Wednesday, August 25, 2010

10 winners for this Shaklee giveaway!

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Have you ever wondered what Shaklee products were like?

I recently tried many of this line in exchange for this review. While it was a very sweet deal indeed, this info is my honest testimony on how I felt about the products.


If you are visiting due to an item showing in the sponsor section on FJI, please scroll down to review that particular product.

This post was also part of a giveaway which is now over. Another one is forthcoming in early 2011, so please stay tuned!

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Not many giveaways offer 10 winners. TEN!


Thankfully for us, fellow DIY blogger Bonnie from House of Grace, also happens to be a Shaklee distributor. So not only are you going to get a chance to win some products to try (cool!!), you're going to get an up close and personal take on the product. By me. :) Are ya ready?!?


Bonnie graciously sent me these products to try in exchange for an interview.

Now, my first impression was, I hate to clean. Do I even WANT to do this?!? But everyone else seemed to love this product line. But what really got me is not what was in it for me. It was that she offered 10 trials for YOU. SOLD! I was about to clean and love it for a good cause dag nab it!


It's here!

The product arrived with fresh looking beautiful branding, clearly marked, alongside lots of reading material. I admit, it felt abit like Christmas morning. Everything was so cheerful, like sunshine through a window cheerful, that I kinda 'wanted' to try it all out.

What I got

In the package, I received:

Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate (for everything)
Dish Wash Automatic Concentrate (dishwasher)
Hand Dish Wash (for hand washing dishes)
Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste (for ovens and such)
Get Clean Super Microfibre Window Cloth


Setting up

Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate

This unique cleaning system meant for MANY surfaces is done with only ONE cleaner. The Basic H2 is a very concentrated, and powerful cleaner that is safe for all surfaces.The package came with 3 empty squirt bottles, designated for different uses. I was intrigued.

Basic H2 Windows and Mirrors - the least amount of solution
Basic H2 All Purpose Cleaner  - 2nd least
Basic H2 Degreaser - the most


Measuring is easy!

This is too funny. After I opened the box of goods, I verbally groaned. I didn't WANT to measure stuff. So I let the box sit. For a LONG time. The box even gathered dust. When I finally dug through my  spring-loaded container drawer looking for my measuring devices (like a needle in a haystack), I realized THEN that all the measurements are ON the bottles! Good thinkin', Shaklee!

The required measurements for each different cleaner are written on each spray bottle. You simply add the desired amount of Basic H2 into the designated squirt bottle, dilute with water as per the instructions, and you're ready to go! Sheesh.


Let's start!

 Dish Wash(er) Automatic Concentrate
Rating - LOVE

On the left you have a bag of dishwasher powder.  I was abit bashful going back to loose granules as I was pretty attached to the tabs I've been getting. I detest GRIT on my dishes.  I put in the MINIMUM suggested amount into the dishwasher to test how well it would work.


Result: NO GRIT! 

The dishes were squeaky clean and gleamed!  Glasses came out flawless as well. And the dishes have a very clean very light floral scent to them. Very nice! And you need so very little to the point of asking yourself, "Is this really enough?!?" It is.


Hand Dish Wash Concentrate
Rating: LOVE
link HERE

We just had popcorn so I had the perfect greasy surface to test the product on. My suds never last through a greasy popcorn bowl and if they do, they diminish shortly after.

Result - spotless!

The grease removed effortlessly like it melted off.  And BIG bonus: the water remained nice and sudsy long afterwards. Huh...

I also noticed that when I wiped down my dark counter tops, that the wipe didn't leave a soapy film all over them like my reg brand did. I generally have to wipe the counters AND dry them 3x to get them to shine spotlessly. This required one wipe and one dry. That tells me this stuff indeed cuts through grease VERY well.

Update: January 2011 

- I ran out of this liquid gold so I had to resort to my standard schmandard. My countertops immediately greased up when wiping them in comparison. I HATED the old stuff and it's a well known brand.

When this order came, I RAN for the kitchen sink. Honestly, you need so little of this stuff for major suds, the suds last a LONG time and there's no greasy residue left on the counters. I LOVE this product and will never go back to what the store carries.

Donna


Basic H2 Windows and Mirrors
Rating: LOVE

When I mixed up the window/mirror cleaner, I was baffled at how little was to go in. How can THIS clean?!? But it does. And VERY well I might add. The surfaces are left squeaky clean and spotless.


Super Microfibre Window Cloth
Rating: LIKE

And this thing is a big help but takes some getting use to. This little cloth acts like a million little fingers gripping the glass. No lint, just clean sparkling windows and mirrors. This thing is MAGIC.

But I gave it 'only' a LIKE because the fingers grip so well I kept dropping the cloth! :) That's actually a good problem to have. The cloth really does work amazing so just grip it well when using and you'll have the best lookin' windows and mirrors in the valley. You can also flip it around and use the non gripping side so you do have a choice.



I also pushed my luck with the glass topper on the gas stove. I used the Windows and Mirrors formula on this as well and it took everything off except the stuff one really needs to scrape. Understandable! But the end result where it met the glass was PERFECT. No streaks whatsoever.



Basic H2 All Purpose Cleaner
Rating: LOVE

I used this stuff for ANYTHING I came in contact with. But I desired to test it out on a soap scummy sink. The product lifted the scum right off and left the tap set gleaming. And no matter where I used this product, everything came out with the same result.

I did try it in more difficult areas like the tub. I even used the original Basic H2 Concentrate straight to try it. It took several swipes to break through the layers of soap scum. A heavier duty cleanser was really needed for the tub, however using this was a wonderful way to finish off a good clean. It cleans what it's meant for beautifully. 



Basic H2 Degreaser
Rating - LOVE

Oh how I loathe cleaning these stove top grates! They always feel greasy and attract dust and pet hair. Yech! 

First I washed them in the Hand Dish Wash, then finished up with the Basic H2 Degreaser.  They came out better than they ever have. I was delighted! This product does cut through the grease nicely.

  
Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste
Rating:  LOVE!!! x 1000


I was soooo mean to this product! I chose my BBQ turned bird nest and really made this stuff work hard. 



Well holey chrome... very little effort was required to bring back the grill. What the...


These were STAINS, not just grease. I couldn't get the marks off the stainless with anything else. The paste brought the stainless back to new condition! Same result with my dishwasher and stove too.



To the left: bird crap and grease. To the right... showroom condition. Oh my word.

Stainless steel selling people, are you hearing me?!? This stuff is the BOMB. Is it even meant for stainless steel? I have no idea. But it works!

I don't know what's in this stuff, but the paste breaks down the grease and stains, making the removal nearly a breeze. I just carefully followed the grain of the stainless. Now I just have to finish everything I've started. LOL

~ Summary ~

I loved the products.

I loved all the products I tried. I wanted to find something wrong with them to prove how truthful I could be for an interview but I just couldn't. Everything worked as it should so there's no reason not to like it. All my old cleaning products are packed away so I'm coasting on all the new goods and my house has never been this clean this easily.


 My fav product.

While ALL the products did what they were suppose to do making me enjoy them all, The Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste blew me away. Greasy removal has never been so effortless. I highly recommend to at the very least, TRY this one!  It's price efficient too! I'd suggest to get two. I KNOW you will love it. I'll be a lifer for this one for certain.

Very economical.

These products will last you a LONG time because they are so concentrated. You need so very little of the solutions to the point of you'll wonder how they clean properly. But they do and that's all that matters.

Want to learn more?


HouseofGrace

Bonnie from  House Of Grace  also shares info on how she uses these products in her own home.

How to clean is HERE.

ALL the uses for Basic H are HERE.

The best kit to start with is HERE.

WHY it's safer to clean naturally is HERE.

An optional good deal!

Shaklee offers you an option. There is a membership you can sign up for. The fee is only $19.95 which gives you a 15% reduction on the goods and pays for itself with the first order. If you sign up for the membership, email Bonnie prior to ordering! She has something else she's going to throw in for you! She is willing to make this step worth your while so please look into it.

There's WAY more stuff than interviewed here

Now, there are more cleaning products (as well as other products) available than what I interviewed. Knowing what I do now, I'd go for the full meal deal and get the proper cleansers and disinfectants as well as the laundry soap etc to just do it right. There are different kits for different budgets too which is really cool. You can also purchase the goods separately.

So if you're into going green with cleaning, health and fitness, there's never been a better time to start!


How to purchase

Visit Bonnie's website to see what's all available HERE.

Then, contact Bonnie, with the code Funky Junk, so she can help you through the process and get you the best deal going, at donahuewellness@hotmail.com

~ The BIG 10 Winner Giveaway! ~
What's up for grabs you ask?

~ 10 samples ~  

of the 
Basic H2 
Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate! 

This is the super concentrated product that you dilute down to clean nearly anything. I know you'll be amazed at how squeaky clean it leaves all your surfaces!

How to enter the giveaways:

1. Tell me the cleaning chore you detest most. That's it!

2. Follower/subscriber or become one of Funky Junk - comment again for entry #2!

3. Follower/subscriber or become one of House of Grace - comment again for entry #3!

4. Twitter, blog or Facebook the giveaway - comment again for entry #4!

Draw is open for 1 week. 10 winners will be chosen my random.org

Good luck!!
Are you interested in receiving an interview on your product?  At this time, reviews are free for monthly paid sponsors! Or a reasonable fee for this service is charged otherwise.  Please contact signmakergirl@hotmail.com for all other advertising packages and reductions available.

198 comments:

  1. what do i hate? cleaning the dishwasher!

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  2. i am a follower of your blog! luv it

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  3. I am also a follower of house of grace!

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  4. I hate cleaning the stove top!!! And the top of the exhaust fan...and...Ha!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  5. I am a follower of your blog!! For sure!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  6. I absolutely HATE cleaning out the oven...

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  7. I dislike cleaning the bathrooms with mopping running a close second.

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  8. I'm an avid follower of Funky Junk.

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  9. anything associated with cleaning the bathrooms is a major "ugh!" i hate it.

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  10. I have an old oven with no automatic cleaner button... so its got to be the oven.. or maybe
    its the toilets !! Toilets!

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  11. I HATE cleaning the bathrooms, YUCK!!!

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  12. I hate hate HATE washing dishes. HATE!
    :-P

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  13. Floors, hate cleaning floors. Which is why mine are dirty right now.

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  14. following house of grace too!

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  15. Oh I hate washing dishes. I would cook all day if I just had a person to wash all the dishes.

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  16. Scrubbing the bathroom has to be what I dislike most about house cleaning.

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  17. Well, I have 4 boys so I think you can guess that the toilet is by far my least fave chore! Actually, I don't mind cleaning too much, I just hate the picking up!

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  18. I absolutely despise cleaning the kitchen and every thing involved. GROSS!

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  19. i hate cleaning everything!! i think my least fav is the toilet! yuck!

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  20. Least favorite chore would be loading the dishwasher! I really don't like doing dishes....never have, and I don't know that I ever will!

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  21. I am a follower of your blog....love it!!

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  22. NOT a fan of cleaning the bathroom. It would be so easy if I kept it up, but I just don't do it. Bad.

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  23. I am now following House of Grace. Thanks for sharing about her!

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  24. I have now posted on my blog! Hope I win or someone from my site!

    http://enjoylifesmomentsgina.blogspot.com/

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  25. I HATE cleaning the oven. Such a mess!

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  26. I hate mopping. Especially bathrooms!

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  27. I'm a new Funky Junk follower as of last week!

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  28. dusting as got to be the worst!

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  29. I'm a House of Grace follower!

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  30. I hate cleaning the bathroom. YUCKKKK!!!!!

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  31. I also follow Funky Junk and will have to check out House of Grace.

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  32. Cleaning the floors is my least favorite chore. I live with two very messy fellas! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    savinghubsmoney@aol.com

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  33. I am a follower. Thanks!

    savinghubsmoney@aol.com

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  34. I hate cleaning anything in the bathroom!

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  35. Well, to tell you the truth I hate to clean period! But someone has to do it so I would have to say my least favorite thing to clean is the shower/tub.

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  36. I am a follower as of today!

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  37. Hate cleaning the stove. Yuck.

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  38. I detest cleaning the bathroom the most. These products sound lovely!

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  39. And I'm now a follower of House of Grace.

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  40. I LOATHE cleaning the bathrooms, I have a son, what can I say?

    I am following Funky Junk and House of Grace and I am heading over to tweet about the giveaway right now!!

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  41. I also shared the link to the giveaway on Facebook

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  42. I hate cleaning my gas stove top...grates, spills, hate it!

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  43. Well, I really hate it all. I love the look and smell of everything all spic-n-span but after all these many years of house cleaning I'm over it. But, alas, must still do it. HELP - I need a free product. Sign me up.

    Diane
    The Library Lady

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  44. I'm a follower of Funky Junk...and LOVE it!

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  45. Posted on Facebook, I think that's four!

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  46. I don't mind cleaning when everyone is out of the house and I can have the radio on MY station for a change, but hubs is a mechanic so degreasing everything is my least favorite chore!

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  47. Dusting! And I live in the draftiest house ever.

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  48. I don;t like scrubbing floors. bukaeyes@aol.com

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  49. I hate to dust! Makes my allergies go crazy.

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  50. I hate cleaning the stove the most.

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  51. I hate cleaning the toilet the most!

    prpldy (at) comcast dot net

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  52. It HAS to be the toilets! thanks for the chance to win~!

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  53. The cleaning chore I hate the most is the toilets. I have 3 boys, enough said! LOL

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  54. I miss having a dishwasher, there are always dishes to do. A person gotta eat!

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  55. I have followed you and always read your postings.

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  56. The cleaning chore I hate the most is Dishes, dishes, dishes. If it wasn't for my husband, they would be stacked in the sink!!

    Email: melissajackson07@gmail.com

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  57. I follow Funky Junk via GFC!

    Email: melissajackson07@gmail.com

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  58. I am a follower of House of Grace via GFC.

    Email: melissajackson07@gmail.com

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  59. I tweeted the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/melissajackson0/status/22124230785

    @melissajackson0

    Email: melissajackson07@gmail.com

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  60. I hate cleaning the area behind the kitchen sink where the tile grout always gets dirty and moldy.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  61. Floors! HATEHATEHATE scrubbing floors.

    sweetiesuzy@aol.com

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  62. I hate to clean my electric glass cooktop! Ii makes me madder that I don't have gas at least! I also detest the grease that accumulates on the microwave above it!
    ~Nancy

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  63. I also happily subscribe/follow you!
    ~Nancy

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  64. Am now a follower of House of Grace

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  65. The house chore I detest the most is the oven and windows.

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  66. I hate cleaning windows (particularly our patio doors) the most. No matter what I use, shady day and all, they still streak. I hate streaky windows and doors. I'm dying to try these products. I can't even begin to guess how much we spend on cleaning products each month.

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  67. Entry for Elizabeth (blue clear sky) for following House of Grace. (was put on FJI instead of here)

    Good luck Elizabeth! :)

    Donna

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  68. I hate cleaning the bathroom floors the most

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  69. I really dislike cleaning my hardwood floors. Why is it that shortly after cleaning they look like they were never cleaned?

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  70. I follow you and get your Junky e-mails! Love this giveaway! Thank you Funky Junk and House of Grace!

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  71. I follow House of Grace! Thanks you two for offering this giveaway!

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  72. Puhlease!! Who "likes" to clean their bathroom. Ew. Double ew. I loathe it. I would however, love to try this in my bathroom! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. Blog stalker, er, I mean follower! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  74. I have a husband and a 7 year old boy....can you guess which room I hate cleaning the most?? Yup, the bathroom! Bleh. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. I love the before and after photos :)

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  76. At the moment I am very tired of doing dishes! I am looking forward to my new dishwasher being installed!

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  77. I am a follower of Funky Junk and I really like shakless products but I didn't know where to get them.

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  78. The laundry... not washing it, it's the putting it away I put off, ha ha... :)

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  79. Oh, I really have a hard time with cleaning the toilet!

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  80. I am a follower now. Been a lurker before. Thank you for sharing!

    Always, Teresa

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  81. Iam a follower on House of Grace too!

    Always, Teresa

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  82. I posted about your blog and the giveaway on my Facebook acct. Than you,
    Always, Teresa

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  83. I hate cleaning showers and shutters!!

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  84. Thanks for the helpful reviews. The grill looks like new, WOW! Hard water stains on anything are my "hate to clean."

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  85. Ok, I have two things I really dislike to clean... The 1st... the boys' bathroom! (major hate!!) 2nd, the grill! Talk about something being grimy!

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  86. I am a follower of Donna on Funky Junk Interiors!

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  87. I've been lurking for a while but finally became a follower on House of Grace.

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  88. I despise cleaning the floors! hate it with a passion!

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  89. I also follow Bonnie at House of Grace!

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  90. I HATE to clean my bathroom sinks!! I have three little boys who tend to spit their toothpaste anywhere but down the drain! Between that and dirty little hands all over the countertops this chore is one I would rather skip!

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  91. I am now a follower of your blog! I just came across Funky Junk a couple of days ago and I am HOOKED!

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  92. I also just became a follower of House of Grace

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  93. I absolutely DETEST cleaning the bath tubs!!!!

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  94. Not here to enter, Just in to say this stuff is MAGICAL!!! Seriously, I will never use anything else, can't wait to order the germ cleaner!!! Bonnie is the best and so is the product!
    XO
    Kristin

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  95. I seriously dislike cleaning floors. I'd rather clean a toilet than the floor!

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  96. "Hate" trying to clean the BBQ. Wish it looked like it first did when it was first set up!

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  97. I subscribe to Funky Junk---love it!

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  98. I also subscribe to House of Grace!

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  99. I don't even try to clean the bbq anymore because I can never get it clean. So I guess that's my number one detested cleaning chore (after vacuuming!).

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  100. My worst chore is cleaning our bathtubs. They need a miracle. Jackie

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  101. I have become a follower of House of Grace. Jackie

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  102. I subscribe to Funky Junk Interiors (kmogilevski at HOTMAIL dot com)

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  103. I follow House of Grace (kmogilevski at GMAIL dot com)

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  104. I've never cleaned the grill and we've had it for over 3 years! I hope I get to try the samples!

    daryl.schneider at gmail dot com

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  105. The shower is the worst to clean. There is always mold in there!

    imogilevski at hotmail dot com

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  106. I hate dusting, it never ends, I dust and it is dusty again the next day. Also I hate doing floors, I have stained concrete and they are so hard to keep clean!!! Ugghh....

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  107. the worst thing to clean-the litter box!!

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  108. I detest cleaning the tub/shower and toilets!! We have hard water and it always tends to leave residue behind...yuck! I Would LOVE a chance to try these products! Thanks for the give-a-way!!

    Gloria in Illinois

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  109. Ugh I hate vacuuming....but it could be because I need a new vacuum and the chore takes twice as long!!!

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  110. Also, I am a follower of course! Love your blog!

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  111. Ahh-I do not like to clean our oven -no we don't have a self-cleaning oven in this home :-( I have been considering ordering these products -just to be economical and go green
    Sharingink@gmail.com

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  112. I'm a subscriber and follower!

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  113. I am a follower of House of Grace too!

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  114. I have been a follower of FJI for awhile now. Love it!

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  115. How do I choose which chore I hate the most? I don't like doing the dishes, floors, cleaning the bathroom, basically anything that involves water for some reason.

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  116. Just became a subscriber, heading to House of Grace to subscribe too, love both blogs:)

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  117. Laundry is my arch nemesis!!!!

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  118. I am a House of Grace follower!

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  119. I intensely dislike cleaning the showers. They take too much time and never look right. Full of runs, streaks, etc.

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  120. I hate cleaning the stove top! Grease every where! I am a big popcorn freak and I make it on top of the stove with olive oil. Even with the cover, oil all over!

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  121. I just became a follower of House Of Grace.

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  122. That is easy Ironing is my very least fav!!

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  123. Cleaning the stove top and inside is the chore I detest the most!

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  124. HATE dishes - and I don't like using the word hate ;) LOVE LOVE your blog!

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  125. I love your blog {and the island in your kitchen is Great!!}... Why am I commenting, here-to win Shaklee products?, when I am an Amway distributor? Isn't it funny, how fun the cleaning can be, when you find products that REALLY work!!!
    I'd have to say, cleaning the bbq grill is my biggest dislike! --oh, and I know what you mean, about those gas stove grate thingys!! I remember, when I first used my Amway cleaner and saw how clean I got those things!! I showed them off to my husband, saying I could even lick them {!!} they were so clean!!

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  126. The chore I detest most is cleaning the oven...and bottom of the fridge!

    (Thanks for the giveaway, girls!)

    Jami

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  127. I LOATHE cleaning the stove. You cant ever get it as clean as it should be!

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  128. I am a long time follower of Funky Junk!

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  129. dislike: trying to get greasy pots clean (that can't be put in the dishwasher)
    cleaning bathrooms
    dusting
    well, shoot, cleaning in general! HA!
    I've heard such good things about Shaklee,, I hope I win!!

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  130. I am a follower of Funky Junk,, Blogger & facebook! :)

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  131. I don't like doing floors or the stove!!
    judyk2310@yahoo.com

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  132. Thank you for hosting a giveaway this awesome! The cleaning chore I distaste the most is... the oven!

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  133. I am following your blog! and I have grabbed a button for my link party page!

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  134. I am also following House of Grace blog! and added a button to my link party page!

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  135. And for entry #4... I have commented on Facebook, Twitter and added a link back to you here!
    Thank you again for hosting such a great item,

    Good Luck Every One!!!

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  136. I hate cleaning bathrooms and floors! pet hair is the worst!

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  137. and i am also a follower of bonnie's.

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  138. This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced soon! Thanks so much for entering and good luck! :)

    Donna

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Thank-you for your comments!