Shine Like You Mean It Fiesty Frugal and Fabulous This post is brought to you by Finish and The Co. The inside of the toaster. The produce drawers in the fridge. The space between the kids beds and the wall. Oh, and behind the toilets. Aside from being fascinating places to hide things because no one will look there, these are all places that get completely neglected most of the year, until Spring cleaning. Spring is about renewal. New beginnings. Farmers are in the midst of calving season (did you see the quadruplet calves born in southern SK? If you ever thought Saskatchewan didn’t have riveting news…) and families are in the midst of cleaning up and cleaning out (looking to sell some unused items, here are some of my tips!) In the spring we start the deep clean in our households. We clean those weird places like the inside of your toaster, and behind the toilets (OK, I clean there, but not a deep clean like steam the floors behind the toilet clean!) Your dishwasher should be on that deep clean list. I know, but isn’t the dishwasher cleaned every cycle because that’s what it does – cleans?) If that’s been your opinion, consider your washing machine. And that funky smell it gets when it needs to be cleaned. Yep – now consider that you’re cleaning your dishes and cutlery in your washing machine every day, and it too is collecting grime build-up from food and hard water grit as well. Yum! THAT is what is going on in your dishwasher, and so – you should be cleaning that regularly as well (who knew?) To keep your dishwasher running at its best, it’s recommended that you clean it every month. Whoops. I know, it’s not just a spring cleaning task, but now is the time to certainly start and stay on track. Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner has 5x power actions – it maintains your machine, removes lime scale, clears grease, cleans hidden parts of the machine, and freshens the dishwasher all in one cycle per month. Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner goes upside down on the rack in your dishwasher (yes, the entire bottle) to clean it from top to bottom using the hottest cycle. Thankfully, my dishwasher wasn’t too dirty to start, but that’s only what the eye can see. I have no idea if there are clogged areas collecting who-knows-what so it’s always a good idea to use a dishwasher cleaner as preventative maintenance – now I know! As easy as it was to clean my dishwasher, the rest of my Spring cleaning isn’t that simple. Of course, this happens during one of the busiest times of the year for me (shakes fist at tax season!) so I’m sort of dragging my feet on getting it all done. If you, like me, need a little help with your spring cleaning, boy do I ever have a fabulous contest for you! Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner is giving you the chance to win housekeeping services for 1 year (a $10,000 prize value!) I have never, not once, hired a house cleaner so I would probably clutch my pearls and faint at winning something this amazing! All you have to do is visit the contest page and leave a comment why you love Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner and you’ll be entered in the draw to win! In the meantime, while picking up your spring cleaning supplies at your favourite retailer, remember to grab Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner – you can find it at places like Loblaws, Walmart, RCSS, Canadian Tire, No Frills, Sobeys, Metro, Food Basics, Fresh Co for a retail price of $4.99.