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Monday, September 8, 2014

Name Brand vs. Store Brand Cleaning Supplies

Today I wanted to share an easy way to save money shopping. It's super simple... are you ready?
Instead of reaching for the name brand products you recognize from commercials, try using a store brand. I recently went to Target and purchased a bunch of cleaning supplies that I was running low on.


Would you be surprised if I told you that the up & up brand (Target's store brand) cost about half of what the name brands would have? I knew they would save me money, but I didn't realize it would be that much!

One perk about the up & up brand is that things go on sale often, unlike products at WalMart. Today Target happened to have a Buy-Three-Get-One-Free deal on cleaning supplies. Sweet! 

Here's the breakdown of costs between the name brand products and the up & up equivalent:


I like the up & up brand. Everything I've tried works well and I sure love a good deal.

At our house, we get a lot of clogged drains. I blame old pipes and the fact that I shed. Like a maniac. I wasn't sure how Target's drain pipe opener would work, but it pretty much obliterated those dang hairballs. It was super thick, so it coated the drains and cut through the water. And it was so much cheaper than the name brand! My tub drains so much faster now. Hallelujah!


I don't know why, but one job my kids actually enjoy doing is walking around the house and disinfecting all the doorknobs and light switches. up & up brand wipes are so convenient because the kids don't have to spray any cleaners. I have them do this job about once a month and after someone in the family has been sick. Look at my cute little man so happy to be cleaning:


I'll take it! Now if I could just get him to be this excited about picking up Legos.

134 comments:

  1. I love their paper products, specifically the Up & Up napkins.

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  2. I love the bathroom cleaner with bleach.

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    1. I never buy cleaners with bleach... I always splash it on my clothes and ruin things! haha. Bleach is not good for clumsy people like me, I guess.

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  3. I love Up&Up's sani wipes. I use them in my car and they make the car smell so good!

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    1. Ooo... great idea! I need to start keeping some in my car too!

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  4. I always buy the Up & Up paper plates, and paper cups! I love me some Target!! Any time, any where.. especially Super Targets!!

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  5. I really like their contact solution and pet cleaning products!

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    1. I've never bought either of those things... no pets and no contact wearers. Although, as I get older, we'll see if I need glasses or not!

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  6. I love almost everything up and up but right now I buy mostly up and up diapers and wipes. Love the face lotion and face wash.

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    1. I am going to try up & up diapers and wipes and compare them to Luvs and Walmart's brand. I'll post all about it soon!

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    2. The diapers ade great! We always buy Target or Kroger store brand, depending on which is closer. I buy a *lot* of store brand stuff & rarely find a dud!

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  7. I like the Up & Up unscented baby wipes.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    1. Oooo.... another fan of the baby wipes. That makes me excited to try them!

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    2. I personally don't like their wipes. I don't think they're any better than Walmart wipes. I find them to be thin and stretchy.

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    3. Dang! That's the problem I've had with the Walmart wipes... thin and stretchy! I switched to Huggies wipes because I figured I was using so many Walmart wipes to get the job done that even though Huggies are more expensive, they would end up costing the same. I think a diapers and wipes comparison is in order, with a big blog post dishing all the dirt, of course!

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  8. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/509080606219575296

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  9. I really like their spray on hair detangler. It work better than any of the other brands I've tried for my daughters' hair!

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    1. I need to buy some of that. My poor daughter gets the worst rats!

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  10. I like UP & UP paper towels

    elena_istomina at yahoo dot com

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  11. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/509112678602641408

    elena_istomina at yahoo dot com

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  12. I love the up & up hand soap, hand sanitizer, dish soap, and disinfecting spray.

    Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  13. Tweet- https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/509120128412164096

    Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  14. I love the flexible band aids and tissues!

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  15. My favorite up and up product at target would be the paper towels I could live at Target! yarbr012 at gmail dot com.

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  16. I tweeted under @yarbr012: https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/509138985663606784

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  17. I like their mouth wash and the contact lens solution.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  18. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/509162676153360384

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  19. I love the toddler wipes and sunscreen
    Dmoretti1967 at yahoo.com

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  20. I like the Up and Up unscented baby wipes

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  21. I love the up & up diapers! I choose them over huggies, and pampers! I find pampers to get super wet feeling and squishy. Huggies are my second choice, but the up &ups are more absorbent than other diapers! I have even gone up a size for an overnight diaper rather than buying diapers specifically for overnights! :) and most of the time when I buy them, if I buy the big box, and get 2 of them, I get a $10.00 gift card back! And if you download the target app on your smartphone or tablet, you can get digital coupons for your favorite up & up items!

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    1. Now I really need to try them! Thanks for all the couponing tips! That really is the great thing about Target... the coupons!

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  22. I like the up & up stippling brush and the up & up powder brush.

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    1. That is good to know since I have a toddler who likes to put stuff in the toilet. I found my makeup brush in there this past week! Yuck!

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  23. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/509439491736473600

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  24. I love their unscented baby wipes. Such a good price, and they get the job done and never rip. I like that they are thin and a tiny bit stretchy. I also love their diapers (as good as any other brand in my opinion, and way cheaper) and their oxiclean type powder is a miracle worker and much cheaper than the name brand. I also like their oilless face lotion.

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    1. I am a big OxiClean fan, but I have never tried a generic substitute. Add it to the list of things I need to try next time I go to Target!

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  25. I haven't tried too many yet but I like their up&up Multipurpose Lens Solution for contacts!
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  26. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/509674298038964224
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  27. I always have felt there bathroom cleaner with bleach works really well. The sanitizer wipes are great, too!

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  28. My fav are Up & Up paper towels. benz1171(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. https://twitter.com/benz1171/status/510215198699814912

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  30. I love the toilet paper and paper towels!

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  31. I like getting the Target Up & Up diapers and wipes for my two sons. jj250@aol.com

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  32. https://twitter.com/JBeard25/status/510587001557368832

    jj250@aol.com

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  33. Their pull ups are awesome! Vgeidel @ yahoo . Com

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  34. I love the baby wipes and hand sanitizer they are great for my classroom!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  35. I tweeted https://twitter.com/kellybb31/status/511147264937435136

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  36. I like the up & up make a size paper towels
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/511289953968328704
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. We use a variety of Up&Up items in our home but my favorite are their freezer bags, trash bags and toilet bowl cleaner!
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  39. Tweeted

    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/511310059595247616

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  40. I love up & up brand's paper products, for example facial tissue and make a size paper towels.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  41. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/511355784865673216

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  42. We use a lot of Up & Up products but mostly their food storage bags, hand sanitizer, wipes and paper towels.
    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

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  43. Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/511602169775017984

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  44. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/511717769956818944

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  45. I like their baby wipes!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  46. I have not yet tried an UP & UP product, but I would like to try the disinfectant wipes first. Now as to those cute shoes.....

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  47. i like the paper products and cleaning supplies pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  48. i tweeted https://twitter.com/thepryfamily5/status/513507115101474816 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  49. We love their diapers!

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. We like the make a size paper towels.

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  51. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/514069440015511553

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  52. Dishwasher gel. chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  53. Love their trash bags and dishwashing detergent!

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  54. I use the same up&up wipes and trash bags and wouldn't think twice about using their other products. I'm all about generic brands when possible.

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  55. I love the Up & Up cleaning/disinfecting wipes. They are the best I have ever used. They clean and sanitize without the harsh smell.

    Samantha (samdaleo)
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you for posting this! I love cleani/disinfecting wipes, but feel like I am doing double cleaning because I need to clean the harsh smell after sanitizing. I can't wait to try the up & up disinfecting wipes now!

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  56. TWEET!

    https://twitter.com/samdaleo/status/515248843772792833

    Samantha (samdaleo)
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  57. I SAW SOME DRY NAIL POLISH SPRAY I'D LIKE TO TRY afjackly@oakland.edu

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  58. https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/515292427456761856 afjackly@oakland.edu

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  59. i like the Disinfecting Wipes
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  60. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/515303074592612353
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  61. I like their baby wash and diapers.

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  62. So many favorites, but one I always remember to buy is the water filtration pitcher filters. Up & Up works just as well and priced a lot lower.

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  63. I have tried Up & Up toilet paper and paper towels. I plan to try other Up & Up products.

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  64. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/518187376502247424

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  65. I love my up & up® Lemon Scent Automatic it works great! Thank you for the review!
    my4boysand1@gmail.com

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  66. I tweeted my4boysand1@gmail.com
    https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/518552308435918849

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  67. I love their nail polish remover!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  68. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/519278322103382017

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  69. Right now my favorite Up & Up brand product is Pull Up for toddlers and Baby Wipes. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  70. Tweet: https://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/519307449355218944

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  71. My favorite Up & Up product is their generic version of Children's Zyrtec. My son can't live without it.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  72. tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/519567914358165506

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    1. Please disregard that first tweet link. Here is the correct one: https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/519946323286446080

      Thanks!

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  73. I like the disinfecting wipes.
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. tweet! https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/519979246416961536

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  75. I like the large trash bags drawstring closure.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  76. I only get to Target every couple of months (!), so when I'm there, I stock up on my favorite up & up products, including plastic wrap and flex-fit trash bags in the kitchen, as well as health & beauty products like their antiseptic mouth rinse and cotton swabs.

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  77. Here's my tweet about your blog post and the Target promotion:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/520610130321108992

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  78. My favorite up and up product at Target are definitely the disinfectant wipes. Thanks for the chance! :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  79. tweeted https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/521174520447512576

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  80. I have not tried this brand yet but I would like to try the I would like to try the up&up Kids’ 3-in-1 Wash.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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  81. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/521245093622083584
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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  82. I'd like to try the Up & Up disinfectant wipes.

    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  83. I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/leedhowell/status/521249239788453888

    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  84. Hi Jennifer, I totally agree, the store brand products are good quality ! Love the Target disinfecting wipes. (in my car, in my kitchen...)
    Thanks for the giveaway ;)
    My email is redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/521636361170739200
    My email is redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  86. I like Up and Up paper plates and napkins best.

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  87. I like the Up & Up toilet paper.

    eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

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  88. I like the disinfecting wipes.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  89. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/523541528380059648
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  90. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/523891997325918208

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  91. i posted a tweet here: https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/524019716889645056

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  92. My favorite Up and Up product is the disinfecting wipes.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  93. I haven't tried any of the Up & Up products yet as there isn't a Target store that is convenient for me, but I think I'm going to try to find the time to drive to the nearest one and check out the cleaning products especially the paper towels.

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  94. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/524580552909668352

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  95. I've never tried them, so no favs! BUT, I would really like to try the up&up Women's Gummy MultiVitamin - 70 Count if it is vegetarian! Great price!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  96. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/524618168019324928
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  97. We like using the Up & Up Diapers; never had a problem with them

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  98. i like their disinfecting wipes
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  99. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/524935041907163136
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  100. I love the Bathroom Cleaner with Bleach! It really works in keeping my bathroom clean and smelling nice.

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  101. My favorite is the mouth rinse.
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  102. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/524944485655277568
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  103. I like the disinfecting spray

    tbarrettno1 at gmail.com

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  104. https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/525065000100954113

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  105. My favorite is the baby wipes. We use them all the time.

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  106. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/525069599109554176

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  107. I love the Target up&up diapers!
    sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  108. Link to tweet:
    https://twitter.com/catholicfanatic/status/525104624340971520
    Thank you!
    sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  109. I've tried a few and my favorite are the cleaning wipes!
    Shiebs24 at gmail dot com

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  110. https://mobile.twitter.com/Shiebs24/status/525111775834812416
    Shiebs24 at gmail dot com

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  111. https://twitter.com/rebeccathomasrd/status/529306743386304512

    rthomasdtr@yahoo.com

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  112. I like the hand sanitizer!
    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

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  113. https://twitter.com/ajoy1332/status/533929765510471682
    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

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