My Latin New Year’s Cleaning Traditions – Giveaway

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Thanks to the great folks at Libman® for making this New Year’s clean up post possible. My opinions, comments, and hopes for the new year are my own.

If your house looks anything like mine right now, and I hope it doesn’t, you’re probably thinking about getting it cleaned up, scrubbed out, straightened, and ready for the new year. You may know, too, that the holidays are far from over for many Latino families, so there’s no way to start slacking yet. Like everyone else, we still have New Year’s Day, of course; but, in addition, we have other holidays to celebrate before we can call it a season. January 6th is Día de Los Reyes, and February 2nd is Día de Candelaria, just to name two.

But that’s not all, the week between Christmas and New Year’s comes with cleaning traditions we Mexicans take seriously, and these act as incentives to get the house spotless before January 1st.

My Latin New Year’s Cleaning Traditions

We sweep the entire house from back to front and fling the dust out the front door. It’s our version of out with the old, in with the new.

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Then, we mop and clean and scrub our homes so they enter the new year the way we want them to finish it. We believe cleaning the home gets rid of any negativity hanging around and makes room for welcoming positivity in the new year.

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Personally, I like to dust, organize and get rid of things we don’t need anymore, too, in order to make room for our Christmas and Dia de Reyes presents.

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We have other traditions, too. For instance, if we hope to travel in the new year, we might put a suitcase out on the front porch. Or, if prosperity is our hope for the new year, we toss coins into the house from the front porch or put a dollar bill in our shoes.

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But the most important tradition is getting the house clean, which brings me to this wonderful giveaway. The great folks at Libman want to help you keep your home clean in 2016, and since cleaning is faster, easier, and more efficient when we use the right tools, they’ve offered a great cleaning package for one lucky reader of Mama Latina Tips. This Cleaning Package includes:

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Win it!

To participate for your chance to win the one (1) cleaning package is easy. Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite cleaning tip. That’s it! That is your required entry.

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Please leave me separate comments for your required entry and for each optional entry (1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and/or 8), so I know how many entries you have, thanks.

This giveaway will end on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST. No purchase necessary. Open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. The Winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email. Winner must respond to notification email within 72 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited. Please, no P.O. Boxes. Entries/Comments that do not follow the submission guidelines will be invalid.

Good luck and happy cleaning!

 


253 thoughts on “My Latin New Year’s Cleaning Traditions – Giveaway

  1. #1 El ultimo dia del año hago una limpieza general de toda la casa, coloco varitas de saumerio, para que ese delicioso olor se esparza por toda la casa, y prendo velas, para recibir el nuevo año con buenas energias.

  2. My favorite cleaning tip is to use Magic Erasers or other similar type of produce and a warm bucket of vinegar and water and wipe down dirty baseboards and doors.

  3. My favorite cleaning tip is to put about 1 inch of hot water in the sink along with about 1/2 cup of bleach. Let is sit for about 5 minutes then wipe clean. The sink will sparkle with no effort.

  4. My cleaning tip is to dedicate certain days for dusting, mopping, etc. It makes it a lot easier (in my opinion) instead of shoving all the cleaning in on one day.

  5. My tip is to carry a basket with you from room to room and when you find items in a room they do not belong you put them in the basket and drop them in the room they belong in when you get to that room! If you are like me and get side tracked easily by running things back and forth this will help you focus and not run back and forth!

  6. Hola! My favorite cleaning tip is one that my mother showed me is to use an open magazine when you don’t have a dust pan on hand. Simply sweep up the floor and place the dust into the folding magazine and you can fold it up and dump it in the trash. I also love to disinfect the disposal to get rid of odors, by using a cut-up lemon, some salt, and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue!

  7. When I’m doing major cleaning I take my time to go through everything that is in that room from knick knacks to magazines to pictures on the wall I am trying to scale down so do I really need this no ok in a box it goes to resell Can I use it in a different room ok I love to change up the room by switching mirrors or painting just like to change things up a bit

  8. my cleaning tip is to clean as you go. Clean as soon as you make the mess so you dont forget about it and wont have to do it later. Its alot easier that way.

  9. My fave cleaning tip is vinegar to clean out the washer and the dishwasher. Just pour some in, turn it on and bam, it’s clean!

  10. i am not the one to go to for cleaning tips, but i will say that i find it much easier to tackle one room at the time and do it WELL. if i feel like i have to clean the entire house, i feel daunted and discouraged. but if i clean the bathroom on saturday, the bedroom on monday, etc. it feels doable.

  11. Unfortunately, my best cleaning tip is – don’t actually expect anyone else to do it, even it is their turn, their chore or their mess. (Not that I’m pointing any fingers here….)

  12. My favorite cleaning tip is to use vinegar when cleaning the coffee pot or use it on glass if you run out of window cleaner

  13. My favorite cleaning tip is, set a timer for 15 minutes in each room. When you get into that room and start the timer, you do as much as you can within the 15 minutes. and then you are done.

  14. Keep to a schedule. This way you don’t kill yourself on weekends and the family doesn’t revolt when the place is really dirty and hard to clean after several weeks.

  15. I clean everything with baking soda and white vinegar or lemon juice. It works great in the oven and doesn’t release toxic fumes.

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