Seventh Generation Prize Pack Giveaway

Giveaway now closed:  Congratulations to Kris J for winning the Prize Pack.

With a houseful of children I try to be conscientious about the toxicity of the cleaning products that we use.  It’s one of the main reasons that we make most of our own.  However, I almost always have regular cleaning products on hand for deeper more thorough cleaning (and because my husband feels better using something store bought, especially for deep cleaning in the bathroom.  🙂 )

Seventh Generation has come out with a new line of non-toxic, disinfectant cleaners that can be used on high chair trays and counter tops with no rinse step required.  The disinfectants use a component of the herb thyme and kill over 99.99 percent of germs* naturally and are effective against the Influenza A Virus, including H1N1.

With the fresh scent of lemon grass and thyme and the knowledge that these cleaners are safer and more natural than many others on the market, these cleaners were a delight to work with.  I still don’t allow the children to use these cleaners, but am much happier about them being around them.

To help promote this new line of safer disinfectant cleaners Seventh Generation in conjunction with My Blog Spark is giving away a Seventh Generation prize pack to one Raising Olives reader.

The prize pack contains:

  • A bottle of Seventh Generation multi-surface disinfecting cleaner
    A bottle of Seventh Generation disinfecting bathroom cleaner
  • A container of Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes (I love having these on hand for quick wipe-ups when the kids are sick.
  • Two rolls of Seventh Generation paper towels
  • A nice large tote for storing and transporting your cleaning supplies
  • The book “The Conscious Kitchen” by Alexandra Zissu – From what kind of fruits and vegetables to buy to the most healthful sources for meat and dairy to energy saving appliances, Ms. Zissu shares “the new way to buy and cook food – to protect the earth, improve your health and eat deliciously”.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me about how you tackle spring cleaning at your house, any great tips?

Additional entries:

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Please leave a comment for each additional entry.

This giveaway will end at midnight on Thursday, April 15.

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177 Responses to Seventh Generation Prize Pack Giveaway
  1. Heather
    April 9, 2010 | 7:44 am

    I love Seventh Generation! Typically I go for the old baking soda and vinegar to clean everything, it does a great job, and is CHEAP!

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  2. Jamey
    April 9, 2010 | 7:58 am

    I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old and I don’t like them to be around crazy chemical cleaners and while they like to help and the 3 year old knows that he is “a big strong man like daddy” they’re still kind of underfoot… 🙂 so I try to do the tidying, organizing, throwing away, vacuuming, and detailing while they’re awake and save the chemicals for while they’re sleeping. I mostly use store bought natural products for cleaning, but I do usually have some traditional nasty stuff around too. I’d love to make my own, but haven’t gotten there yet.

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  3. Jen
    April 9, 2010 | 7:59 am

    I make a calendar and each day list a room or area I want to tackle. Today is our bedroom.

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  4. Liz
    April 9, 2010 | 8:09 am

    Had someone come in and spring clean my house!

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  5. Stephanie
    April 9, 2010 | 8:14 am

    I start with one room at a time going from top to bottom.

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  6. Michelle
    April 9, 2010 | 8:17 am

    We like to tackle one room at a time. I find it more motivating to start with the living room and then the kitchen/dining room areas. Because we are in these rooms the most. Then we move on to the bedrooms and the the bathrooms. After that I hit the laundryroom and then we head outside to tidy up the shed.

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  7. Ella
    April 9, 2010 | 8:23 am

    I usually end up doing Spring cleaning in the Fall. I don’t know why– maybe because it gets cold and we have to be inside more anyway. In the Spring we’re always outside and there’s not much time for cleaning. I always clean one room at a time, from top to bottom.

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  8. sandy
    April 9, 2010 | 8:35 am

    I’m totally in for this giveaway!
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    Let’s see…my plan for tackling spring cleaning. Well I have 2.
    1. Wait till I’m pregnant and the nesting instinct makes me crazier than usual.
    2. Wait till I can’t get into a room anymore and am forced to clean it to get to something in the back.

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  9. Sheila
    April 9, 2010 | 8:49 am

    Can we be entered if we just honestly say we don’t actually spring clean? 🙂 I do clean the outside table and chairs after the winter is over. Does that count?

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  10. Heather
    April 9, 2010 | 9:15 am

    I guess I don’t really spring clean either – my idea of spring cleaning is going outside and raking the leaves that got left in the fall, and uncovering the flower beds. I love spring and would much rather be outside than inside cleaning!especially after our long cold winters! Can I still be considered for the contest?

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  11. MomStarr
    April 9, 2010 | 9:18 am

    When we spring clean everybody helps! Each child has a task and we do one room a day. Declutter then organize then clean!! Last spring went very well but this spring….may be delayed due to the upcoming arrival of our newest addition. Mommy’s energy is down!! 🙂 We even took before and after pictures last year and I don’t blog! 🙂

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  12. pam
    April 9, 2010 | 9:34 am

    i could so use this give away. i have been trying to clean up after dog, children, potty training more than i want to admit

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  13. Alene
    April 9, 2010 | 9:35 am

    This year I’m trying something different. We are putting in 1 1/2 hrs. most days (3-4 days/week) on spring cleaning. Some days I dictate what is to be done; some days they may pick from the list what they would like to do. (They like being able to choose!) 1 1/2 hrs. is long enough to empty, clean, and re-organize a closet, but short enough that we still get to spend outside time.

    What I’d really like is to ‘spring clean’ one room per month, so that happens throughout the year, and then just have the ‘outside’ chores – windows, screens, garage etc. – in the spring. I’ll tell you next spring if I managed to do that this year! 🙂

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  14. Jamie
    April 9, 2010 | 9:37 am

    Spring cleaning in our house is minimal :). It pretty much is limited to the bedrooms and happens as we do the major switcheroo from winter to summer clothes. We keep a bucket of water with a little soap in it and the kids go nuts “mopping” areas behind dressers, wiping out the dressers, wiping down all the walls (essentially, the mop water keeps kids occupied while I focus on one child at a time for the seasoned clothes swap). We don’t keep that many clothes out at one time (two kids per dresser) so this process only takes about a week. Needless to say, the rooms are WET and mostly clean by the time we are finished!

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  15. pam
    April 9, 2010 | 9:38 am

    blogged it

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  16. Shannon
    April 9, 2010 | 9:40 am

    I pick one room at a time, otherwise I get disheartened and find something to distract myself. But by cleaning one room at a time, I can feel a sense of accomplishment.

    Sometimes it is just a spot in the room that stuff builds up in or on, right now I am staring down the coffee table, if I can clean off the coffee table without creating a pile somewhere else I will feel really good about the day:D

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  17. Melinda
    April 9, 2010 | 9:41 am

    We try to deep clean all the time. When we have a houseful of kids running around, it always feels so dirty! I do take spring and fall to wash down all windows, walls, lights, and such. We get out the buckets, and buckets of clothes and shoes. I try to get into real deep cleaning when its convient to us, and our schedule. OR more importantly when Mom get’s in the mood!
    This is one awesome giveaway, I have used the seventh generation laundry detergent and love it. I also make a lot of our cleaners. But sometimes I like to add a store bought natual product too

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  18. marie
    April 9, 2010 | 9:48 am

    I have 3 little ones (2 on the outside and 1 on the inside) and would love to win this! I do my “spring” cleaning in early January…that’s when I get the itch to clean so I just go with it.

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  19. Kimberly
    April 9, 2010 | 9:54 am

    Haha, Spring Cleaning whats that, I have trouble getting everyday cleaning done. The only trick I know would be starting at the top and working your way down. literlally.lets take the kitchen, I start with dusting the ceiling then the light fixture glass gets cleaned, then the tops of the cabinets then the cabinet doors, then pull out all the tings on the counter ie coffee maker, wipe behind all then put everthing back, then wipe all counters and stove front of oven and fridge, then I sweep and mop.

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  20. Amanda
    April 9, 2010 | 10:17 am

    I don’t really spring clean either but I’m in the middle of going through the whole house to get rid of things and going through baby items for the twins coming in August.

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  21. Judy
    April 9, 2010 | 10:26 am

    Spring cleaning usually a family affair. Not only do I get the kids involved but my mother comes over and helps out. She does a wonderful job with windows and mini-blinds (which I hate doing).

    I find tackling one room at a time works out best for me.

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  22. Lil D
    April 9, 2010 | 10:28 am

    We avoid spring cleaning out our house because my Mom makes us do an intense half day cleaning session every Saturday morning…it’s not fun, but it is effective!

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  23. dawn
    April 9, 2010 | 10:56 am

    I LOVE Seventh Generation too and would love to win this pack! As far as tackling spring cleaning, I find if I start with the windows I’m motivated to do the rest because the windows suddenly let in so much light! And after a long, hard winter, it’s great to see the sun again! 🙂

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  24. Anita Chamblee
    April 9, 2010 | 10:57 am

    I don’t really spring clean, but the kids rooms get a little deeper cleaning when we do the great clothing switch two times a year. We generally move their furniture around to vacuum and mop behind everything every few weeks. I vacuum ceilings and walls as I see a need. I have been using a bucket of vinegar/water and a cleaning rag to hand mop the floors which makes it easier to see things…like baseboards, etc and give them a wipe down as well. Recently my dh and oldest son pulled out all the appliances and deep cleaned under them. They don’t do this as often as I would like, but I have to rely on them to take care of it! My problem areas are dusty books, the school room and my bedroom!! Everything that doesn’t have a home gets piled up in the master bedroom awaiting a trip up to the attic!

    I do use a good bit of vinegar and baking soda to clean. I also use a mixture of vinegar and olive oil to clean and shine wood furniture. I do use Bar Keepers Friend to clean my copper pots and my white porcelain sink. Looking into making our own dishwasher and laundry detergent, but we’ll see. I have quit buying paper towels and encourage the kids to use old towels and cloths for wiping up spills, etc. I would certainly love to try these products. The children and hubs prefer store bought products to clean with….

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  25. dawn
    April 9, 2010 | 11:03 am
  26. Tania
    April 9, 2010 | 11:18 am

    I don’t really spring clean. It seems to happen every time before I have a baby though. 🙂 But, I really just do little bits of cleaning through out the year. That way it isn’t as overwhelming.

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  27. Tina
    April 9, 2010 | 11:18 am

    I use a homemade cleaner of Dawn dish detergent and vinegar for a regular all-purpose cleaner and it works great. To get a little deeper clean (like for the bath tub) I use baking soda then the cleaner. Since there’s vinegar in it it acts like the scrubbing bubbles you buy in the store. I don’t mind the vinegar smell,however the kids aren’t too crazy about it and I do kind of miss the smell of store bought cleaners. I would love to try out seventh generations products. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  28. Tina
    April 9, 2010 | 11:19 am

    I tweeted.

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  29. jeana
    April 9, 2010 | 11:21 am

    Love Seventh Generation! I started my Spring Cleaning this week, and my goal is to simplify. Get rid of any/everything we don’t use or love.

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  30. DeAnna
    April 9, 2010 | 11:40 am

    No great tips, just one project at a time and recruit help from the kiddo’s. 😉

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  31. Wendy
    April 9, 2010 | 11:54 am

    Spring cleaning is year round here lol. I am a cleaner by nature, and there is no deep cleaning needed because it always stays done. When I open the windows in the spring there is that line of dirt on the edges that has to be wiped away, and when we are planting all the gardens there is more dirt tracked in, so I guess that is spring related. This is a great giveaway regardless 🙂

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  32. Bonni
    April 9, 2010 | 11:58 am

    I use the cleaning methods described in books authored by Don Aslet! They are full of great tips! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Condo Blues
    April 9, 2010 | 12:00 pm

    A great Spring Cleaning motivator is to invite people over to you house! I deep cleaned like a fiend on the first day of Spring, cleaning carpets, taking the pile in the living room to Goodwill, etc. because we had friends over for dinner. It was great to get it all done at once and my “reward” was a nice evening with friends.

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  34. melissa
    April 9, 2010 | 12:01 pm

    we don’t really do a spring cleaning. but this year i really want try cleaning/organizing our basement. So much stuff gets pulled out of the bins over the winter and now we have to put everything back away. In our town, we have bulky pick up for stuff we can’t normally get rid of. So we always go through our basement and get all our ‘junk’ out so it can be picked up. and then our basement gets less cluttered. Actually thats what we will be doing this weekend since Monday is our bulky pick up. So lots of organizing this weekend! The rest of house is pretty clean so we dont really have to do a deep clean.

    awesome giveaway. i would love to win! i have always wanted to try the seventh generation products :0)

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  35. Dawna
    April 9, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    I do “spring cleaning” throughout the year. Each week I have a zone of the house that we focus on (this week is the bedrooms). I have a list of things to do in each room that go above and beyond the everyday, for example, yesterday I washed the walls in the bedrooms. We have a small home so each room has a deep cleaning once a month which keeps the actual spring cleaning to a minimum. The only true cleaning that waits until spring is to tidy the garden beds after the snow has melted and wash the windows (we have old windows from the 1950’s that do not tilt in).

    Vinegar is great for cleaning… here is a site with tons of uses for that wonderful, inexpensive liquid. http://www.versatilevinegar.org/
    I also blogged about your lovely giveaway at http://frugalzealot.blogspot.com/2010/04/seventh-generation-giveaway-at-raising.html
    Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

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  36. laurhd
    April 9, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    I like using non-toxic cleaners. I don’t really know how to spring clean, it kind doesn’t happen in spring. I do like Fly-Lady and try to follow that.

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  37. Kris J
    April 9, 2010 | 12:19 pm

    I use non-toxic cleaners and go room by room. One day I’ll focus on bathrooms. And work on/in bathrooms only. We like Method cleaners. Have never tried the 7th gen.

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  38. Stacie@HobbitDoor
    April 9, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    Well this spring I am spring cleaning by moving! It’s great–I’ve cleaned out the attic, basement, and bathroom already. My husband has cleaned out the garage. We have Freecycled a TON of things and just plain thrown away a lot. It’s very freeing!

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  39. Lisa
    April 9, 2010 | 12:40 pm

    This year we’ll send my daughter to my parents house, then turn up the radio, open the windows and tackle one room at a time. My husband normally does the outside work, while i clean inside.

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  40. Bri
    April 9, 2010 | 12:49 pm

    My spring cleaning routine is less of a routine and more of a muddling around the house and trying to make it look good and air everything out. With a clingy 7-month-old it has been even more challenging.

    My main motivation so far is getting everything ready for a garage sale at the end of May and simplifying our life by getting rid of A LOT! In the process I am cleaning as I go and hoping to have a wonderfully decluttered, simplified house at the end of it all!

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  41. Vera
    April 9, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    I really don’t have a spring cleaning routine, aside from jumping into a project when I catch a free minute, which isn’t often with my 8,6,4,3, and 16 month old.
    We are, however, trying to get our house ready to move, so there’s a whole lot of cleaning and sorting going on!

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  42. Lisa
    April 9, 2010 | 1:07 pm

    We’d love to receive this!
    Our Spring Cleaning tips are to clean room-by-room from top to bottom and to be ruthless about getting rid of clutter!

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  43. Sarah Florek
    April 9, 2010 | 1:09 pm

    This looks great. With commercial cleaners, there is always that harsh smell. It would be nice to have something that wasn’t so harsh!
    I also posted this on my facebook!

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  44. MisMom
    April 9, 2010 | 1:10 pm

    Wow! What a great giveaway, I’d love to win this. Not sure that I have any tips to share that haven’t been mentioned. I do the one room at a time thing, and usually early in the year, like January when it’s too cold to play outside much.

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  45. Denise
    April 9, 2010 | 1:12 pm

    We have a large house – and with 4 children and several daycare children, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of cleaning that needs to get done. My plan every spring is to tackle one room at a time – otherwise I’m too scattered and don’t see any evidence of my hard work – so instead of doing a little at a time – I do one room at a time!

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  46. kelly
    April 9, 2010 | 1:13 pm

    I love using my my vacuum attachments to get areas I only do occasionally (ie curtains, blinds, ceiling fans). I also like to get our baseboards during spring cleaning.

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  47. Lourinda
    April 9, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    Tackle spring cleaning…I wish! We’re hoping to move soon, I’m thinking then I’ll get everything thoroughly cleaned:) Clean is a subjective term in my house, with 3 boys 3.5 & under, 2 of which are twin toddlers, not to mention the dog and cat!When all else fails though, opening the windows to let in the fresh spring air is always an improvement:)

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  48. Rachel
    April 9, 2010 | 1:17 pm

    I would LOVE to win this! I really like 7th Gen products, but I don’t always use them because of the cost. I’m always on the look out for coupons and free samples of their products because I love them so much. Thanks for the offer Kimberly!

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  49. Mindy
    April 9, 2010 | 1:24 pm

    I am with the commenter above. My Spring Cleaning MIGHT get done when I get caught up on my regular cleaning/ 😉
    I do like to use non toxic cleaners though! THis would be an awesome prize to win!!!!!

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  50. Lauree
    April 9, 2010 | 1:49 pm

    I’m a new stay-at-home mom with 3 adopted children. Spring cleaning is a new topic for me! ha! So I’m looking for tips! I’ve been looking into the Seventh generation line forever and just haven’t bought it. what a great give away!

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  51. Debbie
    April 9, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    I don’t have any spring cleaning tips, but my favorite thing to do when its warm enough is throw open all the windows and wash all the curtains. It brings in all the light – I can see the dust and clutter – and freshens everything up to get me in the MOOD to clean more. =) I do prefer non-chemical cleaners and use vinegar & baking soda in the base of many of my homemade cleaners – but I’m always looking for some good, natural strength to my cleaners, and know Seventh Generation is top notch!

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  52. Jacqueline
    April 9, 2010 | 2:04 pm

    I try to do deep cleaning once a week. We have a large family in a tight space plus pets. I view cleaning and caring for the home as a tangible gift of love for my sweet family.

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  53. Sara
    April 9, 2010 | 2:08 pm

    Oh we would love to win this! My advice would be to tackle one thing at a time. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with everything that needs to be cleaned (we have 4 kids). When really if I just take it one thing at a time it’s easier on everyone.

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  54. Mary Jo
    April 9, 2010 | 2:15 pm

    I actually don’t really do Spring Cleaning–I try to declutter and stay on top of things throughout the year so I don’t need to. :o) I love Seventh Generation products.

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  55. Beth
    April 9, 2010 | 2:20 pm

    This is a great giveaway! I’ve tried to start my spring cleaning this week with the 5 week event from Christian Homekeeper Network. Usually a contest or challenge is my best way to get this job done, lol!

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  56. Mary Jo
    April 9, 2010 | 2:23 pm

    I tweeted (@mrsmurch)

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  57. Beth
    April 9, 2010 | 2:25 pm

    I just tweeted about the giveaway!

    http://twitter.com/titus2mommyof2

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  58. RG
    April 9, 2010 | 2:29 pm

    I am not so organized when it comes to Spring cleaning. I just do as I go. We live out in the country and on a dirt road, so there is a lot of dust, and many cob webs tend to surface over the winter. My 6 yr. old son loves to use our dry mop that has a handy dandy telescoping handle and ‘demo’ them – complete with sound effects of course. I am short, so the mop is nice for washing walls and even the shower as well. Would love to win this package.

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  59. Jennifer Lambert
    April 9, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    We also try to keep up with the cleaning throughout the year so it’s not such a big job. I go through everything every quarter or so and reorganize and deep clean. I’m teaching my daughters how to be keepers at home and they’re such a big help. We love 7th Gen products and I don’t have to worry about my 3 yo helping since there are no harsh chemicals!

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  60. Jennifer Lambert
    April 9, 2010 | 2:31 pm

    retweeted

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  61. Heather
    April 9, 2010 | 2:34 pm

    My best tip for spring cleaning (which we began this week) is to have a wonderful husband and be at least 32 weeks pregnant. He felt bad for me scrubbing the floors on my hands and knees with such a big belly that he did more than his share of cleaning too! He does the bathrooms (toilets and all) and the vacuuming. Now we just have to really get after the windows and such and things will be ready for baby 2 in June! I’d love this to clean with…something stronger, but yet totally safe!

    Heather

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  62. Allison
    April 9, 2010 | 2:35 pm

    My church’s youth group has an annual rummage sale at the beginning of every summer. Finding items to donate motivates me to clean out every drawer and closet. (And year after year, I’m amazed at how much stuff I can find, even without having kids yet!) Once the closets, cabinets, and drawers are clean and organized, it makes it much easier to deep-clean the rest of the house!

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  63. Bonnie
    April 9, 2010 | 2:42 pm

    I would love to win this! I am home schooling mother of 5 (so far) and I clean others homes one day a week for extra money as well. I have used the baking soda and vinegar…but find that it takes much more mom power than some of the store bought products. My spring cleaning tip is to start at the top of every room and work your way down,also do one room at a time so when you get overwhelmed you can go back to one of your completed rooms and have a sigh of relief. Also if you can clean all of the hard flooring and baseboards on you hands and knees, it is much easier to get into corners and edges and have them be thourghly clean! Thank you for this blog I am new to it!

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  64. Nicki
    April 9, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    I’d love to win!

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  65. Nicki
    April 9, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    I posted the contest on my blog, too!

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  66. melissa
    April 9, 2010 | 2:55 pm

    I would love to be entered in this giveaway. Thanks!

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  67. Jennifer
    April 9, 2010 | 3:06 pm

    The only trick I have is to do it as I see it, otherwise it will not be done until next spring.

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  68. nicole- chasing blue
    April 9, 2010 | 3:17 pm

    Don’t always spring clean but since I’m always pregnant I’m constantly nesting.

    My biggest thing is clothes that just sit in my closet. Recently I took all of the hangers and put them backwards. This way at the end of the month I can donate the clothes that I never wore.

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  69. Jennifer
    April 9, 2010 | 3:31 pm

    I don’t have the energy to devote an entire weekend to spring cleaning, so I tackle one room (or even one surface) at a time over a month or more.

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  70. Meagan
    April 9, 2010 | 3:36 pm

    Wow, great stuff. We usually use the lysol stuff but it does have some toxic side effects that I don’t necessarily want in my house. It gets worse when there are lots of cleaning chemicals going at once, like at Spring cleaning times. I wait till the week in which I have all the extra energy and then I start at the top and work down so that the vacuum gets the last of the stuff…. that the kids haven’t already trampled into the floor….. : )

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  71. Amy W.
    April 9, 2010 | 3:42 pm

    Hmm…a Spring Cleaning tip…JUST DO IT! Well at least that is what *I* need to do 🙂 Maybe not a super great tip, but I find that once I just make myself do what needs to be done then I feel so much better and things get done quickly, even though I may have lacked the motivation to begin with.

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  72. Jennifer
    April 9, 2010 | 3:50 pm

    Just get on with it. I have a newborn – 6wks- in the house and we’ve just been doing the basics and it’s past time. I too make my own cleaners (from heartkeeper) and having just made a new batch- it’s time to get my helpers off their duffs and busy cleaning.

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  73. Pamela
    April 9, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    I would love to be able to win this package. As I am trying to go Organic with alot of items. Since my youngest has ADHD, some reports indicate that organic will help her!

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  74. Emily
    April 9, 2010 | 4:03 pm

    I find I have a better attitude about cleaning when the weather is really nice and all of the sudden the motivation hits me! I then get a LOT done and it feels good! So I say, do your chores, but when that motivation hits you, go for it.
    I also find that inviting company over is a great way to get that motivation flowing and there is such a great reward when it is done: great fellowship in a crisp clean house!
    I blogged about that phenomenon recently at http://www.theonearmedchef.wordpress.com 🙂

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  75. Lu
    April 9, 2010 | 4:07 pm

    We are a large homeschooling family, as well, and I, too, make my own cleaning supplies. We try to base our deep cleaning around the major holidays – Christmas & Easter – like the Church does. We usually spend the first three days of the week preceding the holiday cleaning everything in sight (or at least everything that we can manage! This year I gave birth to #7 shortly before Easter, so we didn’t do much.) Then the final days of the week are spent in preparation for the event – cooking, baking, etc., as well as the spiritual preparation.

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  76. Angie
    April 9, 2010 | 4:38 pm

    Try to keep the house clean on a weekly basis…so I don’t have to do a major spring cleaning. Would love to win this.

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  77. Amy @ Raising Arrows
    April 9, 2010 | 4:40 pm

    Well, I’m back to following FLYlady (after all these years) and recently got the Spring Bundle from The Homemaker’s Mentor that has a lot of Spring Cleaning info. Love 7th Gen!

    btw, love the new look here!

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  78. Christine
    April 9, 2010 | 4:48 pm

    While my spring cleaning methods are probably not very original like some clever ladies’, here they are. 🙂
    *Go through each room, one at a time; through each closet, every container under every bed, and get rid of anything that was not touched in at least a year (with a few exceptions). Especially clothes! Here in AZ the weather doesn’t change all that much so we’re wearing similar clothing throughout the year. All of what we don’t use goes to Goodwill.
    *Categorize & compress: everything must be organized, and if it can be, compressed into smaller spaces. Make room!
    *To keep our sentimental junk down, we have one small tupperware container that everything must fit in. If it doesn’t fit, something needs to go. And every year we can go through it, and get rid of those things that don’t have such a tight hold on us anymore. Granted there will be some things that won’t ever leave, but with others, you’ll forget why you ever kept it!

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  79. Chick Hatchers
    April 9, 2010 | 4:59 pm

    Spring cleaning? Does that mean we are supposed to clean in the spring or clean only in the spring? Yeah, I haven’t figured it out yet so it’s just like any other time of year for me.

    Usually I use either vinegar and water or Shaklee products. They last forever so it ends up being cheaper than many other products. But I LOVE Seventh Generation fo their diapers and pull-ups at times when I didn’t use cloth. I’ve wondered about their other products, but on our budget I just don’t have money to spend to try something new.

    I’d love this package!

    mychildsview.blogspot.com

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  80. Cami
    April 9, 2010 | 4:59 pm

    My favorite trick for deep cleaning is to use an old gift card or credit card to scrape off soap scum. It works great and doesn’t scratch any surface. I also love to clean with vinegar.

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  81. Nicki C K
    April 9, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    I LOVE 7th Generation products! As a mother of little ones, I too am worried about the exposure of toxins in my home. I will share something that I’ve recently discovered as a FANTASIC investement for cleaning the entire inside and outside of the house. The McCulloch Heavy Duty Steam Cleaner! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mcculloch-Mc1275-Heavy-Steam-Cleaner/10771195. I use this machine for cleaning everything from my kitchen floors to my car’s engine! NO JOKE. I love it so much that I voluntarily perfomrm demo’s for my friends, just to make their cleaning lives easier and safer from toxin’s for their families. (I have no affiliation with this company or product whatsoever.) I just love it that much!
    Thank you for the chance to win these great products!

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  82. Chick Hatchers
    April 9, 2010 | 5:06 pm

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/ChirpingX3
    My tweets are private, so you must be a follower to get to them, but I do have a whopping 6 followers…

    Here is what I tweeted:
    Kimberly at Raising Olives is giving away a huge Seventh Generation spring cleaning package: http://tinyurl.com/y383mpp

    mychildsview.blogspot.com

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  83. Kerry Johnson
    April 9, 2010 | 5:10 pm

    I have no great tips, aside from staying on top of switching out baby/toddler/kids clothes. I literally have to put stuff aside to bring to the consignment shop every time I do a load of my daughter’s clothes. They grow so fast and it is easy to get behind. Staying on top of it makes it much easier to put outfits together in the morning that actually fit her!

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  84. Leslie
    April 9, 2010 | 5:15 pm

    I try to use nontoxic cleaners with my kids so they can help. We use lots of vinegar, baking soda, and baby wipes. They like to be involved & it helps me to keep track of everyone 🙂 Also, on pretty days, we throw open the windows and air out the house – aaaaah!

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  85. Bekki
    April 9, 2010 | 5:28 pm

    Spring Cleaning? I think I’m giving up on that this year. There are so many other things to do. 🙂 I deep clean when I move furniture which means I need to get to work on my next project! Painting is so much more enjoyable than cleaning.

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  86. Jenna
    April 9, 2010 | 5:48 pm

    I made a list of daily chores to do for five days out of the week. I get up at 5am before my husband wakes and conquer one chore a day. This helps the house to stay consistantly clean and I never have to waste a Saturday slaving over the entire house.

    I also made a list of monthly chores such as dusting the ceiling fans and cleaning deep cleaning the fridge. I do each of these chores at the beginning of each month to maintian a healthy, clean home.

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  87. JulieJ
    April 9, 2010 | 6:05 pm

    We use vinegar and water as a substitute Windex. It works great! I sent the kids to Grandma’s house for two days while I did some spring cleaning and gardening.

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  88. Lauren
    April 9, 2010 | 6:08 pm

    I generally do my “spring” cleaning in January after we’ve put away the christmas tree. Helps me to start the new year the right way and there are no major holidays or trips that I’m too focused on to get it done right.

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  89. Lori Lusk
    April 9, 2010 | 6:12 pm

    I love to deep clean each room of my house very thoroughly, with bags for trash and donations, the rest gets organized and put in its own place.

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  90. Joy Daniels
    April 9, 2010 | 6:50 pm

    I love to open all the doors and windows and clean baseboards, ceiling fans, and all the high places I don’t normally do since we have 10ft ceilings!

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  91. Aron
    April 9, 2010 | 6:53 pm

    I bought some new shiny rubbermaid-like bins to pack up the winter clothes, gear and extra blankets. Now all the winter stuff is packed up nice and tidy and will be easy to locate come fall 😀

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  92. Molly
    April 9, 2010 | 7:52 pm

    I try to use non-toxic cleaning products in our home. I have used vinegar and baking soda and want to try experimenting with giving them scents naturally (like lemon or lavender). As far as spring cleaning, I am a slacker! I need to get started!

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  93. Megan@ Homeschooling on the Run
    April 9, 2010 | 7:58 pm

    Love 7th Generation Stuff!

    For spring cleaning, I found some great room-by-room checklists. I tape them in each room and when I have time throughout the week I do one item and check it off. One room a week of deep cleaning is pretty good for me!!

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  94. Barbara Jolly
    April 9, 2010 | 8:36 pm

    I already finished spring cleaning, and it is a great feeling. Now I am working on keeping it all clean. It is quite a job around here! I have found that it is easier to keep things clean if I just wipe down the bathroom once a day. One wipe, starting with the bathroom counter, can clean the sink, edge of the tub, and potty before heading for the trash. Then I just grab a paper towel and use a vinegar mixture to clean all the glass in the bathrooms. Oh–and the best tip ever–Oxiclean cleans the grout between the floor tiles. We are in a rental with some very nice Travertine tile in the kitchen. The grout, however, was black with crud, especially around the sink and stove. I mixed a scoop of Oxiclean with some water, then saturated the grout with it. I let it sit for about an hour, then rinsed. Miraculously, as the grout dried, it got lighter and lighter until it was taupe again! This was after scrubbing had produced no results at all! Oxiclean really works, that’s all I can say.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Oh Barbara, if your tip about the Oxiclean works for me I’m greatly indebted to you.

    We have WHITE grout in our bathrooms. Yes, WHITE grout in the bathroom shared by all 9 of the children. I generally spend a whole day soaking paper towels in BLEACH and lining all of the grout lines and then scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing.

    I can’t wait to try it, thank you!

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  95. Sophia C
    April 9, 2010 | 10:06 pm

    I try to tackle one room at a time & do something rewarding during or after. listen to fun music, watch a movie while you are folding and sorting clothes to be put away for the season.

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  96. Charlsie Swadley
    April 9, 2010 | 10:13 pm

    I do spring cleaning clutter control by going through my house room by room and clearing out anything that we don’t use, want, or need. It feels soooo good when it’s done!!!

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  97. Lindsey in AL
    April 9, 2010 | 10:17 pm

    I swept and mopped my hard floors today. Does that count as Spring cleaning? Does it matter that I am almost 30 weeks pregnant? Probably not since that’s pretty much my regular Spring cleaning routine.

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  98. Kristin
    April 9, 2010 | 10:48 pm

    Well, I work full time in addition to being a mom so I hardly have time to clean, much less spring clean.
    I really would love to try out these products as we are just learning in the last year that my oldest has allergies and I think these would help with that.

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  99. abba12
    April 9, 2010 | 11:07 pm

    I find having friends or family over can be a great way of tackling spring cleaning because it’s fun! we laugh over old items and the memories they bring, or when you find that random item that should never have been where it was there are others there to share the amusement. Plus it gets done quicker.

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  100. Kim P
    April 9, 2010 | 11:25 pm

    Oh, I have no great tips for spring cleaning, which is why I need this prize pack, right??? My only cleaning tip is to do a little each day and keep things maintained well so that we usually don’t do a thorough-one-day cleaning.

    I have wanted to try these products – thanks for the great giveaway!

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  101. Andrea
    April 9, 2010 | 11:32 pm

    I don’t spring clean. I just clean when I can and when it’s bad enough. I’ll clean regularly when my son goes to school. In four and a half years.

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  102. Melissa
    April 9, 2010 | 11:45 pm

    I’ve been cleaning carpets, and ran out of carpet shampoo, so I used vinegar instead. It worked great, and no soap residue! Would love to win this prize pack so I can try these things out too!

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  103. Groovyoldlady
    April 10, 2010 | 7:46 am

    I loathe smelly, chemical laden sstore products. *shudder*

    For Spring cleaning we pull out the baking soda and vinegar and Shaklee’s Basic H. For really bad hard water build up I use a sprinkling of citric acid crystals and a scrubby. The citric acid seems to work faster than vinegar and is slightly abrasive, so it cleans my faucets beautifully. Plus…It’s CHEAP!

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  104. Katie from NC
    April 10, 2010 | 8:21 am

    My key to spring cleaning…. get rid of the kids (but just for a day! Then I want them back.) My children are just getting old enough to help (ages 6 and under), but there are still a lot of responsibilities that distract me from deep cleaning if they are around.

    Have I ever had the kids gone so I can clean? No. But it’s a dream of mine.

    For the most part we just keep things tidy and relatively clean. If something gets bad I have a bad habit of dropping everything to do it – wether it’s spring or not.

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  105. Dina @ 4 Lettre Words
    April 10, 2010 | 8:30 am

    Our main Spring battle is pollen. We are in GA! First we change the filters in our A/C units, then we dust and vacuum pretty much everyday. It makes a big difference to those of us with allergies/asthma!

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  106. marshan alma
    April 10, 2010 | 9:20 am

    Spring cleaning??? We have to do that?? just kidding. WE all help out in our house to clean, clean, clean. Otherwise it wouldn’t get done!

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  107. Melissa
    April 10, 2010 | 9:33 am

    I try to do one area a day. Soon it will be all done and time to start over!

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  108. Hannah
    April 10, 2010 | 11:00 am

    I am a binge cleaner. When I get going, the hubby and boysies better watch out. 🙂 I love natural cleaning products because we have a lot of critters, and my African Grey is very sensitive to fumes. My family has used Sha*lee for years, but 7th Gen. is amazing also.

    Blessings!

    Hannah

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  109. Jennifer
    April 10, 2010 | 11:24 am

    I like to make a list and check it off as I get done with one chore and on to the next. This way I feel like I’m accomplishing something and it feels good to check something off as done. My kids also like to help, even though they are young they feel proud to be Mom’s good helpers.

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  110. Leann
    April 10, 2010 | 11:29 am

    I don’t do a big spring cleaning (though maybe I should?!?) – as a M.O.M. (Mom Of Many) I have learned to be a lot more lax in my standards.
    But, we do try to give each room a thorough cleaning a few times a year (just not always in the spring).
    The kids actually decided to spring break clean their rooms this week – by swapping which bedrooms they were in – lots of cleaning, decluttering and organizing – but mostly by them!

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  111. Kelly Maine
    April 10, 2010 | 12:25 pm

    Hmmm….spring cleaning….well, I guess I would say that I don’t necessarily do “spring cleaning” officially. When I think of spring, I think of the dreaded clothing change for the season (9 kids). I am spreading it out over time and dreaming about a time to put all the winter clothes away. I do like to put out a new spring house flag, spring wreath on the door, and new ferns hanging from the porch. We also top dress the landscaping with mulch and change the table linens/decorations, and bathroom decor to be more “springy.” Not cleaning, per se, but definitately puts me in a springtime mood.

    Blessings – Kelly

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  112. jen
    April 10, 2010 | 1:21 pm

    Love this stuff! Count me in!!!!

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    jen Reply:

    Ooooopps….I forgot to write what I wanted to write 🙂 1. We get rid of a whole lot of stuff that we accumulate over the winter/fall months-I got my hubby fixed on thrift store finds & now he goes birserk (sp?) to satisfy his retail therapy urges (and you thought it was just women that did that!)2. I’m usually preggo or nursing a little one in the spring and get sick of the mess and tackle stuff w/vengance. 3. If the product I’m using is good smelling & good for my family, it makes me want to clean all the more. I use seventh generation dish soap (but would love to try the other things they have) and some Mrs. Meyers products. The tote & disinfecting wipes would make life sooo much easier w/ so many little ones.

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  113. Lorie
    April 10, 2010 | 2:43 pm

    Spring cleaning? Who has the time? I can’t even keep up with general day to day cleaning. Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

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  114. Heather T.
    April 10, 2010 | 4:00 pm

    Spring cleaning…well, actually I call my mom. She is my reinforcements!
    Would LOVE to win this prize pack!!

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  115. Jessica Hilliker
    April 10, 2010 | 5:22 pm

    I’m right there with you…we try to use as green/natural as we can, and like to make our own for simple day to day cleaning.

    Spring cleaning: any time of year I can, I open the windows to get fresh air inside, that really helps b/c indoor air is waaay more polluted than outdoor air. Also, I “bleach” linens and stuffed animals and things by laying them out in the sun!! who knew it killed all the yuckies & removed stains?? Oranizing as I go and continually donating/consigning things helps keep the clutter at bay, too.

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  116. Lauren
    April 10, 2010 | 5:39 pm

    I/we tackle one room at a time, sometimes one corner of the room at a time- and it usually takes us a few weeks to get through it because we usually only tackle on Saturdays. 🙂

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  117. Amanda M.
    April 10, 2010 | 5:44 pm

    I tackle spring cleaning tasks one at a time. Mostly I clean and reorganize our closets and donate items we no longer use. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  118. Amanda M.
    April 10, 2010 | 5:45 pm
  119. stephanie
    April 10, 2010 | 6:50 pm

    No great tips for spring cleaning, I just dread doing it. I would rather be outside working on the garden.

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  120. Heather
    April 10, 2010 | 6:52 pm

    Our windows are really difficult to clean. So, we steam clean them once the weather gets nice out. I’m always afraid they will bust or something…that’s probably silly isn’t it.

    We move all the furniture around each season. In the winter and spring we like to move the couch near the windows for better light. In the summer, we move it to a non-window wall since we don’t use AC.

    Same with the beds. Spring time is a great time to move beds underneath or in front of a window.

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  121. Domestica
    April 10, 2010 | 7:11 pm

    I love to open all the windows and let the breeze drift through my house as I am cleaning, it brings a sense of freshness.

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  122. Naomi
    April 10, 2010 | 8:01 pm

    I try to tackle one job a day!

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  123. Kambre
    April 10, 2010 | 9:18 pm

    Do a little everyday with 2 big (clean closet) task every week. MUSIC is the key to get me motivated!

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  124. Beckie M
    April 10, 2010 | 10:28 pm

    I started spring cleaning with joy! Then it got warm outside (we live in the frozen north) and we just had to go outside! Now it is cold again, but the cleaning bug has left the building. I need to find him again.

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  125. Sela
    April 10, 2010 | 10:49 pm

    Hmm, spring cleaning tip? Go through each room just once, putting away things as you go. Make sure you have a spot to put all the giveaway stuff and don’t be afraid to get rid of things!

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  126. Sela
    April 10, 2010 | 10:51 pm
  127. Allie
    April 10, 2010 | 11:45 pm

    My tip (and obsession) is to re-arrange your home. That way everything gets deep cleaned while you’re switching things around and you get a fresh new look when you’re all done. We just finished our spring cleaning/re-arranging yesterday! 🙂

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  128. Nicole
    April 10, 2010 | 11:59 pm

    I used a “Parent’s Night Out” program to get 3 hours of time in an empty house! (Not done, but a whole lot better!!!)

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  129. krisstel
    April 11, 2010 | 7:40 am

    I would love to win this prize!

    I tackle spring cleaning by trying to do as much as possible in one or two days and then jumping back on my normal cleaning routine schedule.

    I am sure I look like a crazy person running to and fro and I’m sure the children would much rather do school work than their “cleaning projects” I give them but it seems to be the best way to go about it. I find if I try to just tackle one spring cleaning project a week, I lose motivation but if it’s basically ALL I do for two days I feel much better and get much more accomplished:).

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  130. Jasmine
    April 11, 2010 | 8:14 am

    I do it bit by bit, room by room, the only when there is a houseful of littles. I did learn this year to wait till after the pollen flies. I am having to redo a lot b/c of the pollen.

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  131. debp
    April 11, 2010 | 9:02 am

    My tip, is to throw stuff away you aren’t using. That way it is easier to clean the rest of the house.
    debp
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  132. Tracey (momtofivekdis)
    April 11, 2010 | 9:10 am

    Usually, I do the spring cleaning myself. For 3-5 days I will clean non-stop from morning till night. The older kids take care of the younger. This year I’m doing things differently. I’m involving everyone! We are also taking longer, working on one room or area a week-although we’ve taken a couple weeks off! We’ll pick it up again this week. I hope I win! 🙂

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  133. Geeta
    April 11, 2010 | 1:00 pm

    Hi
    Thx for the opportunity to win the Seventh Generation Prize. Spring cleaning tip – start in winter n clean out one closet, dresser or cupboard at a time (no marathon cleaning done in this household)and keep a give away, throw away or for sale box in the garage. On the first warm sunny day in spring have a garage sale , at the end of it whatever has not sold is packed with the giveaway box (donation) and carted away to Salvation Army, St Pauls or the Hospital Charity box. Then we start all over again in the fall.

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  134. Amanda
    April 11, 2010 | 3:18 pm

    We just cleaned our carpets and couldn’t believe how filthy they were. Carpet cleaning is a great spring cleaning tool. Nothing like getting all the winter sickness germs and dust out of your carpet!

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  135. LauraC
    April 11, 2010 | 3:48 pm

    my mom usually makes a list of everything to be done then we all write our initials beside what we have done

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  136. Ashley
    April 11, 2010 | 3:48 pm

    my mom usually makes a list of everything to be done then we all write our initials beside what we have done! it works well!

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  137. Leah
    April 11, 2010 | 4:22 pm

    I just try to tackle it a little bit each week. The windows never seem to get done though!

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  138. Jacquelin
    April 11, 2010 | 8:02 pm

    slow and steady wins the race for me. I try to do a little bit of deep cleaning once a month. It usually takes 3-4 days on average. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  139. Laurie Griess
    April 11, 2010 | 9:04 pm

    I try to keep up with the fly lady approach, but will definitely take a Sat morning or two with all the windows open and tackle some big projects.

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  140. shelly
    April 11, 2010 | 11:04 pm

    I send the kids off with dad for the day and try to do it all in one day.

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  141. Janene
    April 11, 2010 | 11:12 pm

    I try to make a list of what needs to be done first, then tackle that room a bit at a time. I can’t usually do it all in one day, so this seems to work for me. The kids actually WANT to help and I give them any job I think they can handle. These products would be perfect for those times! I don’t want them inhaling some of those chemicals that are on the market.

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  142. Amber
    April 11, 2010 | 11:32 pm

    Not alot of great advice – except maybe to do a little at a time, even if you don’t have a lot of time, you would be amazed at what you can do in 5 minutes!

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  143. Julie
    April 11, 2010 | 11:37 pm

    I’ve been clearing the clutter with Money Saving Mom this past week! Clear out the clutter and clean up the space! Would love some good cleaners with my 5 littles in the house! They love to help1

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  144. Sara
    April 12, 2010 | 12:13 am

    I’ll have to read through these comments, because I always need help with cleaning! I just learned recently that you should probably clean under the hood of your stove, because it gets REALLY grimy under there! Scary, actually! I’m having fun browsing through your blog! Thank you for all the tips and encouragement!

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  145. stacy
    April 12, 2010 | 1:05 am

    I do a little of something each day so I don’t have to do huge cleaning in one day.

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  146. Octavia Jones
    April 12, 2010 | 1:14 am

    I enlist help from the whole family and tackle as many things as we can each day to GET IT DONE! We are currently ‘spring cleaning’ in our first HOME of our own, yay! Let me tell you it needs it. Everyone is pitching in!

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  147. Darla Weaver
    April 12, 2010 | 10:49 am

    One big part of spring cleaning in our house is sorting through winter clothing, getting rid of extra and worn out. We then put the summer clothing in drawers and hangers, and plan a trip to the thrift store to get rid of all the extra stuff. Not fun but feels good when done.

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  148. Sela
    April 12, 2010 | 11:11 am
  149. kari
    April 12, 2010 | 12:57 pm

    We tackle spring cleaning one room at a time. That way, each room feels like an accomplishment.

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  150. Jennifer Dewing
    April 12, 2010 | 2:34 pm

    I actually don’t “spring” clean in the traditional sense. I try to do a deep clean of one room every month or so. I have enough rooms that it takes me all year to get the whole house done twice.
    I already use these products for cleaning, esp. the bathroom. My older children clean the bathrooms and I am comfortable with them doing so with these products.
    Thanks for posting this give-away!

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  151. Kat
    April 12, 2010 | 2:45 pm

    My best spring cleaning tip is to make my husband do it! 😉 Or, plan a gathering at our house, which always gets us in gear with cleaning everything.

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  152. Suzanne
    April 12, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    Spring cleaning must always involve opening up all the windows, some serious decluttering and deep cleaning.

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  153. Brenda
    April 12, 2010 | 9:15 pm

    Our tactic? I guess maintain throughout the year, so we don’t have a huge project come spring. Although we do wash outside windows and siding in the spring!

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  154. lynn @ the actors diet
    April 12, 2010 | 9:15 pm

    i listen to music/podcasts while i clean to make it more motivating.

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  155. Roxie
    April 12, 2010 | 9:36 pm

    I round up all our boys and put them to work:)

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  156. Sarah
    April 12, 2010 | 10:21 pm

    I have to just decide to do a little every day for a while.

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  157. Michele Pineda
    April 12, 2010 | 10:23 pm

    being allergic to dust and cat dander and all that stuff, I make sure that I open those windows and let the fresh air in first thing! Then I take cleaning in steps, room by room, and try to get rid of the clutter first since I am kind of a pack rat when it comes to paperwork. After that, cleaning is a breeze!

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  158. Christie
    April 12, 2010 | 10:53 pm

    I invite friends and family over–that makes me clean! Otherwise, I could live in a messy house!

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  159. Taryn
    April 13, 2010 | 12:54 pm

    We tackle spring cleaning by throwing a party! We throw open the windows, grab cleaning supplies and tackle one floor at a time..top to bottom:)

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  160. bunny
    April 13, 2010 | 4:02 pm

    By avoiding it!

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  161. kelly
    April 13, 2010 | 6:55 pm

    I don’t really Spring clean but just get in the mood to deep clean and organize. I actually wish I felt like doing it more often. I just started changing over my cleaning products to natural ones and I’ve been really pleased with them. So much better for all of us who have to breath them in!

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  162. Donna
    April 14, 2010 | 7:17 am

    We tackle spring cleaning the first week school is out.
    We work from top to bottom, including walls and windows.
    We do one room a day with everyone signing up for the parts they’d like to do. We play music, listen to stories on CD,and tell jokes while we work. After the work is finished, they know they have free time the rest of the afternoon, so they’re pretty motivated to work diligently.

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  163. Teresa
    April 14, 2010 | 7:27 am

    I like to methodically go through each room one at a time including their closets.

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  164. tree
    April 14, 2010 | 8:02 am

    i tackle spring cleaning by letting my husband do it. lol. He doesn’t help with the every day cleaning, but about twice a year he does major ‘hardcore’ cleaning.

    thanks for the chance!

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  165. tree
    April 14, 2010 | 8:04 am

    Tweeted!!

    http://twitter.com/patchouligirl91/status/12159324533

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  166. Robin
    April 14, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Hi, I usually tackle the grime and dirt and odors and general germs with a big commercial bottle of simple gree. You have to dilute it of course and it goes a long way. You nfeel confident that you are cleaning the dirt away naturally and echo friendly. As far as organizing is concerned clothes and home decor must switch shelves from back to front vice versa.I do agree with everyone as far as tackling the project of spring cleaning in spurts, because your time doing it this way is well spent, especially if there is yard and garden work to do on the outside of your home as well.Room by room is a great idea, because you also have to remove the drapes and hang lighter weight curtains and bedspreads. Also for some of us that live in those colder climates we probably will change from the bear and moose decor to seashells and beautiful flowers.There is nothing like a well dressed spring garden.

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  167. Candace Otto
    April 14, 2010 | 4:04 pm

    I don’t really have any good tips but I learned alot from the other comments. My sister and I help each other with spring cleaning. It seems to go faster when someone helps.

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  168. Steph
    April 14, 2010 | 7:51 pm

    Make small goals! Clean one room or area at a time 🙂

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  169. Noreen
    April 15, 2010 | 12:50 am

    plan on cleaning on rainy days

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  170. Jessi
    April 15, 2010 | 2:41 am

    I let it sneak up on me.

    No really, I don’t like “spring cleaning” and never think I do it, but then out of no where, I usually realize that I’ve started it anyway. Like my oven was starting to get nasty and I did a full cleaning out it. When I mentioned it to someone, they told me “grats on my spring cleaning.” But I wasn’t spring cleaning! And then I realized that wait, I had done other things like that, too….like cleaning out my deep freezer…and my desk. And gah!

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  171. Betsy
    April 17, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    With spring cleaning I like opening up the windows and doors and letting the clean fresh air in while I clean.

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