Spring cleaning.  Two words that brought dread to my heart before I ran my own home.  I pictured myself donning an apron and scarf for my head like one of the classic 50’s housewives and tackling all of the areas that accumulate dirt and dust in my house.

In my imagination, the work is neverending.  And who knows if I’m doing it right?  If you’ve ever googled “Spring Cleaning”, you’ll know that there are checklists and instructions galore.  Seriously, if I followed one of those lists it would take me a year to finish and then it would be time for spring cleaning again.

So I made the decision to complete all my cleaning in short, doable spurts.  And throughout the year rather than in one exhausting week or month.  Now I don’t mind it at all, and even look forward to it the resulting cleanliness that means healthy surroundings for my family.

My Spring Cleaning Tips

Don’t try to do it alone (Delegate!)
Listen to an audiobook or music while cleaning (It helps!)
Clean in short bursts
Start cleaning at times you know you won’t be interrupted
Make lists

How I Do It

I like to take it one room at a time and hit the most important areas – the ones that accumulate the most germs and dirt.  Decluttering, dusting, etc. takes place throughout the year.

Kitchen:  Clean and declutter refrigerator.  Clean microwave.  Clean dishwasher (if I have one).
Living/Dining Rooms:  Declutter bookshelves.  Steam clean problem areas in the carpets.
Bedrooms:  Clean out closets.  Wash curtains.  Go through clothing.
Laundry Room:  Run vinegar through washer in a cleansing cycle.
Bathroom:  Deep clean toilet.  Wash floors around toilet and sink.

Make Sure You Have Clean Cleaning Tools

If you don’t want to spread germs around rather than destroy them when you’re cleaning, make sure you’re using clean/new tools.  Sponges should be traded out for new ones annually, your toilet bowl cleaner should be replaced, etc.

Clorox ToiletWand Review

Speaking of toilet bowl cleaners, that’s one thing I wanted to cover in this post.  Most of us have a reeeally nasty bowl cleaner hiding somewhere in our house.  In my case it was behind the toilet.  One of those scrubber brushes with a handle that makes me wrinkle my nose every time I have to clean the toilet.  I didn’t know there were any other options, but there are are! I was sent one of the new Clorox ToiletWand Cleaning Kits in order to test out a new way to get the inside of your toilet clean.

When you buy the ToiletWand Cleaning Kit, you receive:

ToiletWand Handle
Six Refills
Storage Container

What I like the most about this method of cleaning the toilet is that the scrubbers are disposable.  No more trying to sanitize something that will never be sanitary.  There’s a lot less spread of germs this way, too.  Just pop the disposable scrubber (stored inside the container above) on the end of the handle, dip it in the water and swirl around for a second or two to activate the cleaning solution, and scrub away.  After you’re finished, hold the scrubber over your trash, press the blue button on the handle, and the yucky scrubber is gone!

Demo:

Buy It! (And a Coupon)

If you’re interested in buying a Clorox ToiletWand Cleaning System, you can find it at a store near you.  The Starter Kit retails for $10.00 and the refills for about $5.00.

Get $3.00 off the Clorox ToiletWand Starter Kit by clicking here and printing out the coupon!

Enter to win a Clorox ToiletWand Cleaning System!

{Prize} Clorox ToiletWand Cleaning System
{Eligibility} Open to the United States only.  One person per household may enter this giveaway.  By entering this giveaway you indicate you have read and agreed to the contest rules found here.

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Giveaway will be closed on April 10, 2011 at midnight PST and winner notified by email.  Winner will then have 48 hours to reply to my email or I will have to re-draw another winner.  Good luck, everyone!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Clorox and received a ToiletWand to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.  This post is 100% my own opinion, thoughts, and experiences, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone.  I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products.

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