June 29, 2012 in Outside
First, let me start by saying…
I’m so excited to be hosting the First. Ever. Giveaway. at CraftedNiche.com! It’s crazy to think I’ve been hanging out at craftedniche.com for almost a year now. Insanity. It’s been fun though and I’m super excited about what lies ahead.
This is the first of several giveaways coming your way in the VERY near future! I’ve been contacted by some really cool companies lately and have agreed to check out their stuff on one condition… that they give YOU something too! I mean, let’s be honest… it’s not very fun to read about how other people getting to play… you guys want to play too!
A couple weeks ago I was contacted by the nicest gal at Procter and Gamble (Hi Mara!). She let me know that Mr. Clean, Bounty and The Home Depot were Teaming Up and asked if I’d be interested in trying the new Mr. Clean Outdoor Products line.
Thought in head: I have enough trouble cleaning the inside of my house… now you want me to clean the outside too?!
With the promise of easy use, I decided to give it a whirl. P&G sent me a box packed with 2 of everything… one for me. One for YOU! I just want to be very clear here ladies and gents… P&G sent me a box o’ free schtuff so I could give it a whirl and GIFT to you too! (Keep reading… there’s a surprise BONUS in the giveaway!)
So lets get crackalackin’! What’s in the box? Have a look and see:
Ok… ridiculous confession. I was SO excited about The Home Depot’s nail apron. Crazy? Maybe…. but that thing is going to be HANDY! By now you guys know I LUV to build stuff and that apron gets me jazzed. I feel official now. Hey… I warned you I was about to say something ridiculous. What will be even more ridiculous? When I have an apron fashion show and post the pictures!
Soooooooo I have some Outdoor Pro cleaning stuff. Now what? Umm DUH! We clean!
Procter & Gamble included some ideas on outdoor dirtyness to tackle and one of them REALLY struck a chord with me. Did you know only 25 percent of consumers clean their grills and only 20 percent of consumers clean their outdoor furniture? (According to a recent Procter & Gamble survey)
Whoa. 25% of consumers clean their grills. Am I part of that group? HECK no. My grill is dirty. Really dirty. Like… I’ve never EVER cleaned it sort-of-dirty. I’m not proud… but I am being honest.
I’ll wait until you stop laughing.
Stop laughing at my grill.
It was a gift! My parents’ sweet 90-something year old neighbor gave it to me when he could no longer live in his home. See… You’re not laughing now are you? My Dad slapped a new starter on it and it was as good as new. Ok, maybe not NEW… but it was good to go!
Fast forward 2 years… and that grill has been sitting outside my house in the elements. By elements I mean rain, snow, dirt and LABRADOR. Scroll back up and take a closer look at the wood. Specifically the handle on the lid and the shelf on the right side.
Did you see that?
Yup. My chocolate lab, Quinn (aka Quinneth Paltrow), decided to take a bite out of my grill. Several bites to be exact. Oh so nice of her. I guess she REALLY wanted a brat!
Sigh… I love her… but sometimes she is SUCH a lab!
Anywho, time to push up our sleeves and dive in. Lets see what this Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro and Bounty paper towels can do!
I started by wetting the Magic Eraser and wringing out the excess water. Working fairly quickly (it’s 106 degrees outside today!) I gave the grill a good wipe down. Notice how the only white spot on the sponge was where my thumb had been. Ick. Dirrrrrty.
Then I used the Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Spray all over the exterior. This stuff really kicked into gear. I was uber impressed. You could visibly see the grime coming off. Just spray on… wipe off. Have yourself a Karate Kid session and before you know it, that grill is looking GOOD!
The most impressive part, you ask? I can answer that question… EASILY. The glass! At first I attacked the glass with the spray. I could tell it was getting off years of grime, but there were still a couple spots that were clearly going to need some elbow grease. Why not try the eraser! Oh. Emma. Gee. (That’s my version of OMG. I have a dog named Emma….) The grime came RIGHT OFF with the eraser. No elbow grease required. At this point I was completely sold. Hook, line and sinker.
Want to see the after? Oooookay! Keep in mind, this grill is lord-knows how old… and the original finish is all but gone. BUT – I’m totally feeling inspired to give it a makeover now!
SO much better!
I’ve NEVER been able to see through this glass. I’m not kidding. NEVER EVER. It’s pretty clear I need to tackle those grill racks next. What do you think, Mr. Clean – are you up for the challenge?!
Now my mind is thinking about all the other uses for this stuff. I have some things in mind I’d like to clean.. my outdoor wicker set and some hanging lanterns from the front porch for starters.
Now – the fun part! Who wants to win?!
One lucky Crafted Niche reader will win a $20 Home Depot Gift Card PLUS – their very own Home Depot / Bounty / Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro kit!
Yep! a $20 Home Depot Gift Card PLUS the Awesome Cleaning Kit!
Tell your friends! Tell your coworkers! Your Moms! Your Dads! I mean… We’re all dirtier than we want to admit and who doesn’t love money to spend at Home Depot!? Enter to win so Bounty, Home Depot & Mr. Clean can help clean you up!
While P&G did give me these products for free, all opinions are my own.