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How to Clean Your Filthy Makeup Brushes

August 29, 2015

Dirt, Oil and Dead Skin Cells – Clean Your Brushes!

Have you ever gone weeks, months or maybe even years without washing your face? Doubt it. Then why go weeks without cleaning your makeup brushes, a tool that touches your face just as much as your hands?

Brushes can accumulate dust, bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells over time, causing the bristles to harden and your face to breakout. Prevent future breakouts by cleaning your brushes at least once every two weeks. But be careful, makeup brushes are expensive and can be ruined if washed improperly. Learn how to wash makeup brushes—correctly!—by following the steps below.

From the bathroom to the kitchen and beyond, Molly Maid is your cleaning authority! Find more cleaning tips at the Cleaning Institute! Or contact your local Molly Maid today for a free house cleaning estimate or call 1-888-583-6490.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Washing Your Makeup Brushes

  • What You’ll Need
  • Cloth or paper towel
  • Baby shampoo or unscented (ideally organic) bar soap
  • Faucet and water
  • Optional: Rubbing alcohol and conditioner

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

  • 1) Turn your faucet on to a light stream of warm water.
  • 2) One by one—gently wet your brushes, making sure to avoid the base of the bristles. The more exposure the base/handle receives to water, the more likely it will start shedding!
  • 3) Grabbing either your organic bar soap or baby shampoo, massage the soap into the brush, working up a thick lather.
  • 4) Rewash your brush in the faucet. It’s important to wash all the soap out of the brush—dried on soap can be damaging to the bristles.
  • 5) Squeeze any remaining water out of the brush. If the water looks dirty, repeat steps one through four until clean.
  • 6) Lay out your cloth and place your brushes down to air dry for six to eight hours.

HOT MESS: Never use a blow dryer to dry your brushes! It can quickly ruin a brush beyond repair.

  • 7) Repeat for each of your brushes.

For Super Clean & Soft Brushes…

  • 8) Dampen a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe down the base and metal ring of your brushes. This will kill any lingering bacteria and leave your handle looking like new.
  • 9) If your brush still doesn’t feel soft after a thorough cleaning, wet the bristles again and lather conditioner. Rinse and dry the same as before.

Enjoy the feel of your bacteria-free brush. Remember to wash again in two weeks to maintain a clean brush—and face! And if you found this blog helpful, check out these tips on how to organize your makeup like a pro!

Toilet Paper Origami: Learn the Basics!

August 27, 2015

Whether you are trying to impress your mother in law or entertain the kids, Molly Maid has gathered a few ideas to help you roll out the white… tissue! Turns out, toilgami is also known as the art of toilet paper origami and you can turn your bathroom from drab to fab in as little as five minutes.

Need help with making the ENTIRE bathroom look good? No problem! Combine these tips with Molly Maid’s cleaning service to ensure a fresh smelling bathroom AND home. Request an estimate from your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490!

 

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For years, many Molly Maid home service professionals have neatly folded the loose sheet of toilet paper into a point and sealed it with a sticker. Hotels also use this technique and James P. McCauley, executive director of the International Association of Holiday Inns once said, “Hotels want to give their guests the confidence that the bathroom has been cleaned since the last guest used the room.”

The motivation behind this blog post is simple… fun! Now, let’s begin!

  1. Thin, single ply tissue likely won’t hold a fold accurately, so use quilted, two-ply sheets.
  2. Designs of toilet paper on the roll are ideal for room décor during a party or hosting a house guest.
  3. There are books dedicated to step-by-step instructions including Toilet Paper Origami On a Roll, by Linda Wright. From a rose to a bowtie to much more, Wright showcases ideas and tips to systematically achieve her designs yourself.
  4. Molly Maid assembled some ideas on our Pinterest board to demonstrate how to fold toilet paper into holiday and special occasion creations and we invite readers to share your ideas and re-pin our posts.

Lastly, once your creations are finalized, make sure to take photos as this art won’t last!

How To Clean Grout & Recharge Your Tile

August 12, 2015

What’s the best way to clean grout and tile? Do we need to clean the grout separately/specifically?

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. Again, never use abrasive products or bleach or ammonia-based cleaners. 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.

For grout, the potential for built up dirt and bacteria that may be accumulating needs regular cleaning attention. Typical grout needs to be cleaned every four to six months, but can stay clean longer with proper technique and sealant.

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There’s an assortment of options in getting the grime out of your grout. Homemade solutions include baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and even shaving cream! Any common household grout cleaner should do the trick as well. But if you have small children or pets, we recommend using oxygen bleach. Oxygen bleach is a non-toxic, fume-free alternative to chlorine that will kill bacteria and brighten your tile at the same time.

Using a spray bottle filled with water, wet your grout. Next, spoon your oxygen bleach along the grout to create a paste-like consistency. After your oxygen bleach and water paste is on your grout, practice the art of patience. Spend fifteen minutes on something else: meditate, run around the block, make a pot of coffee, or even cut coupons. The point is to let the oxygen bleach work its magic. After fifteen minutes or so, come back with an old toothbrush or grout brush and you’ll be amazed at how easy the dirt and mildew wipe away.

Rinse the now brown, possibly black, oxygen bleach solution away with a damp cotton cloth and your grout should now be as good as new. You could even find your grout a color you’ve never seen it! To keep your grout mildew and dirt free for longer, make sure you treat your tile floor with a grout sealant once a year. Keep in mind, however, that sealed grout will still need cleaning about every six months.

Still need help with cleaning? No problem! Combine these tips with Molly Maid’s cleaning service to ensure a fresh smelling home. Request an estimate from your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490!

A Dirty Scrub Brush is a Worthless Scrub Brush

July 28, 2015

Many of us often wonder how often we should replace our sponge or which cleaning item is the most sanitary for dish washing. According to the Wall Street Journal, a kitchen sponge can be 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat and can host up to 10 million bacteria per square inch! That being said, no one wants a brush festered with bacteria because it could be worse than not washing at all– that’s why it is imperative that you maintain sanitary brushes and sponges.

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Between brushes, sponges and cotton cloths, brushes are generally the most sanitary. But all three can quickly become slimy with bacteria. keep the following rules of thumb in mind when washing dishes in the future:

Does It Smell?

The first and easiest warning sign of an unsafe brush is the smell. If your brush or sponge has even the slightest sour smell, it’s time to toss it. The bacteria has already settled into the fibers of the sponge, and you will never be able to complete sanitize it. If you’re using a dish rag, make sure to wash it with bleach and warm water before using again.

1-1-4 Rule

We do not recommend waiting until your sponge is smelly and sour to replace it. Keep in mind that bacteria can be spreading before your brush even starts to smell. There are a few things that will expedite the rapid growth of bacteria within your sponge — Keeping your sponge moist is the easiest way for your brush to grow bacteria. That’s why we recommend the 1-1-4 rule: Let your sponge dry out completely at least 1 time per week, sanitize your sponge in the dishwasher or microwave at least 1 time per week, and replace your brush or sponge once every 4 weeks. Remembering the 1-1-4 rule will make sure your dish cleaning routine is safe and sanitary.

Cross Contamination

Lastly, cross contamination is crucial to avoid when maintaining a safe, clean kitchen. Using the same dish cloth on dishes and countertops can spread bacteria across surfaces. Make sure you have designated sponges for each surface of your kitchen. It is also extremely important to avoid wiping up any chicken or red meat juices with anything other than a disposable paper towel. It is very dangerous to cross contaminate bacteria from meat around your kitchen.

Still need help cleaning your kitchen? No problem! Combine these tips with Molly Maid’s cleaning service to ensure a fresh smelling home. Request an estimate from your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490!

How often are you replacing your scrub brush? Comment below!

Worst Recipes for Burnt Pots & Dirty Dishes

July 27, 2015

A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning the Most Difficult Dishes

 Some recipes are much easier to clean than others. Dried-on foods, burnt meat, melted sugar and tomato bases can leave sticky messes and lingering residues that seem impossible to wash. Below, we highlight some of the most frustrating dishes to clean—and a DIY guide to tackling those messes.

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Top 5 Worst Dishes to Clean

  • Cheesesteak: Often prepared in a frying pan, cheesesteak is double-difficult, combining burnt meat and melted cheese into one frustrating mess. Even the most vigorous scrubbing won’t do the trick—although you may burn off a few of those extra cheesesteak calories!
  • Lasagna: The classic hard-to-clean dish boasts both tomatoes and cheese to make cleaning extra-frustrating (especially those hard-to-reach corners of the casserole dish). Don’t be fooled by detergent commercials – a simple cycle through the dishwasher will not suffice!
  • Quiche: Pairing quickly drying egg with cheese and tomato causes quiche pans to be subject to dried-on food and pasty tomato residue—two dirty dish nightmares. You spend all morning preparing your quiche. You don’t want to spend all afternoon cleaning the pie pan!
  • Oatmeal: The starchiness of oatmeal, when dried, forms a glue-like paste that is no fun to clean. What do you do when your breakfast bowl looks like a botched papier-mâché project? Hint: It doesn’t require a chisel and hammer.
  • Coffee: Allowing coffee to sit in a mug untouched can leave stains that don’t come out in a regular wash. Not only do the stains linger, but so does the taste. Avoid drinking last week’s coffee by thoroughly cleaning your mugs.

How to Tackle the Toughest Dirty Dishes

For those daunting dishes, follow these quick and easy steps to have your pots and pans looking and smelling as clean as ever. That way, you can spend less time scrubbing and more time doing the things you love—like trying even more new recipes! Keeping your dishes clean can be an exhausting feat. Let Molly Maid’s cleaning service take care of the rest! Although Molly Maid’s staff doesn’t clean dishes, let us clean  the rest of the house so you can do what you really enjoy. Contact your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490!

What You’ll Need:

  • Gloves
  • Vinegar
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Towel or rag
  • Scrubbing brush or coarse sponge
  • Baking soda

Step by Step Guide:

  • 1) Safety first, put on some rubber gloves to keep your hands safe from grease and oil.
  • 2) Grab the dirty dish and fill it with hot water and a few drops of the detergent.
    • Pro tip: The hotter the water, the better. Hot water can cut through tough messes, just be careful not to make the water so hot that you’ll burn yourself! The only exception to the rule is dairy-related foods. Dairy tends to grow stickier with warm water—so cold water is best for cleaning cheesy dishes.
  • 3) Let the pan soak for anywhere between 20 minutes and two hours, depending on the dish’s dirtiness.
    • Pro tip: If you’re cleaning a regular (not a nonstick) stovetop pan or pot, put the pan over a burner set on high to speed up the degreasing process.
  • 4) After soaking, empty the water and pour some baking soda into the pan.
  • 5) Using a wet, course sponge or brush and a few drops of dish soap, scrub the pot—really put some elbow grease into it!
  • 6) Using hot water again, wash the soap off your pot.
  • 7) If there’s still some residue, repeat through step 6 until clean.
  • 8) If your pot appears burnt and steps 1 through 7 aren’t helping, try covering the surface area of the pot with baking soda and pouring vinegar into itwait while the chemical reaction occurs and wipe away with your soapy sponge.
  • 9) With freshly cleaned dishes in hand, use a dry rag to wipe away the remaining water before storage.
  • 10) Equipped with a clean pan, you’re ready for a new recipe!

15 Items Your Dishwasher Can Handle

July 16, 2015

Get the Most Out of Your Dishwasher

We get it. Just like everyone else, you’re crazy busy. You’re constantly getting emails and phone calls and don’t have time to clean everything in the house. Lucky for you, we’re here to tell you that your dishwasher is underutilized. Use your dishwasher to clean the following household items and reach your full dishwasher potential!

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Toys, Potatoes, and More

Preparation: Be sure to empty your dishwasher of all dishes before adding non-kitchen items. Also, use discretion when adding detergent to your cycle, depending on the item.

  • 1) Toys: A fairly common alternative dish item, toys can be washed in a dishwasher with detergent if they are plastic—dolls and other soft toys are not recommended. But be careful! Absolutely no battery-powered items should be washed.
  • 2) Baseball caps: Hats can get sweaty and greasy, but washing machines can bend them out of shape. Instead, toss them on the top rack of your dishwasher with some soap for an easy clean!
  • 3) Rain boots: Rubber rain boots, paired with some baking soda, can come out looking squeaky clean after one wash.
  • 4) Garden tools: As long as they have plastic, ceramic, or rubber handles, garden tools can get a much-needed bath if put in your dishwasher with detergent.
  • 5) Flip-flops: After an entire summer’s use, flip-flops can get gunky, sticky and stinky. Hook them on a rack, add some detergent and have them smelling fresh in no time.
  • 6) Fan blades and covers: Dusting and cleaning fans can be exhausting to clean. If your fan is plastic, you’re in luck! One cycle through your dishwasher will save you some cleaning time.
  • 7) Kitchen sponges: Sponges are used to clean your dishes, so they should get a cleaning, too. Making sure to add detergent, place them on the top rack of your washer between scrubs.
  • 8) Hubcaps: Scrubbing your hubcaps down by hand only does so much. Placing them on the bottom portion of your dishwasher with some detergent will cut through grease and give them a thorough wash like never before.
  • 9) Toothbrushes: We use them to clean our mouths daily but rarely ever think to clean the toothbrushes themselves. Place your toothbrush in the silverware slot and run your dishwasher on a hot cycle without detergent to kill bacteria lingering on your brush.
  • 10) Sports equipment: Pads, like shin guards and knee pads, can reek of sweat. However, one soapy run in your dishwasher can make the car ride home from soccer practice a lot more bearable.
  • 11) Pet toys: Fido’s toys can also get grimy from all that chewing and slobbering. If they’re plastic or rubber, one run through the dishwasher with detergent should make your furry friend feel like he got a brand new bone.
  • 12) Microwave plates: The base plate in your microwave gets a lot of use. Next time you load your dishwasher, put the microwave plate on the bottom rack.
  • 13) Refrigerator shelves: Wiping down your refrigerator is a grueling and time consuming task. If your shelves are small enough to fit, consider putting them in the dishwasher to save yourself all that scrubbing.
  • 14) Potatoes: Don’t waste your time cleaning potatoes individually—place them on the top rack of your dishwasher for a quick soap-free clean! You’ll still have to cook them after their cycle.
  • 15) Cook salmon: We know this sounds crazy, but the Internet shows it has been done—there’s even a recipe for it: Wrap a fillet in aluminum foil, stick it on the top rack and run a soap-free cycle. Now you’re practically a five-star chef! Warning: You may have salmon to serve but your dishwasher will smell strongly of fish.

Even with these time-saving dishwasher hacks, there always seems to be more to clean around the house. Let Molly Maid cleaning services free up time for you! With Molly Maid, you can spend less time cleaning and more time doing the things you love. Contact your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490 today for an estimate!

Are there any other items that you use your dishwasher for? Let us know using the comment section!

Clean Your Microwave With Lemon & Vinegar

July 16, 2015

The microwave is the kitchen’s epitome of our “want it now” society! We want our internet to download fast, our DVR to fast forward through commercials faster and that cold pizza piping hot the fastest of them all! Fast heating is great until you notice that members of your household have reheated so many leftovers in such a hurry, that no one has taken the time to wipe down or deodorize the microwave!

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For baked-on spaghetti sauce splatters that look like they will need a powerwasher to remove, never fear, Molly Maid’s microwave cleaning tips are here! Now, slow down for a moment and read these five tips to get your sonic speed kitchen appliance looking and smelly great again:

  • Fill a small glass bowl with water and place on the microwave turntable.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon into the bowl for a clean summer scent.
  • Close the door and let the microwave run on high for two minutes.
  • When the cycle ends, remove the bowl and the turntable and make sure not to burn yourself as the bowl’s contents will be hot.
  • With a clean microfiber cloth, dampen with water and white distilled vinegar and wipe away any residue from those pesky reheating spills.

 

The lemon will deodorize and the vinegar and microfiber cloth will remove the bacteria-building food particles that have generated. This microwave cleaning tip is easy, green and takes less than five minutes to complete! Check it off your To Do list and add it your on-going cleaning reminders at least once a month. Investing in a microwave-safe food cover can also save you some cleaning time and those lids are also dishwasher safe making them easy to toss in with plates and bowls once a week.

Still need help cleaning your kitchen? No problem! Combine these tips with Molly Maid’s cleaning service to ensure a fresh smelling home. Request an estimate from your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490! 
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The Best Ways to Clean Oven Racks

July 13, 2015

Cleaning oven racks sounds like a dreaded task (and typically has been for the most of us)! You can now put all of your oven cleaning fears to rest! We have a couple of methods using some household items that might make it easier for you. In this blog, we will show you a couple of the best ways to clean oven racks. Need more than just your oven rack cleaned? No problem! Combine these tips with Molly Maid’s cleaning service to ensure a fresh smelling home. Get an estimate today! Contact your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490!

 

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Method 1 – Vinegar and Dish Washing Detergent

  • Place oven racks in bathtub.
  • Add just enough hot water to cover the racks.
  • Add 1/2 cup  of vinegar and 3/4 cup of dish washing detergent.
  • After leaving the racks soak in the tub for two hours, rinse off.
  • Use a brush to scrub off anything that did not come off in the rinse.

Method 2 – Dish Washing Detergent and Dryer Sheets

  • Place oven racks in bathtub.
  • Add just enough hot water to cover the racks.
  • Add 1/2 cup of Dawn dish washing detergent and six dryer sheets.
  • After leaving the racks to soak overnight, rinse off.
  • Use a brush to scrub off anything that did not come off in the rinse.

Does one method work better than the other? Or do you have a unique method of your own that is effective? Please let us know! Comment on this blog with your feedback and let us know what you discover.

How to Clean Your Crumby Little Toaster

July 8, 2015

Nearly every household in the US has a toaster but how many of them cleaned properly? Improperly cleaned toasters can very hazardous and can cause fires. In this blog, we will go over how to clean your crumby little toaster! More specifically, how to clean a toaster and how to clean a toaster oven. Need more than just that toaster cleaned? No problem! Combine these tips with Molly Maid’s cleaning service to ensure a fresh smelling home. Contact your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490!

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Traditional Toasters

Unplug the Toaster 

This seems to be a no brainer but people forget this very important step often. Please don’t get burned or electrocuted. Turn off and unplug the toaster.

Clean the Inside

Insert large salt crystals through the toast slots. Cover toast slots with greaseproof paper and fasten with elastic or tape. Shake the toaster a few times to circulate the salt. The salt will clean the toaster by helping to force out crumbs as you shake. You can also clean the toast slots with an old toothbrush or using compressed air.

The crumb tray will either come off all the way or at least open up with a gentle pull. Dump the crumbs in the trash. Then wipe the tray clean by dipping your rag or sponge in vinegar or ammonia. Wring it out so it’s not dripping and scrub away. Use a toothbrush to get any hard to reach areas.

Clean the outside 

Be sure to wipe the sides, top and even bottom of the toaster clean. If your toaster is made of stainless steel, you may want to use vinegar or ammonia as opposed to soap to prevent streaks and get rid of any fingerprints. For really tough stuck-on stains, use a bit of baking soda to scrub off gently. Use a non-scratching sponge or wiping cloth on the toaster to prevent scratches.

Start by unplugging the toaster oven, and taking on the easy-to-dump debris first. Simply shake any crumbs or other food particles into the trash.

Toaster Ovens

Shake It Up

Unplug the toaster oven and shake any crumbs (or other food particles) into the trash.

Clean the inside

Remove all racks and pans. Spray them and the crumb tray with all-purpose cleaner. Use a non-abrasive scrubbing sponge to scrub to clean off debris.

Remove buildup

To tackle the oven itself, spray a scrubber sponge (or a regular sponge, if the interior is non-stick) with more cleaner. And avoid cleaning the heating elements inside.” Wipe the exterior as well, including the glass door.

Shane Battier Grills For Michigan Charities

July 2, 2015
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Guest Griller Shane Battier in Ann Arbor to help SafeHouse Center and the Battier Take Charge Foundation

Retired Miami Heat Star Shane Battier will team up with the Ms. Molly Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides funding for safe houses and shelters for domestic violence victims, at their Guest Griller event at Mongolian Grill in Ann Arbor, MI on July 9, 2015 from 6 – 9 p.m. ET.  Shane will attend as a celebrity chef and griller preparing food for all that attend.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, $10 for children (10 years and under) and $25 for adults at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1691845. Each ticket includes a Mongolian Grill bowl, soup and salad bar, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. Proceeds from the event will benefit SafeHouse Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter serving Washtenaw County and the Battier Take Charge Foundation, which provides college scholarships to serving young leaders in the greater Miami, Houston and Detroit areas. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Shane Battier, take pictures and receive autographs during the event.

“Do Well. Do Good. This simple phrase not only describes the heart of The Battier Take Charge Foundation, it serves as a motto for the Battier Family. Through our NBA journey, we have been blessed with many life-changing experiences and opportunities. My wife, Heidi, and I strongly believe it is our responsibility to use our platform for the betterment of the communities that have touched us,” said Shane Battier.

Ms. Molly Foundation Board President Michelle Mikosz said, “We are excited to be able to team up with Shane to raise money for SafeHouse Center and The Battier Take Charge Foundation through this Guest Griller event.  It is great that a Detroit Country Day alumni star is willing to get involved in the local community to help raise support and awareness for victims of domestic violence.”

Mongolian Grill is located at 200 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Media are invited to attend the event and interview Shane Battier.  Please contact Bre Whalen at bwhalen@fishmanpr.com to coordinate any interviews.

About Shane Battier

Over his distinguished 13-year NBA career and his heralded collegiate career at Duke University and high school success at Detroit Country Day, Shane Battier retired from the Miami Heat as a scholar athlete, All-American, leader, champion and philanthropist. Dubbed the “No-Stats All-Star” in a New York Times Sunday Magazine cover story written by Michael Lewis, Shane was regarded as one of the most complete players in the NBA for his leadership, lockdown defense, and intellectual approach to the game. For more biography information on Shane Battier, visit his website at https://takechargefoundation.org/home/shane-battier/.

About Ms. Molly Foundation

Molly Maid, Inc. Founders David and Karen McKinnon established the Ms. Molly Foundation in 1996 to raise awareness and support for victims of domestic violence. Currently, 75 percent of Molly Maid franchise owners in the United States participate in Ms. Molly’s mission and supports over 120 shelters in communities across the country. In 2013, the Making Life Bear-able campaign began to provide a teddy bear as a comfort item to a child staying at a shelter. To find out more about Ms. Molly and the Making Life Bear-able program, visit us at www.msmolly.org. Molly Maid is part of Service Brands International, who also has Mr. Handyman and ProTect Painters in their family of home-service franchise companies.

About SafeHouse Center

SafeHouse Center provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. SafeHouse provides free and confidential services for any person victimized that lives or works in Washtenaw County. Our services include emergency shelter for those in danger of being hurt or killed, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, and especially, hope.  Additional information can be found at www.safehousecenter.org

About The Battier Take Charge Foundation

Shane and Heidi Battier believe in the merits and value of a college education as a vehicle to reach one’s life goals. As a high school teacher in an at-risk area of Memphis, Tennessee, Heidi came across a number of driven and talented students who possessed major league aspirations but fell short of their goals because of financial limitations. While there are many college grants and scholarships available for the focused and diligent high school student, unfortunately, there are also many students who fall through the ‘gaps’ of the financial aid program. If it were not for basketball, Shane himself did not know if he would have been able to freely chase his collegiate dreams. His parents did not have the means to fund a college education, and yet they would not have qualified for full financial aid. Shane made a promise to one day do his best to help kids who have promise and dedication, but fall through the gaps of financial aid package. http://takechargefoundation.org

Members of the media may contact Bre Whalen at Fishman PR to schedule an interview with Shane Battier for this event at bwhalen@fishmanpr.com or (847) 945-1300.

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