Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr Clean!

OK. I'm back. 'nuff said.

I have not been looking forward to writing this particular post.

There. I said it.

Not because I have something bad, or scandalous, or heart wrenching to share.

I don't.

I haven't been looking forward to this post, because it meant I had to clean my house first.

And we all remember where 'cleaning' falls on my To Do list.


Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't say my house is a pigsty.

Cluttered at times, with 'kid stuff' hanging around? Absolutely.

But not 'dirty'.

Having said that, there are still nooks and crannies that need cleaning every so often.

Stay with me, People! I'm talking windows, toilets and floors!

And with boys, pets and ... extra boys, traipsing through the house on a daily basis , the fact spring is finally here, and that means more dirt and grass and dead bugs being dragged in, it actually SHOULD be cleaned more often than it is ;-)

So, when I was approached on behalf of Procter & Gamble, to do a post on a cleaning product, I said, Yeah Baby!

I don't say yes to everything I'm asked to try. But this was a product I KNEW would do a good job.

When I think 'cleaning', there is one product that always comes to mind first.

The one from my childhood. The lemon scent that meant it was 'cleaning day'.

One I still associate with my Mom.

Pic courtesy of

As it happens, Mr Clean® celebrates his 50th birthday this year!

He's older than ME! :-D

And STILL sporting an awesome set of biceps!

Pic found HERE

After I'd agreed to the review, I THEN realized what that meant.

In order to try the products, I'd have to ... clean.


And so, it arrived.

In a nice little Mr Clean® bucket no less :-D

- Mr. Clean Extra Power Wipes
- Mr. Clean Disinfecting Wipes
- Mr. Clean Powerful Multi-Surface Cleaner with Febreze Fresh Scent
- Mr. Clean Powerful Multi-Surface Spray
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

I have never tried an Eraser. That's the only thing out of the bucket I STILL haven't tried yet.

I made a beeline for the wipes.

I'm a big fan of wipes. Keep in mind, People; I'm from the days of a bucket of water, Mr Clean®, and a rag to get the job done.

Wipes are my friend!


I tried both right away.

I have to say I'm partial to the Lemon Scent Extra Power Wipes® over the Disinfecting Wipes.

I'm just not crazy about that Lavender Vanilla and Comfort® scent. Kind of powdery. Almost a baby wipe smell to it.

But it cleans well. So I've kept it in the bathroom.

For the simple fact that when I pulled out the first one, closed my eyes and took a sniff, bathroom immediately came to mind.

I used it to swipe the counter top, around the taps, sink, even the toilet seat, and was really surprised at how well it cleaned the plastic casing around the windows.

The Lemon Scent Extra Power Wipes® however, I've used MANY places.

Like the microwave ...



Most of the grime in the bottom left corner was gone with one wipe!

Works great and not an overpowering scent.

A few days later, I tried the Mr Clean Powerful Multi-Surface Spray®. Also in Lavender Vanilla and Comfort® scent.

Here's the funny thing about that ... although I wasn't crazy about that scent in the wipe form ... I really like the smell of this spray LOL.

And it lingers in the room JUST long enough.

Started with the stove. Nice.

Windows. Yeah. Did really well on the windows.

Even took it out to the vehicle on the weekend and did THOSE windows also.

The side mirrors? Crystal clear!

Mirrors in the house, not so much.

There's a full length mirror in the bathroom that I manage to get hairspray residue on every day.

You'd think I'd just turn around and aim the bottle in another direction but ... yeah.

Anyway, I was hoping that it would do a 'miracle job' on cleaning those pesky flecks.

It cleaned the mirror, but not without having to go over it a few times to get rid of streaks and flecks.

Sorry P&G, I'm still a Windex girl when it comes to household mirrors ;-)

I didn't try it on the counter. I still can't bring myself to clean any 'food areas' with anything other than regular dish soap and water.

Overall, very impressed with this one too though.

And even more impressive than the side mirrors?

My back door.

And I can't believe I'm even going to show you a pic of this.

This ... is my back door.

Notice the dirt around the handle.

Yes, it's been wiped down in the last century ;-p

Keep in mind, there are grubby hands opening and closing that thing 50 times a day.


So it gets gross. Fast.

THIS is what I wanted to try this particular product on.

And ...


The picture doesn't do it justice. It worked REALLY well!

Lastly, I filled a bucked and tackled the basement with this.

The Mr. Clean Powerful Multi-Surface Cleaner with Febreze Fresh Scent®.

It may not be the lemon Mr Clean® from my childhood, but it's still a powerhouse when it comes to tackling the 'tough spots'.

So there you have it.

I may gripe about it, but I actually DO clean my house.


And this time, it was fun trying out the new 'stuff' on different things. Seeing what worked best where.

So thank you, once again, Procter & Gamble. My house thanks you, too.


Go! Celebrate with him!

And ... get a closer look at those real life biceps!!! ;-)

Happy Cleaning All!


P.S. If you're new to the Korner, you may want to read about the other great products I have reviewed for Procter and Gamble HERE, and HERE and HERE.


Employee No. 3699 said...

You MUST try the erasers, they work wonders! The only problem I had with them is that I get a chemical burn if I don't wear rubber gloves.

Oh, and yay for a clean house!

Sue said...

I'm concerned about 3699's comment... Magic Erasers themselves don't cause Chemical burn, only the cheap 'knockoffs'. I use the erasers all the time at work and never had a problem with them (I'm a paid cleaner). This was actually a subject of controversy a while back.

I love to clean, but I admit most of the products I use at work are Johnson & Johnson. I think I'll try a few of these items at home first and see how it goes. Thank you for posting this!!

Sue said...

I meant to say the Magic Erasers brand 'shouldn't', not 'doesn't'. If 3699 is experiencing a chemical burn, she should contact P&G and get reimbursed for treatment and the cost of the product.

Employee No. 3699 said...

Just read Sue's comments. I've gotten the emails being passed around regarding chemical burns to children handling them, but basically ignored them until I tried the product. The Magic Eraser works wonders, however I found that I had to wear rubber gloves when using them. Maybe I have sensitive skin; I know I am allergic to adhesives. Whatever, I do love the product but I must wear rubber gloves while using it. Just sayin'.

Kim's Korner said...

3699 - Have promised myself I'll try the erasers this weekend when the boys are gone. Pick a project and CLEAN it ;-)

I'll let you know what I think.

Definitely sounds like you have some type of allergic reaction to them though.

Sue - You're very welcome :-) Thank you for the link! It's nice to have input from people who use different brands. And getting the pros and cons of what's out there.

I'm going to give it a try. If I find it irritates my hands, I have lots of gloves.

It's aaaaallllll good ;-)