Recent Survey Finds Outdoor Spring Cleaning is Like Pulling Teeth

New Clorox(R) Outdoor Bleach Cleaner Can Help Ease the Pain



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Clorox Company

    OAKLAND, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- What do dentists and "Mrs.
 Doubtfire" have to do with the start of spring? According to a new survey,
 nearly a quarter of U.S. homeowners would rather go to the dentist than tackle
 their outdoor spring cleaning jobs at the end of a typical winter.  As for
 Mrs. Doubtfire, more respondents would prefer having the robust,
 cross-dressing housekeeper assist them with their outdoor spring cleaning
 tasks than any other celebrity cleaning personality.
     The survey, by The Clorox Company, asked homeowners to rank their least
 favorite chore when it comes to outdoor spring cleaning projects.  Topping the
 list was cleaning the garbage can, with 43% of those surveyed listing it as
 their least favorite chore. Interestingly, an overwhelming 69% of respondents
 said they would choose to roll up their sleeves and clean the cans, rather
 than toss them in the garbage and buy new ones.  Other loathed items to clean
 included the outside of the house or siding (21%), the surface of driveways,
 sidewalks or walkways (11%) and patios and fencing (6%).
     But, it seems keeping a sense of humor was high on the list as well.  When
 asked to choose a celebrity cleaning personality to help with cleaning tasks,
 one of out four picked Mrs. Doubtfire, the cross-dressing housekeeper played
 on film by comedian Robin Williams. "Monica" from Friends was the top choice
 among younger homeowners 34 and under, and "Alice" of The Brady Bunch was
 mentioned most often by those aged 35-44.
     "When the snow melts, the rains stop and you finally look at your deck, it
 would be easy to lose your sense of humor," said Jon Schlesinger, Clorox brand
 manager. "The trick is not to get overwhelmed, take it a step at a time and
 try -- at least once a month -- to do one of the things you'd rather put off."
     "In addition to the regular challenges of tough winters and wet springs,
 the trend toward more outdoor living and entertaining is putting new demands
 on maintenance," said Schlesinger. "The right cleaning products and tools
 really can make a difference."
     While it's doubtful Mrs. Doubtfire will pitch in with your outdoor
 cleaning projects and the dentist can only distract you from your cleaning
 duties, new Clorox(R) Outdoor Bleach Cleaner can help.
     Clorox Outdoor Bleach Cleaner eliminates tough stains and has the power to
 clean dirt and grime on outside surfaces without scrubbing, on everything from
 decks to outdoor furniture. It is thicker than regular bleach for ease of use
 and less splashing -- plus it is formulated to be safe on metals and plastics
 like garbage cans.
     Keep these tips in mind while cleaning outdoors this season:
 
     -- Clean debris out of your gutters and ensure that downspouts are free of
        obstructions so water can flow freely.  Also, make sure that downspouts
        direct water away from the house to minimize water intrusion into your
        home.
     -- When cleaning surfaces be sure to clean from the bottom to the top.  If
        you start from the top, the solution will run down and streak dry
        surfaces.
     -- Minimize pet odors and keep pets happy by using Clorox Outdoor Bleach
        Cleaner to clean outdoor kennels and general pet areas.
     -- Always carry all your cleaning supplies in a bucket so you don't have
        to make multiple trips inside to look for different supplies when
        cleaning outside your home.
 
     Clorox Outdoor Bleach Cleaner is currently available at home centers and
 hardware stores around the country.  The Clorox Company is a leading
 manufacturer and marketer of household grocery products, domestic and
 international, and products for institutional markets with sales of
 $4 billion.
 
 

SOURCE The Clorox Company
    OAKLAND, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- What do dentists and "Mrs.
 Doubtfire" have to do with the start of spring? According to a new survey,
 nearly a quarter of U.S. homeowners would rather go to the dentist than tackle
 their outdoor spring cleaning jobs at the end of a typical winter.  As for
 Mrs. Doubtfire, more respondents would prefer having the robust,
 cross-dressing housekeeper assist them with their outdoor spring cleaning
 tasks than any other celebrity cleaning personality.
     The survey, by The Clorox Company, asked homeowners to rank their least
 favorite chore when it comes to outdoor spring cleaning projects.  Topping the
 list was cleaning the garbage can, with 43% of those surveyed listing it as
 their least favorite chore. Interestingly, an overwhelming 69% of respondents
 said they would choose to roll up their sleeves and clean the cans, rather
 than toss them in the garbage and buy new ones.  Other loathed items to clean
 included the outside of the house or siding (21%), the surface of driveways,
 sidewalks or walkways (11%) and patios and fencing (6%).
     But, it seems keeping a sense of humor was high on the list as well.  When
 asked to choose a celebrity cleaning personality to help with cleaning tasks,
 one of out four picked Mrs. Doubtfire, the cross-dressing housekeeper played
 on film by comedian Robin Williams. "Monica" from Friends was the top choice
 among younger homeowners 34 and under, and "Alice" of The Brady Bunch was
 mentioned most often by those aged 35-44.
     "When the snow melts, the rains stop and you finally look at your deck, it
 would be easy to lose your sense of humor," said Jon Schlesinger, Clorox brand
 manager. "The trick is not to get overwhelmed, take it a step at a time and
 try -- at least once a month -- to do one of the things you'd rather put off."
     "In addition to the regular challenges of tough winters and wet springs,
 the trend toward more outdoor living and entertaining is putting new demands
 on maintenance," said Schlesinger. "The right cleaning products and tools
 really can make a difference."
     While it's doubtful Mrs. Doubtfire will pitch in with your outdoor
 cleaning projects and the dentist can only distract you from your cleaning
 duties, new Clorox(R) Outdoor Bleach Cleaner can help.
     Clorox Outdoor Bleach Cleaner eliminates tough stains and has the power to
 clean dirt and grime on outside surfaces without scrubbing, on everything from
 decks to outdoor furniture. It is thicker than regular bleach for ease of use
 and less splashing -- plus it is formulated to be safe on metals and plastics
 like garbage cans.
     Keep these tips in mind while cleaning outdoors this season:
 
     -- Clean debris out of your gutters and ensure that downspouts are free of
        obstructions so water can flow freely.  Also, make sure that downspouts
        direct water away from the house to minimize water intrusion into your
        home.
     -- When cleaning surfaces be sure to clean from the bottom to the top.  If
        you start from the top, the solution will run down and streak dry
        surfaces.
     -- Minimize pet odors and keep pets happy by using Clorox Outdoor Bleach
        Cleaner to clean outdoor kennels and general pet areas.
     -- Always carry all your cleaning supplies in a bucket so you don't have
        to make multiple trips inside to look for different supplies when
        cleaning outside your home.
 
     Clorox Outdoor Bleach Cleaner is currently available at home centers and
 hardware stores around the country.  The Clorox Company is a leading
 manufacturer and marketer of household grocery products, domestic and
 international, and products for institutional markets with sales of
 $4 billion.
 
 SOURCE  The Clorox Company