As the UK's leading domestic cleaning company, MOLLY MAID has been providing professional domestic cleaning services and cleaning tips for many years.  Our MOLLY MAID Blog offers interesting cleaning tips and organisation tips to help make your life a little bit easier.

Get rid of it – Expired Products

How long has that cold medicine been sitting in the medicine cabinet? How old are the spices in your cupboard? Foods and products we use every day have expiry dates. Here are some guidelines from MOLLY MAID, the house cleaning professionals, to help you stay on top of them:

  • Medicines and vitamins: Check the expiry dates on packaging. If it's past, don't flush these products or throw them into the bin. Instead, take them to your local pharmacist for proper disposal.
  • Makeup: Makeup products can become contaminated with germs over time and cause different symptoms such as rashes, pain and swelling. Some clues that products have expired include a change in odour, and if there are obvious colour or textural changes. Here are general expiry dates once products have been opened:
    • mascara - 3 months
    • liquid foundations and cream makeup - 6 to 12 months
    • liquid eyeliner - 6 months or less
    • powdered makeup and lipstick - 1 year
    • eye and lip liners - up to 2 years
    • skin creams -1 to 2 years
  • Food: Check the expiration dates on food and ingredients in your pantry, fridge and freezer. If it's about to expire, put it on the menu now. If you know you're never going to use an item - and it's still good - donate it to your local food banks. While spices don't usually visibly 'expire', give them a smell and taste test - if they've gone bland and boring, it's time to ditch them recommend MOLLY MAID, the domestic cleaning experts. 
  • Mattresses: says the following signs mean you may need a new mattress and box spring:
    • You wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains;
    • The mattress sags and has visible tearing, ripping, holes, staining or damage;
    • You're repeatedly tired after a full night's sleep;
    • Your mattress is seven years old or older.
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6 Easy Ways to Say No

Are you the person that everyone turns to when they need something? While it's wonderful to be helpful, it's also important to take care of yourself. Here are common requests - and some tips from domestic cleaning specialists, MOLLY MAID on how to say a polite 'no' when it becomes an inconvenience to you:

  • "Can you drive us to school again? "When the weather outside is frightful, of course you should drive your children to school if you can. Otherwise, haul out their bikes or walk together. This is a great opportunity to teach children to have a healthy lifestyle.
  • "I need you to come over again - please, I'm your mother."Sometimes assistance is needed doing chores, meal preparation, shopping and relatives don't know how to get them done other than asking a close family member to do them. In which case, consider arranging for help through an outside service. For example, line up a meals on wheels service, a carer or hiring a cleaning service, such as MOLLY MAID, to clean your relative's home every other week. Don't overwhelm yourself trying to do everything on your own.
  • "Can you take on a double shift? Someone called in sick."Sometimes it's more important to get the necessary rest, or to spend time with your family, than to put in another shift at work. It's important to weigh what's most important and what isn't.  
  • "We're going away for the weekend.  Can you please take care of the cat again?"While it's important for neighbours to help each other out, it's also important to draw the line sometimes. If your neighbour has asked one too many times, perhaps you might suggest a few pet sitting services or alternate friends as you are otherwise committed.  

When to say yes

If possible, it's great to say 'yes' when these requests come in:

  • Volunteering for a good cause
  • Quality time with family
  • A fun night out with friends
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Get rid of it – Unnecessary ‘Stuff’

February is a good time to pare down your 'stuff'- and teach others in your household to do it too. Here's great advice from the domestic cleaning professionals at MOLLY MAID:

CROCKERY: Donate extra plates, mugs and other saleable kitchen items to a charity shop.

RECEIPTS: Check with your accountant about how long you have to keep official papers for and records, such as tax returns. To avoid identity theft, shred documents you no longer need to keep, rather than just recycling them in their whole form.

BOOKS: Keep your favourites and organise them by topic or alphabetically. Otherwise, if you have books that you probably won't ever read again, donate them to a charity shop, a care home or even a hospital.

CLOTHES: Do a clean sweep of cupboards and pull out clothes that don't fit, or that you don't wear anymore. Recycle gently used clothing by giving them to friends or by donating them to a charitable organisation, such as The Salvation Army. Be sure to sort through your socks and underwear drawers too for items that are ready to be ditched- most people tend to keep these items long past their expiry dates.  

ELECTRONICS: Most people have a mess of power cords, USB cords and other paraphernalia for electronics in their desk, cabinet or cupboard.  Sort through them and match cords to their appropriate gadget, then get rid of what's leftover. Old mobile phones can be donated to women's shelters and other charitable organisations. Other old electronic items, such as printers and computers, should be properly recycled. Check with your council for electronic waste collection locations.

TOYS: Teach your children to donate toys they're no longer using. Sort through toys and make three piles: donate, keep, throw out (the throw out pile is for broken toys).

SPORTS EQUIPMENT: If you use it, keep it. If you don't and the equipment is still in good order, donate it to a charity shop or sports centres that might benefit.

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Friday the 13th: 5 Ways to make it your Lucky Day

Friday the 13th is considered to be unlucky, to those who are superstitious. Rather than tempting fate, here are some habits to make it your lucky day (all in good fun):

  1. Take the day off from cleaning.There are superstitions around handling a broom, changing sheets, slipping mattresses and doing the laundry today. Let the cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID take over while you enjoy the day doing anything, but cleaning.
  2. Mind power. Some people think that if you believe in bad luck you will bring it on. Rather than dwell on bad luck, make it your day where you keep your thoughts positive.
  3. Take a chance. Why not test your luck and do something that involves chance, such as buying a lottery ticket.. Know your gambling limit and stay within it!
  4. Think about how lucky you are. This is a great day to start a daily or weekly list where you think of all the people and things that you are grateful for in your life. On New Year's Eve, take a look back at all your lists and be even more grateful going into 2016!
  5. Celebrate Friday the 13th. Gather friends and family together at a pub, have a dinner party or go out to see a show. Having fun with people you care about is a guarantee it's going to be a great day.
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Get rid of it: Indoor Safety Concerns

Keep your home as safe as possible by staying on top of these concerns:

  • Fire alarms: Make sure all alarms (smoke and carbon monoxide) are in good working condition and placed in the right areas of your home. There should be one on each floor. Choose a month (February - no time like the present) and replace batteries annually, or more often if necessary.
  • Hob fires: Review emergency procedures if there's a fire on the hob. Never use water to put out grease fires. Instead, you should do one of the following:
  1. Smother the fire with a wet towel or put a lid on it and turn off the element.
  2. Throw baking soda or table salt over the fire.
  3. Use a fire extinguisher (test it annually to make sure it still works).  
  • Cuts: Dull knives are far more dangerous than sharp ones (a dull knife is more likely to slip when you are trying to cut) - so ensure that all your knives are sharp. Buy a manual knife sharpener or take knives to a retailer that provide sharpening. 
  • Slips and falls: Wood floors are a popular flooring choice in homes today and while they're beautiful, they can also be slippery. Make sure that everyone wears slippers with non-slip bottoms, and provide a few spare pairs at the front door for guests.  Keeping floors vacuumed regularly will help too, as dust can make hardwood more slippery.
  • Mould: Moisture and insufficient ventilation can cause mould to develop in the bathroom. Get rid of it right away by removing it with hot water with soap and baking soda, or a commercial cleaner that contains bleach (be careful when handling bleach). If mould is on the shower curtain, take it down and wash it in the washing machine, then hang it to dry. 


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