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Get clever with nature’s cleaner

We’ve said it before here at Budget Maids – and we’ll say it again. Lemons are one of nature’s best cleaning products.

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How so? Well there’s the acid (astringency) to begin with. This can burn off all sorts of germs and grime. Not only that but Lemons leave a lovely citrusy smell in your room. But best of all? They only cost a percentage of all those expensively labelled and chemical containing cleaners currently on sale in stores. Here’s how you can use lemon to add a sparkle and air of freshness to your own home:

  • Titivate your toilet – Keep the toilet bowl sparkling clean and fresh by simply pouring half a cup of lemon juice into it. Next, swirl the liquid around the bowl using the toilet brush. If you find there’s some stubborn stains in there that perhaps need a more concentrated liquid as well as some elbow grease then simply make some of the juice into a paste by mixing two parts of bicarbonate of soda to one part lemon juice. Using a damp cloth simply wipe it onto the owl and leave for 15 minutes before wiping with a dry cloth.
  • Cultive your kitchen – grout can be removed by spraying fresh lemon juice over a toothbrush and scrubbing the offending surface. If you use a lot of garlic, onions or curry pastes in your cooking then you’ll be familiar with the stains and smells it can leave on your chopping boards. Get rid of these by rubbing the juice of half a lemon onto the stains and leaving overnight. Simply rinse off in the morning and we promise you’ll notice quite a difference. Not only should be stain have gone but there will also be a fresh citrus smell on the board.
  • Warm up your worktops and windows – if your worktops happen to be laminated then clean them using diluted lemon juice in a spray bottle. Rinse with water and wipe with a dry cloth. Don’t use this remedy on granite or marble worktops though as it could cause discoloring. It doesn’t do any harm to put a few teaspoons of lemon juice into a bucket of hot water either when cleaning windows. It’ll get rid of the grime as well as adding a lovely sparkling sheen.

Get more weekly home cleaning tips from our Budget Maids blog. We offer house cleaning in Potomac, house cleaning services in Renton and maids services in Vienna and other locations in VA and Maryland.

Keep your cleaning clever

Very few people really enjoy house cleaning – apart from our own Budget Maids team, of course. That’s because, understandably, they would rather be doing something else with the limited free time we working Americans have these days.

So, you can either book us to come in and help or learn how to do your own house cleaning in a quicker and more efficient style. And here’s our tips to do just that:

Avoid unnecessary cleaning. This seems a bit obvious but you would be amazed at the number of individuals who will willingly wipe away at surfaces which aren’t even dirty.

In other words, don’t just routinely clean appliances. Simply rub off the dirty hand prints or swipe marks and flick a cloth over the shiny chrome handles. That way not only will you save time but you will be reserving energy for the really hard tasks that you may need to put your back into.

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Only rinse a clean surface. There’s no point rinsing if what you’re trying to clean up is still sticking to that counter top. Instead just keep scrubbing away until you KNOW it’s all gone. Rinsing it isn’t going to help until every last residue is away.

Focus on what you are cleaning. The reason for this is that understandably the routine nature of cleaning can cause you to start day dreaming. In this state it’s easy to over clean ie to keep rubbing away at a stain even although you got most of it five minutes earlier. Again over-cleaning is another energy thief.

Clean in a clever fashion. It makes sense that the lower surfaces in a room are going to be dirtier than those higher up such as tall shelves or curtain rails. That’s because they are not going to be touched as regularly – if at all – so will be less dirty.

For more cleaning tips or to book our house cleaning team for your home then get in touch with us here at Budget Maids. We perform house cleaning in Fairfax, cleaning services in Reston and maids services in Falls Church and other areas of VA and Maryland.

Tips to keep your kids room tidy

With Christmas ready to overtake our social and domestic lives next month, one thing’s for sure – if you have grade school kids then forget about having a tidy home. It’s about to be overtaken with clutter.

Because, if there is one thing you can be guaranteed of on December 25 every year, it’s that your home will be swamped with toys, books and games thanks to generous aunts, grandparents and friends. As if there wasn’t enough junk in your offspring’s bedrooms. Worse still, it’ll be sitting around the living room for a couple of days.

However, don’t despair: there is an easy way to tackle this we have found here at Budget Maids. Yes, what you have to do in order to keep everything tidy is firstly to categorize those toys and secondly to label them.

Do yourself – and your kids – a favor though by keeping it simple. This can be achieved by photographing toys that go in particular storage crates or drawers and sticking that picture on the front eg teddies and dolls go in a separate container from games or books.

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Bookcases meanwhile are great for holding small coloured boxes which in turn can take lots of small toys such as dinky cars or Hello Kitty stationery.

Tall wicker laundry baskets can be great storage containers for your little ones toys. They’re soft in case they bump into them and most of them are pretty stylish looking and their neutral straw color will fit in with most decor schemes.

Remove toys from the room completely that your kids are no longer playing with. Favorites will come and go and while a toy is out of favor it’s simply wasting space. Gather together all the unpopular toys instead and store them away in a rarely-used closet. Chances are the kids won’t even notice they are gone.

What do you think? Do you have any foolproof ideas to keep kids toys in order and their rooms if not tidy, then at least accessible? If so why not share them here with us at Budget Maids? Our team offer house cleaning in Arlington, cleaning services in Vienna and maids services in Potomac and other areas of VA and Maryland.

 

Don’t Make November a Cleaning Nightmare

Every month brings its own set of home maintenance and cleaning chores and November is no exception.

This tends to be the month you start gearing up for the festive season. Best to get all that cleaning done now while you still have spare weekends.

Here’s what we would advise here at Budget Maids:

During the December festive season you’ll tend to stock up on food so now is a good time to clean out those kitchen cupboards and drawers.

But it’s not just the kitchen that could do with a clean out. Why not your wardrobe too? After all, how many of us buy a new party outfit around this season?

Carpets looking a bit grubby these days? Then do yourself a favour and get in a cleaning company to do the whole house. Maybe even think about getting your sofa and chairs done at the same time (ask for a discount).

Back to the kitchen and cleaning out the oven along with the hob wouldn’t be a bad idea either at this time of year since if you’re making festive meals for the family then it’ll be busier next month than any other time during the year.

Because you’ll be cooking more food next month you’ll also be storing a lot more in your fridge. You know what we’re going to say next – yes, give that fridge a good wash out and wipe too in preparation.

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And while you’re at it – the holiday season means more time off work and how much of that time are you going to spend on your computer or laptop? We reckon quite a lot so – maybe give that computer of yours a good clean during November too? After all, now is the month for colds and viruses and the easiest way to catch these is through touching something the infected person has earlier.

You can find more cleaning tips – for all the year round – at our website Budget Maids. You’ll also find there details of all the services we offer. Our itinerary includes cleaning services in Fairfax, house cleaning in Reston and a Maids Service in Arlington and other areas of VA and Maryland. Why not give our team a call today?

Cleaning Tips to make Halloween Less Scarey

Halloween is great fun – at least the trick or tricks candy part is, particularly if you’re a kid (or a parent who pinches their kid’s candy). Usually for mom or dad though the annual scarey-fest can be a truly horrible experience – especially when they wake to wax-smeared carpets, make-up on the new fabric sofa and pieces of toilet paper wrapped round every plant in the front lawn.

In such circumstances there is nothing else for it but to get stuck in – but it’s best to plan how to go about it beforehand. Here’s some of our Halloween clean up tips here at Budget Maids:

Getting rid of wax. If it’s dry enough wax can often be scraped off a table top using a knife. If it’s on a carpet then it can be shifted by heating it with an iron (with a dish towel in between the wax and the iron). The idea is the heat melts the wax and it sticks to the towel instead.

Cleaning off make-up. This is annoying but not impossible, especially since there is such an excellent range of commercial cleaners around today – just make sure you get the correct type of cleaner for whatever item you’re trying to clean up ie you’ll need a different solution for leather than you would fabric. You can check how it’ll affect the item by doing a patch test first ie on a piece of carpet which is hidden under the sofa or a the inside bottom of a curtain.
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Tidying up the trees. There’s nothing worse than trying to get wet toilet paper off plant and tree branches in your yard. If you get your hands on one a leaf blower is great for this task. Alternatively try and poke it down using a rake (expect tired arms though).

Shooing away the shaving cream. Well, we don’t mean shooing away, but rather blasting the goddam stuff. Many a motorist has woken the morning after Halloween to find their beloved four wheeled possession covered in the white sticky stuff. Best way to deal with it (after you’ve had your tantrum) is to wash the motor with a hose and wash using a microfiber towel.

Meanwhile if a Halloween clean-up just seems too overwhelming the morning after then give the team a call here at Budget Maids and let us take care of it for you. We offer a maids service in Arlington,

More DIY Cleaning Tips from Budget Maids

Here at Budget Maids we were so impressed at the response we received to last week’s blog post on DIY cleaning tips that we’ve decided to post up more on this article here too. We hope you enjoy using them – we certainly do.

That’s because not only are many of these tips eco-friendly, but they also cost less in most cases, than conventional cleaning methods, many of which involve having to buy expensive cleaning fluids and sprays. Anyhow, read on for some excellent inspiration:

How’s your pans? If they happen to be burnt right now and you want an easy way of cleaning them then – if you don’t already have some – it’s time to invest in some vinegar and baking soda. What you need to do is pour a cup of water into the pan in question then add one cup of vinegar. Once the water and vinegar mixture is boiling add two tablespoons of baking soda. Next empty the pan and scour with an abrasive cloth.

Keeping carpets clean naturally can be easier than you think. All you need is a little salt, white vinegar and borax. Equipment-wise a vacuum cleaner and carpet steam cleaner are also necessary. First vacuum the carpet well, next mix the above three substances into a paste and apply it to the part of the carpet you want to clean. Once it dries (this should take around three hours) vacuum again.

Next, apply the steam cleaner. Add some white vinegar to the hot water for some super-duper cleaning power. Later use the steam cleaner a second time. Don’t walk on the carpet until completely dry.

If you’re looking for more DIY and green cleaning tips then you can find them on the Budget Maids website under our blog postings. Meanwhile if you find you’re pushed for time or would simply enjoy more leisure than cleaning time then do get in touch with the Budget Maids team here. We offer a maid’s service in Oakton, house cleaning in Fall’s Church and a cleaning service in Reston. However, we service all areas of VA and Maryland. Contact us today for our very competitive prices.

 

Best DIY Cleaning Tips

Sometimes to get household items really clean and sparkling you have to go down the non-conventional route and apply some DIY cleaning tips. From zapping a dishcloth in the microwave to dunking knifes in lemon juice – it can pay to think outside the box.

But don’t worry, we’ve already done it for you. Just read on with our post right here:

Cleaning a dishcloth with the microwave. Yep, this really is an effective – and easy – way of getting rid of kitchen germs. For the incredible heat a microwave reaches won’t just clean your cloths – happily, it will also sterilize them. Simple rinse the sponge in fresh tap water, place in the microwave and ‘cook’ for around two minutes. Next, remove the cloth with tongs and allow to cool. Voila!

Shining up knives using store-bought lemon juice. This is easy-peasy yet so effective. Simply pour some lemon juice into a tumbler then sit rust-ridden knives in there for around five minutes. Afterwards scrub the knives with an abrasive pad and just watch those rust stains fade into nothingness. It’s like magic!

Employ your dishwasher to get rid off dirt. We don’t just mean dirt from dishes here but from all manner of household items such as children’s toys, pet bowls and even toothbrushes. With regards to the first items mentioned ie children’s toys just make sure they contain no batteries, fabric or LED parts – otherwise you may be facing a tiny tantrum once the toys are returned! Anyhow, back to washing- simply lay the items neatly in the dishwasher, it on a gentle cycle and add some natural cleaner. That’s it – you’re done!

Make your own personalized fabric conditioner. Some of the laundry conditioners on sale in stores these days can really stink. And that’s why we thought we’d give you some tips here at Budget Maids on how to make your own. One of our favorite ways is to simply spritz some lavender water into the machine prior to switching on. Lavender is so strong that you don’t need a lot and your clothes will definitely come out smelling of this lovely fresh scent. And the best bit about this idea? You can use any type of essential oil you like. Just put some into a spritzer and dilute with oil. It’s fab!

Get more DIY cleaning tips from our website here at Budget Maids. Alternatively hire us to carry out some of our cleaning magic at your home. We offer a maids service in Vienna, house cleaning in Potomac and a cleaning service in Reston and surrounds ie all areas of Maryland and VA. Do give us a call anytime.

 

 

 

5 Bright Bathroom Cleaning Tips

We wouldn’t exactly describe bathroom cleaning as one of the highlights of our weekend but, let’s face it, it’s something that has to be done and the quicker the better.
In order to get it over with quickly – and not in a rushed way – there’s some tips from the very experienced team here at Budget Maids:

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  1. Keep it simple. Don’t bother investing in different types of cleaners for the toilet bowl, sink and bath – just get the one all-purpose disinfectant for all porcelain items. Mirrors need a special cleaner (or just a vinegar solution and wallpaper if you want to clean them the eco way).
  2. Don’t forget the small stuff. What are we talking about here? It’s the soap dish (if you still have one), the toothbrush holder and that little glass shelf just abover the sink. Do these quickly on a weekly basis and they’ll never get to that yeuchy state we all know too well. Actually a great tip or the soap dish is to dab a little olive oil on it to prevent the soap from sticking!
  3. Use the fan. There’s a reason you have a ventilator fan – to prevent mold from building up in your shower. And if you don’t switch it on often enough then that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Mildew and mold doesn’ just look awful and is bad for your health when inhaled – it’s also a pain to clean. So avoid it by not even going there in the first place.
  4. Totally clean the toilet. That means not just inside the bowl by putting bleach down, but also under the lid, the rim, the push button or handle and even the toilet brush too. Do make sure the brush is completely dry though beore sticking it back in the holder so at to prevent a build up of bacteria.
  5. Add a little fragrance. It’s not strictly a cleaning tip but adding a sheet of febreeze in the laundry basket or dabbing some essential oil onto the light bulb/s in your bathroom can give the room a lovely aroma and provide a little pick me up for anyone who happens to go in there.

Here at Budget Maids we have a whole book full of cleaning tips. But if you don’t have time to read them then let us come and do the cleaning for you. We provide house cleaning in Potomac, maid services in Vienna and home cleaning services in Arlington and other parts of VA and Maryland. Why not give us a call today?

Housework Needn’t Be Dull…

Ask most people what they think about housework and routine cleaning chores and they’ll most likely tell you it bored them rigid. But you know, here at Budget Maids, we’re not so negative. In fact, there are times when we really love our jobs. Why? Well read on to find out how to make housework fun.

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Crack up the sound system

Get the sounds going and the volume pumping. There’s nothing that adds vigour to your step and general movements than some rhythm – and the louder the better (provided it stays within your neighbors tolerance levels!

Embrace the great outdoors

On a sunny Fall day head out for some yard work or hand wash laundry in the garden. Now is also the time to give the windows a good wash. That’s because it’s the perfect opportunity to let dream and enjoy some Fall sunshine at the same time.

Make cleaning time family time

Few moms have the luxury these days to spend hours on end cleaning the home. But by making household cleaning a family affair, you’ll find extra time to spend with the kids. Gather the kids around a bowl of snacks and all start sorting and folding laundry. Think of fun and creative games to play which will result in the whole family helping out with household chores – without them even realizing it!

Make it social

Ever thought about getting your neighbors to help clean your home? Something as simple as a yard or boot sale can mean just that! Just arrange neatly on a table in your front yard all those goods you never use and which clutter up your spare room. Better still, gets the kids to sell them for you! They’ll love playing shopkeepers.

What the above tips show is that altering your mindset you can actually make household cleaning more of a pleasure than a chore – and even something you can enjoy with the whole family.

For those days though when you need a helping hand, the eager Budget Maids team will always be around to call on. We provide house cleaning in Reston, maid services in Arlington and home cleaning services in Falls Church and other areas of VA and Baltimore.

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Your Computer Monitor Dust-free

With the average American adult now spending up to eleven hours in front an electronic screen of some sort – and many of these hours in front of a computer whether for surfing the Internet, working from home, or playing games – there has to be a lot of dirty screens out there. And one of them is probably yours. Here’s how to make sure you get the clearest picture possible from your computer monitor:

See the dust

We hardly pick up on dust (and how dirty a monitor is) if it’s switched on. So, when cleaning your computer monitor switch it off first. How dusty is it? How are the little crevices round the back and down the sides of the monitor?

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A computer or laptop monitor is like any other electronic device in terms of being sensitive to both moisture and water. Also, don’t use a cleaning agent which typically contains ammonium or alcohol. A monitor should firstly be wiped clean with a moist cloth, and if your monitor is particularly sticky or gluey (for touch screens in particular!) apply a cleaning agent which has been specially created for electronic devices.

Mind the cloth

Besides getting the monitor too wet, the other major danger is the cloth you will be using. Don’t use a cloth that can disintegrate such as paper towels. Instead use a microfiber cloth. This can be bought at any good household or electronic store.

How often?

How often you clean your monitor all depends on your environment. Do you have pets around, does your home desk get dusty quite often, and is your monitor standing close to an open window? All of these factors influence how quickly your monitor will collect dust and other dirt.

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If cleaning the monitor of your computer or laptop with specialised cleaning agents and cloths sound like the only cleaning task you may get around to in your home – then you had better call on Budget Maids to take care of the rest. We offer professional maid services in Columbia, household cleaning in Falls Church and home cleaning in Vienna and other parts of VA and Maryland.