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Top House Cleaning Tips for 2015

December 29, 2014

As Molly Maid experts, we share cleaning tips with anyone we can, from clients to friends and family. We also post many of our tips here, allowing us to reach those we’ve never even met! Let’s look back at our most popular blog posts of 2014…

The Complete List of House Cleaning Supplies and Equipment

cleaning supplies kit 150x150 Top House Cleaning Tips for 2015In this post, we helped readers stock up on the essential products that make all the difference in cleaning, in terms of both efficiency and efficacy. Among the products you need to have on hand are a good all-purpose cleaner, a glass cleaner, and a separate cleaner made specifically for tile and grout. A wood cleaner, if you have wood floors, also helps you remove the most dust and dirt without leaving behind scratches. Check out the post itself to learn what the best cleaning tools are to work with these products.

Cleaning Tips

break room sink 150x150 Top House Cleaning Tips for 2015We round up many of our favorite back-to-basic cleaning tips in this post but also offer professional advice. For example, to tackle a dirty stainless steel sink, sprinkle a little baking soda on a sponge, rub the sink gently and rinse. Also, did you know you can erase furniture footprints in your carpet by placing an ice cube or two, depending on the size of the impression, in the footprint. They will melt on the carpet fibers and cause them to loosen and stand. Just let it air-dry overnight before vacuuming. We also tell you how to remove stubborn stickers in the post.

10 Steps on How To Clean a Bathroom Fast and Efficiently

detailed bathroom cleaning2 150x150 Top House Cleaning Tips for 2015Few folks enjoy cleaning their bathroom, so we talked in this post about how to get in and out quickly, leaving behind a sparkling powder room. Our 10-step process starts with removing all items that will need to be dusted, emptied or otherwise cleaned from their usual spots, and then cleaning the surfaces underneath—as opposed to cleaning around them. The final step, of course, involves cleaning the bathroom floor. You’ll also find tips such as to keep a hand-held vacuum in the bathroom for quick spot cleaning that will allow you to put off your next full run-through for a few days.

One-Day Deep-Cleaning Projects: Bedroom, Bathroom & Kitchen

kitchen cleaning oven 150x150 Top House Cleaning Tips for 2015Whether you only deep-clean in the spring—or when company has said they’re coming to town—or at least once a month, our advice will help you get the most thorough clean in these rooms. For example, did you know that the upholstery tool on your vacuum and a sprinkle of baking soda are the keys to a clean-smelling mattress? Get more tips for deep cleaning in the post.

How to Clean Wood Floors | Best Dust Mops for Wood Floors

floor mop 150x150 Top House Cleaning Tips for 2015Many of our clients have hardwood floors, and it takes special care to keep them scratch free and shining like new. We stress dust-mopping on a frequent basis. Doing so keeps dust and dirt particles from scratching the finish on the floors. We recommend a dust mop with a swivel head to reach all areas easily, and to use a mop with a removable cover that can be washed. In terms of material for the mop, synthetic material will attract more particles than cotton. It also gets cleaner in the wash, and it lasts longer than natural fibers. We also offer step-by-step instructions for cleaning hardwood floors in the post.

Thank you for reading our blog in 2014. We look forward to offering you more advice in 2015 and beyond. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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.

5 Fun Alternatives to Eggnog

December 24, 2014
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For a lot of people, the holidays consist of quality time spent with family and friends. It’s also a time to indulge with good food and drinks. One of the most popular holiday drinks is eggnog. However, if you’re anything like us, you think that plain ol’ eggnog is a tad boring. We don’t want you to be a Plain Jane, which is why we put together five fun alternatives to eggnog…

1. Smari Spiked Eggnog

This can add some spunk to your party. Also, you could say that it’s healthier because this recipe swaps cream for…yogurt!

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 1/4 cups milk (set 1/4 cup aside for later)
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 2 oz. white rum
  • 9 oz. Smari Pure yogurt
  • vanilla bean
  • pinch of salt
  • grated nutmeg

Instructions:

Heat 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla bean, and salt on low. Whisk the egg yolks until pale in color. Slowly heat up the yolks with hot milk and add to the pot, but be careful that they don’t scramble! Cook over low heat until it thickens. Add bourbon and rum. Mix gently and refrigerate until chilled. Whip yogurt with remaining milk until you see soft peaks. Whip egg whites and remaining sugar until you see soft peaks. Fold yogurt mixture and egg-white mixture together. Combine with cold milk/liquor mixture. Serve chilled, and enjoy!

2. Almondy Umami Eggnog

This eggnog uses almond milk and almonds instead of milk and cream!

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 oz. honey syrup (recipe follows)
  • 2 oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 oz. vanilla-infused amaretto liqueur
  • sliced almonds, toasted
  • ground nutmeg, optional

Instructions:

One week before your party, infuse the liqueur yourself by splitting 2 whole vanilla beans lengthwise and placing into a bottle of amaretto—or buy a bottle at the store! The day of your party, prepare the honey syrup. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup honey until thoroughly combined. Let it cool and pour into a decorative bottle. To prepare cocktail, place all ingredients into a shaker without ice and shake vigorously for one minute until very frothy; a hand blender would also be acceptable. Add ice to the shaker and shake again to chill. Strain into a tall glass and sprinkle with nutmeg, add toasted almonds.

3. 100 calorie Eggnog Latte

A medium eggnog latte is delicious, but typically has about 450 calories. This version is still tasty but only has about 100 calories. Perfect for your coffee drinkers!

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup of strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg
  • Sugar or sweetener to taste
  • Whipped topping

Instructions:

This one is quite simple. Brew espresso or coffee and put into a mug. Heat eggnog and add milk. You can put the whole mix into the blender for extra froth. Add sweetener, pour in eggnog/milk mixture, top with whipped topping if you choose, and sprinkle with nutmeg. Now, enjoy your caffeinated holiday treat!

4. Vegan Eggnog

Everyone has at least one vegan in their family. Didn’t think vegan eggnog was possible? Think again. A bit of an oxymoron, we know. Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups soy milk
  • 1 tbsp instant vanilla pudding powder (make sure it’s vegan)
  • 1 cup nondairy whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

Whisk together half of the soy milk and instant pudding until it thickens. Add the remaining soy milk and the cream and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients, except cinnamon. Allow to chill overnight before serving, and sprinkle with cinnamon (or nutmeg) just before serving!

5. Coffee Smoothie with Brandy & Spices (for those who don’t like eggnog)

You either love eggnog, or you despise eggnog. There really isn’t too much in between. For that reason, we decided to throw in another recipe for all of the “haters.” This fun drink will give you both a boost of caffeine and alcohol, all while tasting great!

Ingredients:

  • 5 cl brandy
  • 5 cl espresso
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 60 g cream
  • 1 or 2 spoonfuls sugar

Instructions:

Whip the cream lightly with the sugar and spices. Stir in the brandy and espresso and pour into two glasses. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and nutmeg and serve chilled!

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, license and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click  here to request service in your area.

Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad

December 20, 2014

According to think with Google’s Advent-ageous calendar, online searches for gift ideas for dad and gift ideas for mom peak a few days before Christmas. That got Molly Maid thinking about holiday gifts and we created a “hits and misses survey” to find out what people said were their best and worst gifts over the years.

Over 1,500 people responded and popular responses for best gifts included engagement rings, children born on or near Christmas, new pets and Keurig coffee makers! Some heartfelt comments shared members of the military who returned in time to celebrate safely with friends and family. One thankful spouse said, “My husband returning from the Vietnam War in December of 1967 safely to his family!”

A mother told the tale of her daughter’s gift and said she received a hat of invisibility with a note that said, “Mom, whenever you want to be invisible so you can have some peace and quiet, wear this hat!” She went on to say the hat was a homemade cone modeled after the sorting hat from Harry Potter.

Another woman said her mom and dad provided the best gift when she was a child, and she loved her gold, stingray bicycle with monkey bar handles and a banana seat!

We loved this response about a lady’s gift from her husband, “He got me a stand-up paddle board.  I am 62 years old and so appreciated not getting an old woman’s gift!”

Over 20 people responded that they received Molly Maid gift certificates as holiday gifts and it was their favorite of all time! That correlates with the question we mm giftcards Gift Ideas for Mom and Dadasked about the top item respondents would love to have removed from their To Do lists, and 68% of people said no more house cleaning! The second most dreaded task was laundry at 14%!

Almost 60% of responses said they do not give their loved ones ideas for gifts and 46% said their spouse or significant other needs the most help when it comes to selecting presents.

Here’s an example of last-minute shopping gone wrong, “I received a door mat! My husband did not get around to shopping until late one Christmas Eve, and he thought a door mat would keep my kitchen floor clean! He has since redeemed himself! He now gives very thoughtful gifts!”

Another epic miss was described as, “matching hats for my dog and me made by my mother in law. It wasn’t a joke; it was completely serious.”

The worst may have been, “An egg separator where the egg whites come out a man’s nostrils!”

Don’t make our list of worst gifts next year. The best gifts are considerate of the person and may be as simple as a handwritten card, a keepsake ornament or a sweet photograph. Good luck with your shopping and may your holidays be filled with love and laughter – hopefully not at the gifts you receive! Share any impressive or entertaining items you receive in the comments section below!

How to Clean Tarnished Silver | The Easy Way

December 17, 2014
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Do holiday meals at your house call for silverware made of actual silver? If so, then you likely have on your to-do list to clean and polish the pieces long before dinner is served. Keep reading for Molly Maid’s tips on how to clean tarnished silver without too much effort…

How to Clean Stained Silver With Aluminum Foil and Baking Soda

In this video from the Molly Maid Institute, we show you a quick and easy way to clean up your set of silverware. Start by pulling out a large cookie sheet and lining it with aluminum foil. Then create a mixture of 1 tbsp. baking soda to 2 cups of water, enough to fill the pan to the top lip. Add the mixture and a layer of silverware to the pan, and then place in an oven preheated to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the silverware every five minutes until all stains and tarnish are gone.

Tip: Use tongs to handle the hot pieces. You can also boil the mixture and aluminum foil for 10-second intervals, but this method may result in scratching.

How Aluminum Foil and Baking Soda Work to Clean Silverware

Tarnish is actually silver sulfide that forms on silverware when the pieces come into contact with sulfur-containing substances in the air. (This is why manufacturers recommend keeping pieces in cases that do not regularly get opened and closed like a silverware storage chest.)

The above method uses a metal that also can form compounds with sulfur, in this case aluminum.  When you put silverware into contact with aluminum foil in a baking soda solution, a chemical reaction occurs that creates an electrical current that carries the sulfur atoms from the silver to the aluminum. Once the transfer is complete, you may see the sulfide as pale yellow flakes in the bottom of the pan. The amount of time this takes depends on how tarnished the silverware has become.

Other Quick and Easy Ways to Clean and Polish Silverware

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In addition to baking soda, other household items can remove tarnish from silverware, but since many substances remove the tarnish through rubbing you must be careful not to scratch the silverware in the process.

For example, toothpaste has long been used to polish silverware in a pinch. Make sure the toothpaste is smooth and does not contain any granules that can scratch the surface, such as in whitening formulas that use baking soda; the ingredient works in the above method because it simply acts as a conductor and is not rubbed against the silverware.

Ketchup is another cleaner that gets gently rubbed onto silverware to remove tarnish. You may need to let the silverware sit in the ketchup for 15 minute intervals until you see results.

Other Tips for Cleaning Silverware

A soft toothbrush makes an excellent cleaning tool for silverware with fine detail. Simply use it to gently lift tarnish from crevices with your cleaner of choice.

The best way to keep silverware in company-ready shape is to prevent tarnish. As mentioned above, keep it from being regularly exposed to sulfur in the air. Experts also recommend keeping pieces of chalk with the silverware; it will absorb moisture in the air and help to prevent tarnish from forming.

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.

Ugly sweater party fun

December 13, 2014

Since the 1980s, the ugly sweater has risen to the top of “must have” fashionable items for the holidays. The gaudier, shinier and more ridiculous the attire is… the better!

Molly Maid and Mr. Handyman team members got in the spirit with our first annual ugly sweater party and with a $200 first prize on the line, the employees got creative! An afternoon trip to the Salvation Army provided a pretty nice stack of sweatshirts, sweaters and decorative enhancements while others had gifts gone wrong from years’ past they wore for the event.

If you are crafty, your apparel can represent a holiday scene. Check out Karen’s fireplace and mantel, complete with grandkids’ stockings.

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Karen’s fireplace and mantel are complete with garland and her grandkids’ mini stockings!

Perhaps ribbon and safety pins with paper ornaments are more your thing? Tony made an easy DIY ugly sweater without ruining the item for future, non-Christmas outfits!

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Tony shows off his DIY ugly sweater

The first, second and third place winners of the ugly sweater contest used embellishments such as sparkly letters, furry purses and blinking lights to steal the spotlight.

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Steve, Elisa and Jeannie win the top three prizes from Molly Maid and Mr. Handyman’s ugly sweater contest.

Options runneth over if purchasing a tacky top fits your time-starved schedule better. A quick search on Amazon also netted some impressive finds for if you’re willing to invest. Nike Dunk High SB PRM CNCPTS have an “ugly sweater package” with black and gold metallic gold fabric or even an ugly Christmas sweater pair. These stylish sneaks range from $294 – $369!

Fanatical sports fans can even find their favorite college or professional sports team, proving ugly sweaters are as main stream as eggnog and tinsel so everyone can dress as nutty as a fruitcake every December!

2014 Christmas Tree Ornaments Tips

December 7, 2014

Tis’ the season for unpacking your Christmas tree ornaments and getting in the spirit of the season! Whether your tree is covered in tinsel or subtle, white lights, hanging ornaments is typically part of the Christmas décor chore.family hiking 300x220 2014 Christmas Tree Ornaments Tips

In addition to visiting a store, there are tons of ideas out there to make homemade ornaments. The funandfactswithkids.blogspot.com site features Family Fun Magazine’s snow globe ornaments and faux gingerbread folk ideas. Click on the images to read which materials and steps are needed to recreate the projects. These make great gifts and can also help personalize your own tree – making memories for years to come.

Since the 1840s, glass ornaments have been sold commercially. Glass ornaments and strings of lights are often used year after year. You can keep your bulbs and baubles looking bright with one of our favorite cleaning products – microfiber! First, unplug your lights and wipe dingy bulbs and decorations with a clean cloth, which removes fingerprints, tree sap and dust accumulation.

Speaking of Christmas lights, Bronner’s is the world’s largest Christmas store, and they sell over 125,000 light sets annually. That’s enough to span 485 miles if they were all connected and they would completely cover the Empire State Building three times!

We’re sure you have far less decorating to do than Bronner’s, so check out Mr. Handyman’s DIY holiday decorating tips for hanging lights without nails and avoiding the pine needle mess. Check out the short video clips posted on their blog!

For displays big and small, Christmas tree ornaments, lights and trees are staples of the season. Enjoy the shopping, decorating, eating and celebrating with friends and family and share your favorite time saving and inexpensive tips to make the holidays even happier.

Give The Gift of Time for Cyber Monday | Molly Maid Gift Certificates

December 1, 2014
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It’s Cyber Monday. What are you buying for your loved ones online this holiday season? Have you ever considered a Molly Maid gift certificate?

Buying a Molly Maid gift certificate will give the recipient the gift of time, a sparkling clean home, and peace of mind! They will love such a thoughtful and wonderful gift. Keep reading to see what some of our gift-givers have said over the years:

“Merry belated Christmas!  Hopefully this allows for more free time to do fun stuff!”

“Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday!  I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my best friend you’ll be :)”

“My service act of love for the holiday :)”

“A gift from Santa Claus to lend a helping hand to the ones we Love!”

“We all love you very much! Stay off your feet and let someone else do the cleaning for a change.”

“Congratulations on being selected as the winner in Imperial Sugar’s Holiday Cookie Decorating Contest!”

As you can see, the people giving the Molly Maid gift certificates love it almost as much as the people receiving it. Please consider purchasing a Molly Maid gift certificate this holiday season, people will love you for it!

Buy Molly Maid Gift Certificates Here: https://www.mollymaid.com/gift-certificates.aspx

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.

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!

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, license and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click  here to request service in your area.

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

If 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:

  • 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.

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