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How to Pack (and Stay Organized) for a Road Trip

Road trips make traveling with your family affordable. You can bring whatever you want without worrying about baggage restrictions at the airport. Plus, you can pace yourself and make stops along the way to your destination. Soak up all the sights our great nation has to offer with a family road trip this summer! The trick is to keep your car clean and make finding certain items easier as you travel. With this guide on how to pack for a road trip, never again will you misplace or accidentally ruin belongings while on the road. Know What to Pack for

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How to Pack for the Beach

Nothing says summer vacation like a day at the beach! All you can think about is what fun you’ll have with your family, but it’s also important to slow down and take time to pack carefully for your trip. Make sure you don’t forget anything essential by following these beach packing tips. Pick the Right Bags Pack most of your beach essentials in a large canvas or woven PVC bag with zippered compartments to keep sand off delicate items, such as your phone or camera. For added protection, consider placing these items in disposable zip-top sandwich bags. No one likes to bring the beach

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How to Clean A Tent

If you just returned from a camping trip, make sure you clean and dry your tent thoroughly before storing it, especially if it has a moldy smell to it. With these tips, you’ll learn the best way to clean a tent so it will be ready to go the next time adventure calls. Tips for Cleaning a Tent Your first thought might be to throw the tent into the washing machine, but this is not the best way to clean a tent. In fact, laundering a tent could stretch or tear the fabric, mesh, and seams, so never do this! Instead,

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Green Cleaning with Essential Oils

Essential oils have many beneficial properties. You can use them in a diffuser for aromatherapy, add a few drops to your bath to help you relax, and even replace harsh chemicals used in household cleaners. Using essential oils for cleaning improves indoor air quality and benefits the environment, all while disinfecting germy surfaces and making your house smell great. Here are the top 10 essential oils used in homemade cleaning sprays. Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil Lemon has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It makes an effective degreaser and can disinfect cutting boards, counters, and other hard surfaces. For a natural wood

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Cleaning While Pregnant: What’s Safe?

Many women wonder whether using cleaning products while pregnant is safe. It’s natural to be cautious about the products you use and their potential impact on you or your unborn baby! While most are safe to use, there are some you may want to avoid completely. When you’re pregnant, you may find certain smells or odors offensive even if the products are completely safe to use. If this is the case either choose another product, wear a protective mask or make sure the area is well-ventilated so the odor isn’t as strong. Cleaning while pregnant – products or ingredients to

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How to Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products

While there are plenty of household cleaning products available at the big-box stores and supermarkets, many of these cleaners contain harsh or even dangerous ingredients and chemicals. More and more women are taking a DIY green cleaning approach to not only make their homes fresher but to save money and do their part to improve the environment. Interested in making your own cleaning products? It’s simple and requires only a few ingredients, some of which you probably already have on hand! Common green cleaning ingredients include: Baking soda Vinegar Rubbing alcohol Hydrogen peroxide Borax Vegetable or olive oil Fresh herbs

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How to Wash Clothes in the Sink

Do you only have a few clothing items you need to clean? Washing them by hand in the sink is much more efficient than running a tiny batch of laundry. In addition to energy efficiency considerations, it may also be necessary to wash extremely delicate items by hand or do laundry in the sink while you’re on vacation. While handwashing laundry is a little more work than throwing your clothes into the washer, it’s quite easy to learn how to wash clothes in the sink. Just follow these tips. Read the Care Label This tells you what material the garment is

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Best Indoor Plants for Fresh Air

Indoor plants do more than just liven up a room – they also clean the air you breathe. Here’s what you need to know about choosing and caring for houseplants that freshen your indoor air. Benefits of Indoor Plants One primary reason people keep houseplants is to improve indoor air quality. They achieve this by reducing carbon dioxide levels and airborne dust. Some can even filter out volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and xylene. Certainly, filling your house with plants helps to ensure clean indoor air, but that’s not all. Here are some of the other benefits

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How to Remove Fake Tan Stains

While a healthy dose of sunlight can help elevate your mood, relieve stress, and get your daily recommended allowance of vitamin D, prolonged exposure has been linked to health concerns including skin cancer, premature wrinkles, sunburn, and more. The solution? Fake it, using self-tanning products or treating yourself to a spray tan. Although a fake tan may help you achieve the color you desire, improper application and drying techniques can wreak havoc on fabrics. Read on for some expert tips from Molly Maid that tell you how to get spray tan out of clothes, carpeting, and more.  How to Remove Fake Tan Stains

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10 Places You’re Forgetting to Clean

Just because you can’t see dirt, doesn’t mean it isn’t there—in fact, it’s those hidden areas in each room of your home that are often the dirtiest of all. Whether you’re gearing up for spring cleaning or simply want to make sure your living space is as neat as it can be, review our list of 10 commonly overlooked places to clean for some inspiration.  The Inside of Your Drawers Empty each drawer in your kitchen and bathroom one at a time and vacuum out what remains. If necessary, use a damp cloth to clean up any spills and allow to dry

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April Fools: Guide to Avoid Cleaning Until Somebody Else Does

Chances are you have better things to do than dust, vacuum, wash, and wipe, and with a little ingenuity (and help from Molly Maid), you may never have to tidy up again. With over 30 years of experience cleaning homes across the nation, Molly Maid has witnessed some very creative methods of disguising a messy house—and in the spirit of the season, we would like to share some tips on how to avoid cleaning and ensure you never have to lift a finger again! Avoid Cleaning April Fools Style Sweep Things Under the Rug  We’ve all experienced the “pop in” where guests stop

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How to Deep Clean a Couch

Depending on how we use the couch; it can take a lot of abuse. From eating dinner in the family room or watching a movie with Fido snuggled up against you – the couch can capture more body oils, cooking odors and airborne dust and dirt than you care to imagine! For upholstered furniture, a deep-clean may seem like an impossible challenge. We have a few tips on the best way to clean a sofa: Read the label Before proceeding, it’s important to know what type of fabric is used in the upholstery and what the codes mean before you begin cleaning. Codes generally

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