Dealing with Mold in My Enclosed Porch (Ugh.) Concrobium Mold Control to the Rescue

I’d been pretending this didn’t exist.

Moldy Wall Before Using Concrobium at


We had an intensely rainy May, and a leak in our enclosed porch meant this room was icky and damp for that entire month. The walls had mold on them.


But then summer happened, and with the intense Texas heat no one spends any time in that room (it isn’t air conditioned), so I successfully ignored it. So when Concrobium asked me to so a sponsored post using their Concrobium Mold Control product, I decided that was great motivation to tackle what had been bugging me but was also overwhelming me.

I mean, mold. Ick. Triple ick.

Using Concrobium Mold Control at

I figured I should give it a try.

The first step is to eliminate the mold. Down at the roots. All this involves is spraying the Concrobium Mold Control on the area with mold, and letting it dry.

Spraying Concrobium Mold COntrol at

That’s it.

After it has dried completely, the mold spores have been crushed at the roots.

But visibly, there’s no difference. Like, they’re crushed from the drying of the spray, but you can’t see any difference. That was exactly what the information said would happen, but it made me wonder if my house was going to look better when I was done. I mean, crushing mold spores is great and all, but I want it to be pretty.

I tried to wipe it off with a dry cloth after it dried. That didn’t work, and I got nervous.

But then I watched this video and saw what I was doing wrong. Once it was dry, I needed to wipe it off with a rag onto which I’d sprayed more Concrobium.

Cleaning the Mold with Concrobium at

For some reason, I didn’t grasp that until I saw the instructional video.  Once I sprayed the cloth, I was surprised at how easy it was to clean. Their video said you can use a brush if needed, but I was able to get it clean with minimal wiping. You can see exactly how much in the video I made showing the process.

And the difference was exciting. Hubby was impressed, too. It makes me happy to look out there and see my actual paint color on those walls!

Before and After Photos Using Concrobium Mold Control at

I was grateful my walls cleaned up so easily. It is possible for mold to stain surfaces. Concrobium makes another product to use for that, the Mold Stain Eraser. It mixes with water and requires a sprayer. I liked only needing the ready-to-use Mold Control spray.

Other facts about Concrobium :

  • Does not contain bleach, ammonia, alcohol or harmful chemicals
  • Physically crushes mold spores, and treated surfaces retain a protective barrier that prevents the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Effective against mold and mildew organisms on both hard surfaces AND fabric surfaces.

Would I purchase this product to deal with mold in my home? Yes. I would. But I’m excited to have more to use on the rest of the affected areas of my enclosed porch.

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Do you deal with mold in your area?




Loving the Swiffer Effect

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Last month, I traveled to Cinncinati, Ohio, to learn about all things Swiffer as a paid brand ambassador for Swiffer. They’re calling us Swiffer Fanatics! While I’d normally not be able to travel in the summer, the timing worked out just right as my kids were already headed to Cousins’ Camp with my parents for the days I’d be gone!

I had so much fun!

We learned all about the Swiffer Effect, and the Swiffer Effect is exactly what I need in my life right now.

I’m writing a book. Ummmm, y’all, the pressure is intense. And the task is consuming. And the deadline is looming.

Every hour I can find, frequently including a few hours in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep because Book Things are spinning my head, is spent in Book Writing Mode.

I’m doing my best to keep the basics done so things don’t get out of control, and having the tools specifically designed to produce the Swiffer Effect is a relief.

The Swiffer Effect is defined as helping you clean as effectively and quickly as possible so you can spend more time doing the things you want to do.

Yay for things whose entire existence is devoted to making my cleaning life easier.

All the Dirt On Cleaning (Get it??!!) from Swiffer

As a fan of Cleaning Nerdiness, I especially enjoyed learning about all the science and creativity that goes into the development of the Swiffer line of cleaning products.

We learned about Swiffer’s patented technologies (which mean the knock-offs legally CAN’t be the same).

Testing the Swiffer Duster against other products

Swiffer’s goal is always to produce the most effective cleaning products. Here’s a test of various dusters.  Five dusting products were tested by being shaken around in a glass jar with “a week’s worth of dust.” Swiffer was the only tool that got its jar sparkling clean.

The visible difference between them was amazing. No residue, no cloudiness. And afterwards, when shaken, the Swiffer Duster didn’t release any of the mess it had cleaned up.


But not shocking. I love Swiffer dusters.

Swiffer dusters totally produce that warm-fuzzy Swiffer Effect in my heart. I can dust anything and everything with them. Whatever those Cleaning Scientists did . . . works. It grabs the dust with a few flicks of my wrist, in and out of corners and all around the grooves of the few dust collectors I’ve deemed worthy of staying in my home.

Choreographing Our Swiffer Song and Dance -

But don’t worry (not that you were), the trip wasn’t all learning. We danced and sang (literally, and my team won for our rap about Swiffer), and had the opportunity to surprise moms of little ones and a doggie mama with their own Big Green Boxes full of Swiffer products.

I’ll share more as my year as a Swiffer Fanatic continues!

I’m excited to host a giveaway for one of you to get your own Green Box of Swiffer products so you can experience the Swiffer Effect in your own home!

The box will include:

Swiffer Sweeper Small Box Starter Kit
Wet refills
Dry refills
Swiffer Duster
Duster refills

Just leave a comment telling me what the Swiffer Effect would mean for you. What could you do more of if you could spend less time cleaning?

One comment per person, and I’ll use to choose! The giveaway will end September 23rd at 9 p.m. Central time. U.S. AND Canada residents can enter!


Decluttering the Garage’s Lawn Equipment Area (And a TORO SmartStow Lawnmower Review)

Freeing Garage Space with TORO SmartStow Lawnmower at

Father’s Day was Sunday. This year, Hubby got a new mower! Toro happens to have a really cool one that takes up significantly less storage space AND we needed a new mower AND it just so happened to be Father’s Day.

Translation: This is a sponsored post for Toro that came at just the perfect time!

This was the Lawn Equipment Storage (etc. etc.) section of our garage.

Before Picture of a VERY Messy Section of My Garage at ASlobComesClean

Scary, huh?

Way back in there, you can see the mower we had been using. It was borrowed, and was a TORO. We borrowed it when our other one died. Hubby loved it, and was therefore ecstatic when he found out he was getting a TORO of his very own.

But his new one, the Toro Recycler with SmartStow has a special feature. It can be folded up and stored standing upright, taking up significantly LESS space. LESS storage space.

And that part makes ME happy.

In my head, before I actually went out and looked (really, really looked) at the space, this was going to be a simple matter of taking out the old, borrowed, space-taking mower and replacing it with the new, compact one.

But to get the old mower out, I couldn’t ignore/avoid-moving all the other stuff other junk.

Really. I couldn’t. No matter how hard I tried.

So I decided I might as well declutter that space. It was as good an opportunity as any to clear my Slob Vision and tackle a corner of the garage that I generally ignore.

What I purged:

Junk Pulled Out of the Garage at

Top Left: Kitchen Cabinet Doors that I totally believed I’d use to make something cool. Behind those, the kitchen vent I kept for some strange reason when we got a new one. Those things are in the Donate Pile now.

Top Right: The Thing I Don’t Want to Talk About.


It’s a crazy contraption I bought off a random website after finding mouse poop in the garage right after we moved into this house 9 years ago. Hubby communicated his skepticism about this item non-verbally when I bought it. Hubby’s raised eyebrows and smirky mouth were right. It was a VERY stupid purchase.

Bottom Left: A kiddie rake. Our kids are big enough for big people rakes now. (And they no longer view raking as a game.)

Bottom Right: An edger given to us by someone who tried to sell it in his garage sale. We couldn’t get it to work. But we kept it. For, like, four years.

After clearing the junk in the garage

Ahhhhhh. Fewer things, and less ground surface covered.

Mama’s happy about that. Daddy’s happy about his mower.

So what does Hubby think of the Toro Recycler with SmartStow? He really loves it. While my own favorite feature is the shiny redness, he got a little more specific.

  • It’s easy to start. No priming (I think that’s what he called it) required. Just pull the start cord.
  • The gas cap is attached. No losing possible. Evidently, this has been an issue in the past . . .
  • It’s very easy to adjust height.
  • There’s a place to hook up the water hose on top so you can wash off the blades without awkward positioning.
  • It’s self-propelled. My 13yo is most excited about this. The old one wasn’t, and he’s in love with this feature.
  • It is specially designed to be stored upright and takes less floor space in the garage. (Hubby doesn’t care about this feature nearly as much as I do, but he does think it’s cool.)

Toro Recycler with SmartStow Review at - Easy to Stow for Garage Organization

And here are Hubby’s thoughts on video:

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

And, as promised in the video, a more realistic, panned-out view of the result:

More Truthful After Picture at

Right. This was just a small chunk of the work needed. Unfortunately, my kids have talked me into having a garage sale to get rid of their old bikes and SO much more. I’m thinking of ways to get out of that . . .

And in case anyone notices the big difference in winding-up techniques of the green cord vs. the orange cord, the orange cord was wound by Hubby. The green by me. Yes. I have issues. Never even noticed until I saw it in the photo.

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. Toro provided us with the mower and I’m being paid for my time creating this post. All experiences, opinions, messy garages and lame cord-winding techniques are mine.

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