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10 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Clean in 2019

The holidays are over, and you’re experiencing letdown now that the parties have all ended and you are back to work. The decorations are still up, and you let your household chores slide a bit over the holidays, but now all you want to do is cozy up and watch TV – after all, it’s still the middle of winter. If your motivation to clean is at an all-time low, and you’re still looking for a good New Year’s resolution, set a goal to get better at keeping the house clean! These 10 tips should help you get up and take

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Tips for Washing Dishes After a Big Party

If the dishwasher is already running, and you still have dirty plates and cups piled on the counter – or, heaven forbid, you don’t have a dishwasher at all – these tips for washing dishes by hand will help the process go quickly and smoothly. Grab a handful of helpers and organize your assembly line – it’s time to wash some dishes!

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How to Destink Your Kitchen Trash Can

If a foul odor lingers even after the trash is taken out, this is a clear sign that it’s time to learn how to clean a trash can. This is an easy chore to overlook, but if you keep up with it, your nose will thank you.

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How to Prevent Guests from Spilling

Hosting a holiday get-together may be one of your favorite parts of the season, but big groups, lots of laughs, and a little wine often lead to messy mishaps. Fortunately, with a bit of foresight and preparation, you can prevent spills from happening. Of course, we also suggest spill-proofing your home just in case.  How to Prevent Spills Keep the party fouls and after-party cleanup to a minimum with these tips to keep your guests’ drinks and plates upright: Serve drinks in wide-base, stemless glasses. Top-heavy wine glasses are a disaster waiting to happen. Instead, opt for spill-proof wine glasses, an elegant, functional way

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What to Do if Your Candle Wick is Too Short

On a chilly winter evening after spending all day preparing your home for the holidays, it’s nice to light a candle to enjoy a pleasant scent and flickering glow. But what if your candle wick is too short to burn properly? Don’t toss the candle just yet – with these tips, you can give your favorite scented candle a second chance! How to Prevent Short Candle Wicks The best way to ensure a wick never gets too short is to burn the candle long enough to form a uniform pool of melted wax (but no longer than four hours). This prevents

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How to Clean Leather Boots

If you own comfortable, rugged work boots, you might be disappointed that the leather has started to show signs of wear and tear. A little cleaning and conditioning every once in a while can help your investment last years longer. Just follow this guide on how to clean leather boots.  Best Way to Clean Leather Boots Remove the laces. If they’re dirty, add them to a batch of laundry. It’s also easy and inexpensive to replace boot laces. Remove crusty mud and dirt: Brush away loose debris with a soft cloth or stiff brush. Apply water and soap: Mix up a solution of warm

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Holiday Visitors Are Coming – Give the Gift of Time

Holiday Visitors Are Coming, Give the Gift of Time The holiday season is upon us again, and with it comes the never-ending cycle of friends, family and houseguests. You know the feeling – the front door is constantly opening, and your house is buzzing with activity from Thanksgiving well into the new year. It’s hard to find time to recuperate. In fact, it’s hard to find time for anything except cleaning and preparing for the next visit. It’s an endless cycle of joy and vacuuming. Thankfully, Molly Maid can help you, your friends and your family members with your ever-shrinking

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How to Unshrink a Sweater

Due to the falling temperatures outside, you probably spend more time inside during the winter than any other season. You may love wearing wool sweaters to help you stay cozy while keeping a lid on your heating bills. Of course, you need to wash wool garments occasionally to remove sweat, skin oils, and stains. Fortunately, wool fibers are self-regulating, so you don’t need to launder your sweaters as often as other clothes.  However, if you forgot to follow all the right tips on cleaning and caring for wool, your favorite sweater may have shrunk. This can happen if you wash the garment

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How to Clean & Care for Wool

Wool is a delicate natural fiber that offers wonderful warmth and moisture-wicking capabilities. As the weather cools off, you may be gearing up to get your wool sweaters out of storage. Keep the fibers as fresh as the day they were shorn with these wool care tips. How to Care for Wool Between Washes To help wool clothing last longer, only wash them when necessary. The self-regulating fibers don’t need to be laundered as often as other materials. Between washes, keep your wool items looking like new with these tips: Spot-clean small stains by blotting with water and mild soap.

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How to Remove Melted Crayon

There’s nothing quite like giving your child a new box of brightly colored crayons. As a parent, it’s delightful to watch your kids bring their imagination to life on paper. But when those waxy sticks melt in the car or dryer, you end up with a rainbow-colored stain on your upholstery or clothing. That’s not quite so delightful. Fortunately, with a few tricks and tips, you can learn how to remove melted crayon from car seats, clothes, and the dryer drum. How to Get Melted Crayon Out of Clothing Fabric Even though you always check pockets before loading clothes into

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How to Wash Curtains and Drapes

Take a closer look at the window coverings in your living room. Dark-colored curtains tend to show dust easily. Even if your drapes look clean, they could be harboring dirt, hair, mold spores, pollen, and other allergens that make you sneeze. Learn how to wash curtains and drapes with these tips here. Then, make this a part of your seasonal cleaning routine to keep your window coverings looking great for years to come. Best Way to Wash Curtains and Drapes Cleaning methods depend on the fabric. Before you get started, check the label for cleaning codes and suggestions. If you can’t find

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How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner

The vacuum cleaner is just one of many small appliances you count on to keep your home running smoothly. It’s a tool you use to clean the house, but what about cleaning the vacuum itself? Regular vacuum cleaner maintenance will help the machine maintain its suction and last for years longer before needing to be replaced. Molly Maid can help with these tips on how to clean a vacuum cleaner.  Gather Your Supplies Replacement vacuum bag (optional) Soap and hot water Can of compressed air Wire hanger Dryer sheet Broom or mop Duct tape Screwdriver Replacement vacuum belt (optional) Tweezers Scissors or

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