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Monday, March 9, 2009

Mrs. Meyers Clean Home Giveaway! Week 2

**Contest Closed**


I recently got a book called Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home: No-Nonsense Advice that Will Inspire You to CLEAN like the DICKENS from the Hachette Book Group. It has tips on how to clean just about anything in your house. A fabulous resource! I decided to take her tips and work on a few problem spots in my house this month for each of my Tackles in March. But the best part? I get to GIVE AWAY a copy of the book each week for the whole month!

Each week I'll be sharing a tip I learned form Mrs. Meyers. This week I decided to clean out my drains. With 4 girls in the house, and lots of food going down the disposal, our drains get clogged from the basement to kitchen to bathroom. I am not a huge fan of the harsh drain uncloggers, simply because I'm worried about the kids getting into them. Once, after using one of the harsh drain cleaners in my tub, I was horrified to find one of the kids taking a bath...before I'd had a chance to clean the tub.

Mrs. Meyer's formula is simple and can be used from the bathtub to the kitchen sink! She recommends pouring a half cup of baking soda down the drain followed by half a cup of white vinegar (see, vinegar is a great cleaner!). After a few minutes, pour a kettle-full of boiling water down the drain. Wala!

Intrigued? Do you need this great resource? Enter to win a copy for yourself! The best news.....I have 5 copies to give away! Don't win this week? Enter again next Tuesday!

Here's what you need to do:

1) Leave me a comment here. I'd love to hear YOUR favorite cleaning tips!

For extra entries:

2-Tweet about this contest (I'm @1momof5 on twitter) and leave me the link to your tweet

3-Blog about this contest and link back to me (http://1momof5-reviews.blogspot.com/) and get 2 extra entries!

4-Follow me! (or my main blog) Do both, and get 2 entries!

5-Grab my button and post on your blog (Life is Sweet button counts, too!)

6-Fav me on Technorati (again, both my main blog and reviews blog count), stumble your favorite post from Life is Sweet, or kirtsy one of my posts.


This contest will run until Monday, March 16, 2009 at 10:00 PM Eastern Time. I will announce the winner that night, and then post a NEW contest for the 2nd book giveaway the following day (Tuesday the 17th). This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. No PO boxes, please.

Remember to leave me some way to get ahold of you if you are the winner! If the winner does not respond back to me within 48 hours of being contacted, I will have to pick a new winner.

Good luck!


PS--the winner of week 1's book is Lori at Time of Your Life. Congratulations, Lori!

77 comments:

  1. Hi! I've been lurking for a few days now, and am enjoying your blog. As for my cleaning tips, well...lemme see...

    1. I'm starting to follow FLYLady and see how that goes.
    2. I eat out a lot, which helps keep the kitchen clean. :-)
    3. I clean my garbage disposal by running a few cubes of ice through it, followed by a bunch of citrus fruit skins (usually grapefruit or orange).

    Beyond that, well, I'm not a slob but nobody would admire my housekeeping skills.

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  2. To sharpen the blades and freshening the scent from the garbage disposal. Crush whole ice cubes and a half a lemon in the disposal.

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  3. Baking soda is a safe and friendly cleaner. :)

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  4. follower - come follow me too :)

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  5. Tweeted: http://tinyurl.com/dg3rvo
    Twtr: gahome2mom

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  6. button on blog - abc listed:
    http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com/

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  7. I use baking soda and vinegar often - best non-toxic cleaning weapons I've found! And, microfiber cloths are great for dusting or cleaning with just water.

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  8. Got your button.
    http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/

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  9. Favorite in Technorati (aitmama).

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  10. I love love love Mrs. Meyers products!

    My favorite quick-cleaning weapon is baby wipes. They're much more durable than paper towels. :) e-mail ash13jerk@aol.com or visit my blog!

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  11. My favorite cleaning tip? Hire a maid. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Pick me, Pick me! I need inspirational cleaning tips!
    I am a fan of 10 minute cleaning sprees....
    Have a great day!

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  13. I like to do things in small pieces. If I do a little thing each day I can avoid those long days of nothing but cleaning!

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  14. I've been doing the clean the drain thing with vinegar and baking soda for years and also make a vinegar solution of 1 part vinegar to 9 parts water for cleaning the rest of the kitchen

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  15. My best cleaning tool is those micro fiber pads you put on the mop handle..boy do those babies work great on hardwood floors! Thanks for having the giveaway!

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  16. My tip is using newspaper to clean your windows. No streaks!

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  17. Confession: haven't looked at this giveaway till today. I don't really like the deep cleaning stuff, so I thought I'd let someone who'd enjoy the book win. But I just read your drain-cleaning tip and now I want the book! We have *no* disposal, so I'll be doing this today, too!!

    I honestly don't have any cleaning tips. Yesterday I made a LIST and wouldn't allow myself access to the computer till it was complete. So I actually got a lot done yesterday. And shockingly, the blogging world survived without me! ;)

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  18. I am trying to switch over to natural cleaning products from the chemical stuff-yuck-so I would love to win this book to help! I haven't tried it yet but I got an email from Martha about a natural tub scrub: Add one teaspoon of liquid soap and several drops of an antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint) to one cup of baking soda. Add just enough water to form a paste, and use it with a sponge or brush to scour bathtub surfaces.

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  19. I just saw this book on tv as a MUST HAVE! I clean my granite counters with a mixture of dawn dishsoap, water and rubbing alcohol.. streak free baby.

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  20. One tip I learned from my grandmother is when preparing a meal, fill the sink with hot soapy water. That way you can pop the used pots and pans, etc into the water and let them soak while you finish cooking and/or eat. Then cleanup will be quicker and easier.
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  21. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/talonsmom731/status/1306120756
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  22. 1: I blogged: http://goyay.blogspot.com/2009/03/life-is-sweet-mrs-meyers-clean-home.html
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  23. 2: I blogged: http://goyay.blogspot.com/2009/03/life-is-sweet-mrs-meyers-clean-home.html
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  24. I follow your reviews.
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  25. I have faved you on Technorati. My username is Fr00tL00ps731
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  26. hmm...i don't have any good cleaning tips. i hate cleaning. perhaps this book will help me out! :)

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  27. I don't like cleaning either, but I guess the best one is put things back where they belong before going to bed!

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  28. oh that sounds wonderful! i really like that harsh chemicals weren't recommended. i use vinegar and baking soda for everything, but sometimes i need a little extra help with stuff like getting pen off the couch. :/

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  29. This is awesome! I like to use RealSimple magazine's Shiny Sink 101: soak sinks by filling with hot water and bleach and letting sit for one hour. Drain, scrub with cleanser, rinse and then polish to a sparkle with Windex! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. Do I want to clean like the Dickens? Did the Dickens have a clean house? I probably need this BIG time... make that definitely - currently I need a miracle to clean up after the re-construction mess!

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  31. 1) I use newspaper in my cat litter box.. I don't like litter everywhere and it's easy to roll up and toss out!

    2) TWEET http://twitter.com/bynbynbyn

    3) I'm a FOLLOWER!

    4) I posted your button on my blog http://momallday.blogspot.com/

    I would LOVE this book!!!! :) I'm so excited!

    Robyn :) Mom All Day and Robyn's Chic Scraps

    http://momallday.blogspot.com/
    http://robynschicscraps.blogspot.com/

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  32. Hummm... not sure if I was able to become a follower! I think there is a glitch in it... let me know if I need to try again on that one!

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  33. I am a sucker for tips of any kind! Please send the book my way!! Not an orginal tip, but one I have stuck with for quite awhile. Lint brushes for quick dusting everywhere (furniture, couches, chairs, bedding, etc.). It is really great on pet hair, plus it doesn't just push it to the floor if there is no time to vacuum.

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  34. I would love this book! Also ready for cleaning motivation! Favorite cleaning tip well with kids I try and minimize the toys out side of there rooms...I bin up some toys and rotate through them about once a month

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  35. I'm a follower of both your blogs!
    22luvroses22@gmail.com

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  36. I like to clean my ceiling fans with swifter sweepers because it collects the dust and prevents it from flying through the room.

    yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

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  37. Follower


    yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

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  38. I use the "used" dryer sheets to polish faucets after I clean them. Just having a having faucet makes me feel good about the appearance of my kitchen and bathroom!

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  39. 1 bottle of rubbing alchohol to a gallon of water and 2 drops of liquid dish soap. GREAT cleaner.Even for windows!

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  40. Anything that helps in the cleaning department is A-ok with me! Love your header pic too. Great shot!

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  41. I honestly NEED this :) And I love me some vinegar for cleaning!

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  42. I need this too! I am a green cleaner making my own cleaners and I love it so far!

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  43. fav tip- well she beat me to it! i use vinegar to clean everything becuz it is the best disinfectant in the world (better than bleach)

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  44. Since my other blog is a cleaning/organizing blog, this item might come in very handy. My other blog is MessyMomsSLC.blogspot.com since I can't figure out how to get it to show up in the comment as box.

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  45. So far the I'm still working on my cleaning skills but I think soak wait than wipe is very effective. Thanks for the chance

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  46. I'm trying to more natural with my cleaning since my 3 y/o has chronic lung disease and asthma and harsh cleaners and fumes irritate her lungs (mine too!) I also love that it's just better for the world and often more economical.

    I love the natural anti-bacterial/anti-fungal qualities of tea tree oil. I use it diluted with water in a spray bottle to clean toilets and sinks. Spray on & let sit for 30 min, then scrub.

    Lemon oil wiped on tile and glass will keep soap scum from building up and smells great!

    Would love to have this book and have added it to my wishlist in case I don't win. :-) Thanks for the chance to enter!

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  47. Tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/PsychMamma/status/1311063156

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  48. I'm going to repeat what I said last week...I am inept at cleaning and would love the book!

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  49. Following you on Twitter and tweeted about the contest: http://twitter.com/ryanashleyscott

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  50. I would love to win.
    Swiffer works great with 3 animals. I refuse to use our dishwaher, might as well wash them while your at it rather than just rinsing them...

    ashley
    ashlomb at yahoo dot com

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  51. make my own cleaning solution of dishwashing soap and vinegar for daily cleaning. Use store brand (green) cleaners for weekend cleaning.

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  52. http://twitter.com/misaacmom/status/1315610377 tweet

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  53. Oh, who doesn't need helpful tips like this!? My own tip...have carpeting in your house. I have all tile/wood floors. It's what the house came with, I would not choose it as it is a pain to keep clean!
    Rebecca
    RootsAndWingsCo.blogspot.com

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  54. I'd have to say my favorite tip may be the one you have posted here .. I need something to unclog the shower drain so I will be trying this!

    I tweeted .. I follow you there .. shronc

    I put your contest on my blog .. http://crazyclarks-sharon.blogspot.com

    I follow both of your blogs now ..

    thanks for the opportunity to win this .. always nice to learn new things!

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  55. I like to clean my ceiling fans with a swifter sweeper because it locks in the dust and prevents it from flying though the air


    yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

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  56. I follow


    yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

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  57. I follow both blogs


    yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

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  58. Yay! It worked... Anyways. Maybe I would have a cleaning tip for you if I had won last week!

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  59. here's my tweet! http://twitter.com/allinamomslife/status/1322447221

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  60. I just found you on Mormon Mommy Blogs. So my tip is for hard to remove grime on bakeware. Like greasy stuff that is burnt on, ot just really thick. I fill the bottom of the dish/pan then put a dryer sheet in it over night. In the morning I wipe off the gunk with the dryer sheet, then do a rinse wash in the sink. Works every time. Thanks for the giveaway (can I just put the same tip each time I enter...I obviously need this since this is my one amazing tip).
    spondah(at)aol(dot)com

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  61. I like baking soda. I also use salt to clean the bottom of pots for stuck on things.

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  62. Cleaning tip? Always keep an old discarded toothbrush under the sink. You'd be surprised how many spots it can reach in cleaning that the usual tools can't.

    espressogurl at hotmail dot com

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  63. I use every swiffer product under the sun, but LOVE their dusters with Fabreez. Not good for the earth (I wish I was better at that), but good for the house, because without swiffer, my house would be filthy!

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