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Cleaning Our House One Last Time

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com We just turned our house keys over to the new owners, and I’ll admit- I was a little sad. A wave of nostalgia always hits me when I see an empty home that used to house all of our belongings, but I am excited for a new chapter. I hope the new inhabitants will love this place as much as we have. I gave the house one last, good clean to ensure it was move-in ready for the new family. Click through for a look at our most popular project in the home (and my last time cleaning it)… the bathroom. It feels strange being totally empty, but I still think the finishes speak for themselves- even with no complementing accessories. I de-germed the house the best way I knew how with Clorox®!

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Doesn’t the bathroom look empty without the art, textiles, and accessories? Maybe it’s just because I’m used to seeing it decked out on a daily basis.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com As a reminder, this is what it used to look like (see below)check out the entire bathroom reveal here, if you’re interested.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com When I was asked to partner with Clorox® Scentiva™, I knew the timing couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, as I was about to give our home the final deep clean and didn’t want to leave the new homeowners with the harsh scent most cleaning products leave behind. I already use their toilet bowl cleaner and after resurfacing our bathtub, there are only a few products recommended for cleaning it- Clorox® Scentiva™ Bathroom Foam Cleaner was one of them and I’ve been using it ever since.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com As many of you know, I’ve been really sick on antibiotics the past three weeks. Clorox® Scentiva™ products work hard to kill bacteria and viruses on hard, non-porous surfaces (like the bathtub, sink, and toilet), delivering disinfecting power to help keep your home clean, limit germs, and bring a unique scented experience. It actually kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, including the bad stuff, like- Staph, E. Coli, MRSA, Salmonella, Strep, etc, all while disinfecting and removing soap scum using a destination-inspired scent.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com I did my best to ensure the bathroom (and house) was de-germed for the couple moving in. I swear, the Clorox® Scentiva™ Bathroom Foam Cleaner can tackle anything- mold & mildew stains, soap scum, rust, and grime. I noticed that the bathtub had a weird layer of film settled on it… probably from all of my oil baths I’ve been taking while feeling under the weather. It was no match for Clorox®.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com I honestly don’t mind cleaning the toilet. I always tell Emmett I’d clean a thousand toilets before dusting. Haha! Am I the anomaly? It’s an easy cleaning chore I do on the regular, thanks to Clorox® Scentiva™ Toilet Cleaning Gel. It has a really wide spray that covers the entire toilet bowl, which I think makes the best use of product, and disinfects even the toughest spots.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com Next, I moved to the sink and vanity. Emmett is notorious for getting toothpaste and beard trimmings everywhere (eye roll). I’m so stoked we have multiple baths at our new house because he’s about to get sequestered to a different one than I use. Haha! I imagine it can only make our marriage better?

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com Next I moved onto dusting the pendant light. I didn’t realize just how much drywall dust had settled up there over the course of our kitchen renovation.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com I used Clorox® Scentiva™ Multi-Surface Cleaner on the interior of the sink, light switch, vanity pulls, top of the toilet, and door knob.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com The space doesn’t feel quite right without the “stuff”, does it? It’s crazy how much of an impact art and textiles make! Even the shower niche feels empty without toiletries nestled inside.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com Not only is the bathroom clean and ready for new inhabitants, but it smells fresh and clean. I prefer the Clorox® Scentiva™ Tuscan Lavender & Jasmine scent. It has notes of jasmine, rose, hyacinth, white sandalwood, musk, and a hint of lavender.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com In addition to cleaning the house, I also put together a folder full of home information, including: paint colors, product warranties, our favorite things within walking distance, cleaning & care instructions, etc. for the new homeowners.

Regardless of how the bathroom currently looks, I’ll always remember it styled like this… art on the walls, a robe on the hook, and soft plush towels hanging on the rack.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com This little bathroom has been good to us. It was my first ever One Room Challenge space and it’s one I’ll never forget.

Cleaning Our House One Last Time - roomfortuesday.com It’s been real little bath. I’m looking forward to sharing the bathrooms (yes, there are multiple baths) in the new house. They might not be as luxurious or beautiful as this one, but someday they’ll get there. I’ll definitely give them the same good Clorox® clean before using them, that’s for sure. In case you missed the farewell renovation recap tour… find that here!

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  • Reply
    Naomi
    November 29, 2018 at 4:25 am

    I’m a renter, and i always clean once I move out just to avoid the judgement of strangers. You always find these gritty corners hidden by your stuff and you’re horrified you didn’t see it for years! Cleaning bathrooms I admit is one of my ickiest chores but the room I want to be always polished and shiny clean. How do you clean stone tiles properly? I see your shower cubby marble tiles are especially grimy. I found the only cleaner that doesn’t hurt the stone is floor cleaner – it might require more elbow grease but every other bleach chloride will eat away at the finish straight away and good luck getting that resurfaced! I found that out the hard way. Any cleaners you recommend for stone?

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      Sarah
      November 29, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Oh my gosh, I know! I use a gentle organic cleaner on the marble- because they’re porous and prone to etching. Lots of chemicals and strong cleaners can ruin the marble.

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    Lisa
    November 29, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Hello! Is it hard to leave this beauty? The people moving in must be over the moon with excitement. Do you think you will bring any design (cabinets, etc) to your next home, or do you like to go all different each time? Your re-cap is so inspiring. What a team!! I wish you luck on your next adventure…..You guys are killing it!!!!!

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      Sarah
      November 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Hi Lisa! It is. I always get a little sad before the excitement of a new project hits. I like to try different design elements for every house… but there are certain classic looks I’ll always love. All of that to say- I hope once we dive into the new place, it will still feel like us, but also be different / inspiring in a unique way. Thank you so much for following our journey! I can’t tell you how much that means! xox

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    Kaitlin J
    November 29, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I just discovered/found your blog last month and have really enjoyed digging through the archives and checking out some of your projects and decor. The home looks beautiful even vacated. Your home improvements, and backyard upgrades have really been inspiring me these last few months to think outside the box in my own home. My husband and I bought our first home this year, and are slowly working to make it our own. I love coming here to find ideas and inspiration and I’ve purchased more than a few of the things you recommend.

    On another note: I do have to say, I understand and appreciate the need for sponsored posts for a blogger, but seeing this one in collaboration with Clorox bummed me out a bit. I’ll admit I do use their toilet cleaner, haven’t found anything better, but their household cleaning sprays are just liquid toxins. There are so many natural options on the market these days, and the ability to make your own healthy cleaning sprays that don’t affect your/your husband/your dogs health negatively like these commercial cleaners do.

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      Sarah
      November 29, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thank you so much Kaitlin! Congratulations on your first home- that’s so exciting. Happy to hear you’re finding some inspiration to transfer to your space! Sorry this post didn’t resonate. We actually do use all of the products in the post. I’ve always used their toilet cleaner and started using the bathtub and sink cleaner after struggling to find something that cleaned our bathtub after it was resurfaced. That’s what the company recommended and we stuck with it. I use all sorts of cleaning supplies though… organic and others, like Clorox, that have worked well for us. I think everyone just has to do what works best for them :) xox

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