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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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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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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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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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Tips To Fend Off The Flu

Family Circle Magazine’s holiday edition is a must-read for the season! Molly Maid was thrilled to be included in their December 2015 print edition. In Barbara Brody’s article “Germ Warfare,” she interviewed working mothers who stay healthy in the midst of cold and flu season. Home Service Professional Irena Ayala works for Molly Maid of SE Lake & NE Cook Counties and won the company’s top employee honor in 2014. In the article, Ayala shares her tips for thoroughly cleaning common household surfaces that can quickly spread germs if someone in the family is ill.   Molly Maid also created

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‘Rosie The Riveter’ Spotted at Molly Maid Office

Good ole Rosie. You know, the gal with the red scarf and tough arm on the poster from back in the day? Well, that poster was thought to have been created from a real photograph taken near Ann Arbor, Michigan – which just happens to be the U.S. headquarters of Molly Maid. Dozens of Rosies We recently spotted Rosie here again as this year thousands of “Rosies” turned out for an event that broke the Guinness World record of the most Rosie the Riveters. The event was held at Willow Run Airport where the “Rosie” from the poster was said

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We Love Dads!

Father’s Day 2015 is quickly approaching! Still looking for the right gift for dad? Molly Maid may have the perfect gift for you! Molly Maid partnered with Grand Traverse Pie Company to create the We Love Dads contest. To enter the Father’s Day contest, simply visit the Molly Maid National Facebook page. Like us and tell us what you’d rather be doing than cleaning. Sweepstakes runs through June 18, 2015. The grand prize winner will receive $150 toward a Molly Maid house cleaning and a Father’s Day Chocolate Stout Grand Traverse Pie Company pie. Fifteen second-place winners will receive $100 worth of Molly Maid gift certificates

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