This post is sponsored by Mr. Clean through SheSpeaks but all thoughts and embarrassing messes are my own.
As I was uploading the *before* pictures, my oldest daughter came into my room and peeked at my computer. “You should tell them that we staged these messes. We did that on purpose,” she suggested. Oh yes. These are hard pictures to share.
I used to be a neat freak. I was never necessarily the best house cleaner, but I was always organized on on top of cleaning. I thought keeping my house clean would be easier once my kids got older, but somehow the house has gotten dirtier. The messes are bigger, there is more stuff in the house, and we are all busier. Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about tips for getting kids to clean the house. It’s something we’re still working on.
I stay on top of the basics, like laundry and dishes and vacuuming the carpet. Ok, maybe I don’t stay as on top of it as I should…. But I will readily admit that I neglect the deeper messes. I wipe things down, but I rarely work very hard to get rid of stains and I tend to overlook the dirt that slowly builds up. Oy.
OK, take my microwave as an example. Our microwave gets a LOT of use. Seven people, lots of food to reheat. I grew up with the rule that any food that went in the microwave had to be covered. Although we have a plate cover AND a roll of paper towels next to the microwave, it’s obvious that people forget more often than they remember to use it.
I put off cleaning the microwave because it’s gross. It feels like a chore. But this week, I grabbed the bottle of Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle that had come in the mail through SheSpeaks, added a squirt (yes, just a single squirt) to a big bowl of water, and dipped a sponge into the mixture. In FOUR minutes, this is what my microwave looked like. It was so easy to clean it up with my Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle that I had to laugh at myself for waiting so long.
Another place in my house that I tend to ignore is my makeup counter. It’s a strange little spot in my bedroom right next to my closet – no sink, just a counter and a mirror. Between the powder and the blush and the eye shadow and the hairspray, that counter top gets covered in grime. I have tried cleaning it so many times before, but it always seems like the 30 years of build up have left it permanently stained. I’ve gotten used to it.
This morning, I decided to give Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle a try on it. Instead of diluting it in a bucket or a bowl, I squirted a little bit of Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle straight onto a sponge and scrubbed away. I got ink pen off of the bathroom counter, I cleaned the grout in the shower, and…I tackled the makeup counter. With just a few swipes of the sponge, all of the grime came right off. I was shocked at how WHITE the counter was. Yes, I am a little embarrassed by the contrast here:
In the end, after trying Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle in several different trouble spots in my house (including a few that I was not willing to photograph!), I can tell you – I will be using this stuff throughout my house, top to bottom. It’s perfect for the kitchen, the bathroom, the counters, the floors, the shower…you name it! It could only be better if it did the cleaning FOR me!
Where do YOU need a little Liquid Muscle?
Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle is available at Walmart in 16 and 30 oz. bottles for a suggested retail price of $2.74 (16 oz) and $4.97 (30 oz). You can learn more about Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle on Facebook and Twitter and Online.
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