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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.

Doing Dishes the Easy Way

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  While the easiest way to avoid doing dishes is to buy disposable plates and silverware, it’s not good for the planet or your wallet. Washing dishes does many things—it builds character, promotes good hygiene, and provides additional surfaces on which to eat.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

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  For coffee lovers there’s one thing that completely makes the fall season one of our ultimate favorites and that’s the spicy goodness of a perfectly brewed, hot pumpkin spice latte. The only thing that makes this cup of heaven taste sweeter is making it

5 Ingenious Gadgets That Keep Your Kitchen Clean

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                        We’re always looking for ways to help our clients maintain a lasting clean in their kitchens. Here are a few gadgets that keep the heart of your home running smoothly: Dishwasher /

Story From A Mom: Four Real Tips for Preparing Your Home for Baby

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                    When I think back to the time before I had kids, I can muster up a few faint images: the quiet breakfasts with my husband, the pristine hatchback in the driveway, and my nice, clean little house.

Cleaning Culture: The Three Best Cleaning Tips from Around the World

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Love may make the world go around, but there is no one-way to keep it clean. We’ve scoured the planet for the best cleaning tips from around the globe. No shoes, no dirt, no problem. In many parts of the world, shoes are taken off at a home’s entrance to avoid

Organize Like a Man: No Nonsense Ways to Keep Your Home Clutter Free

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It may go without saying that men and women approach life from different perspectives, and this is no less true than when it comes to home organization. Here’s how bridging the gender gap can help keep your house in order. Divide and Conquer. When faced with a closet

5-Minute Solution To Organize Your Junk Drawer

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The junk drawer never sets out to be a junk drawer. It usually starts out as something completely functional, like “the place where we will put our pens” or “the keeper of the cheese knives.” And then life happens. And suddenly the cheese knives are mingling with the

How To Clean Your Kitchen Countertops By Susan Serra

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Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS, is a certified kitchen designer and founder of Susan Serra Associates, Inc., a kitchen design remodeling firm, founder of Bornholm Kitchen, Scandinavian Made, and the author of the popular blog, The Kitchen Designer. Susan’s design work has

Homemade Green Cleaning Recipes

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Time for some ultimate DIYing. Making your own cleaning products is a lot easier than you think. Name-brand cleaners can get expensive, and can be abrasive, and harmful to children and pets. Using eco-friendly products will have your lungs and overall health thanking

How To Clean Fingerprints Off Walls

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Here’s a universal truth: If you have kids, you probably have smudged up walls. Whether it’s summer, winter, fall or spring, there’s a never-ending trail of their cute little fingerprints throughout your home. That said, the last thing you want to do when cleaning up

3 Painless Garage Organization & Cleaning Tips

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Organizing and Cleaning the Room That Rarely Gets Love “Hey we should clean out our garage this weekend.” “Today is the day; we are going to clean the garage.” “No, seriously, I can’t park in the garage; it’s time to clean it out.” Does this sound like you? Been

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

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                We’d do almost anything to avoid clogged pores and pesky breakouts. With all of the home concoctions and expensive cleansers, washes, and remedies, sometimes we overlook the simple things. When you use your

Blue and Yellow Bridal Shower

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Something Yellow, Something Blue Something old, something new, something yellow, and something blue… okay so that might not be exactly how the saying goes but you can definitely borrow ideas for a something yellow and something blue bridal shower. The easiest and most

3 Instant Hacks for Cleaning Your Kitchen

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With hot summer days in full swing it is easy to want to spend more time outside or by the pool and less time stuck cleaning your kitchen. Here are three easy tips to be able to clean your kitchen in 60 seconds or less.   1. Use aluminum foil, lots of it in fact.

What Not To Do When Getting Rid Of Insects From Your Home

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Last week my toddler came up to me, super excited to tell me something new. “Mom look,” he said, pointing to our living room carpet, “I found a tiny baby ant. Isn’t it so cute?!” Since ants aren’t my ideal version of a household pet, I didn’t want to let

How To Clean Your Outdoor Umbrella

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Rihanna may have told you to stand under her umbrella (ella ella eh eh), but she didn’t give any hints on how to keep it clean over the summer. Now that it’s getting warmer, your family is starting to spend more time outdoors entertaining guests and lounging around in

Top 4 Cleaning Tips from The Maids Blog

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Today, we’re digging through The Maids Blog archive to find the most motivating and helpful posts. We’ve talked about cleaning, organizing, decorating, and even doing things yourself. The Maids Blog is loaded with great ideas with these leading the pack. 1. How To Get

How to Get Your Kids WANT To Clean

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What is it about cleaning that kids don’t enjoy? Okay, maybe that isn’t a fair question. Getting your kids to pitch in when it comes to cleaning the house may seem like an impossible feat, but with these revolutionary ideas, your kids will be helping out and having

The Ultimate Cleaning Task: Mission Space

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The Maids officially declare war on space! Okay, not space itself, and not even really a war, but nevertheless, cleaning ‘space junk’ is the most epic cleaning mission of all time. Luckily, plenty of scientists have taken pressure off The Maids and have come up with

6 DIY Tips You Need to Know For Cleaning After Your Pet

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If your family has a pet, you understand the special kind of love between your entire family and your pet. When Spring rolls around it’s time to get your family and your furry friends outside for some fresh air. With summer comes shedding season. We love our furry

3 Fresh Ideas to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

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  As you get ready for sunny days – think light and cool. When the temperature rises, we get ready to shed the layers inside and out. Summer is the perfect time to look at your home with new eyes and roll winter right out the door. Just use these simple tips to help

Preparing Your Grill For Summer

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Summer is made for grilling. That sizzling sound and backyard barbecue scent is your universal sign to the neighborhood that summer is here. There’s no better way to ring in the season than by preparing your grill for a summer full of succulent barbecue. Just follow

Keep Your Home In Year-Round Order With Kathy Van Mullekom

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Kathy Van Mullekom has gardened all her life. Today, she and husband Ken care for about an acre in York County, Va., where most of her plants are native species meant to attract bees, butterflies and birds. She picks plants for their multi-season interest. Kathy has

FREE Happy Mother’s Day Coupon Book

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Most kids – even grown ones – find it hard to express just how much their mothers mean to them. But me… I’m worse. There’s no way I’ll ever be able to tell my mom how incredibly important she is to me, how encouraging she’s been and how much I (despite some immature

The Maids Top Picks for Spring Cleaning Apps

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It’s officially Spring and that means one thing, Spring Cleaning! It seems there are apps for everything these days, but what about cleaning and organizing your home. We’ve surfed the web and scoured the internet and wanted to share with you our picks for apps that

Cleaning the Titanic: An Enormous Task

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Since this week marks the 101st anniversary of the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage, let’s take a look at what it really entailed to keep a boat that large (and that glamorous) clean. When the great Titanic sunk, nearly 685 crew members vanished. These crewmembers

How To Clean Up Broken Glass

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How To Clean Up Broken Glass was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by The Maids

5 Home Friendly Ways To Get Rid of Houseflies

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Soon the season will be changing. The leaves will turn green, the flowers will start to bloom, and a whole crowd of unwanted guests will fill your home the first moment you crack your windows for some fresh, springtime air. Yes, houseflies. They are tremendously

The Do’s & Don’ts for Cleaning Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel adds an image of elegance and sophistication to any kitchen. However, if you don’t clean it often enough, you could be left with a room full of dull, grey appliances. Luckily, stainless steel is ridiculously easy to maintain. All you need to remember

The Do’s & Don’ts of Cleaning the Fireplace

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As the winter dwindles away, I find myself using the fireplace less and less.  So, now seems like a great time to share some do’s and don’t’s when it comes to preparing your fireplace for the remainder of the year.  And, some of these I’ve learned the hard way. When

How To Organize Small Spaces

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Homes come in all shapes and sizes, but that doesn’t mean organization has to suffer. If you are lacking horizontal space in your home, then capitalize on the vertical space and use every nook in a smart, functional way. Let’s explore some practical ways that you can

What She Really Wants For Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air… so bust out the heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and long-stemmed roses, right? WRONG! If your woman is anything like me, she rarely takes time to do anything for herself. When she’s not working, she’s cooking dinner or cleaning the toy room, taking

The Maids Shop Talk

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Whether you call The Maids regularly, or have never experienced a professional cleaning service, sometimes it’s nice to see behind the curtain to find out what it’s all about.  As a customer myself, I thought I’d talk a little shop with The Maids and share with you

Secrets to Cleaning Your Gadgets

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If you’re like me, you constantly have your gadgets within reach. Whether it’s a computer, mobile phone, laptop, portable music player or e-reader, they’re a constant part of our daily lives. But how often do we clean them? During the flu season, it’s important to

THE ULTIMATE STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE: House Cleaning & Tackling Life’s Toughest Stains

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It never fails – you’re in a rush to get to work and you spill coffee down your favorite shirt. Or maybe your kids have gone strangely silent in the other room, which can only mean a juice stain all over your rug or favorite piece of furniture. Then there’s that

Top 5 DIY Cleaning Tips

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Thanks to the power of Pinterest to our Pinterest page, we have found several blogs in the last year that have sparked our interest when it comes to nifty, do-it-yourself methods for cleaning. Here are my top five tips from The Maids Pinterest page. 5. Dryer Sheets

Furnace Prep Checklist

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It never fails. On the first day of frigid temperatures, the furnace decides it doesn’t want to work. It’s one of those things we forget about until we really need it. Today is the day that all changes…this is our day to check and prep the furnace, so when Old Man

5 Tips For Winterizing The Entryway

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For many of us, the winter months come with freezing temperatures and oftentimes snow, which means thicker coats, wet boots and collections of hats, gloves and scarves. Back in August I wrote a blog about preparing your home for back-to-school with a “get ready”

Happy You Year from The Maids!

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  If you’re like me your New Year’s Resolution probably has something to do with time. More time to work out, more time with the family, more time for ME! This year is going to be different, for you and me both. We don’t have to wait for the ball to drop to start

Tips for Cleaning Your Houseplants (Living & Artificial)

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Houseplants are one of the most important accessories for your home. Bringing in a little bit of the outdoors can breathe new life into a room and add layers of texture to the overall design. Plants work to divide spaces or fill a voided corner, but just like any

Our Best Tips for Keeping a Clean Car

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Last week, my coworker needed a ride home. After I cheerfully offered to drop her off, she opened the door to my car, and panic immediately hit. “Sorry my car is a mess, it’s not always liked this,” I murmured softly as I looked around at the French fries on the floor

Safe & Easy Tips for Cleaning While You’re Pregnant

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It wasn’t long ago when I myself was a pregnant mother, eagerly sterilizing my home for my daughter’s expected arrival. Whether it’s the nesting instinct, or just the overwhelming need to clean, cleaning while you’re pregnant can be a challenging task. Growing bellies

The Blocks, Boxes & Bins Method For Eliminating Clutter

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  Clutter. It’s the stacks of mail you’ll open tomorrow, the piles of toys you’ll put away this weekend, and the clothes you’ll wear again someday. It’s the junk in your drawers, the rubble on your shelves, and the stuff you’ve carried with you since high school.

Top 10 Cleaning Secrets for Everyday

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Vinegar, Citrus, Baking Soda. We all know that many everyday items can double as cleaning products. We’ve assembled a list of quick and easy tips that you can read now, or save for later. All of these tips work great if you’re sensitive to cleaning chemicals or

Keeping On Top of Your Daily Cleaning Game

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A Game Plan for Daily Cleaning (Part 2) Last week we talked about how taking little steps to cleaning your home can lead to big pay offs in keeping  your living space in order.  In addition to cleaning as you go and having your family help out, we have some more ideas

A Game Plan for Daily Cleaning

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The Maids asked you what topic you wanted covered in an upcoming blog post and we received great feedback. One topic you wanted to learn more about was daily cleaning tips for each room. Let’s be real. The main reason we spend so many hours cleaning is because we

Refrigerator vs. Bed…Battle of the Ick.

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We’ve looked high and low for the dirtiest places in the home, and have discovered there are plenty of spaces that get overlooked from time to time.  If you had to decide which was dirtier, would you say the top of the fridge or under the bed?   Of all the places

Fireworks: Safety First, Cleanup Second

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In the next week, we’ll be celebrating America’s Independence Day and Canada Day – which means, parades, barbeques, and for some of us, fireworks. People are always preaching about safety when “lighting off” fireworks (which of course is 1st priority), but we must not

When to Toss & When to Save, Reduce Bathroom Clutter

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I wouldn’t exactly classify myself as a hoarder, but when I decided to tackle organizing the bathroom last weekend….I was shocked by what I found.   First I pulled out a bin filled with lotions, and I do mean filled. Fancy lotions, extra moisturizing

Can You Make the Dash?

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The team at The Maids is excited to bring you a fun and entertaining game called The Dash.  Now is your chance to try your luck at making a mad dash from home to home “cleaning” your way from level to level. The objective of the game is simple. Players drive the



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