FtLoC Team Love

Here you can learn about the team behind the Facebook group, Laundry Love & Cleaning Science (LL&CS), and this website, For the Love of Clean. We are all very happy to be a part of the group and this website, and bring the science behind laundry and cleaning to you!

 

Tanya Bainbridge
  • Hi! I am a 40-year-old stay at home mom of 2. My daughter is 6 (in first grade) and my son is 2. Therefore, life is messy right now. We have many spills, leaks, drips, and drops at all times of day. My husband works late nights and does minimal travel, so housework is my responsibility. I try my best to keep up, but hope being a part of this group will help keep me motivated to keep up on things and help all of you be happier in your clean homes. I’m certainly looking forward to learning right along with you.

 

Meg Barrett
  • Hello all! My name is Meg and I am the 40-year-old mom of an 11-year-old son, an 18-month-old daughter, and a 6-month-old son. I’ve been married to my Prince Charming for 3 years. A friend sent me to LL&CS when I pulled out the hand-me-downs from my first son and found the dreaded yellow baby stains. She knew I’d find help here!
  • My background is in food. I am a graduate of Baltimore International College with a dual major in Cooking and Baking, so I’m very familiar with cookware and kitchen disasters, as well as keeping white chef coats white.
  • I have the reputation in real life as “that friend” who you call when you’ve got a mysterious or offensive cleaning issue. My husband is also a mechanic and he gets filthy. From kid grime to pet grime to automotive grime, I’ve cleaned it! I’m not easily frightened by a tough cleaning challenge. As a busy mom in single income family I am also very time and budget conscious. I want things to do the job efficiently and cost effectively.
  • I am a reformed homemade “detergent” user. I am now a Foca and Biz convert!

 

Lynn Brandt
  • Hello everyone! I am a 27-year-old stay at home mom. Before becoming a mother to my beautiful little girl and little boy, I went to college at the wonderful Miami University (in Ohio) and earned a BS in Kinesiology and Health. While there, I also delved into the world of catering. After earning my degree, I took a much-needed break from school and entered the corporate world of hotels and catering. It suited me very well and I thoroughly enjoyed what I did, but after my daughter arrived I realized it was best for my family and me to step away and take care of her. One day I was watching Shark Tank (love that show!) and I heard about the modern cloth diaper. This brought me to find FL&CDS and FL&CDS brought me to find LL&CS. I was never much of a cleaner, but this group has definitely turned me into one, which has made my husband very happy. We have 2 dogs, 1 cat, a toddler, a newborn, and then there’s my husband, so there is always plenty of things to clean, and clean up after. I absolutely love my HE washer, Folex, and Shark vacuum. I am happy to be a part of the admin team and happy to be here to help our wonderful members!

 

Hilary Clay
  • I’m a cell biologist who loves telling people about the science behind everyday things. I love finding simple solutions to cleaning problems and I organize like a boss. In addition to being a science nerd, I am a book nerd, a photography nerd, and a gardening nerd. I may just be a nerd. I have a three-year-old who thinks the Roomba is his friend and who is surprisingly good at pipetting.

 

Heather DeVoll
  • Hi! I’m Heather and I’m a teacher-turned-SAHM. My husband and I met freshman year of college in Monterey and have been married for 6 years. Now we’re living the dream here in central California with our 1-year-old son and our Lab/Shepherd mix. In addition to being a self-proclaimed neat freak, I also love gardening, making art, and sewing. My family is very environmentally conscious. We cloth diaper our son, compost, and use unpaper towels.
  • My current detergents are Tide Original powder (for diapers) and Kirkland Environmentally Responsible liquid (for everything else). I also use Calgon, Borax, Biz, and Shout in various combinations. What can I say, I like options! I love my Samsung front loaders! Some of my favorite cleaning tools and products are my Dyson vacuum, Bissell Little Green Machine, Bar Keeper’s Friend, Method all-purpose cleaner (the scents!), and Dawn/vinegar. I love being a part of LL&CS and getting to share everything I’ve learned with others, especially if it can make their lives a little bit easier.

 

Brittani Harris
  • I’m 28, and a single mom to a 2-year-old. I do my best cleaning when I’m mad or have to think through a big decision. I love to bake, read, sew, crochet, and play The Sims. I’m planning to go back to school to get a Master’s in Social Work.

 

Victoria Hitchcock
  • I’m Victoria! I’m a former professional legislative researcher with a background in Anthropology and History, but now stay at home with my husband and 3 boys: 15, 5, and 2 years old, 4 cats, and a fluffy dog. I love laundry (Persil is my passion and law enforcement uniforms are my conquered nemesis) and leather care. I’m a recovered slob who uses too much BFK and Clorox wipes with an all too personal understanding of how disabilities and mental illness can affect home care.

 

Whitney Hogan
  • Hi everyone! My name is Whitney and I am a 27-year-old SAHM. I have been married to my best friend and partner in crime for 7 years. Together we have 3 children ages 6,4, and 1. My little family currently resides in Northern Cali.
  • We are an *almost* paper free home. We cloth diaper, use mama cloth, unpaper towels, and napkins, etc. Add all that to everyday laundry and I’m always washing something. BUT! That is perfectly okay, because I find laundry fun and relaxing.
  • I have lived in areas with all kinds of water from soft to the nasty iron rich well water. Currently, we have hard city water, which is very manageable. I currently wash in either Tide Original powder or Gain with either Calgon or Borax (whatever is on hand). I use a 6-year-old Roper simple top loading washer and dryer, so no HE here. I love my clothesline and if my husband would let me, I’d line dry everything. Hand washing, delicates, stains, bleach, or heavily soiled it doesn’t bother me. I love what challenges every load of laundry may bring.

 

Jessica Lingo
  • Hi! I’m a 31-year-old stay at home mom, I live in northern Ohio. I have two sons and my nephew and niece. They are 11, 8, 7 and 5 plus two dogs that all keep me on my toes with plenty of messes. I’m gonna be honest cleaning and me we don’t get along. I would much rather be curled up reading a book or baking. But my boyfriend works a very unconventional shift so it falls to me. I love persil, odoban, biz – powder, bar keepers friend, La Awesome and method cleaners.

 

Christine McCullough
  • Hi, I’m Christine! I’m a 28-year-old SAHM to 3 kids, ages 9, 7, and 3. I also have a Golden Retriever and a black cat. I live in the Seattle, WA area. I used to really struggle with keeping up with house cleaning and laundry. About a year ago, I stumbled across some cleaning routine and organizing/decluttering videos on YouTube that really inspired me. I got everything in order and really figured out that it’s much easier to have a daily routine that keeps you on top of everything and keeps your house from becoming too overwhelming. I love helping people who are in the same boat that I was in!
  • Some of my favorite cleaning products/tools/brands: E-cloth (mop, general purpose cloth, polishing cloth), Universal Stone cleaner, Force of Nature, Costco Baby Wipes, Frosch, and Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away vacuum.

 

Cristi Payne
  • I am a mother of two living in Fort Mill, SC. I have a degree in biochemistry. I am a passionate knitter and specialist in the care and cleaning of handcrafted items.

 

Tamara Pendergrass
  • I am 34 years old and currently a SAHM to 2 boys, with a little girl coming soon. I grew up as a military brat, and met my husband in high school chemistry. He is now in the Air Force. I have a bachelor in math with a minor in physics, as well as a masters in math. I taught high school math and physics for 10 years before this last move. I love to read, knit, and crochet. I also love for things to be clean and organized. Organization is a strength, and I love to help others get organized (my house has a lot of lists and binders for different things).

 

Amanda Perez
  • Hello! I’m a 35-year-old stay at home mom to my two wonderful sons, 4 and 2. Prior to being a SAHM, I was a behaviorist working primarily with children with Autism. I have a Master’s degree in Psychology, a second Master’s degree in Teaching with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and a national certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I have both my sons in cloth diapers. I am married to a wonderful man whom I met in 2009. We were married (eloped) at the local courthouse in October 2010 and our first son was born in 2012. What can I say, we moved fast! I stopped working when my first son was almost one year for a variety of reasons to be home with my son. My husband works very hard to make this a possibility for us.
  • Seeing all my education, you would think I would have been smart enough to find FL&CDS prior to venturing into the CD world, but nope! I made every mistake known to FL&CDS. I went to our local brick and mortar CD store, bought all MF inserts, and all one kind of diaper, and fell into the homemade “detergent” trap. When I got stink, stains, slimy diapers, film, buildup, and rashes within 6 months, a lovely woman on my local cloth diapering board directed me to FL&CDS. I will forever be grateful to her! I read the files. And read the files. And read the files. And I cried over my baby’s bums. And fixed it. My husband is so grateful for my “fluffing group,” as his armpits no longer “smell like ass” from that “homemade crap”. LOL!
  • My current laundry routine is: Prewash the diapers/wipes/wet bags in an express wash with Line 1 of Tide, and ¼ C. of Borax or ½ cap of Calgon in cold. Main wash all laundry in heavy-duty wash with all clothes added to my diaper laundry with Line 4 Tide and Line 1 Gain in Apple Mango Tango, and ½ C. of Borax or 1 cap of Calgon in warm. I do laundry every day because I hate to clean, but I like things clean, so I clean a little everyday instead of a lot at once.
  • I’m so so so very excited to continue to learn with you all about stains and CLEAN laundry.

 

Laura Reznicki
  • Hello, I’m Laura! I live in Chicago and I’m a teacher. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Literacy Education. I enjoy traveling, eating spicy food, and getting sucked into a good book. I joined LL&CS in the spring of 2015. I was looking for some cleaning inspiration and boy did I find it! I loved the support of the group and I loved what I was learning about proper wash routines. I became an admin for the group in August of 2015. I love getting to help others and I enjoy problem solving all the cleaning dilemmas that our members bring to our group. My favorite cleaning products are Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus detergent, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Cleaner, Bac-Out, and Bar Keepers Friend. My goal as an admin is to promote a supportive learning environment for the love of all things clean.

 

Teresa Rosson
  • Hello! I’m a stay-at-home mom with my 4yo and 2yo daughters. I have a master’s degree in chemistry, and I really enjoy learning and sharing how laundry and cleaning products work. I’ve learned so much from being a member of Laundry Love & Cleaning Science and have tried several new products simply because they were mentioned here, including BKF.
  • I will tell people more information than they ever wanted to know about their laundry detergent and washing machine. My family thinks I have way too many detergents in my basement for any one person. My favorites right now are Wisk, OxiClean HD, and Purex, plus Shout spray for stains. I LOVE doing laundry and helping others figure out a good wash routine!
    Confession: Most of my house is a perpetual mess, which I can only partially blame on the kids. So while I’m here to help with *how* to clean, I am also here to learn how to actually *do* it!
Deborah Wadsworth
  • Hi! I am near 60, married, with a variety of laundry challenges such as farm, various uniforms, livestock, mechanic, pets for example. I have seen Tide powder growing from a single product to an expanded product line.
  • I have worn several hats in my career including at a hospital and with computers. Printer ink can be a challenge unless you know about Lestoil.
    I live near Amish who year around line dry. Like the Amish I hang clothes all year around and even with a foot of snow on the ground – the secret is to watch the humidity. Clothes do not dry when there is high moisture in the air.
  • Hand washing stained clothes using our Infographics on Small Scale Strip & Deep Clean has done amazing Miracles removing stains & odors on my stuff and hope it helps you too.
  • My laundry loves are: Persil 2 in 1, Tide Ultra, 20 Mule Team Borax, OxiClean Versatile, OxiClean White Revive, PineSol original pine, Lestoil, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, Calgon for example.
  • My cleaning loves are: Dawn Dish soap, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, salt, White vinegar, Mr. Clean product line, Bleach, E-cloth from stores, ammonia, Bar Keepers Friend.
    I make mistakes, get frustrated, have cleaning issues, and just like many others have things go not as planned….😱 Life happens.
  • Love this group since joining and have learned a lot from Admins, Mods, and members .
    I love to read and try new things since learning does not stop at graduation nor at a certain age.
    I enjoy helping others and it makes me happy if I can help. I am honored to be part of this amazing Admin group and hope to be part of offering you solutions so you can choose what will work best for you.

 

Lexi Watts
  • Hi, I’m Lexi! I am 28 years old, SAHM to my almost 7-year-old daughter, and I have been with my husband since I was 16 years old! My husband was in the US Army, and is currently a chef.
  • I LOVE laundry! Clean clothes make me happy. I enjoy cleaning in general, and my arsenal of products.
  • We live in Salem, OR we have well water and septic.
  • I love helping others, and I will always give you an honest answer. If I don’t know something, or haven’t used a specific product, I will tell you and help you find a solution.

 

Tiffany Wilks 
  • Hi! I’m Tiffany. I’m a cleaning and organizing guru. I love the science behind the clean, finding out why it works or why it doesn’t. I’m currently a stay at home mom, but hoping to open my own cleaning business sometime within the next 2 years.

 

Renee Wolf
  • Hello! I am 33 years old and currently a SAHM to my 2 children, who are 9 and 2. I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we live in Colorado.
  • I joined this group about a year ago because I felt like I was never shown how to clean properly. I quickly found out that I knew more than I thought and have continued to learn so much from the other members. From day one, I always loved how this group was run and how hard the admins worked to keep everything going smoothly, so to say I am excited to be a part of this team in any capacity is an understatement.