Cleaning

June 28

Costco Canada: $120 Off iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot – Now $479 & Free Shipping

Posted by on June 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Costco Canada: $120 Off iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot   Now $479 & Free Shipping

Is Sunday your cleaning day? It is mine! If you’re tired of vacuuming, then get the iRobot Romba 780 vacuum cleaning robot. It’s currently on sale for $478.99 at Costco, which is a $120 price reduction from its usual price of $598.99. Shipping is absolutely free as well.

Okay, so a cleaning robot like the iRobot Roomba wouldn’t necessarily eliminate the vacuuming chore altogether but it’s still a great way to try and keep the house clean in-between vacuums — or so I’ve heard.

The iRobot Roomba 780 features a 3-stage cleaning system with AeroVac Series 2, which is designed to pick up as much dirt and debris as possible. It’s even supposed to be great for pet hair but you would have to test that one out for yourself as we all know how plentiful it can be! With the Dirt Ditect Series 2, it also also acoustically sense where there’s dirt for what I can only assume is supposed to be a more in-depth cleaning.

On top of including 2 Virtual Wall Lighthouses, which you can use to control where the Roomba goes, it also comes with the following extra items:

  • extra set of brushes (side, bristle & beater)
  • 2 cleaning tools (round & flat)
  • 2 extra HEPA filters

Oddly, there are no reviews for this version of the Roomba on Costco’s site but I did find a number of positive reviews at Best Buy, where it’s currently priced at $649.99. Out of 12 customer reviews, it received a general rating of 4.3/5 stars with reviews like this funny one:

You should see this Roomba navigate it’s way around my place like a blind three-toed sloth. It went into a mess of cables and got stuck for like 45 seconds then escaped. I breathed a huge sigh of relief that it got out. Then it went right ahead and tried to go back over the same cables. At which point I’m thinking, “Hey robot,, you just got out of a snake pit of cables and now you want to dive right back in?” I’ve never had to help it though.

In fact, it’s $649.99 at Amazon.ca as well.

Cleaning products like vacuum robots can be a hit or miss but personally, I’m very tempted to give this one a try for the possibility off a reduced amount of dust bunnies and pet fur balls flying around in-between official vacuums.

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June 8

AR Blue Clean 1700 PSI Pressure Washer Now Only $130 & Free Shipping @ Costco Canada

Posted by on June 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM

AR Blue Clean 1700 PSI Pressure Washer Now Only $130 & Free Shipping @ Costco Canada

Clean your deck, your car and your home with the AR Blue Clean 1700 PSI Electric Pressure Washer. This clean machine has just dropped to a low price of $130, plus ships completely free.

The outside of my condo could use a good cleaning. I tried to use the hose, but the siding is still covered in lots of dirt and salt leftover from the long winter. I live in a condo and my neighbour washed her siding, making mine look even more awful. Do not be fooled, a pressure washer needs some power behind it to be effective. Pressure washers without pressure are essentially a portable garden hose, so you want to consider a model that has a bit of power for home use.

Luckily, Costco Canada has come to my rescue by dropping the price on the AR Blue Clean 1700 PSI Electric Pressure Washer. This pressure washer will have enough power to blast grime and winter away from your yard. This is a lightweight unit weighing in at about 23 lbs includes wheels and a handle designed to go where you need it to go. The nozzle has an adjustable spray, which means you can choose if you need a wide spray or a thin and powerful more direct spray. I personally like using a more direct spray to clean off my daughter’s play structure and blast away all of those hidden spider eggs on the underside. Once you start pressure-washing items in your backyard, you will discover how satisfying it is to watch that dirt blast away. Clean up your fence, blast away your walkways and make your deck luck shiny and new. Your machine will include a one-year warranty, which should help give you peace of mind while you try this machine out. Also, remember Costco’s return policies are amazing if you are at all hesitant to purchase.

I found this exact unit discounted slightly at Amazon Canada for $167.99. Lowes.ca is carrying a Kolbalt model with 1700 psi for $199. This machine at Costco is a great price for the pressure it has.

The reviews on this pressure washer look mixed recently, but looking through the history of all the reviews, most buyers seem happy with this unit and it holds a strong four out of five-star rating. The most common complaints are the length of the hose and that the attachments and connectors are made of plastic instead of something sturdier. Most reviewers agree this unit is perfect for the average residential user. Here is one happy review:

I used other pressure washers and nothing comes close to this unit I bought. For personal and to it use around the house, this is so far the best I have come across. The water does not leak; the wire is long and can reach around the corners. It does a perfect job end of the day.

I had better grab one of these before they are gone. That siding on my house is not going to clean itself!

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May 22

How to Save Money Cleaning your Home

Posted by on May 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money Cleaning your Home

There are certain aspects of cleaning my home that I like, and there are some that I really dislike (like cleaning the bathroom and kitchen for example).  I must admit that I am guilty of buying different cleaners for different areas of my home.  I have an arsenal of cleaning supplies from CLR cleaner spray that I just bought, to Scrubbing Bubbles, to VIM to clean my stove.  I have even contemplated hiring a cleaner to help clean my home for me just because I feel like I can’t get it to be as clean as I would like it myself, however, thankfully it has not come to this stage yet because that would be serious lifestyle inflation.

Even though most of us probably do not enjoy cleaning our homes, it is something that just has to be done.  So it makes sense to save money doing it because it’s a need not a want!  Here are some ways to save money cleaning your home.

When Cleaning Your Home, Stick to the Basics

Like I mentioned above, I am guilty of buying new-fangled cleaning supplies in hopes that it cleans better than the rest (when usually that is not the case).  Vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can get you through most of your cleaning. Check out the post on three household must haves that will save you money.  Not only will it be better for the environment (less packaging, less toxic chemicals in our water system) but it will be better for your pocketbook.  Vinegar (less than $2 for a container) sure beats buying $7.99 CLR spray that is on sale!

Here are 8 more frugal and fabulous uses for vinegar if you’re interested.  In addition, if you are interested in being a frugal and organic cleaner, check out this post.

Clean Out the Stuff that You Tend to Ignore

Sometimes it’s hard to remember regular maintenance on certain things.  However, neglecting to do these regular checks can cause your energy bill to be higher than is necessary.  For example, Wisebread recommends that you clean the dust off the refrigerator coils on the back of your refrigerator.  If you let the dust accumulate, it acts as an insulator and causes your fridge to work harder than is necessary (meaning your energy bills will be higher than is necessary).  All it takes is for you to unplug your refrigerator, move it so you have access to the coils, and dust the coils off.  If your fridge is in an area where it is hard to accumulate dust, even better… but it wouldn’t hurt to check it out once in a while.

Declutter Your Home

AARP highly recommends that you declutter your home and get rid of junk.  The less stuff you have the less you’ll need to clean.  For me, that may mean decluttering my desk.  I have a lot of things that I am too lazy to move off the shelf and dust, so one idea might be to remove all those things and get rid of them so I won’t have to move them to dust the shelf!  The best part is that you can sell these things at a garage sale.  Here’s a post on 4 tips to make money at your next garage sale to get you started.  At the last garage sale I was at, we made over $800.  I’ll definitely be trying to arrange a garage sale again this year.

Prevent Those Water Spots from Building Up

MoneyNing recommends that you wipe down your faucets and fixtures with WD40 and then polish the faucets and shower doors with wax paper to repel water longer.  Personally I use a squeegee after I shower to prevent those water spots from sticking around and it has worked wonders for me.  It saves me from having to clean the bathroom shower doors.

Don’t Buy Brand Name

Instead of buying a Swiffer container of wet Swiffer wipes for $20 (or however much it costs), I go to Dollarama to stock up on my cleaning supplies.  I buy a package of wet wipes for their “Swiffer” for $1.25, bought their Swiffer type broom stick ($2 for the stick and $1-2 for the actual piece that touches the floor) and use that instead of an actual Swiffer to clean my apartment.

Bargainmoosers, are there other ways you  like to save money on cleaning your home?

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April 26

Lowe’s Canada: 70% Off Bissell 48K2C CleanAlong Vacuum – Was $229 | Now Just $69 (& Free Shipping!)

Posted by on April 26, 2015 at 9:06 PM

Lowes Canada: 70% Off Bissell 48K2C CleanAlong Vacuum   Was $229 | Now Just $69 (& Free Shipping!)

Need a new vacuum? Here’s a hot deal on the Bissell 48K2C CleanAlong vacuum. At Lowe’s, you can currently get it for just $69, which is $160 off its original price of $229 — that’s a whopping 70% off! Shipping is free as well.

The Bissell 48K2C vacuum is the kind that simply follows you around or more specifically: “cleans along”. Lowes Canada: 70% Off Bissell 48K2C CleanAlong Vacuum   Was $229 | Now Just $69 (& Free Shipping!)

Personally, I much prefer those kind of vacuums as opposed to the upright ones as there is no risk of it falling on you when you’re on your hands and knees trying to vacuum a tight corner. I have an upright one that is due for an upgrade and it constantly falls over whenever I’m trying to use one of the attachments to vacuum tricky spots — very annoying!

For those of you who are tall or have tall significant others who typically do all of the vacuuming, the Bissel is also really cool in that its height can be adjusted. It also has plenty of other very neat features like:

  • full bag indicator
  • tools may be easily stored on the on board wand
  • comes with crevice tool for tights spots
  • includes upholstery tool for fabric, drapes & cushions
  • comes with dusting brush

Great on both bare floors and carpets, this vacuum also has a variable suction control! I’m not entirely sure in what kind of situations this would be most useful for considering that personally, I like having the most suction possible but it could perhaps be used on a delicate carpet that could easily be ruined by too much suction.

It also has an automatic cord rewind, which is always a major plus. Having to constantly unwind and wind the cord back up is never fun.

There are no reviews for this handy vacuum on the Lowe’s site but on Amazon, where it’s currently on sale for $130.84 (reg. $199.99), it has a total rating for 4/5 stars with 8 customer reviews. Nearly all of the reviewers praised this Bissell vacuum for its strong suction and its many functions. Plus, many of those also stated that they wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to friends and family!

Rona, on the other hand, has this same vacuum for as much as $189!

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April 23

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Posted by on April 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Have you ever tried to use this wonder product? Our grandparents sure knew about the power and versatility of baking soda, but somewhere between the cleaning and the grocery aisle I think we sometimes forget this powerful and frugal cleaner these days.

You can often find baking soda for a dollar or less per box, making it a very economical product to use. From cleaning to beauty, baking soda is versatile and gentle with no extra chemicals. Here are eight great ways you can use baking soda at home.

Teeth Whitener

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Are you a teeth whitening strip addict? Those kits start at $40 bucks a pop! Slash that budget by using a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and peppermint oil instead. Get the full details over at One Good Thing By Jillee. If you are hesitant to use peroxide, though most commercial whiteners have many worse ingredients, brushing regularly with baking soda alone can help whiten your teeth also. You can use baking soda alone more frequently than a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide combination.

Removing Sticker Residue

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

There is a product called Goo Gone that is fantastic for removing sticker residue leftover from labels, price tags or tape. The problem with Goo Gone is it smells disgusting! Make your own version using baking soda and an oil such as coconut oil or vegetable oil. Check out the recipe on Mom 4 Real and make this residue remover with items probably already in your pantry.

Clean Coffee & Tea Mug Stains

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

This hack changed my life. Before this idea, my coffee mugs always had residue from my favourite hot beverages. Now when I start to notice stains, I sprinkle in a little baking soda. With a few drops of water and a quick wipe, my cups are now snow white again. The Kitchn has a quick explanation that will have both your mugs and carafes clean in no time.

Deep Clean Your Mattress

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Throw open the windows for some fresh air, spring-cleaning is here. When was the last time you cleaned your mattress if ever? It might be time to freshen it up. Pour several cups all over your mattress and let it set for an hour, then vacuum. For the full process, check out this article from Pop Sugar. If you really want some motivation to clean check out the post at The LoopYour Mattress Is Disgusting And Here’s Why.” The dust mites in this post give me the creeps. I need to go clean my mattress now.

Homemade Fabric Refresher

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

While you are freshening up fabrics, you can freshen up your couch, chairs and any other fabric surfaces in your house. Create this homemade “Febreze” recipe using baking soda and fabric softener for about fifteen cents per bottle. Febreze runs you $3 bucks per bottle, this hack is worth it! Check out the recipe over at DIY Confessions.

Dishwasher Cleaning Bombs

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

You could scrub away at your dishwasher with chemicals, or even baking soda and a toothbrush. To be honest how often are you going to complete that routine without pulling out your hair? Make these awesome baking soda dishwasher bombs instead featured at Our Carlson Life. Place two cups of vinegar in a bowl on the top rack, and a dishwasher bomb on the bottom rack. One clean cycle later, your dishwasher will sparkle.

Foot Soak

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

I think I am going to skip the spa this time and try this DIY treatment over at eHow.com. With baking soda, milk and a few other items you probably have around the house you can give your tootsies the treatment they deserve. My toes are not ready for summer yet. They are almost too embarrassingly dry and cracked to take into a pedicure shop. Winter can be rough on your feet. This baking soda treatment will help me get my toes ready for summer sandals.

Shoe Deodorizer

8 Marvelous Uses For Baking Soda

Spring can mean wet and stinky shoes. Cut down on those odors by making your own deodorizing shoe inserts. Check out the tutorial over at Small Good Things. I have been putting loose baking soda in my shoes for years, but it never occurred to me to put it in old tights for an insert with less mess. These satchels last about three months, which should get you through most of summer.

If you are looking for more cleaning ideas on the cheap, check out Brooke’s post 8 Fabulous Frugal Uses for Vinegar.

Bargainmoosers, what do you use baking soda for?

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April 13

Costco Canada: $40 Off Bissell SpotBot Pet Deep Cleaner – Now $100

Posted by on April 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Costco Canada: $40 Off Bissell SpotBot Pet Deep Cleaner   Now $100

Cleaning after pets is serious business, especially if yours shed a lot. Costco has just discounted the Bissell SpotBot pet deep cleaner by $40. Originally priced at $139.99, it’s now on sale for just $99.99. Shipping is free as well.

According to its description, the Bissell SpotBot pet deep cleaner “cleans deeper, better and faster due to its innovative new “needle” technology”, an attribute that I’m particularly curious about because with two long-haired cats, my place is in need of a good vacuuming every couple of days. With a one year old baby crawling around everywhere, it’s hard to keep up with all of the cleaning and even then, it feels as though the vacuum I have just doesn’t do as good of a job on carpets as perhaps this Bissell one might.

Do keep in mind that this cleaner is best used on rugs or even material couches. In fact, I’m even tempted to get it for those times that something gets spilled on the carpet. There’s nothing worse than having to get on your hand and knees to scrub the stain away, so if a hand-held cleaner can do the job, than that’s even better!

Although Costco has reduced this cleaner by $40, it’s actually more expensive at other stores. While Amazon has it on sale for $149 (Reg. $223.99), Sears is selling it for $169.99. Since Costco’s site doesn’t have any reviews for it, here’s one I found at Sears:

This is the best upholstery cleaner I’ve ever owned. I have 2 pugs and clean my couch weekly as a result. The Bissell SpotBot makes this job quick and painless and does a fantastic job deep cleaning the fabric.

At Sears, this pet deep cleaner actually has 12 reviews with a total rating of 4.2/5 stars — that’s pretty good in my book! Another reviewer also mentioned how great this cleaner is on fur balls or even little gifts that pets sometimes leave on carpets. I have had to throw away a carpet in the past because there was just no salvaging the mess of fur balls, spills and gifts but I’m sure that if I had used the Bissell cleaner to spot clean, then it would still be in perfect condition!

(Image Credit: Adam Gerard)

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April 10

Home Depot Canada: Stanley 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer Was $160 | Now $100 & Free Shipping

Posted by on April 10, 2015 at 10:01 AM

Home Depot Canada: Stanley 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer Was $160 | Now $100 & Free Shipping

Home Depot’s got a “Black Friday” sale going on this week, with discounts on a whole lot of items. One item I found in particular as a good, practical deal is the Stanley 1600 PSI 1.4 GPM electric pressure washer, regularly $159.99, now $99.99, plus free shipping.

This is something I know my husband is going to want. I think men just love washing things outdoors. I have to admit, when I wash something with a pressure washer or hose and I visually see the dirt coming off, it gives me a very satisfied feeling. Weird? Maybe. We just bought a trailer, and this will definitely come in handy in keeping it looking new.

This Stanley pressure washer is not the strongest on the market, but it does have good reviews and is a very affordable price. It is good for light to medium jobs like washing boats, motorcycles, decks, barbeques, patios, decks and all your other outdoor items. It is also lightweight so you can take it with you to the cottage or boat.

It has some pretty cool features like a unique tool belt clip, so it really stays with you. It also has a soap dispenser, turbo nozzle wand, quick connect and a straight brush, along with the high pressure hose. Auto shut off ensures your pump has a long life and conserves energy.

This review really summed it up for me:

This pressure washer did all the things I needed it for. The price was great and it works like a champ. I paid $50.00 to have my patio and porch cleaned by a pro last year. If this machine lasts another year I will have saved money.

Comparing prices around the net, I found this exact pressure washer at Staples where it is $150. Walmart sells a lower model of Stanley pressure washer with only 1450 PSI for $138. This deal at Home Depot is your best bet for this practical tool.

Photo credit: Patrick Shusta

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March 23

Amazon Canada: Black & Decker SmartSelect Steam Mop Was $120 | Now $64 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Posted by on March 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Amazon Canada: Black & Decker SmartSelect Steam Mop Was $120 | Now $64 & Free Shipping (EXPIRED)

Spring cleaning season has started! Do you have all the necessary tools? Amazon’s got a sweet deal on right now, with the Black and Decker SmartSelect steam mop with handle command on for only $74.25, with a regular price of $119.99. On top of that discount, once you get to checkout, you’ll get another $10 off, as part of their sale on Black & Decker products, giving you a total price of $64.25. They’ve got an additional $10 off select Black & Decker products over $50 and this steam mop luckily happens to be one! You’ll also get free shipping on this item.

I have to say, I love steam mops. My husband is a traditionalist who gets down on hands and knees and scrubs the floors. I never know why when the steam mop does just as good (maybe better… shhh… don’t tell him I said that!) of a job. Steam mops are so easy to use and they remove all of the dirt and germs with just water, so you don’t even need soap or any harmful chemicals.

I like not having to use any chemicals on my floors as I have lots of kids and lots of pets who are routinely all over my floors. Hence, why I need a steam mop!

While I haven’t used this particular model, the specs look pretty good. The tank is large enough to hold enough water to let you mop for 22 minutes straight. I think you could get a lot of flooring done in that time period. I think this is a great feature to have as I’ve had to refill the water tank on my steam mop mid-mop and it is a pain. There is also a burst of steam button that will give you more heat to get off those dried up and stuck on stains. I’m sure you know the ones.

This mop is also very intuitive and gives you the right amount of steam based on the flooring you select. You can even mop your hardwood with this mop!

I couldn’t find this mop available elsewhere in Canada to give you a price comparison, but I did find it at the U.S. Home Depot selling for $107. Amazon.com sells it for $120. The U.S. NewEgg sells it for $90, which is still more than Amazon.ca’s price.

Put the mop into your cart and get to the last steps of checkout to see the $10 additional discount.

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February 15

Canadian Tire: $150 Off iRobot Roomba 630 Vacuum – Now $300 (In-Stores Only)

Posted by on February 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Canadian Tire: $150 Off iRobot Roomba 630 Vacuum   Now $300 (In Stores Only)

Cleaning sucks. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just skip this annoying chore altogether and have more time for yourself? The Roomba may be the solution and luckily the 630 model is currently on sale for $299.99 at Canadian Tire but only in-stores. It was originally priced at $449.99, thus putting it at a 30% discount.

Since I have two cats, I recently bought the Vileda ViRobi because it’s a more affordable version of a robot vacuum but needless to say, it didn’t exactly perform the way I wanted it to and I have since given it to my parents.

With two cats and a baby, I need a better solution and the iRobot Roomba 630 vacuum looks like it could definitely get the job done and leave me with more time to run after the baby. Canadian Tire: $150 Off iRobot Roomba 630 Vacuum   Now $300 (In Stores Only)

Originally, I was a little wary of whether it would get the job done, especially since it is on the pricier side but the reviews are very reassuring. All of the reviews on Canadian Tire’s are for the more part 5/5 stars, with only one giving this vacuum a 4/5 star review. Here’s what one reviewer had to say about it:

Thought about buying this for years actually, but through it was a gimmick. When they went on sale at Christmas, I broke down and bought one. End results? Why didn’t I buy one sooner!

And here’s another review:

I was leery about a robotic vacuum, but the IRobot is incredible. It not only does all the work for you but it does a great job. I have lots of pets, so lots of fur everywhere. IRobot picks it all up…you do have to clean the roller regularly but you don’t have to do the vacuuming!

Here are some of the most noteworthy features:

  • Works on hardwood floowers, carpet, tile & laminate flooring
  • May be scheduled
  • Comes with virtual walls to block certain sections
  • 3-stage cleaning system
  • Dirt detect

On Amazon, the iRobot Roomba 630 vacuum is currently on sale for $379.99 (reg. $512.14).

As I already mentioned, this deal is in-stores only but make sure to check if your local store has it in stock first by entering your postal code on the Roomba 630 product page.

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January 21

Super Easy Hacks to Reduce Your Cleaning Supplies Budget

Posted by on January 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Super Easy Hacks to Reduce Your Cleaning Supplies Budget

It is January and many of us are looking to trim our budgets. While you want your house to be clean and tidy there are some places in your budget you can cut without tons of extra effort.

Laundry Soap

Take a close look at the inside of the laundry soap cup. You may be surprised to realize that there are several line markers but most of us just fill the cup up and dump. If you reduce the amount of laundry soap by only 20%, it will allow your clothes to come out of the wash just as clean. If you have a load of laundry that is particularly big or dirty, then you may consider a whole scoop. The laundry detergent company is usually counting the number of loads of laundry per bottle of detergent based on the smallest measurement on the cup.

The average bottle of laundry soap ranges from $10-$20 per bottle if you buy it in a 36-48 load range. I know I can use roughly one bottle a month for a family of 3. That works out to roughly $120-$240 per year spent on soap. A range of $96-$192 (20% less) spent on laundry soap sure looks better to my yearly budget.

I know some friends who have made their own laundry soap cheaply but I am not impressed. While making your own soap does reduce costs drastically in your budget, I found that bright clothing loses its colour. I even had a friend who used homemade detergent and hung dry all her daughter’s clothes. I still found the bright colours and whites had a tinge to them that does not keep them looking new. Try reducing your soap for a week and give your clothes the sniff test first.

Laundry Stain Pre-Treat

Even with a small child in the house, I have been able to cut down to only a bottle or two a year of stain pre-treat solution. The average bottle of stain treatment costs about $3-$6 per bottle. I know many friends who go through a bottle a month on average, costing $36-$72 per year.

My secret is using the laundry detergent I am already washing with. Grab an old toothbrush and poor the liquid soap into the cup. Pre-treat the stains by rubbing the soap into the stain on both sides of the material. Repeat until all stains have been gently scrubbed, then throw everything in the wash. I have found that about 80% of stains on my clothes come clean with this quick step using soap I was already washing with anyways. This has reduced me to buying only 1-2 bottles of pre-treat a year to kick the rest of those stains in the butt on the second time through the wash.

Dryer Sheets

I remember my mother cutting the dryer sheets in half when I was a kid and thinking she was crazy. I am sure you can hear my know-it-all teen voice now. “Mom, really, we can afford a whole dryer sheet.” In reality for an average size load of laundry, half a sheet works just fine. Your loads will come out fresh, clean and static free. You can also consider the wool reusable dryer balls that we spoke about in a previous post.

Dish Soap

Many of us when making a tub of dish water just plop a big dollop of soap in the bin or on the sponge. The reality is it takes far less soap then we realize to make suds that are perfect for cleaning. A little goes a surprisingly long way, you can always add more soap if you need it.

I also personally find that dish soap is a product where a better brand does matter. I usually average about $2-$2.50 per bottle of dish soap. Despite hand washing all of my dishes, an average bottle will last me a roughly a month. With being mindful this costs me only roughly $25 per year.

Sponges

Did you know you can make your sponge last twice as long? Follow some of these tips and you will also be spreading less bacteria around the kitchen. According to this health article on Canoe.ca  there are several things you can do to extend the life of your sponge. One option is to drop it in the dishwasher regularly on the top rack to disinfect it. You can also try soaking the sponge for at least 20 minutes in vinegar to disinfect it. I find that with this method is effective but time consuming on my part, plus then my home smells like vinegar.

Another option is to microwave your sponge for two minutes in a bowl of warm water and lemon juice according to the Huffington Post. Microwaving the kitchen sponge is a method I use regularly to keep my sponges in better shape and full of less bacteria. I find I get about twice as long a life out of each sponge by microwaving. Please be careful using this method and follow these guidelines.

  • Add fresh or concentrated lemon juice to the water before heating the sponge.
  • Make sure you cover the sponge completely in water inside the bowl. A dry sponge could catch fire or melt.
  • Let the sponge cool. Remember the water inside that sponge is now super-hot if you squeeze it!
  • Not every sponge is safe to microwave so use at your own risk. Never put a sponge with metal on it in the microwave.

Of course, you can also use reusable cloths in your kitchen. Washing these washcloths regularly will also keep your bacteria count down but cost more up front. Wash cloths can easily be thrown in with other loads of heavier duty laundry.

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September 29

The Shopping Channel Canada: 90% Off MagicBlue Flexduster Mop + Extra 40% Off + Free Shipping – HOT!

Posted by on September 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The Shopping Channel Canada: 90% Off MagicBlue Flexduster Mop + Extra 40% Off + Free Shipping   HOT!

Here is a super hot deal that you definitely won’t want to miss! At The Shopping Channel right now, you can get the MagicBlue flexduster micro-fibre mop on sale for just $2.33. It was originally priced at $19.99, but there are two factors that make this deal even hotter: 1. shipping is absolutely free and 2. you can save an extra 40% off by using The Shopping Channel promo code: FINALSALE. This means that you can get this mop for just $1.40 and have it shipped at no extra cost!

My home can never stay clean. It seems that as soon as one hour after vacuuming and mopping, the floors are already dirty! It probably has something to do with the fact that I have two cats, a baby and a hubby but it can still be aggravating at times. Luckily, my hubby is the one who does all the vacuuming and mopping but for some reason, our Vileda Promist mop breaks every couple of months, forcing us to get a new one.

The Vileda one is great but certainly not one that you can use to reach hard to reach spots on the ceiling like a giant cobweb in the corner of the room and so, I have actually already ordered the MagicBlue flexduster mop to use it as a duster. According to the description, it uses static energy to pick up fine particles like hair, dust and although it doesn’t specify it, I’m certain that it would be great for animal hair as well.

Even though I am of average height, I can’t see or reach to the top of the TV stand, so instead of having to grab a chair, I would definitely use this mop to just quickly pass it along the surface and gather all the dust. Not only that, but our hallway is frequently full of giant furballs as one of my cats sheds like crazy and I’m curious to see if this mop would help to curb the overflow of fur everywhere.

The Shopping Channel coupon code mentioned above can also be used on all last chance price items as well. There are close to 200 items to choose with anything from clothing to jewellery, home items, outside decorations and much more. Since I have a backyard now, I’m thinking of getting the metal & resin lantern with flameless LED timer candle, which comes further down to just $8.60 from a sale price of $14.33 (reg. $29.99). It doesn’t require a real candle, which eliminates the stress of cleaning up the wax after or worrying about kids knocking it over. The metal part of the candle is black, but it could probably easily be painted any colour to make it truly unique. The only hitch is that shipping is $6.99.

(Expiry: 30th September 2014)

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September 2

Ethical Deal Canada: $15 For 1KG of Laundry Soap Berries

Posted by on September 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Ethical Deal Canada: $15 For 1KG of Laundry Soap Berries

If you are looking for a more ethical and environmentally-friendly way of doing laundry, you might want to try soap berries. Ethical Deal has a great deal on right now where you’ll get two 500g bags of soap berries for only $15. This many berries does up to 400 loads, which is a $32 value. Personally, I think the value is much higher when you calculate what regular laundry soap costs per load.

Made in Canada, eco-friendly, all natural, biodegradable and hypoallergenic, these soap berries or nuts, as they are sometimes called seem like the perfect laundry solution. Detergents worry me. I’ve read so many horrible things about how detergents are what are causing all of the chemical sensitivities we are experiencing and how difficult it is to get rid of them in your home. They are literally in everything, even things that say they are soap, are actually filled with detergent. While it is such a daunting task trying to rid all of your products of nasty chemicals and clean your home safely, starting with your laundry if a very good place to get going.

You can use them in front and top loading washing machines and you can even wash in cold water (if you soak them in hot water first). If you like to have a scent in your laundry (I don’t), you can add a few drops of essential oils. What’s more is that these don’t just have to be used as just laundry soap, you can wash your hands with them, wash your fruit and vegetables and even your hair. I think these would be awesome for camping or the cottage or even while travelling as you just pop one in your bag for a multi-purpose wash!

There are a couple of reviews listed like this one:

We got some about 9 months ago and they are great. We do several loads a week and they last and last and get things just as clean as other soaps did. I highly recommend them.

There is a shipping charge added to this purchase and it will depend where you live. They are delivered by Canada Post, so I don’t assume shipping will be outrageous. Use the coupon PAMPEREDBABY to get another $5 off, which might just reduce or eliminate your shipping costs.

(expiry: 18th September 2014)

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September 1

Costco Canada: $45 Off Bissell Symphony All-In-One Vacuum & Steam Mop – Now $175 (Was $220)

Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Costco Canada: $45 Off Bissell Symphony All In One Vacuum & Steam Mop   Now $175 (Was $220)

Ever wish you could clean your floors in one go? With the Bissell Symphony All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop you can! Even better is that it’s currently on sale for just , instead of its usual price of $219.99.$174.99

Don’t you just hate stepping on dirt when walking barefoot around the house? I typically wear socks but even walking from the bathroom to the bedroom after a shower can be a major drag as it has happened more times than not that my feet would be all dirty just from a couple of steps. Having two cats definitely doesn’t help in that department but the fact that I now have a baby makes it even harder to fit in time to clean the floors. More than anything, I find it annoying to have to go around vacuuming, then fill up water for the mop and go around the house yet another time mopping. I have come to the realization, however, that I need an even more efficient method of cleaning my place, even more efficient than using a Vileda mop and I’m certainly considering trying out the Bissell Symphony as it can either vacuum, steam or do both at the same time!

Safe to use on practically any kind of floor, the vacuum part has an easy to empty dust pan and the mop’s cloths are machine washable. Plus, it also has a 25′ cord length and an adjustable handle, which is definitely a feature that my hubby is sure to love as he is tall.

Although Costco’s site didn’t have any reviews, I did find close to 40 reviews on Amazon with a general consensus of 4.5 stars out of 5. In fact, here’s what one reviewer had to say about it:

I now have mostly hard floors (wood/tile) and needed a better way to keep them clean. I like to walk around bare foot, and can not stand the feeling of a dirty floor under my feet. The Bissell Symphony works great. It is easy to use, plus the time savings of being able to mop and vacuum at the same time. It heats up quickly and adding water is easy.

As for a price comparison, the Bissell Symphony is $219.99 at Amazon and London Drugs only has it in-stores for $199.99.

As always, Costco also offers free shipping, so you won’t have to worry about any added fees.

(Expiry: 14th September 2014)

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August 4

Walmart Canada: 3-in-1 H2O Mop Only $48 (Was $119)

Posted by on August 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Walmart Canada: 3 in 1 H2O Mop Only $48 (Was $119)

I found a fantastic deal on at Walmart on the 3 in 1 H2O mop ultra. It was $119, now only $48. It will also ship for free to your home.

I actually have this mop and although some reviewers were not fond of it, I found it worked great. I also did not get it for this price and I think I paid around $100 for this mop! Less than $50 for a steam mop is a very good price and this might make a nice gift for a student going away to college or university or getting their own place for the first time. I know when I was in my 20s, washing my floors was the last thing on my list after studying and partying, so why not make it easy for them to wipe up all the booze that will inevitably be spilled on the floors?

Not just a steam mop, the H2O mop can also be converted into a carpet steamer. So, if you get spills or dirt on those carpets, they can easily be steamed away with your steam mop. You could also use it to clean and deodorize fabric. That stinky chair your aunt gave you for your first place? Use this baby on it to get out some of that musty smell and you’ve got yourself a nice little seat for your studio apartment.

One of the cons that the reviewers reported included that there wasn’t a hook at the bottom to wrap the cord around to put it away. This would be annoying, unless you are like me and really only drape the cord around anyway. You can still wrap it around the top hook, it just wouldn’t have a tight fit like you’d seen on other appliances like this. Another is that it can clog and my mom told me that using distilled water can prevent your steam mop from getting clogged. My mom is very smart about these things, so I’d totally listen if I were you.

Another is that the cloth gets dirty very quickly when mopping. Well, that will all depend on how dirty your floor is. I wouldn’t think it is a bad thing that the cloth gets dirty, as that tells me the mop is doing its job. If you need to change pads while mopping your floors, you might want to think about mopping a little more often.

(expiry: unknown)

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July 3

Amazon.ca: Hoover SteamVac Power Max with Clean Surge (Now $149.99, Was $299.00)

Posted by on July 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Amazon.ca: Hoover SteamVac Power Max with Clean Surge (Now $149.99, Was $299.00)

If you are looking to invest in a deep carpet cleaner, you may want to check out this Hoover SteamVac Power Max with Clean Surge from Amazon.ca for only $149.99 (regularly $299.00).

Whether you are the original owner of your home or you have inherited the previous owner’s carpet choice, I think we can all agree that there comes a time when the vacuum is just not cutting it anymore.

We have lived in our home for almost 12 years. We are the original owners. So we can only really blame ourselves for the state of our carpet (and our three boys, it’s really all their fault!). But most times, like pretty much everybody else, I don’t really notice how tired our carpet is looking, or I choose to ignore it, one or the other.  Either way, when I do decide to take my blinders off I can no longer bring myself to turn away. So a few years ago, against my husbands will, I hired a company to come in and clean our floors. My husband begrudgingly moved the majority of the furniture and when it was all said and done moved it all back. It took him a couple of days to truly appreciate it but in the end he admitted that it gave the carpets a much needed facelift.

Fast forward four years and I’ve been dropping hints that perhaps it’s time. However, in the meantime we did invest in a  small steam spot remover that has definitely been beneficial and has served us well. So I’m thinking that investing in a larger steam vac that we could use ourselves would be much more cost effective, plus we could truly incorporate this into our yearly cleaning schedule. Plus, at this price we would be even just after one clean!

This unit has received good reviews for the most part:

I didn’t realize how dirty my carpets were until I used this.
It comes in parts but is easy to put together and use and it doesn’t leave you with a soaked carpet afterwards.

with the only truly disconcerting piece to note, which seems to be prevalent across several different forums is in regards to ensuring the pieces are connected properly to avoid leaking. However I’m sure this is covered in the instructions:

The connections must be connected EXACTLY as directed or leaks will happen. If leaks are happening, reconnect them again. Mine leaked after the second time I used it but it was all user error. It works wonderfully and cleans upholstery and floors with minimal effort!

This item does qualify for FREE Super Saver Shipping!

(Expiry: unknown)

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