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Vacuuming: Carpets Last Longer with Regularly Scheduled Cleaning

September 12, 2014

You vacuum the carpet in your home weekly and spot clean as needed. That should be enough to keep it looking good and lasting for many years, right? Not necessarily. Regular professional cleaning removes dirt and debris your vacuum cannot reach, which keeps it from damaging your carpet over time.

Clean Carpet to Extend Its Life

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A variety of substances get carried into your home by shoes, paws, clothes and even the air. Dirt alone does a significant amount of damage to your carpet. The abrasive matter actually cuts carpet fibers, causing wear and tear and shortening the amount of time it will look and feel like it did upon installation.

At-home cleaning products you use also can damage carpet, as they leave behind residue that actually attracts dirt, speeding up that aging process. Carpet should last three to five years in an average household of two to four people, with that lifespan reduced without regular professional cleaning. If you have pets, expect even fewer years without professional help.

Don’t Assume Your Carpet Is Clean

In addition to dirt, other substances enter the home uninvited, including pollen, fungus, pollution and bacterial. You cannot see them on the carpet, but they are there in the fibers and pad. Dust mites also settle on the floor.

All of these potential allergens can affect the health of those living in your home. If a family member has an allergy to any, symptoms can range from the mild runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing to the more severe cough, congestion and sinus headache. Dust mites can even cause asthma in those with a serious allergy.

A consumer-level vacuum with a HEPA filter can help to remove many of these substances but not all. The equipment a professional carpet cleaner brings to your home has the ability to get the job done.

Set a Carpet Cleaning Schedule

canister vacuum cleaner Vacuuming: Carpets Last Longer with Regularly Scheduled CleaningHow often you get your carpet professionally cleaned depends on your household. Experts suggest every nine months if you have children and/or pets in the home, with that frequency increasing to six months if you have a large family or pets with housetraining issues. Otherwise, annual cleanings should suffice. Also check the warranty on any newly installed carpet as it may require a certain schedule to keep it valid.

If you have a large home with certain rooms and hallways getting more foot traffic than others, you may decide to get that carpet cleaned more often than the areas that get used less. Again, be sure to check your warranty and do at least the minimum required in those rooms.

In between cleanings, experts recommend regular vacuuming using a high-quality appliance appropriate for your home. (Check out our Best Vacuum Cleaners | Choosing the Right Canister or Upright post for help finding the right vacuum.) Just as with how often you get your carpet professionally cleaned, what counts as “regular” vacuuming for your home depends on who lives there. Vacuum once a week at the minimum, upping the frequency as needed. Always treat stains and spills immediately to avoid them setting in and becoming more difficult to remove.

To get this chore done more quickly, check out the tips in our 3 Ways to Save Time Vacuuming post.

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. Exclusive Dry Extraction carpet cleaning methods are available at participating Molly Maid locations. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click here to request service in your area.

Homemade Cleaning Products for Your Home, Kitchen & Bathroom

September 1, 2014
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“I’ll just get it next time at the store.”

How many times have you said that to yourself for cleaning products you need for your house? The next time you find a stain, and are not equipped with the right cleaning products, remember our DIY homemade cleaning remedies for the home.

Here are a few DIY tips for keeping your home spotless and sanitized:

1. Cleaning Mystery Stains Out of Your Carpet: You know those dark little circles that seem to mysteriously appear on your carpet, no matter how hard you try to keep it clean? We have the perfect solution for eliminating those and bringing your carpet back to a perfect state! Say goodbye to buying or renting a huge steam cleaner and use your iron to get these out. All you need is a spray bottle, water, white vinegar, a cloth, and your iron. Spray the stained area with the solution of two parts water and one part vinegar, take the iron and press down firmly (on steam setting) for about 30 – 45 seconds. If necessary, you can repeat these steps if the stain is stubborn. Otherwise, this should eliminate all of those stains you thought you could never remove!

2. How to Eliminate Water Ring Stains on Your Wood Surfaces: Sadly, when you have guests over or kids running around the house, people tend to forget to use coasters. Unfortunately, the end result of this careless mistake is usually having a table top ruined with water rings. However, don’t fear, there is a fix! Surprisingly, the combat tool is a blow dryer. Hold a blow dryer on the effected area for 20 – 28 minutes ( more or less depending on how bad the ring is). After about 20 minutes, the stain should be gone! Lastly, put a little olive oil on the wood to keep it moisturized. The results should be beautiful!

3. Erase Hard Water Stains with a Lemon: If you have chrome fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom, you have probably run into the problem of having hard water stains that eventually dull out the chrome. Cut a lemon in half and scrub the surface with the lemon halves. This also works on areas in the shower or sink that are rusted from razor blades or bobby pins. The citric acid from the lemon cuts through and eliminates those stains! Try it for yourself to find out!

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.

Mosquito Control: How to Trap, Prevent, & Get Rid of Mosquitoes

August 26, 2014

Mosquitoes can be the worst. Not only are they a nuisance but they spread disease, including the West Nile virus that has made more than 17,000 humans seriously ill since 1999 and has killed more than 1,600, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mosquitoes can also infect dogs and cats with deadly heartworms. Plus, their bites itch like crazy.

Avoid being bitten through mosquito control prevention and traps, and treat the uncomfortable effects of those that do get through your defenses.

Preventing Mosquitoes

No Bugs Mosquito Control: How to Trap, Prevent, & Get Rid of MosquitoesThe most effective way to control the number of mosquitoes on your property is to eliminate standing water that creates a breeding site. You can do this by:

  • Changing water often in any bird baths or water features and/or installing a pump to keep water circulating.
  • Regularly running the pump on a pool.
  • Keeping gutters free of clogs.
  • Disposing of any containers that can collect rainwater.
  • Filling any holes that can collect rainwater.

However, because mosquitoes will fly a great distance in search of food these efforts must be undertaken on a neighborhood level. The same goes for applying insecticides. It helps to have a homeowners’ association or neighborhood group educate everyone for best results.

If you plan to spend time outside during the mosquito dinner hour, at dusk or later, keep citronella candles lit for additional protection, wear long sleeves and pants, and apply mosquito repellent. DEET products offer the highest level of protection, but there are also natural formulas; they work to a lesser degree and for shorter amounts of time, therefore requiring more frequent application.

To keep mosquitoes out of your home, check all window and door screens for holes, tears and gaps they can fly through, and quickly open and shut doors when coming and going.

Trapping Mosquitoes

There are a variety of DIY instructions online for building homemade mosquito traps, with the most popular involving cutting a two-liter plastic bottle in half and adding a mixture of 1 cup hot water, ¼ cup brown sugar and 1 gram yeast to the bottom; the top gets inverted and inserted into the bottom. The mixture creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes in search of human blood to the trap.

Commercial mosquito traps also use CO2 as an attractant, and many combine it with octenol, another human byproduct found in the breath, as well as light and heat. The mosquitoes get sucked into a catch bag or container.

Treating Mosquito Bites

To ease the itch of a mosquito bite, the Mayo Clinic recommends applying hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. Rubbing alcohol and aloe vera are among the natural remedies folks swear by, as are oatmeal baths.

Therapik offers a high-tech remedy for the itch and inflammation. Tech columnist Dwight Silverman recently tested the handheld device and gave it his approval. It uses a heat-generating light that “cooks” the chemicals that cause the itch. You simply apply the light to the bite. It costs about $13, making it another lost-cost option to try. The maker says the device also works on ant bites and bee, wasp and hornet stings.

Due to the sheer number of mosquitoes in certain areas of the country, no one method of prevention or control will eliminate them from your daily existence. Try as many of the methods as necessary to create an environment as free as possible from the nasty bugs. And have your commercial and home remedies ready to treat the bites you do get.

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.

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 tools 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.

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