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Why Spring Clean
Most people grew up being told that an annual home deep cleaning is necessary around spring time. Well, what is spring cleaning and how did it start? Here’s what you need to know about spring cleaning, how it began and how you can handle it like a professional once spring time comes around the next […]
What Are The Best Tools To Use For Cleaning?
Spring cleaning is now in full effect. Here, at Think Maids, you find all the expertise and professional advice you could ask for to get this season started off right. Many times, we share our best cleaning supplies in order to help you handle your ever-growing checklist of spring cleaning. However, do you actually wonder […]
Tips To Help You Budget For Cleaning Services
When you have a very busy schedule, you may find it difficult to keep up with the housekeeping. At the same time, you do enjoy having a clean home to relax after work. If all these sound familiar to you, it may be time to see how you can budget for a professional cleaning service. […]
Preparation For Apartment Cleaning
Getting ready for the move to your new apartment can be as exciting as it is exhausting. However, before you’re able to start decorating your new place, you need to handle the move-out cleaning of your old apartment. Unless you are just really into doing housekeeping, it’s not going to be fun cleaning your apartment. […]
How to Wash Plastic Shower Curtains?
Cleaning a bathroom and shower is what you regularly do, but do you do the same for your shower liner or plastic shower curtain. Like most people, you may not be doing it often. In fact, you may be like most people who are not aware that plastic shower curtains can be washed, and in […]
How To Spring Clean With Your Kids Around
Spring is just around the corner and while it is always welcoming to hear the birds singing and to watch the flowers blooming, it is also the time to spring clean your home. Of course, the thought of deep cleaning your house with your little ones at home may seem like a daunting task. This […]

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Why Spring Clean
Most people grew up being told that an annual home deep cleaning is necessary around spring time. Well, what is spring cleaning and how did it start? Here’s what you need to know about spring cleaning, how it began and how you can handle it like a professional once spring time comes around the next […]
What Are The Best Tools To Use For Cleaning?
Spring cleaning is now in full effect. Here, at Think Maids, you find all the expertise and professional advice you could ask for to get this season started off right. Many times, we share our best cleaning supplies in order to help you handle your ever-growing checklist of spring cleaning. However, do you actually wonder […]
Tips To Help You Budget For Cleaning Services
When you have a very busy schedule, you may find it difficult to keep up with the housekeeping. At the same time, you do enjoy having a clean home to relax after work. If all these sound familiar to you, it may be time to see how you can budget for a professional cleaning service. […]
Preparation For Apartment Cleaning
Getting ready for the move to your new apartment can be as exciting as it is exhausting. However, before you’re able to start decorating your new place, you need to handle the move-out cleaning of your old apartment. Unless you are just really into doing housekeeping, it’s not going to be fun cleaning your apartment. […]
How to Wash Plastic Shower Curtains?
Cleaning a bathroom and shower is what you regularly do, but do you do the same for your shower liner or plastic shower curtain. Like most people, you may not be doing it often. In fact, you may be like most people who are not aware that plastic shower curtains can be washed, and in […]
How To Spring Clean With Your Kids Around
Spring is just around the corner and while it is always welcoming to hear the birds singing and to watch the flowers blooming, it is also the time to spring clean your home. Of course, the thought of deep cleaning your house with your little ones at home may seem like a daunting task. This […]
Best Ways To Clean Glass Windows And Tabletops
Smears on windows and glass tabletops are among the most annoying things in the world. If you want your home to be spotless, you have to learn how to clean glass surfaces for an impeccable look. A streak-free window cleaner is the only thing you need to clean your glass windows. You can buy such […]
Clean Your Bedroom Well With This Checklist!
Cleaning your bedroom is a task that you either love or hate. Most adults feel annoyed and choose to procrastinate when, in fact, cleaning their bedrooms is a process that can go quickly and help you achieve great results. Even if your dislike of organizing and cleaning your room stems back to your childhood, just […]
Bagless Versus Bagged Vacuum
These days when it comes to getting your floors clean, often the first thing that you turn to for help is your vacuum cleaner. That is true whether you have carpet or hardwood, marble or tile flooring. But what is the best kind of vacuum to do the job the best?  Bagless or bagged vacuum […]
5 Benefits Of Making Your Bed
Do you make your bed in the morning when you arise? Or, are you like others who simply complain and ask the proverbial question, “Why bother, I’m just going to be getting back into my bed tonight?” Regardless of which camp you’re in, there is some logic to making your bed each morning. Let’s examine […]
What You Should Avoid Putting In The Dishwasher
If you cook or eat at home, you will probably own a dishwasher to make your life a bit easier.  Most of the items in your kitchen can be placed in the dishwasher after you have used them, but there is some cookware that you need to leave out.  The problem is that a lot […]
The Life-Changing KonMari Method™ of Folding Clothes
If you are into organizing your home to your best advantage, you have probably come across the name Marie Kondo, the author of the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and the KonMari Method ™ of folding clothes. With her unique tips and advice for organizing your home, particularly how to fold clothes, […]
How to Remove Stains or Odors From Plasticware
Taking a packed lunch in a plastic food container is convenient and a good way to save money. Plastic food containers are handy for keeping leftovers in, too. Unfortunately, they tend to hold on to stains and odors, and who wants to eat a greek yogurt that tastes like a chicken curry?  Stains can make […]
How To Maintain Cleanliness In The Dustiest Areas Of Your Home
Are you living in a dusty home? Most people do but they don’t even realize it. Dust has a silent way to build up until it becomes obvious and difficult to remove. You probably want to prevent this from happening. Thanks to Merry Maids, you’ll know how to keep your home free from dust. Take […]
How To Eliminate Cooking Smells In Your Home
Do you smell that? It doesn’t matter if you are a chef or just cooking up supper for your family, sometimes cooking smells linger in your house. Some of those smells are great, but others can kill your appetite in a flash. This can be a big problem during the holidays when you are cooking […]
How To Clean A Water Cooler
A lot of people forget about the fact that their water cooler can and will get dirty.  These dispensers do need to be cleaned and on occasion sanitized. This is important because microbes love the moisture that is present in a water cooler.   The problem is that most people do not know how to […]
Do’s And Don’ts For Cleaning Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances
The consistent popularity of appliances with a stainless steel finish isn’t that hard to understand. The metal has a sleek, clean beauty that can work well in just about any contemporary kitchen design. Going with stainless steel appliances has a hidden downside, though: They can be tough to clean. The prominence of those shiny surfaces […]
Best Tips For Loading Your Dishwasher
There is some debate about what is the best way to load the dishwasher, with people being split between two different camps. In one camp are the people who have lots of rules for how everything should be loaded from coffee mugs to butter knives. Then there is the other camp that just loads up […]
A Guide To Cleaning A Glass Oven Door
The self-cleaning feature of ovens are great, but have you ever run it only to find the window remains streaked and grimy?  While you may find comfort knowing that you’re not the only one facing this problem, you’re probably more interested in learning how to remove those greasy streaks on your glass oven door.  This […]
7 Surprising and Inspiring Ways to use a Cordless Hand Vacuum
Bigger is not always better. When it comes to cleaning tools, sometimes a smaller version may work better. This is especially true when it comes to vacuum cleaners. While a cordless hand vacuum cleaner may be ideal for a large carpet, it can work wonders in other areas of your home. Here are seven ways […]
Tips to Maintain Your Wooden Furniture and Antiques
The fine wood furniture you have at your home probably holds some important value for you as do the antiques you’ve collected and placed in your home. Some people have a passion for fine wood furniture and collecting exotic antiques; if you’re one of them then you should know how important it is to maintain […]
Tips to Keep Your Living Room Tidy and Neat
Living rooms or lounge in any home is subjected to all kinds of cluttering. This common living space is shared by every family member and that means it gets dirty pretty easily. Decluttering and tidying your living space requires a well-thought out plan in mind and knowing how to proceed. If you have toddlers or […]
Things to Consider When Buying the Right Cleaning Solution
When you’re all set to deep clean your house yourself, you need to have the right tools at hand. Every good cleaner knows that you can’t use an all-purpose cleaning solution for all kinds of purposes. Each element in your home requires special attention and, hence, a special set of cleaning equipment. Here are some […]
The Right Way to Make Your Bathroom Spotless
When it comes to cleaning bathrooms, it’s a well-known fact that cleaning this room on a daily basis is essential. You don’t have to engage in thorough, deep cleaning every day but simple light cleaning after using the bathroom once a day will do. Keeping your bathroom tidy and clean on an everyday basis will […]
Myths About Microfiber – Debunked!
Microfiber cloths have a permanent place in the pantry of every household. That’s because everyone knows how good these microfiber cloths are at cleaning and there’s no other opinion about it. However while we agree that microfiber cloths can do wonders when it comes to cleaning, there are certain myths about this particular cleaning tool […]
Myths About Cleaning Wooden Floors – Debunked!
Wooden floors are in trend these days and they’re not going to go away any time soon. There’s no denying that wood can impart a classy and clean look. Plus these floors are easier to clean than carpet. However wood is easily ruined and you’ll need to know the right cleaning agents to make your […]
Myths About Cleaning Tools – Debunked!
Household tools that we use for cleaning make an important part of our tools cabinet. But just because they do all the cleaning doesn’t mean you can ignore their cleaning. Cleaning your cleaning tools is essential to make sure the rest of your house is spotless as well. Unfortunately there are a lot of myths […]
How To Clean Your Sink Quickly and Efficiently
There are all types of sinks installed in households and cleaning each individual type requires a specific cleaning process. Some special sink types require specialized treatment that only a professional can undertake but with every sink there’s one important rule to remember: you need to wipe and clean them regularly. Sometimes you might even have […]
How to Be Fully Prepared for a Cleaning Job at Home
You might have added cleaning your house yourself in your list of New Year’s resolutions but are you really prepared to get the job done? House cleaning might seem like a task anyone can do but there are a lot of technicalities in it that many people often forget. Before you grab that cleaning liquid […]
Everything You Need to Know About Washing Items at Home
Our homes are loaded with items and things that regularly need to be dusted and cleaned but not everything needs to be washed frequently. In fact you’d think there are only a handful of things that actually need to be washed regularly. While that may be somewhat true, it’s still important to know what you […]
10 Sustainable Garden Products For a More Earth Friendly Garden
Most people don’t think about “going green” in the garden because of the obvious, it’s a well known fact that gardening is great for the earth! But people never take into consideration the lumber used to make beds, sheds, and tools,  the petroleum based fertilizers, and the plastic containers plants are sold in. Believe it […]
10 Ways To An Eco Friendly Kitchen
Have you ever wondered what it would take to reduce your carbon footprint? With some simple changes and guidance you can get into a routine that is better for the environment and even your health! We can all make a difference if we take a stride towards change. It’s amazing how quickly these habits sink […]
This May Sound Crazy… But Going Eco Is Amazy!
I’m a single mother and I don’t have a bad job. I do alright, but I wanted to trim the finances a bit. Another mom suggested to try her solutions and sent me some links. This is the TOP 12 things I found that works really well! Install sink water aerators. These are cheap and […]
Am I Cleaning My Pots and Pans The Right Way?
We all have a stash of beloved pots and pans, but are we cleaning them correctly? I’ve had my fair share of stainless steel and non-stick pans over the years, but had been gifted a cast iron pan (which I had been hinting at for a couple months) and had no idea how to care […]
Eco Kids!
Cleaning can be fun! A family project as a fun activity. Like a science project, you can teach the kids how to be eco-friendly, and at the same time clean the house! Win. Win.   WHAT SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED: You need very few supplies to make homemade cleaning products. Most of the items you’ll need, […]
8 of the Best Eco-Friendly Products Out There!
  House cleaning is always rewarding when it finally comes to an end, but that doesn’t mean it’s always great for the environment. Many of today’s cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds also know as VOCs which can be extremely harmful when touched or inhaled. I don’t know about you, but that is not something […]
Move Out Cleaning Services Cost
If you are moving out of your residences, getting it properly cleaned out is not only important for the new renters moving in, but also in getting you security deposit back. This means that you will need to use the right equipment, supplies, and cleaning methods to ensure that your old residence is properly cleaned […]
7 Tips To Clean Your Tile Eco-Friendly!
The hardest thing about being a parent is that you are constantly asking yourself, “Am I doing a good job, “Did I do the right thing?” We spent countless hours thinking how this will affect their lives! But do you ever think about the products that you are using around them in your home? Most […]
Money Is Green.. And You Can Save Money Going Green
Going green isn’t just a trend. Thousands of dollars a year can be put back into your wallet. Here are fifteen ways I researched that will help you get there. Carpool (Estimated Cost Savings: $650 – $1,000) It’s calculated that the average American uses about 7 gallons of gas per week commuting to and from […]
10 Household Objects You’re Forgetting to Clean
  We all know that as much as we don’t feel like it cleaning our homes it’s a necessity. We all have our go-to list: vacuuming, dusting, laundry, and dishes, but how many things in our home are we forgetting about! There are hundreds of tough to reach places, some in which include things that […]
5 Ways to Make Your House Smell Amazing
My husband refers to me as the “Queen of Dinner Parties”! And I suppose he isn’t wrong, I absolutely love hosting events for our friends and family at our home! It gives me a sense of pride to hold events the people cherish for years after. Most people are surprised to hear my favorite part […]
SHREDDED!
I cannot get credit card companies to stop sending us those stupid offers in the mail. What a waste of paper! Yes, I’ve signed up for the do not mail registry, but there appears to be a loophole I’m not able to break through. So I keep a shredder handy in my home office to […]
Drain Drain Go Away!
I’ve been cleaning my home in an eco-friendly way for years. Even the cleaning service my family and I use to clean our home is an eco-friendly cleaning service. Something was going on in my drains. The toilet was clogged one day and I plunged it to make it good again, but then a separate […]
Conned My Kids To Clean (the bathroom)
The art of the long con. In many circles this would be a highly illegal activity. Something you only see on the police drama shows. Ways to divert attention one way to make huge amounts of money the other. Wikipedia has the exact definition of how it plays out: The Long Con refers to any […]
My 5 New Year’s Resolutions for my HOME!
It’s already that time of year again, diets, weight loss goals, and accountability groups. I feel like I fall into the same vicious circle every year of that being the only thing that I hold myself accountable to work on. Not that it’s not an amazing thing to work on yourself, but what else could […]
7 Things That Need To Be Cleaned Once A Week
Cleaning… what? There is a long list of things that need to be cleaned more than we do! How often do we neglect the things that we use on a daily basis, and never think about how much grim and bacteria are actually on these items. When was the last time you cleaned  your phone? Believe […]
My Home Is Cleaned Eco-Friendly. Why Not My Car?
  I got really into Eco-Friendly cleaning around our home. Once a month we use an Eco-Friendly cleaning service to get the nooks and crannies we miss when we clean. We find it’s better to have another set of “clean eyes” twelve times a year, especially around the holidays. My wife and I have 3 […]
Everything (and the) Kitchen Sink
My apartment didn’t come with a dishwasher. It was something I wanted, but when the availability opened on this place, I had to jump on it. It was a commute to work thing. This was the easiest way to go. My apartment, however, did come with a water bill. Every single month. I do have […]
The White House Is Decorated For Christmas
You can’t get much more American than Washington, D.C. I was not born or raised here in Washington, but my first job out of college was here. I’ve then met the love of my life, had two beautiful children, and have been here since the day I moved here. A tradition of my family is […]
Why Does My Washing Machine Smell?
It smells like sulfur when I do a load of laundry. Now, my clothes, bedding, and towels don’t come out smelling like that, but the laundry room is like the bottom of a cave odor-wise. So, I looked it up and this is the best explanation that I found: The sulfur odor (rotten egg smell) […]
The Best Eco-Friendly Cleaners For Your Home
I’ve done my research and came up with a great compiled list of eco-friendly ways to clean your home in the best ways possible. I got on the green wagon originally to save a few dollars, but in the end I’ve learned these products really work. My home is refreshing now, and yours can be […]
Natural Bathroom Spray
  I don’t know what is with grandparents honesty when it comes to talking bathroom talk. They talk about bodily fluids like they are having daiquiris on the veranda at some snooty country club. They make it sound so nonchalant. I’m guessing it’s because they changed our parent’s diapers, then changed ours, and eventually we […]
She’s Moving In!
My girlfriend is great, and we are getting ready to move in together. Can you believe it? A girl actual wants to live with me. Yeah, I just high fived my younger, unpopular, self in my head. Now, we had to decide to move into her place, mine, or get a new one. She has […]
Clean My House Before I have My House Cleaned? Why? I’ll Tell You!
I use a great eco-friendly cleaning service to clean my house. With our busy jobs, life, etc., it’s really nice not to worry about having the house clean when we walk in the door at the end of our day. It’s not expensive and they do a top notch job. I started thinking when I […]
SALT IS AMAZING!
  SALT is actually pretty amazing. And being the I have to understand everything kind of guy I am, I looked into it- my cousin over at Rain City Maids Servicing Redmond gave me some great insight! Salt is cheap, and so am I. If this stuff cleans half as much as the say it […]
Borax!
This product I will brag about! My friend over at Houston Texas Painters gave me a GREAT cleaning tip! Who knew how much one product could do! Wikipedia introduces it as: Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. […]
D.C. Gotta Love This Place!
  I got a chance to check out Theater Week in Washington D.C. this week. Myself, and a few friends who love the theater scene made a plan to buy tickets and make the drive from North Carolina. That’s only about 3 or so hours from where we are. Being a newbie to the East […]
Natural DIY Bathroom Cleaners You Will Love
They were chatting about this at work. There only 10 employees in our building and we celebrate Pizza Fridays. We all hang out and eat pizza and waste company time. It’s fun. We were talking about ways to save money, the normal conversations. And a lady I work with started talking about the natural homemade […]
Effective Home Cleaning and Organization Tips
Are you having trouble being productive at your computer desk because you feel distracted or demotivated to work? Look around you; is your desk as messy and dirty as the dresser in your teenage daughter’s bedroom?! Well, you can’t have that! The fact is that a cluttered workspace leads to a cluttered mindset which, in […]
7 Common Misconceptions in Hiring Maid Cleaning Service
They wanted to save time and energy. A lot of time and energy is also needed. But they weren’t sure about hiring a maid, and they had heard a lot of stuff about them. Not all of the stuff they heard was flattering. They were hesitant to get involved. We understand. We get that all […]
How Do I Keep My Sofa Looking Brand New?
A brand new sofa sure does brighten up your living room. Sometimes it even becomes the focal point of a room, until the newness wears off and dirt sets in! That’s when it becomes the downfall of your interior décor! Of course, a sofa doesn’t have to reach this point IF the owner takes the […]
Benefits of Owning Dogs and How to Care for Them
What You Do for Your Dog, Your Dog Does Twice as Much for You! Have you visited the National Zoological Park with your kids recently? Did you and your family feel a strong connect and newfound love for animals? Well, the positive effects animals have on us are undeniable; this is why owning a pet […]
Different Types of Dusters and Their Intended Uses
Using the Right Duster for the Right Household Surface If you’ve been using one particular type of duster to wipe various surfaces, fixtures and objects in your house, chances are you’re not dusting nearly as effectively as you could be. Dusters come in various types or forms because each one is made to be more […]
Bedroom Cleaning and Organization Tips – Good Habits Go a Long Way!
The bedroom is a place where there is always a lot going on. Sleeping, resting, getting dressing, hanging out, studying, watching movies and so much more happens here. It’s a safe haven where we spend tons of time and perhaps, is the sole reason why our bedrooms are generally the messiest rooms in the house! […]
Cleaning Hacks and Shortcuts Every Homeowner Should Know
With busy schedules and so much to do in so little time, cleaning ends up being a rushed affair. While this leads to haphazard cleaning at times, it can also push people to be innovative and come up with useful cleaning shortcuts to make tasks quicker and more convenient. Homeowners often look for such cleaning […]
How New Parents Can Distribute Household Chores Equally
It’s not uncommon for new parents to experience stress and anxiety when work starts to pile up because they were too busy admiring their perfect little miracle! Yes, all new parents want to spend every waking minute adoring their baby and attending to his or her every need. In all of this, however, household chores […]
Quick and Easy Daily Bathroom Cleaning Tips for Sparkly Results!
It’s rather unfortunate that your bathroom can’t say clean for more than a day, but it’s not surprising either. That’s because it’s used so often on a daily basis, and sometimes by more than one person. Having different people walk in and out of your bathroom, splashing water around leads to dirty marks on the […]
The Simplest and Most Effective Way to Clean Your Microwave
There’s no doubt about it; microwaves make our lives a lot more convenient. If you’ve ever lived without one or your microwave suddenly broke down, you’d understand how much of an inconvenience it is to go back to heating up food on your gas stove. This is why cleaning and maintaining a microwave is important […]
Cleaning Shortcuts Your Wish You Knew Before!
Your time is worth saving with these helpful cleaning tips! One of the most dreaded things about home cleaning is that they take up a lot of time. This is your precious leisure time we’re talking about; where you could otherwise do something you enjoy or simply just rest (most of us enjoy that anyway!) […]
Hiring a Cleaning Service: The Pros Always Outweigh the Cons
5 Reasons the Pros Outweigh the Cons When you’re making a list of the pros and cons of hiring a cleaning service, don’t be surprised if the pros make their way right down to the bottom of the page! The advantages of having a maid service that will take care of all your home cleaning […]
A Japanese Approach To Cleaning For The New Year
With the end of the year upon us it makes for the perfect time to “reset” many different areas of our personal and professional life. New goals and aspirations, reaffirming old goals and focusing on what Is important. This is also the perfect time to declutter and clean your physical surrounding as well, the most […]
Speed Clean Your Kitchen In Time for Christmas
Oh my god CHRISTMAS is in less than week! Everyone is coming over to eat and the kitchen is a mess. We get it, you got behind and that’s ok J but now how do you get caught up without wasting all your energy? Funnily enough we just wrote a blog post on how to […]
4 Simple Tips For Cleaning Bathrooms
So. Your bathroom is dirty. You don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Read on for a short but actually useful start to getting your bathroom looking sparkling clean. * Start with your bathroom countertops, as it is so easy for them to get cluttered and have dozens of products on them. […]
3 Great Tips to Start Decluttering
3 Great Tips to Start Decluttering Now that we are nearing Thanksgiving your whole family (and extended family!) will most likely be paying a visit to your home. The problem is you don’t want them to see the accumulated mess since they last came. We get it  you’re busy, it’s hard and it can […]
How To Get Your Kids To Clean The House
How to Get Your Kids to Clean Getting your kids to clean isn’t the easiest thing. It’s hard enough just to keep them from making a mess! Between one kid learning to be Leonardo Da Vinci and the other playing in the dirt out back, how in the world do you find time to clean […]