Spring Cleaning with Pine-Sol Spring Blossom

It's snowing again today. We've had the snowiest winter in recent history. We are cold and we are weary. Spring feels like a foreign concept.

Pine-Sol sent me a bottle of their new Spring Blossom Multi-Surface Cleaner to try and the dreary skies and frigid temps made me reach for it this morning. Spring may be a long way off but that doesn't mean I can't start my spring cleaning.

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I'm not a big fan of strong fragrances. Really strong or complex smells give me a headache. I was worried that Pine-Sol Spring Blossom might be too much for me because it's a blend of Jasmine, Magnolia, and Orange Blossom scents but I was pleasantly surprised. The smell is fresh, light, and not overwhelmingly floral. In a perfect world I could find cleaners that are effective and fragrance-free but until that day, I'm happy to use Pine-Sol Spring Blossom. It cleans well and I like that I can use it on a variety of surfaces so I don't need to buy multiple cleaners for different rooms.

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Have you started spring cleaning? Or are you staring out the window at snowflakes, dreaming of a tropical holiday?

How to Clean Toilets so They Actually Feel Clean

{Disclosure Statement: I received this product for my review but I am not being compensated in any other way; thoughts and opinions are my own.}

I live in a very male house (until Lady Baby gets here in a few weeks to even things out!). Grady has been figuring out the whole pee-in-the-potty thing for a while. He's got the idea down. We're passed the days of accidents and "do you feel the tickle? Are you suuuuure you don't feel the pee tickle?" and everything that goes along with identifying when and how to pee. But he hasn't quite mastered the art of actually peeing in the potty, or rather getting all the pee in the potty every time. My toilets are a source of consternation is what I'm saying.

I'm not a clean freak but my standards of cleanliness are somewhat more strict than Shawn's. I don't try to impose my standards on him though; if dirty bathrooms bother me I don't feel like it's his problem. It's my job to keep the bathrooms at my comfort level of cleanliness. I say this because Shawn likes to have a completely vacuumed car. Like, no sand or kid grime or muffin crumbs or anything. The man taps his shoes to shake off any dirt before he enters the vehicle (bless his heart). And because he has this (completely bizarre) standard of car cleanliness, he is responsible for keeping the car at his comfort level of clean. He's not trying to convince me to vacuum the car more often (we've been married for over 7 years and I can confidently tell you that I have not vacuumed the car even 7 times in our marriage,) he accepts that it's his quirk and he deals with it. Which brings me back to bathrooms. I accept that having sparkling clean bathrooms brings a level of joy to my heart that may border on unusual. I also accept that I live with people who do not care about how clean the bathrooms are. So. Bathrooms are my issue.

And they are an issue! Because bathrooms are gross. There are a lot of bodily fluids involved in all components of the bathroom and the tools we use to clean them (the sponges and toilet brushes and whatnot) are little germ factories. I love having clean bathrooms but I hate actually cleaning the bathrooms because I feel like I'm just spreading the germs around.

The ToiletWand at rest and in action! 

The ToiletWand at rest and in action! 

I was given the new Clorox Disinfecting ToiletWand to try and I have to say, I'm a huge fan. It has disposable cleaning heads that snap easily on and off for one-time use so I just clicked a new head onto the wand, scrubbed my toilets, and then tossed the disposable head. The wand even has a handy dandy release button so you don't actually have to touch the dirty cleaning head. Yes, the disposable cleaning heads caused me to pause and think about the waste I was creating but they're small and they're the only part of the system that needs to be replaced (instead of replacing an entire toilet brush, which is what I was doing every couple of months because eww germs).

The cleaning heads are smaller than a traditional toilet brush which I thought would be its downfall but it turns out that they maneuver up under the rim much easier and I feel like I was able to clean my toilet more thoroughly because of their size.

The storage caddy comes with a warning to keep away from children and pets because of the cleaning agents in the cleaning heads but I didn't keep my old toilet brush in the bathroom anyway (it's tucked away in a cupboard in the laundry room because ewwwwww gerrrrrms).

I don't love that I'm throwing something away every time I clean the toilet but I do love that my toilets feel completely clean and disinfected every time I scrub them, not just the first time I scrub them using a brand new toilet brush. Overall I'm thrilled with my experience with the Clorox Disinfecting ToiletWand and I plan to continue using it. Who knows, maybe I'll even be able to convince Shawn to use it (says the woman who has made it one of her life goals to never vacuum the car again. Ever.).

Out of the Closet

We moved into our house almost a year ago. We turned our spare bedroom into a sort of tv / music room. It was where we went to relax. Except for the closet. The closet was where we've dumped every single thing that didn't have a home. The closet became a safety hazard.

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Shawn's birthday was on Friday. He's the worst person to buy presents for because he doesn't like to have a lot of stuff. So I decided to clean out the hazard closet as his birthday present. It took four hours. In the end I had a giant garbage bag, a box full of recycling, two big boxes of items to be donated, and six empty boxes. And many smug feelings because look at our beautiful closet!

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It might not look like a lot but I emptied every box and every drawer to purge, sort, and organize. The drawers used to be stuffed full in a haphazard manner, no logic or organization at all. Now they're sorted by item and everything makes sense and my world feels a little bit brighter.

The Uncommon Good

I came across The Uncommon Good totally by accident. I was procrastinating on Facebook and a friend posted about a piece she'd recently purchased. I followed the link and fell in love with their story. They go into character homes that are being gutted or torn down to make room for new construction, and reclaim and reuse the wood for beautiful decorative pieces and furniture. Much of the wood they salvage is first growth Douglas Fir, Cedar, and Hemlock from trees that would have been 300 - 1,000+ years old when they were cut down for these homes in the early 1900s.

I couldn't help but buy a piece of Vancouver history, in the shape of beautiful British Columbia, for my wall. I love how the light catches the grain of the wood and I love that I get to feel like a fancy grownup who does stuff like buy art. 

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