Okay, get ready. This post is filled with a lot of goodness. First, I finally gave up on the Pinterest-wanna-be within myself and tried some natural cleaners (rather than make my own). Thank you to Biokleen for letting me review them for you. Second, I've made you a handy-dandy cleaning chart…but it's far from your ordinary cleaning chart, so stick around! And third, it's time for another blog hop! Get to know some other bloggers, and find some fun projects or recipes to add to your ”one day..” list 🙂 Hmm..maybe I'm the only one with those kind of lists.
Okay, first off: Green cleaning. I grew up with a mom that gave me what I'll call…toxicity paranoia. What this means is that when I'm cleaning a bathroom, I get more concerned about cleaner getting on my skin than I do about the fact that I'm also touching a toilet. This might also mean that at times I may have been guilty of cleaning while holding my breath, and then running out to the hallway to inhale some “fresh” air. So I come from a more “natural” kind of family. Okay, moving on. I've been meaning to make my own household cleaners lately. And by meaning to, I mean for the last year or so. And since I have failed to do so, my sister highly recommended that I try Biokleen. She buys it concentrated by the gallon.
So I finally tried it. I've cleaned my bathroom with the Lavendar Bathroom Cleaner, my kitchen with the all-purpose cleaner, and I've sprayed away my toddler's AFTER-THE-POOP smell from her room with the stain and odor eliminator . And although I love them so far (especially how they smell), I don't feel like I have used them long enough to give you an honest review. And as much as I'd love to go through and do a complete spring cleaning on my house, it just isn't happening with a newborn and toddler in the house. So I will update this post as I get more experience with them, but since I don't want you waiting for a year, I asked my sister if she would share her experience since she was the one that told me I HAD to get them 🙂
Here is her review:
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“I have fallen in live with Biokleen cleaning products the last 3 months. Let me tell you why. For most of my life, I used normal cleaners and threw all caution to the wind. I really didn't think they would do me or my family that much harm and I just wanted something that worked and made my house smell nice.
Fast forward to today…I no longer can use those same toxic cleaners. My body is so sensitive now that even one whiff of those fumes sends me reeling. I also have 4 children and I am always cautious about what I'm putting in the air they breathe. I tried making my own homemade cleaners but they either didn't work as well or left my bathroom smelling like a pickle cannery (vinegar).
Biokleen's Lavender Lime Bathroom cleaner with Bac out was like a dream come true for me. Not only is it all natural so I can use it without fearing what it will do to the air we breathe, but it smells great! I have a boy who thinks its unimportant whether or not he aims correctly, so I am always trying to get rid of urine odor. I sprayed my counters, floors, and toilet with this stuff, let it sit for 3 minutes then wiped it down. Odor gone, and only a beautiful smelling bathroom remains.
Their Bac Out odor neutralizer is now a must at our house! Got potty training going on at your house? Invest in Bac Out!! I use it in my wash when I have an extra smelly load, I spray it on the carpet after soaking up ‘accidents' and use it to freshen up furniture. It rocks! I also love that I can give my kids a bottle of cleaner and let them help me clean. I have also used the powdered laundry detergent with grapefruit seed extract. I didn't like it as much first because it leaves no scent on my clothes, but I've gotten used to having just clean clothes without fragrance. Yesterday I was truly converted when I left a load of clothes in my FL for 24 hours. I fully expected to open the door to the smell of mildew. Nope. They still smelled clean. Evidently the grapefruit seed extract keeps the bacteria in check. Yay! for Bio Kleen! Give some of their products a try.
I also love the concentrated All Purpose Cleaner for cleaning my floors and counters. I add lavender oil to it to make it smell awesome and I think 1 bottle will last me more than a year. VERY economical!”
Thanks Katie! I also noticed as I was blog-hopping, that a lot of moms who do cloth diapers love this product. Here is one mom's review.
GIVEAWAY: Biokleen is giving away their all-purpose cleaner to one of you! And just so you know, unlike the new baby products giveaway, this is a giveaway strictly for my blog, which means your chances of winning are really good. Too many people don't enter because they think they'll never win. For example, the post on Children's Books that I did a few days ago has only had 2 people enter. And I'll make it really easy for you to enter:
1. Share this on Pinterest or Facebook and comment below stating what chore you hate doing the most OR
2. Head over to Biokleen website and comment which product interests you the most
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.* Contest ends July 31st.
Okay, onto item #2: The Monthly Cleaning Chart:
This isn’t your typical monthly cleaning list. Hear me out…
15 Minute Cleaning and Marital Bliss
Since we’ve had kids, my husband and I have noticed that it sometimes takes deliberate effort during the week to nourish our relationship. Often, by the time we finally get the kids to bed, we spend the next couple hours working on our own projects, and then go to bed—without hardly talking to each other all day. This isn’t because we don’t like each other, there just aren’t enough hours in a day, and the kids require so much attention, that it is sometime easy to forget about each other.
We have two ways that we try to avoid this trap.
The first is having family dinner together every night.
The Second is our monthly cleaning, or as we call it “Clean in 15.” After the kids go to bed, we take the next 15 minutes doing a task in our house together. This is our time to just talk and catch up on our day. Sometimes it will be folding laundry together and other times it may be purging our house of unneeded possessions, and other times it may be sorting through files and stacks of paper or mail. Each night we take turns who gets to pick the task. We figure that no matter how busy one of us may be on a particular day, we can almost always spare 15 minutes for each other. We also end up with a cleaner house this way—you’d be surprised how much of a difference that 15 minutes a day can create! Here is a free cleaning printable if you'd like to do the same. Click on the image to pull up the pdf. You'll notice there are more tasks than there are days in the month. This is so that you can switch things up every now and then. Also, certain tasks are listed multiple times because they can be done multiple times in a month. There seems to ALWAYS be laundry to fold at my house! 🙂 There is also a task titled “serve someone” and a few titled “seasonal” for things like raking leaves or shoveling snow, or weeding the garden.
Using the Cleaning Chart For Fighting Kids:
There is another way you can use this chart. When I was growing up, if I was fighting or arguing with one of my siblings, my mom would give us a task to accomplish together. Sometimes this was a game, sometimes it was a chore. She would set a timer for 15 minutes and we had to work on communicating and getting along with each other as we accomplished the task. Every time we fought, the timer would start over. If one of us went silent and gave the other person the “silent treatment,” the timer would again start over. My girls aren’t old enough for this yet, but I do feel like it was effective for me growing up. My mom was so patient to monitor these “get along” sessions that occurred MANY times, and I feel like we learned a lot about relationships and conflict resolution during these frustrating moments. I remember missing an activity with my friend once because our “15 minutes” turned into over an hour as we painfully took our time to get along. Obviously you will adjust the time according to age (I was a teenager so I deserved it).
Here is a blank cleaning chart if you'd like to customize it yourself: Blank Printable Cleaning Chart
ALL THINGS THURSDAY BLOG HOP
Here are some favorites from last week:
Children Closet Storage @ Slippers By Day
Bathroom Printable @ Cutesy Crafts
And 5 Tips To Finish What You Start from Moms the Word