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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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Molly Maid’s 2018 “MAID For MOM” Giveaway

Spring cleaning season and Mother’s Day are our favorite times of the year! Molly Maid, a Neighborly company, knows what all the hard-working moms out there deserve this Mother’s Day – someone else to clean their family’s home! To make this gift of free time a reality, we are hosting our annual “Maid For Mom” giveaway on Facebook! From April 29 to May 13, 2018, If you haven’t selected “Like” on the Molly Maid on Facebook you will have the opportunity and then can enter for a chance to win one of five, $500 Molly Maid gift certificates at https://contest.fbapp.io/mothers-day-clean-home-giveaway If

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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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How to Pack Clothes for Storage

As the seasons change so does your wardrobe, but keeping a full years’ worth of clothing in one closet can really hamper your style. Items that are packed too tightly can become wrinkled, soiled, or smell stale due to lack of air movement, so we have a solution that can help free up space while protecting your valuable garments. The best way to store clothes during the offseason in the attic, basement, or anywhere else you have some extra space is included in this post. What Can Go Wrong? Whether you’re storing your clothes for a move, over the seasons, or

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How to Deep Clean Linoleum Floors

Linoleum made its first appearance in the marketplace in the 1860s, and although the popularity of this durable, environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic product has fluctuated over the years, it can be found in many homes and businesses around the country today. With proper care and maintenance, a linoleum floor can withstand decades of use, while the endless variety of colors and patterns make it suitable for every room in your home. Enhance the beauty and longevity of this versatile material with these tips from Molly Maid, for the best way to clean linoleum floors.  What is Linoleum? Although many people use the

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