Rubber gloves? Check. Face mask? Check. Biohazard suit? Check. Wait, what? Cleaning with bleach isn’t scary or toxic. Bleach is actually one of the best and least expensive cleaning products you can use, next to vinegar. Is Bleach Safe? Household chlorine bleach is
You spend about a third of your life on your mattress, so keeping it clean is one housekeeping chore that should always be on your cleaning checklist. Regular mattress cleaning can help reduce allergens, decrease dust mites and give you a clean, fresh place to sleep.
Garment steamers are a convenient way to keep your clothes fresh and wrinkle-free at home or on the road. They keep your clothes looking new longer and eliminate some of the wear and tear from ironing and frequent washing. But did you know there are a multitude of
While getting crayon off walls isn’t as easy as cleaning up fingerprints and dirt on your walls, but it is possible. With a little know-how and elbow grease, you can get your walls looking good as new. You love for your kids to be creative and express
Mudrooms are an essential transition area in many homes. It’s the place where your family pulls things together as they head out the door each day—and where they dump everything as they walk back in. It’s easy to let a mudroom get cluttered and dirty, but when
After the lazy days and fun in the sun of the summer season, the changing seasons bring cooler weather, fall cleaning and swapping your summer gear for winter gear. Your seasonal changeover should include a thorough house cleaning, decluttering and a strategy for
When you think about your summer vacation rental, you’re probably thinking of marketing your property, decorating your summer rental and other ways to keep your place booked all summer long. Whether it’s good old word of mouth or a digital review, how
Fall brings cooler weather, falling leaves and the challenge of getting everyone back-to-school ready. With summer ending, it’s time to change gears and get back into a schedule of classes, homework and extracurricular activities. Planning ahead, getting
With the popularity of tidying room by room, decluttering and other housekeeping trends to create a more peaceful environment, and a calmer mind, it’s time to take a look at the connection between a clean house and mental health. Leading psychological research
Hiring a cleaning service comes with a lot of perks like having a spotless home you didn’t have to lift a finger to get. But even though everyone loves to come home to freshly vacuumed floors, clean, wiped countertops and disinfected, sweet-smelling bathrooms, some
A deep fall cleaning is a great way to prepare your home for a long winter. Just like a spring cleaning opens up your home following the cold, frigid temperatures, a fall cleaning is really your last opportunity to clear your home’s air before being shut tight again.
Self-care is taking care of your physical and mental health; making you a priority. And while you may ask yourself, “Don’t I already do that?” You probably don’t. We’re so consumed by daily stress that most of us probably don’t recognize just how little care we give
Before we attempt to do something new, most of us ask a friend who’s been there, done that. We get advice on vacations, vehicles and home services, like housecleaning services. When you’re curious about trying a new service, you want to see how others are using it.
The amazing clean you get when you use Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers isn’t smoke and mirrors. These little sponges remove the toughest, most stubborn dirt and grime with no extra cleaners. Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser is made with Durafoam, a melamine polymer. Originally used
Those sunny days and lazy afternoons of summer are winding down and it’s time to get ready for fall and winter once again. From the mounting stress of back to school prep to making sure your home is ready for cold weather, the change in seasons brings plenty of
Summertime brings long, sunny days and that summer vacation you’ve looked forward to all year long. As exciting and relaxing as vacations can be, inevitably, the day comes when it’s time to head back home. The last day of vacation is full of packing and
Isn’t outdoor furniture designed to withstand the elements? Why should I worry about cleaning and protecting it? Good questions! Yes, outdoor furniture is designed and constructed differently than indoor furniture so it can last season after season in outdoor
Can you really make housekeeping fun? Absolutely! Housework doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore if you start with the right mindset and change your housekeeping strategy. Sure, your house may be way overdue for a deep-down cleaning, but don’t let that
Most of us tend to think of summer as the busy time. We take vacations, attend ball games, host barbecues and generally try to squeeze in as much fun as possible. But in actuality, back-to-school time is far busier than summer. Not only are ball games still in full
Today, turning a home into a vacation rental is big business and for good reason. By renting, homeowners get the ability to earn extra income on an otherwise empty space and guests receive a more comfortable living experience while on vacation or traveling for
Few things are more satisfying than successfully scrubbing up a stubborn stain. Some cleaning know-how and a little elbow grease and what once was thought to be a permanent mark is now a thing of the past! Hey, we’re right with you; we love removing stains, it’s
Making and playing with slime is an uber-popular pastime for both kids and tweens. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of recipes online for making slime each with different properties and textures. But what they may not tell you is this stuff is murder to remove.
Surprises are great – receiving a bouquet of flowers at work or being treated to lunch but there are some surprises that come with unwanted stress and anxiety. Take this example, your best friend from out of state calls to let you know she’s in town for the
We’ve all seen plenty of tips and hacks for backyard party preparation, from organizing to hosting and menus. But there are lots of things you can do to make backyard barbeque cleanup quicker and easier, too. Whether you’re throwing a small cookout or a
Independence Day and Canada Day festivities mean backyard barbeques, community celebrations, fun in the sun and fireworks. Most of us know the precautions we should take with fireworks, from keeping them away from the kids to keeping a safe distance. But how many of
At The Maids, we’re committed to providing residential cleaning services for busy families and we strive to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations. Our residential cleaning services deliver amazing value through quality service and premium products because we’re
For most of us, when the heat kicks off, the air conditioning kicks on. We work in climate-controlled buildings and live in temperature-steady homes. We want to be at a comfortable 70 degrees at all times, and that’s ok. The problem lies in that we’re breathing the
Fire up the grill. When the temperatures rise, it’s the perfect opportunity to take cooking outdoors. Burgers, hot dogs, steak and chicken all get a big flavor boost when cooked over an open flame or hot coals. But if the inside of your grill looks more like a
Memories are made at the beach. Days spent splashing in the surf and building sand castles in the summer sun are treasured times. That is until it is time to leave and the sand comes with you – in your clothes, shoes, bags, coolers and eventually every square inch of
When the weather turns hot, it’s time for summer treats like popsicles, lemonade and ice cream. Throw in those year-round kids’ favorites like candy and gum, and you could spend a good part of your summer cleaning up sticky messes. Kids are great at making
There is no greater cleaning tool than a five-star checklist. These handy lists help keep us on track for when, where and how to clean in the most efficient way possible. Using a cleaning checklist also helps break down big tasks (cleaning out the closets or
Even if you clean your bathroom like the pros and everything looks squeaky clean, some areas get missed. From those out-of-the-way spots to things you may not think to clean, even the shiniest bathroom has hidden dirt and germs. To make sure your bathroom is
Sand is one of those tricky messes that are a part of a fun day at the beach. Those tiny grains stick to wet and suntan-lotioned bodies, find their way into bathing suit pockets, beach totes, shoes and just about anything else you take on your day trip. Getting rid of
Summer is here! You’re ready for vacation time — but is your house? Before you pack up and head out, be sure to prepare your home for summer break. Those hot summer days can cause all sorts of problems around the home, especially if you’re going to be gone
Spring brings spring cleaning, blooming flowers and, for dog owners, pet shedding. As winter comes to an end, your dog begins shedding their thicker winter coat to prepare for the hot days of summer. Seemingly overnight, you start seeing wisps of fur floating around.
Summer is a fun time for kids and families with cookouts, beach trips, outdoor games and plenty of opportunities for messes! All those summer goodies like popsicles, ice cream, frozen drinks and candy almost seemed to be designed to cause messes just about anywhere.
You’ve come through another winter, and you’re getting geared up for warm weather, spring cleaning and summer fun. Those cold mornings, the runny noses and winter doldrums are now just distant memories. But winter can take a toll on your home just like it does you and
As a parent, you’ll inevitably encounter the age-old battle to get your teen to clean up and take on responsibilities around the house. You may think you’re ready for this battle, but teens present a unique challenge. You have a child who’s at the
Fun summer traditions include splashing in swimming pools, attending baseball games, oohing and aahing over firework displays and munching on fabulously-delicious food. Don’t let summer pass you by without trying these recipes, guaranteed to help keep things cool.
There are a couple of questions you probably ask yourself before making a purchase, “Is this worth the money?” and “Will this benefit my life?” It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a new pair of walking shoes, an instapot or even a housecleaning service, the answer
Why is it that thoroughly cleaning the interiors of our vehicles gives us such immense satisfaction? Taking the time to get into the nooks and crannies, vacuuming up the dirt and crumbs and wiping down the interior feels like a huge accomplishment. But of course, what
No one likes to eat off of “questionably clean” dinnerware or drink out of dingy glassware. For shinier plates and crystal clear glasses, most of us are always looking for ways to get dishes cleaner, whether it’s by hand-washing or in the dishwasher.
Flowers, candy, jewelry, bath products, a fluffy robe – these are all great (but predictable) Mother’s Day gift ideas. They are so common, the mothers in your life have probably already received them numerous times. And, let’s ask ourselves, is this what mom really
Whenever you tuck your child into bed, choose an outfit for the day or just walk by their room, you see it … the clutter. Clothes piled up on floor, toys strewn about and who knows what underneath the bed. Even if you close the door, it’s there, nagging at the back
With the chill of winter safely behind us, it is time once again to break out the patio furniture and fire up the barbecue. Before inviting guests over for that first outdoor party, give your patio furniture some TLC. Outdoor furniture and accessories can come out of
There’s no shortage of house cleaning hacks, from “ultimate” lists to videos and tutorials, and we’re sure you’ve found your share of hacks that are less than inspiring. That’s why we picked five of the best cleaning hacks for your
Even if your new home looks clean, there could still be some hidden places harboring dirt, grime and germs. Since there’s no better time to clean a house than before you move in, it pays to inspect every nook and cranny when you’re doing your move-in house
You’re probably familiar with ‘spring cleaning,’ but do you know that ‘pre-spring cleaning’ can make this often dreaded seasonal cleaning more bearable? There are plenty of areas around your home you can tackle well before the first sign
Since we were kids, we’ve been told hundreds of times: “Clean up your room!” And as adults, we keep hearing this sage advice—but instead of our parents, it’s our internal chatter that’s telling us to get busy tidying up. Tidying has also
Cleaning isn’t exactly rocket science. Sure, it takes some know-how, attention to detail and the right supplies. Keeping your house clean isn’t so tough as long as you stay on top of things. Until you have kids. Cleaning house should really fall into two