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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mrs. Meyers Clean Home Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Look for the new giveaway posted!
And the winner of this week's copy.....#72, Lori!

Lori said... 72

I have your button :)
http://lori72.blogspot.com/

Lori--I'll be in contact with you tonight!



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 little tip I've learned from Mrs. Meyer's book. This week, I turned to the bathroom.....Growing up, I never paid much attention to the toilet bowl build up. Now, as a mother, I am painfully aware of the way the toilet bowl looks. And in a house of 5 kids, our toilets are used a lot...and often left unflushed for hours at a time. Just don't get me started on the woes of having a three-year-old son....

Mrs Meyers gives a few great tips for keeping the toilets clean. I tried her tip for getting the ring out: Pour a half cup of distilled vinegar into the bowl and let it sit for a few hours (or even overnight) and then swipe with a toilet brush. I gave my toilets the treatment before going to bed, since I can never guarantee that they won't get used during the day. While my bathroom smelled a little interesting the next morning, it did the trick, and my toilet was clean! I love the fact that I was able to use a safe, natural, and low-cost cleaner. No, I didn't take a before and after picture. That's a little too much.

I was very intrigued by Mrs. Meyer's extra tips and might try them sometime (I just didn't have the supplies at home). She recommends dropping a few denture tablets into the bowl and letting them foam for about 5 minutes. Hmmm....You think I might get some funny looks buying denture tablets with AJ in the cart? She also has a cool tip using a can of cola. Now, that would be fun!

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 9, 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 10th). 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!

82 comments:

  1. I'm ALWAYS looking for new ways to clean things, especially since I'm lazy and often let them get way out of hand before I realize how gross they are! lol I also have a 3 year old son. Gotta love it. :) I'd love to win!

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  2. I tweeted for you too! AND I'm following you...yay!!

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  3. What a great giveaway! My favorite tip would have to be using newspaper to clean glass windows. No streaks!

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  4. I tweeted about the contest! I think I did it right :)!

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  5. What a great book. Guess if I had a great cleaning tip, I wouldn't need the book, huh? Love using newspaper to clean glass. Also, I heat water up in the microwave prior to cleaning it. Makes it easy clean up.

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  6. Your button is here:
    http://toohotforturtle2.blogspot.com/

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  7. Fav'd you on technorati(toohotforturtle)

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  8. Hi there. I've blogged about your giveaway. You can see the blog post here: http://thehardin5.blogspot.com/2009/03/another-great-give-away-to-enter.html

    Looks like a great giveaway!
    I'm also going to follow...on my way to do that now.

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  9. It looks like we are supposed to comment for each way we are earning entries, so here is my comment for being a follower

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  10. Here's my second comment b/c i'm following both blogs, one comment/entry for each.

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  11. I think I get two entries b/c I blogged and linked back, right?
    http://thehardin5.blogspot.com/2009/03/another-great-give-away-to-enter.html

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  12. My favorite tip on cleaning... hmmm... get your hubby and kids to help to keep up the house! It not only helps make your house shine but teaches them how to help and keep up a home :)

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  13. I would l♥ve to win this book! I also posted about this on the top right corner of my blog!

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  14. I would love to win this book! Since I had kids, I can't keep my house clean enough.. it's a never-ending job but I'd love some new tips on doing it!

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  15. This sounds spectacular! I'll give it a try.

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  16. oh Lolli you know how badly I need this book. My cleaning secrets are:
    1)beg your friends to come help you
    2)have your husband move out
    3)take 1/2 of your belongings to salvation army
    4)give everything that is cool to LOLLI
    5)cry
    6)beg your friends again

    seriously
    1) leave 1 cup of ammonia in cold oven overnight to soften baked on stuff. wipe next day.
    2) put por ce lin (phonetic) grills from stove top in zip lock bag with 1/4 cup ammonia and seal. leave for 2-3 hours. should come clean.

    Lolli I don't understand some of the things you said to do for other entries. I will go blog on my blog that has all of 7 readers and come back and report :).
    please, please!-I'll make a deal, I will give the book back before I move so I don't have to pay shipping to move it and you can give it away again?

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  17. okay my friend, its on my blog, which i haven't touched since January. its not pretty, but its there. please please....

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  18. I would love this book. I'm always looking for new ways to keep my home clean. I'm sort of a clean freak. :-) I always save old toothbrushes that I have ran through the dishwasher to clean hard to reach places or things with little holes, etc. They are so helpful!

    pma_devri@hotmail.com

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  19. I follow.

    pma_devri@hotmail.com

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  20. I'm the worlds worst cleaner... so I can't think of any tips. Unless it's try to keep the kids outside, and hose them down before you let them back in... That probably doesn't count. :)

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  21. I use a small rechargeable vacuum to clean the kitchen floor (that needs cleaning almost after each meal with little kids at home), stairs, and hard-to-reach places - much easier than using my main heavy-duty vacuum cleaner!

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  22. Favorite in Technorati (aitmama).

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

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  24. I need the book. Sadly I don't have any cleaning tips...But I am battling the toilet ring and I will use your tip tonight.

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  25. ...and I already had the button:)

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  26. I so don't have any cleaning tips, sorry. I guess I really need the book. m

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  27. Hooray for free books... and hooray for cleaning advice! How about a favorite product rather than a favorite tip? The swiffer wetjet sweeper has forever simplified my floor cleaning. Then again, I have a small apartment and one wipe cleans it all--maybe not so practical for a larger space.

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  28. Hi...this looks like a great book. I have put you on my blog...
    http://nationsaroundourtable.blogspot.com/2009/03/free-book.html, I also added your button to the post. I love books...thanks for the fun.

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  29. Ok so I posted on your life is sweet blog, but I dunno if it counts for the contest entry so here I am. I also follow you. :)

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  30. My favorite cleaning tip? Have someone else do it!

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  31. Oh. Juyst became a follower last night. Great blog!

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  32. Hey, entering so you won't have to pay shipping when I win. :)

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  33. Hi! I so get the toilet issue, I have 6 kids, 5 of which use it! So I could use the help! Some times I, before bed, pour a splash of bleach in scrub a bit and leave. It seems to keep smells in check.

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  34. I also am following you on Twitter!

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  35. And I am now grabbing your button!

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  36. A cleaning tip I just learned that works well is to use a lemon cut in half and clean your glass shower door. It does a wonderful job and smells great.

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  37. I already follow you so I added your button to my blog too.

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  38. I can always use cleaning tips. Especially if they don't involve using expensive chemicals.

    Anyway, one quirky hint I have is to save the flat plastic bread bag things that are used instead of twist-ties. Use them to help scrape up stuck on stuff - from counters, dishes, floors - wherever.

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  39. cool giveaway- I could always use help with this. I have no cleaning tips- that's why I need this book!

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  40. Cleaning tip I recently learned.... Rain-X on your glass shower door helps repel water, and keeps it cleaner longer. (though I have yet to try it out....) :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    fmercury1atcomcastdotnet

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  41. I'm trying really hard to get my home in order and make it a wonderful place. I can use all the help I can get!

    I like to use baking soda and vinegar to clean my tub and sinks.

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  42. I totally need this book, I'm clueless how to "do it right" and 2009 is my year to get it together. Thanks!

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  43. I had no idea Meyer's has a cleaning book! I love her products, especially the gingerbread scent available during the holidays.

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  44. I don't have a cleaning tip, other than the phone number to my local Maid Brigade. Season cleanings are the best!

    And that's why I need this book!

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  45. My cleaning tip would have to be put things away when your finished with them too bad I am not very good at it

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  46. I posted the button for this blog @ http://breasmommy.blogspot.com

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  47. Oh, my goodness, that would be so helpful. I can always use new tips for cleaning.

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  48. The best cleaning tip I ever heard was when your cleaning, put on your tennis shoes. It gets you moving! I really could use the book! :)
    Thanks!!

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  49. I like to use swifter sweepers as a dust rag to clean the top of the ceiling fans. It helps prevent the dust from flying all over the room when I clean them


    yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

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  50. I follow


    yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

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  51. I have turned into a germaphobe over the years and would LOVE advice on cleaning stuff!!

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  52. My tip would be to spray a little bit of perfume on the vacuum filter to freshen the room :)
    (We have dogs that make the carpet smell musty)

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  53. REALLY could use a book like this. Here I am!!! Pick me!!!

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  54. Now I'm following, but not only because of this giveaway...I really like review blogs.

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  55. But, since I am dying for this book...I even added your button. Which I don't do for just anyone :)

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  56. I have your button :)
    http://lori72.blogspot.com/

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  57. Just Tweeted! :) (Lori72)

    http://twitter.com/Lori72/status/1286420883

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  58. Just posted the giveaway on my blog :)

    http://lori72.blogspot.com/2009/03/life-is-sweet-giveaway.html

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  59. Yahoo! Please please please count me in! I would l♥ve to win this book!!!

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  60. Please count me in this book looks great!

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  61. Um,cleaning tips? Me? A cleaning service? Seriously, I need all the tips and tricks I can get since I can't afford a cleaning service.

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  62. Oh, this would be a great book..hope to be moving by the end of the month..sort of a fresh start with all the cleaning...have used vinigar in my toiletbowl before..vinigar is a great cleaner..Thanks for the chance..and I might not get it posted on my blog this week but will trya nd do so next week..
    Terry
    terryg1983@gmail.com

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  63. Back to post that I am posting this on my blog:

    http://terryspaperpantry.blogspot.com/

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  64. I use a broom with a dryer sheet, rubber band it around the top of broom and I can get to all the dust up above.

    polyester (at) ymail (dot) com

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  65. Tweeted you
    http://twitter.com/allinamomslife/status/1302934961

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