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MOLLY MAID Method: How to have a Squeaky Clean Bathroom All the Time

It's easier and less time-consuming to keep a bathroom clean if you do it on a regular basis. The goal is to maintain the room's cleanliness instead of letting dirt, mildew and soap scum build up. The expert house cleaners at MOLLY MAID provide these bathroom cleaning tips - and everyday habits:

  • Keep a small window squeegee in the shower and encourage everyone to use it after their shower. Removing water and soap from tile walls and the shower door after every shower slows down the formation of water spots on the walls.
  • Keep a cloth under the sink and wipe out the sink every time you use it.
  • Wipe down tap handles every day. They come into contact regularly with hands contaminated after using the toilet.
  • Keep a hand-held vacuum near the bathroom to vacuum the floor every day.
  • Avoid filling the bathroom with things that could be kept somewhere else. Try to keep products and small appliances (hairdryer, electric razors, etc.) off the counter and in their place. Keep small bath oil bottles and moisturizers in a decorative basket or tray to keep them organized.
  • Keep bottles, hairdryers and other bulky items in bins or baskets inside bathroom cabinets.
  • Have a regular review of all products. Remember that sponges, loofahs and toys that are consistently wet can become mildewed and unhealthy. Shake off or squeeze out excess water after use. Let them fully dry. Replace these products periodically. 
  • Keep the wastebasket under the sink and out of sight. If you can't do that, put a clean plastic liner bag into the garbage container and throw in a fabric softener dryer sheet to help avoid odours. 
  • To prevent hair clogs in the tub or shower drain, cover the drain with nylon netting.
  • Fix foggy mirrors by rubbing a small amount of glycerin or shaving cream onto the surface, then wipe clean.
  • Keep the toilet brush next to the toilet - and remind everyone to help keep the toilet bowl spotless after each use.
  • Consider buying a high efficiency toilet with good flushing power. It really does help keep the bowl clean and can even safe money on your monthly bill.
  • Spread out the shower curtain after every use - this will inhibit mildew from forming.
  • Keep scented wall plug-ins, room freshener spray, potpourri or scented candles in the bathroom for freshness.
  • When light bulbs are cool, dab perfume or essential oil on them to scent the room when the light is turned on and the bulbs heat up.
  • Don't let anyone leave their dirty laundry or towels on the floor. Have a hamper nearby.
  • Change towels and face clothes regularly.
Posted by MOLLY MAID at 00:00

Hard Stains: How to Get Rid of Them at Your Holiday Home

Hard water isn't treated and contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium and lime that can leave behind residue and unsightly stains. There are specialty cleaning products available but you should be sure they're okay in a septic system. Or, MOLLY MAID domestic cleaning services recommends green cleaning ideas; grab a 'natural' cleaning product, add some elbow grease and clean away!

Toilet Bowl

To remove hard water stains, flush the toilet to rinse out the bowl. Add one cup of white vinegar and one cup of regular table salt. Use a scrub brush or wet pumice stone to scrub away the stains. If they're resistant, you may have to drain the toilet bowl (turn off the water to the toilet and then flush several times until the bowl and tank are empty or nearly empty) and use an acidic cleaner such as vinegar or lemon juice full strength. Scrub until the stains are gone.

Showerhead

If water squirts in all directions when you turn on the shower, the showerhead may be clogged by mineral deposits. If possible, unscrew the showerhead and put it into a bowl with one part vinegar and one part water - it should be completely covered. Soak for at least three hours, then remove and rinse with water. Use a toothpick to poke out any remaining scale deposits in the holes. Re-attach and test - repeat the cleaning process if necessary. If you can't get the showerhead off, fill a thick plastic bag with the vinegar and water mixture and submerge the nozzle by securing the top of the bag around the showerhead with a rubber band. Soak and follow the steps above.

Coffeemaker

If your coffeemaker isn't operating as well as it usually does and/or the coffee itself doesn't taste up to par, there may be calcium deposits inside. To get rid of them, add equal parts of water and white vinegar to the tank - and brew! The vinegar will help break up and remove the calcium. When the cycle is done, empty the water and white vinegar solution from the coffeepot and rinse thoroughly. 

Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00

BREATHE: Natural Air Fresheners for Your Home

When the rooms in your home begin to smell a bit dusty, try these natural, air freshener ideas. They're a refreshing change to chemical air fresheners that you buy.

1. Make your own citrus air freshener for the bathroom:

Ingredients:

2 cups hot water
1/8 cup baking soda
½ cup lemon juice

Directions:

  • Dissolve the baking soda in hot water, then add the lemon juice and allow to cool.
  • Pour liquid into spray bottle, shake, and use as needed.

2. For bedrooms, try a vanilla air freshener:

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 cup household vinegar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Bring all ingredients to a boil then simmer over medium heat for two minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Pour liquid into spray bottle, shake and use as needed.

Note: Increase/decrease the amount of vanilla to your preference.

3. For the fridge or bathroom, try an orange freshener:

Ingredients:

1 Orange
Salt

Directions:

  • Cut an orange in half and remove the pulp;
  • Fill the empty shell with some salt;
  • Put the freshener in the back of your fridge or behind your toilet.
  • Keep the orange shell in a small bowl so it won't tip over and spill the salt.

The salt absorbs stale and unpleasant odors while the shell releases a fresh, orange scent.  

4. For all around your home create your own favourite fragance:

Directions:

  • Fill a pot with water and add favourite fragrant ingredients such as cinnamon, herbs and citrus peels, and simmer all day.

(Recipes/ideas from http://tipnut.com/easy-air-fresheners)

Posted by MOLLY MAID at 00:00
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