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How to Erase Greasy Driveway Stains

You’re walking out to get the mail and you spot the ugly, greasy stain that is discoloring your otherwise lovely driveway. Maybe your car is leaking oil. Maybe liquids leaked from your garbage can as thrown-out leftovers settled.

It’s important to remove driveway stains as quickly as possible. The porous nature of concrete means that once a stain has really settled in almost nothing can be done, but as long as it’s relatively fresh you should be able to get rid of the blemish.

Try out any of the following methods based on what you have sitting around the house. With vigilance, elbow grease, and just a sliver of luck your driveway should look brand new in no time.

The Coca-Cola Technique

You can use several sodas for this method, but Coke is probably the best. As a child, you may have left a penny in a cup of Coke overnight as a science experiment to find a gleaming copper surface the next day. This method is similar. Simply mop up excess oil and pour a few cans of soda on the stain, then wait a day and rinse. The properties present in the soda should gobble up the oil and leave the concrete clean.

The WD-40 Technique

It’s not just for squeaky hinges. Simply spray a generous amount of the lubricant on the stain and wait a few minutes, then rinse.

The Kitty Litter Technique

Mop up any excess oil and put down a layer of cheap clay kitty litter. The clay will soak up the oil and a day later most of the stain should be gone. Simply sweep or vacuum the area to clear the litter.

The Baking Soda Technique

If you have a box of baking soda, pour it liberally over the stain and scrub it heavily with a wire brush. Keep at it for a few minutes, and then let the baking soda sit on the stain for half an hour before rinsing the area with a hose.

The Detergent Technique

The important thing here is that you use powdered and not liquid laundry detergent. Add a bit of water to the detergent that you pour on the stain and scrub the area heavily with a wire brush. As with the baking soda, let it sit for half an hour before rinsing.

Driveway stains can be an ugly blight on your property for years to come. Stay on top of things and you hopefully will never have to see one for more than a few hours.

While we don’t clean driveways, we do provide professional house cleaning service! Contact your local Molly Maid  or call 1-888-583-6490 to learn more about our flexible cleaning programs! You can discuss a custom cleaning plan that meets your schedule, budget and cleaning needs.

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How to Clean a Blender

Blenders are a tricky appliance to clean. All those cracks, corners and, of course, those sharp blades. We honestly cringe every time we stick our hand in a blender – even if it’s unplugged! Next time you make your favorite smoothie or blended recipe, try this simple yet effective blender cleaning tip. It’s so simple yet so effective. As a professional cleaning service, we understand that cleaning can consume much of your personal time. This tip will shorten your cleaning process and lessen the hassle. We would love to help take things off your hands with the other cleaning services

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Can the High Chair Zone Be a Clean Zone?

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How to Remove Eyeliner from the Carpet

Your blush has set, your lipstick is the perfect shade and your eyeliner is … in the carpet. Oh no! Although the makeup on your face may look great, it’s not so pretty on the carpet. Not to mention that eyeliner stains are among some of the trickiest to get rid of, especially if it gets matted in the carpet fibers. But not to worry! We have some tricks and tips that will combat those nasty dark streaks. There are two effective methods for removing eyeliner stains from the carpet. Both require some household cleaning products and a clean, white

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Stain Treatment 101: Hot or Cold Water?

You just spilled a glob of mustard on your new, white blouse. You knew that hot dog was a risky choice, but it was simply irresistible. Fret not! Your new shirt is not ruined – at least not yet. As soon as that stain hits the fabric, the countdown is on. If the stain dries, you might as well make it your dedicated hot dog-eating smock. The most important step is to take off that shirt and get it in water as soon as possible. But not just any water. Choosing between hot and cold is the difference between stain

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Campsite Ideas | Cool Tips to Keep Your Camp Clean

Camping enthusiasts enjoy communing with nature — dirt, bugs and all. Others, not so much. If you fall into the latter category but the rest of your family loves to camp, keep the site as clean as possible by following these five tips and enjoy the trip: 1. Inspect your camping supplies. Days before you plan to pack up and go, inspect your supplies to ensure they are clean and free of damage. For example, it will be difficult to keep your tent tidy if it has a large hole in it or mold has grown on the interior since

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Top Manly Messes & How to Prevent Them

Men are messy. And although you may love your man, his cleaning habits (or lack of) can drive you absolutely mad! Whiskers in the sink, empty toilet paper roll, dirty socks in the family room, dishes in the sink, the list is endless. In this blog, we will talk about the top manly messes and what you can do to prevent them. Listed below are some of the top manly messes with potential solutions! Leaving dishes in the sink….or elsewhere. I’m sure if you had a dollar for every time your man left a dish in the sink, you would

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Emergency Treatment for Blood Stains

Falling down and skinning your knee is pretty much inevitable at one point or another, as are bloody noses, picked scabs and other “ouchy!” accidents. If you have kids – or sometimes act like a kid – knowing how to treat blood stains will save countless outfit and sports uniforms. Like most stains, the most important rule for blood stain removal is immediacy. Don’t just throw the stained shirt into the laundry pile; it’s time to act fast! Once a blood stain has set in the clothes, it becomes close to impossible to remove. The quicker you start treating the

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I Think There’s a Dead Mouse in My Wall

Note: The content of this blog is a little … gross. The dead mouse smell is barely noticeable at first, then impossible to ignore – and it’s coming from a source you cannot find or figure out. Uh-oh. At first you’re in a state of denial. The thought of animals decomposing behind your drywall is upsetting. But while your options are limited and the situation is extremely unpleasant, don’t panic. The good news is that you won’t have to live with the smell of decomposition forever, and you don’t have to tear apart your wall or floors or ceiling or

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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

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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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