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How to Keep Your Oven & Cabinet Gap Clean

The gap between your oven and cabinets is a pitfall for crumbs, spills, and splatters. Pulling out the oven is a real drag, but what other option do you have? If the crevasse is already home to gunk and grime, you need to clean it out first. Then, with the gap looking spick and span, you can implement a few techniques to keep it that way. Clean the Oven & Cabinet Gap Don’t want to pull your oven out just to clean that tiny gap? No sweat! Just follow these oven cleaning tips to clear the crumbs away: Dampen a

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How to (Safely) Disinfect a Humidifier

Humidifiers are great appliances, but they require regular maintenance – they are not like television sets that go forever without the slightest effort on your part. One reason they’re high maintenance is because they use water, and the prospect of mold and mildew make it necessary to regularly disinfect a humidifier. And, also, to be vigilant about cleaning them according to their maintenance schedule, especially because everyone in the house is inhaling the mist they create when they’re on.  Unfortunately, there is no single best way to disinfect a humidifier. What works for one unit could damage or even destroy

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How to Clean a Cookie Sheet

Burn the cookies just once and the remnants will make sure every other batch stick to the sheet as much as possible. That’s why it’s important to get that cookie sheet looking like new again! Check out this effective cookie sheet cleaning method. It only requires a couple of household ingredients and a bit of elbow grease. Watch the video below to learn how to clean a cookie sheet: Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the cookie sheet. Add hydrogen peroxide and let is sit for about two hours. Find a dish brush and apply some elbow grease.

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How to Clean Vomit Out of Carpet

Vomit on carpet can be a stomach-churning disaster in any home. Do you know how to deal with it without losing your own lunch? With cold and flu season in full swing and family members likely to overindulge in holiday treats, you may want to learn a few cleaning tricks! What’s the easiest way to clean vomit out of your carpet? Grab some disposable gloves and a dust or surgical mask to help prevent accidental brushes with icky substances and to lessen the stench factor while cleaning vomit: Clean Quickly Use a dustpan to scrape up as much of the

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The Proper Way to Set a Table

Are you planning to host a house full of guests this holiday season? If you want to make a good impression on your guests, you had better know how to set a table properly for an elegant, formal dinner. This quick guide will answer all your common table-setting questions. Gather Your Supplies The exact tableware your need depends on what you’re serving, but for a classic formal dinner, each setting includes: Dinner plate Salad plate Soup bowl Bread plate Salad fork Dinner fork Dessert fork Soup spoon Table spoon Table knife Butter knife Water glass Wine glass(es) Set the Plates

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How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

A heavy-duty cast iron skillet is a home cook’s best friend – except when it’s time to clean it. Eggs, potatoes, sauces, onions and other food often stick to the bottom of the skillet. When it comes to cast iron, you can’t just recklessly scrub with some soap and a pad of steel wool. No, there are rules to follow. Do not use dish soap Do not use steel wool Do not put the skillet in the dishwasher You’ll want to rinse the skillet in water immediately after you’re done using it. Use a sponge or a stiff brush to

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True Things Grandma Said About Cleaning

We have all heard famed cleaning quotes before. Do any of these ring a bell? “They’re sure housework won’t kill you, but why take the risk?” “Dull women have immaculate homes.” “Vinegar cleans everything.”  But which of those are true? In this blog, we will give you Molly Maid’s opinion on some cleaning quotes we find true! “A good home must be made, not bought.” – Joyce Maynard Even the best of homes need routine TLC. Without it, there are not as spectacular. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”   —Phyllis

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The Complete Checklist to Prepare Rooms for Holiday Guests

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

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Preventing Cold and Flu Around the Home and Office

Flu season in the U.S. peaks between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with cases seen as early as October and as late as May. Take these precautions around the home and the office to prevent getting this potentially serious disease as well as the milder common cold. Get Vaccinated Against the Flu While no vaccine exists yet for the cold, one does for the main viruses that cause the flu. The CDC recommends getting the vaccine as early as possible in the year, either as a shot or nasal spray. Anyone ages 6 months

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Home Cleaning Schedule: Your Weekly Guide to Keeping Things Clean

Keeping your house clean during a work week can be tough, but these tasks are crucial to preventing major cleaning overhauls down the line. Chaos can be kept at bay by putting 20 minutes a day away for little tasks. If you can manage one task a day, the weekend will not be a clean-a-thon! Try to keep up on the tasks listed below and the weekend should be a breeze. 1. Do your dishes after every meal. No one ever wants to clean up after they cook a meal, but this is a crucial aspect to keeping your kitchen

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Infographic: Transform Outdoor Spaces Into Your Oasis

At Molly Maid, we understand that a clean home equals a happy home. However, it’s important to make the outside of your home just as beautiful as the inside! The infographic below covers a variety of outdoor topics, including: Creating a glowing garden Building a long lasting deck Beating the bug war Staying safe at the fire pit Making a splash with pool safety There are a number of fun facts on transforming your outdoor spaces in to an oasis. For example, did you know that many experts say that you can realize a 100% return on investment on deck installation

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Chore Charts for Kids: Get Kids Doing Chores with This Fun Checklist

Household chores are a fact of life in most families. Kids get assigned daily, weekly, and monthly tasks appropriate for their age, and by doing them learn responsibility and how to take care of themselves and their home. Few like doing chores, though. Ensure they get done and with the least amount of reminding by making the work—it is work, after all—more fun. These ideas and checklists will help. Give Everyone a Say in Choosing Chores—to an Extent Just as kids have different interests and hobbies, they also have preferences when it comes to chores. A swimmer might want to be

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