10 Ways to Clean with Clorox

This is a sponsored post by Clorox. All opinions are 100% mine.

 With the holidays fast-approaching it’s time to get the house in order for your family and guests. One of my secret tools is Clorox bleach. I know many of you have Clorox® in your home, but did you know it has tons of uses? Well, I’m here to help. Here’s my 10 favorite ways to clean with Clorox…

10 ways to clean with clorox

1. Sanitize toys.
With the holidays right around the corner, you’ll soon have a bunch of new toys around the house… just in time for cold and flu season. To clean and disinfect: Mix ½ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Soak pre-washed toys 5 minutes. Rinse and let air dry.

2. Get a cleaner bathroom.
To clean and disinfect a toilet bowl: Flush toilet. Pour ¾ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach into bowl. Brush bowl with scrub brush and let stand for 10 minutes. Flush.

Did you know Clorox provides better value over the competition? One bottle disinfects 33x more bathtubs than store brand bleach. You can also use Clorox safely on your sinks and faucets.

Cleaning Bathroom Sink

3. Freshen your garbage disposal.
Around the holidays it seems I always have people shoving stuff down my sink that I don’t even know about. But later I always find out when I start to get a weird smell in the kitchen. To fix this pour ¾ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach into drain while running disposal and water.

4. Disinfect doorknobs.
With all of the cold and flu viruses spreading like crazy this time of year, sanitize your home by wiping down all of your doorknobs.

5. Sanitize your cutting boards.
Nothing freaks me out more than raw chicken on a cutting board. To clean and sanitize: Mix 2 tbsp of Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Pour solution over pre-washed cutting board and let stand for 2 minutes. Rinse with 2 tsp of this product per gallon of water. Do not rinse or soak overnight.

6. Clean your kitchen.
There are a bunch of other places where you can use Clorox in your kitchen: your countertops (I use the Clorox® Anywhere® Hard Surface™ Daily Sanitizing Spray everyday), appliances, sink, faucet, floors and even the garbage can. This is your best tool for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting your kitchen, plus it’s a lot cheaper than buying 15 different cleaning products!

Woman cleaning the counter  in the kitchen

7. Keep your flowers fresher longer. 
Not even kidding. Did you know if you drop 1/4 teaspoon of clean in a quart of vase water you can ensure the water stays clear and free of that nasty smell that starts to brew after the flowers bloom? Try it!

8. Tackle the trash cans.
Trash cans can get pretty grimy and dirty, both outside and inside. To disinfect, spray Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner with Bleach until thoroughly wet. Let stand for 5 minutes. Then rinse and wipe clean. For heavily soiled areas, a pre-cleaning is required.

And a quick tip: Place a batch of extra garbage bags at the bottom of the trash can. Take out the trash, and you’ve got a replacement bag waiting for you!

9. Those everyday items.
It’s crazy to think some of the things we touch and handle every single day are the things we clean the least. I’m talking about cell phone, home phones, the TV remote control, handles to the fridge and microwave.

10. Deep clean your washing machine.
I know you use Clorox to get brighter, fresher whites, but did you know you can also use it to clean your washing machine? Washing machines collect a lot of dirt and soil during the laundry load. Most debris is washed away with the water in each load, but over time a buildup of dirt can occur. That’s where Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner comes in handy.

For HE Washers with a “Maintenance Cycle” or “Clean Out Cycle”:

  • Select the “Maintenance Cycle” or “Clean Out Cycle”
  • Fill the machine bleach dispenser to the maximum level with Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner.
  • Allow the washer to run a complete cycle on hot water to freshen the machine.

 


So, anything I forgot to add to this list?
Add it in the comment section below! 

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More Tips for Saving Money and Setting a Budget

Thanks to Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Provider program for sponsoring this post!

We climbed out of $20,000 credit card debt.
NOT EVEN JOKING.

And BUDGET is still one of the words I hate most in the English language.
Especially with the holidays right around the corner.

The word makes me cringe. But it got us to where we are today.
CREDIT CARD DEBT FREE.

how to get out of debt

If you’ll recall about 3 months ago I shared with you guys how we paid off over $20,000 in credit card debt. Well today I thought I would share some additional details of how we climbed out of that massive debt and to answer some questions from the original post.


 

track our budget
I created a monthly budget expense sheet in Microsoft Excel (I’ve had the same one since 2008). As I said before, I’m kind of obsessed with budgeting. Looking online at my daily credit card and checking account balances helps me keep my budget spread sheet up to date (I like to color code things to know what charges are pending and what has cleared). You can get a free copy of it here.

budget worksheet

budget numbers

The hardest part was trying to figure out how much extra money we needed each month (unexpected birthday parties, car maintenance, clothing, home and lawn updates, etc.). This took a lot of trial and error. I tried to give myself enough “extra” cash in our account to cover our two weeks in between paychecks, but the first couple of months I kept running out and had to put some expenses on credit cards. BAD IDEA. The money I had just paid off went right back on.

So then I started giving myself a little padding every two weeks. BUT I still kept it to the side in an “emergency fund”. If I didn’t need the funds at the end of the two weeks, I put it towards a bill. If I did need the emergency fund in that time period, I went back and really analyzed why I needed to use it (did I buy something I really needed? did I forget about an expense like Girl Scout registration?).

We wrote down every single expense that we could possibly track each month: mortgage, car payments, school loans, utility bills, cell phone, internet, groceries, entertainment, etc. Every dollar counted. We were living paycheck to paycheck, but in the best way possible…paying off debt with every last penny.

pay off debtA lot of people read my original post and thought we paid off the debt super quick. Uhh… no. It took us 6 years to pay off the $20,000 in credit card debt. We don’t make a crazy amount of money each year. We are REAL people! But I promise you if you stick to a plan, you can achieve your goal! And it’s totally worth it in the end.

We didn’t live like paupers for 6 years. We didn’t sit at home depressed for 6 years. We just cut back when and where needed and reminded ourselves of that end goal… financial freedom.

Budget Newspaper Clipping

track of transactions
Nope, which is why I had that little emergency fund in my budget worksheet. Remember I also planned out 3 months at a time so we wouldn’t have any surprises in our budget. But with the emergency fund I could easily allocate money towards back to school shopping or Fall clothes if needed without having to put money on credit cards.

need for saving money
It’s quite a difficult task to cut spending completely when you’re trying to pay off debt. There are some things you really still need to buy, like clothes for your kids. Just remember that the faster you pay off the debt, the faster you can get back to normal life. Yes, it is going to be difficult for awhile. Life is gonna suck. I’m not going to sugar coat it for you. But you will be so much happier in the end if you realize early on what is a NEED and what is a WANT.

Needs are things we needed to get by month to month: food, gas, and paying our monthly bills. Even clothes weren’t a necessity unless we were in dire straits, like Ellie not having one thing that fit her this Fall since she grew like 6 inches in the past year.

secrets to debt free

I put a sticky note on each one of my credit cards in my wallet to remind me to curb my spendings.

“Do you really need that?”

“You could be debt free dummy!”

“Nothing tastes as good as debt free feels… or something like that.”

Trust me, the embarrassment of explaining one of those sticky notes to a cashier once or twice will make you rethink your spending habits.

Clipping Coupons

splurge
Of course we did! We would go out to eat every so often, but not go crazy. Luckily my husband and I would rather have a date night at home with Chinese food and Netflix rather than going out to dinner and a movie. Of course I spent money on DIY projects, but it was a lot cheaper than hiring out! My backsplash only cost us $250 and our outdoor dining table we built for under $100!

out of debtSet a goal and JUST DO IT ALREADY! Don’t wait until tomorrow. Stick to your budget spreadsheet. Work on paying off just one credit card at a time.

tools we used
If you want to live the debt free and get on the money saving path like us, you can check out Dave Ramsey’s snowball plan. It helped us pay off our credit cards, yes… all $20,000. You can also check out Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Provider program for help finding the right recommendation for investing, real estate, insurance, health insurance and tax services.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN DO THIS.

Need more help?
Check out my 25 Ways to Save Money tips.

Pink Piggy BankThis post was sponsored by Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Provider program but all opinions are my own!