I was born in the era of the wringer washing machine and a clothesline.
One of my favorite memories was at my grandmother’s house and her shiny wringer washing machine. Wash day was once a week. It was a huge chore to set everything up for laundry day. Everything in the house was washed on that day, from linens to bedding to clothes to greasy overalls. No water was wasted.
You started with the whites and worked your way to the darks. You used one tub of water for washing everything, drained then filled with clean water for the rinse.
My grandmother never gave in to the pressure to buy an automatic washing machine when they were invented. However, she did splurge on a dryer, only to be used on rainy days or in the winter.
Her beautiful wringer washer sat in the corner of her kitchen. It had a cover for the days it wasn’t being used. I loved to be there on wash day because she let me use the wringer to wring out the clothes.
She would make tea at the table, always served in fancy tea cups with cream and sugar. The sound of the swishing and purring of that washer in the background while we sipped our tea is a memory and a sound I will always cherish. To this day, I love doing laundry.
Back then, we didn’t have fancy stain removers, and Tide® was always a staple in the home. My grandmother taught me how to sort laundry and get stains out with her secret recipes. They were then passed on from my grandmother through the generations down to my own kids. We had to learn from our mothers and grandmothers; we didn’t have Google or even a TV.
Money was usually short, so a box of Tide® was used to clean everything: floors, dishes, walls, even bathrooms. A bottle of bleach would appear when sickness would follow one of us kids home from school. To this day, my sisters and I reach for a bottle of bleach if something needs a deep clean or a disinfecting scour. (That and some good old-fashioned elbow grease.)
Today we really do have things easy. We just push a button, and a machine does all the hard work. We have so many choices for cleaning products and appliances to help us with our busy lives and household chores. But that doesn’t make it any less important work.
I am so grateful for my grandmother and mother teaching me how to clean and care for my home. I am also thankful that when I taught my kids, they were paying attention!
Finally Master Laundry
I realize that not everyone was taught how to do laundry from a young age. For many, it’s a dreaded task with more questions than answers. But the truth is that it’s a lot simpler than you think.
Want to learn the ins and outs of doing laundry the GoCleanCo way? From which products to use (and which ones to avoid) to the dirty little secrets of laundry stripping, we cover it all in our Laundry Guide.
For a list of our favorite products, click here.
Either way, this resource makes things super easy!
We're big on Instagram.
Follow @GoCleanCo for seriously satisfying videos and top-secret tips. Don’t be shy, come say hi.
I’m in the hot seat answering your burning questions on @downy Rinse & Refresh! I’ve been using the new @downy Rinse & Refresh for a while now, and this stuff is so good at making your fabrics fresh on the daily. Odors get trapped in fabric because we have a residue (like minerals, hard water, or body oils) coating the fabrics. @downy Rinse & Refresh breaks down the residues and helps eliminate the odors. You put it in the fabric softener dispenser cup and wash with your regular detergent (I use Tide in case you are new around here). Plus, it is safe for all washable fabrics. I just used it on my musty towels and it blew my mind! What have you tried Rinse & Refresh on? Tell me in the comments! #ad #downypartner #odorisnttheend
Petition to have all toilet seats removable from now until the end of time. Sign below ⬇️ #cleaningtips
Needed this to live on the feed forever cause you folks ask me about it everyday. This is the @malibucpro hard water treatment I use on my hair. If you have super hard water, it sticks to your hair just like your shower doors. It makes your hair coated and feel like straw—your shampoo doesn’t work as well and your hair feels limp and lifeless. It’s super to easy to use, you can do it at home and it’s safe for highlighted/colour treated hair. Linked it up in both our Amazon storefronts and on stories. @hairhouseyeg 💁🏼♀️ #hairtutorial
Dawn Platinum means serious business. Did you know that 3 bottles of the leading non-concentrated dish liquid equals ONE bottle of Dawn Platinum? @dawndishwash has a powerful formula to help you get through more dishes with less product, which will save you some moola plus you can use it outside of the kitchen! Dawn Platinum cleans windows and BBQ grills, tire rims…anywhere you need to fight a greasy mess, you can reach for Dawn Platinum. We love Dawn Ultra around here, but Dawn Platinum is even more concentrated so it’s the best grease-cutting you can get. You know it works on dishes but where else are you using Dawn, outside of the kitchen sink? Share your best stories below so I can test them out! #ad #dawnpartner
If you give a Mom a coffee…😵💫 ☕️ Don’t overdo it this week leading up to your big “day off”. #happymothersday
April in nutshell. #springcleaning
dump scare > jump scare
DING 🛎️ DING 🛎️ DING 🛎️ If you guessed: Spray Tan Residue, you win 5 gold ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and bragging rights to your friends. #dontdothisathome
You each get one guess: GO! #springcleaning
Check out my IG Live on Wednesday—I'll be chatting with P&G dishwashing scientist, Morgan Eberhard, to answer all your burning questions about the new Cascade Platinum Plus. Remember…the dishwasher pod that blew all your minds a couple weeks ago?! It’s the solution we have all been waiting for; cabinet-ready dishes without pre-rinsing or the need to dry them out of the dishwasher. My DM’s were DEEP when I showed you Cascade Platinum Plus in action and tbh, I didn’t think loading the dishwasher could get so many people steamed up! Drop your questions below so we can answer them on the live with Morgan. She knows her stuff —she’s a legit 👩🏼🔬 folks. #sponsored #cascadeplatinumplus #cascadepartner
Happy National Laundry Day! Not sure why we need a national day for laundry since we do it everyday but hey hey I’m always in the mood to hug a box of tide so here we are! Anyways, in celebration of Laundry Day, we have a blog post all about my new washer and dryer to answer your pressing questions. It will live on the blog so you can go back and check when (touch wood) your machine kicks the bucket. Link is in our bio to read! #laundryday
Nothing like a few before and afters to get your asses motivated! Remember you can start one drawer a day and build from there if you don’t know where to start. Also, try to rope in some friends to help you—6 hands are better than one! Pick a designated day each week for about a month and get everyone together and tackle projects around your homes together. It’s way more fun to clean/organize someone else’s house. Trust me, I made a business out of it. 😉 #springcleaning
Vacuum round up and break down of how they made it into our Amazon Storefront in stories today! We are also planning a Vacuum Fight Club…so drop your favs or the ones you want to see us test in the comments and I’ll hook us up.
#sponsored Did you know that household bleach is derived from sodium chloride - common table salt? During household use, it breaks down to mostly salt and water. Did you also know that you can use Clorox® Disinfecting Concentrated Bleach to keep your flowers beautiful longer? Wearing gloves, add ¼ tsp. of Clorox® Disinfecting Concentrated Bleach to every 1.27 L of water you use in the flower vase and stir well to mix. Make sure to trim off the end of each flower stem before arranging it, to increase absorption. Check your flowers weekly and refresh the water as needed. Just mix up a fresh batch of Clorox® Disinfecting Concentrated Bleach and water solution. #yeahbleachdoesthat @clorox_canada
Wanted to catch y’all before you had breakfast. #cleaningmotivation
Some products you just have to see to believe. 🤯 Cascade Platinum Plus is a brand new product (you might have seen it on the shelves already) that is changing the GAME for your dishwashing routine. For years we’ve been doing work that really should be our dishwasher’s job! Spoiler alert: it’s not your dishwasher, it’s your dish detergent. TBH I was skeptical when @mycascade told me not to rinse and to let the dishes SIT OVERNIGHT BEFORE WASHING THEM but here we are. #sponsored #cascadepartner
It’s the final week of the Spring Cleaning Challenge! How y’all doing? Thrown in the towel yet?! This round was fast and dirty (in the best way possible) and I’m telling ya—it feels like a fever dream 😮💨 😵💫 I’ll be recovering on my heating pad come Monday. #springcleaning
Spring cleaning isn’t over until we clean the windows. Sparkling windows make all the difference, you can actually see outside and let the sunshine in! I have a Spring Cleaning offer with @oceansalesltd up in my stories, it is a package deal with the AquaBLADE and the Carbon Tuff Cloths. Check it out! #sponsored
Carpet Cleaner Fight Club 👊🏻 coming at you 3.23.23 get your 🍿 and pull up a 🪑 *Carpets were harmed in the making of this video* #springcleaning
Remember to change your mop head every once in awhile 😎 @hairhouseyeg #shorthair