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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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How to Clean Wine Glasses: Cloudy with a Chance of Wine

Cloudy wine glasses don’t have to rain on the family’s next dinner party or special occasion. Follow these wine glass cleaning tips from the housekeeping experts at Molly Maid and have your wine glasses ready to go in no time. Best Way to Clean Wine Glasses All that’s needed to bring wine glasses back to like-new condition is white vinegar and a plastic scrubber or nylon net. Warm the vinegar and place the wine glasses in the vinegar for one hour. Use the nylon net or plastic scrubber to remove the film. Thoroughly rinse wine glasses in hot water. Dry

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Messes Only a Man Could Make

If you’ve ever lived with a man, doesn’t matter what age he is, you have become familiar with some of his habits. Not all men are messy, but for those who are, they repeatedly make the same messes over and over again – socks by the couch, whiskers in the sink, etc. You know what we’re saying. Watch the video below to see some of our favorite manly messes. You’re tired of picking up after him. You’re even more tired of telling him pick up after himself. Let Molly Maid help. Call your local Molly Maid today to discuss our

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Don’t Forget to Clean Your Toothbrush Holder

The scariest monster living in your house isn’t hiding under your bed. It’s not lurking in your basement. It’s not even creeping inside your toilet bowl. It’s growing bigger, each and every day, inside your toothbrush holder. And it’s time we slayed it. We’re talking about… dreaded toothbrush holder scum. According to a 2011 study by NSF International, the toothbrush holder is the third germiest place in the home – more coliforms than the handles in your bathroom! Think about that. There are more germs in the container that is holding your toothbrush, which goes in your mouth, than the

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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 Clean Toys Safely: Molly Maid Cleaning Tips

How to Clean Toys Molly Maid does not offer this service; however, here are some do-it-yourself cleaning tips you can use to help keep toys germ-free and ready for playtime. We know how busy you are if you have a toddler, baby or both in the house. And as if bottles, diapers and meals aren’t keeping you busy enough … how about those toys that have completely taken over your house? You know, the ones your kids drag across the floor, leave outside and the put in their mouths? Well, they need some attention, too. Why? Because bacteria and mites love

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Get Rid of Hard-to-Clean Glitter Once and For All

Fact: One does not simply clean glitter. That’s because a single glitter is clingy, as small as 0.002 square inches (1.3 mm2), and insidiously designed to grab the eye’s attention, even from a distance … twinkle. And conventional cleaning methods fail. Remember that internet business, “Send Your Enemies Glitter”? For a fee, they literally send your enemies envelopes booby-trapped with glitter. Mean, right? But glitter doesn’t have to be your enemy. Here’s what can help you remove these glittering nanoparticles from various household surfaces, clothing and hair. How to rid glitter from hard surfaces To clean glitter from hard surfaces

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