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How To Disinfect Kitchen Sponge Bacteria

Kitchen Sponges are one of the most commonly and frequently used cleaning items in households. From dishes to countertops to tables, sponges are used to clean a variety of things. But were you aware that you can be spreading a significant amount of bacteria by using a sponge? As previously mentioned, sponges are used to clean a variety of things and the consistent moisture of a sponge causes bacteria to multiply. How do you disinfect your kitchen sponge you ask? Molly Maid will show you how!

Microwave

This is probably the most common (and simple) of the sanitation methods. Simply rinse all  off the sponge and place it in the microwave for two minutes. Be sure that the sponge is wet as a dry sponge can catch on fire in the microwave!

Dishwasher

This, too, is a simple method of cleaning a sponge. Place sponge in the dishwasher when washing dishes and use the “heated dry” feature. This kills 99.99 of bacteria!

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Bleach soak

First, mix 3/4 cup of bleach and one gallon of water together. Secondly, place sponge in the solution for five minutes. (Use hot water to maximize effectiveness.) A cool tip: Mix the solution in your kitchen sink to clean both the sink and the sponge at once!

Vinegar soak

Another simple solution. Place sponge in a small container and pour in 6 ounces of vinegar. Let soak for 5 minutes and your sponge is sanitized!

Need more than your sponges cleaned? Let us take care of that for you! Contact your local Molly Maid or call 1-888-583-6490 for a free, affordable quote today!

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Tips for Keeping Hand Sanitizer at the Ready

Germs are everywhere. Your sneezy kids and stuffy-nosed coworkers remind us of this fact nearly every day. We know that the best way to keep yourself and your household healthy is by regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water. The only problem is… finding a sink and soap dispenser isn’t always possible — in the car, at the playground or while sitting through a meeting. According to the CDC, the next best option is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Below we have outlined some tips for keeping hand sanitizer and disinfectant

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How to Disinfect All the Nasty Stuff in Your Carpet

Molly Maid loves providing over 1.7 million cleans every year and our team was shocked to hear about research conducted by Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D, a microbiologist and immunologist at New York University Langone Medical Center, who wrote a book titled, The Secret Life of Germs. Your home’s carpet may be harboring harmful bacteria, germs and allergens without you even realizing it. Here are four simple steps to help keep the carpet in your home clean: Place doormats at every entrance of your home and instill a strict “no shoes” policy indoors. Shoes worn outside can track in residue from

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How to Disinfect a Toothbrush

It is not often that we think about cleaning our toothbrush. (This is probably because we are too busy cleaning our mouths!) However, this is an extremely important task. Especially with this being cold and flu season. In this blog, we will go over how to disinfect a toothbrush. Before we go into how to disinfect your toothbrush, let’s first state why this is so important. First off, there are no requirements for toothbrushes to be sold in sterilized packaging. So there may be bacteria on your toothbrush before it even touches your mouth!  Secondly, as most of us know,

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Kitchen Bacteria: Where to Find It

Kitchens are clean, right? You wouldn’t prepare all your food and snacks in a germy environment, so they must be sanitary. Unfortunately, much more bacteria linger in your kitchen than you would like to believe. From kitchen counters to dish rags, here are some of the most germ-infested places in your kitchen and how to clean them: Sponges: You use sponges as a tool to sanitize dishes, but sponges themselves can harbor coliform bacteria—the family of bacteria that includes E. Coli. Here are two tricks for keeping coliform bacteria out of your sponge: Mix ¾ cup of bleach with a

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How to Clear a Table The Right Way

As the holiday season approaches, this is a time of family, celebration, and….messes! One of the biggest messes typically occurs during the family dinner on Christmas. Food on the table (or floor), dishes left in the sink (or on table), and everyone’s favorite, dishes (or food) in other parts of the house are unfortunate holiday traditions. Reverse your fortune by teaching your loved ones how to clear a table the right way. In this blog, we will explain how to keep a clean table this holiday season. Need more than just the table cleared? Let the cleaning experts at Molly

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How to Wrangle Your Wrapping Paper on Xmas Morning

There’s wrapping paper, ribbon and packing peanuts everywhere. Anyone who has ever been a child knows that Christmas morning can quickly escalate into a gift-opening frenzy. Your once neat and tidy living room now looks like a moose got loose in Santa’s workshop. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We have a few invaluable tips to help to contain all of your Christmas Day scraps. That way, you can spend more time bonding with your children and less time picking up after them! Garbage Goal – Start by opening the largest boxed present first. Then use the box

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Make House Cleaning a Routine in Your Home

Whether you live alone, are a modern day version of the Brady Bunch or somewhere in between, establishing a house cleaning routine will keep your home looking great and your sanity intact! Happiness and habits guru Gretchen Rubin recently released a new book, Better Than Before, which aims to help readers finally be successful at incorporating habits. Molly Maid sends Rubin a high five as changing is not as easy as making a resolution on January 1. Our home service professionals have developed some house cleaning routines that have stood the test of time, and we’re more than happy to

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Winter Cleaning Tips For Slush-free Floors

As some of us are hoping for a “White Christmas”, others are not so thrilled of the idea of the snow. One of the reasons some will dread snow this holiday season is the slush that damages the floors in your home. Well if that was one of your concerns, Molly Maid has some great winter cleaning tips for slush-free floors! The best way to clean slush-free floors is to prevent having to clean them in the first place! There are several ways to prevent wet floors. Here are some ideas: Doormat – This is a bit old school but still effective. Simply

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Needles to Say, Christmas Trees Can Be Messy!

Christmas trees are a staple of the holiday season. The twinkling lights and fresh scent brighten the mood of your living room—but the constant needle shedding and lingering pollen can dampen the festive mood. Christmas tree care can be a sticky and prickly task, so consider the steps below to keep the holiday cheer (and your tree) alive! Christmas Tree Care Tips Once a tree is cut, the base forms a seal of sap that prevents the tree from absorbing water. To keep your tree from drying out, make a fresh cut about an inch above the original cut right

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Holiday Gift of Time Giveaway

“Thank you for giving me this lovely vacuum.”  Said no one ever. Now imagine how awesome you would be with the gift of professional house cleaning! Giving more free time back to your loved ones this holiday season will definitely put you on the “Nice” list. Or perhaps you think you’re the more deserving recipient of such a thoughtful present.  Don’t worry, we won’t tell. Enter to Win Either way, we’re giving away fifteen (15) $150 Molly Maid gift certificates for the holidays. To enter, visit the national Molly Maid Facebook sweepstakes page, like us and fill out the form. Share

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What’s Your Go-To Cleaning Supply?

Here at Molly Maid, we are all about great cleaning. Recently, we asked Molly Maid employees and franchise owners one simple question, “What’s your go-to cleaning supply?” The responses were overwhelming and we would like to share some of our favorite essential cleaning supplies with our Molly Maid fans! Check out the responses below: Jennifer G. (Molly Maid Marketing) – “My go-to product that I use is Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. It works on a lot of different items around the home!” Tom E. (Molly Maid Operations) – “When it comes to cleaning my car, Armor All is my go-to cleaning

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Great Gifts for the Messy Person in Your Life

The sink is always overflowing with their dirty dishes. They leave dirty clothes marking a trail to the laundry room. And the toilet paper holder always holds an empty roll, despite a full roll sitting on the back of the toilet. Everyone has that loved one in their life who they absolutely adore, except for one thing—they’re an absolute mess. But with a little help, messy people can make big strides. Give your untidy friend or family member a gift that’s both funny AND useful. The best gift for any messy person is a Molly Maid cleaning! Contact your local Molly

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