Friday, October 10, 2014

Who Cleans Your House? #ManClean {Giveaway}

Around here, if cleaning gets done, it's generally done by me. But when Hubs cleans, he does a much better job of it than I do, and I'd love for him to get more regularly involved. As I've said before, we actually need to entertain more so I can provide my man with the motivation to pitch in and work his magic. He definitely feels pride in showing off a clean and cozy home.

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "Man Clean"? 

According to a recent poll by Swiffer (1001 respondents), 31% of females believe "Man Clean" represents a poor cleaning job performed by a man, whereas only 11% of males believe Man Clean is a poor cleaning job performed by a man. Only 19% of Canadians believe that Man Clean is a great cleaning job performed by a man.

Huh. Although it seems to me that my husband can put up with a lot more dirt and mess than I can when it's just us, I know he does a fantastic job at cleaning when he puts his mind to it. He doesn't cut corners or give partial effort.

In fact, in that same poll, 86% of Canadian guys say they often contribute to cleaning their household, and over 1 in 3 (34%) rate themselves as 'great' at household cleaning.  So how do we go about changing the negative perceptions of "Man Clean" and encouraging guys to embrace their cleaning prowess?

Swiffer proposes the following, new, definition:
man clean  [man kleen]  
1. Empowering guys to boast about their cleaning swagger [cool]
2. Using the best tools, like Swiffer to get the job done right [smart]

Amir Johnson from the Toronto Raptors has partnered with Swiffer to help change the definition of Man Clean, encouraging men to boast about their cleaning swagger. If a male pro athlete can boast about his cleaning skills, then cleaning house must be a manly activity, right?

Here are Amir's tips on how to clean like a man.

1. Set the mood. Cleaning can feel overwhelming, which is why it’s easy to procrastinate. Decide which room you want to tackle, scope out the scene and then get pumped by putting on your favourite tunes.
2. Make a realistic plan. Guys love having a clean plan of attack.  Figure out what you’re going to clean and how, and then make sure to stick to your strategy. Ensure you give yourself enough time for each task—cutting corners to get it done fast only means you’ll need to do it right the next time. Stay focused, check items off your list and finish the job the right way.
3. Pick up your stuff. A clean home is just as much about organization as it is dusting and Swiffering.  You can’t get a legit clean with stuff all over the place, like the shoes you took off while watching the game and the bottles you didn’t take out after a night with your buds.  Every item has its place – put it away, don’t just clean around it.
4. Use the right tools.  Swiffer is a guy’s secret weapon when it comes to achieving a great Man Clean. The Swiffer WetJet is the all-in-one mopping solution that traps and locks dirt so it doesn’t get pushed around. Need to dust? The Swiffer Duster traps and locks up to three times more dust than feather dusters.  And, don’t forget to pick things up and dust under them!
5. Reward yourself.  Finished cleaning? Time to celebrate! Visit to boast about your Man Clean and join the movement.

A Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive their very own Ultimate Swiffer Man Clean Kit (Approx. $78* value). The kit includes:
  • Swiffer WetJet
  • Swiffer WetJet pads
  • Swiffer WetJet Multi-Purpose Solution
  • Swiffer 360 Dusters
  • Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit
  • Swiffer Sweeper pads
Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, October 26, 2014. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I am a P&G mom. 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.By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

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