October 23, 2017

Formula 409: Baking & Cleaning Holiday Bash Giveaway


Oh, this is the most wonderful time of the year. I just love everything about it, the baking, the cooking, the decorations, the friends, but NOT the messes, clean up and miscellaneous bedlam.

Fortunately, Formula 409® takes away some of that head ache by making those messes so much easier to tackle.  Formula 409® is not just about spraying down the counters. It tackles lots of kitchen surfaces and is a breeze on the oil messes. Yes, bring on the frying bacon!

Formula 409® Antibacterial All-Purpose cleaner easily cleans grease and other kitchen messes, while killing 99.9% of germs on hard non-porous surfaces. Formula 409® is also available in Glass & Surface Cleaner, Natural Stone & Steel Cleaner, and Carpet Spot & Stain Cleaner so you can clean all of your surfaced.

Did you know that according to a survey from Formula 409®, fifty-eight percent of Americans would entertain more if they didn’t have to worry about the clean-up? Now that makes me sad. It’s about connecting and memory making, not fear of mess.

To help you get through the cooking and entertaining messes of the holidays, Formula 409® is giving a holiday baking basket away to a lucky winner. It includes fun bakeware and goodies pictured above, but more importantly, the Formula 409® you’ll need to easily clean-up the mess.

Visit Formula 409.com for greasy content and to learn more about tackling holiday and everyday messes in the kitchen.

One winner will receive holiday baking basket, including fun bakeware and of course, Formula 409®


All week, I’ll be sharing some great Giveaways, so make sure you enter to win!

One lucky winner will win this prize pack from Formula 409

Enter to Win: You have five chances to win, but only one entry is necessary.

1) What’s the biggest holiday mess you dread?

(Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site – you can’t do this through a reader, email or facebook.)

2.) Follow me on Pinterest, and pin any of my posts to one of your boards.

3) “Like”  my Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Facebook Fan page (if you already do, promote this contest on your page)

4) Follow me on Google Plus and give it a thumbs up.

5) Subscribe to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam by email and stay on top of all of my daily posts! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).

If you’ve missed any of my other holidays Giveaways, check them out here.

(This giveaway will close 11/25.  At that time, I will randomly pick a winner and that winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. I received the same gift basket above from Formula 409, but all opinions on cleaning and messes is my own. 🙂


  1. Kathy Davis says:

    I dread cleaning up after I make rolled out, iced sugar cookies. I really make a mess.

  2. Kathy Davis says:

    I follow on Pinterest as Kathy Davis, and pinned your Texas Sheet cake recipe.

  3. I dread the day after Christmas. Cleaning up the messy house and taking down all the beautiful decorations! Christmas is my favorite time of year and having to wait another year is sad!

  4. The biggest holiday mess I dread is clean up.

  5. Following Balancing Beauty and Bedlam on Pinterest {CatOLuck} and repinned Cheesey Cheddar Ranch Chicken.

  6. I Like Balancing Beauty and Bedlam on Facebook.

  7. Added Jen Schmidt to Google+ circles {Cheryl F.}.

  8. Subscribed to Balancing Beauty and Bedlam by email.

  9. I dread cleanup on Christmas after all the wrapping paper gets strewn all over the room. It seems like there’s always a lot of glitter involved in Christmas, too, which is so festive until you’re trying to clean it up and your vacuum cleaner isn’t making a dent!

  10. jamie kelsey says:

    having to pack up all the decorations and get them put back up

  11. jamie kelsey says:

    i am a fan of yours on facebook

  12. jamie kelsey says:

    i follow your daily email updates.

  13. I follow you on Pinterest and pinned this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/220113500511625693/

  14. jamie kelsey says:

    i follow you on google plus but not sure how to do the thumbs up

    Christy C. Reply:

    @jamie kelsey, I’m not sure how to do the thumbs up either. I’m fairly new to Google +. I added her to a circle, but now sure if that’s following or not. And I didn’t see the post to do a thumbs up on.

    Christy C. Reply:

    @Christy C., *not sure

  15. jamie kelsey says:

    i follow you on Pinetrest and have pinned several of your pins

  16. Follow on pinterest & pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/183521753539576741/

  17. Follow on fb.

  18. I dread the dirty dishes!

  19. brenda howard says:

    I dread cleaning up after a huge meal. Love cooking it.

  20. Follow you on Google Plus

  21. I dread the oven clean up after pies bubbling up and spilling over.

  22. Liked on Facebook!

  23. It’s so worth it, but I can’t stand the floury mess and all the dishes after rolling out, baking, and frosting all the sugar cookies!

  24. I dread doing the dishes after holiday get togethers.

  25. I like you on facebook.

  26. I’m an email subscriber.

  27. I hate the mess after the kids have their annual cookie decorating party—yikes!

  28. Taking down all the decorations! 😉

  29. I like you on FB

  30. I get your posts in my email kasmith03(at)gmail(dot)come

  31. I don’t look forward to cleaning up from all the baking but oh how I enjoy making and eating the goodies!

  32. Susannah Landis says:

    The mess after all the holiday baking.

  33. I subscribe through e-mail!

  34. The biggest holiday mess I dread is washing all of the dishes after the meals. Especially the baking pans.

  35. I subscribe to your emails.

  36. I dread the wrapping paper mess after opening presents. I always worry that something important will get thrown away.

  37. I love all the holiday baking and cooking, I just hate the cleanup afterward.

  38. I dread cleaning up after the turkey

  39. I subscribe to your emails

  40. Taking down all the decorations!

  41. I look forward to reading all your daily emails and dread the cleanups when they come as we all do!

  42. Biggest holiday mess……….flour all over, all over all over……..husband bakes breads, grandchildren cookies, and I do a lot of everything else.

    Thanks for this opportunity. CR

  43. I like you on fb

  44. Every year when cookie baking, we either spill food coloring, vanilla, or sprinkles. They end up all over the counter and sometimes the floor!

  45. Thanksgiving dishes… After an all day or two day affair of cooking and weeks of planning and 10 minutes of eating, the mess is unbelievable. How can something so good and that starts out so thankful, end so messy??

  46. It seems like I have the same after the feasting dread of cleaning up all the dishes, food and general mess.

  47. Christina J says:

    I dread cleaning up after making decorated Christmas cutout cookies….the flour, the icing the little candy sprinkles, not to mention the cooking utensils… ugh.

  48. Michele Laramay says:

    The biggest mess for me is all the baking.

  49. Michele Laramay says:

    I am a happy subsciber.

  50. I dread cleaning up after a baking marathon

  51. I am an email subscriber

  52. I am a current email subscriber. I enjoy your newsletters & tips!

  53. Dishes! I hate washing dishes since it is never ending.

  54. I am an email subscriber.

  55. I dread cleaning up all the dishes!

  56. I am a facebook fan.

  57. Lori Thomas says:

    i love baking but DREAD the mess i make. ugh!

  58. Christina Z says:

    I dread cleaning up the baking messes from all the holiday baking in my small tight kitchen.

  59. Christina Z says:

    I follow your pinterest boards my name is missysmom3

  60. I dread the mess after baking spritz cookies. Tons of utensils required, plus all of the decorations (sprinkles, red hots, non-pareils, oh my!) and it makes a TON!

  61. Christina Z says:

    I am a facebook fan

  62. I hate cleaning up the floor after having everyone over and making cookies, and just the general trashed-ness of the bathroom after having guests.

  63. Christina Z says:

    I am a email subscriber

  64. I dread the sink full of dirty dishes

  65. I am an email subscriber

  66. Biggest mess I dread is actually not even at my house, it’s at my parent’s house – and that’s the paper, ribbons, bows, and tissue from the festivities with that family! Lots of fun but lots of mess! 2nd biggest mess is the cleanup post-big Christmas cooking, for our large family. Again, lots of fun but lots of mess. 🙂

  67. I think a big spill over in the oven…it’s always do difficult to get that really cleaned up.

  68. Thank you for the chance! Love your blog!

  69. All the dishes I have to do and we don’t have a dishwasher!

  70. Vacuuming pine needles every day!

  71. My most dreaded mess is the icing from all over the kitchen after icing the sugar cookies! 🙂 Somehow it ends up on cabinets, floors, frig handles… well, just about anywhere you can think! And yet, we make them every year! 🙂 TASTE SO GOOD!

  72. I subscribe through email

  73. I liked you on Facebook!

  74. I LOVE the Holidays and time with family. However, I host Thanksgiving at my home and the worst job is the dish washing after the meal. The dishwasher will only hold so much so there are lots of pots and pan left over to wash by hand. 409 would make that job much easier so there will be time left to spend with the ones you Love!

  75. I dread the clean up after Thanksgiving dinner. Thank goodness for a dishwasher.

  76. Cooking and kitchen messes are what I dread most.

  77. I like you on Facebook.

  78. I follow on Google + and gave this post a +.

  79. I subscribe via email.

  80. I am a subscriber through email. Thanks!

  81. The thing I dread most after holiday meal clean-up is cleaning my tile countertops!

  82. I am a BB&B email subscriber, too.

  83. I am an email subscriber.

  84. The cookie baking mess is the worst.

  85. I dread the baking mess! Especially how yukky my countertops get!

  86. The kitchen in general— it’s a mess.

  87. like you on FB

  88. I dread all the kitchen mess after baking. I do not like to do dishes.

  89. I am a FB fan.

  90. I dread taking down the tree because it’s never as fun as putting it up and takes a lot longer

  91. I subscribe to emails

  92. I LOVE holiday baking — HATE cleaning it up

  93. Cleaning up after cookies! Rolled out on the counter, decorated on any other available surface…

  94. I like you on Facebook

  95. Love making holiday goodies but dislike cleaning up the mess that it makes!

  96. I pinned several of your posts on Pinterest

  97. Cleaning the kitchen!

  98. I hate cleaning up after cooking the turkey ~ what a mess!

  99. I follow you on FB

  100. Cleaning up after cookie decorating,

  101. Mary Johnson says:

    Thanksgiving day is the biggest mess of dishes to wash and pots and pans, counters.

  102. Mary Johnson says:

    I follow you by e-mail.

  103. The greasy pots and pans.

  104. I dread cleaning up after kneading bread or rolling out homemade noodles. That’s the worst!

  105. I love everything about Thanksgiving except for how ‘greasy’ my counters often feel after my husband slices up the bird. Don;t know why that bugs me, but it does. I’ve often wiped them down 3 or 4 times before they felt really clean. I’ll have to give 409 a try.

  106. I follow on facebook, pinterest and e-mail too!

  107. Taking down the tree – I find needles for months afterward in the strangest places!

  108. The homemade noodles! Such a mess.

  109. I liked your fb page.

  110. Sheila Laurence says:

    I just dread the sheer volume of dishes that will need to be washed.

  111. Jennifer B says:

    All the dishes! I HATE doing dishes and there are just so many

  112. Jennifer B says:

    I subscribe to email

  113. Emily Adams says:

    I hate cleaning up the kitchen after our Christmas meal!

  114. Emily Adams says:

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned this http://www.pinterest.com/pin/193021534003304703/

  115. I dread cleaning up the kitchen after the big feast. So many dishes, pots, and pans….

  116. Emily Adams says:

    I follow you on FB and shared this giveaway!

  117. Cleaning up after the parties. So much fun is had by everyone, but also so much mess is made.

  118. Tabathia B says:

    Cleaning the kitchen after thanksgiving and christmas, cleaning out the turkey fryer and finding somewhere to put leftovers in my small fridge

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  119. Tabathia B says:

    pinterest follower: http://www.pinterest.com/chelleb40

    repinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/95560823317061087/

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  120. Emily Adams says:

    I am a subscriber!

  121. Tabathia B says:

    like on facebook: michelle barrett

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  122. I liked your Facebook page.

  123. Tabathia B says:

    email subscriber

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  124. I subscribe to your email updates.

  125. Tabathia B says:

    google + follower: tabathia b and google + post

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  126. I hate sticky apple pie in the bottom of the oven…or getting it off cookie sheets if you bake it with the pie plate on one of those.

  127. I am a FB follower

  128. I subscribe to emails

  129. Cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner!

  130. I am a Facebook fan.

  131. I am an email subscriber.

  132. I follow you on Pinterest.

  133. One of the holiday messes I dread is used wrapping paper. It’s not recycled in my community, probably because of the slick coating, so it has to be trashed. Often it takes 2 or 3 trash bags to fit it all after a big family gathering. It may not be a giant mess, but it’s a giant waste.

  134. I am on Google plus.

  135. Cleaning up after the big Christmas dinner!

  136. The biggest mess I dread is the actual cooking for Thanksgiving! I’ll clean up anyday, but please don’t make me cook!

  137. I am an email subscriber!

  138. I like you on facebook!

  139. I love to cook Thanksgiving dinner, but I dread cleaning all that flour & greasy spills up!

  140. Doing the food put up and dishes after Thanksgiving. Always so full, I just want to nap instead.

  141. I pinned this. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/228417012324327274/

    Susan H. Reply:

    And I follow you on Pinterest.

  142. I follow you on FB.

  143. I follow you on Google+ and gave a thumbs up to a few of your posts.

  144. I subscribe to your emails.

  145. I dread the cleanup and mistiming my food

  146. i’ve subscribed to your email for months and save them all!

  147. I pinned “how to care for introverts” and am now following you.

  148. Oh, and FYI, my birthday is the day that you pick your winner!

  149. Julia Erickson says:

    I hate the flour mess on the counters from making pie crusts and roll. That, and all the pots, pans, and dishes from making all the scrumptious sides to go with the holiday meal.

    I subscribe to your e-mail, and have also liked you on facebook.

  150. Christy C. says:

    The biggest holiday mess I dread is doing the dishes after we are full of turkey and dressing or whatever the food is! 🙂

  151. Christy C. says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  152. I pinned your banana bars (our FAV)- TomandSharon

  153. Making iced sugar cookies. Favorite thing to do with my lil ones but least favorite thing to clean up!

  154. I dread cleaning up the pine needles from the tree!

  155. I subscribe to your email.

  156. I enjoy your site. The biggest mess I’ve had to clean up was the other day making a smoothie! My blender got too full and I had sweet milky/strawberry/protein powder overflowing and running down the blender, under the blender, hit the blender fan and flew all over the kitchen counter! Sticky, ooey, gooey, mess!

  157. Cleaning up all the pieces from the gingerbread house and icing mess.

  158. cleaning the greasy pots and pans from the meal.and oven,stovetop

  159. I hate cleaning the kitchen after baking a bunch. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  160. I am a pinterest follower of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  161. I am a google plus follower of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  162. I am an email subscriber of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  163. I am a facebook fan of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  164. The extra gooey pans from holiday baking.

  165. Amber Mejia says:

    I dread the daily mess in the kitchen that my three children home from college will leave.

  166. I am an email subscriber of your website. I live in India and so the biggest holiday mess that we dread are curry stains – inside the kitchen and outside!

  167. I think when something spills in the oven, I always forget about it .

  168. I a m an email subscriber

  169. I like ou on facebook

  170. Cleaning the pots, pans and stove top

  171. Follower on Pinterest and pinned http://www.pinterest.com/pin/194006696421607449/
    (Tamara Bennington)

  172. Follower on your Facebook and shared this giveaway on my Facebook wall

  173. Follower on Google+ and gave it a thumbs up
    (Tamara Bennington)

  174. Email subscriber
    tamben7996 at aol dot com

  175. Rochelle Mullin says:

    The mess I dread is what’s burnt onto the bottom of my oven if my baked beans or apple pie bubble over. Smells pretty bad, too.

  176. Rochelle Mullin says:

    Just subscribed to the emails!

  177. The biggest mess is when we make cookies.

  178. I follow you on pinterest and I pinned this giveaway:

  179. I like you on FB.

  180. I follow on google+.

  181. Donna Ingalls says:

    I dread taking down and putting away all the Christmas decorations. Why doesn’t everything fit back in the same bins that I stored them in last year? Just so annoying.

  182. Donna Ingalls says:

    I liked you on Facebook

  183. Donna Ingalls says:

    I follow you on Pinterest

  184. Donna Ingalls says:

    I posted my comment as to the worst holiday mess
    Great giveaway-thanks.

  185. The clutter. Have to clean and get it organized for holiday parties. Ugh.

  186. Pinterest follower

  187. Cleaning up after all the cooking for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners… There are a lot of dishes left after those wonderful meals!

  188. I am a subscriber to your e-mails.

  189. I am a fan on FB!

  190. Follow you on Pinterest, and repinned homemade tootsie rolls.

  191. I dread all the dishes after a marathon day of baking Christmas cookies!

  192. I love making cheese balls for our family get together. I just don’t like cleaning my food processor after I’ve grated and mixed a lot of cheese in it.

  193. I hate the wrapping mess! Love a beautiful package, but argh! the time and mess!

  194. I dread cleaning up the mess after baking day.

  195. I follow on Pinterest.

  196. I subscribe by email.

  197. The biggest holiday mess I dread is the one my family leaves behind! I love them just the same!

  198. like on fb Julie A Scott Laws

  199. email sub using above email

  200. I dread the grease and mess on the stove and in the oven.

  201. I follow you on pinterest and pinned:

  202. I like your facebook page, liked the post and shared.

  203. I follow you on G+ and gave a thumbs up.

  204. Susan Christy says:

    I dread cleaning the turkey roaster.

  205. Lynn Galdeen says:

    I make about 8 different kinds of cookies and dread the cleanup afterwards. Love eating them though! 🙂

  206. I spend a few days baking, and a few days cleaning up the flour that flew everywhere.

  207. I am an email subscriber

  208. SYMONE MARTIN says:

    I dread the kitchen cleanup…a million dishes and spills.

  209. Mary Murray says:

    Cleaning up after Christmas cookie baking!

  210. Carol Siminoski says:

    The darn turkey pan! Maybe this year I will line it with foil first…..

  211. I really dislike cleaning up the oven after baking the turkey.

  212. Follow on google plus!

  213. Dread but love the mess my son makes of my stove when he cooks during his visit. All worth it!

  214. I dread the decoration take down.

  215. Tara Liebing says:

    I dread picking up after dinner.

  216. Tara Liebing says:

    I follow you on facebook

  217. Tara Liebing says:

    I follow you on google + and gave +1 Tara L

  218. Tara Liebing says:

    I follow you on pinterest and pinned a post http://www.pinterest.com/pin/23925441744177705/

  219. Tara Liebing says:

    I am an email subscriber

  220. I love baking for the holidays, but I hate the mess it creates!

  221. I follow on pinterest and have pinned some of your things.

  222. Facebook fan!

  223. Cleaning the turkey pan. Euuuurk.

  224. I follow you on pinterest, and have pinned SO MANY of your posts!! 🙂

  225. I like you on facebook!

  226. I follow you on google plus 🙂

  227. cleaning the kitchen!