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7 Finishing Touches to a Clean Home

There’s nothing like a clean home. But you can take it a step further by adding the perfect home ambience: “finishing touches” that give the home a feeling of comfort and magic.

A wood fire crackling in the fireplace on a snowy winter’s day is the most famous example of a finishing touch and is perhaps the very definition of “cozy.” There are other special ways to feel relaxed and happy in your freshly cleaned home, many appealing to one or more of our senses – sight, touch, smell and hearing. Here are some ideas for anyone expecting company or just wanting to create a comfortable, relaxing environment:

Arrange Fresh Flowers

Beautiful to look at, great to smell and offering your home a little bit of fresh air, fresh flowers make a room special, especially if they come from your own yard. Don’t have a garden? Ask the florist what’s in season and they’ll help you pick the perfect bouquet. To make your flowers last longer, recut the stems about an inch and replace the water every couple days.

Light Some Candles

Along with flowers, flickering flames are the king of home ambience, casting light and a feeling of warmth. Scented candles add a nice smell to a home, too. If you have kiddos abound, consider placing flameless candles. They don’t smell, but they flicker like the real deal and usually turn off automatically.

Make the Bed

How about walking into a bedroom and seeing a bed that looks super soft to the touch. Ahhh, the shoulders come down. Having the soft sheets and pillowcases is one thing, making the bed look nice is another. We recommend changing your sheets once a week. Spend an extra minute fluffing the pillows, folding back the comforter and straighten the bed skirt to make sure the bed looks especially inviting.

Tie the Room Together

Hardwood floors look clean and elegant, but an accent of soft area rugs will add a cozy sense of touch, especially for those barefoot morning walks to the kitchen. When it comes to selecting your rug, consider the size of the room and the furniture placement. Typically, the front two legs of a couch or chair should be placed on the area rug without crowding the natural gathering space.

Mull Some Spices

An inexpensive, flame-free way to make your home smell great. Simply fill a pot halfway with water and place on medium heat. Add your favorite spices – cloves, peppercorn, cinnamon sticks, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla bean and orange peels are especially aromatic. Let the soothing steam slowly waft through your home. Mulling spices is especially comforting around the holidays (as is mulled wine!).

Bake Something Delicious

Walking into a home where the oven has just baked a batch of cookies is like a moment in heaven. Consider making some yummy muffins or fudgy brownies right before your guests come over. Not only will it smell great, your guests will have something to snack on! Wow, aren’t you just the greatest host?

Put on Some Tunes

Music is the perfect complement to a nicely cleaned home. What you play, of course, is determined 100% by your mood or the occasion at hand. It’s easy to forget about music, especially in this modern era of headphones and earbuds. But once you have a set-up for amplifying the music on your smartphone for all to enjoy, you can start shopping for the perfect playlist.

Of course, it all starts with that clean home. Already decided on the perfect home ambience for you and your home, but don’t have time to get your home clean first? Contact your local Molly Maid or call 1-888-583-6490 to learn more about our flexible cleaning programs! We’re “Maid” for this!

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National Clean Your Room Day

Molly Maid President Meg Roberts appeared on Fox & Friends to share tips for National Clean Your Room Day on May 10th. Getting your kids to clean their rooms shouldn’t be such a challenge! Here are five easy room cleaning tips to get kids involved while having fun in the process! Before you begin, create a well laid plan or download Molly Maid’s Kid’s Chore Chart Create Hidden Storage by saying “No to Monsters under the bed!” Have kids look under the bed for monsters! If there aren’t any monsters under the bed, lift bed corners and insert bed risers

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Remove Makeup Stains From Your Clothes

Nothing’s worse than heading out the door and realizing you have makeup stains on your outfit! Whether it’s powder dusted all over the front of your shirt or lipstick smeared on your sleeve, don’t panic! We’ve put together some helpful tips that will clean up any messy makeup stains in your life. Liquid Foundation/Bronzer If you notice that you’ve got liquid foundation on your clothing the first thing to do is remove the excess liquid as quickly as you can so it doesn’t soak into the fabric and spread into a giant makeup stain. Scrape it off with a plastic

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Give Mom the Gift of Time this Mother’s Day – Official Sweepstakes Rules

Give Mom the Gift of Time this Mother’s Day with a clean house! http://wshe.es/wgnz6cMy OFFICIAL RULES 2016 SWEEPSTAKES   1) NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.  THE SWEEPSTAKES IS OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD AT TIME OF ENTRY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.     2) SWEEPSTAKES DESCRIPTION AND PERIOD:  “Give Mom the Gift of Time”– SWEEPSTAKES (the “Sweepstakes”) starts April 28, 2016 at 12:00AM EST and ends May 6th, 2016 at 11:59PM EST (the

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True Things Grandma Said About Cleaning

We have all heard famed cleaning quotes before. Do any of these ring a bell? “They’re sure housework won’t kill you, but why take the risk?” “Dull women have immaculate homes.” “Vinegar cleans everything.”  But which of those are true? In this blog, we will give you Molly Maid’s opinion on some cleaning quotes we find true! “A good home must be made, not bought.” – Joyce Maynard Even the best of homes need routine TLC. Without it, there are not as spectacular. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”   —Phyllis

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Scrub Dub: Best Songs for a Cleaning Playlist

Does today’s to do list consist of a whole lot of cleaning and not much else? What’s the solution for tackling any cleaning project? Pump up the jams, throw your duster in the air like you just don’t care and get scrubbing! Throw away any bad thoughts you’ve ever had about cleaning as you rock out to our cleaning playlist. Ultimate Cleaning Playlist I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash It’s true! When your house is clean, every part of your life becomes clearer. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen And another one bites the dust… keep crossing

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How to Get Makeup Off Pillowcases

So, you fell into bed last night without removing your makeup. You probably woke up this morning with your mother’s voice in your head, scolding you for not taking proper care of your skin. But what about that pillowcase? With a similar sense of dread, you spot the mark and feel your stomach turn all over again. Lucky for you, removing makeup stains from your pillowcase doesn’t have to be as frustrating as Mom’s beauty regimens. With six quick steps, your pillowcase will be good as new! 1. Don’t Touch! The first step to pillowcase stain removal is actually a

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Don’t Let Mascara Stains Ruin Your Towels

Mostly all formulas of mascaras contain a variation oils, dyes, and waxes. After a long day or night out, these ingredients mix with dirt, oils, and skin follicles from your face. Sounds like a recipe for quite the mess right? Just ask your towels and washcloths! In this blog, we will discuss how NOT to let mascara stains ruin your towels. The number one thing to do to help keep mascara off your towels is to remove makeup before using your towels. Makeup remover towels are a good way to remove makeup and prevent mascara stains on towels. They are

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Ultimate Q-tips Cleaning Tips

When you need to clean your ears, the first instinct for most is to grab the Q-tips®! But did you know that Q-tips clean much more than ears? The purpose of this blog is to showcase the cleaning power of Q-tips. In combination with some rubbing alcohol, Q-tips can be used to clean various household items and products. See below some of tips you can use today! Refurbishing Furniture, Walls, and Floors Using Q-tips is a good way to touch-up paint on cabinets or walls preciously without the mess. Q-tips are also good to apply wood stain to cover scratches in

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Oh Baby, That Bottle Needs Cleaning

Your baby goes through a handful of bottles every day. And when baby cries “baba,” it’s easy to grab an empty one off the counter and give it a quick rinse. The quick rinse might be OK in a pinch, but germs and bacteria will cultivate over an extended period of time. Proper bottle cleaning is especially important because young children and infants are at an increased risk for food poisoning – and you don’t want your little bundle of joy to experience something so unpleasant, let alone dangerous. Always make sure you give your baby bottles a thorough cleaning

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The Only Way to Clean Dusty Fan Blades

The problem with ceiling fans is that they are always collecting dust. And even though you can’t always see it, you know it’s there. When you finally pull out the step stool and get around to dusting them, you end up showering the entire room in a dust storm. If this sounds like your experience, we have a cleaning tip that will turn your old pillow case into your new best friend. Clean a Ceiling Fan with Your Pillow Case Stand up on a secure foot stool and slip an old pillow case around one of the fan blades. Be

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You Should Seriously Clean Those Nasty Earbuds

Earbuds have come a long way – some fit into your ears so comfortably and offer the ability to talk on your phone through a small microphone that they become part of your daily look. They also perform as a non-verbal boundary to keep chatty, fellow passengers using public transportation from engaging in conversation! To keep your tech looking as great as you do – you have to first admit that they have a dirty job. When they’re not inside your ears they are bouncing around a gym bag, purse or backpack. We are going to share an easy way

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How to Wash a Kitchen Sink for Bath Time

Kitchen sinks are the perfect bathtubs for babies. No bending over. They’re easy to fill. They make for adorable photos. But washing baby is not the same as washing a dirty dish. You don’t want her to come out smelling like an onion, and you also don’t want abrasive cleaning products coming anywhere close to her sensitive skin. Sink Bath Cleaning Tips Rinse out the sink basin with hot water. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the sink and up the sides. Dampen a clean dishtowel and scrub away. The baking soda will form a paste that effectively removes

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