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Properly Saving Thanksgiving Leftovers so You Don’t Get Sick!

November 25, 2014
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Thanksgiving is one of Molly Maid’s favorite holidays. We love any opportunity to take time in expressing gratitude with family and friends while enjoying a beautiful meal. Often times, Thanksgiving preparation takes several days while consuming it takes under an hour. But many of us also know that Thanksgiving doesn’t have to end on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving leftovers can keep the holiday spirit going for days after the celebration is done. But proper storing and saving of your leftovers is important to ensuring it will be safe to eat later. This year, review Molly Maid’s guide to properly storing your Thanksgiving leftovers so you don’t get sick:

According to the Food Network, cooling your food down as soon as possible will help ensure your leftovers remain safe to eat later. Pack your leftover food into airtight, shallow containers—this will help the food cool down faster, giving the food less time to grow any unwanted bacteria. It is important to transfer your food into sealed containers instead of simply wrapping your serving dish in plastic wrap. This is a very important step to keep your food not only safe from bacteria, but as fresh as possible.

Another very important step to ensure your family doesn’t get sick is to throw out the leftovers at the appropriate time. Even if the leftovers still smell and look okay, there may be bacteria growing that could make you sick. StillTasty put together a handy guide that shows the leftover life span of each traditional Thanksgiving treat. Turkey, for example, should stay good in the fridge for up to four days after being cooked while cranberry sauce can last up to 14. Check out the full guide here.

Freezing leftovers is also a great option if you’re like many of us who tend to severely overestimate the amount of food you will consume. Again, it is very important that your containers are airtight when you freeze any type of food. This will safeguard your food from bacteria and freezer burn. Freezer bags are also a good option, but need to be securely closed. Tip: Write the date of when your leftovers were prepared and the date they should be consumed on each freezer ready container. Leftovers tend to get lost in the sea of frozen goods, so it will be a good reminder when you’re in need of a quick meal.

With this guide in mind, we hope you can all enjoy a healthy, happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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Linen Cabinet and Closet Organization Ideas

November 20, 2014

The holiday season brings with it houseguests. To make them feel at home, create a space all their own. You can achieve this, in part, with a freshly made bed and room in the closet. These linen cabinet and closet organization ideas will help make that happen.

Get Organized!

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A good guideline for extra linens is:

  • Three sets of sheets per regularly used bed
  • Three sets of towels per resident
  • Two sets of sheets per guest bed
  • Two sets of towels per houseguest
  • This ensures that there are sets of towels and sheets at the ready at all times, allowing for a set to be in the laundry room

Store all items by type (sheets with sheets, towels with towels) and always place freshly washed linens on top and pull linens to be used from bottom. Put regularly used items at eye level, with those used less often higher and lower and at the back of shelves.

Finally, hang sachets in the closet to infuse linens with a soothing scent, such as lavender for a good night’s sleep for your guests.

Once your linen closet has been organized, move on to the closet in your guestroom. You likely use this storage space as overflow for other closets in the home. To ensure your guests do not feel as if they are putting you out, clear a space well toward the front of the closet ahead of time for their hanging items as well as their suitcase.

To make room, pulling everything out like you did with the linen closet allows you to do exactly that while also ridding your home of items you no longer use. Again, sort into donate and keep piles.

Assess the items left and make a list of closet organization tools needed to hide them from view, thus creating a clutter-free space that won’t have your guests feeling as if an item might fall on their head. Bins, baskets and the like with labels on the end achieve this result while also making it easy for you to identify what you need to pull from the closet.

Purchase a Standalone Closet

If closet space is limited in your home, with little room for guest items, consider purchasing a standalone closet. Such a unit, whether placed in the guest room or guest bath, can be set aside for their use only and include items they may need during their stay, such as extra blankets, toiletries, and a robe and slippers. And using one allows you to continue procrastinating when it comes to organizing other closets in the home.

Rewash Linens Ahead of Time

laundry room Linen Cabinet and Closet Organization IdeasIf you have houseguests staying throughout the holiday season, plan prep for the guestroom at least a few days prior to their arrival so that linens will be freshly washed but not so much so that you’re making the bed as your guests pull into the driveway. Simply spritz with linen spray to achieve a freshly washed effect if prepping more than a week in advance.

The holiday season serves as a time for friends and family to gather. Granted, it also can be stressful, especially if you are a host, but these tips will help keep you on track and allow you to enjoy your company.

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.

The Complete Checklist to Prepare Rooms for Holiday Guests

November 13, 2014

Few homes are ready for company at all times. A pair of shoes in the hallway, an unwashed pot in the sink, and a guest room without fresh linens all need to be addressed before friends or family arrive. Even if you keep your home in tip-top shape, there are still tasks to be done in preparation for company. Use this checklist to create a welcoming environment for your holiday guests.

Clean & Prep Guest Room

If you have a dedicated guest room, prepping it will take less time than if the space doubles as a home office or if one of the kids will give up his or her bedroom.

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In a true guest room, you will need to:

  • Dust and vacuum or mop per usual
  • Put fresh linens on the bed
  • Store extra blankets and pillows in an easily accessible place
  • Clear a spot for luggage and other items in the room or closet
  • Provide plenty of hangers and drawer space
  • Make sockets available by each side of the bed
  • Empty the wastebasket
  • Add a box of tissues to each nightstand

For a guest room that also serves another purpose, reduce clutter as much as possible, such as putting away all paperwork in a home office and loose toys in a kid’s room. Remove anything you or the regular occupant might need during your guests’ stay so that they truly have a space to call their own.

Complete the prep by adding fresh, seasonal flowers to the nightstands if your guests are not allergic, a nightlight for late trips to the bathroom, and a welcome note that also includes the password to your wi-fi. Also leave an extra house key if your guests will be coming and going on their own.

Clean & Prep Guest Bath

Many of us have two levels of clean in the bathroom: immediate-family clean and company clean, with the latter reaching spring-cleaning status. To prep for holiday guests, you will need to:

  • detailed bathroom cleaning2 The Complete Checklist to Prepare Rooms for Holiday GuestsRemove all washable items—bath/hand towels and rugs—to wash
  • Empty wastebasket
  • Spray shower/tub walls and floor, and toilet, with diluted vinegar and let sit
  • Dust any blinds and clean any windows, mirrors and countertop containers
  • Wipe down all cabinetry and countertops with appropriate products
  • Scrub shower/tub walls and floor, plus toilet, with a hard-bristle brush, then rinse
  • Sweep and mop the floor with appropriate products
  • Replace freshly washed or vacuumed rugs and any laundered items

Just like with a guest room that does double duty, a bathroom used by other members of the family should be decluttered as much as possible. Move any items not used on a regular basis to inside cabinets and create space for your guests.

Complete the prep by adding a basket filled with travel-size items they might have forgotten to pack, such as:

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  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable razors and shaving cream
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Hand cream
  • Holiday first-aid supplies, such as pain reliever and acid reducer for too much celebrating

Stock Up on Their Favorite Foods & Drinks

Speaking of celebrating, before your guests arrive ask for a list of must-have pantry items, including:

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  • Preferred breakfast beverage, creamer and sweetener
  • Favorite breakfast items, such as a specific cereal or another item you might not have handy
  • Other beverages, including those for adults only; be sure to leave bottled water in their room along with a coaster
  • Snacks
  • Any items to meet dietary restrictions

While many guests say they do not want to put you out, explain that you are going grocery shopping the day before their arrival so that it need not be done once they get to your home. That leaves you more time to spend relaxing, as there is nothing relaxing about shopping during the holiday season.

Have a wonderful holiday season with your guests!

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.

Clean Up Before & After the Holiday Party

November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means, food, family, friends and FRENZY as the preparation begins! Molly Maid has assembled 2014’s tips to help kitchen cleaning oven 300x300 Clean Up Before & After the Holiday Partymake house cleaning chores more manageable.

Pre-Event Cleaning Tips:

  • Scrub your entryway. Wipe down your front door, shake out the doormat and make sure dust and dirt haven’t collected on floors and furniture legs. These are the first things guests will see when they arrive, so keeping them clean will guarantee a good first impression.
  • Focus on the kitchen. People tend to gather around the food during the holidays, so make sure your kitchen looks and smells nice. Don’t forget to dust the light fixtures and flush sink drains with boiling water.
  • Get the kids involved! Make it fun by turning on some holiday music or making games out of cleaning like playing basketball while sorting laundry. Many kids respond well when they know what is expected so a chore chart may be helpful. Having a reward at the end of the week is particularly motivational – an extra dessert, extended bedtime or even a toy or allowance.
  • Ensure your home is “company ready” anytime with only 15 minutes a day. Make the bed every day or at least straighten the covers each morning. Pick up mail, toys, keys and loose change each evening. In bathrooms, squeegee shower doors and walls. Wipe off counters and sinks after every use.

Most homes typically encounter a few spills or cooking casualties, so use our ideas below to remove the most common issues when your party’s over.

Post-Event Cleaning Tips:

  • Cleaning Glassware and Remove Hard Water, Lipstick & Coffee Stains: For hard water and lipstick stains, wash your glasses in warm soapy water and add a half cup of white vinegar. If you soak them in the vinegar overnight that will help to loosen and remove the stains.
  • Wine on the Carpet: First, it’s important to act quickly. Don’t let the stain set for long before you spring into cleaning mode. A little bit of salt on the stain will help prevent the stain from setting into the carpet and prevent larger problems. You have a few options for removing the stain – white wine, club soda, and commercial carpet cleaner products are the most popular. Simply pour your cleaning solution of choice onto the stain, and then gently blot up as much wine as possible. Remember – rubbing will force the stain into the carpet and make cleanup more difficult.
  • Burnt Pots, Pans and Casserole Dishes: The best-kept secret is using Pepsi or Coke to remove burnt stains from pots. Pour in the pop, let it sit overnight and the stains practically wipe off.
  • Buff out Hardwood Floor Scuffs: You can buff out most scuffs on a polyurethane hardwood floor by rubbing the area vigorously with a soft cloth.  If this doesn’t fully remove the scuff, use a small amount of floor cleaner and vigorously rub the area with a soft cloth.

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.

Ms. Molly Teams Up with NFL Player to Tackle Domestic Violence

November 7, 2014
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Molly Maid’s non-profit organization the Ms. Molly Foundation teamed up with Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin on Tuesday, Nov. 4, for a Celebrity Guest Griller event at bd’s Mongolian Grill in Ann Arbor, Mich. – where Molly Maid USA headquarters are located.

Since Ms. Molly’s inception in 1996, the organization has raised over $1.9 million dollars for local domestic violence shelters and agencies throughout the United States.

Proceeds from the event benefited SafeHouse Center, which provides free and confidential services for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault, and live or work within Washtenaw County.

For more than two hours, Glover spoke to reporters, patrons at the restaurant, and fans of all ages where he signed autographs and even grilled dinner for a few lucky folks.

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President of Molly Maid Meg Roberts and Glover Quin get ready to start grilling.

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Glover tests his grilling skills while raising funds and awareness for local domestic violence victims.

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Taking a break from the grill, Glover signs autographs and interacts with fans.

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Glover and Kate MacEwen of SafeHouse Center smile for the camera during the event.

This week the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) announced Glover as the NFLPA Community MVP for his involvement in Ms. Molly’s event.

Thank you Glover for teaming up with Molly Maid and the Ms. Molly Foundation to help raise awareness and funds that support victims of domestic violence!

If you or someone you know needs help with a domestic violence or sexual assault issue, please call:

THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE at 1-800-799-7233
THE NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE at 1-800-656-4673
THE NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HOTLINE at 1-866-331-9474

Preventing Cold and Flu Around the Home and Office

October 30, 2014

Flu season in the U.S. peaks between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with cases seen as early as October and as late as May. Take these precautions around the home and the office to prevent getting this potentially serious disease as well as the milder common cold.

Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

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While no vaccine exists yet for the cold, one does for the main viruses that cause the flu. The CDC recommends getting the vaccine as early as possible in the year, either as a shot or nasal spray. Anyone ages 6 months or older can be vaccinated, with those younger than 8 years of age needing two vaccines given at least four weeks apart. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop.

The CDC recommends that everyone get vaccinated. Make that happen within your family and encourage co-workers—or employees—to do the same. If you need help finding available flu vaccine, use this handy flu shot map.

Limit Contact With Flu and Cold Sufferers

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The flu virus can spread up to 6 feet by droplets sneezed or coughed out by an infected person. If an employee in your office gets the flu or a cold, insist they stay home. That’s what sick days are for, after all.

If a family member gets sick, it proves a bit more difficult to limit contact with them, but you can take certain precautions to avoid infection. These same steps help prevent the spread of other viruses, including those that cause the common cold.

Precaution: Wipe Down Surfaces and Wash Hands

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The CDC recommends routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces that can spread flu and cold viruses from one person to another. In the home, that includes handles on doors, water faucets, refrigerators and remote controls. At the office, add shared keyboards, phones and other accessories to the must-disinfect list.

To ensure a thorough cleaning, as opposed to a quick rinse with water, keep all bathrooms well stocked with soap and paper towels, instead of a common hand towel. When washing hands, do so with warm water and for at least 20 seconds; many parents teach their kids to sing Happy Birthday and not stop washing until the song runs through twice. Don’t forget the backs of hands and underneath fingernails. Also keep alcohol-based hand cleaners and wipes nearby for quick disinfections.

Practice Cleanliness

Keep in mind that an infected adult can spread the flu virus one full day before developing symptoms and up to seven days after falling ill. Kids can spread the virus for an even longer period of time. If you incorporate the above precautions into your daily life instead of upon learning a family member or co-worker is sick, you reduce the chance of getting infected yourself.

Be Considerate If You Do Get Sick

In addition to staying home from work, help limit the cases of flu or cold you cause by doing the following:

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it in the trashcan
  • Wipe down the surfaces you use as well as your hands
  • Wear a facemask around those at high risk of developing flu-related complications, such as kids younger than 5, adults older than 65 and pregnant women

Check out our Stop Spreading Germs: 7 Dirtiest Places in the Office infographic for more tips…

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The Flu Impact

According to the CDC, the flu costs the country $87 billion and 17 million workdays each season. Tens of thousands get so sick they must enter the hospital, and thousands die each year from flu-related illnesses. If you are an employer, consider offering those that work for you free flu shots. Healthy employees make for a healthy business, after all.

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.

Home Cleaning Schedule: Your Weekly Guide to Keeping Things Clean

October 23, 2014

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Keeping your house clean during a work week can be tough, but these tasks are crucial to preventing major cleaning overhauls down the line. Chaos can be kept at bay by putting 20 minutes a day away for little tasks. If you can manage one task a day, the weekend will not be a clean-a-thon! Try to keep up on the tasks listed below and the weekend should be a breeze.

1. Do your dishes after every meal. No one ever wants to clean up after they cook a meal, but this is a crucial aspect to keeping your kitchen tidy. This rule goes for taking out the trash as well. As soon as it begins to brim to the top, take it out so you don’t procrastinate.

2. Deal with whatever comes through the door. Be prepared to have a designated space for guests. Having a special area for incoming items helps keep entry ways organized.

3. Designate each day a different color for laundry. For instance, Monday could be lights, Tuesday could be work towels and blankets, and Wednesday could be jeans and darker colors. By alternating days, laundry becomes less time consuming on the weekend.

4. Make a checklist for yourself every Sunday or Monday. The checklist will consist of goals you want to accomplish throughout the week for your household. As silly as it sounds, having a list to mark off will help you feel accomplished and focused.

5. Make sure you don’t keep clutter around the house. When you have significant others and kids, shoes and miscellaneous items start to gather and it becomes a common occurrence. Double check that any piece of clutter laying around has a specific place to go. If it doesn’t, create a “junk” box of things that you can purge. Purging unnecessary items is key to keeping a tidy home.

6. Make your bed as soon as you get up. Making the bed in the morning may not seem like it would make a big difference, but this is the center of your room. Having your bed made can make a whole room look tidier instantaneously. Getting in the habit of making your bed every day makes the cleaning process ingrained in your daily routine.

If cleaning for 15-20 minutes a day isn’t a habit for you yet, try to make it one. Habits are formed through practice. If those 15-20 minutes are usually spent surfing the web or watching TV, try multi-tasking or simply switch it out with one or two easy cleaning tasks. Before you know it, cleaning won’t even feel like a chore. You’ll be a pro!

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.

Get Your Flu Shot! … & other tips to stay healthy this flu season

October 14, 2014

Usually winter time is flu time but there are no exact dates when the flu season officially starts and ends. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu outbreaks can occur as early as October but most flu activity occurs in January or later.

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Knowing that, it’s always good to start early! Here are a few of Molly Maid’s tips that we hope will keep you happy and healthy during this upcoming flu season:

  • Get a Flu Shot. According to the CDC, the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every season. They claim one cannot get the flu from getting a flu shot and they recommend anyone who is 6 months and older should get the vaccine.
  • Eat Healthy. Although we may be stating the obvious here, it’s still worth noting that during flu season you should be mindful about eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to keep your immune system happy and healthy.
  • Just Keep Moving. It’s easy during winter months to curl up on the couch and just veg out. But in order to keep your mind and body healthy during flu season, you should maintain a regular exercise program. Even something as simple as walking 20-30 minutes a day can benefit your physical and mental health.
  • Get Your 8 Hours. According to a Harvard study, sleeps plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning and other vital functions. Stay healthy and lower the chances of getting the flu by getting regular sleep.
  • Sick? Stay Home. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms one of the best things you can do to prevent spreading germs to others is by staying home. Read our How to Stop Spreading Germs at Work During Cold/Flu Season blog post to learn more.
  • Keep a Clean House. Regularly cleaning surfaces in the home and washing your hands can help lower the risk of spreading germs. Read our How to Keep Your Home Sanitized During Flu Season blog post for more tips.

Do you have a tip to stay healthy during the flu season? Please tell us in the comments section below.

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 Products – Use the Products Pros Use

October 8, 2014

Professional cleaners bring a wealth of experience to their work. That experience extends to their choice of cleaning tools and products. To use what the pros do, stock your cleaning closet or cupboard with these must-have items.

Professional Cleaning Products

cleaning supplies kit 300x256 Cleaning Products – Use the Products Pros UseThe star of your cleaning caddy should be a high-quality all-purpose cleaner. We use Mr. Clean, which has been proven effective and safe for all surfaces. It now even comes in multiple Febreeze scents and in an antibacterial formula, which cleans up to 99.9 percent of all bacteria. Opt for the large-format bottles to get the lowest price per ounce.

For windows and mirrors, the original cleaner works best: Windex. It also works on sealed marble and granite, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and glass shower doors, and it proves safe on coated windows. To clean electronics, use the specially formulated product exactly for that.

Also keep on hand a tile and grout cleaner such as Scrubbing Bubbles or Arm & Hammer Scrub Free. These acid-based cleaners remove soap buildup without the elbow grease needed that leaves you with sore arms and wrists. The original formulas work well for regular use, but we use the bleach versions when faced with serious amounts of mildew.

Finally, when faced with pet stains we pull out a multi-action, bio-enzymatic cleaning formula such as Nature’s Miracle. It reacts to organic stain and odor matter as opposed to products that simply cover the latter with a different scent. The product also reaches below carpet into the pad and subfloor to ensure a complete clean. Get the Laundry Boost formula for when you wash pet beds and other items.

Professional Cleaning Tools

microfiber dust cloth 300x226 Cleaning Products – Use the Products Pros UseCertain cleaning tools work better than others for particular jobs. For example, terry cloth makes an excellent all-purpose cleaning rag, while cotton cloths work best for buffing. Microfiber towels dust the best; remember not to use fabric softener when drying microfiber. Always have on hand double-sided sponges, as the nylon scrubby side makes short work of messes, and have different brushes for different tasks. Yes, grout really does require the smaller brush, and you want the specially shaped toilet brush for that task.

An extendible duster for cleaning on-high light fixtures takes your cleaning to the professional level, as does the special attachment for ceiling fans. Get a high-quality squeegee, as well, to get streak-free windows the first time.

upright vacuum cleaner 118x300 Cleaning Products – Use the Products Pros UseWhen it comes time to choose a new vacuum, start by deciding between an upright and a canister. A high-quality upright gets the job done in all homes, with a canister making it easier to clean stairs. Next look for these features:

  • Height adjustment so you can match the vacuum height to the length of pile
  • Brush on-off switch; when turned off, the vacuum better cleans and avoids scratching of bare floors
  • Motorized upholstery attachment; this tool is a must-have for homes with pets
  • HEPA filter to reduce allergens in the home
  • Bagless canister; you save money in the long run
  • Finally, invest in high-quality rubber gloves. Your hands will thank you, as will your nail polish if manicures are a must in your life.
  • Get the cotton-lined gloves, which don’t make your hands sweat and are comfortable.

With all of these cleaning products and tools opt for the largest size and highest quantity available to save money.

Professional Cleaning Services

maid dusting Cleaning Products – Use the Products Pros UseMany of our customers enjoy cleaning their own home and use us for deeper cleaning every month or so. That way, they can simply maintain. The next time you have a professional cleaner into your home, stick around and observe to learn even more tricks of the trade. We don’t mind sharing our knowledge. After all, we’re not live-in help!

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, Disinfecting & Sanitizing Baby Toys

September 27, 2014
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With all the germs you can bring home, it’s imperative to keep your baby toys clean. Babies are continually picking up toys and other objects to put in their mouths and touching anything and everything that comes their way. In order to reduce your baby’s chance of getting sick (especially with flu season right around the corner), we wanted to take a moment to share our industry secrets on how to prevent catching illness by keeping your toys clean for the little ones.

1. Cleaning: This step is done with soap and warm water. One of the most effective ways to clean plastic toys (obviously, make sure all batteries are removed first!) is with hot water and soap. If you have a dishwasher, you can take care of a large quantity of smaller toys by using lingerie bags. You can pick these up at almost any home goods store like Wal-Mart or Target. You can also get these lingerie bags in almost any size (small/medium preferably). Once you have your lingerie bags ready, place all of the smaller baby toys inside, and then run the dishwasher for one cycle. If you do not have a dishwasher, however, you can simply fill up your sink with hot, soapy water. Next, find a clean sponge or cloth to wipe down the toys. For any plush or washable toys, throw them in the washing machine with regular detergent. Plan to dry the plush toys for two whole cycles. You’ll want to ensure the inside is dry and doesn’t become a breeding ground for germs. Both methods using soap and water should do the trick in killing germs and helping keep your baby healthy!

2. Disinfecting: A great way to disinfect your baby’s toys is by using a DIY home remedy of mainly white vinegar. The ingredients you will need for this at home disinfectant are as follows: white vinegar, tea tree oil and lemon oil. Get 1/2 a cup of white vinegar and 1/2 a cup of distilled water. Add a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon oil (these essential oils are used to fight bacterial and viral properties). Once you have a batch mixed together, pour this into a spray bottle and wipe down the toys you want to disinfect.

3. Sanitizing: In order to eliminate all germs, you will need to make a sanitizing solution — mix one quart of water with one tablespoon of bleach together. Then, moisten a paper towel with this mixture and wipe down all of the toys. Another alternative is to simply let them soak in the water + bleach solution in a bathtub or sink for about 10 minutes. Make sure all the toys are rinsed thoroughly afterward to ensure your baby is not in contact with any direct bleach.

Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing all go hand in hand when it comes to keeping your baby’s toys safe and germ free, so now you can rest easy knowing you did everything you can to maintain your baby’s health. Since these toys are often placed inside your baby’s mouth, we recommend you sanitize them at least once a week.

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.

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