Sunday, December 09, 2012

Prep Your Home for Holiday Entertaining with Procter & Gamble #Giveaway

I have to admit that I am not the best housekeeper around. My grandmother would be mortified, I am sure, at my lackadaisical attitude to the cleanliness of my home. Part of this is about not having the time to scrub my baseboards, and part is just a level of comfort with a little layer of dust. But when company is coming? I feel the need to impress. And perhaps to hide my failings in the Suzie Homemaker department.

With the holidays upon us, entertaining and unplanned drop-ins are the name of the game. I love having people in my home, especially at this time of year when it is so festive and full of treats and pretty lights. And at this time of year, it is clean. I guess I take advantage of the season to kick my butt into gear and actually do a proper major cleaning of my home. Because, really, who wants to be a guest in a dusty and dirty house? There's not much festive about that.

Colin Cowie, lifestyle expert and party planner for celebrities such as Oprah and Kim Kardashian, knows how to throw a fabulous party that will wow guests. But it's not just the glamorous d├ęcor and delicious food. Colin also relies on trusted P&G products like Febreze, Swiffer, Mr. Clean, Dawn and Cascade to ensure that his event spaces are clean and ready to impress. From the guest bathroom to the kitchen and beyond, Colin believes that the P&G line of home care products are an essential component of planning the perfect party.

And I agree. Last week I tackled the walls in our dining room, which had recently been assaulted by some sort of a splashy explosion (of which none of my boys had any knowledge of course). And while I was at it, I thought I'd attempt to get the black streaks from the metal picture frames off as well. Mr. Clean came to my rescue, in both Multi-Surface Liquid, and Magic Eraser varieties.
Here's a before and after pic of some of the black streaks on my walls. The Magic Eraser removed them so easily, and then a quick wash with diluted Multi-Surface Liquid gave the walls a thorough clean and disinfecting. For a task I'd been putting off, it really was quick and easy, with satisfying results.

My Swiffer products look after my floors, shelves and light fixtures. I am devoted to my Swiffer Sweeper-Vac (thank you to my sister-in-law for turning me on to this one) for cleaning up the cat hair and assorted boy debris from my floor. It works quickly (read guests are 5 minutes away and you're panicking) to both vacuum up larger particles and trap smaller bits in the Swiffer duster cloth. Slap a new pad on the WetJet, and the kitchen floor is finished in minutes, without having to lug a bucket of hot soapy water up from the laundry room. For your horizontal surfaces and lights, use the Swiffer 360 Duster to reach into the crevices and cracks and trap in dust and allergens. The 360 Duster has 50% more fibres than regular Swiffer Dusters for an even more efficient clean. Hand one to your kid and have them do a quick swipe around the knick knacks just before company arrives.

The final touch? Scent and lighting. Candles are a great addition to your holiday decorating, especially for guests. Maybe you didn't have the time to clean as thoroughly as you would have liked? Low lighting by candle will mask many ills. But, more importantly, candles set a relaxing and festive mood. Scented candles will make your home feel welcoming and warm, and special holiday aromas, like Febreze's Cranberries & Frost, truly set the holiday mood.  Febreze Air Effects, Fabric Refresher, and Set & Refresh air freshener also come in limited edition holiday scents to keep your home smelling great.

My holiday table with treats and Febreze Candles, last Friday night
For more information on P&G products, coupons, free samples, and more, you can visit P&G Everday Canada or on their Facebook page.

A Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will be receiving a prize package of Procter & Gamble household care items, including cleaning products and home fresheners from Febreze, Mr. Clean, Swiffer, Cascade and Dawn. Everything you need to get your home ready for the guests! Entries are via the Raffelcopter widget below, and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, December 16. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.

Best of luck!

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog,as always, remain my own.

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