Attending Cleaning School and Another Swiffer Giveaway!


I have renewed my gig as a Swiffer Ambassador for another year!

It wasn’t a difficult decision since I love Swiffer, y’all love Swiffer, and they are a very fun company to work with.

As part of the deal, I traveled to New York with this year’s other Swiffer fanatics and attended Cleaning School.

Not really, but we did learn about what’s going on in the world of cleaning technology and advancement at Swiffer.

A few things that stuck in my memory that will interest you as fellow cleaning nerds:

(Note: you can totally be a cleaning nerd without personally having a perfectly clean home. Obviously . . . )

Some study they referenced showed that expectations/desires for a clean home have changed over the past several years. Now, the majority of people want their home to be an 8 on a scale of 1-10, with ten being absolutely perfect.

This makes so much sense to me. People are busy. I want a clean home, but am fine with a clean enough home. I just want to get it done, be healthy and comfortable, and move on to other things we have going on as a family of five. Swiffer can get your home to a 10, but their commitment to making cleaning quicker and easier and honestly . . . a little more fun fits well with this shifting in the typical person’s cleaning goals.

Swiffer is always listening to their customers. I was so impressed hearing all about the science behind Swiffer products when I attended the “immersion program” in 2015, so it was fascinating to hear about all they’ve been working on over the past year. Some things I can’t reveal yet (top secret stuff, y’know), but what got us excited was their improvements to the Swiffer WetJet. The common complaint people had about this product was that it left streak marks on wood floors.

It all comes down to AGM, which stands for Absorbing Gelling Material, which is science proprietary to Swiffer. (Proprietary = no one else can use the material they developed.)

Swiffer old WetJet vs new WetJet

Basically, it’s the stuff inside the Wet Jet pads that absorbs liquid and holds it in. So they improved the AGM and added a special purple strip thingy so it locks in the liquid (therefore drying the floor) much more quickly, and that helps eliminate the streaking.

They are not advertising this as “new” because that would involve packaging changes, etc. and their goal was to get it out to the consumer as quickly as possible. Look for the pads with the purple Absorb and Lock Strip.

I learned a lot more, but the trip wasn’t all presentations and pencils.

Swiffer is a FUN brand to work with, and they embrace the fun. We watched their history of hilarious commercials that I totally remember seeing over the years. And then we went and had some fun.

Fun, like learning a dance routine from two former Rockettes. We spent an hour to learn a one-minute routine, but it was so so fun.

Me, dancing with Rockettes!

I’m the one in the middle.

We also got to decorate cakes at Carlo’s Bakery, in the same kitchen where many cooking competition shows are held.

Our Swiffer cake creations at Carlo's Bakery

The only catch was that we had to clean up our own mess with the Swiffer stuff. My family was quite disappointed that I chose to donate my cake to a nearby shelter instead of bringing it home. Bringing it home on the plane didn’t sound the least bit fun to me. 

I didn’t get to even taste any since it had chocolate in it and I’m allergic. (Yes. Really.)

I’m excited again to host a giveaway for another Swiffer green box! Just leave a comment on this post (click on the title of the post to get here if you’re reading via email), and tell me what kind of floors you have in your home. One comment will be chosen (I’ll use to choose a number), and that person will have 48 hours from the time I send them an email to respond with their mailing address. Continental U.S. only. (Sorry!) The giveaway entries will close on October 24, 2016 at 9 p.m. Central time.

Included: Swiffer Sweeper Small Box Starter Kit, Wet refills, Dry refills, Swiffer Duster, Duster refills

Approximately $50 value.
Disclosure: I am a paid ambassador for Swiffer! Fascination with cleaning science is all mine. 

Cleaning the Bathroom, Protecting My Hands, Maintaining My Sanity #protectthis (A Sponsored Post)


We all know I have issues, right?

No? Well then, welcome.

The biggest issue I have with bathroom cleaning is the grossness. The ickiness. The feeling that if I deal with one nasty spot I’ll have to take a shower, so why not wait until I have time to deal with every last little nasty spot. Why not wait until I have time to take a shower? And wash my hair.

So not only does a mess have to break through my Slob Vision, it also has to be shower-worthy.

But shower-worthy messes are, in general, overwhelming. So I put them off even longer.

It’s a vicious cycle, people.


But, like so many of my beloved vicious cycles, it can be broken with one good DUH moment.

Like, cleaning gloves. So when Full Circle asked me to clean something while trying out their new Splash Patrol natural latex cleaning gloves, I said “duh.”

Not to them, but to myself. Of course I have something I can clean while wearing cleaning gloves, and it was a definite bonus that these cleaning gloves are cute.

Here’s the thing. That vicious cycle I talked about can drag on long enough that I need a little stronger cleaning product, which is yet another great excuse to procrastinate and puts me through another loop of the cycle.


So I pulled on the gloves (which fit my non-petite hands quite well) and started on this spot.


I know. So awful, right? We had what I thought was an awful, horrible problem that would surely require a plumber, but then Hubby fixed it pretty quickly once I told him about it. (We have separate sinks, so I’d just been using his . . . )

I had waited long enough, though, for the sink to be fully disgusting and awful. I started out with my normal, non-scary cleaning methods, and didn’t make much headway. I had to pull out the hard stuff.

I sprayed it with some potent cleaners, and got to scrubbing. Thankfully, because I was wearing the cleaning gloves, I didn’t feel the gross-griminess or the panic that powerful cleaners were seeping into my pores. I didn’t feel the need to jump into the shower once I was done.

Which was good, because this grossness took multiple sprays and multiple scrubs. Every time I walked by, I pulled on the gloves and worked a little more. Finally, it looked like this:


Yay for gross jobs done without a full hazmat suit!

So what makes Splash Patrol natural latex cleaning gloves different from other gloves I’ve used?


The inside is soft. They’re natural latex, but there’s a fuzziness-something inside that meant my hand didn’t get sweaty like it sometimes does inside cleaning gloves.

I also like the drip-catching “sleeves” that meant if I accidentally held my hand upright (like if I waved at myself in the mirror), I didn’t accidentally cause cleaning product to drip down my arm and send me running for the shower.

When I was done, I rinsed the gloves and then hung them on a hook under my bathroom counter.


I thought about taking them to the Laundry Room where I keep most random cleaning items, but decided I would be more likely to use them quickly when needed if they were hanging right in the place where I use them.

But most of all, these gloves are cute. And cuteness helps a lot when you’re doing something you really don’t want to do.


And . . . leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a pair of Splash Patrol natural latex cleaning gloves! Just tell us what intimidating mess you’d clean while wearing them! One commenter will be randomly chosen as winner using, and that person will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If they don’t respond, they’ll forfeit the prize, and I’ll have to use to find another winner. You must leave a comment on the post on the site. Email responses can’t be counted. If you’re reading by email, click the title of this post and leave a comment on the site. Continental U.S. only. Read all my giveaway policies here.



Mr. Clean’s Classic Jingle Gets an Update! (Sponsored Post) #mrclean #fbf

A sponsored post!
Mr. Clean's Jingle Gets a Flashback Friday Update

Are you a jingle lover, too? I may not remember a thing from Algebra II, but I can belt out catchy commercials that I haven’t heard in 20 years, word for word.

When I was a freshman cheerleader (yes, really), I volunteered to write and direct our squad’s skit for cheerleading camp. I took a great idea from a friend and had the Generic Family speak only in commercials. It was a huge hit because everyone knew every word, and as soon as they realized which commercial Kerry (or Jerry or Terry or Mary) Generic was reciting, they joined right in and said it (or sang it) with us. Such fun memories.

I am happy to join in the fun of sharing the update to Mr. Clean’s classic 1958 jingle for #FlashbackFriday! Same recognizable jingle with a modern twist for millennial households.

I wasn’t around in 1958, but I either remember some version of the jingle or it’s just catchy enough that after about 15 seconds, I feel like I remember it!

Do you recognize the tune? Do you remember the tune?? How many seconds before you started singing along?

Mr. Clean changed how people clean back in the 50s, and I’d say he’s done it again in my generation with Magic Erasers. I’ve been trying out some of Jonathan’s tips and am working my way through de-griming my kitchen cabinet knobs and icky by the doorknob grossness! That doorknob in the pic below was so ridiculously quick to clean with no muscle oomph required.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on icky doorknob areas.



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