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    2012 as your New Year s Resolution The Maids are happy to help you stick to your home cleaning plan Healthy home cleaning is a New Year s resolution you can follow through on Sometimes New Year s Resolutions like this one Read More Christmas Decorating Ideas for 2011 Written by The Maids Saturday 10 December 2011 Taking your holiday decorating outdoors can create a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors Tis the season for holiday decorating The holiday season is the perfect time for homeowners to spruce up their indoor and outdoor decorating themes and really create a warm environment for all who enter and live there Whether you re decorating for Christmas or another holiday this season there are a plethora of holiday decorating ideas that you can find online in magazines or by looking at other homes And it doesn t matter where you gather your inspiration for holiday decorating as long as you can enjoy your Christmas Read More Winter Cleaning Your Winter Cleaning Checklist Written by The Maids Tuesday 06 December 2011 Winter is coming quick and that means winter cleaning is almost here as well This is the time of year when many people spend the most time in their homes it s colder and you re enjoying indoor gatherings with family and friends While winter cleaning becomes a thought mostly due to colder weather or holiday specifics there are a few extras to take into consideration while you re stuck at home on a snow day During winter cleaning change your floor mat to a sturdy one Winter cleaning doesn t only consist of clearing snow once it comes there are plenty of things around the house you need Read More Prepare for the Holidays by Organizing Your Kitchen Written by The Maids Tuesday 06 December 2011 You may still be recovering from your Thanksgiving entertaining duties but that doesn t mean that you should wait until the last minute to prepare for your December holiday entertaining A great way to prepare ahead of time for the upcoming holidays is to organize your kitchen so that cooking and entertaining goes without a hitch You likely have most of the tools necessary for organizing your kitchen already in place so organizing your kitchen may just be a matter of decluttering and relocating By organizing your kitchen you can get it to look like this one not to mention simplify your Read More How to Treat Stains In Your Home Written by The Maids Tuesday 06 December 2011 Stains have many sources anyone or anything can cause a stain but the question is how do you go about getting rid of each kind of stain One thing that is important when we treat stains is timing As soon as you know a stain has been made on clothing curtains furniture or the carpet be sure to act immediately The longer you wait to treat stains the longer the stain gets to set into the fabric We

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  • FLEA PREVENTION: NATURAL WAYS TO KEEP FLEAS OUT OF YOUR HOME
    cat or dog s coat on a daily basis Also bathe your pet consistently using herbal shampoos While grooming your pet keep your eyes open for black specks This may be a sign of fleas It is also important to remember that fleas will infest an entire household not only your pet Whether you want to take a proactive approach or you want to terminate the already laid flea eggs make sure you wash your animal s living space Clean the cage bed etc and be sure to replace the vacuum bag right away Take a look at these natural flea control tips we found on Holistic Health News How to fight fleas the natural way Vacuum your home frequently and seal vacuum bags before disposing Wash the bedding of your dog weekly in warm soapy water This is where fleas usually breed Bathing your pet weekly with a mild dog shampoo prevents flea invasion Use cedar shampoo for your dog and put cedar oil in their sleeping mats Cedar will repel fleas and other insects Fleas are attracted to dry skin so to avoid it give your dog Linatone oil mixed with its food Excessive shampooing should be avoided A mixture of brewer s yeast and garlic available in powder or tablet form can be given in small doses to your pet This creates a certain odor in pets and fleas are surely to avoid them Fresh or dried pennyroyal leaves is a natural flea repellent Use this in carpets to avoid the abundance of fleas in the home Do not use it if you have small children around as this could be toxic A mixture of 60 ml of lavender oil with 2 8 liters of rock salt can also be placed in areas where dogs usually come in contact with and this solution could also be used to wash your dog Planting marigolds in the yard is helpful too it repels certain types of bugs as well as fleas Boiled lemon or orange peel in water can be used as a dip for dogs and can be used too to soak in dog bedding for a few hours then washed with warm soapy water Lukewarm water with little shampoo and detergent is a good way to prevent fleas A dog s body may be dipped into the solution for fifteen minutes and then rinsed This only works if flea infestation is light So before you resort to potent chemicals take the natural path to flea prevention and control Natural methods are healthier and better for your family and your pets Although fleas are tiny they are huge pests If you follow these tips you can keep them from occupying your living space 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

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  • GETTING RID OF ALLERGENS IN YOUR HOME
    and environmentally responsible businesses listed in the resource box on this page Avoid down pillows and comforters if possible as they attract dust mites If you choose to use them encase them in allergen proof covers Wash sheets and pillow cases weekly in hot water to kill dust mites the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases NIAID says temperatures lower than 130 F will not kill mites You can still save energy by rinsing in cold water and by washing your other items in cold water Vacuum weekly with a HEPA vacuum cleaner Dust weekly with a damp or electro static cloth to pick up dust rather than dispel it Wear a dust mask while cleaning to minimize symptoms To combat pet dander If your pet allergies are significantly reducing your quality of life or have become life threatening the only way to truly get rid of dander is to find your pet another loving home with someone who is not allergic to it The AAAAI says that even keeping your pet outdoors exclusively isn t a complete solution since homes with an outdoor pet have been found to have a higher concentration of pet dander inside than homes without a pet If you choose to keep your beloved pet the best way to minimize allergens is to keep your pet outside in an environment that meets its health and social needs If your pet isn t the outdoor sort at least keep it out of your bedroom at all times Replace bedding and carpeting that has animal dander on it It can take weeks or months for fabrics to come clean of allergens and animal allergens may persist for a year or more says the AAAAI Bathe your pet weekly studies have shown that weekly baths can minimize dander Vacuuming does little to reduce pet dander since vacuums don t clean the very bottom levels of the carpet where dander collects A HEPA vacuum may help somewhat As with dust mites the best solution is to install hard flooring if possible To minimize mold To keep mold out of your home keep dampness out Repair and seal any leaks and keep humidity levels below 50 percent see the next section For All Allergens for more information If you discover mold clean it promptly with a solution of water and a non ammonia soap or detergent Remove any carpeting or wallpaper contaminated with mold If the soap or detergent doesn t eliminate the mold and you can t remove the contaminated materials some green companies such as Sneeze com offer nontoxic mold removers As a last resort a solution of water and five percent chlorine bleach may kill stubborn mold Keep in mind however that chlorine bleach may react with organic compounds in drinking water to produce carcinogens and other toxins according to the Children s Health Environmental Coalition Keep houseplants out of your bedroom If you don t have pollen allergies open doors and windows periodically and

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  • WINDOW CLEANING FOR NATURAL LIGHT: HOW TO CLEAN WINDOWS WITH VINEGAR
    do about it One of the earliest DIY housecleaning formulas that the media latched on to way back when was to clean your windows with vinegar Remember that It was a good idea the only problem was according to Annie B Bond that years of using commercial products left a residue on windows that wasn t adequately handled by the vinegar The result Streaky windows and a lackluster reputation for homemade housecleaning formulas So if you are looking at the world through dirty windows and want an inexpensive and natural way to clean them you might need a tweak on the simple vinegar formula Try one of these methods depending on your situation First time with vinegar If you are going to clean your windows with vinegar for the first time you need to add an extra ingredient to help combat the residue left over from commercial products Here is Annie s formula 2 cups of water 1 4 cup white distilled vinegar 1 2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap or detergent Combine in a labeled spray bottle spray and wipe Normal dirt Once you have removed any waxy residue with the liquid soap formula you can begin using a diluted white vinegar solution for normal dirt 1 cup white distilled vinegar 1 cup water Combine in a labeled spray bottle spray and wipe Very dirty If you have extra dirty windows or windows with dried paint or hard water mineral spots try warming up full strength white distilled vinegar and applying it directly to the windows What to wipe with As for what to wipe with what s best To avoid streaks it s important to dry the window as quickly as possible once you have cleaned it Many normal cleaning cloths can leave a small flurry of lint not ideal Paper towels are lint free but are too wasteful Some people swear by newspaper it is lint free and the texture of the crumpled paper can work well on grime But if you don t like the feeling of newspaper ink on your hands or if the ink smudges your white window frames or sills you ll need something else Squeegees are good because you only need one towel to wipe and they really do conquer streaks once you have the technique mastered I find that microfiber cleaning cloths work well on just about everything including windows What do you use We d like to hear leave a comment Did you know you can use lemons to clean your windows too There are a lot of natural ways to clean your windows and let the natural light in Windows look best when they re cleaned on a regular basis but do you not have the time or desire to commit to a consistent window cleaning schedule You can trust your team of maids to polish your windows to a sparkling shine that brings the outdoors in every time Enjoy all the benefits of natural light with our window

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  • INDOOR GARDENING: HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOUSE PLANTS
    fight colds remove contaminants and even stop headaches Read on to find out about the great health benefits associated with house plants Plants can help fight colds Indoor plants have been shown to reduce cold related illnesses by more than 30 This is due to their effect of increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust Plants can remove airborne contaminants We breathe the same air again and again potentially inhaling harmful substances that are trapped inside Indoor plants can help to remove pollutants including VOCs that cause headaches nausea and more Plants can stop your headaches Filling your home with plants can decrease or eliminate headaches With plants you re much less likely to be breathing the kind of stuffy stale air that contributes to headaches Plants can make you happy House plants can contribute to a feeling of wellbeing making you calmer and more optimistic Studies have shown that patients who face a garden view in their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall Plants can improve your mental health Caring for a living thing can help when you re depressed and lonely giving you a purpose in life Plants can decrease your blood pressure People with plants in their homes have less stress and plants have been known to contribute to lower blood pressure Plants can reduce carbon dioxide During photosynthesis plants draw carbon dioxide from the air Removing this substance can help prevent drowsiness from elevated levels Plants can offer treatment Some indoor plants like aloe can be applied to skin and offer pain relief Plants can prevent allergies Exposing children to allergens such as plants early in life can help them build a tolerance and immunity to the allergen It works like a custom allergy shot naturally Plants can negate cigarette smoke If you are a smoker or live with one a plant may help you remove the airborne chemicals from cigarettes In particular the Peace Lily is a good choice for this health benefit Plants can make your brain work better Potted plants and flowers can improve your idea generation mood and more Plants provide clean air In addition to filtering chemicals plants also put out clean air improving the air quality around them Plants can clear congestion Eucalyptus in particular can help clear phlegm and congestion from your system In fact eucalyptus is often found in congestion remedies Plants are natural humidifiers Instead of buying a humidifier machine to soften the air just bring in a plant or two Plants can improve your sleep Gerbera daisies give off oxygen at night Filling a vase in your bedroom with these flowers can improve your night s rest Even large companies are realizing the benefits of having indoor plants in their offices They relize that plants can increase employee morale plants can increase productivity and and plants can increase health benefits Growing house plants is one way to clean and freshen your air but learn about other ways you can improve your indoor

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  • CLEANING MICROFIBER—THE RIGHT WAY
    came with information and instructions on how to clean the upholstery Check this information first If you can t find the manufacturer s instructions or even if you can keep these points in mind Microfiber is a man made polyester fabric and gentle soap water and the right upholstery brush are usually all you need to keep it clean Always test any cleaner in an inconspicuous spot When spot cleaning microfiber use a soft cloth to rub in a circular motion Let the surface dry naturally then brush with soft bristles to lift the microfibers and restore the original feel of the microfiber fabric To avoid creating a spot clean the area in a circular motion from the outside in For deep cleaning a microfiber sofa chair or other furniture we recommend a machine such as the Bissell Little Green Multi Purpose Compact Deep Cleaner with its spray cleaner and strong suction For best results clean spills as soon as possible after they happen Obviously set in stains will require more work and more time to clean After cleaning let the fabric air dry When in doubt consult a professional Better safe than sorry RECOMMENDED OxyDeep Stain Remover by WooliteWorks on more than just carpet We used Woolite Oxy Deep Oxygen Activated Stain Remover to clean a food stain on our microfiber love seat It worked great lifted off the stain and didn t leave a mark Your results may vary and we aren t going to make any promises or guarantees but it worked for us From the manufacturer Permanently removes tough set in stains like red wine food stains fruit juice pet messes mud dirt ink chocolate coffee tea blood grease and more Eliminates household stains and odors like garlic onion and fish Safe for all colorfast carpet and upholstery K2R Spotlifter for Cleaning MicrofiberAlso recommended for spot cleaning microfiber upholstery K2R Spotlifter is a very popular quick drying product made to clean carpets dry cleanable clothing and upholstery fabrics such as microfiber This product is recommended by satisfied customers who have used it to clean their own microfiber furniture and have given it glowing reviews If you follow proper instructions cleaning microfiber can restore your fabric to look like new Many avoid cleaning microfiber because they fear it will destroy the fabric This is preventable by paying attention to the manufacturer s label TLC explains the variations of microfiber On the tag you will see either a S W S W or X Each of these stands for a different protocol for cleaning microfiber Type S means that cleaning microfiber should be done with a water free solvent If your label has a W clean your microfiber with a water based solvent S W means the fabric can be cleaned with either a water based or solvent cleaner An X means that cleaning microfiber should be done with a vacuum Brushing the surface regularly is another method used for type X microfiber Doing so will help hide

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  • HOW TO NATURALLY CLEAN AN OVEN
    step to a clean oven is prevention Try placing casserole dishes on cookie sheets while baking to keep sauces from spilling over onto oven surfaces You could also line the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil if you re cooking a dish that s likely to make a mess Wipe up any minor spills immediately to keep them from hardening into a mess that s tougher to clean How to clean an oven naturally It s easy to make non toxic oven cleaners yourself with basic ingredients like baking soda lemon juice and vinegar These natural oven cleaning solutions are frugal effective and totally free of harmful chemicals and caustic ingredients For grease mix non toxic dish soap like Seventh Generation Free Clear Natural Dish Liquid with water and scrub with a sponge Natural dish soaps contain cleaners derived from plant sources like coconuts to dissolve fats To tackle bad smells squeeze two lemons into a baking dish filled with an inch of water and toss in what remains of the lemons Place the dish in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes at 250 degrees Not only will your oven smell like lemons instead of scorched food the citrus oils will soften gunk on oven surfaces making it easier to remove Burnt on food and elbow grease For burnt on food sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the oven and then spritz it with water from a spray bottle Let it sit overnight and then remove it in the morning with a sponge and most of the gunk in the oven will come out with it If baked on spills still remain sprinkle on some more baking soda and then add a little bit of white vinegar Let the bubbling mixture sit for 30 minutes then scrub To remove the cloudy residue that has made a glass oven window nearly opaque try mixing baking soda and lemon juice into a thick paste Rub it onto the door leave it for half an hour and then scrub and the glass will be clear and shiny again Finally for those situations where elbow grease just doesn t seem to cut it don t be afraid to use the self cleaning function on your oven if you have one Self cleaning ovens heat up to temperatures that can reach 900 degrees Fahrenheit to burn off spilled food While this process uses a lot of energy it s offset by the fact that self cleaning ovens are double insulated reducing your overall energy consumption from regular use Just try not to use it more than once a year or so If you follow these tips you will be out of harm s way when it s time to clean an oven Avoiding the use of chemicals in order to clean an oven will benefit your own health as well as the health of your household Cleaning has become a major focus in our push towards a greener world Harsh chemicals

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  • CLEAN BABY TOYS WITH HOMEMADE CLEANING PRODUCTS
    cleaners either although those are nice too I m talking about going back to basics learning how to clean baby toys like our great grandparents did don t worry you can keep your vacuum How to Clean Baby Toys Teethers plastic and wood toys Most all hard toys fall in this category When your baby is in the putting everything in the mouth stage you ll want to wipe down her toys more often Just think the toys lay on the ground most of the time Would you want to put something in your mouth that sat on the floor for a week They also get covered in saliva and even food if baby just ate and handled by other babies during play dates etc Maybe the dog even sits on one or two Ew 1 Cup Water 1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar Mix together equal parts distilled white vinegar and water for a cheap toy cleaning solution I put it in a spray bottle and just spray a little on a cloth and then wipe down the toys The vinegar smell goes away completely after it dries and it doesn t leave any residue on the toys Vinegar is edible but you can clean with it too How to Clean Stuffed Toys Stuffed animals fabric mats and fabric toys fall into this category These too get mouthed and can even stain Please follow the washing directions on the tag for how to clean baby toys However if there are no directions or the tag is long gone there are still some gentle cleaning methods you can try Washing Machine with Vinegar Baking Soda Yes you can throw most fabric toys and stuffed animals into the washing machine and they ll be fine if the material and content is cotton or polyester blends For heavily stained or soiled stuffed animals sprinkle them with baking soda and wash adding 3 capfuls of white vinegar to the rinse cycle Most fabric and stuffed toys can also be tumble dried on low Wool Toys If your wool toy is felted you can simply wash it in the machine in a pillow case or net bag If not you need to take special care when washing Spot cleaning is ideal especially for things like Waldorf dolls or knitted wool stuffed animals To spot clean use a mild wool soap and a damp wash cloth and let air dry For very heavily soiled wool toys you can also hand wash using a wool soap and then lay in a sunny window to dry Do NOT tumble dry wool toys unless they have already been felted Sunning Out Stains on Whites Our beloved white teddy bear had seen better days but I didn t want to use bleach on it I finally gave sunning a try and was surprised by how well it worked Lay white toys this works well on cloth diapers or stained cotton onesies too in direct sunlight and the stains disappear in

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