Fight the Germ Battle & Win $1000!

A few months after Babygirl was born, I was a typical run-down, sleep-deprived, deliriously-in-love new mom. Oh, and I had mastitis, so the fever and chills of that didn’t help with my overall exhaustion. So when my head started to hurt, I assumed it was just another piece of the postpartem joy puzzle. But the headache grew, until two weeks later my doctor sent me straight to the hospital suspecting stroke.
Thank God that wasn’t the case, but a spinal tap confirmed I had meningitis. That good news landed me in the hospital for four days, totally sedated, until they were able to determine it was Viral (the kind you can get over), not Spinal (the kind that can kill you). A representative with the Center for Disease Control checked on me daily, but wasn’t able to tell us how in the world, or where in the world, I contracted it. 

My run-down state likely made my body more susceptible, but the fact remains the initial germ was picked up through something I touched. All of a sudden, I was uber-aware of just how many objects we touch, all handled by others before us. *shudder* Which has turned me in to a flaming bit of a germaphobe…but can you blame me?!?

Avoiding Germs

Avoiding Germs

Avoiding Germs

We now have strict rules in our house to help fight germs….especially right now with the flu running rampant!

* Always cough and sneeze into your elbow, instead of your hand.

* Everyone washes their hands with soap and warm water, for a minimum of 20 seconds as soon as they get home, and before eating. That’s about the length of time it takes to sing the ABCs.

Avoiding Germs

* No one is allowed in their beds without first showering, and putting on clean pajamas. I’ve heard my kids freak if a friend gets on their bed in street clothes….music to this neurotic mama’s ears!

* Adhere to bedtimes that keep them well-rested and their immune systems strong.

* And the biggest preventative measure we take, is using Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and Clorox Clean-up Cleaner with Bleach on most every surface…especially doorknobs, light switches, security alarm panel, faucets, remotes and game controllers. When used properly, they kill 99.9% of the germs that cause colds and flu.

Granted we still get an occasional illness, but these measures bring me some peace of mind that I’m helping to protect myself, and my family. But enough of the icky sickness and germ talk, let’s get to the good stuff!! (You didn’t think I’d tell that awful story for nothing, did you?!)

Win a $1,000 Visa Gift Card!!!

Visit Clorox.com to learn more about the importance of disinfecting, and other tips for keeping you and your family happy and healthy.
*Use as directed

Which are your favorite Clorox cleaning products that help keep you and your family healthy? Tell me in a comment, and you will garner an automatic entry into a sweepstakes where one participant has a chance to win a $1,000 Visa Gift Card.
Good luck, little ducks!

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269 Comments

  1. I am a big fan of the Chlorox wipes. They're so easy to use everywhere.
    Personal note: I gasped out loud when I read you contracted meningitis. My son had it as a baby. Horrible.
    Second personal note: It's very hard to get my husband on board with germ battles. He doesn't cover his mouth at all when he coughs. It horrifies me.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  2. Dee wrote:

    I swear by Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (but also adore Clorox Clean-Up for the bathrooms)! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Dbyrne1[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. E. wrote:

    I use the wipes too – and also think hydration and nutrition help a TON with keeping the immune system up and running.

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  4. I just used the Clorox wipes last night! They are so easy, just grab one and get to wipin'!

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  5. I love using these – especially in the bathroom. I also keep them in the car.

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  6. Erin wrote:

    Meningitis? How scary!! I don't blame you for being so cautious about germs! We all should be.

    Love the disinfectant wipes! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. zhazha wrote:

    To be completely transparent, I love the tabs that go in the back of the toilet. It makes it so much easier to clean in the bathroom. Same for the Clorox wipes. I try to minimize antibacterial products though due to the rise in bacterial resistance.

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  8. Clorox wipes are always in our home AND at shared work stations at the office!

    Thanks!
    -Melanie

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  9. I love the wipes. So easy to grab and wipe down whatever.

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  10. Karen wrote:

    I'm a bit of a germaphobe, too. I love Chlorox products. I grew up with my mother using them and I don't buy any other brand of bleach.

    I buy only white bath towels so I can add a bit of bleach everytime I wash them. I keep Chlorox wipes in the kitchen and the bathroom so I can easily grab one to give the counters a quick wipe. But my favorite product is Chlorox Clean Up. I love that stuff. It's great for disinfecting the sinks and countertops, getting stains off the counters, cleaning the stove top, getting dirty fingerprints off doors or skidmarks off my kitchen floor. I could not keep a clean house without it and I love that it disinfects at the same time!.

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  11. Clorox wipes are awesome! They even help the house get the "just cleaned smell" when you get the call that somebody is coming over in 10 minutes.

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  12. Joann wrote:

    Love clorox wipes for home, work and in the car. Also I love using clorox in the laundry1

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  13. Skittle wrote:

    My favorite are the Clorox wipes.

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  14. i teach kindergarten teacher and e go thrugh millions of clorox wipes! i use them all day long!

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  15. Beth wrote:

    The Clorox wipes are great — we had a canister in the car for disinfecting on the go.

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  16. Anne wrote:

    Definitely the Clorox whipes!! I use them everywhere and especially in the bathroom. I have two boys so Clorox whipes makes cleaning the toilet a breeze

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  17. scaryjayne wrote:

    I became obsessed with Clorox Cleanup Cleaner with Bleach in college when I first saw the grungy house my boyfriend had moved into with his buddies, it needed a really deep clean!

    And to Karen, I also use white towels so I bleach them 🙂

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  18. Jenn wrote:

    I love Clorox everything!

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  19. Unknown wrote:

    i'm a nurse and can understand keeping things clean! amen to clorox with bleach 🙂

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  20. I love the Clorox wipes (in the yellow carton!)!
    ekillen[@]bellsouth[dot]net

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  21. Rosie S wrote:

    Meningitis is scary, it has to be a relief that it was only viral. When I was in college we had a student die from that and everyone was on high alert for the rest of the year.
    I love the wipes too and perhaps unrelated, their automatic toilet bowl cleaner is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. Just tweeted about your wonderful giveaway!

    https://twitter.com/polkadotskies/status/294462591454040065

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  23. Vel Criste wrote:

    I love the wipes and use them all the time, most especially on the kitchen counters and when I go clean up our bathroom! I think it's a breeze, wiping and disninfecting with them at the same time! I even put them on my swiffer and use them on my bathroom floor tiles!

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  24. OliviaKyle wrote:

    Agreed! The flu's been scaring the daylight out of me this lovely season! Seems like everyone's getting it around us! I love the clorox wipes ( I'm obsessive about door handles, these work like a charm)

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  25. I absolutely love Cloroz Disenfecting Wipes! I use them on everything from toilet seats, to doorknobs, to countertops and everything in between. I even use them to clean the pantry door that gets grubby from my kids hands!

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  26. Kristen H wrote:

    I use the Clorox wipes on EVERYHTING! I even take them to work – the germiest place of all!

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  27. Jen B wrote:

    Clorox wipes are my best friend, oh and their toliet bowl cleaner! Now however your post has got me freaking out about a few things and I am very antsy to go clean our security pad and keep the kids off their beds in their clothes, ugh!!! Clorox wipe time!

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  28. Lauren wrote:

    I love Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach. I've tried many different cleaners but nothing beats Clorox!

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  29. Lisa R. wrote:

    Clorox wipes for sure. They are great to wipe things down for a quick clean up or before company arrives. I also love the toilet bowl wand with disposable heads.

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  30. Katy wrote:

    I have Clorox wipes on hand all the time! I use them to wipe off our door knobs, closet handles, counters, sinks, you name it…I feel like they are in every room in our house!

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  31. Katy wrote:
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  32. Wow, I'm glad you recovered. That must have been a big scare. We are never without a few containers of Clorox wipes in our home.

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  33. I just used Clorox wipes yesterday to wipe down my bathroom. And I just figured out I can use them on mirrored surfaces, too. How'd I miss that before? Easy peasy, spic and span! (I need to wipe down our remote and cell phones more often. I shudder when my 7 mo. old tries to put them in his mouth along with everything else within his reach!)

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  34. Noel M wrote:

    I try to keep my Clorox usage reasonable at home because I believe a little germy-ness is necessary to keep up resistance! However, I use my wipes religiously at work. You never know…

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  35. Nancy wrote:

    Boy I could use $1000.00 about now!!! I need to get some wipes. Good tips on the bedclothes, and bedding- I hadn't thought about that.
    Good luck with the germs and best wishes for good health.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  36. The wipes are so handy!

    Karen@yearofserendipity.com

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  37. Lori wrote:

    We use Clorox wipes almost every where! From spills to bathroom and kitchen cleaning, you can't go wrong!

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  38. I love Clorox bleach! I use just a little on my counter tops after cutting up chicken or using eggs.

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  39. twelve30 wrote:

    I use the disinfecting wipes all over the house where ever I think germs might be hiding. I also use the toilet bowl cleaner – it does a better job of cleaning than others I have tried. Thanks for the giveaway.
    twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

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  40. Stacy wrote:

    We are addicted to Clorox wipes! I'm with you on wiping down the TV remote – just did that myself!

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  41. Working in a public library I am an advocate for hand sanitizer and CLOROX Wipes! I keep a large container of the wipes in my cubicle and use them CONSTANTLY!!! At home, since it's just me, I clean counter tops with clorox bleach and water.

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  42. Jessica O wrote:

    I am all about the Clorox wipes! We buy them at Sam's Club or Costco, and have them stocked all over the house. I honestly feel like I clean much more frequently now, just because it is so much more convenient!

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  43. AngelaDL wrote:

    Clorox wipes all the way! They are under every cabinet in our house and behind the computer in my office at work!

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  44. Rita wrote:

    I use the disinfecting wipes all the time. I wipe down all the door knobs and light switches about every week and I use them to clean our keyboards and mouse.

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  45. I use the disenfecting wipes daily. They are super easy to just walk around the house with wiping everything down. Any surface that would normally get touched, gets wiped.
    jegardino at crimson dot ua dot edu

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  46. I swear by these wipes at my house too!

    -Tiana @ muse-decor.com

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  47. I use the wipes everyday. With 3 dogs, a cat and a teenager full of germy friends, I have tons of surfaces to wipe down.

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  48. Skoglund5 wrote:

    I use clorox wipes all the time with 3 kids.

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  49. Angel wrote:

    I really like the Clorox Disenfecting wipes. I keep a tub in every room with a sink and also in my utility room. So handy.
    I am like Zhazha in that I try to minimize how much antibacterial products we use (No triclosan).

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  50. amyf wrote:

    I love their greenworks wipes- so quick and convenient!

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  51. Kathy wrote:

    Fridge handles, remotes, keyboard, mouse, countertops, even my purse are some of the places I use the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. Can't be without them!

    Posted 1.24.13 Reply
  52. Lisa wrote:

    Wow what an amazing giveaway! I use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for just about everything. Love them!

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  53. The Clorox disinfecting wipes are by FAR my favorite product! So helpful for SO many different uses, places, and times. Its great to stick one tube in the car and then one in every room in a cabinet/drawer- you never know when you need them!

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  54. Jane wrote:

    Love Clorex Disinfecting Wipes at work. With 100 people in various levels of head in the clouds behavior, I'm not taking chances that they haven't washed their hands.

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  55. Andrea wrote:

    Another Clorox wipes fan here! I always buy the three pack and keep them in the bathroom, kitchen and car.

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  56. fabulous giveaway! i use clorox wipes constantly – in the bathroom, in the kitchen, on doorknobs and even on the garbage can. they are a lifesaver!
    jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  57. First of all, I am DYING at how good this giveaway is! WooHoo! Second of all, I use the Clorox wipes all the time working with kids during therapy. I am constantly wiping down games, therapy materials, etc. I use the Clorox Clean Up in the kitchen and bathroom.

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  58. Mami2jcn wrote:

    We use the disinfecting wipes and the toilet bowl cleaner.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  59. Mami2jcn wrote:
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  60. Elena wrote:

    I love the Clorox wipes and use them to clean around the house

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  61. Katie wrote:

    I love Clorox! It is the last thing I do before going to bed, get out the wipes and wipe down the house…that way they have time to go to work before the next day and round of germs comes again!

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  62. I love the clorox wipes, but I also love just plain ol' clorox bleach. I love the smell when I am using bleach in a load of laundry!

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  63. Sarah wrote:

    Love Clorox and their clean up cleaner with bleach!

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  64. I use the wipes constantly. Along with their old school bleach for cleaning!

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  65. I love the yellow Clorox wipes! I've gone through a whole tub this week.

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  66. So awesome!! I LOVE the Clorox wipes, have one in every bathroom & the kitchen too. And I'm a bit obsessed with the clean smell of bleach, so our whites get it in the laundry too. Mmmm, clean!

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  67. What a terrible and frightening scare for you! I've been fine and healthy this year — right on up until last week when I had to actually go inside the elementary school. And touch doors and doorknobs and various other things that all those sick little fingers touched! Yikes! I couldn't get out of there fast enough to grab some Clorox wipes! And, yes, I have a cold now …

    Linda

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  68. Tam wrote:

    We love the Clorox wipes! We each keep a canister at our work desks!

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  69. Emily wrote:

    Clorox Anywhere hard surface spray is my favorite by far!

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  70. Unknown wrote:

    Clorox wipes are my favorite , I carry a box in the car too !!!

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  71. Angela wrote:

    I love Clorox wipes. We have them in the kitchen, every bathroom and the laundry room. I also use Clorox bleach for my white towels.

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  72. I have Clorox wipes in every bathroom. With 5 kids, I wipe stuff down daily. Why are kids walking germs? Love the smell of bleach. Makes me happy. 🙂

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  73. Lisa wrote:

    I have Clorox wipes on my desk at work. I clean my desk, mouse, phone and laptop everyday before I go home. I'm also known as the woman that won't touch doorknobs at work. I usually carry a paper towel around and open them that way!

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  74. I can't get enough of Clorox's disinfectant wipes! They're easy to use on every surface and are stored in every cabinet I can fit them in!

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  75. Brittany wrote:

    I am a bit user of natural cleaning products but I love love love the Clorox disinfecting wipes. We use them a lot at my office (on the doorknobs, computer keyboards and mice, the coffee and water stations, fridge, everywhere!) They do give me a bit of piece of mind!

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  76. alwaysamy wrote:

    I'm a big fan of the wipes – they're just so versatile! I also swear by the toilet bowl cleaner. Not as glamorous, but just as necessary!

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  77. Annum S. wrote:

    the wipes: they can be used everywhere

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  78. My favorite is the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes…..they're awesome!!!

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  79. I love Clorox disinfecting wipes and wipe down everything.
    This is a great giveaway! Thanks

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  80. Donna wrote:

    So glad it was only viral meningitis. I am a hand washing loving kind of girl. I love the wipes, but plain old Clorox bleach will always be my all time favorite. That smell = clean!

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  81. We like their toilet bowl and bathroom cleaner, and I'd like to try their wipes!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  82. Kim Wilson wrote:

    This family of 6 has to stay healthy! We use Clorox wipes everywhere! I especially hit the banisters, remotes, and refrigerator handles this time of year with the wipes. Thanks for the opportunity Cassie!
    Kim~ sandandsisal@gmail.com

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  83. Kim Wilson wrote:
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  84. Becky wrote:

    I love clorox multi-surface spray!!!!!

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  85. Kim wrote:

    I use Clorox wipes and Anywhere Hard Surface spray to kill germs on surfaces we touch often.

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  86. Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner (Tough Stain Remover)is the only thing that works on my iron water! I also love the cleaning wipes…

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  87. Whitney wrote:

    I love the Clorox wipes – majorly for my kitchen counter!

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  88. Katie wrote:

    I'm sick with a yucky cold as I write this, so I am in full-blown cleaning mode! I sanitize my son's hands the second he gets in the car from preschool and change his clothes right when we get home. I love the clorox wipes for cleaning the playroom!

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  89. Sarah S wrote:

    I am addicted to Clorox's Greenworks products, particularly the All-Purpose cleaner for our countertops. I also use the disinfecting wipes.

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  90. drmomof2 wrote:

    We use Clorox wipes all of the time. I also send them to school so that they can disinfect their desks!

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  91. We use clorox wipes constantly especially with a newborn in the house! I also donate Clorox wipes to my daughters classroom to keep germs to a minimum 🙂

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  92. I'm definitely an advocate of the clorox wipes. We have them in our house at all times! Thanks for the post. 🙂

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  93. chedeb5353 wrote:

    I use Clorox wipes to wipe down everything in the house. Debra chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  94. Megan wrote:

    Cassie- I had no idea! How scary! We taught James to cough into his elbow too. Awesome giveaway!

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  95. I think I use all of the Clorox products, but the one I use the most is the wipes – everywhere!

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  96. Jenny Orr wrote:

    What a scary story!
    I use the Clorox wipes on absolutely EVREYTHING in my house!

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  97. Monica wrote:

    Love the disinfecting wipes. So useful!

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  98. Kelly wrote:

    I use the Clorox wipes every single day!

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  99. Mary wrote:

    I love the Clorox Wipes! I use them every time I clean!

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  100. Jfran wrote:

    I love Clorox wipes especially living with a toddler and 3 other adults and a baby on the way. Germs are just everywhere!

    xox
    Jenny

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  101. Dawn wrote:

    I have used them for years as well. Digging the double sided scrubby variety lately. Sorry you went through that to become germophobe. That show Hoarders did it for me. Hah hah

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  102. Unknown wrote:

    I love clorox wipes. i have a container in the kitchen, all the bathrooms, the garage and both cars. I work in an ICU and when one RN gets sick we seem to all get it since we all use the equipment frequently so I am now a complete germaphobe!

    Kim
    kim (at) tworoots (dot) com

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  103. Melanie wrote:

    My favorite Clorox product is their disinfecting wipes! As a home health nurse, I couldn't work without them! And I use them in my home just as much. Thank you for a chance at such an awesome giveaway!

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  104. future mrs wrote:

    I love the wipes, so easy to use! I use them everywhere, they are easily stashed all over the house and office too!

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  105. Mo wrote:

    I love Clorox wipes! I'd like to believe that I will use an old rag with cleaner on it all the time but the wipes with bleach are under every sink in our house and are SO easy for disinfecting all those surfaces you pointed out! So glad you are OK!

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  106. I love Clorox wipes and use them on everything, even mirrors. I have a bottle in nearly every room of the house!

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  107. Lisa wrote:

    I've been using these wipes like crazy these season, doing my best to help avoid those nasty flu germs and keep my family healthy. I agree that rest and keeping hydrated are also super important. Thanks for this chance to win. I adore the blog!

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  108. I use their disinfectant wipes daily! I have them in all bathrooms and under the kitchen sink.

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  109. ali wrote:

    Clorox wipes and any Clorox product with bleach-Ive ruined many shirts ;-/

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  110. Gina wrote:

    Clorox wipes make for easy disinfecting

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  111. Amy F. wrote:

    I like the clorox wipes.

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  112. We use clorox wipes on everything in our house.

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  113. jessica w wrote:

    i love the clorox wipes, especially the lavender scent. they make keeping everything clean so easy

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  114. I actually use plain old Clorox bleach quite often! Great for disinfecting toys, etc.

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  115. Courtney B wrote:

    i like the toilet and bathroom cleaner to keep the germs away so my family can stay healthier!

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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