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Tackle to Win: CLR Challenge

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

It has been more than a month of Sundays (or should I say “Tuesdays”) since I have participated in this great weekly meme. It’s hosted every week by 5 Minutes for Mom, and it’s goal is to encourage each other to tackle some evil, looming chore. It’s pretty cool, actually. This time, though, is a tad different.

It’s a contest. Giveaway. Thing.

It’s called Tackle to Win!

Basically, I have a chance to be one of three winners to receive a $100 cash card, and a bunch of CLR cleaning products. Very nice. In order to participate, I sent in my address, and CLR sent me a FREE bottle of their kitchen & bathroom cleaner!

Did you hear me?

I said FREE. As in “no-moolah”. Zero dollars.

I have never tried CLR before, and the site says it’s free of phosphates, ammonia, and bleach, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Especially because of my bathtub problem. I’m embarrassed to show this to you…but…it’s $100 bucks people! In cash! Call me mercenary. Whatever.


This is my problem. I live in an area with water almost as hard as rocks. It doesn’t take long for my tub to look like this. Nasty, I know. About two weeks between cleanings is all it needs. Combine that with my frequent soaks, as well as filthy short people (dagnab that dirt they love so much!), and my scatter-brained ways, and it’s a disgusting trip to Soapscumgrimehardwaterstain City.


This is my overall Before shot. But – you really need to see some close-ups to appreciate this. That white path leading from the soap dish? That’s not clean. That’s soap scum, which nicely masks the mildew in the ugly tile. (It’s from 1981, so don’t hate. I didn’t choose it!)

Bet you think that soap dish is shiny, don’t you? Who am I kidding? You probably know what’s coming.

Soap Dish Before

Everybody say it with me: “Ewwwwww!!!”

That’s just from plain ol’ Ivory. Pure my foot!

How can something “pure” leave such yuck in my bathtub soap dish? Seriously?

Sigh. This is just sad. Sadsadsadsadsad.

Well, I tackled this job today. With great fervor and gusto, hoping against hope that CLR would be a great improvement over my Scrubbing Bubbles & a stiff-bristled scrub brush. Crossing my fingers in cautious anticipation that it would save me some elbow grease. Because I really have to scrub that tub. Even if I tackle it right away…even if only the thinnest layer appears. It’s often easier to pretend it’s not there.

I tend to shower with my eyes closed now.


Don’t look at me like that. Sheesh. You act like you’ve never seen a ring around the tub before. Ahem.

Well, my hopes were not dashed. Neither were they soundly confirmed. I followed their usage guidelines to a “T”, and the results were mildly pleasant. It did take less elbow grease, but not incredibly so. The bottle says to just rinse, but I did still have to scrub, not as hard, but still. I also had to treat some spots twice to get the desired effect. However, it honestly took much less time than it usually does for me to get it sparkly again.



The soap dish came clean much more easily, however, and it’s all pretty and shiny now. Except for one little spot of green stuff. I don’t really know what it is, but it didn’t come clean, even with the scrub brush. My old cleaner did a better job of eating up the green, though it’s incredibly stubborn.

Like a two-year-old.

Oh. And that spot just above the drain? That was there when I moved in, so it doesn’t count. Just so you know.

See how pretty?
Soap Dish After

Soap Dish After

Exept for the green, I mean. And the mildew below. Blech.

Anyway…I only have a couple of complaints about CLR. It didn’t take care of any mildew (look below the soap dish). Of course, the name indicates its specialty in eliminating Calcium, Lime, and Rust. So, I don’t really know if my complaint is justified.

My other complaint is the fumes. Don’t get me wrong – they’re very mild, and not really as “chemical-y” as I expected from reading the instructions to use in a “well-ventilated” area. Though there are no phosphates, ammonia, or bleach, I have to wonder what is causing the fumes? They don’t advertise any natural ingredients, so I’m pretty darn sure it’s a chemical something. And I’m not positive I want to stick with that. What with little ones using that tub and all…I don’t know.

I’ve been wanting to try plain ol’ baking soda and vinegar, similar to what you can reportedly do in an oven. So, I’ll try that next time, and give you a comparison.

In the meantime, I was happy with the product overall, but it doesn’t quite “sit right” with me to continue using it. I’m not sure if “less elbow-grease” is a good trade-off for “relatively mild, possibly not-good-for-you fumes”. It’s a toss-up.

I may be getting more crunchified, but I’m not wholly there yet.

Alrighty then. Time to head over to 5 Minutes for Momand check out everyone else’s dirty messes! Heck. Might make you feel much better about your own house. I’m sure my post did!

So. Now that you’ve seen my deadliest housework sin, ‘fess up. What’s your dirty little secret? Do tell!

Summer Fun Photo Contest

Friday, August 1st, 2008
Lost Pond

Click on the photo for a really good look!

This is a shot I took of my four short people when we arrived at Lost Pond on a hike during our camping trip in the Rockies. It is so wonderful to watch my kids experience creation the way God intended us to – with a sense of awe in the smallest of details as well as the majesty of the great things.

So, I’m entering this in the Skinny Cow Summer Fun Photo Contest over at 5 Minutes for Mom. Go check out all the entries – I’m sure there will end up being hundreds!


Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

I’ve been enjoying reading Simple Mom for awhile now, for inspiration and encouragement. One of the things that is so important to Levi & I is to keep our home simple. I am forever purging toys (in fact, they’re due for another raid soon), and sending my kids outside to play. Though our backyard has been reduced to dirt, it’s ok. It might as well be a playground for all my kids care!

However, reading this post has brought one more goal to the forefront of my mind. Instilling creativity in my kids. Yes, they color a lot, and do play-doh. But, I do want more for them.

Simple Mom is giving away this book, and has posted an interview with the author. Go read it, and see what I’m talking about!

I Soooo Want to Win This!!!

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

How awesome is this? I, of course, am entering so I can have a great stash of different carriers for my clients to try out. Well, my future clients, anyway! Here’s hoping I win!

Win the Essential Babywearing Stash from Along for the Ride (one Beco Butterfly, one Hotsling baby pouch, one BabyHawk Mei Tai, one Zolowear Ring Sling, and one Gypsy Mama Wrap)

Why the Heck Not?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I haven’t entered a contest in awhile. But this one is entirely too yummy on too many levels to skip. And I’m going for it.

5 Minutes for Mom are giving away a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s pints, and a year’s supply of Reddi-Whip. On purpose.

They’re crazy, I know. And I’m so glad they are!