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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.

What Nail Polish Stains, Mold and Hydrogen Peroxide Have In Common

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One thing we’ve learned about our readers, you guys really love to learn how to do stuff. And based on the popularity of certain posts, it’s because you spill (how to get nail polish out of carpet), have unwanted funk (how to kill mold), or really just need a laugh

The White Glove Test: 4 Ways To Improve Your Dusting Technique

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Our staff does more dusting than the average homeowner. Here are some dusting tips and tricks to help make this household chore quick and effective. A little polish goes a long way. Or none at all. In fact, for the majority of dusting jobs, all you actually need is a

Your Teen’s Bedroom: To Clean or Not to Clean?

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Teen bedrooms. In a word: Yeesh. A recent New York Times article explored the forsaken habitat of the human adolescent, and described, in anecdotal detail, the frustrations of both the parents and the teenager in the endless battle of who should clean what. It’s kind

Three Free Apps for Tracking Your Recycling Habits

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We all understand the benefits of recycling, but we may not know what is recyclable and where it can be recycled. Here are three great (and FREE) recycling apps that help answer those two questions and more. Earth Day is April 22nd—what better time to start saving the

The 5 C’s of an Organization Wizard

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Color-coded closets. Clean countertops. Captured clutter. While these C’s may resemble the homes of the organized wizards of the world, they aren’t quite the action verbs that teach the rest of us how to reign it all in. Master the five C’s below and you’ll learn how

Declutter Your Home For a Cause: Where to Donate Books

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Even though there are numerous studies that link clutter to negative impacts on mental and physical health, most of us have a hard time parting with our stuff. As it turns out, however, the benefits of decluttering your home can have a much greater impact than you

March Madness Cinderella Story: Make a Clean (Commercial) Break

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We get it, it’s March Madness. Workplace productivity is grinding to a halt, as is most of the bandwidth. There’s no reason why you can’t get things done at home, however. It just takes a clever use of commercial breaks. Every March Madness has a Cinderella Story, and

House Cleaning Games: How to Get Lucky on St. Patrick’s Day

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It seems to be the dynamic of every relationship: One person does most of the cleaning, the other…doesn’t. Sometimes it’s because they don’t do it well (and have been told as much). Sometimes it’s because they don’t want to. Sometimes it’s because they just don’t see

Our Spring Cleaning Checklist: Cleaning Tips For What Not To Clean

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The interwebs are full of spring-cleaning tips and websites touting the best spring-cleaning checklist.  We at The Maids don’t believe an ultimate list exists; in fact, we believe the best spring cleaning tips we could share are ultimately ones everyone should use all

Best Organizing Blogs of 2015 (Besides Ours)

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If you’ve been reading our blog, you know we are on one heck of a decluttering kick. And who could blame us? Once you get a taste of a pristine desk and the ability to find exactly what you are looking for, you want to keep cleaning it forward! As we were researching

10 Decluttering Tips That Take 5 Minutes or Less

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If you have five minutes, you have the ability to take back your home from the clutter that threatens to take it over. Just five minutes a day—or whenever you can spare it—will help you feel better about the space you live in, giving you more room to breathe and

These Clutter Statistics Will Shock You.

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There’s an epidemic sweeping our nation’s households. More pervasive than mold and more time-consuming than binge-watching Scandal episodes, this epidemic is negatively impacting our productivity, budgets, time and health. It’s the “Epidemic of Clutter.”

The Maids Heat Things Up In The Kitchen

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We’ve written a lot about kitchen cleaning in the years this blog has been published, so we thought we’d take a moment to consolidate our favorite and most popular posts and present them in one handy place. If you find yourself snowed in or cabin-fevered, use these

10 Colors Your Walls Can’t Wait To Wear in 2015

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Even on the most limited budget, nothing completely transforms a room the way a few hours and a can of paint can. Adding color to walls can instantly make a house feel like a home, one room at a time. The hardest part of the painting process often isn’t the taping or

6 Ways to Trick Kids (and Some Adults) Into Cleaning

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We get it. Cleaning is a chore. If it were always awesome and fun and easy, we wouldn’t get so many chances to do what we do. That being said, cleaning isn’t really an optional thing; after all, dishes must get done, laundry must get washed (and dried, folded and put

Don’t be a Loser: 10 Ways to Find What You Need in 2015

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We all know that January is Resolution Month, and this time we are refusing to put “lose weight” at the top of our list. Let’s strike the word “lose” from this year’s vocabulary. Let 2015 be the Year of Found Things. May you find whatever you are looking for, whether

5 Things the Flu Virus Hopes You Never Do

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The flu virus is an unwelcome houseguest that would love nothing more than to take up residence and make your life—and the lives of everyone in your home—absolutely miserable. Kick the flu to the curb with these helpful tips. And if you need a visually stimulating

6 Ways to Remove Pink Biofilm For Good (Health)

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If your tub is tinged with pink “soap scum,” you have more problems than an unclean bathroom. You may have a very uninvited guest that has every intention of overstaying its welcome. Its name is S. marcencens and it is ruining your clean reputation. A bacteria that

4 Cleaning Mistakes We Know You’ve Made In The Last 3 Months

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Mistakes are a part of life. It’s how you learn from them that matter. And if it makes housework easier, everyone wins! More product is not better. It’s just more. Today’s detergents and cleaning agents are so concentrated that using more than the recommended amount

10 Ways To Prevent Your Doorbell From Catching You Off Guard

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There are two sounds that occur in my life that nearly always send me over the edge. The microwave beep that keeps reminding me the cold coffee I tried to reheat has now, in fact, gone cold again. The doorbell. For really any reason. While the microwave is like a

Cleaning habits to set your clock to: Living area

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It’s easy to overestimate how long it takes to deep clean a room. If you break it down into manageable chucks of time, however, the process becomes both manageable and efficient, especially when you know exactly how to do it. In this week’s installment of our Cleaning

5 Cleaning Tasks Your Holiday Guests Will Only Notice If You Don’t Do.

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Fill in the blank: When a guest steps into your home, they ask, “What’s that _____________ smell?” A. Delicious B. Clean C. Musty D. No adjective, just an uncomfortable pause. If you are hosting guests this holiday season, no doubt your cleaning efforts have

Get Undone in the Bedroom: 7 Ways to Take Clutter Out and Put Awesome In

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Dropped socks, forgotten books, unmade beds–it’s easy to pick up messes in the bedroom, but when was the last time you really cleaned it? For a room that sees you more asleep than awake, it’s easy for bedroom grime and dust to sneak up on you. Take a couple of

5 Scandalous Cleaning Tasks That Will Have You Cleaning More Often

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There are some that would argue that there is nothing sexier than a clean home. (Men, take note: The majority would argue there’s nothing sexier than when you do it without asking). Defrocked closets, lovely pantries, fresh food, and an inviting bed all hit the sweet

5 Ways To Keep Football Season From Driving You Crazy

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An article from the International Business Times claims that Fantasy Football will reduce productivity of the American workforce by $13 billion this football season. And while that number is astounding, if not unbelievable, there are many people who would agree that

5 Biannual Tasks Your Kitchen is Grateful for

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They call it the heart of the home for a reason. Today’s kitchens are bustling with activity, which makes them one of the happiest—and the dirtiest—places to be. We’re all about keeping hearts healthy, so whip your kitchen into shape at least twice a year with these

5 Cleaning Tasks That You Never Thought Of (And Now Won’t Forget)

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I’m a little afraid to put this list in writing, as I’m sure it will have you noticing dirty areas in your home that you were perfectly fine ignoring just a few minutes ago. I apologize in advance if you become somewhat hypersensitive to these newfound nuisances. The

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.



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