The Icons of Clean: Leading the Way to a Tidier Lifestyle

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Which cleaning guru do you look up to? In a recent Pledge Multi Surface survey, men chose Rosie the RobotThe Jetsons from as their top choice for a cleaning partner, while women preferred Alice from The Brady Bunch.

It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, we could ALL use some physical help around the house! Thankfully we have cleaning icons of past and present who we can look to for advice. Whether these icons are TV characters, cartoons, or real people, each one has tips and tricks to help us clean more, faster.


In today's world, those in need of a tidier lifestyle can look to Trish Suhr, of The Style Network's Clean House, as a top cleaning guru. On her show, she's tackled all kinds of cleaning challenges - and she's taken good notes along the way. Below are some of her best tips:

  • De-clutter your kitchen by keeping the front of your refrigerator free of magnets, pictures, or notes.
  • Buy a shredder for all the junk mail, credit card offers and anything you don't want someone else to fish out of your garbage!
  • To clean stains out of a coffee pot, cut a lemon in half, toss in a few ice cubes, and a pinch of salt. Swish the mixture around until the coffee stains are gone.
  • Label your sponges. On the sides, write the date you first used them and their cleaning surfaces so there's no confusion about where and when they've been used.
  • To deal with laundry overflow, keep two hampers -- one for colors and one for whites. Have the kids separate their clothes as they change out of them. This saves you a step in sorting laundry and makes your kids fantastic future roommates or spouses!

And Trish's final tip? Use a cleaner, like Pledge Multi Surface, that works on almost every household surface including glass, wood, stainless steel, and electronics. You can clean the house without slowing down or switching cleaners, making it a must-have tool for quick cleaning.

So who is your cleaning guru? And what cleaning tips did they teach you? Let us know below. For more cleaning tips from Trish, check out the CafeMom group Cleaning Made Simple.

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