Pine-Sol Spring Cleaning Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
March 10, 2011

When I was younger, I remember walking into the house after the floors had been freshly cleaned with Pine-Sol.  I still love the scent to this day.  I recently learned that children who perform better at school almost always identify their homes with scents associated with clean.  To help a child achieve, home is where it begins.


A new Taste & Smell Research Foundation conducted study, commissioned by the maker of Pine-Sol cleaners, found that children who perform better at school almost always identify their homes with scents associated with clean.  The study also showed a correlation between memory of positive scents and performance, demonstrating that it begins at an early age and is something that parents can impact.

– Children who perform better at school almost always identify their homes with scents associated with clean – 84% of students reporting GPAs of A or B had positive childhood home smells – using descriptors like “lemony, minty or clean”; with only 16% noting negative smells at home.

– Those who recalled their childhood home as being an environment with negative smells or aromas were two-times more likely to have a lower grade point average (GPA) than those that did not.

– The study demonstrated a positive connection between a w. ell-cared home and the sort of stable family environment that promotes academic success, self-esteem, learning and harmony – and enhances achievement later in life.

– 34% of students with a GPA grade of C or less, remembered negative childhood home aromas including urine, fecal and mold – double the percentage of those with higher GPAs.


Pine-Sol is a proud supporter of Reading is Fundamental by donating $40,000, in 2011, to help children further achieve in life.  Consumers can also get involved by simply “Liking” Pine-Sol on Facebook during National Reading Month (March 2011) – for every two “Likes” Pine-Sol will donate one book on your behalf, up to 5,000 books.


– My People (Illustrated by Charles R. Smith, Jr) (Ages 4-8)

Langston Hughes’ spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations.  Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.
2010 Winner – Coretta Scott King Award

The Lion & the Mouse (By Jerry Pinkney) (Ages 4-8)

In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair that no act of kindness is ever wasted.  After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap.  With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters.  Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.
2010 Winner – Caldecott Medal

The Dot (By Peter H. Reynolds) (Ages 5-9)

Peter H. Reynolds crafts a quiet, pleasing story in The Dot – one that will strike a chord with children who have outgrown the self-assurance of kindergarten and begun to doubt their own greatness.  His marvelous watercolor, ink, and, yes, tea illustrations are appealing in a Quentin Blakey way, especially as Vashti begins to go wild with her dots.  The delightfully open-ended conclusion will have readers of all ages contemplating how they can make their own mark in the world.  Highly recommended.


– Two brand new scents (Garden Fresh Pine-Sol cleaner & Outdoor Fresh Pine-Sol cleaner)

– Two improved classic scents

– The first ever easy-to-pour flip-cap in this category, offering controlled pouring


My boys love it when I read to them….and I love reading to them!  My parents read to me when I was growing up, so I know how important it is for the development of a child.  Our favorite book to read is The Pout-Pout Fish.  We actually discovered this book at a Library Story Time one day.  Of the Pine-Sol scents, I love the original scent the best, as that is what I grew up with being used in our home.  Any time I smell the Original Scent, I immediately have positive flashbacks of my childhood.  I hope to create the same experiences for my boys.


1 lucky reader on The Mommy-Files will win a set of 3 books, including My People, The Lion & The Mouse, and The Dot!!!


– Tell me in a comment a memory you have of cleaning when you were younger.


– Follow The Mommy-Files on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
– Tweet about the giveaway – 1 ENTRY DAILY
– Become a Fan of The Mommy-Files on Facebook– 1 ENTRY
– Become a Fan of Pine-Sol on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
– Follow me through Google Connect (new on the right side of the blog) – 1 ENTRY
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– Comment on any Non-Giveaway post on The Mommy-Files – 1 ENTRY per post comment (no limit)
– Blog about this giveaway and include the URL – 5 ENTRIES


– Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday, March 24th, 2010! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

This post was sponsored by Pine-Sol through a compensated Mom Bloggers Club member program.

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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.

87 Responses to “Pine-Sol Spring Cleaning Giveaway”

  1. Would love to share these with my daughter!

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  21. I’m not signing up for the giveaway, but I did want to pop into your comments here and say that I’m very glad you and your boys enjoy The Pout-Pout Fish!

    Happy Reading and Best Fishes to you,
    Debbie Diesen (author of The Pout-Pout Fish)

  22. Karen Gonyea says:

    I remember my mom kicking us out of the house for HOURS on Saturday mornings so she could strip and wax the linoleum floors – thank god we don’t need to do that anymore !!!

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  23. angie says:

    the one chore that my mother always seemed to give me was the bathtub I remember her telling me that I did a good job and that always made me feel good

  24. Marcus Lee says:

    Hi Shannon! I work for Reading Is Fundamental and we’d like to thank you for supporting children’s literacy through our new partnership with Pine-Sol. If you’re readers are interested in learning more about Reading Is Fundamental, please direct them our website at and for fun reading tips, games, and activities for children please direct them to and

  25. nan says:

    every saturday before we could play we had to dust, vaccuum etc
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  28. bonita12 says:

    I remember the smell of Pine-Sol. I also remember the daily list we read everyday after school stating a chore for each of us four kids.

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  31. katklaw777 says:

    I remember the smell of Pine-Sol…my Grandma used to use it to clean the linoleum floors and the tile floors.
    I had to seep the kitchen and bathrooms before they got washed and then went outside or in the basement to play cause the smell was soooooooooooo strong it made me dizzy!!!

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  35. Julianna Rhode says:

    I remember cleaning “Me-Maw’s” house. I loved to mop as a 5 year old.

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  37. Patti Hess says:

    I remember getting the job of dusting everything because I was the youngest….my Mother use to turn the music up real loud and we would clean to it

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  42. nik says:

    Every Saturday was cleaning day with my grandma, with smells of Pine-Sol, Lysol and Murphy’s Oil Soap filling the air and strains of the Metropolitan Opera on the radio filling our ears.

  43. I remember cleaning with my Grandma and getting down on the floor and actually, it was Pine-Sol we were scrubbing the floor with! I thought it was fun!

  44. Johannah B says:

    My mom had a cleaning lady — really — and the only thing I remember about her is that you could not put your shoes on the table…. so of course we used to try it to annoy her~ and there were 6 of us!
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  48. Tabathia B says:

    I remember cleaning the bathroom with pine-sol or mr clean and that it was always my chore
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    My daughters would enjoy the books.

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  64. I remember being very thorough when I was younger cleaning. I especially hated dusting because we took every piece off of the furniture–dusted them and the furniture.


  65. Trisha Lynn says:

    For I think my 8th birthday my grandma bought me a cleaning kit with broom and mop and such and I would go around literaly cleaning everything!! My mom loved it she still says that was the best birthday present ever!!!

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  71. Elaina Gray says:

    Cleaning the bathroom and the kitchen floor. Well, my mom used Pine Sol for everything. Cabinets, walls, etc. Whenever I use Pine Sol, the smell takes me back and to me, things are only ‘clean’ if I use Pine Sol. Thanks Mom!

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  73. Brittany says:

    I remember mopping the kitchen floor for my mom one day, with dishsoap!

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  78. When I was growing up every Sat. morning was cleaning day. You didn’t sleep past 8 am and everyone did something toward cleaning.

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  82. christal C says:

    I can remember coming home from school and smelling the fresh pine sol in the house. We had to clean on saturdays dusting everything

  83. Ed Nemmers says:

    We would have to wash the windows every spring in our family!

  84. susan smoaks says:

    when i was little i had a lot of cleaning to do, i hated cleaning the bathroom, it was a bathroom that all the kids shared and it really got dirty

  85. […] winner of the Pine Sol Spring Cleaning Giveaway is #66. Congrats to Kelly […]

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