Save Yourself from Summer Spills #BISSELLclean

Summer is right around the corner, and that means that all of my kids will be home for days filled with fun, friends, and adventure. It sounds like a great time, but you know what comes with that? Messes! It seems like every time I turn around during the summer months, there’s more dirt that’s been tracked inside the house—sand from the sandbox, rocks from the trail, grass from the yard, or dirt from the baseball field—it’s all in abundance at my house. In fact, it’s hard not to walk without stepping in crumbs or dirt of some kind; definitely not an ideal environment for my home.


I used to look at my friend’s clean houses and pristine carpets and think they had a professional cleaner or just didn’t let their kids walk through the house, but it turns out they just had a great quality vacuum, which can make all the difference for a clean house. I thought that level of cleanliness was outside my budget, but then I learned a little secret: a high-quality vacuum doesn’t need to break the bank. I’ve tried several different vacuums at many different price points  and just recently go the chance to try out a Bissell PowerForce Helix that retails for less than $50!   And you wouldn’t even know it!  I mean, it cleans just like the more expensive ones and for me, that’s great news because  I can have a clean house all summer long and still have money left in the budget to enjoy fun family activities.

But the Bissell PowerForce Helix is about more than being a great deal—it’s about delivering an exceptional vacuuming experience. It’s lightweight easy to maneuver and has a huge dirt cup, so I can clean my entire dirty house without having to worry about emptying the container multiple times.


What’s especially unique is the Helix cleaning system that moves large particles, dust, and debris to the bottom of the tank, which helps the vacuum run better and longer.


Reasons to love the BISSELL PowerForce Helix: 

  • Cleans both carpet and hard wood, you’ll only need one vacuum!
  • You get a powerful suction with the Helix Dirt Separation System for longer lasting pick-up performance.
  • You know it’s doing it’s job! You can see literally see what it’s picking up off the floor as it fills up the large capacity dirt cup.
  • It’s lightweight. Oh so lightweight. You can easily maneuver it all around the house without a fuss.
  • The unique Helix cleaning system captures dirt and other debris using internal “ribs” that are incorporated into the Easy Empty™ Dirt Cup. This forces large particles, dust and other debris down to the bottom of the tank instead of up into the filter, helping the vacuum to work more effectively longer.


You can experience the cleaning magic of Bissell for yourself.  BISSELL is giving away five PowerForce Helix vacuums and winners will be chosen at random.

HOW TO ENTER:  All you have to do is leave a comment below with one of your favorite summer cleaning tips! Good luck!


Once you’re done here…..Enter my other giveaway to win $10 PAYPAL CASH!!!




  1. shelly peterson says:

    my cleaning tip is to clean one room at a time. I also like to use Clorox disinfecting wipes for an easy cleaning

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  2. Jennifer DiNobile says:

    I like to wash windows and mirrors with newspaper. It doesn’t leave streaks!

  3. Nicole says:

    My favorite cleaning tip: Keep 2 vacuums in my house! One on each end. I have carpet and my kids are kids. I need one everywhere :)

  4. Kimberly Owens says:

    My best cleaning tip for getting stains out of the bathroom is to use vinegar and baking soda. It does all of the work for you!

  5. Elena says:

    My tip is to clean a little bit every day

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

  6. Christie says:

    You have to have a rule of do at least one load of laundry everyday, never stop picking up and wipe down counters everyday – dirty or not.

  7. Adrienne Gordon says:

    mine is keep a towel by the door to wipe off muddy paws.

  8. Elis B. says:

    Use cleaners with less chemicals.

  9. Penny Snyder says:

    My cleaning tip is to make lists, stay organized!! It helps to see what you accomplish each day!!

  10. Natalie says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is to take one piece of trash with you every time you leave a room.

  11. Margaret Smith says:

    I try to do a little cleaning each day. One day I dust the entire house, the next sweep, the next vacuum, etc. This way I’m not wasting a full day cleaning. I also like to clean messes as they are made.

  12. Diane baum says:

    My fave cleaning tip is to have your windows professionally cleaned, every spring-clean windows makes my entire house look brighter!

  13. Ann Fantom says:

    My cleaning tip is to use your used dryer sheets for dusting. The static electricity in the dryer sheet traps the dust

  14. Brittney House says:

    My favorite tip is to get the kids involved with cleaning. It makes the cleaning go by faster, sometimes lol, and it teaches them how to clean up after themselves.

  15. Deb C says:

    I have no talent for housecleaning but it has to be done. One tip I use is to save used fabric softener sheets and use them to clean TV and monitor screens. It helps them attract less dust.

  16. Danielle says:

    I like to go through and get rid of stuff that has piled up and I no longer use. Start in one room and make my way around the house. Declutter

  17. Aaron says:

    My favorite summer cleaning tip is to leave the windows closed on windy days to keep dirt from blowing in!

  18. Crystal F says:

    My only tip is to clean when needed. Don’t let messes pile up so that it’s overwhelming to think about. Thank you!

  19. Tari Lawson says:

    My best summer cleaning tip is to get the kids involved. They are home for the summer and it is a great time to have them help out with cleaning.

  20. vickie couturier says:

    my favorite tip is to clean early in the morning so its done and you have the whole rest of the day to enjoy

  21. Jackie says:

    My summer cleaning tip is to put things away. If a room doesnt look cluttered…it looks cleaner.

  22. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    My favorite summer cleaning tip is to pick up often! Also, enlist the kids’ help.

  23. McKim says:

    i take all my blinds down at once and line them up in the driveway. I then hose them down with our power washer. Quick and easy!

  24. Christina Sparks says:

    I wait until my family leaves the house and I put the dogs outside, it makes it easier without them in my way.

  25. jules m. says:

    clean 1-2 rooms really well every other day rather than trying to clean the entire house at once, which is very overwhelming. also, we have a little rolling caddy that contains all our cleaning supplies and paper towels, which makes it easier to go from room to room.

  26. Richard Hicks says:

    My cleaning tip is to take your time over several days. Tackle one room at a time and do a super job.

  27. nickie says:

    My tip is to clean a little bit every day

  28. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My favorite summer cleaning tip is to clean while the kids nap and do one room at a time!

  29. Lauren says:

    My tip is to have a 15 minute put away session everyday.

  30. Debra Guillen says:

    To pick up cat hair, put on a wet rubber dishwashing glove and wipe your hand over surfaces. The hair will stick right to it.

  31. Tracy Davis says:

    My favorite tip to is to clean a little every day.

  32. heather s says:

    Have a tub with all your cleaning supplies in it then start in one room. It helps save time and be more organized.

  33. Amanda L. says:

    My favorite summer cleaning tip is to have certain rooms to clean every day so that I don’t get so overwhelmed with cleaning.

  34. melissa fowers says:

    I like to use Lemons to make a great all natural cleaner

  35. Linda Svarovsky says:

    Use vinegar and baking soda for tough stains

  36. robert young says:

    Hire the teenage girl next door to clean your house

  37. Kimberly O says:

    When doing the “clothes switch” from winter to summer, if you didn’t wear it last year, you probably won’t this year…donate it. I have a problem letting go of the clothes I will “fit into someday…” that are not even stylish anymore! Thanks for the chance.

  38. Jill Rivera says:

    My favorite summer cleaning tip is open the windows and let the summer in. I use an extra long cord for the vacuum.

  39. Kim O says:

    i use baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming.

  40. yvonne says:

    My best cleaning tip is to …just do it! Sometimes it easier just to pretend that the house is not dirty but, it feels so much better when you’ve actually ran the vacuumed and wiped the windows. Challenging when life is busy, but very worthwhile and meaningful to actually tidy!

  41. deana says:

    My summer cleaning tip is to use vinegar to wash my windows!

  42. Tiesha says:

    Keep clean slippers or socks at the back door. Summer always means dirty feet!

  43. Kasey says:

    Glass gets pretty nasty in the humid heat, definitely plan a day to wash all your glass structures down with some windex or other glass cleaner.

  44. Jessica Massaway says:

    My cleaning tip is do your cleaning at night, then when you wake up you have a clean house!

  45. Paul Gardner says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is to use vinegar and water to remove calcium buildup in the the kitchen and bathrooms!

  46. Char says:

    I love to use rubber gloves to do my cleaning, thank you so much for this!

  47. Barb W says:

    Don’t be home much… then things can’t get dirty ;)

  48. Lisa says:

    Do 5 minutes of cleaning a day so everything doesn’t pile up and it becomes a routine.

  49. Joanna Allison says:

    My tip is to check off chores on a cleaning app. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment.

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  51. Jennifer Heintz says:

    My summer cleaning tip is to sort as you clean. Three boxes save, donate (or garage sale) and dispose. Makes for less clutter, and saves time.

  52. Steve Weber says:

    Make sure to take one room at a time.. and use Mr Clean Erasers

  53. Kelly D says:

    I like to use a baking soda paste to clean tile grout.

  54. Bo Simms says:

    One of my favorite summer cleaning tips is to have lots of baby wipes handy – they are great for any kind of quick cleanup, which works on practically everything from counters, to walls, to toys, to clothing (spills) and more. I just love the versatility of baby wipes!

  55. Matt L says:

    My tip is to not have a large glassware, flatware, and silverware collection, so it takes up less space and you are forced to wash all the dishes after each meal instead of letting them stockpile.

  56. chris z says:

    my tip is to just do a little at a time

  57. jeremy mclaughlin says:

    Try to do a little cleaning every day so it is not overwhelming.

  58. Arielle says:

    Do your light cleaning in the middle of the day (dusting, dishwashing, etc.) and then later at night run your big appliances like the vacuum so your house doesn’t overheat in the summer.

  59. Stacie H says:

    We have a yard sale every summer. I go through every room in the house and declutter. I ask each family member to go through their room. We make a nice chunk of change for one days work and we donate whatever is leftover. :)

  60. Debbie F says:

    My tip is to never make a mess :)
    Really, I like to clean up immediately after doing anything that causes any kind of mess: cooking, opening packages, etc. that way you don’t get overwhelmed with big jobs, just little tiny jobs.

  61. Alyssa Regnier says:

    My tip is to use the MrClean Magic Eraser for the bath tub! It works great :)

  62. Karen Behrman says:

    cleaning windows during the summer

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  64. Tara Darity says:

    Keeping a cleaning schedule is really helpful to stay on top of things!!

  65. Lisa says:

    My cleaning tip is to do something small every day instead of having one full day dedicated to cleaning! It’s far less overwhelming :)

  66. meghan B says:

    Do a little at a time!

  67. Carissa joslyn says:

    My cleaning tip, that helps me is i deep clean once a month, Wash rugs, dust, walls, etc so that way i just have to do little things through out the rest of the month!

  68. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    One tip is to sweep the entrance once a day. So much travel through during the summer holidays and lots of sand. Hey, thanks so much for the product review and the awesome contest. Yahoo. Happy weekend everyone.

  69. Do a little at a time, sweep and mop often. Get rid of clutter. Organize. Clean up after yourself. Dust often .

  70. Tiffany S says:

    My cleaning tip is to work on one room at a time.

  71. My tip is to wash hard surfaces with vinegar and water.

  72. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    use inegar asa a cleaning agnet instead of harsh chemicals

  73. ginette4 says:

    My favourite cleaning tip is clean up as you go..used it put it away, if you leave the room pick something up and place it where it belongs

  74. Robin M says:

    Make your kids do the dusting and vacuuming.

  75. elizabeth p says:

    Lemons, vinegar and baking soda make excellent cleaner.

  76. Julie says:

    Put on a fun playlist while cleaning. It makes it so much more enjoyable!

  77. Kimberly Hilbert says:

    I don’t have many cleaning tips except that I keep each room’s cleaning items in that room. I have 3 bathrooms so each bathroom has it’s own cleaning supplies. That way I don’t have to find them and if I run out in one room I still have spares until my next planned shopping day.

  78. Danielle Magee says:

    One of my favorite tips is to use a pillow case to clean the ceiling fan dust.

  79. David says:

    My favorite summer cleaning tip is to have the kids do it, but the quality of the work is usually sub-par!! Another tip for the outside of the home is a pressure washer. You never realize how dingy your home is until you spray it with a pressure washer.

  80. Mary Warner says:

    Rub lemons on door knobs for the great smell. It keeps you cleaning longer.

  81. susan smoaks says:

    my summer cleaning tip is stay outside and then you won’t have as much cleaning to do inside the house! have a fun summer, enjoy every minute of it.

  82. Krista M says:

    It tends to be be a forgotten task, but vacuum the mattresses! The beds are a haven for allergens & dust mites. Sprinkle a little baking soda afterwards too.

  83. My cleaning tip is to use vinegar on many things you wouldn’t think to use it with. For example, Vinegar is a great way to clean the inside of your coffee pot. Once you clean the inside with Vinegar, then brew fresh water to clean out the vinegar. It really does do well for many cleaning purposes.

  84. Jeana O'donnell-Murphy says:

    My summer cleaning tip is to do a quick run through of dusting the ceiling fans and other dust collecting spaces once a week, And do a quick daily of Swiffering the tile or hardwood floors , vacumming, and wiping down countertops.

  85. Emma says:

    Take it one room at a time and take a break frequent ly

  86. Candace Miller says:

    My summer cleaning tip is to clean with fresh lemons.

  87. Elizabeth says:

    i put fresh lemon juice in all my cleaning supplies, it smells better than the commercial lemon smell,

  88. Donna Doyle says:

    I have hard water so I use a lot of vinegar for cleaning, windows, taps, spots.

  89. Liberty says:

    Diffuse essential oils to get rid of odors!

  90. Sarah W. says:

    Invite company to dinner…. you’ll be really motivated to clean the house up, and fast!

  91. Susan Smith says:

    My tip is to the who family involved. Give everyone a chore to do.

  92. BRIAN E. says:

    Summer is a good time to clean your bathroom(s) exhaust fans; bathrooms get more use in the summertime (showers / baths) and it is important that your fan removes that extra moisture to prevent mold & mildew !

  93. DebP says:

    I do a little bit each day – a load of laundry, a bit of dusting and vacuuming, a bit of yard maintenance, usually in the morning, when it’s cooler.

  94. Erica B. says:

    Keep a broom on every floor so you can do quick cleaning often.

  95. Ashley M says:

    Stay organized and try hard to get rid of those items you don’t need. This way it’s not so overwhelming when you go to clean. I also love another persons idea to listen to a fun playlist while you work! My family loves to sing to disney and veggietales while we clean.

  96. brittany doerfler says:

    My favorite summer cleaning tip is to crank the music and declutter!! Throw out anything that you no longer need or use!

  97. joe gersch says:

    my tip is to clean windows on a cloudy day to avoid streaks

  98. Steve says:

    When clearing/organizing your closest or other clothing storage ensure to donate every item possible to charities for those that are in need. Most of the time it’s as easy as heading to a local shopping plaza parking lot and placing them into a container placed there by the charity accepting the donations. Also, be sure to note the value and/or get a receipt for tax time!

  99. Karry Knisley says:

    I use newspaper instead of paper towels to clean my mirrors and windows. Cost efficient and leaves no streaks

  100. Megan C says:

    I love using the dusters that are sold for cars in my house. I feel they work better and help to get into tight corners.

  101. vera says:

    I just follow a cleaning schedule I made for myself. I do a room each day and touch ups daily.

  102. Kathy Thorn says:

    I have a vacuum on each level of my house so I don’t have to haul it up and down the stairs.

  103. Kristine Bauman says:

    I try to do a room a day so that cleaning does not become overwhelming.

  104. Christina Moore says:

    My cleaning tip is to clean up one rooma at a time, everyday I will clean a different room

  105. Tara L says:

    Try and clean a little every day to not get overwhelmed

  106. Robin says:

    I like to do a l;ittle bit each day and concentrate one room at a time.

  107. Kimberley C says:

    Sweep the porch weekly!

  108. Laurie W. says:

    My favourite summer cleaning tip is to open the windows for fresh air whenever possible.

  109. Nicole says:

    My tip is to focus on one room at a time! That way you don’t feel too overwhelmed. Music is also your best friend while cleaning! You could even make your own cleaning playlist with your favorite upbeat songs. Happy cleaning! :)

  110. Elizabeth H. says:

    reinforce daily hand washing.

  111. Stephanie Larison says:

    Get the kids involved in cleaning in the summertime since they’ll be home from school. It’ll help you out and also help them learn responsibility.

  112. Francine Anchondo says:

    Make a cleaning schedule.

  113. Daniel G. says:

    Blast music when you clean

  114. Always pick up immediately after yourself. If there’s clothes in the bathroom after a shower, pick them up and put them in the laundry basket.

  115. liz lew says:

    Room a day and use real lemons in the kitchen

  116. Emily W. says:

    I like to use lemon oil to clean in the summer because it smells so fresh!

  117. Laurie Emerson says:

    One of my favorite summer cleaning tips is to use a mixture of lemon juice and water to clean out my kitchen cabinets. It not only takes care of any ants that want to visit but also makes my kitchen smell so nice and fresh.

  118. Carolyn Daley says:

    Make a list prioritizing what you want to get done first and do a certain task or work on a particular room each day.

  119. katherine says:

    RUle at our house if you spill you clean, if you drop it pick it up and when you are done put it back

  120. Peter G says:

    In the summer I keep a mat at the back door and paper towels a spray bottle of water. The kids love to take their shoes off and spray their hands or even feet with water and get the extra dirt off. I have a mop to do a quick follow up on the floor. Fun and keeps things a little cleaner.

  121. Kristen Patton says:

    Every time you stand up to do something, take a quick look around you and grab something to tidy up or put away. I make sure I do this so that when it comes time to really break down and clean the house there’s less work to do.

  122. Terry Cross says:

    My favorite summer cleaning tip is to start cleaning as early as possible to avoid the heat of the day

  123. jaimeb says:

    I put a couple drops of lavender essential oil on our air filter, so that the while house smells great when the air conditioner is on.

  124. LynneMarie says:

    My tip is to set a timer for say 15 minutes and this way you will be able to stick with it without feeling overwhelmed.

  125. Deborah Kelly says:

    I use rubbing alcohol to clean my mirrors for a streak free shine

  126. Betty C says:

    Clean a little at a time instead of waiting to do a marathon day. You can do a lot in only 10 or 15 minutes.

  127. Breanne says:

    My favorite tip is to clean windows using newspaper.

  128. Sue V says:

    clean as you go… do something while waiting for things to boil or cook etc

  129. Heather says:

    keep the windows open when cleaning! keeps away the chemical smell and also cools down the house.

  130. Patti M says:

    Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet before vacuuming. It loosens up the dirt and neutralizes odors.

  131. ivy pluchinsky says:

    Clean one room at a time, take breaks, listen to music as you clean!

  132. Anita G says:

    My tip is to dust your blinds with a bounce dryer sheet.

  133. Douglas Houston says:

    Change your your air filters every month to cut down on dust

  134. Susan Smith says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is to clean a little bit each day.

  135. My cleaning tip is to get the whole family involved and to try and make it a game! We usually will bring out treats and turn the music up really loud and just dance and joke and play the whole time while we clean. It doesn’t always work out, but most of the time for us it does. :) Plus it makes it hard for any of the kids to be in a bad mood when dad is jumping around dancing everywhere and singing silly songs. :)

  136. Lori Sexton says:

    Cook as many meals on the BBQ including side dishes and you won’t have to wash and put away as many pots, pans and dishes.

  137. Betty S says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is use newspapers and vinegar to wash the outside of your windows, just enough abrasion to get all the wintery grime

  138. Best cleaning tips: have your kids run through the sprinklers or take a quick dip in an inflatable pool to stretch that time between shower…. ;)

  139. I prefer to clean in small steps instead huge projects

  140. Missy says:

    My favorite tip is baskets for the kids. At the end of the day, their stuff goes in them and the put it away.

  141. Brandon Sparks says:

    I wash my window seals with water and lemon juice. Keeps the bugs away..

  142. bn100 says:

    clean room by room

  143. Candie L says:

    Im big on taking one bite at a time. Thank you

  144. Jaime Cummings says:

    To pick up cat hair, put on a wet rubber dishwashing glove and wipe your hand over surfaces. The hair will stick right to it.

  145. Sharon Braswell says:

    One room at a time after getting rid of or packing away as much as possible. I collect too much stuff!

  146. Eugenia Hall says:

    Ask everyone to leave their shoes at the door. After all, you don’t have to clean up what isn’t tracked in!

  147. Michelle D says:

    My favorite summer cleaning tips is to stick to the basics: use vinegar and baking soda for a lot of my cleaning tasks.

  148. Tosha H says:

    Mine is to wear a bandana as a mask when dusting so I don’t erupt in a sneeze-fest!

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