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Bug Control: 5 Interesting Facts on Getting Rid of Insects

August 18, 2014
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Most insects are adverse to the smell of citrus and mint.
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There are many ways to keep bugs out of your home using chemical compounds and store bought insect sprays. But many people prefer non-toxic, natural ways for bug control — especially when children are present. Here are five interesting facts on getting rid of insects using safe, natural methods:

1. Spiders: Spiders prefer dark, dusty corners and spaces. The best thing you can do to prevent spiders from entering your home is to do your best at keeping it dust-free. Doing a regular cleaning of all the nooks and crannies in your home will discourage these unwanted guests from getting too comfortable. If you still feel like your house is prone to having spiders, try spraying an all-natural concoction of diluted peppermint oil, tea tree oil, dish soap, and vinegar  to spray around the cracks in your home.

2. Ants: Ants can be one of the most annoying insects to have around.  They contaminate your food, damage your property, and can bite when provoked. Sometimes it is necessary to hire professional services if your ant problem has escalated. However, before you call an exterminator, try spraying diluted vinegar around the inside and outside cracks of your home.

3. Fruit flies: Fruit flies can be a huge nuisance, and can be an even bigger nuisance to get rid of. When fruit flies are present, make a natural fly trap using a jar or cup of apple cider vinegar covered in plastic wrap. Make tiny holes in the top of the jar big enough for fruit flies to enter. They will be lured into the jar from the smell, but will be unable to escape once they are inside.

4. Fleas: All pet owners out there know how annoying fleas can be. But there is an all-natural, non-toxic way to prevent fleas– Soak a lemon in boiling water overnight, and sponge the strained lemon water onto your pet in the morning. Fleas do not like citrus, so the scent alone will keep the fleas away.

5. Cockroaches: The best way to get rid of cockroaches in your home is to regularly clean your kitchen and areas where trash accumulates. However, if you continue to find cockroaches, try leaving diatomaceous earth where you think the roaches are living. Diatomaceous earth is organic and completely safe to have around children. Remember, cockroaches are one of the most resilient insects, so it may take a couple weeks before the diatomaceous earth takes full effect.

Having insects around your home is a health hazard to you and your family. So instead of using harsh chemicals to combat the issue, try these all-natural, DIY ways to prevent insects. For more fascinating ideas on how to naturally get rid of insects, click here.

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click here to request service in your area.

Cleaning with Vinegar Solutions: Ways to Use and Places to Avoid

August 12, 2014

Distilled white vinegar makes an excellent multi-purpose cleaner. It doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, and vinegar costs much less—especially when diluted—than commercial products. You should only use it on certain surfaces, though, and only with water for many uses. Learn more about this versatile cleaner, and then add it to your cabinet of household supplies.

Do Not Use Vinegar On

white vinegar Cleaning with Vinegar Solutions: Ways to Use and Places to AvoidVinegar has a pH value of 2.4, making it highly acidic. Even diluted, it can etch natural stone. Makers of stone countertops and floor tiles strongly advise against using it on their products. Vinegar can deteriorate grout as well.

Also take care if using vinegar on sealed hardwood floors, as it can damage the finish. Test in an inconspicuous spot before mopping an entire floor.

Never use vinegar on an eggy mess. The acidity will cause it to coagulate and become even more difficult to clean.

Diluting Vinegar

A solution of equal parts vinegar and water works well as a multi-purpose cleaner, but Heinz actually recommends using it at full strength for certain purposes, such as to remove:

  • Streaks from windows
  • Stains from pots and pans—soak for 30 minutes
  • Soapy film from glassware—add 1 cup to the bottom of your dishwasher
  • Stains from toilet bowls—add 1 cup and let stand for five minutes

How to Use Vinegar

Application methods also vary by surface. Use a spray bottle for non-stone countertops and other small areas in the kitchen and bathroom. A bucket helps you more easily tackle larger surfaces such as floors; use 1 cup of vinegar per 1 gallon of warm water. Both containers are likely already in your cleaning supplies cabinet. If not, add them as well as the other items we recommend having on hand in our Ultimate Cleaning Products List for Every Room in Your House.

Where to Use Vinegar

Here are some other ways to use this versatile cleaning product in your home:

Bathroom

  • Remove hard water deposits and stains from showerheads and faucets by filling a zip-close bag with undiluted vinegar and attaching with a rubber band or twist tie so that the fixture sits in the vinegar; let soak overnight.
  • Remove hard water deposits and stains from toilets by soaking paper towels in undiluted vinegar and placing in bowl; let sit overnight.
  • Your multi-purpose vinegar cleaning solution also will remove soap deposits in the shower/bathtub; again, do not use on natural stone tiles.

Kitchen

  • Clean and deodorize your microwave by placing a bowl with ½ cup vinegar and 1 cup water inside and bringing to a boil; wipe down with a clean sponge.
  • Clean and deodorize your disposal by pouring 1 cup undiluted vinegar down the drain; wait an hour and run hot water through.
  • Clean wood cutting boards by spraying with undiluted vinegar; wipe with a clean sponge.
  • Dissolve hard water deposits in your automatic coffeemaker by filling the reservoir with undiluted vinegar and running a brew cycle.

Laundry Room

  • Clean your washing machine by running a hot water cycle with 1 cup of undiluted vinegar.
  • Soften your clothes by adding ½ cup of undiluted vinegar to the rinse cycle; it will also help lessen the amount of lint produced.

Other Uses for Vinegar Around the House

Did you know that vinegar deters ants? It does, so spray it undiluted at entry points in your home. Vinegar also removes ant trails and helps keep them from finding their way back.

Undiluted vinegar kills dandelions and keeps them from growing again. Simply spray the flower and near the ground so it soaks into the roots.

The smell of vinegar also helps train cats not to climb on certain surfaces. It also can work as a scratching deterrent, but be sure to test any fabric before application.

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly quality checked. Click here to request service in your area.

Infographic: Transform Outdoor Spaces Into Your Oasis

August 8, 2014

At Molly Maid, we understand that a clean home equals a happy home. However, it’s important to make the outside of your home just as beautiful as the inside!

The infographic below covers a variety of outdoor topics, including:

  • Creating a glowing garden
  • Building a long lasting deck
  • Beating the bug war
  • Staying safe at the fire pit
  • Making a splash with pool safety

There are a number of fun facts on transforming your outdoor spaces in to an oasis. For example, did you know that many experts say that you can realize a 100% return on investment on deck installation and repair? We thought this information was so fascinating  that we decided to make an infographic! Keep scrolling to learn more…

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For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly quality checked. Click here to request service in your area.

How to Clean Your House Like a Pro

July 31, 2014
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With back-to-school coming up, we know life gets busy while the house gets messy. Here’s a compilation of our most popular, most used, and most effective cleaning tips for our loyal readers for the days when you don’t have Molly Maid.

Clean in a pattern: Left to right, top to bottom is the Molly Maid way. Cleaning in a precise, methodical way makes sure you never miss a spot!

Always dust first, vacuum last (except in the bathroom!): In rooms other than the bathroom, dusting first and vacuuming last makes sure you round up all the settled dust. The dust particles in the air after dusting can also irritate allergies. Vacuuming after dusting keeps the risk for allergies to a minimum. (For more tips on allergy prevention, click here). In the bathroom, vacuuming or sweeping first avoids a sticky, dirty, mess when gravity pulls your cleaning product to the floor.

Keep, donate, trash: When you’re feeling courageous and ready to tackle an organizational project, make three piles– keep, donate, and trash. This process helps you make a conscious decision about which items in your home are absolutely necessary to keep.

Use a microfiber cloth: Microfiber cloths are one of Molly Maid’s favorite cleaning tool because of their efficiency in collecting dust. A damp microfiber cloth almost never leaves lint or dust behind like many other dusting cloths.

One room at a time: We know first hand that cleaning the whole house can be a daunting task. Tackle one room at a time, giving yourself a quick break after each accomplished task. This will break down a large undertaking into small, achievable goals.

Apply cleaner to all surfaces first: Applying antibacterial cleaner to all your surfaces at once ensures your cleaning process is sanitary and requires less elbow grease. Most people do not know that cleaning products take at least 30 seconds to kill bacteria completely. Not only will your kitchen and bathroom surfaces be bacteria free, but letting chemical products sit on problem areas for a couple minutes will start to break down the grime before you get to it!

Set a timer: Setting a timer for 20- or 30-minute increments gives you an attainable goal. After each work session, give yourself a five minute break to relax.

This fall, don’t let the busy back-to-school time get the best of your home. Learn from the professionals and keep your house dirt-free, germ-free, and clutter-free with these proven tricks of the trade.

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click here to request service in your area.

3 Ways to Save Time at School

July 25, 2014

Students are busy. Between classes and extracurricular events, a student’s free time is extremely valuable. That’s why Molly Maid has put together these three ways to save time at school to help you balance your school-life balance.

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1. Create a dedicated study time. Make sure this study time is 100% devoted to homework. Turn off your phone and do not respond to calls or texts until all of your work is complete. Remove other distractions like TV or the Internet. If you need the Internet to complete your assignment, make sure that you are focused on the project and not surfing the web. Even try enabling browser add-ons and phone applications that temporarily disable your favorite websites to avoid temptation. We know it’s tempting, but the more focused you are on your work, the quicker it will get done!

2. Take your work with you at all times. This may sound like a bit much, but you will never know when you’ll find yourself with extra time. Whether it’s in-between classes, before practice, or while you’re waiting for an appointment, these small windows of time are perfect for getting work done!

3. Write a prioritized to-do list every day. It’s simple. Place the most important, time-sensitive tasks at the top, even if they’re things you’re dreading, and get them out of the way. This doesn’t have to be all work. Reward yourself by including a things you WANT to do on your list. That way you will have items you’re looking forward to doing. This is a great motivator, and will keep you on track!

Like to save time? Check out our What Is Your Time Worth? calculator to find out how much time Molly Maid’s cleaning services could help you save.

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click here to request service in your area.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Pest Control Methods, Tips, & Products

July 24, 2014

Outside of entomologists, very few people like bugs. Sure, unusual species are interesting to look at during a visit to a science museum, but with the exception of butterflies do you ever see an insect in your home or yard and want to get closer? Likely not. Most folks work to get rid of them. Here are a few pest control tips on how to do exactly that for four pests in particular…

Mosquitoes

No Bugs 300x300 Do It Yourself (DIY) Home Pest Control Methods, Tips, & Products The best way to control the mosquito population in and around your home is to prevent their existence altogether. These biting bugs lay eggs on the surface of water, so eliminate that option. Inspect your property for standing water and dump it as well as the vessel that collected it. Keep your gutters clear. If you enjoy having birds on your property, invest in a bubbling fountain instead of one that stays still.

Unfortunately, when it comes to mosquitoes what your neighbors do has an impact on your yard and home. If they do not follow the above advice, the insects will be born and venture out to seek their meals. Help deter them from coming onto your property by planting marigolds, a natural bug repellent thanks to their fragrance. There are also a variety of mosquito traps available, from those that use pheromones to electric models. You can even hang a bat house and invite the bigger flying creatures to eat the much smaller ones: Some species of bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes a night.

No matter which method you choose, be sure to seal up any entry points to your home. Replace damaged screens and recaulk any gaps between windows and doors and their frames.

Fruit Flies

Pest Control 300x213 Do It Yourself (DIY) Home Pest Control Methods, Tips, & ProductsLike with mosquitoes, prevention is key. These insects lay their eggs near fermenting foods or other moist, organic materials, which their larvae then eat. Do not keep rotting fruits or vegetables. Wash all containers you plan to recycle and keep your bins clean. Do not let dirty dishes sit, especially those that have held sweet foods or drink.

Finally, keep your sink drains clean. Organic matter can collect in sink drains, giving fruit flies the perfect nursery. Products that dissolve the organic matter are available at your local home improvement store, as are long wire brushes you can use to scrape the inside of your drain. Once the kitchen and drains are clean, set out a vinegar trap—a small glass with cider vinegar inside and a plastic bag with a tiny hold punched through over the opening—to collect the adult fruit flies.

Ants

A clean kitchen also helps keep these bugs at bay. If they do make their way inside, the most important step you can take is to eliminate scent trails the first visitors to your home leave behind for their colony mates. A thorough cleaning with white vinegar will do the trick. If you cannot locate the ant nest to eliminate it, create bait by combining 1 liter of water, 1 tsp. Borax and 1 cup of sugar. Soak cotton balls in the bait and leave near the entry points. The ants will take the bait back to the colony, where it will eventually prove fatal. Note: Do not use this method if you have small children or pets in the house who can reach the bait.

Spiders

These insects help indoors way more than they harm. If you only see the occasional spider, and it is not one of the venomous varieties, let it be. That spider will dine on any roach, earwig, mosquito or fly that dares invade your home. If you simply will not share your home with the eight-legged, carefully relocate spiders to the outdoors using a glass and a sheet of paper, where they will dine al fresco.

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly quality checked. Click here to request service in your area.

 

Natural Bug Prevention: Kill Bugs without the Harsh Chemicals

July 17, 2014

There is no doubt that the best way to keep your home bug-free is by regularly deep-cleaning, even in the areas that you can’t see. Keep reading for Molly Maid’s natural bug prevention tips for your home…

• Rinse out all food or beverage cans and bottles before discarding them.

• Is the inside of your house humid? Insects love moist areas. Consider using a dehumidifier.

• Keep your yard spruced up by cutting back bushes and trees. Overgrown areas, and piles of leaves are perfect nesting spots for bugs.

• Take out the trash nightly.

• Dispose of any overripe fruit, as this is where fruit flies lay their eggs.

• Pull beds away from the wall to lessen breeding grounds for bed bugs.

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If it’s too late and you already have bugs, here are some tips on how to kill them without the use harsh chemicals.

• There are plenty of organic products that promise to keep ants away, including home remedies. One commercial product that we recommend for homeowners is Orange Guard. The water-based insecticide and repellent uses d-Limonene, which is simply orange peel extract.

This product is very effective on almost every insect, including ants, roaches, fleas, silverfish, aphids, spider mites, leaf hoppers and scale insects. And because it contains only edible plant extracts and water, it means that it is safe to use around your children and pets. You can even use it on countertops and other areas around food.

• In terms of home remedies, there are two great options. The first option only requires two ingredients: water and vinegar. Simply add these two things to into a spray bottle and you’ll get the perfect solution for getting rid of ants and other bugs.

The second option requires you to mix water, dishwashing liquid and olive oil in a spray bottle. Once added, shake the bottle and the solution is ready for use. This works particularly well for small flying insects because the olive oil prevents them from flying after being sprayed. Note: be careful where you spray this solution. Olive oil tends to be very slippery!

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly quality checked. Click here to request service in your area.

Exterior House Cleaning: Windows, Cobwebs and Mats

July 10, 2014

No matter how squeaky clean you get the inside of your windows, a clear view requires work on the outside as well. Tackle this chore as well as the necessary clearing of cobwebs and sweeping of mats using these helpful tips.

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You use the same supplies and methods for exterior windows as you do for interior panes. We previously published a complete list of window cleaning supplies, in case you don’t have all your supplies already set. One additional note: Have multiple fine steel wool and multiple nylon scrubbing pads handy, as there will be more dirt and other gunk to remove from the outside panes, especially if you have a bird-friendly property and/or live in an area of the country that sees regular dust storms.

Plan this task for first thing in the morning, during a cooler time of day. Not only is it a more comfortable time to work, but the work itself also proves less of a challenge. Higher temps mean you must work more quickly to keep the cleaning solution from drying on the windows before you can rinse, thus creating streaks. For more tips on efficient window cleaning, check out our guide on window cleaning techniques and will help you clean like a pro.

Cleaning Cobwebs Outside

Consider this work part of the prep work for cleaning your windows, as you don’t want to rain cobwebs and dead insects down on the freshly washed glass. The only supplies you need are the ladder already out of the garage and an exterior duster with extension pole.

Work your way around the house, clearing second-story windows before those on the first floor. Climb the latter each time, even if you can reach the tops of windows with the extension. You want to ensure there are no nests in the corners before you poke one and invite the wrath of stinging creatures.

Techniques for Cleaning a Variety of Outdoor Mats

doormats Exterior House Cleaning: Windows, Cobwebs and Mats Perform this task after clearing cobwebs but before washing windows, especially if you plan to use a leaf blower that could dirty the glass. Start by pulling all of the exterior mats and placing them in a central location. If you have an outdoor area rug on the patio, grab it as well. Then sweep or blow all porches, entryways, patios and walkways. You also may need to follow with water hose and a high-pressure nozzle to clear away any gunk.

Use that same water hose and nozzle to clean both sides of any rubber mats, propping them against a tree or the house to drip dry. A cleaning solution of mild dish soap and water helps with any hard-to-remove debris. Natural fiber mats should be shaken and beat. You can even flip the switch on your blower to suck up any remaining debris. Only rinse if the manufacturer’s instructions allow.

How to Clean Your House Like a Pro

These tips are those that professional cleaners use daily. They have been put to the test by professionals and left many a homeowner happy. In general, using simple pro tricks gives you a better clean but also in a fraction of the time. Here are a few more:

Always work from top to bottom. For example, when cleaning the kitchen, dust the tops of appliances and cabinets before cleaning countertops and floors.

Vacuum and mop moving backwards from the far end of the room to the exit door. This keeps you from leaving footprints on freshly cleaned floors.

Clean the dirtiest rooms in your house first. Eventually, you will lose steam or run out of time. Tackling the rooms that need the most work first ensures you get the most out of your cleaning time.

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly quality checked. Click here to request service in your area.

How to Clean Tile Floors Fast and Efficiently

June 24, 2014

Floors are typically last on the to-clean list for a room, and because of this you may rush the work in your eagerness to be done. You can work fast without leaving behind dirt and debris, though. Simply follow these five steps to clean tile floors fast and efficiently.

1. Remove All Floor Rugs and Mats

Pick up any floor coverings, taking them outside for a good shake. Lay them on a clean surface, and then head back inside.

2. Sweep and Vacuum

upright vacuum cleaner 118x300 How to Clean Tile Floors Fast and EfficientlyNothing beats a broom for getting into corners and crevices. Sweep the floor in sections, creating piles as you go. Get out your vacuum and put it on the bare-floor setting to lift its beater bar, which can dull and scratch the tile. Vacuum up the piles, and then run the appliance over the entirety of the floor like you would carpet. Use attachments on stubborn debris in grout lines. This combination of sweeping and vacuuming removes the most dirt and dust bunnies.

3. Mix Your Cleaning Solution

What you use to clean your floors depends on the type of tile. For ceramic tile, a manufacturer-recommended mild detergent works best. Never use abrasive products, as they can scratch the tile, or bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, which can discolor the grout.

For cleaning natural stone tile, also follow manufacturer’s instructions, which likely will call for a soap-based product. Never use abrasive products, as they can scratch the tile, or bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, which can discolor the grout. Also do not use lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble, limestone or travertine.

Mix the cleaning product according to manufacturer’s recommendations and keep a soft brush ready to tackle stubborn stains.

4. Mop the Floors

muddy footprints floor How to Clean Tile Floors Fast and EfficientlyDip your chamois mop in the cleaning solution, and then ring out until just damp. Start at one end of the room and work backward, mopping as you go and changing the water as needed. Use the soft brush to lift any stains. Once the floor looks clean, rinse with warm water to keep detergent or soap buildup from dulling the tile. You can let air-dry or wipe dry with a soft cloth.

5. Return Rugs and Mats

Rugs and mats are the key to keeping tile floors as clean as possible, thus reducing the time you spend sweeping, vacuuming and mopping. Floor coverings at entry points, both inside the home and outside, pull dirt and debris from shoes. Mats in the kitchen and bathrooms can catch all manner of items that fall to the floor. Before you return the rugs and mats to their proper places, though, be sure to vacuum them, as well.

Pro tip: A large lint roller, the kind that look like paint rollers, does wonders when it comes to lifting hair and other debris from rugs, especially those with a flat weave.

Other Tips for Keeping Tile Floors Clean

  • floor mop 300x223 How to Clean Tile Floors Fast and EfficientlyAsk family members and guests to remove their shoes when entering your home.
  • Dust mop between cleanings to speed up the process even further.
  • Clean heavily trafficked areas more often.
  • Clean up spills as soon as they happen; even sealed tile and grout can stain if certain spills linger.
  • Reseal tile and grout as recommended to protect the floors.

If you still find that cleaning your tile takes more time than you have, or would like to spend cleaning, consider letting a professional take over. That way, you know that the correct products and methods are being used every time, and you can focus on activities you find more fun.

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly quality checked. Click here to request service in your area.

The Ultimate Cleaning Products List for Every Room in Your House

June 16, 2014

cleaning supplies kit 300x256 The Ultimate Cleaning Products List for Every Room in Your HouseDo you need to restock your cabinet of cleaning supplies? Perhaps you have a son or daughter moving into their first apartment and they need some supplies? Or maybe you just need some ideas. Either way, this ultimate list of cleaning products includes everything you need to keep all of the rooms in a home are sparkling clean.

Kitchen

The kitchen requires more cleaning products than any other, as you face a variety of messes: from tracked-in mud on the floor to grease stains on the backsplash. Pick up these items:

All-purpose cleaner— You need a product like Mr. Clean cuts grease and remove grime from just about any surface. It also can tackle tough jobs such as the inside of your garbage can. The line of Mr. Clean products comes in a variety of scents, allowing you to choose your favorite one. Antibacterial products also are available.

Glass cleanerWindex and the like will make windows, whether on your oven or in the wall, sparkle. It also works on multiple surfaces, including sealed marble and granite countertops, and comes original and Fresh Rain scents.

To apply these products, choose eco-friendly terry cloth or microfiber that you can wash when done. The texture makes cleaning easier, and by spraying the product directly to the cloth as opposed to the glass surface will prevent waste – as people tend to use too much of the product when sprayed directly to the surface. Also pick up an extendible duster to reach the top of appliances and cabinets.

Bathroom

detailed bathroom cleaning2 The Ultimate Cleaning Products List for Every Room in Your HouseIn addition to the all-purpose cleaner for use on toilets, bathtubs and floors, and the glass cleaner for windows and mirrors, you’ll need the following products for the bathroom:

Tile and grout cleanerScrub Free and Scrubbing Bubbles are excellent acid-based cleaners that remove soap buildup in the bathtub, shower and sink. When cleaning grout, use a grout brush to really get in there.

Quick Tip: Vacuuming, yes vacuuming the bathroom floor before you start spraying cleaning products can help better pick-up hair and lint before you clean the floors, which should be the last thing you do in the bathroom.

Bedroom

Once you strip the bed and take linens to the laundry room, use these products as part of your cleaning process:

Water—Yes, believe it or not the best way to clean most wood furniture is with a water-dampened soft cloth. Simply wipe the furniture down, unfolding and refolding to keep the cleaning surface clear of dust. Furniture polish can sometimes attract dust! If you do use a wood polish, we recommend spraying the product directly on your soft cloth as opposed to directly on the wood. Again, this will avoid wasting the product.

Powdered carpet deodorizer—In a bedroom with carpet, shaking a product such as Glade Carpet & Room Deodorizer can eliminate many odors. Baking soda also gets the job done if you do not like any of the scents these powders come in, and it also works on mattresses in need of freshening.

Living Room

Glass cleaner, water-dampened cloths and powdered carpet deodorizer also get used in this room, along with:

living room 300x151 The Ultimate Cleaning Products List for Every Room in Your HouseProducts such as Febreeze work well on upholstered furniture and on any pet beds in the room, allowing you to extend the amount of time between professional cleaning.

Large lint roller—Pet owners who let their furry family members on the furniture swear by this tool, essentially a lint roller the size of a paint roller. Evercare makes one specifically for pet hair and makes quick cleaning of sofas and chairs.

Laundry Room

You will, of course, need products to launder your clothes in this room, but also keep the appliances themselves clean by picking up:

laundry room The Ultimate Cleaning Products List for Every Room in Your HouseWashing machine cleanerTide and Clorox both make products that remove buildup from laundry detergent and any odors. Simply pour into the machine and run a load. A water-dampened cloth works to wipe down the dryer interior and the exterior of both appliances. And be sure to vacuum dryer vents, either yourself or by hiring a pro, at least once a year to avoid lint fires.

By keeping a home fully stocked with cleaning supplies, you are ready to tackle any mess at any time in the most efficient way possible. After all, no one likes to clean again because they ran out of the right product.

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly quality checked. Click here to request service in your area.

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