Cleaning Tips and Scotch-Brite {GIVEAWAY}

Today, you are in for a real treat! We’ve got some great cleaning tips from Melissa Maker from You can find Melissa on Twitter and Facebook.


Canadian Entrepreneur and cleaning expert Melissa Maker knows that Canadians have a love/hate relationship with cleaning—they hate doing it, but love that clean feeling.

This spring, cleaning will be made easy with Melissa’s secret tips and tricks. Armed with the right cleaning tools and years of experience, Melissa will teach Canadians how to get the cleaning done in less time so they can clean and de-clutter their home and mind.

Melissa’s Top Spring Cleaning Tips & Timesavers

Dirty Window Sills

  • With warmer weather you’ll want to throw open your windows and enjoy the outdoors
  • Use a Scotch-Brite Light Duty Scrub Sponge to gently brush away the build-up on the window sills
  • Dip the sponge in a solution of warm, soapy water, wring out and use the scrub side to remove the dirt
  • Flip over and use the cellulose side to wipe clean
  • To get into the tracks use a Scotch-Brite Handy Scrubber to brush out debris and wipe up with a sponge

Points of Contact

  • Extremely important clean to do try and do year-round as objects we touch often are prone to collect and carry minor bacteria
  • Use a disinfectant to give the points of contact around your home a thorough clean
  • Spray the disinfectant on a microfiber cloth and wipe switch plates, door handles, chair backs, remote controls and any other spot little hands can get at!

Garbage Cans and Recycling Bins need a clean too!

  • You wouldn’t believe how filthy these can get over time!
  • Spray the empty container down with an all-purpose cleaner and sprinkle in baking soda
  • Let it sit for 10 minutes
  • The baking soda will also help to deodorize the containers
  • When the time is up, use a Scotch-Brite Light Duty Scrub Sponge to agitate the solution, working from top to bottom
  • Spend a little extra time scrubbing the grimy spots to get them up
  • When done, rinse well (you may need to do this outside or in a utility sink) and allow to air dry

Pillow Talk

  • Fold your pillow in half; if it springs back it is still in good shape
  • If not, it’s time to replace it
  • Pillows will double in weight over their lifespan due to dust, dead skin cells, sweat etc.
  • To wash a pillow, follow careful label instructions since they vary from one filler type to another
  • A pillow should be washed every 6 months for reference

Do you need a little help to get your Spring Cleaning Underway? Scotch-Brite would like to help one of my readers get started! We have a $25 gift basket filled with Scotch-Brite cleaning products to help your home get clean for spring including sponges, scrubbers, dish wands, microfiber glass clothes and more! Enter below…


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49 Responses to Cleaning Tips and Scotch-Brite {GIVEAWAY}

  1. leanne_mac says:

    I powerwash everything outdoors. That is my favorite spring cleaning project.

    leannemacg at

  2. Annie1 says:

    My tip is to start in one place and make sure you have it cleaned and organized before moving onto the next place you need to clean! Otherwise you can get lost and discouraged!


    Anne Taylor

  3. Rebby says:

    I clean out my closet of all the old clothes that I don’t wear anymore!

  4. mamawee says:

    I hate cleaning and don’t really have any tips….well, here is one – you can use old newspaper to clean your windows/glass tables – this way there is no lint or streaks left

  5. My cleaning tip? Have someone clean your house for you! It’s the best money you’ll ever spend and it will give you a break every once in awhile. 😉

  6. Shari G says:

    Some really great tips!! I will have to come back and enter the giveaway.

  7. flowerchild says:

    My tip is to listen to music while cleaning , it is more enjoyable

  8. Tammy says:

    My tip, get the family involved! Take the day and make it fun! Even hubby should be included!

  9. Gemma says:

    Tackle one room at a time!

  10. make your husband clean the outside windows lol actually I would be happy if he took down the christmas lights sigh…. (you have tweet and comment on another post twice in your form)

  11. Sweet Panda says:

    I love to check my kids room to see if there’s any clothes that they no longer fit in and for toys that they no longer play and then I will donate those to charity and have room for new things in each of their room. Then I will wipe and clean their room once before putting new things in

    sweetpanda2010 at gmail dot com

  12. Shari G says:

    My tip? Those little crumb makers make really good cleaners too. They may not do it as well as you, but you are teaching them life skills, and spending time with them. Plus they may manage to get something done well enough that you won’t have to do it.

  13. I admit I don’t have many cleaning but when we do a big clean we also go through the closets to get rid of clothes the kids have grown out of or haven’t been touched all year.

  14. I could so use that lovely gift basket-my children are not exactly neat and clean little creatures.

  15. 409cope says:

    I use baking soda and vinegar on my shower walls.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  16. Nicole says:

    I love spring cleaning. Heck I love cleaning in general. I always start in one spot and completely spot clean/organize that area before moving on to the next.

  17. Tina L. says:

    Break big jobs into little task. This way you’re not overwhelm.

    tinalee351 at gmail dot com

  18. Andrea Amy says:

    little bits at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed (i have 5 kids…spring cleaning takes all year lol)

    andrea underscore hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

  19. ginny101 says:

    If you’re trying to get any type of stain out of any fabric whether it be greasy clothes, carpet, grass, etc. soak it in ammonia water. If it’s a carpet stain use a towel that has been soaked in ammonia water. Let them stand for about an hour and then clean it as usual. All of the stains and odors will come out.

  20. susan says:

    I keep a cleaning kit in each bathroom to make chores easier

  21. Darrah Dunn says:

    My best friend is a spray bottle of vinegar and water. Cleans all the taps and hard water spots. I do daily maintenance to keep things shiny. Only takes maybe 2 minutes to pull out and do…and looks great for unexpected company 🙂

  22. Karryk says:

    Use old newspapers to windex your windows. Never leaves streaks

  23. pamalot says:

    My suggestion is to get the kids involved in spring cleaning….put stuff aside to donate or have a yard sale (kids love to have yard sales!)

  24. Amy C says:

    I clean one room at a time.

  25. Bee W Bedard says:

    clean out the closest and get rid of anything you dont like any more

  26. Belinda M says:

    When cleaning your windows to let the wonderful spring sunlight in use old newspaper. It really cleans and makes your windows sparkle

    belinda mcnabb

  27. I move all the furniture out of the way before I start. That way when I’m cleaning I’m not constantly starting and stopping!

  28. Lori's Place says:

    So not to get overwhelmed, do one cleaning project a day. loriagalbraith at gmail dot com

  29. C Wilson says:

    I just did this this weekend….take everything out of the pantry vacuum out all the crumbs wipe with soap and water then check all outdates on packaging and throw out outdated food and replace with all the good stuff

  30. Jennifer says:

    I take a used dryer sheet out after the load is done, and use it to pick up the dust bunnies on the laundry room floor. Works great.

  31. The Zoo says:

    Not sure that I should be giving advice or tips on cleaning… How about clean as you go!?

    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

  32. Carla G says:

    Chose an area and focus on it and get it done, and then move on to the next area, etc. That way you don’t get overwhelmed with having too much to do at once.

  33. Sue2Sueper says:

    My tip is to run vinegar through the coffee maker every few months!

  34. Thuy Vu says:

    microwave a half lemon and squeeze it into a bucket of mopwater.

  35. Lisa Smith says:

    Drink a glass of wine, then revisit the thought of cleaning at a later date 🙂

  36. Debbie says:

    I take on one area at a time. If I think about the whole thing, I am overwhelmed.
    (Debbie W)

  37. Jennifer L. says:

    I pick one area at a time…one closet or one corner. I start there and tell myself I only have to do a bit at a time.
    jentam777 at gmail dot com

  38. SG says:

    Set a timer and that will give you the impetus to move quickly!

  39. lelalacc says:

    i use an old toothbrush to clean tricky spots – like around the base of faucets and taps

    (entering in rafflecopter as jen s.)

  40. Melissa says:

    Start top to bottom.. All the things you clean off counters, cabinets fall to floor.. and you’ll want to clean that last so you get/clean everything off the floor!

  41. Brandi Yee says:

    Pull everything out for summer and pack/label everything away for winter. Rotate!!

  42. Use old flyers or newspaper instead of paper towels to wipe your windows.

  43. Bree says:

    I rotate our clothes and get rid of anything that has been outgrown!

    breej23 at hotmail dot com

  44. Amber says:

    Don’t try to tackle everything in one day. Do a little everyday and it won’t seem like such a HUGE job

  45. Jonnie (JB) says:

    my tip is to recruit the whole family in spring cleaning. It goes by much faster with the extra help

  46. Play your favourite music and dance while you clean! 🙂 I recently got one of those steamer thingies and it’s awesome for cleaning nearly anything without chemicals – I highly recommend it.

  47. Debbie P says:

    I use baking soda to get rust off my bathtub surround….add a little water and scrub with a piece of newspaper. Vinegar helps too.

  48. C ssm says:

    Get good quality gloves while you are cleaning.

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