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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 Clean Dirty Window Tracks

When completing your weekly chores, it’s easy to forget about the window tracks. Months go by before you even give them a second thought. By the time you do, you notice the window tracks are rusty, dusty, and buggy. What an eyesore! Fortunately, you can clean them without too much trouble. A sprinkle of baking soda and vinegar is the key to restoring beautiful window tracks with minimal scrubbing required. How to Clean Window Tracks First, gather all your supplies. Here’s what you need: Vacuum with a brush attachment Baking soda White vinegar Old toothbrush Paper towels Wet rag Butter

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4 Ways to Use Compressed Air Dusters

Chances are you have a can of compressed air in your home office. Chances are you also have dust clinging to every lamp shade in your house. It’s time to bring the canned air out of the office. Here are four alternative uses for compressed air dusters.  You likely have a can of compressed air in your home office. You can use it for so much more than blasting dust and crumbs out of your computer keyboard. Find more cleaning tips at http://www.mollymaid.com. Here are four other ways to use compressed air dusters: Blowing dust out of micro blinds and

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Barefoot Test: How Clean Is Your Floor?

It is truly incredible how quickly your kitchen floor can accumulate crumbs and dirty footprints – especially is you have a house full of little ones. Your busy, we get it. And on top of that, you have an army of cereal slinging munchkins working against you. When that’s your reality it’s completely normal to wonder, “How often should I be cleaning my floor?” The answer is in The Barefoot Test. The Barefoot Test We’ve all done it, unknowingly. The Barefoot Floor Test is when you walk across a floor and then pick up your foot to look at all

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How to Clean Your Showerhead with Vinegar

When your shower head starts looking crusty, you have more to worry about than just the nasty appearance – your showers may also become less luxurious if the water can’t get through holes plugged up with mineral deposits. Fortunately, there’s a tried and true method for removing minerals and hard water stains from shower heads. And the best part is you don’t even have to remove the fixture! Just grab a bottle of white vinegar, a plastic bag, and a piece of string, and you’ve got everything you need to clean a shower head.  Hassle-Free Way to Clean a Shower

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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 Quickly Clean a Slow Cooker

It’s slow cooker season! Whether it’s chili, stew, pasta or cheese dip, some of the most popular slow cooker recipes are also the hardest to clean. Want the convenience of the slow cooker without the inconvenience of caked-on food? We’re here to help. Here’s how to clean a slow cooker with less effort: 1. Remove all the cooked food before dinner is served (or right after you’re done eating) and store it in glass containers. This keeps the food from hardening on the inside. 2. Fill the slow cooker with soapy water, plug it in and turn it on “low”

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How to Organize Your Kitchen Spices

When chaos overtakes your herbs and spices drawer (or spice rack, or spice cabinet), it makes cooking and menu planning harder. The good news: It’s not hard to learn how to properly organize your kitchen spices. If you have a little strategy… it’s simple to do. Here’s how to gain control of the situation: Purge Your Spice Drawer Yank all the bottles, jars and bags out into the light of day for serious scrutiny. And then wipe clean your spice drawer, cabinet or rack. Spices and herbs do not often come with expiration dates, but you probably have an inkling

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How to Keep Your Winter Apparel Organized

Wintertime comes with much bulkier outerwear than other seasons. Boots, gloves, hats and scarves can quickly overrun the coat rack and closet. How do you stay organized during the winter months? If you’re not sure where to begin, follow these winter organization tips the Molly Maid team pinned on our Home Organization Ideas Pinterest board. Give Each Family Member a Cubby If you have a big family, you’ll quickly outgrow the coat closet. Escape the mess by installing storage furniture in your mudroom. Design it so each family member has a cubby of their own. With spots for everyone to

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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 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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Range Hood Cleaning & Exhaust Fan Filter Degreasing Tips

We rely on the kitchen range hood when we have something frying on our stovetop and when we accidentally set off the smoke alarm with some burning French fries and need to clear the air. But have you cleaned the range hood, lately … or ever? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t: Range hoods are “out of sight, out of mind” so it’s easy to forget about them and the poor exhaust fan filter inside packed with months-worth of collected grease. At least twice a year range hoods and the exhaust fan filters hidden inside them need cleaning. That’s because

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