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The Oddly Satisfying Deep Cleaning I Did On The Day I Quit My Job

This post is sponsored by Clorox®. All opinions are my own.

Last Friday was officially my last day at my corporate job! It was a three month long transition to help the team while they recruited for my replacement, I trained others for success, and to also allow time for the Recruiting Manager to return from maternity leave. I absolutely loved being a corporate recruiter! I learned more about building relationships, finding that needle in the haystack, and professional etiquette than any other jobs or careers I have ever held.

For the past week I have been cleaning, organizing, and tidying my workstation at the office. Dusting, wiping, straightening and preparing for the next person to “live” in my work space. Going through eight years' worth of greeting cards from candidates, new hires, and colleagues at the office brought tears to my eyes. Emotions have been mixed, but my time has now come to an end. There is a new Spring season in store for me as a full-time entrepreneur!

Now that I'll be working with my husband and managing our projects in the comfort of our home, I decided to create a schedule and a set of expectations for all of us (family included) on how we are going to structure our days and our driving (and commuting between two teenagers and two elementary aged children). We also addressed a few concerns and potential setbacks head on as a work from home mom (coming from an office environment).

Concerns such as staying focused, keeping business and personal tasks separate, and making sure the kids understood that us working from home didn't mean we were “retired” and doing nothing (that's another blog post, but I won't go there right now).

George and I determined that the best way to tackle these issues is to not have them come up during our scheduled “work hours”. For example, cleanliness and organization are a big deal in our household. Everything needs to be tidy and clean. If it is not, that is the very first thing we (the OCD people who live in this house) want to do when we wake up in the morning.

So…I put it on my “Transition Plan” to make sure the house was thoroughly cleaned before my official first day as a full-time entrepreneur on Monday, April 9th! And oh boy, I did not waste a minute of time deep cleaning!

As soon as I got home from my last day of work at my corporate job, I threw on my rubber gloves and apron and got right to work. It is an oddly satisfying feeling to deep clean your house. And I was on a mission to transition (*writing down lyrics now for potential future rap song)!!!

Thanks to the help of Clorox®, I was able to accomplish cleaning the whole house by having the right cleaning products in my deep cleaning tool belt! They saved me quite a bit of time and less effort scrubbing through grime to reveal a sparkling granite counter top surface, cleaning under our appliances and kitchen sink, cleaning our bathroom toilets, organizing our pantry, and making off-white colored surfaces clean white and bright again.

Yes, there’s something oddly satisfying about a deep clean. This spring, Clorox® wants to prepare you with all the tools you’ll need to fulfill your favorite oddly satisfying cleaning tasks too! And I'm not the only one who feels this way…here are survey results:

  • Baby Boomers are more likely to find cleaning countertops (43% vs. 33% Gen X vs. 27% Millennials) and the stove top (44% vs. 33% of Gen X vs. 24% Millennials) oddly satisfying.
  • The most oddly satisfying cleaning activity is organizing a closet (28%), closely followed by organizing a pantry (25%).
  • Of those who find activities and cleaning oddly satisfying, one in five Americans say that oddly satisfying completely or somewhat describes organizing a closet (21%) and organizing a pantry (19%).
  • Of Americans who find cleaning activities oddly satisfying, countertops (34%), the top of the stove (34%), inside the microwave (30%), inside the refrigerator (27%) are the most oddly satisfying areas to clean in the house.
  • Those who find cleaning activities oddly satisfying say so because it makes them feel relaxed (71%) and accomplished (57%).
  • Parents are more likely than non-parents to say cleaning activities are oddly satisfying because it makes them happy (39% vs. 29% of non-parents).

With that, here are some deep cleaning tips, takeaways and Clorox® products to help you satisfy your cleaning projects:

Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes can clean up and disinfect multi-surface messes with a single wipe, removing unwanted germs, bacteria and dirt that may have been lurking in your home. Clorox® has two new wipes to help you tackle all your spring cleaning projects, including:

I use Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes Ultra Strength to wipe down tough stains on the stove or on my kitchen counters. All you need to do is clean off excess dirt, wipe the surface and let it dry. The ridges really help scrub some of those tough areas!

From the kitchen to the bathroom, Clorox® Regular Bleach2 with CLOROMAX® packs the effective whitening, dirt-fighting and disinfecting power you love and trust, plus it makes surfaces easier to clean and keeps clothes whiter longer (vs. Clorox® Regular Bleach1) for a powerful, protecting and easier clean.

Also, when used as directed the patented CLOROMAX® technology invisibly adheres to hard surfaces, forming a protective shield that repels stains to make cleaning quicker and easier.

Thus, with repeated use of CLOROMAX®, surfaces become quicker and easier to clean.

In the bathroom, its oddly satisfying to use bleach on things other than the tub, such as the floor, sink, counter and more. All you need is ½ cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water, thoroughly wet the surface with the solutions for 5 minutes, and then rinse with clean water and dry.

How to remove mold and mildew with bleach
Step 1: Wipe down surface with a wet sponge
Step 2: Mix 3/4 cup of Clorox® Regular Bleach2 with CLOROMAX® with 1 gallon of warm water
Step 3: the tub with bleach solution
Step 4: Wait 10 minutes for disinfecting
Step 5: Rinse thoroughly with warm water
Step 6: Let air dry; repeat, if necessary, on heavily soiled surfaces

How to clean, disinfect and deodorize your bathroom with bleach; areas include sinks, countertops, bathtubs, showers, floors, vinyl and glazed tile (use on hard, nonporous surfaces)
Step 1: Wash, wipe or rinse items with water
Step 2: Apply disinfecting solution of 1/2 cup of Clorox® Regular Bleach2 with CLOROMAX® with 1 gallon of water
Step 3: Let stand 5 minutes before rinsing
Step 4: Rinse thoroughly
Step 5: Let air dry

Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach is also designed to clean and disinfect a variety of stains and messes on a variety of surfaces. With Smart Tube Technology®, you can spray every last drop. Bad news for germs, good news for family relations.

For a quick clean, here is how to clean and disinfect with Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach:
Step 1: Using the spray bottle and a cloth, remove excess dirt
Step 2: Spray product 4–6 inches from surface until thoroughly wet
Step 3: Let stand for 30 seconds
Step 4: Rinse or wipe clean

Clorox® ToiletWand® System is a simple, preloaded toilet brush that cleans, sanitizes and disinfects your toilet with a refillable, disposable head that makes the toilet bowl cleaning process much more manageable. Clorox® ToiletWand® is also now available in Scentiva™ scents, so you can deodorize while you disinfect.

*How to use Clorox® ToiletWand® to clean, sanitize and disinfect:
Step 1: Empty toilet bowl before cleaning.
Step 2: Open pouch of disposable cleaning heads and push handle straight down onto cleaning head unit until clicks into place.
Step 3: Dip cleaning head in toilet bowl water for 1-2 seconds.
Step 4: Scrub entire toilet bowl above water line, using the same motion you’d use with your old toilet brush.
Step 5: Let stand for 5 minutes to sanitize, 10 minutes to disinfect.
Step 6: When finished, press cleaning head against the toilet bowl to release excess water, then hold wand over the trash bin and slide button forward to release. Do not flush cleaning head.
Step 7: Flush to rinse toilet.

Hopefully these tips and how-to's will help expedite your deep cleaning process too! Let us know how your deep cleaning went in the comments below!

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