It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.
I was so excited when Dollar General gave me a kick in the pants to get started on my Spring Cleaning! I had plenty that needed to be done around the house, and when they challenged me to shop for cleaning products and try them out in my house, I was happy to take them up on it.
Although I still have plenty of cleaning to do, here's what I got done in just a couple hours yesterday (a record for me since I usually get interrupted abot 4,682 times while I'm cleaning!)
The first thing I picked up at Dollar General was trash bags. I do lots of purging while I'm spring cleaning, so I knew I would need lots of trash bags to remove trash, and to carry unused items up to the attic.
I honestly was a little bit skeptical of how the Dollar General trash bags would do. I've purchased off-brand trash bags before and been pretty sorry about that decision. But after I loaded up the baby's clothes that she has grown out of (sniff, sniff) into one of the bags, I realized that I would not regret buying the Dollar General bags. Score #1 for Dollar General.
Next, I had quite a bit of scrubbing to do. My daughter has been quite creative lately with the crayons, as you can see below. The Dollar General super erasers took the lighter colors off without any effort. The dark blue required me to scrub very hard, and I haven't fully removed it because my arm was killing me! I'm not sure if the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers would take off the dark colors any easier than the Dollar General erasers did. I think the best solution will be to make sure my little girl doesn't get ahold of crayons in her room again!
Then it was time for lunch. While the kids were eating, I washed up a few dishes. I had been using Ajax dish soap, which I hate, but my husband does the shopping for me, and he buys whatever is cheapest. I like the Dollar General dish soap much better. It was thicker and more sudsy. It's not the best I've ever used, but it was much, much better than the Ajax, and still an inexpensive option.
After lunch, I headed to the bedroom to do some (long overdue) dusting. I usually use a Swiffer duster because it makes the dusting go really quickly. I actually thought the Dollar General duster worked better than the Swiffer brand!
We have a lot of laminate wood floors in the house, and many times the quickest way to get them clean is to run over them with the Swiffer sweeper dry cloths. I found the Dollar General brand dry cloth refills while I was at the store, so I decided to give them a try. They did the job, but I didn't feel that they worked quite as well as the Swiffer brand. If price is an issue, they're a good alternative that will work almost as well.
Our bathroom gets that scummy pink gunk so quickly! I just read the other day that it tends to be a lot worse if you have well water (which we do.) That makes feel a little less like a disgusting slob. I grabbed a canister of the Dollar General disinfectant wipes because they were a great price. It's hard to see in the picture, but it removed the pink gunk very easily. I like keeping these wipes under the bathroom sink for those “little boy messes” in the bathroom. I thought the wipes were a great buy for a price.
I had boiled over some potatoes on the stove (not that I do that very often), and the stains would not scrub off. The Dollar General soap pads worked great! I was kicking myself for not picking some up earlier.
Remember the pink gunk? It shows up all the time in the toilet too. Eww, gross, I know. I tend to be a little unconventional with how I clean my toilet. I don't normally buy toilet bowl cleaner; I just use whatever soap happens to be nearest to me. I decided to give the dish soap a try. I loved it! It made the water so sudsy and gave me some good scrubbing action.
And I often scrub the pink gunk on the tub the same way as the toilet – using whatever soap happens to be nearby. The dish soap worked great on that too!
I have a lot more cleaning to do (with 4 little ones, it's pretty much never-ending), but I got a good start. Seeing things clean motivates me to clean even more!
Have you started your spring cleaning yet? What projects do you need to tackle?