As part of my ongoing crusade to make housework less work so we have more free time, I’ve put together a few of my favorite spring cleaning store-bought multi-tasking products.
ALLERGEN FIGHTER ‘n AIR FRESHENER
Swiffer 180 Duster with Gain has fluffy fibers to help trap ‘n lock the dust instead of the old-fashioned feather duster which I feel just move dust from one place to another. It can get in tight places like underneath furniture, nooks in your coffee table and corners of picture frames! PLUS this Swiffer freshens the room by leaving behind the joyful scent of Gain for all we Gainiacs!!!
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP
For years, I’ve been soooo frustrated by the fact that I know there’s more spray left in my cleaning products but no matter what I do to access the remaining liquid I either spill it on a surface-wasting it or I just chuck it. Well no more! Thanks to the brilliant peeps at Clorox they’ve come to my (our rescue!) with SMART TUBE (R) TECHNOLOGY! It’s a built in tube that reaches all the way to the bottom of spray bottles, allowing you to spray every drop. It’s available on bottles of Clorox® Clean Up®, Tilex® and Formula 409® Cleaners. Hmmm now if a wine maker could invent similar technology for that lil bit of wine left at the bottom of the bottle that would really be grape to the last drop!
NEVER HALF BAKED: NUMERO UNO MULTI-TASKER
If I was left alone on a deserted island the one thing I’d want with me is baking soda…It’s so useful for so many things around the house from cleaning, to fixing drains to stain removal to odor absorption and all else betwixt n between. And now Arm & Hammer has answered my dreams with a laundry product that has an incredibly strong cleaning power aptly enough named Arm & Hammer Ultra Power 4X liquid laundry. It’s super concentrated so you need less to get more. It costs about 50% less than the leading detergent per load, so you have more money to get that manicure! And with the small bottle, it’s easier to carry around and pour!
A MANI-CURE’S BEST FRIEND
Old habits are hard to break but this one my friends you should run don’t walk to do!! Usually I pre-wash my dishes and during spring cleaning I wash those party plates, platters and glassware that lay in my cabinets collecting dust. Forget that! New Cascade Platinum that is a manicure’s best friend since it requires NO PRE-WASHING. Simply scrape off large food pieces and place those babies right into the dishwasher. You can even leave them there for 24 hours and they’ll come out sparkling clean…my martini glass never shined so! And, it’s another multi-tasker since it will help prevent filming on the interior walls of your dishwasher.
Here are a few tips on the best way to load your dishwasher to insure the best results! Place forks and spoons facing up and knives down – this ensures that you get the most detergent interaction, but keeps things safe! Glasses mugs, plastics and bowls go on the top rack at an angle to allow water to properly drain off. Plates, bowls, cookware go on the bottom rack and must be spaced out to allow the water and detergent to clean everything. Before starting your machine, run the sink in your kitchen until the water is hot. This helps ensure the water that enters your machine is at the optimal temperature.
Check out my Clean Cuisine post to discover how to repurpose your dishwasher for a new purpose!