!! My daughter learned early on sorting colors as she did the laundry and sorted colors, whites, and darks for me. Their little bodies are also great for cleaning underbeds. How does stuff migrate under there anyhow?!?!

    ~Becky

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  51. Lemon verbena, mmmmm It makes my kitchen small sooo good!

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  52. We have just bought our 1st home and I will be knee deep in cleaning it soon! That's not to say I haven't cleaned before though and I am all for using Meyer's and other Green products to clean. I have used the Dr. Bronner's Soap before, but we used it to take camping to do all our dish and other cleaning to not hurt the environment. I never thought to use it at home! Thanks for the tips! Crossing my fingers I win since I don't yet own a mop!

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  53. My best tip is to thoroughly clean 1 room at a time. That way cleaning doesn't seem like such a monumental task.
    blondie_31971(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/cspring31971/status/65243526337794048
    blondie_31971(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. You can use vinegar and fresh lemon juice in the place of cleaning agents for a more natural clean
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  56. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/65270115222032384
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  57. I use mostly vinegar and other natural items to clean with. I've been wanting to try Mrs. Meyer's products, but haven't been able to find them here yet.

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  58. my favorite cleaning tip is! do as much as you can all natural! water , vinegar, lemon peels etc! thanks!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

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  59. tweet!

    http://twitter.com/#!/nellybarney/status/65298557720215552

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

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  60. I have been told recently I have asthma so I am trying a lot of the natural cleaning tips I am reading. I have a steam mop now my mom gave us for Christmas and LOVE it! Thanks!!

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  61. I keep a bottle of natural cleaning solution and a roll of paper towels in each bathroom so a QUICK touch-up clean can be done at any time!

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  62. I go through vinegar by the gallon. Great giveaway! Evin5 at aol dot com

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  63. I have a cleaning tip that has come in handy for me time and time again. I use an old toothbrush to clean trim, scrub the tile grout in the shower, or just in get those tough-to-clean spots.

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  64. I am a huge fan of the Ecover All Purpose cleaner for mopping--it's one of the few (safe) cleaners that really does what it needs to on my floors. I'm a believer in doing little bits each day. This is what helps me more than anything to keep the house clean. I have a weekly rotation of cleaning and then if I have a few minutes in the morning or evening I will do one little "extra" to make things extra shiny. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. Use a steamp mop!!
    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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  66. I have all wood floors and love my steam floor cleaner to do a really thorough cleaning and, oftentimes, will add vinegar to get a really good clean! I also have a dog who doesn't always use his potty pad, so the Libman floor cleaner would be great for those "accidents"!

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  67. My favorite cleaning tip is to use a lint roller to clean dust and other stuff (in my case, cat hair) off of fabric lamp shades.

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  68. Awesome giveaway and I can't wait to get on of the mops! I have a love/hate relationship with my current mop...I love it, but hate the waste of the cleaning attachments. So, I will definitely get one of these. My best cleaning tip...do it when the kdis are away! Otherwise it takes 3 times as long.

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  69. I like to use vinegar and hot water to clean floors!

    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  70. I love to spot clean my wood floors with a touch of vinegar - especially in my kitchen.

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  71. My cleaning tip?! My husband would question if I even have one to share. My best tip for the bathroom is to wipe down the sink each day with the current hand towel, throw that one in the wash and hang up a fresh one. The trick is to do it every day - otherwise it gets too icky to use the handtowel - and that helps keep me on track.

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  72. http://mobile.twitter.com/wisecricket/status/65554115043917824

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  73. You must be my cleaning twin -- I'm a big fan of both Dr. Bronners and Mrs. Meyer's All-Purpose. I love Dr. Bronners' peppermint so much, I even used it for shampoo for a while. But I digress, my favorite cleaning tip is to throw plastic shower curtain liners in the washer with about a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle. This removes all the soapy film. Vinegar is pretty much great for cleaning everything.

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  74. My tip - With 5 kids a chore chart is a must. I have the kids use disposable cleaning wipes when they are young because they can't make a mess with them or get it in their eyes. My other tip is to teach them all to do their own laundry. They each have their own laundry day & it's a life saver!!!

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  75. My favorite tip is to use Mr Eraser, it cleans textured surfaces so good and works on walls, counters, appliances, garbage cans and just about everything else you might need to clean, I cant live without it
    Thanks for the great giveaway

    debis126 at yahoo.com

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  76. tweeted here

    http://twitter.com/#!/deb126/status/65585928533581824

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  77. I use vinegar to clean just about everything in our home. It is super cheap and kills germs really well!

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  78. The very best cleaning tip anyone ever gave me was to clean at least one thing every morning before I left for work. With this new mop, it would be extra easy to do the floor before you head out the door!

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  79. get all family members involved

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  80. A load [of laundry] a day keeps Mt. Washmore away!

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  81. never thought of using castile soap on my] floors!

    natalienweeks@ gmail.com

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  82. tweet'd!

    http://twitter.com/#!/natalienweeks/status/65930037324550144

    natalienweeks@ gmail.com

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  83. Clean things before they start looking dirty

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  84. My favorite cleaning tip is to use baking soda to scrub sinks and bathtubs. It works great and doesn't dry out your skin, and it's better for the environment.

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  85. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/amylou61/status/66484559419682816

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  86. Along with spring comes sugar ants and for some the large black ants. 3 great indoor ways to deal with them are cinnamon, orange oil and mint. They hate all 3 and will run for the hills. Plus all of them smell really good. Also plant mint around the perimeter of your home (just be careful since mint spreads like a weed)..

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  87. My favorite tip is to do a little bit as one passes through the area so the regular cleaning times don't seem so overwhelming. I just wish I could also get my husband to do this.
    chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

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  88. I tweeted this
    http://twitter.com/#!/The_Sunshyn/status/66549836807278592
    chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

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  89. Make a clean-up basket or bucket, something just big enough to hold some rags (old t-shirts make great rags) and your usual cleaners and gloves. If you make it quick to grab what you need it will be easier to clean it right when little accidents happen! Clean as you go and you won't get overwhelmed!

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  90. my favorite cleaning tip is to use old clothes as cleaning rags. Just use and throw.

    m8usi@yahoo.com

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  91. tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/cappytweet/status/66700330821357568

    m8usi@yahoo.com

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  92. My favorite cleaning tip is to put a cup of water in the microwave for about 30 seconds. The steam will really help loosen all the old crusted food and allow you to clean it really well! (Be careful not to burn yourself!)

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  93. tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/JenniferCNP/status/66921437704888320

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  94. My tip is to clean a little bit each day. I also have set days to do laundry so it doesn't pile up.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  95. http://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/66931556287123456

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  96. My best tip is to do small cleaning chores each day on a rotating schedule. If you do a little each day and keep up on the cleaning it never seems like a big chore.

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  97. My favorite cleaning tip is to do things from top to bottom. That way, the dust or dirt on top you swept off won't mess up thing on the bottom.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  98. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/fairydancer35/status/67000082637144064

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  99. I do not like mopping floors. I get my daughter to do it. She loves it. I have no idea why.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  101. My comments are posting twice for some reason. I deleted one of them.

    I love to clean with Dr. Bronner's, too. I also use Avon Bubble Bath to clean with. It's concentrated, so it really gets up the grime and dirt around the house. I am currently using the Cucumber Melon scent. Yummy! The holiday scents are wonderful to clean with, too. I can bath with them and clean the home with them. lol.

    Microwave Cleaning:
    I use a cup of water with a squirt of lemon juice to clean my microwave. Place the cup in the microwave, put the power on max for about 5 minutes. The steam from the water moistens and loosens the cooked, dry food particles. The lemon imparts a fresh aroma. Wipe the inside of microwave with clean cloth. The food particles come off easy.

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  102. The disposable pads that go on the bottom of the spray mops are so expensive (and wasteful). I use old rags (cut up pillow cases, ratty t-shirts, etc) on the mops. Works great!

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

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  103. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/PurpleLarkspur/status/67280241420271616

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

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  104. I try to keep up with the dirt by cleaning as a I go every day. That makes it easier and there are no overwhelmingly big jobs to get me discouraged. I too have some wood floors so this mop is perfect for me and I don’t lie harsh chemicals so like the idea of water only cleaning. I use a steam mop for my kitchen and bathroom floors and this one is great for the wood floors!
    apoalillo [AT] hotMaIl (dot) com

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  105. My favorite cleaning tip is to save your old t-shirts, towels, and sheets and use them as cleaning rags rather than just throwing them away. It saves on using so many paper towels. LPoser1 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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  106. My favorite tip is using newspaper instead of paper towels to clean windows which leaves no streaking.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  107. I use old newspaper pages to wash my windows.

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  108. My favorite tip is to use vinegar to clean and baking soda to neutralize the smell! :]

    ekieuuu@gmail.com

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  109. http://twitter.com/?status=http%3A%2F%2Fthecottagehomereviews.blogspot.com%2F2011%2F05%2Fspring-cleaning-100-visa-gift-card-and.html%3FshowComment%3D1304894889384%23c2860871666443763228#!/ekieu/status/67360304920662017

    ekieuuu@gmail.com

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  110. I like to clean a little each day so that the mess doesn't get overwhelming.

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  111. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/#!/EverydayVibrant/status/67361927562665984

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  112. One of my best tips is to use baking soda to remove small scuffs and marks.
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  113. i try to put things away as Im done with them, to cut down on clutter, and make less work later

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  114. http://twitter.com/#!/saphyress/status/67389174239608832

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  115. veinegar/baking soda make non toxic cleaning for toliet

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  116. try to do a little bit of cleaning each day

    debbiebellows(at)gmail(dot)com

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  117. tweeted here:

    http://twitter.com/bellows22/status/67417337619423232

    debbiebellows(at)gmail(dot)com

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  118. I have to clean in the morning – if not doesn’t get done. My tip is to get the kids involved and delegate what you can – makes it easier
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  119. try to do a little cleaning each day.

    nickieisis3atgmaildotcom

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  120. My tip is to clean one room at a time.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  121. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/rhoneygee/status/67480277236195328

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  122. ohh Gosh this ia a great give a way. My tip is to have a paintbrush in your cleaning caddy for help with dusting. Gets in the corners where rags won't and also great for lapshades. Thanks for the chance to win
    Trish
    krazykcrafters at msn dot com

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  123. I like to use bleach to clean my kitchen sink. I put a little hot water in and add a bit of bleach, let sit, then wipe clean.

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  124. My favorite tip is to stock up on Mr. Clean Magic Erasers! I haven't found ANYTHING that these "little miracles" won't clean! I LOVE them!!

    kitty32504 at cox dot net

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  125. work from the top down. you don't want to do the floors first and then end up with crumbs off the table or counters landing on your clean floors

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  126. I agree with you about the microfiber cloths. I'm a believer! If you start with your least favorite task, the rest will seem easier.

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  127. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/clc408/status/67599229471825920

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  128. My best cleaning tip is vinegar is a great window cleaner.
    Scott Martin
    spmartin122@gmail.com

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  129. My grandmother taught me to pour salt on oven spills, let the oven cool and then it will wipe up easily

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  130. I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/eyzofblu63/status/67666956270043136

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  131. Well, some people work out or go for a walk when they are upset. (Walk it off) I clean when I'm angry or upset. I always have been that way. I am a very passive person and dislike confrontations so to blow off steam, I learned manual labor is a productive way to not let anger build up inside. I can always clean. Always! If folks get mad, don't sit and stew...clean it through.

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  132. https://twitter.com/#!/GrandmaSezSo/status/67673322825064450
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    geneveve2@gmail.com

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  133. It's not a tip for getting things clean, but for motivation: Always have a treat in store for completing a job! I like to light a candle in a clean room and sit down with a cold beer after I'm done cleaning. :)

    krtrumpet [at] aol [dot] com

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  134. I use water/white vinegar to clean out the fridge and keep it smelling clean.

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  135. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/buzz8/status/67700691040346113

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  136. My favorite cleaning tip? Use the best cleaning products you can afford-it doesn't pay to buy cheap stuff and have to use twice as much!

    dwellenstein at cox dot net

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  137. My favorite tips include taking off shoes and not wearing them inside...helps keep stuff from being tracked in. And to keep stuff picked up at all times. This is hard, but it is so much easier to clean when you don't have to put mountain sized piles away even before you can begin cleaning.

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  138. My tip is to use natural/organic cleaners instead of chemical ones. They are much better for you and the environment.

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  139. I use baking soda in a lot of ways. If you boil it in water in a pan that has burnt material in it, the burn is easy to clean off.
    iridia718 at gmail dot com

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  140. I just made my own homemade laundry detergent! So excited that it costs less than 6 cents per load!

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  141. I use vinegar on everything! You get used to the smell....eventually. BUT, on my stainless fridge to get rid of fingerprints, i squirt a little baby oil on a microfiber cloth and just wipe clean. cleans off all fingerprints and squirts and makes it shine so nice!

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  142. Use terry towels to clean up messes. They are re-washable.


    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

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  143. tweet

    http://twitter.com/#!/mrcheapo/status/67770452159901696

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

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  144. My favorite cleaning tip is to use Vinegar and baking soda
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  145. http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/67782707849080832
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  146. Favorite cleaning tip: Magic eraser for crayon on the wall. :)

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  147. I like to clean things as I use them so I never have too much!

    toddjesslabrum@gmail.com

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  148. My best cleaning tip? Enlist your kids and remember that ppl come 2 see u and not ur house!!!!

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  149. Since my daughter has developed tonsillitis and psoriasis on her scalp, I've bene trying to make a switch to more natural cleaning AND bathing products. I recently bought Seventh Generation dish detergent and have pulled out some of the Meyer's products I have but never use. I'd also like to begin using vinegar to clean. One thing I try to do since we both work full time is clean something each day so I'm not overwhelmed on a weekend by a whole house.

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  150. My best cleaning tip is one that is posted here many times. I use vinegar for many things. It is slowly replacing other varied cleaning products in my house. I use it as a general cleaner. I use it in the wash instead of fabric softener.

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  151. I, too, love those microfiber cloths. To get even more mileage out of the ones that I buy at Target (very inexpensive in the auto dept) I cut them in half and zigzag the raw edge so that I get two cloths out of every one. I like the smaller size and get more cloths to use!

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  152. i start at the back of the house and move forward room by room when I'm doing a whole house cleaning - it helps keep me on task

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  153. During the summer when my big kids are out of school they clean the house when I'm at work during the day. I leave a list of things that need to be done and "Job a Day" gets them credit for outings and family adventures and even cash if they are saving up for something special. They can do all the same jobs that I can do and they are learning really well how to clean a house efficiently. Try it with your own kids!

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  154. Keeping a to do list and trying to get 1 thing done a day.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  155. Tweeted here too

    http://twitter.com/#!/gmissycat/status/68029776606138368

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  156. A quick tip for cleaning the washroom is to clean all the brightwork first, then tackle the heavy cleaning and finish with the floors
    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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  157. My favorite tip is to play a Pandora station while cleaning. It keeps the work somewhat interesting :)

    rawrms (at) gmail (dot) com

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  158. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/livelovelynn/status/68158267695697923

    rawrms (at) gmail (dot) com

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  159. I do a quick wipe down of my bathrooms every day, and having clean bathrooms make my house feel cleaner! Also I don't let people wear shoes in my house, I have dark hardwood floors that show everything, and I have to keep them clean! So this helps me so I don't have to clean as often. No shoes= less mess on the floors.
    micahandkelsey1(at)cox(dot)net

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  160. I run vinegar through my dishwasher and washing machine once every 2weeks to remove build-up and the nasty odors!

    hebert024 at aol dot com

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  161. Here's my tip: use newspaper to clean mirrors and windows. It really works! And I'm also a cleaning with vinegar fan.

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  162. using vinegar on windows
    Thanks for the entry!
    Janna Johnson
    jannajanna@hotmail.com

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  163. Let product sit on soiled area before cleaning. msmith572@yahoo.com

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  164. Tweet: https://twitter.com/flowergirl523/status/68446074053988352

    msmith572@yahoo.com

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  165. Blogged: http://insanityisforthelame.blogspot.com/2011/05/cottage-home-reviews-spring-cleaning.html

    msmith572@yahoo.com

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  166. Always clean up messes when they happen and get the kids involved.
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  167. tweeted.http://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/68758607470141440
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  168. Buy a Libman Mop.

    idahomom at cox dot net

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  169. Kosher salt is great for scrubbing burned on food off of pans, the stove and oven.

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  170. My tip is to keep anti-bacterial wipes in every bathroom for quick wipe downs. It makes it easier for in between deep cleanings.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  171. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/eswright18/status/69586941531795456
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  172. My favorite cleaning tip is wipe down your bathroom after your shower. The steam makes it real easy to clean.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  173. Put aside 15 minutes each day so it doesn't become overwhelming
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

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  174. http://twitter.com/#!/rsmc1/status/69615084481155073

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  175. I have "white" kitchen floors. I try to keep them clean often which can be a task especially during the warmer months.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  176. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/disneyfan40/status/70214808766644225
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  177. I would love to try out the mop you mention - I have not tried it nor the towels you mention. One of the best tips I have is do a little cleaning every day or almost every day and then you do not need to spend hours and hours on one day. Also do a load or two of laundry every other day and you will not have mounds and mounds of dirty clothes to take care of.
    Karen

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  178. I add vinger or lemon juice and use as a cleaning agent
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  179. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/70310760475144192
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  180. My fave tip is to reduce the clutter so cleaning takes less time. The microfiber pads are very effective and do not require as much in the way of cleaning solution.
    I avoid the essential oils as they are particularly dangerous for pet birds.

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  181. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/bettycd/status/70329718725017600

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  182. My cleaning tip is to use natural products like baking soda and vinegar. Cheap, effective, & safe for pets and children.

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  183. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/heatherzilla8/status/70383755801530368

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  184. my favorite cleaning tip is to do one room at a time..so you don't feel overwhelmed and you can see progress
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

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  185. Buy some flannel and make your own rags. No need to use paper towels. I just keep a basket under each sink with plenty of flannel rags. Works great, saves money and helps our planet at the same time.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  186. Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/chipdip2010/status/70672722388197376
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  187. my favorite cleaning tip, is when you spill wax from candles on a carpet.... Place a paper bag over the spot. press your warm iron over the paper bag, and it will soak up the wax. Keep doing this till it is all up.

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

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  188. tweet

    http://twitter.com/MistySunrise/status/70732647822929920

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

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  189. I DO NOT USE BLEACH, I USE VINEGAR INSTEAD
    no19034770 @yahoo.com

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  190. Warm water and vinegar is the best (and cheap) thing u can use to clean pretty much everything

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  191. I love that you love Dr. Bronners too!

    Thanks for the change to win! My favorite cleaning tip is to make my own all-purpose cleaning spray with castile soap, water, and tea tree oil and spray bottle. It’s cheap and green!

    Newlywedsnextdoor@gmail.com

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  192. My favorite cleaning tip is to blast music and dance around while you clean to make it fun!

    lindsey(dot)marcus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  193. oh yes, I never thought of that. I think my new top would be to add a little essential oil to your unscented cleaning solution! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  194. 2nd entry tweet @ http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/71624733350834176 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  195. favorite cleaning tip: use 2 cups water, 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/4 tsp dishwashing soap as an all purpose cleaner. Put in old Windex spray bottle, shake well. I use this on mirrors, countertops, toilets, you name it.

    ksgillmore at yahoo dot com

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  196. My best cleaning tip is to do a simple/quick wipe down in the bathroom every day when I'm done getting ready. It's easy and keeps things neat and tidy.

    psmomreviews@gmail.com

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  197. I tweeted- http://twitter.com/#!/psmomreviews/status/71654387554062339

    psmomreviews@gmail.com

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  198. I "want" to like to clean, but truth is, I don't. So a favorite cleaning tip is tough...doing SOMETHING every day is the best I can manage as a tip. It helps me.
    siswins2 at gmail dot com

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  199. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/SisWins/status/71657450729766912
    siswins2 at gmail dot com

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  200. I hate cleaning. I get super grossed out by the thought of what might be on whatever, so rubber gloves are my must-have item!
    zenobia(dot)k(dot)bradford(at)gmail(dot)com

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