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Cleaning Tips, Tricks, and Tools

When it comes to cleaning, having a few tricks up your sleeve is the way to go. And if you want to know how to quickly get rid of dust bunnies, grime, dirt, and allergens, count on The Maids to provide the best cleaning tricks for your home. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, we have more than a few house cleaning tips to share. After all, we don’t go anywhere without a vacuum and cloth in hand! Read on to learn more about cleaning tools and housekeeping strategies you can use to get your home shiny and bright.

How to Get Blueberry Stains Out of Clothes and Carpet

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Warm weather brings new crops of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and other healthy treats, and we all have our favorites. But nothing says summertime like fresh, plump blueberries. Blueberry pie, blueberry slushies, blueberry popsicles, blueberry muffins,

How to Get Mildew Smell Out of Towels

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If your family’s towels smell like a locker room instead of home sweet home, the culprit may be mildew. When damp towels pile up in the laundry basket or lay on the bathroom floor too long, mildew can grow. That musty odor you smell is caused by mildew that is

How to Clean a Kitchen Trash Can

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Even if you use the best housekeeping checklist and stay on top of the dirt and dust, there’s always a cleaning task or two that are overlooked. Some areas of your home that are out of sight may be out of mind for you, but they aren’t for germs and grime.

How to Clean Your Air Fryer in 4 Easy Steps

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Air fryers are popular because they can help you whip up a tasty snack quickly while still helping you eat more healthily. The heated air produced in air fryers replaces the need to use oil for cooking, but these handy appliances can still get pretty grimy. And while

Attic Cleaning Tips and Tricks

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Attics can be ideal for expanding your home’s living space, but for many of us, they serve as at-home storage units. Depending on how long you’ve lived in your home, your attic could be housing everything from 1980’s water beds to last

How to Clean a Front Door

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Nothing helps your home’s curb appeal more than a beautifully clean front door. Since you see it every day, you may not notice how dirty and dull your front door is—but you can bet visitors notice it. Your front door is one of the first things guests see when

How to Get Rid of a Musty Smell in Your House

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You’re walking down the hallway and out of nowhere, you catch a whiff of a musty aroma. You backtrack, then go to the other end of the hallway, but you can’t quite pin down the source. A musty smell in a house can come from various sources, so it’s

How to Get Makeup Out of Carpet

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Whether you are a beauty makeover artist or only use makeup when you have to, you’ve probably run into a makeup stain on your clothes. Many of us have a trick or two for cleaning up makeup, but what do you do when you get makeup on your carpet? You turn to The

How to Clean Tile Floors Like a Pro

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We love tile floors, and we know many of our readers and customers love them too. It’s no wonder tile floors have been a favorite floor covering for thousands of years. Tile is beautiful, durable, and competitively priced. There’s a lot to love about

How to Clean Toilet Bowl Stains

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If you feel like your bathroom cleaning routine is up to snuff, but you still can’t get rid of toilet bowl stains—we get it. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much elbow grease you put behind your toilet scrubbing, as you still can end up with unsightly

How to Remove Coffee and Tea Stains From Cups

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Whether you’re a tea drinker or a coffee drinker, you’ve probably looked down at the telltale stains and wondered, “Why do they make teacups and coffee mugs white on the inside!” We assume it’s just a natural result of the china or ceramic

How to Remove a Red Wine Stain On Clothes, Carpet, and Upholstery

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Of all life’s toughest stains, red wine stains may be the most feared—and for good reason! Fabrics are in danger any time someone uncorks a bottle of red, so it’s vital to understand red wine stain removal hacks for clothes, carpet, and upholstery. So why

How to Wash Stuffed Animals Without Ruining Them

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Many of us had favorite stuffed animals when we were kids—and there’s a good chance our parents never washed any of them. We’ll skip the nasty details, but suffice to say that kids’ messes can be a challenge. Thankfully, we know a lot more about dirt

How to Keep a Kid’s Room Clean and Organized

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If you find yourself walking by your child’s room for the umpteenth time and shaking your head, it’s probably because you can’t stand the sight of such a mess. Dirty clothes on the floor and bed, toys scattered everywhere, empty bags of chips and discarded juice

Top 5 Practical and Painless Ways for Paring Down Your Belongings

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Many of us know the benefits of decluttering, but few do it often enough. When decluttering isn’t a part of your regular housekeeping routine, the accumulation can create unnecessary stress and anxiety. If you find your belongings closing in and taking over,

How To Remove Hard Water Stains The Easy Way

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Depending on where your home is located, your water could be categorized as hard or soft. Hard water doesn’t feel “hard,” and soft water doesn’t feel “soft,” so what’s the difference and how can you tell? Water hardness or softness refers to the

How to Clean Marble Floors

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Before we get started learning how to clean marble floors, a quick primer on marble flooring will help lay the groundwork. Because marble is a natural material, it’s porous and usually protected with a sealant in high moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms. When

How to Clean Bathtub Stains Naturally

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Bathtub stains come from various sources, from shed skin and oils to the minerals in our water supplies, and staying on top of stains can be a challenge. We have to contend with mold, rust stains, and the nasty buildup caused by soap and shampoo. And We also have to

56 Things to Clean Before Super Bowl 56

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56 Things to Clean Before Super Bowl 56 Depending on your level of football fandom, it’s either an exciting day for sports or an exciting day for snacks. For us, the Super Bowl refers to the portion size of tortilla chips we’ll be consuming on the occasion. Whether

Winter Cleaning Checklist for a Clean and Healthy Home

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Winter Cleaning Checklist for a Clean and Healthy Home The holidays have come and gone and have left in their wake… a large mess. From dried pine needles scattering the floor, to rogue glitter, and unseen dust, there is a lot to attend to. While we typically associate

Your Microwave Guide: How to Clean Greasy Vents

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Your Microwave Guide: How to Clean Greasy Vents Microwaves have a way of simplifying life; their quick-heating abilities are responsible for moms everywhere getting to enjoy a sip or two of actual, hot coffee. Between the mug reheating and quick meal prep help,

Fight the Flu with a Clean Home

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Fight the Flu with a Clean Home Flu season is no joke. It’s that time of year when we are reminded of all the germs we encounter every day. Over the last couple of years, we have all become more aware of the potential dangers that can live on even the smallest of

How to Follow Through on Your New Year Cleaning Resolution

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How to Follow Through on Your New Year Cleaning Resolution It’s a long-running tradition that at each new year, we make resolutions. Though we always have good intentions, we don’t always stick to what we planned. It’s never a bad time to make a decision to get your

Cleaning Up After Christmas

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Cleaning Up After Christmas The completion of the holiday season can bring about lots of emotions: relief, sadness, or satisfaction. But most everyone feels one major feeling in common: the overwhelming dread of cleaning up after family leaves and taking down the

How to Unshrink Clothes Made With Cotton, Synthetics, and Wool

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When you don’t follow the laundry label on your clothes, colors will fade, whites will dull, and clothes will shrink. Unfortunately, few of us take the time to wash clothes by hand when the label calls for it, and sometimes we forget to use cold water or the

How to Clean Suede Shoes The Easy Way

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Suede is soft to the touch, breathable, and warm, so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular choice for boots and shoes. But unlike finished leather, suede can be more susceptible to becoming dirty and stained, especially in wet conditions. Suede shoes are made

The Complete Guide To Keeping Your Dorm Room Clean and Tidy

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Let’s face it—dorm rooms aren’t known for their cleanliness or sanitary living conditions, and what’s worse, they can be tiny spaces. The average college dorm room is only about 228 square feet, so if you have a roommate, you each have approximately 114

How to Get Melted Plastic Off Your Oven and Stovetop

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Hot burners, ceramic cooktops, and ovens are dangerous areas for plastic. And when the two meet, we can end up with an unhealthy melted mess. Plastic bread bags, cutting boards, and utensils quickly melt when they come in contact with a hot surface and leave behind a

How to Clean Outdoor Christmas Decorations

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Christmas means family get-togethers, lots of food and drink, and plenty of decorations. While many of us enjoy decorating for the holidays inside our homes, some of us relish the idea of making a statement with outdoor Christmas decorations. But to keep up with the

How to Take Down Your Christmas Tree Without the Mess

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If you use a real tree and want to know how to take down your Christmas tree without making a mess, you’ve come to the right place. For those of us who venture out into the forest (or simply the local tree lot!) to pick out our Christmas tree each season, we

Essential Pet Cleaning Products for Pet Owners

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Like other family members, our pets bring us joy and companionship while making their share of messes. But unlike some of the other family members, pets can’t clean up their messes, which leaves pet owners on the hook. From tracked in mud to dirty litter boxes,

Hacks for Making Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

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Hacks for Making Your Home Smell Like the Holidays Whether it’s chestnuts roasting on an open fire, freshly cut pine, or warm sugar cookies, it’s easy to confirm that Christmas scents are the very best. They ignite the nostalgia and magic of the season, and make

How to Remove Nail Polish From Carpet, Clothes, and Fabric

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If you’ve been painting your nails for a while, you’ve likely had an accident or two that left you wondering just how to remove nail polish from anything other than your nails. When you’re not quite sure how to get nail polish out of clothes and

How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell in Carpet, Wood, Upholstery, and More

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When your cat urinates outside the litter box, the odor can be challenging to get rid of and nearly impossible to cover up. Whether your cat pees on the carpet, a piece of furniture, bed linens, or clothing, it’s crucial to promptly neutralize the odor and remove the

How to Get Rid of Flies Safely and Naturally

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Figuring out how to get rid of house flies can be challenging. These pesky insects can carry viruses and bacteria, lay eggs, and defecate on surfaces — and that’s just the beginning. Flies can also spread food poisoning, E. coli, dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever,

How to Use Baking Soda for Cleaning Your Entire Home

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The last time you cleaned out your refrigerator, did you spy that little half-open box in the back and wonder to yourself, “What is baking soda used for besides trapping odors and baking?” Well, we can answer that. We’ve rounded up the best ways you can use baking

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your House

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Have you noticed tiny flies buzzing around your home? The dreaded fruit flies have arrived, and they won’t go away, despite your efforts to keep things tidy. These tiny nuisances breed quickly, which is why you might notice a single fruit fly one day and then a swarm

How to Wash and Care for Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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From office Christmas parties to family get-togethers, the holidays just wouldn’t be the same without ugly Christmas sweaters. So where did the ugly Christmas sweater tradition begin? Ugly Christmas sweaters started way back in the 50s and were known as “Jingle

A DIY Guide to Get Your Garage Winter Ready

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A DIY Guide to Get Your Garage Winter Ready The cold weather is just around the corner, but don’t let it get you down. Before it gets too chilly, tackle the garage. A neat and warm garage will make it easier to find what you need when you need it without

How to Clean and Care for Your Holiday Tablecloth

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The holidays mean fun get-togethers with plenty of food and drink, and most of us like to break out our very best dishes, glasses, and table linens to celebrate. We love to decorate our dinner tables for the holidays with colorful candles, crystal wine glasses, and

Cleaning Used Toys for Donation

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Cleaning Used Toys for Donation Ah, it’s that time of year. With the holidays coming quickly, you’re doing all you can do to get the house in order for the family that’s soon to arrive. You already did your fall cleaning, but it seems like there is still so much

How to Remove Cranberry Stains From Clothes, Carpet, and Upholstery

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Cranberries are most often associated with the holidays in the form of cranberry sauce and they’re also popular as a juice. Because of the high antioxidant content in cranberries, this festive fruit is also a healthy choice that can help prevent certain

How to Get Paint Out of Clothes

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Learning how to get paint out of clothes starts with understanding some things about paint and fabric. Whether you’re cleaning a grass stain or a paint stain, most experts agree—for most stains, it’s critical to clean the stain as soon as possible before

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

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Homeowners can’t seem to get enough of natural stone surfaces, and many choose quartz for countertops because it’s durable, beautiful, and requires very little maintenance. Because most quartz countertops contain resin, there are no air pockets so the

Holiday Cleaners Create More Time to Enjoy the Holidays

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Holidays are a time for reuniting with family, entertaining friends and neighbors, and festive celebrations—but they can also mean it’s time for stress overload! While the holidays are a wonderful time to host get-togethers and have overnight guests, those

The Ultimate Holiday House Cleaning Checklist

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Before, during, and after the holidays, housekeeping can be quite a challenge. Cooking, celebrating, and entertaining take center stage, and all that fun can put housekeeping on the back burner. Instead of choosing between having fun, holiday house cleaning, or guilty

Our Best Tips for Mess-Free Potty Training

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Our Best Tips for Mess-Free Potty Training In the company of other difficult parenting duties is the dreaded task that is potty training. While it’s a relief to think of life without diapers (both the expense and the yuck), potty training can be complicated and

How to Clean Linoleum Floors

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Linoleum floors have been around for more than a century and still present a practical and economical flooring choice. While the main selling point of linoleum flooring is its durability, the material also features other desirable qualities. Linoleum is eco-friendly,

How to Get Rid of Pink Mold in the Shower

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That pink or orange tint on your shower grout or other areas of your bathroom could be residue from your soap and shampoo, but it may be pink mold. Pink mold in a shower isn’t technically a mold; instead, it is a water-borne bacteria that grows in similar

How to Get Gum Out of Anything

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Chewing gum can be one of the toughest things to get out of fabric, hair, and other places it doesn’t belong. Because gum is so sticky, you can’t just scrape it away or pick it out of fibers or hair like some other messes. The easiest way to get gum out of


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