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    chemicals are harmful to the human body so why use them when cleaning a place you cook your food Natural Read More Homemade Soap How To Make Homemade Soap Written by The Maids Friday 14 October 2011 Homemade soap this may have never crossed your mind before Maybe you want to make homemade soap to avoid the harsh chemicals that are found in store bought soap or to save money Maybe you want to make homemade soap so you can mix your own scents and mold the bars into your own design whatever the reason homemade soap is a fun hobby to get into Homemade soap is a perfect gift for the upcomming holidays Before making homemade soap just be aware of the dangers in the process of making your own homemade soap and how to avoid Read More Fall Decorating Fall Decorating Ideas Written by The Maids Thursday 13 October 2011 Fall is known for two things the beautiful fall scenery and beautiful fall decorating Colorful fall decorating can add to any house during this time of season While fall decorating keep in mind these five tips in order to keep your fall decorating ideas more sophisticated opposed to just placing common fall items all over the house Fall decorating can add color to any house Curb appeal how your fall decorations look far away as well as close up Accessories that reflect your house style fall decorations that don t go with your house style are better left out Symmetry fall Read More Halloween Decorating Ideas Written by The Maids Wednesday 12 October 2011 There s no denying that Halloween is right around the corner now that the leaves are falling so why not do some Halloween decorating to get in the spirit of the season By doing some Halloween decorating you can help get your children excited about this candy filled holiday while getting yourself in a candy giving mood A little bit of Halloween decorating can go a long way Not all Halloween decorations have to be store bought In fact some of the best Halloween decorations are the ones that you and your children make at home together There are some classic elements that no Read More Fall Cleaning Get Your House Ready for Winter Written by The Maids Tuesday 27 September 2011 When it starts to cool off after a Summer of sun we would all love to curl up inside the house and maybe even do a little complaining about the weather but you can make that time spent inside productive by doing some Fall cleaning Fall Cleaning can get you saving money and time come Winter By doing simple Fall cleaning chores like changing your furnace filter you can save energy and money Get your house Winter ready by doing some Fall cleaning inside and outside of the house You can also make time spent indoors this Winter more pleasurable by getting Read More Simplify the Holiday Season with a Fall Cleaning

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    friendly approach to your cleaning and what better to do that than with lemons If you ve been on the lookout for natural cleaning recipes that are geared towards cleaning with lemons Read More INDOOR GARDENING HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOUSE PLANTS Written by The Maids Friday 12 October 2012 The health benefits of indoor gardening might have you putting house plants on your shopping list Enjoy the health benefits of growing indoor house plants In today s hectic world it can be tough to stay healthy and eat right As a society we are becoming more conscious of the foods we eat the exercise we get and the way we live our lives Growing your own garden can have a wealth of benefits for your health and those realizing this truth don t always have the outdoor space to host a flourishing garden filled with fresh vegetables The solution growing a Read More CLEANING MICROFIBER THE RIGHT WAY Written by The Maids Wednesday 10 October 2012 Microfiber is a durable resilient fabric commonly used in furniture towels and clothing Its plush feel and appearance makes it a desirable material However when faced with a difficult mess microfiber may not look its best Depending on the color and type of microfiber that you are use stains may turn your lovely sofa into an eye sore No worries though cleaning microfiber is much easier than you think In fact after you re finished cleaning microfiber it practically looks brand new When cleaning microfiber remember that all microfiber is not created equal There are various types of microfiber fabrics Before Read More HOW TO NATURALLY CLEAN AN OVEN Written by The Maids Tuesday 09 October 2012 Many have the misconception that harsh chemicals are the only method to clean an oven However common chemicals used to clean an oven are hazardous to your health Accidentally touching inhaling or ingesting these chemicals used to clean an oven can have severe effects However there are better more natural solutions you can use to clean an oven To initially avoid messes line your oven with aluminum foil or use a cookie sheet to dodge spill overs This will minimize the frequency and amount of time it takes to clean an oven When a solvent is needed to clean an Read More CLEAN BABY TOYS WITH HOMEMADE CLEANING PRODUCTS Written by The Maids Tuesday 02 October 2012 Parents must clean baby toys frequently Baby toys get dirty easily thanks to all of the slobbering throwing and every day wear that your baby inflicts on these toys If your child is teething they will be putting toys in their mouths all of the time making them susceptible to germs At this age you will need to clean baby toys on a constant basis Many common cleaning products contain harmful chemicals chemicals that should not be used to clean baby toys The best remedy to this is to make your own baby safe cleaning products to clean baby toys

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  • Steps to an Organized Home Office
    Think about how you look for a particular file or piece of paper What will be the easiest way for you to find it Then create a file system that works for you Don t worry if you don t get it right the first time you can always resort and try again Sooner or later you will come up with a system that is just right for you 4 Take a good look at your work area Do you have piles of papers files mail floppy discs and CDs lying around Do you notice anything else piling up Set aside a few hours and put everything away Use your new file system and find homes for anything else 5 Now that you have your office organized set aside a few minutes at the end of your workday to keep it that way Try to leave work for the day with a clean empty desk You will appreciate it the next morning This will also prevent you from ever coming across a huge pile of papers again 6 Add a personal touch to your office Bring in some pictures of the kids add some pretty plants inspirational quotes or anything else you can think of that will make your office a pleasant place to work in In addition to getting and keeping you in a good mood whenever you step in your office you are more likely to keep it clean and organized if it is a place you treasure So splurge a little on some special office décor 7 Let s talk about the files on your computer You can waste just as much time searching for an online document as for a piece of paper If your computer is used for work as well as for personal use create a work folder and use subfolders for particular employers projects etc Again come up with a file system that works for you and keep your work files separate from your personal files This is particularly important if other family members access the computer as well If that s the case and you are using Windows XP I strongly recommend setting up a separate user account just for work and password protecting it This will prevent other family members from accidentally changing or deleting your work files 8 In addition to your regular files you also want to keep your emails organized Let s be honest we have all wasted time searching for a particular email that contained some vital information we needed fast Setting up folders for different clients and projects has worked well for me but again find a system that works for you and stick with it Sort the email as soon as you read it It only takes a second or two to drop it in the appropriate folder but will save you a lot of time if you have to find it later 9 Now that you have a good filing system both physical and

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  • THE BENEFITS OF GREEN CLEANING
    Less Toxic Risk Many chemicals contain toxins including poisonous elements cancer causing irritants skin irritants and harmful products for your respiratory system Each of these is likely in your cabinet right now They are there at the risk of a child drinking them They can also be a risk of inhaling these products when they are sprayed into the air or applied to surfaces There are many instances where you can easily ingest products that are unhealthy for you that contain chemicals on them Even trace amounts of some chemicals can and do build up in your system with the potential to lead to heart and lung conditions including cancers More Risks Examined There are many other risks associated with traditional cleaning products These are some of the reasons you should consider green cleaning Even if you do not do the cleaning yourself but hire a professional cleaning service the key is to look for the green factor Chemicals applied to counter tops or sponges will rinse down the drain into the water sources for your home If there are a large amount of chemicals being used the fumes from those chemicals can be dangerous coming up from the drain Inhaling them can have immediate effects Some chemicals have extraordinary risks associated with them when individuals are exposed to them A chemical called alkyl phenol ethoxylate is commonly used in many types of surface cleaners You may use it to clean your tabletops or the cabinets in your home In some lab studies there is evidence that these products wind up in water sources where they cause reproductive effects in wildlife You may be asking then why should you buy green products The answers are everywhere No matter if you are to buy green cleaning products or you hire a professional company using green cleaning products the key is to have them in your home instead of having other more potentially dangerous chemicals in your home When you clean green you avoid exposing your family to the harmful toxins in many of these products You reduce the environmental impact of your home and family on the environment around you You are using non hazardous products those that provide your family with safety even when you do turn your back for a second and your toddler climbs into the cabinet Buying products that are green cleaning products is also much less likely to use as much packaging and these products are often biodegradable Sometimes you can reduce your costs by not having to purchase costly products Clean green one way or the other Call on your local service company to provide you with the green cleaning you need Be sure to purchase only products that have been tested to be safe to use within the home You will be happy you did when your family s health improves from the lack of chemicals in the home Gone are the days when you have to open all of the windows in order

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  • How to Treat Stains in Your Home
    eliminating this yellow residue To remove grease spots from nonwashable fabrics sponge the stain from center to edge with a stain removal product Removal may take several applications and the spot should be allowed to dry completely before each sponging Greasy stains may also be removed from nonwashable fabrics by using an absorbent substance such as cornstarch corn meal French chalk or fuller s earth Absorbents are dusted on greasy spots to pick up the grease When the absorbent material begins to look caked it should be shaken or brushed off Repeat this procedure until most of the stain is gone Absorbents are easy to use and will not harm fabrics However the other stain removal agents detergent dry cleaning solvent and bleach can damage fibers before using them you should carefully read the care label on the stained item and the label on the product container Nongreasy Stains Nongreasy stains are produced by materials such as tea coffee fruit juice food coloring and ink If you have such a stain on a washable fabric the best treatment is to sponge the stain with cool water as soon as possible If this doesn t work try soaking the fabric in cool water The stain may soak out within half an hour or you may need to leave the item in the water overnight If some stain still remains gently rub liquid detergent into it and rinse with cool water The last resort is to use bleach but read the fabric care label first If the stain is old or has been ironed it may be impossible to remove it completely A nongreasy stain on a nonwashable fabric can also be sponged with cool water Or you can place a disposable diaper or other absorbent pad beneath the stained area and slowly and carefully flush the stain by pouring water onto it using a mister or eyedropper You must control the amount of water and the rate at which it is poured to avoid spreading the stain This may be sufficient to remove some stains especially if treatment is started promptly If not work liquid detergent into the stain as described above and rinse by flushing or sponging with cool water Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol after rinsing to remove detergent residue and to speed drying Caution If treating acetate acrylic modacrylic rayon triacetate or vinyl dilute 1 part alcohol with 2 parts water Combination Stains Coffee with cream Thousand Island salad dressing and lipstick are items that cause combination stains that is they combine greasy and nongreasy elements Such stains may require double treatment first the nongreasy elements of the stain should be treated then the greasy residue should be removed The first step in treating such stains is to sponge with cool water as described above then work liquid detergent into the stain and rinse thoroughly After the fabric has dried apply dry cleaning fluid to any remaining greasy portion of the stain with a sponge Allow the

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  • SIX THINGS YOU SHOULD CLEAN – BUT PROBABLY DON’T
    to chlorine the best way to clean a showerhead is to soak it in a diluted vinegar solution and then scrub the deposits away with an old toothbrush Plastic showerheads are more prone to bacterial buildup than metal ones so people with compromised immune systems are advised to consider switching if necessary Computer Keyboards A 2008 experiment by a researcher in England found that some computer keyboards harbor five times as many bacteria than the average toilet seat bacteria including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA E coli and staph The Centers for Disease Control blamed computer equipment contamination for a 2007 norovirus outbreak that affected more than 100 people at a Washington D C elementary school Even private computers used at home aren t immune to infection considering that people are more likely to clean take out trash prepare food handle pets or use the bathroom without washing their hands when they re at home A good scrub after typing is the best way to avoid getting sick but cleaning the keyboard is another good idea First eliminate dirt and crumbs using a vacuum cleaner or compressed air canister and then use a solution of diluted dishwashing detergent or isopropyl alcohol to swab down the keys with cotton balls or cotton swabs Make sure you disconnect the keyboard first While you re at it you might as well give the same treatment to your mouse as well as your TV s remote control Draperies They may hang motionless but drapes and curtains are a magnet for dust mites pet hair mold dander and debris of all kinds If someone in your house suffers from indoor allergies cleaning the curtains regularly can help reduce allergen buildup Simple panel curtains can usually be washed and dried at home and then steamed to release wrinkles There are certain types of draperies you should take to a dry cleaner or other cleaning professional including lace curtains designs with embroidery or appliqué those with pleats or complicated fabric construction and draperies that are too big to fit into your washing machine In between washings experts recommend vacuuming curtains with a hose and brush attachment at least once a month to prevent debris from building up Trash Cans Considering that the kitchen is usually the dirtiest spot in any house even dirtier than the bathroom it s no surprise that trash cans can become laden with germs Even if you take out the trash regularly which I sincerely hope you do the can itself is still coming into contact with dirt dust old food raw meat decomposing vegetables moldy leftovers kitty litter and whatever else we deem to be too old too gross or too disgusting to keep in the house Clean the trash cans at least twice a month to prevent the spread of germs like E coli salmonella trichinosis and simple cold and flu bugs Small pails can go into the dishwasher wash large cans with hot water and a mild bleach solution or

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  • The Right Way to Care for Your Curtains
    suggestions will help you preserve your favorite window treatments Read on for tips on caring for curtains Caring for Curtains 1 Protect your curtains from sunlight damage If your windows receive a lot of direct sunlight the drapes and curtains you hang will fade over time Prevent this by hanging light colored curtains in these windows which won t fade as quickly as dark curtains will Lined curtains are also a great option as the lining will protect the outer fabric of your curtains from damage 2 Vacuum your curtains once a month To prevent dust from accumulating in the folds of your curtains you ll want to use a hand held vacuum and a brush attachment monthly to remove up dust and dirt Make sure that you also clean the edges of your curtains especially living room curtains because these are frequently touched and may also accumulate dust from the window sills Before vacuuming living room curtains or any heavy curtains however make sure that there are no embellishments or loose trims that could be damaged 3 Wash curtains when they re especially dirty You may occasionally need to wash the curtains in your home especially kitchen curtains that absorb cooking odors and splattered grease over time To do this read the care instructions carefully Bedroom and kitchen curtains made of cotton and linen can usually be machine washed but silk curtains should almost always be washed by hand Before washing any type of curtains test a small patch with water to see how the fabric reacts Some silk curtains or other delicate draperies may bleed their color when first washed Whether you machine wash or hand wash your curtains always use cool water and a mild detergent so that they don t shrink or become misshapen 4 Press your curtains when necessary You ll need to press your curtains when you wash them of course but you may also need to iron your living room or bedroom curtains occasionally to refresh the fabric and keep pleats looking crisp To iron your curtains without damaging the fabric always turn them inside out put your iron on a low setting and gently glide the iron over the material Check the care label on sheer curtains before ironing them you may be able to dip them in a starch mixture and hang them again without ironing so that you don t ruin the material Living room or bedroom curtains with embellishments must be pressed carefully so that the fabric doesn t pucker and the embellishments aren t damaged Aside from choosing UV protected curtains or hanging a curtain liner it is important to note that a third option exists Window treatments that deflect the sunlight are also a good way to prevent curtains from fading Making sure that your curtains are dust free is helpful in managing indoor allergies and asthma Always be sure to make note of the washing instructions for the type of fabric used in your curtains so

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  • How to Clean a Toilet with Eco-Friendly Homemade Products
    you can clean a toilet with just two common ingredients vinegar and baking soda The chemical reaction that you probably used to make volcanoes as a kid proves useful when you need to clean a toilet You won t even have to scrub just allow the mixture to work its magic What a way to clean a toilet How to Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean a Toilet Naturally Commercial cleaners do not always sufficiently clean a toilet Sometimes a natural method of cleaning is easier and produces cleaner results It s easy to use vinegar and baking soda to clean a toilet naturally Instructions 1 Add about a half cup of vinegar to the toilet bowl to begin to use vinegar and baking soda to clean a toilet naturally Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes before adding baking soda Do not flush the toilet 2 Add about a half cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl The vinegar and baking soda will fizz because the reaction of vinegar and baking soda results in oxygen being released from the baking soda and vinegar combination Let the mixture fizz for about ten minutes This will alleviate the work you need to do later on to clean a toilet naturally 3 Add another quarter cup baking soda and another half cup vinegar to the toilet bowl in order to produce more fizzing in the toilet bowl 4 Use the toilet brush to swish the water in the toilet bowl along with the vinegar and baking soda mixture Rub the toilet brush along the sides and bottom of the toilet bowl to clean the toilet You don t need to rub too hard and you only need to use the toilet brush for about two minutes in the toilet bowl 5 Flush the toilet The vinegar and baking soda mixture will clean the tank and plumbing pipes without causing any damage After the toilet flushes rinse the toilet brush in the clean toilet water and flush the toilet again Tips Warnings Depending on the severity of the dirtiness of the toilet bowl you may be able to skip step 3 Gone are the days when people buy expensive cleaners and have to use elbow grease to clean a toilet You no longer have to worry about exposure harmful chemicals when you clean a toilet With this simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda the toilet practically cleans itself You can also rest easy knowing that you are not flushing toxic ingredients into your septic tank If the idea of having to clean a toilet is not pleasant for you The Maids would be happy to clean a toilet or three for our customers back to top Sign up below and receive a 50 VOUCHER Please enter your name Invalid email address Invalid Input Our Services The Maids Medway offers a variety of services Please see below for the one that fits your needs Maid Services House Cleaning Hiring a

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