After a few days in Santa Fe, my house needs a serious cleaning. I can’t tell you how many rotten vegetables I just threw out of the fridge and oh, the tufts of dog hair blowing around the kitchen. It’s like tumbleweeds in a desert.

Which is why I could use this next giveaway myself. Maid Brigade is donating a full housecleaning ($250 value) to one lucky Manic Mommies listener! If you’ve always wanted to have your own cleaning crew, here’s your chance.

To enter, simply leave a comment with your favorite cleaning tip or shortcut (mine is white vinegar in the dishwasher and Borax to clean toilets and sinks). We will select a winner next week.

If for some reason there is not a Maid Brigade near you, the prize may be gifted.



74 Responses to Maid Brigade Giveaway

  1. Jen H says:

    I would love, love, love to have this prize! We used to have a housekeeper but gave it up about 7 years ago when money got tight :(. I still to this day miss that luxury!!!

    My cleaning tip is to use Awesome cleaner in the kitchen – cuts grease like nobody’s business! Plus, it works great on small spots on the carpeting – spray on and scrub the spot – windex works for this too.

  2. KellyB says:

    Baking soda and water to make a paste to clean my white stove top. Comes right off.

  3. Jen F says:

    My tip is to do a little bit each day. I set the timer so that I don’t go too long. It helps me from feeling overwhelmed by the whole house. I also rotate rooms systematically and do a different deep cleaning project each time I get to that room.

  4. Robin says:

    Microfiber cloths are AwESoMe!!

  5. Colette Thibodeau says:

    If I had any great cleaning tips, I wouldn’t need the Maid Brigade!! LOL
    But I do clean the shower while I’m in it. So much quicker & easy. When my girls were little, I’d put them in a bouncy seat just outside the shower and they usually feel asleep from the noise & warmth. Sometimes I’d take them in with me, clean them up, wrap them in a towel, put them in the bouncer and I’d clean the shower and then myself…..that was the trifecta!! :)

  6. Sue V. says:

    I use baking soda and vinegar to get the drains un-scummy.

  7. Alane Floyd says:

    I too have never had a maid or cleaning help. I need many of the cleaning tips written here. The thing I do well is laundry. My kids wear white uniform shirts. Every night after dinner I tell them to give me their shirt while they go shower/change/whatever. I treat any stain with Shout right then & leave it to soak in until the next load of laundry ( usually 2-3 days away). Even ketchup and chocolate stained shirts always come out perfect.

  8. Karoline says:

    My house needs the Maid Brigade! :-) We are hosting Thanksgiving this year and just the thought of cleaning before and then cleaning again afterwards makes me feel exhausted. My cleaning tip is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser–having two spirited little girls that “accidentally” drew on the walls sometimes in a rental house, I can tell you that the Magic Eraser gets off pencil, non-washable crayon, and even marker from the walls, not to mention scuff marks off the vinyl floor and random scuzz off the cabinets. It was a lifesaver when we were moving.

  9. Erin H says:

    Good ‘ol vinegar. For everything!

  10. theresa says:

    I would love Maid Brigade to come and do a deep cleaning of my house! :) My favorite cleaning tip is: 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water in a squirt bottle. I put it in the bathrooms and use to the spray off the shower curtain/doors to get rid of mildew and hard water stains, deodorize and sanitize the shower/tub floor, and you can spray in on your feet and toenails to help with toenail fungus (if you have it). I also use white vinegar for sanitizing my kitchen, getting rid of odors or mildewy smell in the washing machine (great for mildewing towels), and in the dishwasher to help avoid water spots. Thanks for the contest! Missed you all at the Escape this year…..

  11. Shana Riehl says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is to clean for 5 min each night. I find if I do a little each night then my piles do get as big and are easier to manage.

  12. Kim Winkleman says:

    I use a spray bottle with vinegar & water to clean just about everything and also love the Magic Eraser sponges for marks on the walls.

  13. Minda Seibert says:

    Hire the teenage girl next door to fold laundry and then as a bonus empty and load the dishwasher at least once a month.

  14. Missy says:

    Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide takes out any stain on cloth. I really really need this

  15. Kristin says:

    I’ve found that if you put the burner grates and a little ammonia in a freezer bag over night (sealed, of course) all the dirt, grime and grease just rinses off. No need for scrubbing.

    My other tip: outsource.

  16. Katrina H. says:

    I am in such desperate need of this prize! I had a cleaning lady before we moved, but after we returned stateside and I quit my job to stay home for a while, I had to give up this luxury. I thought, because I was home all day, I could keep up with the house, but alas, the house is messier than ever. My youngest started pre-k for 2-1/2 hours a day…I thought for sure that time would allow me to conquer the clutter and get organized…2-1/2 hours is a cruel joke of free time often spent running errands or volunteering at the school. I don’t really have a tip…I find that vinegar and baking soda help to get my kitchen sink clean though.

  17. Pamela Gregory says:

    Grout Cleaner: 1/4 cup of bleach to 3/4 cup of baking soda. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the paste into the grout line. Water will rinse the paste clean bringing your grout back to its original luster.

  18. Jill says:

    My tip is to get your husband or significant other to do it. As a working mom I am too busy to clean the house. I would rather spend time with my kids. And my hubby doesn’t mind cleaning the house while watching sports. A win-win for all.

    Of course when we are both swamped with work- time to outsource and get that cleaning company in!

  19. Kim E. says:

    Wow…to have a cleaning lady again ! My husband doesn’t see the need since we are all capable of doing it ourselves… Except just because we are capable doesn’t mean we do it!!!

    I found using baking soda to clean the sink works wonders… And then to finish it off sprinkle a bit more into the garbage disposal (or drain) and then pour a small bit of vinegar down as well… Not only does it foam up and become a wonderful volcano it also cleans out the inside of the disposal and takes away that funky smell it gets sometimes…

  20. Amanda says:

    I thought letting my 4 year old help clean by putting her in charge of wiping the counter in her bathroom was a great cleaning idea – after all, it builds confidence in the kiddo and means she will tolerate cleaning for years to come, right??
    And then one day I walked into the bathroom and saw her standing on the counter, soapy washcloth in hand, sudsy water everywhere, and soap bubbles streaked across the mirror as far up as she could reach.
    Maybe not the best tip after all….
    I think we could use some professional (cleaning) help! :)

  21. Lisa says:

    I have my kids and husband do their share of chores! They live in the house too and make a bigger mess than I do!

  22. Sara Rodriguez says:

    I have also never had a maid. My cleaning tip is for stains on clothes use Zone cleaning bar. It’s a Mexican laundry soap sold in most grocery stores. Even safe on most whites.

  23. Courtney Drake-McDonough says:

    I have never had a professional housecleaning before but with four children, Lord knows we could use one. My favorite tip is for cleaning spots from rugs. Spray the orange, anti-bacterial Spic ‘n Span spray on the spot. Wait about a minute then use a microfiber cloth to rub every which way. It always comes out, no matter what the stain – so far! There’s something magical about that particular spray and a microfiber cloth that works every time. I don’t know why. Also, magic sponges work wonders on marks on walls.

  24. Celestin says:

    Would love to have this service!! Miss my cleaning person that I had years ago!! My newest tip is to have my kids start doing the cleaning but since this isn’t available for everyone, I add a little dawn (the original blue kind) dish detergent to every load of laundry. Even in my HE washer it gets the grease out in every load