Deep Cleaning Care For The Home & Family

Hacks That Will Make Cleaning Easier, Faster & Better!

Keeping a clean house often feels like a losing battle. After all, there are many surfaces in your home, and all of them attract different kinds of messes. But just because you’re facing a mountain doesn’t mean it’s insurmountable. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you probably can’t rest until you’ve figured out how to conquer the challenge. (Some people like to call this obsessive, but I prefer the word “determined.”)

I was recently reflecting on some of the DIY cleaning hacks, tips, and tricks I’ve learned and passed along, and it occurred to me that while I’ve shared some very helpful information over the years, it’s all scattered in different locations

To make things easier, I’ve compiled a list of some of my most indispensable cleaning hacks in one central place. Every tip on this list will save you time and effort — no matter what you’re trying to clean! I highly recommend bookmarking this post so you can return to it quickly whenever you have a cleaning conundrum to solve. These tips will come in especially handy when you have guests coming over on short notice.

Without further ado, read on for a roundup of 45 of my best home cleaning hacks. Just make sure to click on the green button below each item on the list to get more detailed instructions for most of our hacks. Enjoy and happy cleaning!

Use lemons to sanitize your garbage disposal.

When garbage disposals get stinky, the odor can overpower your whole kitchen. But who doesn’t love the vibrant scent of fresh lemon? This hack lets you smell that invigorating scent all the time. Even better? It couldn’t be easier. An added bonus? Your garbage disposal won’t just smell better, it will work better, too.

 

Things You Can Deep Clean Yourself and How to Do It

When it comes to basic cleaning and maintenance in your home, you probably have a standard routine down pat. But what about a deep cleaning strategy? Are you tempted to call in the pros when it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty areas of your home? Well, you can save your cash, because we’re bringing you the ultimate guide to deep cleaning those spots that don’t get daily—or even monthly—attention. Contrary to what you may have previously assumed, it’s not only possible but also downright easy to deep clean the following 11 things in your house.

You’re not alone if you didn’t realize that your washing machine needs its own deep clean sometimes. All sorts of gunk builds up in it while it’s doing its job. So about once or twice each year, it’s a good idea to give your washing machine a scrub down.

Step 1: Run a cycle.

Empty the machine and run a hot cycle using a washing machine cleaning agent.

Step 2: Clean the filter.

Find the filter and clean all built-up gunk out of it. You may want to wear gloves for this.

Step 3: Clean the detergent drawer.

If the detergent drawer is removable, hand wash it or put it in the dishwasher for a thorough cleanse.

Step 4: Clean the drum.

Pull back the lip of the rubber drum and check for mold and mildew. This is especially prevalent on front-loading washers. If there’s mold, scrub the drum with a mixture of bleach and water.

Step 5: Clean the outside.

Wipe down the outside of the machine. Detergent and dust can make it look dingy.

A regular deep cleaning keeps your fridge looking and smelling fresh. And since you store your food in there, a regular refresh is a good idea

 

How to Deep Clean the Kitchen

Last week I talked about my speed cleaning routine for the kitchen but sometimes that kitchen just needs a really deep clean!  While I probably should ideally do this more often, I generally run through this list about once every 3-4 months, skipping any steps that aren’t really needed at the time

First off, don’t be overwhelmed with the list!  I have put everything that I could think of in the checklist, but you may not need to do each task each time and some things you may do on a more regular basis anyways.  You can run through the checklist all at once, or divide it up over a couple of days if that is easier for you.  The biggest hurdle is usually just to get started!

No matter how you choose to clean, try following these simple rules to keep yourself on track and cut down on that cleaning time…

Start cleaning from the top of the room and work your way down.  This is the fastest way to get things done and will cut down on dust falling on areas that you have already cleaned.

Clean the dirtiest things first in case the mess ends up spreading around.

Work from one side of the room to the other in a systematic fashion.

Dedicate a specific amount of cleaning time and then set a timer.  Work as fast as you can within this time and don’t let yourself get distracted.

Stay in the kitchen!!  I tend to get easily side tracked when I am cleaning, and often get distracted if I leave the room and see other things that need to be done.  {Please tell me I am not alone in this!}

Quick Tidy

Before you officially start, take a few minutes to clear away items that do not belong in the kitchen and place them in a bin or basket to put away afterwards.  Put any items from the counters into the cupboards if they have a spot to go so the counters are as clear as possible.  If you are going to be doing the whole kitchen at once,  I like to clear everything off of the counters and place them on the dining room table so that they are out of the way.  It takes a few more minutes at the beginning, but will actually save time in the end.  NOTE: This is just a quick tidy looking at things that are on the floor, obviously out of place, or that you know that you want to get rid of.  Save big organizing projects for later!

 

How to deep clean your bedroom like a professional

Welcome to organization season! It’s that glorious time of year when you finally get down to business and go through your closets … but then you notice the layer of dust and grime that’s been building up in your home. Don’t panic! TODAY Home is here to help you tackle that cleaning to-do list.

Now it’s time to turn your bedroom into a clean and relaxing place to be. You’ll be crawling into clean sheets in a spotless room by nighttime. Let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A powerful vacuum cleaner with attachments

Microfiber cloths or clean rags

Warm water and mild soap

Glass cleaner (or make your own by combining a 1-to-1 ratio of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle)

Disinfecting spray

A new cotton mop (the kind with the soft loops) or a clean, long-handled duster

Baking soda

Start a load of laundry

Strip the bed of sheets, pillowcases, comforter and mattress cover. Get your laundry started so the cycle can run while you’re working on the rest of the bedroom. (You should wash these every week or so.)

Down and down-alternative blankets can usually be machine washed in cool water and dried in the dryer. Just remember to set the temperature to low and add a wool ball (not a tennis ball) to the dryer to plump it up while it tumbles. Stop the cycle every 20-30 minutes to break up any clumps with your hands and let it run until you’re sure it’s completely dry.

 

CLEAN HOUSE TIPS FOR HOME SELLERS

TIPS FOR GETTING IT BUYER-READY

When a house is for sale, the goal is to make it as attractive as possible to potential buyers. The most cost-efficient way to spruce up the home is to clean it thoroughly. Here’s how to clean your house from top to bottom fast

GETTING RID OF CLUTTER

Many potential buyers may not see past dirt and clutter. If the house is crowded with the owner’s “stuff,” they will assume that the house is too small for their possessions. Too much clutter also poses a safety – and buying – hazard! A person who trips over items left on the stairs is unlikely to have a good feeling about the house. In addition, a clean, clutter-free environment is more attractive than a grimy, untidy one.

Begin by purging the house, including the basement, attic and garage, of items that are no longer needed. Things that are in good condition can be sold or donated to a charity. The remainder can be thrown in the trash. Rooms will appear more spacious, closets will look bigger and shelves will look roomier to potential buyers.

CLEAN HOUSE TIPS

Focus on the rooms that potential buyers are most interested in – living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Look at each room as a potential buyer might and see what catches the eye first. Make that the starting point for the cleaning process. Then, follow the top-to-bottom, left-to-right rule for cleaning each room. That way, no surface is overlooked.

Give major attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Check the labels on cleaning products to make sure they are appropriate for the surfaces to be cleaned. Abrasive cleansers provide extra cleaning power for hard-to-remove soils like food particles and grease residue in sinks. However, they may be too harsh for surfaces that are easily scratched, such as laminate or solid surface countertops. In general, liquid and gel cleansers are less abrasive than powders

Must Learn To Make Move Out Cleaning To A New Place

Move Out Cleaning – Tips from Start to Finish

So, you’re moving house or moving country; either way, you’re moving out! The excitement of moving into a new house is one that no homeowner forgets, nor is the bittersweet memory of saying goodbye to an old home. Nevertheless, it has to be done and moving out is no walk in the park. What can make it easier though, are these move out cleaning tips

ORGANIZE YOUR PACKING FIRST

If you’ve already begun to move boxes to the new place, that’s great because the lesser stuff you have in the house, the easier it is to clean. If you’re planning to load the moving truck with all your stuff on moving day itself, we’ve got some suggestions for you. Try to devote one room for storing packed boxes so that the empty rooms can be cleaned first. Even if it means you have to clean one room every day, it beats having to clean the entire house in one day.

REMOVE DUST AND COBWEBS FROM CEILINGS

When you start cleaning an empty room, target the ceiling first. If you don’t have a long-handled broom, tie an old tee-shirt over your mop and use it to remove cobwebs from ceiling corners and wipe the entire ceiling to remove dust.

WIPE WALLS CLEAN

Use the same contraption you made to dust your ceiling, for cleaning your walls. Start from the top and make your way downward as you wipe from side to side. If your paint finish/wallpaper permits, gently rub away stains using a clean, damp cloth. Even if there aren’t any obvious stains, using a damp cloth to wipe all the walls will give them more life and look cleaner

SWEEPING AND MOPPING

With all the dirt and dust from the ceiling and walls now settled on the floors, it’s time to finish up cleaning the room by sweeping and mopping. Before you start mopping, keep the windows slightly opened in the room for quicker drying, and close other windows as the cross ventilation might blow dust and dirt from other rooms in to the cleaned one

 

Tips for Offering Move-In / Move-Out Cleaning Services

People and businesses are constantly on the move. The latest U.S. Census reports that there are over 327 million people currently living in the United States. Statistics indicate that almost 15 percent of the population moves annually. That’s over 49 million people packing their bags and relocating. This mass migration creates opportunities for cleaning business owners

As people and businesses move, they need their previous location cleaned and/or want to make sure their new setting is “work ready”. Cleaning companies can fill this niche for on the move businesses by providing what is known as “move-in/move-out cleaning”. It can be an ideal add-on service and a great way for your commercial cleaning company to make more money!

What are move-in / move-out cleaning services?

This type of service usually encompasses what we refer to as “deep cleaning”. Deep cleaning can include washing, wiping, scrubbing, and dusting pretty much everything that needs it. Windows, cabinets, walls, ceilings, floors, vents, fixtures, blinds, you name it; you probably will be cleaning it.

How do I find opportunities to provide move-in / move-out cleaning services?

A good place to start when looking for move in/out cleaning accounts is to contact commercial contractors or real estate offices. If you have been cleaning commercial buildings for a while, your clients will no doubt ask you to provide move in/out cleaning services. It’s also a good idea to spread the word to your clients that this is a service you provide.

How should I price move in / move out services?

The prices charged will vary depending on the type of facility you are cleaning, cleaning specifications, and deadlines. Prices range from $25 to $40 per hour. Again, this is dependent upon your cleaning company, your expenses and overhead costs, and your profit expectations.

 

Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Apartment Before Moving Out

First, Understand Your Apartment Cleaning Responsibilities

Our next installment in our apartment moving tips series covers cleaning tips. But first, it’s important to understand what’s expected of you when you move out. Talk to your property manager or landlord. Many times, professionally managed buildings will handle the cleaning and restoration of the apartment to prepare it for the next resident. Learning what you’re responsible for can also save you a good bit of money, as you may not have to hire a carpet cleaning company or other similar service providers. That will be taken care of as part of the management company’s apartment preparation process.

All Right — Time to Start Cleaning Your Apartment

Now, when we say cleaning, we don’t mean the standard weekend room-by-room wipe-down. We mean deep cleaning. We mean doing the things that you don’t typically do just to make the place presentable for guests. We mean that you’ll probably want a shower when you’re done.

When You Clean, You’re Helping More Than Just Yourself

Put yourself in this situation: You’ve found the perfect apartment You’ve signed a lease and are moving in. You walk into the elevator, arms loaded up with boxes, and ride up several stories to your new apartment. You can’t wait to see the view again. It’s been a month since you were here last planning the best use of the space.

When you get there, you unlock the door and walk in. Immediately, you feel dirty. Everything smells like a high school locker room. There are smudges on the wood flooring so pronounced that they look like spilled milk. The carpet in the bedroom is matted down and as cushiony as concrete. The bathroom looks like someone just used it, and the kitchen is looking like a health code violation.

This is an extreme example — one that a reputable property manager wouldn’t allow. But you get the point. Had the previous tenant bothered to deep clean, you wouldn’t be in this situation

 

MOVE OUT CLEANING CHECKLIST

You packed the dishes, de-cluttered the garage, hired the movers and signed the papers. Now what? Performing a deep clean before moving out is beneficial to both parties – especially if you have a security deposit on the line. However, move out cleaning is easy to neglect. After all, you have bigger things to worry about – like moving into your new home or apartment! Molly Maid offers flexible move in and move out cleaning services to ease the transition to your new home or apartment. Whether you need the entire house cleaned or just certain items on your move out checklist, Molly Maid can help. Download our printable move-out cleaning checklist

Move Out Cleaning

ow that the rooms are empty – or nearly empty – it’s time to get your home or apartment looking even better than it did when you first moved in. Many house or apartment contracts require a “broom-clean.” Others require a thorough checklist that covers everything from baseboards to the microwave oven

Move In Cleaning

Who doesn’t want a fresh start? A thorough move in cleaning gives new homeowners and tenants peace of mind knowing that their new living space has been scrubbed and disinfected from top to bottom. We always recommend performing a move in clean before you unload your personal belongings. This ensures that every inch of the room gets the attention that it needs.

How much does a move in clean from Molly Maid cost? It all depends on the size of your new home or apartment and the condition it is in. For the most accurate quote, call your local Molly Maid to discuss the details of your move in cleaning. Our staff can also create a personalized cleaning schedule to keep your new home or apartment as tidy as it was when you first moved in.

*This checklist is provided to help DIYers clean their own homes. It is not intended to reflect the steps taken by Molly Maid’s professional cleaning teams. Each franchise independently owned and operated. Services may vary by location.

 

MOVE-OUT CLEANING SERVICES

You packed the dishes, de-cluttered the garage, hired the movers and signed the papers. Now what? Performing a thorough clean before moving out is beneficial to both parties, especially if you have a security deposit on the line.

However, move-out cleaning is easy to neglect. After all, you have bigger things to worry about, like moving into your new home or apartment. Molly Maid offers flexible move-in and move-out cleaning services to ease the transition into your new space. Whether you need the entire house cleaned or just certain items on your checklist, our professional house cleaners are ready to help.

Move-out Cleaning

Now that the rooms are empty (or nearly empty), it’s time to make your home or apartment look even better than it did when you first moved in. Many apartment and house contracts require a “broom-clean” while others call for a detailed checklist that covers everything from the stove to the baseboards.

if not all, of the items on your checklist. We’ll take care of the move-out cleaning so you can focus on your move.

It all depends on the size of your home or apartment and the condition it’s in

Tips To Do House Cleaning

Reasons Why House Cleaning Is So Essential

A clean home is like heaven and it is always welcoming to come to a clean house. It takes a lot of effort to maintain and keep your house clean but it has its own advantages and perks. If you clean regularly and effectively, your house as it will always look as good as new. Hygienically it is important to live in a clean house.

The feeling that you get when you walk into a clean home is just one of calmness and relaxation. Going home at the end of a very long day into a house that’s neat and clean will allow it to feel as a place of refuge. If your home is cluttered and messy it makes your life feel much more comfy and unorganized. It’s essential that you emotionally in addition to physically to get your home cleaned.

 

Below are some few reasons that, why it is important to have a clean home as follows:

  • You can sleep better

There is nothing more relaxing than jumping in a bed with clean sheets and saying good night to an orderly house. You can rest at ease when you’re not waking up to chaos.

  • It is good for children

It is not good for humans of any age to live in filth, but especially children. Young children of crawling age can pick up anything on the floor and put it in their mouth.

Children are also susceptible to bacteria, molds, and mildews that can also affect your health. Keeping your house clean and sanitized that can keep your children and your whole family healthier. In the case of children family members should be much aware of the importance of regular home cleaning.

  • You Can Find Things

Lost your keys or cell phone again? With a clean home, you’ll spend less time looking for things you’ve misplaced. Simplify your life by going through the mail when you receive it and getting rid of unneeded papers or household items when you don’t need them. You’ll feel better when your home is organized and you’ll find what you need in its rightful place.

  • You’ll Be More Creative

Clean space allows the mind to relax and be more creative. When you’re surrounded by uncleanliness or a disorganized mess, your mind focuses more on the chaos and less on letting your creative juices flow. If you’re a creative person, keeping a clean home will help you do what you do best.

 

Health benefits of a clean home

The question remains: do fit people have more energy to clean their homes, or are they simply disciplined in terms of their fitness and house cleanliness? Regardless, keeping a clean home has its benefits – a potentially fit body being just one.

Other reasons to keep a clean home include:

  • Lowering stress and fatigue
  • Reducing allergy and asthma symptoms
  • Improving safety
  • Lessening the spread of germs
  • Keeping pests away
  • Improving your diet and waistline

 

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANING COMPANY

When choosing a reputable cleaning firm, your choice should not be dictated by the cost quoted. According to cleaning service, you do not want to hire a service provider that will damage your property and disappear. This is something that has happened to many homeowners. To make the right decision, there are many factors to consider. The following are some of the factors.

  1. Status of the Firm

You should ask yourself whether the cleaning company you want to hire is established or not. This is because you do not want to hire a company that you cannot track if something goes wrong. How can you determine that the company you choose is experienced and established? You can determine this from the way they communicate, the quality guarantees, and the cost they offer. If you find a company is not well-established, you should move to the next one.

  1. Services Offered

An established cleaning company will offer a wide range of cleaning services. They can offer services from residential to commercial cleaning to sanitation services. If you find a company that shies away from hard and time-consuming tasks, there is a serious problem. In that case, you should be cautious when hiring them.

  1. Trained Staff

You do not want to hire someone who is not trained. This is because the staff will handle your most important assets. You do not want them to damage your items because of lack of knowledge. Also, you need maids that understand the various good cleaning practices. Therefore, before you choose a cleaning company, you should ask whether their maids are cleaning. If they are not hired, you should move on onto another company.

  1. Certifications

You need a reputable company that has certifications and adheres to the right cleaning standards. Usually, an established company will follow certain principles and standards to ensure it provides high-quality services. In addition, you should visit their offices to check the different certificates they have. A reputable firm will display such certificates in their offices.

  1. Green Cleaning

Nowadays, a lot of companies have adopted green cleaning practices. Therefore, you should hire a firm that uses products and procedures that are environmental-friendly. Ensure you ask the firm about the cleaning practices they have adopted. Check whether they are using harsh products that can damage your property and also put you at health risk. It is a good idea to carry out extensive research about the cleaning methods used by the company.

  1. Accommodate Your Needs

You should choose a company that is willing to accommodate your requirements. Ideally, it should tailor its services to meet your needs. Remember that different homeowners have different needs depending on your wants and preferences. If a company in consideration is not ready to adapt to your needs, then you should not hire it. Ensure you choose a company that can follow your guidelines and instructions.

 

Accommodate Your Needs

You should choose a company that is willing to accommodate your requirements. Ideally, it should tailor its services to meet your needs. Remember that different homeowners have different needs depending on your wants and preferences. If a company in consideration is not ready to adapt to your needs, then you should not hire it. Ensure you choose a company that can follow your guidelines and instructions.