So Long Stuck-On Grime And Scratches! {Giveaway}

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By Contributor Pamela Chan

At the best of times, cleaning a kitchen every day is a challenge. The best approach to cleaning is a combination of establishing a routine, perseverance, being consistent, keeping the end goal in mind and using the right tools.

  • Do I have the right type of cleaning supplies?
  • Should I use a sponge or a cloth?
  • Should I try this new product?
  • Will the choices I’ve made for cleaning supplies be the best options?

I was happy to have the opportunity to try out new Scotch Brite products because there is always room for improvement as I tackle cleaning tasks every day. The kitchen, in particular, is a room where I experience highs and lows related to my assessment about how effective my efforts have been.

I received four products to try out including:

  • Stay Clear Scrub Sponges (bottom left in photo);
  • Stay Clear Cleaning Wand Refill, accompanied by a wand that had the classic cleaning sponge attachment (top right)
  • Inside Appliance 2-in-1 Non Scratch Scrub Sponge (top left); and,
  • Stainless Steel Sink Sponge (bottom right).

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Stay Clear Scrub Sponges

The first product that I tried immediately was this textured, purple cleaning sponge. It is designed to safely clean all cookware including stainless steel cookware and copper and non-stick surfaces. It is not recommended for use on stainless steel appliances. On stainless steel and non-stick cookware, I found that it removed stuck on food quickly, without requiring a lot of “elbow grease”. As advertised, the textured side of the sponge does not trap food as you use it.

The sponge has a densely woven surface on the side that has the raised white dots. On the other side it looks more like a classic sponge. I normally try to rinse out my sponges frequently in extremely hot water and put them, periodically, in the clothes washing machine; however, I like the suggestion to put the sponges in the dishwasher. (You can also put them in boiling water.)

Stay Clear Cleaning Wand

This cleaning wand has the same design as the larger Stay Clean sponge but is formed in a rounded triangular shape that slides onto the wand. The cleaning wand can be filled with dishwasher soap that squeezes through the sponge as it is used. I tend to like to use some kind of cleaning product on a wand when I clean dishes, so this product appealed to me. I also liked that I didn’t have to keep reaching for the dishwasher liquid while I was cleaning.

Inside Appliance 2-in-1 Sponge

This sponge is designed to be used in microwaves. One side has a no scratch surface that scours stuck on food and spills. The other side absorbs the crumbs, residue and liquid. We have a microwave that has a special surface that makes cleaning easy. Many microwaves don’t have this type of surface and would be good candidates for this type of sponge.

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Stainless Steel Sink: 2-in-1 Rejuvenating Scrub Sponge

Of the four products, I have to admit that it was the sink sponge that peaked my interest the most. The maroon side scours and erases scratches, rust and residue that collects on the sink surface. The grey side scours and polishes the sink surface for a freshly cleaned and shiny finish. You can see from the photos that the sink on the left continued to have a golden sheen – even after it was cleaned with a sponge. This golden sheen was eliminated in the sink on the right after this Scotch Brite sponge was used. The sponge is quite thick. You can really press down on it and feel that it isn’t going to break apart as you tackle a large sink.

While I’m pretty thorough about cleaning out food from my sink, I’m not as consistent about actually scrubbing the sink. Some months ago a visitor cleaned my sink with bleach. The results were attractive but I didn’t want to replicate this effort because I don’t want to be using bleach in my sink. From what I’ve read, bleach isn’t harmful to the environment. It degrades mostly into salt and water, with the remaining bleach being treated by waste water treatment plants. That said, I still wanted a more manual and less smelly approach to cleaning a sink. I really wanted this sponge to work well and I felt satisfied that it did.

Specially designed sponges do make a difference as you tackle cleaning tasks in your kitchen on a daily basis. I have adapted these sponges to other uses but it should be noted that Scotch Brite also sells sponges for granite, stainless steel appliance and stove top surfaces. I’ll be watching for those products in my local supermarket.

Scotch-Brite™ brand is also in the process of searching for Canada’s Top Chief Cleaning officer. Check out their website at www.scotch-brite.ca for more details. Nominations are open until May 9.

THE GIVEAWAY

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Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

Pamela Chan lives in the Tri Cities area near Vancouver with her husband and five year old twins. They enjoy exploring cultural events and scenic local parks. On BCFamily.ca she writes about ideas that strengthen our communities and celebrate multiculturalism in British Columbia.

 

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140 responses to “So Long Stuck-On Grime And Scratches! {Giveaway}”

  1. Linda Lee — August 16, 2014 @ 9:15 pm (#)

    Weekly!!

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  2. Anne Taylor — August 16, 2014 @ 9:20 pm (#)

    Omgosh, I must be a slob lol I deep clean about 4 times a year.

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  3. Jeannie — August 16, 2014 @ 9:56 pm (#)

    Oh boy..we only deep clean about twice a year.

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  4. Stephanie — August 16, 2014 @ 9:59 pm (#)

    Once a month…

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  5. Tanis — August 16, 2014 @ 10:12 pm (#)

    Once every couple of months!

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  6. Silvia D — August 16, 2014 @ 10:25 pm (#)

    I do a real deep clean usually once a month or so.

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  7. Carol Denny — August 17, 2014 @ 5:36 am (#)

    Once a month

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  8. Lori JB — August 17, 2014 @ 6:30 am (#)

    I usually only have one day a week off (sometimes none), so I try to concentrate on one small area a week so that it doesn’t creep up on me

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  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 17, 2014 @ 6:58 am (#)

    a really deep clean, as in cleaning all the doors, base boards, on top of cupboards etc I do twice a year. A normal deep clean is about once every two weeks, bathroom is every week at least.

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  10. Michelle P — August 17, 2014 @ 7:44 am (#)

    about once a month

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  11. Vivian D. — August 17, 2014 @ 7:45 am (#)

    Once a season I deep clean everything

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  12. seham merzib — August 17, 2014 @ 7:51 am (#)

    twice a month

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  13. maria — August 17, 2014 @ 8:06 am (#)

    Maybe 3 times a year

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  14. Missy L — August 17, 2014 @ 10:45 am (#)

    Once every 2 months I do a deep cleaning

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  15. 409cope — August 17, 2014 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    I do a deep clean about twice a year.

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  16. Faisal — August 17, 2014 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    Never.

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  17. Amy C — August 17, 2014 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    I do it 2 or 3 times a year.

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  18. Carole Dube — August 17, 2014 @ 1:09 pm (#)

    I do a deep clean ounce a year. But I do deep clean when needed. Meaning I pull the fridge and stove every 3 months. I clean the closet when they get messy ect…

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  19. Suzie M — August 17, 2014 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    Once a year depending what life throws our way

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  20. Brandee H — August 17, 2014 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    Lately it feels like never. I do a fairly good cleaning weekly. But my oven and baseboards have not been cleaned in a long time!!

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  21. linda — August 17, 2014 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    depends on many things – but it seems like more often than it is i’m sure – basically I like cleaning and organizing closets – cleaning all the time!!

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  22. Brenda Penton — August 17, 2014 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    I do a deep clean quarterly with each season change.

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  23. Jennifer P. — August 17, 2014 @ 2:50 pm (#)

    A big whole house deep clean? Every season change e.g. September when my daughter goes back to school and all the summer fun is over; winter for all the Christmas prep; spring, usually March, when we get back from our annual Palm Springs holiday; and again in June just as school gets out.

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  24. Yvonne Tabaracci — August 17, 2014 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    3 or 4 times a year

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  25. Katharine W — August 17, 2014 @ 2:56 pm (#)

    Maybe twice a year? Depends especially when the kids are out of the house so they don’t freak every time the vaccuum cleaner goes on.

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  26. Luisa M. — August 17, 2014 @ 3:09 pm (#)

    not very often!! 🙂

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  27. Cheryl Almas — August 17, 2014 @ 4:26 pm (#)

    not very often.

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  28. Maegan Morin — August 17, 2014 @ 4:27 pm (#)

    We try to do a deep clean twice a year.

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  29. Patrick Siu — August 17, 2014 @ 4:43 pm (#)

    I do it once a month

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  30. Burcu — August 17, 2014 @ 5:01 pm (#)

    once in few months

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  31. Belinda McNabb — August 17, 2014 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    I deep clean once every six months

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  32. Nicky — August 17, 2014 @ 5:09 pm (#)

    once a year, should be more!

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  33. nikki robak — August 17, 2014 @ 6:35 pm (#)

    about 4 times a year

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  34. MrDisco — August 17, 2014 @ 6:45 pm (#)

    woah back up. what exactly does ‘clean’ mean?

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  35. J — August 17, 2014 @ 6:55 pm (#)

    Once per year.

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  36. Lori Bazan — August 17, 2014 @ 6:59 pm (#)

    My husband and I do a deep clean every January and September.

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  37. Piroska — August 17, 2014 @ 6:59 pm (#)

    2 or 3 times a year. Spring cleaning, Fall cleaning, and then Christmas.

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  38. Dayna Wilson — August 17, 2014 @ 7:01 pm (#)

    Every 6 months or so.

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  39. ivy pluchinsky — August 17, 2014 @ 7:02 pm (#)

    every 6 months or so

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  40. Wendy hutton — August 17, 2014 @ 7:25 pm (#)

    at least once a month

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  41. Jonnie — August 17, 2014 @ 7:34 pm (#)

    We end up deep cleaning every 4 to 6 months

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  42. Mei — August 17, 2014 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    about every 2 months (deep clean)

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  43. Elaine Buonsante — August 17, 2014 @ 8:41 pm (#)

    I wish I could say often but I have trouble keeping up the everyday!

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  44. GARRY S — August 17, 2014 @ 8:52 pm (#)

    ONCE IN A WHILE

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  45. amber y — August 17, 2014 @ 9:06 pm (#)

    We do a deep clean every 2 – 3 months…usually over the course of a weekend or long weekend.

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  46. Miriam Wilton — August 17, 2014 @ 10:59 pm (#)

    i am going to say not nearly often enough. hmmmmm every time my mother is going to be coming over? lol

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  47. Carole B. — August 18, 2014 @ 4:48 am (#)

    twice a year

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  48. Jessibeth Vicenty — August 18, 2014 @ 6:02 am (#)

    Every chance I get, that way it’s not so hard, so I guess like once a week, maybe tops once every two weeks

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  49. Taylor Hawkins — August 18, 2014 @ 6:39 am (#)

    Probably once every 2 months.

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  50. jm — August 18, 2014 @ 6:41 am (#)

    Not very often.

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  51. Leah — August 18, 2014 @ 7:05 am (#)

    Once a month

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  52. Melinda L. — August 18, 2014 @ 7:42 am (#)

    Once a year…

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  53. jan — August 18, 2014 @ 8:32 am (#)

    our place is pretty clean, but a deep clean? not as often as I’d like.

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  54. CLC — August 18, 2014 @ 9:11 am (#)

    At least once a month.

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  55. l p — August 18, 2014 @ 9:55 am (#)

    2-3 times/year. thanks

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  56. Glogirl — August 18, 2014 @ 10:34 am (#)

    We deep clean about once per year.

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  57. Ava Mifflin — August 18, 2014 @ 10:43 am (#)

    i would say not offen enough!

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  58. Brenda Glover — August 18, 2014 @ 10:47 am (#)

    I do one about once a month

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  59. Dianne Melnick — August 18, 2014 @ 10:48 am (#)

    i would say every 4 months lol

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  60. Marie-Josee — August 18, 2014 @ 10:49 am (#)

    Not often enough =0)

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  61. aketch — August 18, 2014 @ 10:52 am (#)

    Probably never. I try to keep to do a bit of cleaning everyday so messes don’t pile up!

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  62. laura — August 18, 2014 @ 11:09 am (#)

    every 3 months!

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  63. Julie Lamontagne — August 18, 2014 @ 11:10 am (#)

    Kitchen and bathroom as often as needed and the rest of the house, about twice a year.

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  64. Chloe — August 18, 2014 @ 11:12 am (#)

    Once a month!!

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  65. Wendy Jensen — August 18, 2014 @ 11:29 am (#)

    I do a deep clean twice a year minimum. This is the spring cleaning and before Christmas cleaning.

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  66. louise — August 18, 2014 @ 11:34 am (#)

    Seulement 2 fois par année.

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  67. Jos — August 18, 2014 @ 11:51 am (#)

    I clean every two weeks.

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  68. Pam — August 18, 2014 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    I try to deep clean the kitchen and bathroom every week, the rest of the house is another story.

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  69. Monique L.S. — August 18, 2014 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    A few times a year.

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  70. Erin McSweeney — August 18, 2014 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    once a month

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  71. Julie bolduc — August 18, 2014 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    I do it every 2 months

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  72. Doris H. — August 18, 2014 @ 2:25 pm (#)

    Once a month

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  73. Florence C — August 18, 2014 @ 4:34 pm (#)

    I use to do every week but now once a month.

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  74. Beth — August 18, 2014 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    Not nearly enough!

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  75. Aarone M. (@AaMawds) — August 18, 2014 @ 6:37 pm (#)

    I very rarely clean my home deeply.

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  76. Melissa Bowers — August 18, 2014 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    I do a good deep clean once a month but I am cleaning everyday.

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  77. Corrine — August 18, 2014 @ 7:20 pm (#)

    Every couple of months.

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  78. Anna W — August 18, 2014 @ 7:46 pm (#)

    Once per week.

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  79. Robyn Bellefleur — August 18, 2014 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    I deep clean every 3 or 4 months.

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  80. jennifer wexler — August 18, 2014 @ 8:06 pm (#)

    every few months when i get the chance

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  81. CYNTHIA MATHESON — August 18, 2014 @ 8:19 pm (#)

    Usually twice a year, sometimes more.

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  82. Karry Knisley — August 18, 2014 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    Once a month

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  83. Nicole — August 18, 2014 @ 9:11 pm (#)

    I deep clean when the seasons change.

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  84. Juliee Fitze — August 19, 2014 @ 4:36 am (#)

    Every spring and fall.

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  85. Crystal Gwynn — August 19, 2014 @ 7:11 am (#)

    Twice a year. Spring and before Christmas.

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  86. Karine — August 19, 2014 @ 9:20 am (#)

    I think once per season

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  87. lori b — August 19, 2014 @ 9:36 am (#)

    every few months

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  88. angela m — August 19, 2014 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    once every couple of months

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  89. Sarah forrester — August 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm (#)

    Every six months.

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  90. Lucy — August 19, 2014 @ 7:15 pm (#)

    once every 3 months or so

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  91. Rebecca Marno — August 20, 2014 @ 9:10 pm (#)

    deep clean? with 2 boys under 3 years old lol im lucky to have a chance to tidy up! lol

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  92. Andrea Amy — August 20, 2014 @ 10:30 pm (#)

    Probably not often enough. I never deep clean the entire house at once though. I probably do a deep clean of each room at least every 2-3 months, except the bathrooms that get a deep clean about once a month.

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  93. Donna L. — August 20, 2014 @ 11:33 pm (#)

    only a couple of times a year

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  94. Yuen C — August 21, 2014 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    Twice a year!

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  95. Elva Roberts — August 21, 2014 @ 1:50 pm (#)

    I do this at least Twice a year for the entire house -oftener for medicine cabinets,, pantry shelves, fridges and stoves, etc.

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  96. Erika E — August 21, 2014 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    Usually I do a deep cleaning of my house once a year.

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  97. Sherry K — August 22, 2014 @ 2:45 pm (#)

    usually 3 times a years, more often if someone is staying over for a few days!

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  98. Lisa English — August 23, 2014 @ 8:03 am (#)

    I do a deep cleaning about 4 times a year.

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  99. DARLENE W — August 23, 2014 @ 10:52 am (#)

    Once a month, my daughter comes over and helps

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  100. Wanda Tracey — August 23, 2014 @ 8:23 pm (#)

    I do a deep home clean quarterly and sometimes more than that if I can squeeze some extra cleaning time into my busy schedule.I find the cleaner my home is the easier it is to keep it that way.

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  101. Eldon — August 23, 2014 @ 8:29 pm (#)

    Every 3 months

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  102. tanyab79 — August 24, 2014 @ 6:50 am (#)

    A real deep deep clean not enough. Every few months.

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  103. Toby — August 24, 2014 @ 12:17 pm (#)

    Quarterly, shampoo carpets, dust on top of kitchen cabinets, ceiling fans…all that fun stuff! ;/

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  104. kathy downey — August 24, 2014 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    I deep clean in the spring and fall

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  105. Kayla Gilbert — August 24, 2014 @ 1:50 pm (#)

    I try to deep clean my house atleast once a month.

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  106. Sarah Stickney — August 24, 2014 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    once a month

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  107. Heidi Carlson-reid — August 24, 2014 @ 6:31 pm (#)

    I do a deep clean about once a week to every two weeks.

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  108. Alison K — August 24, 2014 @ 8:09 pm (#)

    I try to do a deep home clean probably every season as it helps to slosh off one season as we go into the next.

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  109. christy e — August 25, 2014 @ 10:47 pm (#)

    Really deep – about every 3 months

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  110. Tracy — August 26, 2014 @ 6:20 am (#)

    I do a very deep clean probably twice a year in the spring and then again sometime in the fall before Thanksgiving. I do of course clean on a lighter scale all the time 🙂

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  111. Julie G. — August 28, 2014 @ 6:59 am (#)

    Usually two or three times a year.

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  112. Ashleigh Swerdfeger — August 28, 2014 @ 9:06 am (#)

    Every 3 or so months. It is a little harder to do now with a newborn 🙂

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  113. Karla Sceviour — August 29, 2014 @ 10:37 am (#)

    about twice a year,,spring cleaning,and christmas cleaning.

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  114. Cheryl — August 29, 2014 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    Not enough!!!! Twice a year if I am lucky *hides in shame*

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  115. Sean M — August 29, 2014 @ 7:16 pm (#)

    Not as often as we should

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  116. Megan F. — August 29, 2014 @ 7:50 pm (#)

    Not close to enough! I should more often. There is still bachelor scum in odd spots from before I married my hubby!

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  117. Jenny — August 31, 2014 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    every few months

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  118. Tina L. — September 1, 2014 @ 11:41 am (#)

    Not that often. Maybe once a year

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  119. jessica c — September 3, 2014 @ 11:18 am (#)

    I do a really deep clean once a month!

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  120. Beth Rosell — September 3, 2014 @ 11:30 am (#)

    Not often enough – maybe twice a year.

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  121. Angela Mitchell — September 3, 2014 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    I usually deep clean 2 to 4 times a year.

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  122. Andrew P — September 3, 2014 @ 8:58 pm (#)

    Twice a year

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  123. Sean M — September 4, 2014 @ 9:31 am (#)

    We do a deep clean every 1-2 months

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  124. Sunshine G — September 4, 2014 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    Once every few months – nowhere near as often as we should!

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  125. Melissa Flavin — September 5, 2014 @ 4:59 pm (#)

    weekly =)

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  126. Elizabeth — September 6, 2014 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    I do a deep-cleaning once a week!

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  127. Jennifer L. — September 9, 2014 @ 5:25 am (#)

    Maybe about 2-3 times a year.

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  128. Karine — September 9, 2014 @ 11:05 am (#)

    I tweeted on September 9th but couldn’t put it back in the Rafflecopter https://twitter.com/MightyKarine/status/509401930062258176

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  129. margaux retrophiliac — September 9, 2014 @ 11:34 am (#)

    Not often enough!!!

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  130. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo — September 10, 2014 @ 7:58 pm (#)

    Twice. When I move in and when I move out.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  131. Jody D — September 12, 2014 @ 10:47 am (#)

    We are seldom home with our jobs so it is a yearly cleaning for us

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  132. Jocelyne Alldrick — September 12, 2014 @ 2:15 pm (#)

    Once a month or so…

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  133. Becky Best — September 12, 2014 @ 2:30 pm (#)

    I give it a good basic cleaning weekly. But a seasonal cleaning twice a year, with touching up anything noticeable in between 🙂

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  134. Wanda Tracey — September 12, 2014 @ 4:01 pm (#)

    I am a cleaning nerd so I would say often.I love having my hands in sudsy water and clean something everyday so I would say I deep clean at least twice a month.

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  135. Joni W — September 13, 2014 @ 11:54 am (#)

    About twice a year.

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  136. Lori P — September 13, 2014 @ 2:53 pm (#)

    Not often enough, but I try to do major cleanings in the Spring and Fall.

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  137. Erica Morrill — September 14, 2014 @ 10:47 am (#)

    I deep clean every 3 months

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  138. jeff l cook — September 15, 2014 @ 8:33 pm (#)

    Once a week.

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  139. D. Gibb — September 16, 2014 @ 11:30 am (#)

    once a month

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  140. Kim G. — September 16, 2014 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    Not very often.

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