I Have a New Favorite Toy in My Home and His Name is Neato + Giveaway

by Jennifer Sikora

Jennifer here-

I love finding new gadgets on the market that help me keep my home clean –I mean really clean. I am not one for dirt or grime at all, and of course with me having all my dogs, sometimes that is just not possible. Dog hair gets on the floor and it causes a lot of extra cleaning involved.

However, I recently discovered a new product that makes getting all that pet hair up seem like a breeze! Let me introduce you to Neato Robotics.

Neato Robotics has just released the XV-21 robot vacuum cleaner. It does everything that I hate to do — without me doing it! When I was reading the box, I thought to myself, “How in the world is this little machine going to clean my floor?”. I am here to tell you that it does that and more!

As soon as the machine  was delivered to my home, I took it out of the box and charged it. I was chomping at the bit to see if it actually would do what it said it would do. As soon as it was charged (which only took about 2 hours for a full charge), I set the language on the Neato and then I let it rip to go hog wild on cleaning my carpets.

My dogs did not like my new toy.

The dogs were running all around my Neato trying to figure out just what it was doing. However, I knew it was really cleaning my carpets. In fact, it was picking up tons of hair and dust bunnies that I thought were already clean thanks to my daily vacuuming.

Watch this video to see how Neato Robotics really works! I am amazed at its capabilities.

My favorite aspect of the Neato is the fact that I can schedule it to clean. I don’t have to remember to turn it on. I just set the schedule and it does the rest.

I think I have fallen in love.

Neato can be purchased at places like Lowes, Sears, and Amazon. Neato retails for around $350.

You can find Neato on

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Advertising and Communications Contact, Jennifer. You can find her sharing her thoughts at her own blog Jen’s Journey. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.



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1 Cassidy May 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

This would make my life so much easier! I am terrible at cleaning, and my husband is happy if I just remember to vacuum the obvious areas on a regular basis.

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2 Diandra May 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Ive always wanted one of these… This would be a hufe time saver

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3 Crystal May 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

oh my I would so love one of these. I have a one year old who is scooting all over and another one due in dec! Going to need all the help I can get!!

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4 Rebecca May 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I would saw just try to keep the clutter down to a minimum. It just makes it easier!

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5 Helen May 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Cleaning the bathroom while my daughter takes a bath has helped get that task out of the way without working it into an already busy schedule.
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6 Suzanne Rogers May 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

my 3 boys leave crumbles and trash everywhere. I would have to vac. 3 times a day to keep it clean. this would come in real handy.

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7 Stephanie May 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

My friend has one of these and loves it!

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8 Lizzy May 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I have my sons help out with cleaning the house. I have less to do and they are better about making messes because they have to clean them up.

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9 Darla May 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Do a little bit every day.

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10 Terri B May 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Started lining my fridge shelves with Press n Seal plastic wrap… if there’s a spill in the refrigerator, it’s cleaned up in no time

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11 beth May 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I hate cleaning and I have a puppy who is shedding everywhere. This would really help!
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12 Lindsey May 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Accept the fact that you have kids and kids make messes! The main thing I do very very frequently is sweep and vacuum. Toys are one thing, but dirt and grime drive me nuts!

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13 Belinda McNabb May 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

We divide up the chores and do it in little bits. It makes it all so much easier and way less painful

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14 Selene M. May 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Keep cleaning supplies on each level of your house.

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15 aura May 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I keep a spray bottle and microfiber cloth or clorox wipes in each room for quick clean ups

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16 DAMIAN JARREAU May 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I would like to win this. I have a cleaning lady to clean my home but this would sure help

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17 Dianna May 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I use vinegar in my rinse cup and it helps to kill germs in the dishwasher.
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18 Anne Lehnick May 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Well, you wouldn’t need this with the Neato, but I use my son’s skateboard to scoot around on the floor to clean the baseboards.

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19 amy v May 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I like using multi purpose cleaners so i don;t have to yse so many different cleaners!

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20 Just Coupons May 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Do certain chores on assigned days so you aren’t overwhelmed but everything gets done and your house stays clean.

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21 Stephanie H May 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I set aside different day of the week for each activity laundry is Monday and Thursday. Vacuuming is Tuesday and shopping is Wednesday. That leaves me free for activities on Friday and Saturday. Usually while doing laundry I usually clean the kitchen or bathroom.

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22 Elena May 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I try to clean a little bit every day to keep my house nice and clean

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23 Harmony B May 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

keep up with the mess, so it doesnt get overwhelming

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24 Felina M May 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I’ve gotten rid of all the chemicals & use lemon juice & white vinegar to clean.

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25 Cheryl Rahkonen May 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm

There are 3 adults in my home and if we all work together it is quick and easy to clean. Each one of us take a small room to clean and then work together on larger rooms.

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26 Valerie Taylor Mabrey May 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm

go from top to bottom so dust falls down
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27 kelly May 17, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I clean my home one room at a time so I feel a sense of accomplishment

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28 Linda Henderson May 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I try to put things away after I use them so I don’t have a lot of clutter around.

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29 Amber Smith May 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

I buy cleaners in bulk and then reuse smaller containers buy filling them and leaving them stored away in each room (not the bedrooms). That way I can clean messes much easier and quicker.

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30 Chris H. May 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

Dont let it get out of control. A little bit each day.

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31 lisa l May 18, 2012 at 12:23 am

My fave cleaning hard floors item is a swiffer.

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32 Susan P. May 18, 2012 at 12:28 am

I like to take off my shoes and have them by the door to keep as much dirt outside as possible.

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33 Christina May 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

Clean up large surfaces first (top of bed or couch, for instance), to give yourself a feeling of accomplishment!

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34 Erica Best May 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

I love my rubbermaid mop and it the best mop ever

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35 JD Northwest May 18, 2012 at 1:41 am
36 Deb K May 18, 2012 at 1:43 am

My tip is use vinegar and newspapers to make your windows sqeaky clean!

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37 Rise Isom May 18, 2012 at 5:31 am

Always do something everyday, so it does not get overwhelming.

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38 Mary W May 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

Four BIG dogs and three cats in a large house. Can you say furr balls? Neato would have a work out with this crew!

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39 Laura J May 18, 2012 at 7:29 am

My tip is to clean in the evening! I have 5 kids under 10 and if i clean durning the day it is a waste of time….lol I really would love this, it can clean while i sleep!!

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40 June May 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

Love this, now they just have to make one that cooks and were all set!

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41 June May 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

I subscribe by email.

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42 June May 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

I subscribe by RSS.

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43 Jennifer Rote May 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

I use dryer sheets to dust with.

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44 Cynthia May 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

I use vinegar to clean the garbage disposal. I just freeze vinegar cubes then throw them down the disposal and voila!

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45 Jingle May 18, 2012 at 10:58 am

Do a little bit everyday! That’s the best tip I’ve got because if you don’t it just gets overwhelming!
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46 Jenny May 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

Clean up as we go as much as possible. Do a little everyday.

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47 Sheila May 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

Use non-toxic chemicals when you can – not only is it good for the environment, it’s better for the humans too! :)

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48 hani May 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Love it! It’s great to have in a house with kids, where something keeps dropping all the time and the best thing is it’s environmental friendly. :)
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49 Tracey May 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I would LOVE to win this – with a cat, 2 kids, a husband who works in the garden and then doesn’t take his boots off, I NEED it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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50 Kimberly Bauer May 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Before I clean myself in the shower I clean the entire tub and shower.

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51 Fabs May 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Sounds like a dream come true! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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52 Brandy W. May 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

If people clean up after themselves, there is only deep cleaning left to do! (The hardest part of course, is getting people to clean up after themselves though LOL)

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53 Elizabeth B May 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I try to wipe down the bathroom and kitchen counters every time we’re finished in the room. A lot less work later!

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54 LaVonne
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Chores for my daughter :) I also like to use the Motivated Moms calendar.
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55 Don May 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Wonder what our cat would think of this thing?

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56 LuAnn K May 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm

My best cleaning tip would be to try to clean at least 10 minutes every day.

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57 patricia caradonna May 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

My favorite cleaning tip is having my husband help. I vacuum he steam mops. I wash the inside windows and he cleans the outside. The work gets down twice as fast and I don’t feel so stressed out or overwhelmed.

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58 Susi May 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

My friend had a similar vacuum cleaner and absolutely loved it. She kept telling me to get one because of my dogs. But as of yet I haven’t been able to get my hands on one.
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59 Claudia May 18, 2012 at 7:25 pm

with a family of 5 …. 2 dogs and a cat i try to keep up with dusting , vacuuming , laundry etc. every day a different chore or 2 so it doesn’t pile up on me :)

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60 Chris Shari Alligood May 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I clean room by room when one room is finished then I move on. I always begin with the rooms furthest away & work my way forward.

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61 Jenn M May 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I clean early in the morning when I have the most energy:)
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62 Stefanie Gladden May 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I like to do one room at a time, focus on what I want cleaned in that room and if I want to change anything. then the next day I do the same thing!
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63 daphne May 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I have/love wood floors so I sweep and vacuum, mop and sometimes use wood cleaner

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64 Jennifer R May 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

My only advice, that I do not always follow well, is to have a loose schedule that you do a certain small area every day so it never gets overwhelming.
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65 Angela E. May 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm

My uncle has one of these and he says it works great.

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66 Angela E. May 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I subscribe by email.

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67 Angela E. May 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I subscribe by RSS.

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68 Jenn May 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I turn on an audio book so that I’m less likely to be distracted from the task at hand :) and then start working!

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69 Toni Moore May 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I pretty much just follow my DH & two little guys around day & night, cleaning up after them, lol! I also focus on one room a day! Still looks like a nuclear toy bomb went off in our home, but it’s clean! :D

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70 hollowsins May 19, 2012 at 2:34 am

I try to do it in small bursts.I might throw in a load of laundry and load the dishwasher while on the phone or during commercials of my favorite show

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71 Amy C May 19, 2012 at 4:01 am

I clean one room at a time.

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72 Angie May 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I get motivated by playing music and get my kids involved, so the job goes quicker.
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73 Cheri C. May 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I love to have a clean house and this sounds so wonderful- a dream come true- gives more time to family and friends so that ALL can appreciate such a great product!

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74 Staci A May 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Get everyone involved and set small goals each day!

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75 Tracy Robertson May 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Tips about cleaning my home? That’s a tough one for me because I’m not the best at it, LOL! But when I get home from work each day I clean for 15 or 20 minutes before sitting down to relax. That seems to be enough to keep things from getting really bad.

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76 Tina M May 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I clean a little bit every day

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77 Suzanne B. May 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I try not to overwhelm myself so I have to break it down to parts. I do this part Monday, that part Tuesday…….

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78 Wendy T May 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

When I enter a room to clean, I start at the top in the corners and work my way down to the floors. Start at the top and work my way down.
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79 Missy L May 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

My kids have chores and we all do our jobs at the same time. I’ve realized that I do best when I get most of the jobs done first thing in the morning. As the day goes on I run out of energy and motivation!

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80 Melissa O. May 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

My tip is to do as much as you can but enjoy your kids and take time for them too. The mess will still be there and you’ll have plenty of time when.the kids are older. Mine are two small mess making dynamos. Some days I get a lot done and other days my boys need my attention more and nothing gets done.

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81 Jessica T May 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Top down – start with dusting and end with floors!

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82 Kiara May 20, 2012 at 12:53 am

I clean a little bit every day.
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83 April Brenay May 20, 2012 at 1:49 am

the 20 minute clean, it helps and you get a lot done when your focused

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84 Cynthia C May 20, 2012 at 6:51 am

My tip is to do one thing to make a room look better every time you leave it.

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85 ky2here May 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

Just start somewhere and get going. Contemplation and pre-contemplation are wastes of time.

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86 Kimberly May 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

The only way I can keep my home clean is to clean up as I go. I wipe down the counters and pick up crumbs as soon as the mess is made, otherwise there is too much build up.

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87 Wehaf May 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

My tip is to have a schedule! That always helps me.

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88 Cheryl Free May 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

Start cleaning from the top down :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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89 Margaret Smith May 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

I do a room or two each day, this way I don’t have to worry about doing everything at one time.

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90 Susan Smith May 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

I spend about 20 minutes a night before I go to bed straightening up so that the clutter doesn’t get out of control.

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91 Adrienne gordon May 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I make my kids help.

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92 Angela J May 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Use a chore list with priority chores listed first and follow it!

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93 Katherine May 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I start at one corner of the ;house and work all the way around

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94 Kathy Stevenson May 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I use ammonia mixed in with other cleaners to mop or clean the bathroom.

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95 Amanda Sakovitz May 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

do a few tasks each time you clean instead of doing room by room.

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96 Katie May 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Don’t put off something till tomorrow if it can be done today. If you wait too long to clean, the list will grow and it will become overwhelming.

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97 Tanya ~ The Chatty Mom May 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I hate pet hair and with a cat in the house it forces me to vacuum everyday…just for the sake of my sinuses. This would take one more item off of my “to do” list!
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98 Linda Kish May 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I have to sweep up dog hair constantly at my house. It’s hard to keep ahead of it otherwise.

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99 candace swoveland May 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

daily with 3 kids

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100 Michelle Small May 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

With four school aged children we teach them to pick up when they are done with whatever they are doing. Makes it much easier when going to vacuum, dust, etc.

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101 latanya May 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I try to do the dishes while I am cooking so all that will be left is the dishes we used to eat off of.

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102 Jenny May 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Don’t leave everything pile up – clean as you go and it won’t seem like such a big task.

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103 Monique Rizzo May 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

I do a different room each day of the week.
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104 Leslie Galloway May 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Open the mail while standing over the recycling/trash bins… it keeps it from
getting all junked up in our kitchen

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105 Susan P. May 21, 2012 at 1:14 am

Clean the floors and bathrooms more often.

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106 Daiva May 21, 2012 at 5:11 am

Start with making your bed every morning. That might just get you going and get something else done. :)
This would be so helpful with my two messy boys!

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107 Jeff May 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

I’d really like to try one of these just to see if they work that well.

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108 Sarah C. May 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

My tip for cleaning is to get everyone involved in helping! Even my toddlers love to dance around with a duster or use a child-sized broom. It gets the job done and it’s a good way to spend time as a family!

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109 Idaho Jill May 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

My ‘tip’ is to just clean a little each day
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110 ANGEL JACKLYN May 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

USE BAKING SODA & WATER TO CLEAN WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF SPRAYS!

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111 Anna May 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I get my husband involved and the house get’s cleaned very fast! :-)

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112 Van May 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm

What a neat way to help with the house cleaning.

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113 Chuck May 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

My wife use’s a steam cleaner to do our bathroom & kitchen floors.

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114 Angela Amenta May 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I always clean as I cook.

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115 Erin Guymon May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I have a things that don’t belong basket. When I clean a room if it doesn’t belong, it goes into the basket. Then I empty the basket when I am finished with that room.

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116 Susan Chester May 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I like to use washable rugs in the kitchen and in the entranceways to prevent dirt and crumbs from being spread through the house.

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117 Kelly D May 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

My tip is to reduce clutter by donating items- it makes it easier to clean if you don’t have to pick a lot of stuff up.

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118 Nicolle B. May 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I constantly organize & re-organize our house, constantly getting rid of things we don’t need whether we donate them, sell them or recycle them. I also have a kaboom toilet system, so I never have to scrub a toilet. My next best cleaning weapon…my steam mop

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119 Daniel M May 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

do something every day so your not suddenly overwhelmed

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120 Emily May 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

This would be such a time saver and helper with 3 kids!

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121 Ashley May 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

My housecleaning tip is to use cleaners like Method that smell nice without a ton of chemicals. It makes me want to clean more often.

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122 Kyl Neusch May 23, 2012 at 12:44 am

do a few rooms a day

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123 Claire
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Put stuff back after you’re done with it! Or else it turns into a huge unmanageable mess

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124 Jenna M Wood May 23, 2012 at 2:33 am

I use lemon rinds to clean my disposal!

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125 patricia caradonna May 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

Clean a little bit each day and life is much easier.

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126 sandra May 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

becuase i hate cleaning the home, we hire maids

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127 Leigh Sabey May 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

My cleaning tip is to have a weekly schedule. For me, it’s laundry on Monday and Tuesday, mopping on Wednesday, bathrooms on Thursday, and vacuum on Friday. I never dust. I’d love to take Fridays off if I win this giveaway :)

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128 Sarah VM May 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

15 minutes a day to straighten things up really helps me.

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129 maggie bailey May 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

clorox wipes! they clean everything quick and easy and everyone can do it saving time!

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130 Karen May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I love the fact that I just walk down the hall and throw out the garbage every day and down the chute it goes. Apartment living is great….

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131 Weng May 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Excellent! I’ve been using the XV-11 and it does it’s job great (albeit getting stuck in chair legs sometimes).

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132 ren00r May 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

this is the best home gadget i can think of!

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133 Liz May 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I make games out of it to keep the kids interested. It helps a lot!

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134 elven johnson May 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I use old socks as dusting gloves.

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135 Chelesa Sims May 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm

i like to multi task .I put a load in the washer and turn on some music to get moving

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136 Julie May 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I stick to a daily schedule which has really helped keep things more manageable!
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137 Barbara May 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Wow! I have time to play! Neato cleans my floors at 0:dark-thirty every morning and saves me tons of time. I’ve had my Neato XV-11 for about a year and a half. Now I want the “get the dog hair out of the carpet” version. That would be even better! Love my Neato … I even talk to him when he cries … oh, yeah, he’s my friend!

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138 trishden May 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I don’t know how helpful my tip would be cause right now my house is a mess, but one product I found that makes cleaning easier is a steam mop. I have the shark, but I’m sure they all are good. Thanks for a great giveaway!
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139 Erin R. May 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I try and stay focused on one area, and stick with it until it’s clean before moving on. Otherwise I have a ton of products started but nothing finished

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140 Anne N. May 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I clean a little each day.

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141 Jennifer H. May 24, 2012 at 2:29 am

I work from the top down
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142 Jenn May 24, 2012 at 6:32 am

I usually do one room at the time and go from one room to the next as I finish with the one I am working.
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143 Stephanie Phelps May 24, 2012 at 6:37 am

I carry a basket with me to put those out of place things in and when I get to that room I put it away.

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144 Alicia Zirjacks May 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

I do a little bit at a time so I dont have to spend a long time cleaning

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145 Lori D. May 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

I start my house cleaning early in the morning, to get it done fast.

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146 Lori D. May 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

I subscribe via email.

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147 Lori D. May 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

I subscribe via RSS.

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148 Cori Westphal May 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I truly believe that a house can be messy, but it should be clean underneath. Sometimes things pile up – papers, folded laundry, blankets we used for cuddling. But deep down, it’s pretty sanitary. I like to clean all of my floors at least once a week, to keep dirt from being tracked all over. And I do laundry pretty much every day, so it doesn’t pile up on me!

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149 Amy Tolley May 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

do alittle at a time and try to keep things from getting clutter up and dont store thing you dont use….thanks for this giveaway

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150 Sunshyn V May 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I do bits at a time. The hardest part is getting my husband to agree to tossing things we’ll probably never use.

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151 Barbara Scaff May 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

My tip is putting a damp tube sock on the end of a broom (the stick end) to grab up cobby webs. =)

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152 tamar May 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm

A little at a time… never too much.

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153 Jennifer May 25, 2012 at 1:58 am

My biggest tip would be to utilize a cleaning schedule. Sounds dorky, but it totally helps with not feeling overwhelmed!

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154 Tonya Dean May 25, 2012 at 5:57 am

Ha, let someone else do it. I really do not like to clean.

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155 Richard Morris May 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

i dedicate (at least) small amounts of time to clean everyday so i don’t get behind

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156 Marilyn Wons May 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

I clean to music doing dance steps. It is fun and great exercise, plus the house gets clean!

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157 Shannon Baas May 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

Do it on a regular basis so it doesn’t pile up.

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158 Roxann May 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm

A tip for the kitchen is to clean up and put things away as you use them. It’s a huge time saver.

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159 Lori Alcorn May 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

My top for laundry is have separate bins for whites and colors that at laundry time their is no sorting

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160 Tara May 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I make sure to have the kids help with what they can.

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161 Jaque R. May 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I have a routine…if I vary from that routine I am lost and overwhelmed. I do one room each day, helps me to get it under control. :-) Thank you.

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162 Steph May 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

My tip is, if you have multiple dogs, vacuum often, the hair is there you just can’t always see it.

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163 Candace Ellis May 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Really really near this since my dominant arm is now disabled. Awesome invention..

CANDIE Ellis

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164 Karla Sceviour May 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

a tip about how to clean your home?..get your hubby to help! lol..
ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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165 tamra childers May 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

clean your sink after you use it can be a huge time saver later

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166 Caitlin McClure May 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I try to clean at least a little every day.

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167 Miz Vickik May 26, 2012 at 1:07 am

I use vinegar instead of more expensive cleaners & it smells nice too =)

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168 Joanne Gregory May 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

Do something different every day. It all gets done and doesn’t get boring.

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169 ginette4 May 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

I put things away when I’m done with them, as I’m walking through a room I pick up the things that other’s left behind and put away therefor the house is tidy and when it’s time to clean up there isn’t much to do, just sweep and dust

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170 Daily Woman May 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

One tip is to keep up, dont let things pile up cause then it makes it harder to get it done.

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171 Michelle Dippel May 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I use vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

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172 Lindsey D. May 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

You can clean anything with vinegar, baking soda, bleach, or lemon juice. We save a ton of money by not buying cleaners

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173 Doris C May 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm

To get off stubborn things like crayon, grease and basically anything use Mr Clean pads. For shiny sinks use Old Dutch cleanser, sanitizes as well and smells good. To get odours out of your house including smoke use a little orange glow in your sink and fill with hot water or add it to a load of laundry you wash in hot and it smells like oranges for a week and removes any smells:)

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174 Candice Hull May 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I make it a game with my kids. I give each one a basket and we race to see who can pick up the most stuff that’s in the wrong place. It also is easy to shove those baskets in the closet if I don’t have time to put everything up or have unexpected guests.
Thanks!

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175 kristen May 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I make my own cleaners (unless I can find some free using coupons) to save money
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176 Kathleen Conner May 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I use natural cleaners for everyday, and then switch to chemicals for heavy-duty (when the natural isn’t working)

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177 Daniel M May 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

do a room a day

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178 Valeen N May 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I buzz through every day and do a quick pick up, but then focus on a room a day to do the heavier cleaning.

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179 Migdalia - May 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Having 2 dogs I have to mop everyday, esp when the weather gets warmer and they shed. I use the Swifter Sweeper which is great; however, this would most likely pick up more thn the Sweeper. Thanks for the chance!

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180 Auqakuh May 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I always start at the top and work my way down. Dust tops of door/window frames, doors, ledges, then baseboards, then vacuum the floor.

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181 Jamie K May 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Start with a clean sink, the rest will seem easier in comparison!

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182 Lisa F. May 27, 2012 at 2:53 am

Try not to let things pile up, like pieces of mail, etc, to read. Take care of things as they come in your house.

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183 christie kammerer May 27, 2012 at 3:36 am

You get hour hubby to do it.

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184 john mains May 27, 2012 at 7:33 am

I vaccuum and dust daily to avoid big messes

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185 Tim Stephens May 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

My first tip would be buy a Dyson… my second would be don’t get dogs, cats, or kids… and finally play some great music while you clean, always gets me through it…

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186 Stephanie May 27, 2012 at 9:07 am

how can one dog cause so much cleaning. I have 4 kids and they don’t require as much! And JUST DO it….everyone needs to clean:0)

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187 Jill Myrick May 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

My best tip comes in a bottle.
I can’t live without Clorox Cleanup. It is great for cleaning. And removes stains from anything white.
From coffee on counter tops to lipstick on white carpet or laundry stains.

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188 Kristi C May 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

The kids are responsible for cleaning their rooms and bathrooms and then I have a schedule of which other rooms get deep cleaned each day of the week.

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189 Joella S May 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I am a college student and my mom tolerates my cat and house rabbit roaming our apartment. Most people don’t own rabbits and they are considered ‘exotic’ by most veterinarians. Let me tell you that rabbits shed A LOT of fur. It’s literally everywhere (carpets, pillowcases, laundry, sofas, computer keyboards, bathroom, dishwasher, etc.)! Having this cleaner would be a huge help for us!

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190 Joella S May 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Oh, yes! And my cleaning tip is to use vinegar to clean up messy spills. The vinegar smell goes away after the vinegar dries. It’s good for laundry, too. :)

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191 Karen Lynch May 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Cleaning supplies on every level is a must, for quick clean ups. If you have to go searching for cleaners and rags the less likely you or helper is to clean.

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192 John Billiris May 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

It’s best to have the whole family involved. If someone else picks up after you, you learn to become careless. I actually believe it’s good for kids to learn to clean, etc, because it helps them learn to notice more details, and to recognize the repercussions of their actions. (ie. spilled food left overnight is harder to get up the next day.)

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193 Kathlean Owens May 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Clean the microwave: put a coffee cup of vinegar in the microwave and cook it for 3 minutes. CAREFULLY remove the coffee cup and use a damp sponge and wipe the inside. Everything comes off easily.

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194 Garrett May 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I use a soft scrube cleaning gel for in the bathroom.

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195 Shirley Hicks May 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I usually clean when everyone is gone…with school being out ..its gonna be hard finding cleaning time

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196 loni May 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I try to clean as I go..

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197 Ken Ohl May 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

My wife and I clean together we also have a cleaning business for our job. Thankyou, Ken

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198 Leslie Luke Stanziani May 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I go room by room for only 10 minutes at a time.I find that in short bursts I accomplish a lot more.

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199 carole May 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

my grandaughter brings her SHEDDING dog here and I have to sweep when they leave…this would really help me!

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200 Jill May 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I get my kids to help. While they might still be small, they can do little things.

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201 Wendy May 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

A very timely post and giveaway for me. I’ve been lamenting the fact that no one but me in my home cares about how clean it is. *sigh* My #1 tip? Keep things organizes as it makes cleaning a little easier.

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202 Molly Bussler May 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Right now…it seems that I can’t hardly get any cleaning done. I have a 3 week old baby boy that takes up most of my time, so I clean as I go, like picking up everything, wiping things and asking my husband to do it. But as far as really cleaning, I haven’t done a real good cleaning in over a month. But I usually, when I can, clean up a storm, and this would make my life so much easier, would love to have it! Thank you for the chance.

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203 Alyssa F May 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

use a clorox bleach to disinfect!

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204 Sonya May 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I keep Clorox or Lysol wipes in every room and grab one as I leave a room, wipe down the doorknob, lightswitch, etc as I leave a room
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205 nannypanpan May 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

clean a floor a day to keep from feeling overwhelmed and seeing things accomplished
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206 danga May 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I use alot of essential oil.

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207 TRACY SIMMS May 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I never owned anything but a broom and vacuum cleaner so this would be grat to have..thanks, simms3710@yahoo.com

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208 carol l May 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

When you are taking towels to wash quickly wipe the morrors in the bathroom with one. Easy way to clean it!

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209 Jennifer C May 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I have hardwoods, and 6 cats, so lots and lots of sweeping happens here.

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210 Christine May 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

clean a little bit every day

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211 Paula Tavernie May 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I pick up a little at a time as I go!!
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212 Ju P. May 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I try to clean a little bit of the house each day – for example, wipe the counter one day and wipe the stove the next day.

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213 Breanne May 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Clean a little every day

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214 Erica C. May 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

My biggest tip is to just try to do a little bit a of cleaning each day so that it doesn’t pile up. Just take 10 minutes each day.

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215 annette campbell May 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm

I try to keep everything organized and have a place for everything. Just put it back where it belongs after using it

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216 Pauline M May 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

Avoid piles of stuff in your home and don’t be afraid to get rid of things you don’t use.

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217 Christy Weller May 28, 2012 at 1:38 am

I donate things that I no longer need.

cweller75@gmail.com

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218 paige jagan May 28, 2012 at 1:40 am

I have one target zone of the week and 5 smaill things to do every day in that zone
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219 Linda Meyers-Gabbard May 28, 2012 at 5:23 am

I get my hubby to help me

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220 Kim May 28, 2012 at 8:34 am

I clean every day and I am a little bit crazy about it I think I have OCD LOL I would love this vacumn I now have back problems and it is hard for me to do the floors this would be awesome!

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221 Shannon May 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

I don’t think I have any unique tips but getting one of these sounds like it would be very helpful

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222 Tammy May 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

I dont leave my all my cleaning for one day I do a little everyday that way its always tidy!
dalleykt at live dot ca

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223 Cathi May 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

I go through the house and pick up any messes before I go to bed. I would love to have a vaccuum that stays upstairs too. Oh my gosh! The thought of not dragging a vacuum up and down the stairs is pure heaven!
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224 Patrice May 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I do a little bit everyday to keep things tidy rather than have a “big” cleaning day.

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225 Sandy V. May 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I try to clean a little every day so there is not as much to do.

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226 Amber Carter May 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I make a lot of my own cleaners so that I am confident my home is safe for my son

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227 Vicki D. May 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

My tip is don’t stress about having a perfectly clean house. I do rooms as I have the time.

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228 Melanie Montgomery May 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I clean everyday but I do my deep cleaning on Sundays!

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229 chrisp May 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

the trick is in the wrist flick

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230 Jodi Kershuk May 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm

We make our own cleaners to save money and time.

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231 Dawn Reid May 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I pick up and make beds daily
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232 wendy kudwa May 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

This would be great my dog Ted’s white hair is alway all over my black rugs!!! Vacuuming everyday is not alot of fun!!

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233 johnny-amy lynn May 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Viniger on hardwood floors

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234 Lim May 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Don’t try to do everything every day. Wipe out the sink one day, the toilet the next, and the tub on another instead of cleaning the whole bathroom all at once.

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235 Theron Willis May 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I use gin to clean the interior of my fridge, and distilled vinegar to clean glass.

Hope to win!

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236 a marie hj saver May 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I try to tidy up a few minutes each day, which makes it easier when I have a big cleaning task.
This would help– we have 2 cats!
thanks.

A marie hj saver
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237 Caroline B May 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

We use natural products like vinegar and baking soda! they work great and are safe for the environment!

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238 Carrie G May 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Hard water and soap scum can be kept at bay by using a sponge or towel soaked with lemon juice. The acidic lemon juice breaks down the dingy grey build up of soap scum/hard water stains.

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239 Lindsay Ferrin May 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

In my opinion, the best way to clean your home is to put everything away before you go to bed. If you wake up in a clean house, you’ll want to keep it that way.

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240 Elizabeth May 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Write down a list of everything I want to do and clean in a day. That way when I’m bored I can make productive use of my time.

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241 Stephanie May 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Before a vacation of trip more than a day, I will clean the house and clean all the dishes. I so nice coming home to a clean house. It just tops off the vacation!

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242 Samantha D May 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

The best tip I’ve seen is to just do a little here and there. While I brush my teeth sometimes I wipe my sink handles and faucet with the face towelette (after I rinse it really quickly) I used to clean my face, then wipe down the toilet seat if it needs it, flush the wipe, and wash my hands! LOL

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243 Donna May 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm

My Roomba is humping the leg of my guitar stand right this moment. Would be nice to have a robot vacuum with smarts.

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244 Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) May 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

my husband does a lot of the housework, not because I’m lazy but because of my health
thanks for the giveaway

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245 jessica schueler May 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I clean alot of things with vinegar

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246 Tabathia B May 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I split the chores between myself and the older kids

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247 Ashley May 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

If u take it out…put it back right away!

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248 cee Love May 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

A good tip and something that always works for me is to always make a list of what you need to clean. It will keep you from getting sidetracked.

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249 Rachel Ellis May 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Keeping a specific schedule helps. One day is trash day, another is mopping day, etc. That way everyone in the house can help because they too know the schedule.

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250 Sandra U. May 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I have 8 kids (6 who still live at home). A cleaning tip I use is setting a timer for 15 minutes and see how much we can all get done during that time. We can accomplish so much in such a little time when everyone pitches in. Even my youngest, 3 year old, loves to help!

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251 Michelle Tucker
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Well, when I am walking by and see something tht doesn’t belong where it is, I take it to it’s place right then. No reason to have an extra trip to do it.
Michelle

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252 Lucy Schwartz May 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Have children. Of course there is a proportional increase in the need to clean in relation to number of children. Definitely a conundrum!

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253 R Hicks May 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm

there is always so much to clean. I pace myself using a timer in each room

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254 Jacob LaFountaine May 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Clean a little bit everyday

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255 K Anne May 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

A cleaning tip: I use vinegar & baking soda as a natural fabric softener when I am washing clothes.

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256 Brenda Elsner May 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I have certain rooms i clean on certain days of the week. Helps so that I don’t have to do soooo much in one day!!

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257 jose benavides May 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I wet a towel and scrub the floors with my feet…

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258 Will M May 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

We do general maintenance and then hit one room a day to completely clean!

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259 Sand May 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm

As soon as new magazines come in, I put the old magazines in the recycle bin.

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260 meme May 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I use vinegar and newspapers on all glass surfaces and windows

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261 Deborah Wallin May 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I have assigned my kids to do one room a day as a group project, and then they get rewarded at the end of the week.

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262 Gianna May 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I clean daily so it’s not overwhelming.

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263 Shirley May 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I do my cleaning on the days my husband works the first shift because then I can be fast. I start by picking what’s on the floor and throwing a load of laudry because the smell of fresh clothes always boost me up, plus my cup of coffee. Once my house is clean is time to bathe the dogs, my kids have short hair but they leave a mess on the living room where they are all day, because outside is so hot and they need to be fresh. So this will save my back from the constant pain of brooming and vacumming so YES I NEED THIS!!!!

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264 Renee G May 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I leave my husband at home with nothing else to do — and amazingly the house gets clean.
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265 amy deeter May 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm

few rooms at a time with my music blasting
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266 sarah May 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I turn up the music and bust out the pledge multi surface for cleaning.

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267 shirley zolenski May 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I clean my home with my husband. It makes it so much faster and easier.

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268 Debbie B May 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

i try to do a little bit each day to make it easier!

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269 joel.sternenberrg May 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm

o boy give to me

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270 DanV May 28, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I just clean a little bit each day

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271 Gaines Simmons May 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I use my vacuum as a duster.

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272 Cathi May 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm
273 Cheri May 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Just got my neato xv-21. I love it! My Electrical Engineer husband is amazed and pleased by how well she works. We named her Bi _ch (Yes I removed the letter t so as not to offend). We have 5 dogs in a large house. We need to vacuum everyday. Now the Bi_ch gets up every morning at 9:30 and vaccums the house. After about an hour and a half the bi_ch gets tired, rests, and then about an hour or so later returns to where she left off. On the weekend I told my kids, “you better get up, it’s almost 9:30 and the Bi_ch is going to vacuum whether you’re awake or not. I’m amazed at how much dirt and dog hair she gets EVERY time. God I love that Bi_ch!

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274 Patti June 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

I feel very blessed to own a Neato (Rosie). It took us quite a while to save to buy her but i feel SO blessed.
I have been bedridden for 4 years and not able to do any cleaning. My husband who is 62 years old works at least 65 hours each week, sometimes more, yes that is correct, not a typo.
He has little time after work, laundry and preparing meals and weekly shopping for all the housework. Thanks to Neato some of his workload is reduced.

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275 Karin August 12, 2012 at 3:49 am

We bought the Neato xv-21 which came recommended when you have pets and I must say it does a amazing job.
My husband started making a review of his new gadget at Neato XV-21
question: If you have a 2 story house, Do you have to buy 2 robots or are there other solutions?

regards
Karin

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