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  • Easy, Eco-Friendly Dishwashing
    it really is best to use it The Half Sink Whether you don t have a dishwasher or just don t have enough dishes to warrant running it there are still some steps you can take to make your handwashing as efficient as possible This starts with using less water Don t fill the sink you can effectively wash all of your dishes with only half a sink of water Fewer dishes less water Skip the Full Sink Entirely Instead of using a sink of water what if you took one bowl or one large cup filled it with water and soap and used it to scrub One bowl of water is always going to be less than half a sink full Rack Rinse Generally people wash one dish rinse that dish and put it to the side to dry before picking up a new dish and starting the process over Change your mindset on this and not only will the dishes be easier to rinse an dry but you ll also conserve a lot of water Clear your rack before you start and make sure it s positioned for water to run back into the sink Then put the dishes in as you wash them When the rack is full of washed dishes gently spray all of the dishes with your sprayer until the soap is washed off The dishes have to get washed anyway so if you can save energy water and a little bit of money while you do it that s extra 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

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  • Getting a Handle on Clutter
    on to things to which you re emotionally attached or you think might be worthwhile later Unfortunately this can lead to a big stack of clutter As you go through your stack or pile keep these two questions in mind Am I going to use this item in the next 2 weeks What is the emotional attachment I have to this item Do I need to keep this to keep that memory Remember that your memories are not solely tied to objects Keep only the things that are useful to you or mean the most to you Group Like Items Once the trash is gone and you start to sort put like items together It makes sense that items that are similar how you choose to group them is up to you would go in the same place The important thing is to make sure you develop a system that works for you and makes sense to you Everything at Home Everything in your house needs its own home Find an appropriate place for each item or group of items and establish that as its home The real trick is to then get in the habit of putting things back in their home when you finish with this Get your family involved as well encouraging them to put things away when they re through 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 Maid Services Housekeeping Services Service Area See if The Maids Medway services your area by click to see our map or list of cities and zip codes The Maids Service

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  • How Many Uses of Baking Soda Can There Possibly Be?
    surfaces Baking soda can be used on its own or as part of a paste with water to clean surfaces including hardwood and tile floors painted walls glassware and upholstery Various recipes exist online for creating baking soda solutions but the most simple and multipurpose baking soda formula involves 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water This inexpensive baking soda cleaner goes a long way 4 Keep away odors One of the main uses of baking soda is eliminating odors Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of your trashcans before adding the garbage bag pour2 tablespoons down the garbage disposal drain as you run warm tap water and shake some baking soda into your smelly sneakers overnight and tap out the leftover before wearing If something is smelly in your home chances are baking soda is part of the sweet smelling solution 5 Clean outdoor furniture and baby pools Washing with a quarter cup of baking soda and a quart of water will make your outdoor furniture gleam Add baking soda to the bottom of a mildewed baby pool and hose it down with water to clean and deodorize 6 Clean your teeth Baking soda has long been used as a toothpaste Pour some baking soda into a dish dip in a wet toothbrush and apply to your teeth Though baking soda toothpaste tastes unpleasant unless you buy commercial toothpaste with baking soda and flavor it is effective You can also use baking soda and water as a mouth rinse 7 Soak in a bath Add a half cup of baking soda to your warm bathwater and emerge with your skin feeling soft 8 Exfoliate your skin Make a baking soda paste and gently rub it in a circular motion onto your face feet or other dry areas Rinse and pat dry 9 Deodorize a litter box Pour baking soda in the bottom of the litter box then add litter Sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter box to remove smells 10 Eliminate pet odors Pet accidents often smell even after they are cleaned Apply a layer of baking soda to the area to neutralize the odor then vacuum when the area is dry 11 Refresh a dog bed Like with a carpet sprinkle baking soda onto your dog s bed wait about 15 minutes then vacuum While this list covers a variety of the uses of baking soda so many other ways to use baking soda exist For instance if you thought mixing baking soda with a little water to put on bug bites for instant relief was an old wives tale guess again It is a legitimate use of baking soda Some less common uses of baking soda include cleaning the inside of the dishwasher and the coffeepot keeping your grill grates clean with a baking soda scrub and washing your produce Also in the event of a grease fire you can douse the flames with a heavy sprinkling of baking soda While many of the

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  • How to Clean Dog Hair in Your Home
    of the hair into a dust pan Instead purchase an electronic sweeper or a sweeper with disposable cloths The former uses brushes that are safe to use on hard surfaces to scoop all of the hair and the latter uses static cling on a disposable cloth to grip the hair You can dispose of the hair with the electronic sweeper by emptying the tray You can make your own fairly effective manual sweeper by tying a dryer sheet on the end of a broom or mop for floors and just wiping other hard surfaces directly with the dryer sheet The dryer sheet attracts the hair as you run it over the hard surface and you can simply throw it away when finished Getting Hair Off of Carpet and Rugs Being able to clean dog hair off of carpets and rugs poses more of a challenge than the hard surfaces because the hair is more likely to grip onto the fibers and the hair may also be more difficult to see The easiest way to remove the hair is to find a vacuum with deep bristle brushes some vacuums even have pet hair attachments and adjust the setting on the vacuum to as low as possible You can make it easier for yourself though by first encouraging some of the dog hair to come apart from the carpet or rug fibers To loosen the hair before you vacuum wear a rubber glove and run your hand back and forth along the carpet You can also try patting the carpet or rug with a lightly dampened cloth or paper towel first or using a spray bottle with a mixture of 3 4 cup water and 1 4 cup fabric softener to lightly spray the surfaces Allow the surfaces to dry and vacuum The hair should be less likely to cling Getting Hair Off of Furniture You can use techniques similar to those that you use to keep dog hair off of carpets and rugs to clean dog hair off of furniture particularly if you have a pet hair attachment for your vacuum Don t forget though that some furniture like some variations of leather stains when wet so if you re going to try to wet or mist the area before vacuuming try the damp cloth or water softener solution on a small unnoticeable section of the furniture first You can also try rolling a lint roller or other pet hair adhesive roller over the furniture Sticky rolls designed to grab hair and lint work quite effectively at keeping furniture free of hair every day between more through vacuuming Being able to clean dog hair the right away not only makes your apartment look cleaner but it can also help those who suffer from allergies breathe better Using the proper tools can make cleaning up the hair much easier and more effective Don t allow your pet s coat to cling to the various areas of your home and hinder an otherwise

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  • Getting Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Bathroom
    once it dries the bathroom will not just look better it will smell better too Start by using a mixture of 50 50 white vinegar and water Pour ½ cup of each into a spray bottle and shake Spray on all of the surfaces in the shower let stand for 5 to 10 minutes and then wipe it all down with a damp sponge Vinegar and Baking Soda Baking soda added to the cleaning solution has the added benefit of being a mild abrasive and provides additional deodorizing power Mix ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda in a bowl and stir gently Take a sponge and spread the paste on the shower walls and allow it to stand for 10 minutes or so Use a sponge or plastic bristle brush to scrub it down and rinse completely with warm water Heavy Duty Cleaning Vinegar Only If you are cleaning a heavy build up use 100 percent undiluted plain white vinegar Pour it in a spray bottle spray the shower and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes Use a pot scrubber with plastic bristles grout brush or an old toothbrush to clean it up before rinsing and wiping it down Chlorine Bleach Dilute ¼ to ½ cup of household bleach per each gallon of water used Spray on the tiles and scrub with a plastic bristle brush When you are finished scrubbing rinse completely to remove all traces because any remaining bleach will make surfaces very slippery Note Use caution when using bleach Bleach is highly alkaline and will burn you just as easily as an acid will Wear a pair of rubber gloves and protective goggles to keep any splashes out of your eyes If you re working in a very small bathroom without much air circulation turn on the fan open a window and you might want to wear a mask Never mix bleach with any other cleaner especially ammonia as this will create potentially deadly fumes Preventing Mold and Mildew There are things you can do to prevent mold and mildew regrowth The way to do this is to change the environmental conditions in the bathroom reduce dampness increase air circulation and light 1 Reduce Humidity Use the fan when bathing or showering and leave it after you are finished until all traces of dampness are removed from the air 2 Increase Light Keep the light on open the window curtains to let the daylight in 3 Increase Air Flow Open the window if you can to let some fresh air in This will increase air circulation which reduces odors as well 4 Keep it Dry If you make it a habit to dry the tub or shower after using it the mold and mildew will not have a chance to grow A small squeegee is really helpful in removing all traces of water after showing 5 Keep it Clean An after shower wipe down also removes remaining debris on the shower

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  • How to Become an Eco-Friendly Cleaner
    want sitting under your kitchen sink sending wafts of toxic poison through your air into your lungs and into the lungs of your family Well if your answer is NO there is a surprisingly simple solution Gather these products and store them somewhere safe We cannot emphasize this point enough you do not want to pour them down your sink because that is extremely unsafe for you your system and your drinking water What goes down the drain does end up back as drinking water You also do not want to discard them in your trash or even in your recycling bin if they still contain cleaner because they will cause pollution So what do you do Look for hazardous waste dropoff sites Most towns contain one Household Hazardous Waste Pickup Day a year and you can call your local recycling center to find out when that will be The next step is to choose new safe eco friendly products that do not contain any of those keywords above on their bottles They should be biodegradable and non toxic These eco friendly products are not only better for the environment they are better for your health In addition to changing the cleaning product you should change what you clean with Decrease the amount of paper towels you use by replacing them with old shirts and rags Recycling unwanted shirts and cloths you are not only being environmentally friendly but you are saving yourself from overspending on non eco friendly products If you absolutely must use paper towels there are some that are more eco friendly than others Look for ones that are unbleached and are made of recycled paper Some other important eco friendly tips are Conserve your water Clean water is precious and should not be wasted Do not leave water running when you are washing your dishes and use minimal amounts of water to clean Buy indoor plants Plants can improve the quality of the air in your home and can make the indoors feel more like the outdoors Use a HEPA vacuum to purify your air while cutting down on your use of nonrenewable resources The Maids have been doing their part to be eco friendly cleaners since 1995 Their methods include using environmentally safe cleaning products that are non toxic non flammable and do not contain irritants carcinogens sensitizers or harmful chemicals They also use the HEPA filtration system to clean the air and create a healthier environment The Maids also use special tools and procedures to reduce water and paper waste such as reusable microfiber cloths Cleaning materials and containers are washed and reused to eliminate unnecessary disposal Like The Maids you can alter the way that you clean with just a few important steps Becoming eco friendly will make your home and the environment cleaner and healthier 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

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  • How to Live in a Healthy Environment
    You may not have the H1N1 disinfectant like The Maids but any natural all purpose cleaner should make a healthy improvement Hot Water Turn that dial to Hot Water It is important to clean things like towels and bed linens in hot water with plenty of detergent Since they do not get cleaned daily and contain more germs and bacteria than other items in the laundry basket they need more attention in order to better protect your health You don t want to worry about catching a cold when you climb into bed or dry off after a shower Disinfect Disinfect that bathroom As often as possible spray a disinfecting cleaner on all of your bathroom appliances especially toilet seats showers and faucets Dirty bathrooms are a haven for bacteria and germs so make a sincere effort to keep yours healthy by always keeping it clean Bathing Wash that dog Pets can bring all sorts of bacteria and other contaminants into your home After all some of them even roll around in their own waste ew To keep both your pet healthy and your family healthy and less likely to attract a cold virus or allergies it s very important to give your pet a bath They may hate it and it might not be easy but it will be worth it for the health of everyone Keeping your home healthy and clean does require more attention but it is better than going through twenty boxes of tissues or sleeping on your bathroom floor Do you get seasonal allergies Does the common cold somehow find its way into your system every year Are you fearful of getting the H1N1 virus To lower your chances of dealing with any of these ailments a thorough cleaning of your home is essential to making it a happier healthy environment Does that sounds like an impossible task Let a professional service like The Maids do it for you They have a 22 Step Healthy Touch system that ensures the level of cleanliness each home receives The Maids specialize in not only cleaning for aesthetic appeal but cleaning for health making it less likely for their clients to get colds flus or allergies They use a HEPA filtration system that purifies indoor air by capturing 99 percent of all dust allergens pet dander bacteria pollen and other air pollutants The HEPA will purify your air providing you with a healthy home that feels like the fresh outdoors minus the pollen They also use a disinfectant in bathrooms and commonly touched surfaces like light switches and doorknobs that kills the H1N1 virus They cannot guarantee that your home will be H1N1 free but the disinfectant can severely lower the chance of the virus spreading through your house To further ensure a healthy home and to remain eco friendly The Maids use only environmentally safe cleaning products that promote a healthy environment These products do not contain toxins that can be harmful and unhealthy for you and

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  • Quick Tips For Your Home Organization
    be thrown away Also set aside any extra canned goods or nonperishable foods you can donate to a local food pantry Then reevaluate your method of food storage to ensure that similar items are organized together either by category or type of meal breakfast lunch or dinner You decide Living Room Welcome the wastebasket The reason why few people have a wastebasket in the living room is because they are not attractive and can smell It may be an anomaly to place a wastebasket in the living room but it will cut down on the mess and increase organization Choose a wastebasket that matches the room s décor and use a lid and deodorizing trash bags if you plan to throw food in there Clear surface clutter Papers books magazines etc tend to attract flat surfaces throughout the living room taking up space on the TV stand coffee table and chairs Counteract this by placing papers in a file cabinet or cart and books and magazines in a stand to restore order and organization to your family s central gathering place Bathroom Methodize your medicine cabinet Change the purpose of your medicine cabinet and start to store items you need and use on a daily basis in there Toss out expired medication and bring items used regularly to the forefront An organized medicine cabinet quickly takes the place of a countertop covered in everyday grooming supplies Keep your floor dry not damp If your towel rack isn t big enough to hang everyone s towel then add more hooks to the bathroom for more organization Towel hooks are an inexpensive and creative addition to provide more space for each family member to hang their towel Bedroom Take advantage of under the bed storage for organization The bedroom offers great horizontal space for under the bed storage bins Store clothing items that won t fit in your closet or other items such as purses shoes or blankets Plus a bedskirt keeps the storage hidden Try to make the bed every day Notice what a difference a done up bed can make If you spend three minutes every morning making your bed not only will your room look more organized but it may also motivate you to pick up those clothes on the floor as well Once you start to keep your home organized in between visits from The Maids you and your family can enjoy the healthiest living environment possible It is our mission to ensure the healthy cleaning of your home The Maids healthy household cleaning process is guaranteed to make your home cleaner and healthier from your kitchen to your bedroom Contact us today to get a free no obligation estimate for cleaning services right over the phone 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

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