Spring Into Action With Aller-Ease + Giveaway!!

By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
April 10, 2010

When I think about the first day of Spring, I think of planting, cleaning, organizing, and….sneezing.  Yep, sniffling, sneezing, eyes that water and itch….all of these are symptoms of allergies.  Allergies can leave you feeling lightheaded, tired, and overall yucky!

In my house growing up, my mom would have a “Spring Cleaning” (aka deep cleaning), once a year – usually during the Spring time.  This would require moving furniture, pictures, knick-knacks, and more to get everything cleaned.  While cleaning, the goal was to get the house dust free and looking nice.  I don’t think anyone considered cleaning at the microscopic level.

Until recently, I had no idea that dust mites, dust mite feces, mold, spores, and pet dander collected in unprotected pillows and mattresses were triggers for allergy symptoms.  This is where Aller-Ease steps in.

Aller-Ease makes the number-one selling brand of allergen protective bedding products and has teamed up with The Motherhood to ask a group of clean-thinking bloggers to Spring into Action.  Bloggers will look to their past to share tried and true spring cleaning family traditions and take stock of new innovations in cleaning they simply can’t live without.

Here is a list of the bloggers participating:

Rockin’ Mama
Go Graham Go
The Divine Miss Mommy
 A Family Completed
Plus Size Mommy 
Something Snappy
Jolly Mom 
My Four Monkeys
Pretty Pink Momma
The Mommy-Files
And Twins Make 5!
Tammy’s Two Cents
Robyn’s World
Icefairy’s Treasure Chest

Check back to see what they say and share your own “tried and true” spring cleaning tips passed down to you, or a must-have cleaning innovation. Share your tips and you’ll be eligible to win an Aller-Ease gift.  For more ways to win Aller-Ease products visit www.aller-ease.com and enter their Spring into Action contest running through April 30. If you miss the contest, you can browse and purchase products on the Web site.

Did You Know…Mattresses can double in weight every 10 years due to microscopic allergens that accumulate inside. Zoom in under the covers to look at what’s lurking in your pillow and mattress while you sleep:

Nearly all allergists (98%) recommend protective bedding as the number-one remedy for patients suffering from indoor allergy symptoms[1]. To learn more allergy facts visit: http://www.aller-ease.com/pdfs/mar8_10.pdf


Thanks to Aller-Ease, I had the opportunity to review some fabulous products, including pillow covers, a pillow, and a mattress cover.  I like that the pillow covers and mattress cover don’t just cover the pillows and mattress.  They zip around the pillows and mattress, creating an allergen filtration system between you and the bedding while you are sleeping, thus reducing allergy and asthma triggers.  I will definitely be stocking up on more Aller-Ease products in the future!


1 lucky reader on The Mommy-Files will win an Aller-Ease Pack containing 1 Pillow, 2 Pillow Covers, and 1 Queen Mattress Cover!!!

Since this is such an amazing campaign, by leaving a cleaning tip, you’ll be entered to win an Aller-Ease Spring Cleaning Prize Basket.  There will be 3 winners randomly chosen among the 15 blogs, so you have several opportunities to win!

The Basket includes:

*    1 pillow
*    1 queen cotton mattress protector
*    2 queen cotton pillow protectors
*    Kleenex
*    Halls Cough drops
*    Clorox wipes
*    Various cleaning supplies
*    Spring linens (hand towels, etc.)


Tell me in a comment a Spring Cleaning Tip you have in your home!


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– Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, April 12th, 2010! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

This is part of a paid campaign through The Motherhood.  I received products and compensation for participating in this campaign.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

222 Responses to “Spring Into Action With Aller-Ease + Giveaway!!”

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  2. momtoem says:

    When you dust, start at the top and work down

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    I have my toddlers help. It makes it fun and not work.

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    I buy new storage boxes!

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  16. Kathy Scott says:

    I like to do one room a day top to bottom.

  17. Nanette Olson says:

    I use vinegar and water to clean my windows. It works well and is environmentally friendly.

  18. Terri L says:

    When Spring comes I go through the house, if I see anything in a pile that hasn’t been used throughout the previous year, I give it away or throw it out. Clutter collects dust.

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  21. amber says:

    I love my new steam mop; I hate cleaning, but it gets the floors cleaned up lickety -split without the use of chemicals!
    Amber 🙂

  22. jennifer says:

    I take down all my blinds, and wash them outside every year!

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  26. shirley says:

    I really try to take one room at a time.

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  30. Carol Harrity says:

    I keep moist wipes in the kitchen and bathroom. A quick wipe down and things look great. Once a week I do a little more intense cleaning.

  31. Rebecca Orr says:

    Go through everyone’s clothing and make piles to keep, trash (only things that can not be reused for cleaning or too worn for donation), donate. Put away the keep clothes. Throw away your trash clothes. Pack up the clothes to donate right away and put in car, so you never have an excuse later on not to stop at a donation center!

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  35. shannon Baas says:

    dust, then vacuum

  36. Linda Kish says:

    Don’t forget to change your air filter

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  38. Natalie V. says:

    This tip may not be feasible for everyone…I leave for the day when my husband does spring cleaning 🙂 He airs out the house and any dust or smells (from cleaning products) can’t bother me because I’m not home!

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  44. Michelle W says:

    My spring cleaning tip is to not just clean but get rid of the clutter. If you have not used it in the past few months, it goes. Makes cleaning the rest of the year so much easier.

  45. Nicole Greene says:

    I scrub down the walls every spring!

  46. Nicole Greene says:

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  51. Jaque says:

    I use alchohol to remove scuff marks from my ceramic tile floors….works without much effort!

    Thank you. 🙂

  52. etirv says:

    I use only organic cleaners for my home and office!

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  56. julianna says:

    hardest thing is motivation to clean out the closets. We make goals for spring cleaning out one closet per week for about a month.

  57. Nan L says:

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  58. Nan L says:

    Spring cleaning tip: go through my kids clothes for items that are outgrown and make a donation bag and I also go through my own clothes to decide what to give away as well. It works well in the spring with the change of seasons.

  59. julianna says:

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  60. Amanda says:

    I start in one room at a time and I don’t do it all at once. I use environmentally friendly cleaning products too!

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  63. Stephanie V. says:

    Buy a long, flat dusting arm to dust under your couches and bookcases – places we often forget!
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  64. Rebecca Graham says:

    Clean one room at a time and wear a dust mask.

  65. dorothy l says:

    if you have allergies you should take your allergy medication before you start to clean.

  66. Kelly Ann T. says:

    Use rubbing alcohol to get rid of the film on your mirrors.

  67. patricia says:

    My cleaning tip is to start from the back of the house to the front.

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  69. Deborah R says:

    I like to take my houseplants outside in the spring and hose them down – it’s good for the plants and it eliminates the dust that gathers on the leaves.



  71. Rosie says:

    Make a to-do list before starting anything because just thinking about cleaning the entire house is very daunting. Sit down, remain calm, and write out what you want to accomplish. What in the house makes you stressed out or feel uncomfortable to look at? Is it the overstuffed closet? The dirty windows? The messy garage? After you decide which rooms you want to concentrate on over the next month (yes, give yourself a lot of time so that you’re not completely exhausted after each task), decide what you want to do with the items. Donate to charity? Throw away? Sell on Ebay? The best part after meeting your goal is that you’ll have a ton more room to clean, redecorate, and reorganize for the summer months when you don’t want a ton of old stuff from years before weighing down on you.

  72. CHARLENE says:

    I keep a container of Clorox wipes in every room of the house. Makes for easy clean up when needed.

  73. brooke says:

    Keep it simple… One room at a time and make it fun… Most important DO NOT STRESS about getting it done.

  74. Pam says:

    I wash my windows with vinegar and water with one drop of dish soap. I also recycle my newspapers by using them to dry the windows. They sparkle!!!

  75. My best spring cleaning tip: When we switch out the flannel sheets and put on cotton sheet we also clean the bed. We use our vacuum cleaner and go under the bed, around the bed and on the mattress itself. Time to get rid of skin cells, dust and other items that may be on the bed since the last time it was done.

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  78. Paula Michele says:

    I make a list of what needs to be done. Then I divide it up and assign certain jobs to the kids. We mark things off as they are done. We try to only spend an hour each day working on the list so that we don’t get burned out.

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  82. Hannah says:

    Clean your mirrors with vinegar and newspaper – streak free and gets them really clear!

  83. Tammie says:

    My favorite spring cleaning tip is to tag team with your spouse! For example, my husband hates to dust and I don’t like it any better; nevertheless, it’s something that needs to be done. So working together is like reducing the project in half for both of us. And don’t get me started on yardwork! 😉

  84. Sarah L says:

    My tip is to do it with fun music. What ever kind makes you want to shake your bootie will energize you and keep you going. Thanks for the contest.

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  90. Jen says:

    Dust every week so it doesn’t take as long!

  91. angie says:

    I try to do a little each day, so I don’t get overwhelmed later.

  92. Beverly says:

    I try to finish at least one task a day.

  93. Melanie B says:

    a great way to disinfect without the smell is to use either industrial strength or regular 3% hydrogen peroxide.

  94. Melanie B says:

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  95. Jennifer gersch says:

    spinkle baking soda on carpet leave for an hour then vaccuum to deoderize

  96. Pamela Callahan says:

    Spring cleaning is the time to eliminate – If you have not used it or worn it in the last 12 months, just get rid of it. It’s less you will have to clean later!

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  99. Kristi C says:

    I always do a deep cleaning of the carpet in the house during the spring.

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  101. Tari Lawson says:

    To wash my blinds, I take them down and lay them on my driveway, spray them with cleaner, wait a few minutes then spray them off with the hose. They come out clean with little to no effort, I dry them over the porch railing before returning them to the window.

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  103. I hang my blinds on two over-the-door hooks hanging in my shower. I just spray away!

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  107. Holly says:

    I use two micro fiber cloths to clean mirrors, first one wet and the2nd dry for a streak free mirror.

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  112. Brittany says:

    I saw this tip on the Doctors tv show last week. They said to wipe down the seal on the fridge door because something like 80% of then have mold spores so when you open and shut your door mold is being thrown in the air.

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  118. Dddiva says:

    Start from the top and work your way down so you aren’t re-doing.

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  121. nan lara says:

    spring cleaning tip…get your husband and kids to help…the mess was made by everyone..everyone should do what they can to help

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  124. Maja Meza says:

    have your kids and a husband help. saves a lot of time and if you turn music on,makes it little bit more fun.

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  128. Connie says:

    I keep my windows shut to help lessen my allergies.

  129. Frances Carty says:

    I use vinegar

  130. Sharon Harmon says:

    To clean corner floorboards, spray cleanser on it first, then throw a big rag down and put your foot on it and use your foot and the rag as a mop! 🙂

  131. Keith says:

    I love the clorox disinfectant wipes for the kitchen and bathroom!

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  132. Suzanne K says:

    My best spring cleaning tip is just getting started! That (to me) is the hardest part. I generally pick a smallish thing that’s been bugging me and get that done. That gives me more motivation to move on and complete other things…

  133. Anna says:

    My best spring cleaning tip is using vinegar to clean the windows. Works better than windex, and cheaper.

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  137. alissa apel says:

    cleaning tip: I learned this off of a baby site; I put the kid’s stuffed toys in the top shelf of the dishwasher and run it. They say it’s better for them then the washer that spins them around and around. It’s great for baby toys and cloth books too!

  138. Pamela S says:

    I’m a big list maker so I make a list of all the chores I need to do and pick a few to do each day, so that way I don’t feel so overwhelmed. I’m another who uses vinegar often in my cleaning. And I LOVE the Mr. Clean magic eraser!! Thanks so much!

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  141. Lucy Schwartz says:

    I do remember the Spring cleaning of old. So much so that I will NOT have doillies in my home . I also felt the same about blinds but the new blinds are so much easier to clean then before. One reader stated that getting started is important and I agree. You can be overwhelmed with the whole project in mind. But start with 1 closet , 1 ceilling and off you go.

  142. Jennifer says:

    My tip is to make my husband do it and I make sure it gets done

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  146. I only work on days that are sunny out. When its raining I dont have the energy!!! I also open all the windows in the house. It helps blow out the dust!!!

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  153. Colleen S says:

    for a month set a goal to clean out 1 closet or each weekend. As your chucking stuff, have a tote ready for donate, one for toss, and 1 for garage sale. one a weekend keeps it from getting overwhelming and you will have a sense of accomplishment when you open a closet and can actually find something!

  154. Carmen says:

    Decluttering first will help speed up cleaning. I also love to open the windows and let the fresh air in – it puts me in the mood of getting the old dust and pet fur out of the house.

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  158. Amanda Caruthers says:

    The Swiffer duster with the extended handle is awesome. It allows me to dust ceiling fans and light fixtures without having to stand on anything.

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  160. kathy pease says:

    i sprinkle baking soda on my carpet to absorb pet odors 🙂

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  165. Teresa says:

    Tubs! I have tons of rubbermaid tubs that I keep around to store stuff in when I want to get rid of or sell. I love my tubs and use them a lot
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  169. Janet says:

    I use vinagar and water in a spray bottle and newspaper to clean windows.

  170. juau4 says:

    I use White Vinegar a lot of ways; straight to cut mineral build up, 50/50 with Dawn to clean bathtubs and cut build up “gunk” on kitchen cupboards, and 50/50 with water to clean up dog “accidents”.

  171. Veronica Garrett says:

    To clean wood floors put hot water and up to six tea bags in a bucket. Make it strong. The tannic acid in tea is really, really good for wood floors.

  172. Marcy Strahan says:

    I always clean out my closets & bring what I do not need to Goodwill. I spray the inside & outside of my house for bugs & open all the windows for a week letting fresh air in. Clean, dust, vaccum………..& more.

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  177. Charlene Kuser says:

    I use vinegar mixed with water and use newspapers to clean windows

  178. Charlene Kuser says:

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  182. Donna K says:

    Break it into smaller pieces, like clean one room at a time.

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  186. Lily Kwan says:

    A spring cleaning tip I have in my home is to dust from top to bottom.

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  189. Jennifer h says:

    Make a list and stick to it. If you start one task before finishing another you’ll feel like you havent accomoplished anything.

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  191. Debbie Stanton says:

    my cleaning tip is don’t forget those dust bunnies in your closet…. i don’t know how they get there when the door is closed most of the time – but they are there. I take out all the shoes off the floor and vaccuum and also the top shelf on the closet bar.

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  195. Linda F says:

    In the spring, each weekend we take one or two rooms and give them a complete cleaning.

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