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Product Review: Arm & Hammer Spinbrush ProClean Toothbrush

As part of the Arm & Hammer Switch & Save Challenge, I’m reviewing the Spinbrush ProClean Toothbrush today.

My husband and I have used an expensive sonic electric toothbrush for quite a few years now and I am a big believer in how well my sonic toothbrush cleans my teeth. A good toothbrush is an important investment, and whenever we get a check up the dental hygienist always comments on how clean our teeth are.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

But for all the good, there is one major problem with our toothbrushes… they are $$$$ expensive.

I’ve wanted to outfit our kids with toothbrushes like ours, but I just can’t afford to do it.  I was thrilled when my new toothbrush arrived a few weeks ago. I couldn’t wait to see how the Spinbrush would stack up against a toothbrush that costs more than 10 times the price.

Here are my impressions.  The Spinbrush works differently from my sonic toothbrush.  It has a spin at the top and a back and forth action on the bottom.  It feels awesome on your mouth- like a massage.  I loved the way it made my gums feel- stimulating and yet still gentle.  The brush head and handle feel more bulky than my brush, but I’m sure that’s something I would get used to.

I missed having the two minute timer that my toothbrush has, but it was easy to watch the clock on my bathroom counter to make sure I was brushing long enough.  My teeth felt really clean when I was done.

The only other downside to the Spinbrush ProClean is that it is battery powered and not rechargable.  I haven’t used the Spinbrush ProClean long enough to know how long a battery lasts… but changing batteries is never fun.

Here’s a few advantages of using a Spinbrush ProClean:

BRUSH LONGER This is purely unscientific, but I’m convinced you brush longer when you are using an electric toothbrush like a Spinbrush.  I personally find it really hard to brush for 2 whole minutes with a regular toothbrush.  With an electric toothbrush it feels so good the time is up before you know it.

BRUSH BETTER This is scientific.  The Spinbrush ProClean is is clinically proven to remove up to 70% more plaque in hard to reach areas than a  manual toothbrush.

SAVE MONEY In the long run, I’m convinced that cleaner teeth and healthy gums equates to less money spent at the dentist.

My conclusion:  Arm & Hammer’s SpinBrush ProClean toothbrush is a great alternative if you can’t or don’t want to splurge on an high-priced electric toothbrush.  It cleans really well, feels great to brush with, and is a fantastic price.

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This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products. Get a $4.00 coupon for ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge where you can enter to win $25,000.

Summer Kid Laundry Tips and a Giveaway!

Today, as part of the Arm and Hammer Switch and Save Challenge series, I’m sharing some timely summer laundry tips and giving away a $25 Visa card courtesy of Arm and Hammer!

Is it just me or is summer the MOST challenging season for laundry?  Dirty clothes from camping trips, wet pool towels, grass stains, summer barbecues, and fruit Popsicle stains all wind up in huge piles in my laundry room.

To manage my laundry this summer, I’ve got a plan.   The kids make most of the messes, so they can be part of the solution.  My pep talk went something like this…  “We all want to have fun this summer.  The more messes we have to clean up, the less time we have for play!”

Then I laid down the rules:

  • If it’s not dirty, it doesn’t belong in the dirty clothes hamper.  My kids, well mostly my girls, love to wear something for a short time and then change.  If it still looks and smells clean, DON’T throw it in the laundry, fold it back up and put it away.
  • Things like swim suits and towels need to be used more than once. Suits can be rinsed out and dried on the line along with the towels… as long as they’re relatively clean.
  • Clothes dropped in the laundry need to be right side out.  I know this is a shocker, but socks can be pulled off by the toe. Pants don’t need to be in an inside-out wad.  It may seem like a little thing, but it saves me so much time when the clothes start out right.

  • If the kids know their clothes have a stain, they need to put it in our stain bucket.  I’ve invested in a $5 flexible bucket from the garden section at Walmart.  This bucket is for stained clothing only.  I will try to check the bucket everyday since fresh stains are much easier to get out.  Another idea I’ve heard for marking stains is to have the kids clip a clothes pin to the stain.  The trick is finding what works for your family.

  • Since I know there will be stains we miss, a detergent that get stains out without pretreating is a real life saver.  Last week I reviewed Arm and Hammer plus Oxiclean Power Gel Laundry Detergent to wash stained clothes without pretreating.  It impressively took out almost every untreated stain I tested.  I’ve been using it for a month now and couldn’t be happier with it’s cleaning power.  I also love how affordable it is when you get coupons from Arm and Hammer.
  • Each day one of my kids is assigned (on their job chart) to gather the dirty laundry from the hampers and sort it to the proper laundry bin. I use a triple laundry sorter in my laundry room. This is a job my kids have done since they were very little.  Even preschoolers can sort laundry with some help, and it’s a great job to learn decision making skills… “Is this a light or a dark?”
  • This is a difficult thing for me, but the kids need to put their own clean laundry away.  My kids seem to have a knack for shoving clean clothes into messy piles in their dresser drawers or putting clothes away in the wrong drawer.  Then I hear something like this…”Mom, MAAUM, I can’t find my soccer shorts anywhere!”  Uh… that’s because they’re in your sock drawer.  It is a great idea to show your kids how to put their clothes away nicely…. and then chill out when it’s not done right.

I know I have high hopes…. but with any luck, the laundry won’t get the better of me or the kids this summer.

Now for a Giveaway!

Enter to Win a $25 Visa Gift Card

Just perfect for picking up some laundry supplies…. or better yet… use it for a fun summer activity.

To enter leave a comment answering either: “What is your biggest summer laundry problem?   OR leave your favorite laundry tip.  Oh, how I love good laundry tips!

The Rules:

  • Contest closes on Thursday, June 9th, 2011 10:00 MDT
  • Only one comment per person please.
  • Random winner will be announce on Friday, June 10th

Be sure to head over to the Arm and Hammer Switch and Save website and enter for a chance to win $25,000!  Oh my good gracious!  $25,000 would do a whole lot more than buy laundry supplies.

****** This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products. Click here for a coupon to Save $1.00 on any 2 ARM & HAMMER Laundry Detergents.


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