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

October 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click here to request service in your area.

Cleaning Products – Use the Products Pros Use

October 8, 2014

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

Professional Cleaning Products

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

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

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

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

Professional Cleaning Tools

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Cleaning Services

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

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click here to request service in your area.

Cleaning, Disinfecting & Sanitizing Baby Toys

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

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

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

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

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

For your home cleaning needs, call the professionals at Molly Maid. Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click here to request service in your area.

Chores for Children at Dinnertime Makes Back-to-School Easier!

September 21, 2014

kids with school bus 300x204 Chores for Children at Dinnertime Makes Back to School Easier!The back-to-school season challenges even the most organized families. Everyone—even the pets—must get into a new routine and keep up with its many demands. Packing lunches, rides to and from school and other activities, and homework all must get done. Many parents ask their kids to pitch in around the house to ease the transition and beyond. Here’s how you can do the same around dinnertime in particular.

The Benefits of Assigning Chores

Let’s face it: Properly done chores help make your life easier. Children may not get a particular job right the first time, but practice makes perfect. They will feel a sense of pride in having mastered a task and will learn responsibility, a character trait needed in order to grow into a contributing member of society. You can also tie chores to rewards, which again teaches the important lesson of working for what you want. Small prizes are a treat for younger kids, with an accumulation of “points” working well for older kids who may want a larger reward such as a new video game or a special outing.

Picking Age-Appropriate Tasks

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It recommends having children ages 2 to 3 wipe up spills, and then graduate to helping clear the table by age 5. Those ages 6 to 7 can help make their lunch, with loading the dishwasher an appropriate chore by ages 8 and 9. By age 10, you may want to assign them after-dinner clean-up duty a few times a week.

Other dinnertime to-do’s for various ages can include setting the table, helping cook dinner, feeding the family pets, unloading the dishwasher, doing hand-washing, wiping the table and counters clean, and taking out the trash.

Making Chores Fun

By definition, chores are “a small job that is done regularly” or “a dull, unpleasant, or difficult job or experience.” Try to instill in your kids the former view and not the latter by making them as fun as possible.

In addition to the chore-by-ages chart, we have charts you can use to assign and check off tasks as they get done. You can also use stickers to note when jobs are completed. These colorful chore charts come pre-filled with suggested to-do’s or blank, so you can customize them for your kids.

One mother on Pinterest also showed how she uses chore sticks to mix things up around the house. She writes various tasks on popsicle sticks and lets the kids close their eyes and choose. It keeps them learning new tasks and alleviates boredom with the same ones over and over again each day. For help with dinnertime and after chores, have them choose when they get home from school so they know what to expect and can get started early if they want.

Other ways you can make chores fun include:

  • Playing upbeat music in the kitchen, with children alternating as DJs.
  • Turning certain chores into a game, such as passing the dishes to the kitchen or from the dishwasher to their storage spots.
  • Dancing while you do chores, just be careful with dishes!

All of the above will help ease the load of parents and contribute to a sense of family. Chores should never be used as a punishment for kids, but instead a way for them to contribute to the shared responsibilities of parents, siblings and other relatives.

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 Tips on Getting Organized for Back to School

September 19, 2014

The time has come and your kids are back to school, and you’re wondering “should I be better prepared for this?” The answer is yes. Below are five tips that will make your life much easier and better prepare you for your kids being back in school.

  1. Create a Storage System

Clean your coat closet and entryway to create space for your kids to store all of their belongings, including jackets, sports and music equipment, backpacks and other school gear. We know that kids often come home and throw their stuff everywhere, creating a tornado like result. However, it’s important that all of their stuff gets put in a specific place, even if it’s you that is putting it there!

  1. Organize School Materials

Your kids come home with a bunch of papers handed out in class, sometimes crumpled up, and hardly organized. It’s okay, we have a solution for how to keep these organized. First you must understand that there are typically two types of papers, those that require action, and those that are to be used for future reference. Purchase a binder for each one of your kids, label it with their name, and create two sections: “To Do” and “Reference.” Get into a routine of collecting their papers and placing them into the appropriate section. This way, your dog will never have to “eat your homework.”

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  1. Utilize the Dry Erase Board

To make sure everyone knows each other’s schedule, hang up a dry-erase calendar board and place it near the kids gear. This is a fun DIY project, and will help keep everyone on the same page. It will also help you avoid the question “where’s little Johnny?”

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  1. Make Sure Kids Keep Up on Household Chores

Going back to school is a big change, for both kids and parents. However, you don’t want your kids to look at it as a free pass from doing their chores. A great way to organize your children’s chore list, and make sure they are completed is by using the Molly Maid Chore Charts!

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  1. Evening Preparation & Organization

A great way to save time in the morning is by getting organized the night before. Help your kids choose their outfits, for the next day and lay everything out, from jackets to socks. Also try packing up their lunches a day in advance. Getting in a disciplined routine of this will help hinder the all-too-familiar early morning scramble!

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.

3 Ways to Save Time at Home

September 19, 2014

At Molly Maid, we understand that people have priorities. Between your career and your family, you have better ways to spend your time than chores. Learn how to save time at home with these three time-saving tricks to help you organize your home and eliminate unnecessary stress from your day-to-day routine. 
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1. Keys, wallet, and cellphone? Check. Getting these three essential belongings organized is an incredibly simple and effective way to save yourself time every day. Do your best to get in the routine of putting these items in the same designated spot after every use.

2. The art of multitasking. Whether it’s putting away clean dishes while making dinner, folding laundry while watching TV or taking out the garbage when going for a run there is almost an infinite amount of possibilities for household tasks that can be completed simultaneously. Get creative and find various ways that you can accomplish two things at once!

3. Utilize the internet. From setting up all of you bills via automatic payments, to planning a week’s worth of grocery store items on a printable list, make the most of your screen time to limit errands and avoid multiple trips to the store. There are an endless amount of tools that can be found on the internet that will make your life much easier, and they’re just a click away!

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.

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.

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