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Redefine the Meaning of Spring Cleaning

It’s time to redefine the meaning of spring cleaning. Trade your dirty floors for some time outdoors! Of course, some cleaning may be required, but it’s definitely not considered “housework.” In fact, it’s far from work at all. Here are some of our favorite “spring cleaning” tasks – the ones we look forward to all winter long: Spring “Cleaning” Tasks: › Washing freshly picked strawberries › Pumping up the tires on your bikes › Cleaning the catch of the day › Getting out your car or motorcycle › Washing your deck and patio furniture › Shining your sunglasses for sunny

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How to Remove Salt Stains from Carpet

Carpet salt stains are a common problem in northern climates where deicing salts are used to treat sidewalks, driveways, and streets in the winter. This makes it easy to track deicers into your car and home. If you own a local business, your customers may track in high amounts of salt, which can ruin your carpeting. Don’t be salty! Follow these do-it-yourself salt stain removal tips to restore your carpet to its former glory. Natural Salt Stain Removal If you want to keep things chemical-free, try this technique for removing salt stains with nothing more than vinegar and warm water:

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How to Clean Your Beloved Suede

You love your suede and nubuck boots, garments and accessories, but they’re not washing machine safe or safely cleaned by common chemical stain removers. Don’t ruin the delicate soft leather with the wrong cleaning approach. So what is the secret to suede cleaning? How to Clean Suede 101 Soaked/Muddy Suede Boots & Shoes Got wet suede boots or shoes? Dry them out faster by placing paper inside them to help soak up the moisture from the leather. This also helps the shoes and boots keep their shape. If there’s also mud on your beautiful, ultra-comfortable shoes or boots, resist the

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Enter Season’s Cleanings! Sweepstakes for Molly Maid Gift Certificates

Each holiday season, our team sees tremendous interest in Molly Maid gift certificates for our professional, housecleaning service. The comments submitted by gift certificate purchasers range from hilarious to heartwarming and everything in between. This year, we used these notes as inspiration for images posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages to celebrate the true meaning of giving someone special the gift of time. If you don’t already – follow our social media channels to receive helpful cleaning tips and stay connected for future promotions and giveaways! In addition, Molly Maid has launched a “Season’s Cleanings” sweepstakes, which runs from Dec.

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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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Is It OK to Use My Oven’s Self-Cleaning Mode?

Is It Okay to Use My Oven’s Self-Cleaning Mode? There’s a lot of confusion over the “self-cleaning” oven feature. Is it safe and effective? Is it expensive to use? Is it perfectly great, and if not, is there a better alternative? General Electric introduced the first oven with a self-cleaning feature in 1963. With excitement and curiosity, consumers raised their eyebrow and opened their wallets. After all, cleaning an oven by hand was grueling. And the leading oven cleaning brands pose health risks, and does the residue left by these products then bake into our chicken and casseroles? [Shudder.] So,

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Considerations for Elderly Houseguests

Fact: Senior guests are less mobile, more likely to slip or fall, and might have issues with dementia and medical conditions. Elderly houseguests have special needs, and sometimes hosts also need to be caretakers. If you have an elderly person scheduled for a visit, short or long, below are some things you can do to make their stay in your home a safe and pleasant one. Remember, your home might be unfamiliar, physically challenging and a little disorienting. First, talk with them in advance or, if they have one, speak with their usual caregivers about their special needs and personal

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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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