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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.

Cleaning Habits to Set Your Clock To: Bathroom Edition

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Cleaning the bathroom is notoriously not awesome. Luckily, it’s also not time consuming. We’ve compiled a list of quick and easy bathroom cleaning tips that will take your bathroom from horrifying to hallelujah in almost no time at all. Want to save even more time?

8 Ways To “Fall Back” Into A Clean House and Good Health

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Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 2, which means most of us in North America (with the exception of you rebels in Hawaii, Arizona and Saskatchewan) will be adjusting our clocks to “fall back” an hour. The starting and ending dates of Daylight

Cleaning Habits To Set Your Clock To

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If getting an extra hour of sleep this fall is going to help you breathe a little more easily, our biannual cleaning tips will make sure the air you inhale is all the better for you and your family. Take a few moments out of your recharged day to purify your home with

5 Surprising Germ Factories In Your Home and How To Shut Them Down

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With the news exploding with stories about Enterovirus-D68 and Ebola, it’s no wonder folks are in a panic about killing germs. The truth is, even if an illness didn’t make the daily headlines, it’s a perfect reminder to take stock of your daily hygiene and home

5 Cleaning Blogs (other than ours) You Should Follow

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The Internet is full of information that can both change your life or distract you from it, which is especially true of cleaning blogs. While we strive to give you the best information and trending topics about organizing and cleaning, we recognize that there are many

How To Clean Your Car Like A Pro Every Time

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Answer me this: Which would you rather have on any given day: A clean house or a clean car? For those of you who choose a clean house, I totally get it. I mean, there’s a reason why 95% of the blogs on our website are full of why clean houses are awesome. (And why we

The #1 Bathroom Cleaning Tip Every Mom Should Know

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Are you ready? Here it is: Make the kids do it. Here’s the thing. Bathrooms are small spaces that can get ridiculously dirty if given half the chance. If you have even one child who occasionally, ahem, misses the boat, then bathrooms need constant attention. Teaching

My House Will Always Be Cleaner Than Yours. Here’s Why.

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“Hi!” I say to you as you walk through my yellow front door. “So good to see you! Come in. Have a seat. We have so much catching up to do.” I want to hold your eye contact to prevent you from looking around, but I can’t. It’s inevitable. I can practically see the

Get A Clean House Instantly With These 6 Tips

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Unexpected guests? Friend in the neighborhood? Date go unexpectedly well? When you have a less-than-presentable house and exactly five minutes to clean it, race through these six tips as quickly as you can: 1.    Clean the toilet. Give it a quick spray with cleaner

5 Things You Are Already Doing Wrong This School Year

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Shhhh… did you hear that? That was the collective sigh of relief from parents all over the country. School is back in session. Thank goodness. As life settles into the new normal, it’s important to get a grip on as much as you can as the school year picks up speed.

Five Reasons You Should Own a Clothesline

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Hours of sunshine and gentle winds make for some beautiful memories in the summer, and that’s just the start of it. Now is the time to take advantage of all that free energy (I’m talking about the sun and having kids at home) and see how using a clothesline can really

6 Back-to-School Traditions

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Is there anything like the sights, sounds, and smells of back-to-school season? The first crack of a brand new notebook, laying out that inaugural outfit, smelling the slightest tinge of fall in the maple leaves—all signs that a new season of regularly scheduled

Confessions of a Mommy Blogger

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Readers of this blog know that occasionally I find myself needing to confess something publicly. Like how I feel about window washing. And how I really feel about spring-cleaning. Today is another one of those days. I’ve stopped folding underwear. It was a

Screening Your Walls: Sunscreen Removal Tips

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Sunscreen is a summer essential that essentially can get everywhere. Aerosol and cream-based sunscreens can make tile floors dangerously slippery, hardwood floors hard to clean and can create lasting (and greasy) memories on carpet, clothes and upholstery. The next

Organization 101: School Year’s Resolutions

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With many of the nation’s schools starting up classes in early to mid-August, a brand new school year is right around the corner. And, for families with kids, the start of a new school year comes with more fervor, goals and dreams than anything that could happen come

10 Guilt-Free Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Service

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We get it. Hiring a cleaning service can be a tough decision. We’re not even talking about our regularly scheduled services, although we obviously do those, too; we also provide “one-hit-wonder” services all the time for special situations, like the ones below. Do any

Six Natural Mosquito Repellent Methods That Actually Work

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You knew this would happen.  As soon as the weather warmed up, they arrive in swarms, making you uncomfortable with their constant interference in everything that would ordinarily be so peaceful—picnics, outside parties, ball games and lakeside fun. As if their

Seven Words That Just May Change Your Life, and Your House

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I’m going to tell you all something I wish I would have learned years ago, a lesson so important that I sometimes wish I would have tattooed it backwards on my forehead so I would be reminded every time I looked into the mirror.** Here it is: There’s nothing wrong

Ten Non-Toxic Ways to Prevent Mold

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                                Poor indoor air quality due to mold can impact the health of everyone in the home. Symptoms are wide spread and can be serious, ranging from allergies to

How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of Wood Flooring and Furniture

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There’s a reason why our “How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of Carpet and Fabric” post is a popular one, and it’s not because it’s the cool thing to do. Accidents happen. Especially when it comes to drippy nail polish and its bright pink hue. So what’s a gal to do

A New Contest for June: Pin to win!

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                                We know the challenges of getting—and keeping—a house clean, and we are constantly pinning our favorite cleaning tips, hacks and sanity savers on Pinterest.

De-Stress the Laundress: 10 Tips on how to make laundry less of a pain in the basket.

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Laundry. Whether you love it or hate it, chances are there are times you wish you could go to bed and wake up with it all washed, dried, folded, and put away. (You mean I should have wished for something else on my last birthday?). While I can’t bring enchantment to

Summer is Coming: How to Get Your Home Ready For Swimsuit Season

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                            We knew this time was coming. After a brutal winter of snow days, bitter temperatures, and blustery winds, warmer temperatures are arriving, and with them, stark reality.

Drawings, paintings, handprints, oh my! How to celebrate kids artwork (without drowning in it)

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                            If you have one—or several—young, budding artists in your home, you are probably blessed with an abundance of authentic, original, hand-signed pieces of incalculable

Things Are Looking Up: 7 Surprising Ways to Dress Up Your Ceilings

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Ceilings are often referred to as the “forgotten fifth wall”, but no more! Distract your guests between house cleanings with the newest trend in home décor! Make your ceiling (not your stacks of paperwork and randomly placed socks) the focus of the attention.  

10 Ways To Help Washers and Dryers Clean Up Their Act

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Washers and dryers are the dynamic duo that keep you and your family clothed, so, like every other relationship in your life, you’ll need to give them some love on occasion to keep them humming along. Remember: Safety first! Make sure to unplug these appliances

Supreme Makeovers: Small Appliance Edition

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                            If your microwave looks like it sent a Gremlin to the afterlife, keep reading. If your toaster has enough stored crumbs to feed a small family, keep reading. If your

How to Pare Down Without Losing Your Mind In The Process

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                            I know I’m not alone when I say that this past winter has been BRUTAL. It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States, it seems the entire country, from its human

Clear The Air: A Houseplant For Every Room In Your Home

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Studies have shown that indoor air quality can be substantially more polluted than outside air. Here is a list of easy-to-care-for plants for every room in your home. Living Room: Try Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum), a tough-to-kill houseplant that removes VOCs

10 Things You MUST Do Before Spring Cleaning

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                            Ah, spring cleaning. Your house’s very own “Happy New Year!” complete with a whole list of resolutions (No more eating in the living room! Baseboards will be cleaned

Keep Your Refrigerator Running With These Easy Tips

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                            As promised, we’re tackling each appliance in the kitchen and breathing new (or extended) life into it. This month, it’s the cool kid in the room. From the inside. Start

Give Your Oven Some Lovin’: 5 Tips To Clean Cooking Machines

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There is a reason for everything, and the reason for this post is bacon. Crisp, salty, oven-baked bacon. It crackles to perfection, but one jostled attempt to remove a rimmed cookie sheet filled with the savory strips can lead to a greasy disaster. Lose the courage of

Take Five: 15 ways you can make the most of 5 minutes.

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                            It’s true, five minutes isn’t a lot of time, but in the space of a Super Bowl commercial break, you could tackle a task that you’ve been putting off. Need some ideas?

10 Uses for Rice

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Make a pet toy. Take an old sock, fill it with rice and catnip, and seal the open end with a knot, hair tie, or a quick stitch. Your cat will get some exercise and you’ll get some entertainment. Win-win. Clean small-necked bottles and vases. They may defeat the

Kitchen Efficiency: Six Ways To Make Your Kitchen Work for You

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                            No matter the age or style of a home, every kitchen inside has its own quirks and personality. If you find yourself fighting with your kitchen’s layout, or cupboard

From streaking to beak-ing: Is window washing for the birds?

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                            I will start this blog with a confession: I can’t remember the last time a bird lost its life trying to fly into one of my windows. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t feel bad

Smartphone Pictures: 15 Ways to Simplify Your Life

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Ever wonder what it’s like to have a photographic memory? It turns out you actually do, and it’s in your pocket. We’ve gathered 15 clever ways your smartphone camera will make your errands more efficient, your desk less cluttered, and your to-do list less

Take the 30 Spaces in 30 Days Challenge

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                            Our clients are always looking for ways to help their homes stay clean for as long as possible. We combed Pinterest, our favorite blogs, and the minds of the organized

Preserve the Merry: Putting the Holiday Away in 5 Easy Steps.

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                            I don’t know about you, but as much as I love the pomp and circumstance of the holidays, there is something invigorating about taking it all down and starting the year

The More the Merrier: Age-appropriate cleaning chores for young kids.

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As a cleaning service, we know that getting a house to sparkle is one thing, but keeping it clean after we leave is another. And if that house contains any number of children, the length of time between shiny and disaster shrinks considerably. The good news is that

10 Ways to Display Holiday Greeting Cards

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Arguably the best part of the holiday season is seeing family, whether the moments come in person or with each trip to the mailbox. If you find yourself blessed with more holiday photos and greetings than your decorating skills know what to do with, we’ve got you

Three Ways to Warm Up Electronic Greetings

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This year’s late Thanksgiving holiday is throwing shoppers, party planners, and decorators into a highly caffeinated frenzy. No one feels the pinch more than the holiday card sender, who will give up sleep and meals to mail a picture perfect holiday greeting before

Simplify Holiday Decorating in Five Easy Steps

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                            If your house is like mine, holiday decorating takes on a life (and a storage unit) of its own. This year I was struck with the number of storage bins dedicated to the

Happy You Year Sweepstakes: Keeping it Clean in 2014!

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Imagine what your life would be like if your home was clean for most of it. Impromptu play dates? Bring them on. Want to invite friends over for coffee? Have a seat on your comfy, crumb-free couch. Neighborhood brunch? One more reason to show off your microwave’s

6 Ways To Celebrate Thankfulness This Year

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While we believe in celebrating thankfulness all year round, this time of year pulls being grateful into sharp focus. Here are a few ways to incorporate gratitude into your life. “Thankful” collections: Take a moment each day to write down what you are thankful for on

The Taming of the Shoe: Give Unorganized Closets the Boot

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We’re not sure about your house, but in ours, lost shoes have taken years off our lives. Nothing ratchets up the stress of leaving for school, holiday parties, or soccer games more than that last-minute scramble for a shoe that has plunged into the abyss of the

Guest Rewards: 5 Free Ways to Take Hospitality to the Next Level

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The holidays approacheth, and if you’re like most people, not only are you scurrying for fresh new recipes, gifts, and trying to keep the house moderately presentable, you are also preparing for overnight guests and their luggage (notice we didn’t say baggage.) You

Spice Up Your Cleaning Routine. Literally.

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This time of year it’s hard to avoid the embrace of cinnamon, the lure of nutmeg, or the refreshing zing of peppermint in holiday cooking, baking, and drinking. What you may not realize is that these same holiday spices and herbs can also help you around your home.

‘Clean’ing Jokes. That are Actually Funny.

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                        Sometimes cleaning is serious business. And sometimes it’s deliriously funny. Here are a few gems that will either get you in the mood to clean or laugh about not doing it at all. You

Take 5 Minutes To Clean These 5 Dirty Places In Your Home

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You clean your house. All. The. Time. In the midst of your tried-and-true routine, chances are you’re missing out on some pretty gross areas that are in desperate need of some attention. Here are the worst offenders and how you can bring them up to snuff in five



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