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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.

5 Handmade Gifts They Will Actually Want

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Think you don’t have the time or talent to create handmade gifts your friends and family would be proud to display? These five gifts come together faster than the checkout line at your local department store, and they are not only more personal, they come with

How To Use Essential Oils Around Your House

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It seems like everyone is talking about essential oils these days. And while you may know how to use these natural products for skin care or nutrition, did you know they can also be used for cleaning? Most conventional cleaners and disinfectants contain harsh and

Pet Owners and House Cleaners: A Match “Maid” in Heaven

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As anyone with an animal can attest, pets are often one of the happiest—and messiest—additions to any family. Aside from the satisfaction of giving a homeless animal a place to live, having pets also gives us plenty of reasons to open our hearts, our doors, and…our

The 10 Feelings Everyone Has When Hosting Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is officially right around the corner, and the emotions are starting to pile up. Here’s a quick and fun list of what to expect should Thanksgiving send you on an emotional roller coaster (before, during, and after you’ve finished the biggest meal of your

Pros and Cons of Washing Your Clothes in Hot Water

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Ah, the washing machine. Arguably one of the great inventions of our era, this device has freed up hours of time and energy. But even now, some questions remain. Namely, is washing clothes in hot water always the way to go? Or is all that heat doing your favorite

Closing Up Your Summer Home: 10 Tips To Protect Your Investment (And Next Year’s Vacation)

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Several parts of North America have had an unseasonably warm fall season, and you won’t hear the folks who own vacation homes complaining. The temps will eventually drop, however, which means the annual ritual of winterizing a seasonal property. It’s not complicated,

How to Clean Your Styling Tools & Hair Accessories

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  From cuts, dyes and styles to high-end products, most women tend to spend a lot of time and effort on their hair. But, what’s the use if you’re brushing with a gunky brush or using a hairspray-coated curling iron? We often pay so much attention to how our hair

The Secret to Making The Perfect Bed

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Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, but often times it’s just a rectangle in the middle of the room with some blankets thrown on it. Have you ever wondered how to make your bed look as picture perfect as the ones you see in magazines? And furthermore, have

10 Reasons Why It’s Perfectly OK to Hire a Cleaning Service

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We get it. For some people, hiring a cleaning service can feel like a luxury. Figuring out when and how to hire a maid service can be a big decision, and it’s been the right one for thousands of happy people. Here are ten reasons why. 1. Because you need to focus on

How to Use Refrigerator Humidity Drawers The Right Way

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We’ve all seen the knobs, but how many of us simply leave the humidity controls of our refrigerator drawers to the middle dial? These settings actually have quite an impact on your fruits and vegetables if you know how to use them to your advantage. Groceries can get

How to Clean Bath Toys & Prevent Mold

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Tell us if this sounds familiar: The first thing your kids do when you put them in the bathtub is grab their toys and put them directly in their mouths. Initially, you might not think this is much of a problem—until you see your son squeezing his yellow duck and

5 Bedrooms That Won’t Keep You Up At Night

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We’re on a bit of a design kick lately and couldn’t help exploring bedrooms as of late (until about 1am). We’ve collected some of our favorite designs and ideas and can’t wait to hear what you think. Does the bedroom of your dreams resemble any of these? Something for

How to Throw a Messy Party

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It may seem odd for a cleaning company to write a blog about how to throw a messy party, but hear us out. Sometimes making messes can be fun. Ready to roll up your sleeves? No? It doesn’t matter. You’re going to get dirty either way. Messy Party Requirements: •

Stick a Fork in It: The Right Way To Load a Dishwasher

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Are you a willy-nilly washer or a dedicated dish sergeant? Chances are you do a decent job of this daily chore, but the tips below may help you make even better use of the most popular appliance in your kitchen. And, really, any way we can make washing the dishes

Organization Hacks for Your Kitchen

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Spice jars stacked haphazardly in the cabinets, pot and pan lids in chaos, and a mix of measuring cups and spoons in no right order—does this sound familiar? If this is you, we can help with some kitchen organization tips. This room should always feel welcoming, as

Spring Cleaning Hacks

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Dandelions and dust pans—spring cleaning is in the air! Now that the windows are open, birds are chirping, and family members are dropping by for visits, you’ll want your house in sparkling condition. Instead of working all day and night to get things in order, here

5 Smart Organizing and Quick-Cleaning Tips Inspired By Tiny Homes

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Tiny houses are popping up everywhere, not only as a solution to homelessness, but also for those seeking bigger living in exchange for a smaller carbon footprint (and income-to-debt ratio). While living in a home that is 400 square feet—or smaller—may not be for

Things to Do Before Moving into a New House

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You’ve got the keys in your hand, the address memorized, and it’s almost time to move into your new home. This is an exciting time! However, it can get chaotic without a plan of action—which is why we’re providing you with a checklist of everything you need to do

These 6 Cleaning Memes Will Brighten Your Day

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Housecleaning. If you can’t learn to love it like we do, then it’s best to laugh about it. And maybe hire a maid. We love finding and creating cleaning memes almost as much as we enjoy sharing them—so keep sharing them, and keep smiling! Sometimes it’s best to come

The Maids Top Blogs of 2015

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Looking back at our top blogs is like looking through a photo album. Remember the time you guys went crazy over how to use a humidity drawer? Or those funny cleaning memes you can’t stop talking about? Or when you learned what that gross pink film was in your bathtub?

Things To Do Before Moving Out Of Your House

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It’s time to pack up, clean up, and move to a new place! However, before you rush out of your house onto the next adventure, there are a few important things to cross off the checklist. Here’s a helpful moving guide before you switch off the lights one final time. Two

The Dos and Don’ts of Giving Your Kids Chores

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According to the latest research, there are actually more rewards for having your kids do chores than getting a helping hand around the house. Studies have shown that children who grow up doing household chores become more self-reliant, responsible adults. That being

11 Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Clean While Cooking

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You’ve all heard of clean eating, the dietary model that gives your body nutrition with food in its purest form. We’re here today to talk about clean cooking, a tidiness model that lets you enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally, in case you are actually eating

Leap Year Home Edition: Cleaning Tasks You Only Have To Do Every Four Years

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About 2000 years ago, Julius Caesar helped develop a calendar that would build in an extra 24 hours every four years to ensure our time measurement system stayed in line with the earth’s movement around the sun. Little did he know that his “Julian Calendar” would also

Expiration Dates 101 – Makeup

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As you’re going about your weekend routine, take a minute to look at your makeup drawer. When exactly was the last time you changed out those tubes of rouge and packages of azure? While makeup might not have obvious markers of age, trust us, it doesn’t live forever.

Foods that Attract Insects and Critters

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You love snacks, we love snacks, but you know who also loves snacks? Little critters. Ants, mice, flies and more love those tasty morsels left out on the countertops and sinks. And while they’re buzzing around having a food party, you’re coming home to a critter fest

Keep It Clean: How To Maintain Your Bathroom Between Services

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When our customers first sign up for cleaning services, we always ask which rooms they’d like us to focus on while we are there. And the answer, at least 95% of the time, is the same: the bathrooms. While a regular cleaning service greatly reduces the workload,

How to Clean Hard to Reach Places

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When it comes to time-consuming household chores, cleaning those hard-to-reach places in your home has to be near the top of the list. Whether dusting ceiling fans or scrubbing behind the toilets, overextending your reach can be a dangerous activity, leading to falls,

A Holiday Cleaning List To Prepare For Guests

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The key to entertaining for the holidays is preparation. Certainly, you can’t predict what will happen once your friends and family walk through the door, but you can welcome them into a cleaned and organized home. Use this holiday cleaning list from The Maids to make

Speed Cleaning Checklist: Holiday Edition

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Holiday home cleaning, particularly when guests are en route, doesn’t have to be stressful. It does, however, have to get done. Here’s how to get your speed cleaning done in no time flat. 1. Clean the bathroom. If you have guests coming, your first priority

How Long Does It Take to Clean a House?

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We get it. You’re letting us into your home and your personal space, so you need to know—“How long does it take to clean a house?” Your home is your castle and we want to make it a cleaner, healthier, more comfortable place to live. Each home is unique, so there are a

Do You Tip Your House Cleaners?

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You tip your baristas, your servers, and your hairdressers, what about your house cleaners? And if you do tip, how much is appropriate? To better understand tipping and when it’s appropriate, let’s take a look at its history. Tipping for services as a routine practice

How Much Does a House Cleaning Cost?

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With many people leading busier lives than ever before, finding time for traditional chores like house cleaning can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are plenty of professional house cleaners who will be happy to come into your home and take care of the cleaning for

Quick Ways to Keep Your Garage Clean Year-round

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You put “clean the house” on your to-do list, but did you overlook the garage? It’s one of the most used rooms in the home, but is often neglected and over-packed. Monkey Bar Storage knows that keeping the garage clean doesn’t have to be a huge project. That’s why

How to Keep Your Home Clean While Selling It

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                      When you put a home on the market, especially in today’s climate, the pressure is on to make every showing count. And while it’s hard to believe that someone could reject a home’s potential

10 Quiet Ways to Clean While Your Baby Sleeps

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                      The sage advice of “sleep while your baby sleeps” often goes unheeded by new parents, especially parents of new babies and older children. We all know that nap times prove to be some of the

5 Ideas for Romantic Bedroom Decor

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Your bedroom might not seem like the soul of your home anymore—that’s probably the kitchen these days—but it’s still a very important place. It’s the area of the house that’s exclusively yours, where you and your sweetheart can unwind after a long day. But if your

Easy Summer Clean-Up Tips

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Summer means sunny days, gorgeous nights and the occasional humid or dry heat. Depending on where you are in the country, it might be your favorite (or most hated) season. One thing we can all agree on is that committing yourself to a deep cleaning when it’s over 100

5 Ways to Organize a Small Bathroom

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Despite what you see in magazines and on Pinterest, not every bathroom is a sprawling ode to marble and gilded fittings. In fact, some are downright small. This doesn’t mean you need to give up all hope of having a nice space for a quiet sit-down—far from it. To help

4 Undeniable Reasons People Love Traveling With Their Pets

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                      The American Pet Product Association (APPA) found in a survey that American pet lovers share their homes with 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats. (Need a reference point? In that same

Ultimate Tips for Moving Cross-Country

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How to Stay Organized during the Transition Moving cross-country just may be your personal Everest. It could be the most complicated logistical endeavor you ever undertake. Here at The Maids, we know that it’s all in the details. That’s why we’ve teamed up with

How to Keep the Bathroom Stocked During a Party

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Party time! You’ve lined up the adult beverages, warmed the appetizers, and are ready to throw a smashing good time for your guests. There’s just one lingering issue: the bathroom. It’s clean, of course; you saw to that. But there’s a ton of people coming over

10 Cleaning Memes That Prove You Aren’t Alone

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If you are like us, every once in a while you need a cleaning meme or a few cleaning jokes to tell it like it is. We’ve collected a few of our favorites for you. Stay tuned! We find new favorite jokes about cleaning all the time! Clean Serenity      

How Not to Ruin Your New Carpet

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So you just moved into a swanky pad, and dang…that new carpet is looking fine. In order to keep things bright and fresh, we’ve gathered some carpet cleaning tips and tricks to tell you how not to ruin this blossoming relationship. Getting to Know Each Other First

How to Prevent Dents and Scratches When Moving

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There’s no two ways about it: Moving is stressful. For all the rewards that come from setting up a new home and decorating to your heart’s content, getting all your furniture and belongings into a new house, whether it’s across the street or across the country, is

Quick House Cleaning Checklist

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Quick, hide the magazine stash! Guests are coming over, and your house is looking less than its best. We know things can get crazy sometimes, and daily tidying can fall by the wayside. Meanwhile, occasionally you need to blast through some cleaning in a hurry. Here

3 Reasons Why Hiring an Uninsured Cleaning Service Could Cost You Millions

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We know that hiring the best maid service can feel like a luxury, especially when you know someone who cleans houses on his or her own for a fraction of the cost. However, any money saved at the forefront could cost you much more than pain, stress, and heartache; they

Don’t Lose Your Lid: Five Tips for Keeping Plastic Containers Organized

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  You can’t beat the convenience of plastic food storage containers, except when you go to dig them out of the drawer or cabinet only to find that you have twice as many containers as lids, or vice versa, and none of what you have fits each other. It might not be

Refrigerator Organization: Zone Defense is a Good Offense

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Before we burst into refrigerator organization, make sure you read about how to clean a refrigerator properly. After all, what good is an organized fridge if it’s full of expired items on sticky shelves? Once you’ve tossed the expired items (check your salad dressings

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


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