Tag Archives: housework

Top Tips for Avoiding the January Blues

Vincent_Willem_van_Gogh_002We’re now well into 2016 – but are you feeling a little blue? After all the hype of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, it is normal to feel a little deflated and low.

Never fear though, the Budget Maids team (house cleaning Columbia, maid service Arlington, and house cleaning Olney experts) are here to help. Here are some tips for avoiding the January blues:

Check your diet: are you eating happy foods? Many people embark on crazy diets in January, but this isn’t always helpful. January is tough enough as it is without subjecting your body to serious deprivation. Instead, fill up on lots of goodies such as fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, beans and pulses, nuts, lean meat, fish and olive oil.

Do a good deed – volunteering is good for your mental health so why not find a local charity to get involved in? You could opt for helping out at a shelter or hospice, finding a mentoring programme for young people to find a way to be an active part of your local community.

Clear out clutter – why not opt for a “one in, one out” policy for the Christmas gifts and toys your family received? Clearing out clutter is therapeutic – and if you donate it to a shelter or charity shop, you’re combining two January blues prevention tips in one!

Fake it until you make it – if you plaster a smile on your face, eventually the smile will feel natural, and you will have cheered yourself up.

Do housework – OK, bear with us on this one. Experts often stress the importance of an active lifestyle (rather than being an active sedentary person, where most of your life is spent sitting but you exercise in the gym one a day) and doing chores throughout the day keeps you active. Put on some loud music and enjoy the lift you get from being active.

Meet up with friends. Social activities keep us stimulated and happy. If you are all feeling the pinch post-Christmas, why not meet up for a walk, or take turns to host coffee mornings? There are plenty of finance-free options for socializing if you put your mind to it.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service in Oakton or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you avoid the January blues with a sparkling clean home?!

Top Tips for Cleaning Home Appliances!

You might need to use drastic measures to clean your washing machine.

You might need to use drastic measures to clean your washing machine.

It happens to us all – one day we’re using the washing machine, the dishwasher or the refrigerator and suddenly we notice just how dirty it is…

Whether you’re a domestic homeowner, a landlord, or a tenant looking to get your home ship-shape before moving to somewhere else, the idea of cleaning home appliances can be a daunting one for anyone.

 

If you have a hectic schedule or a particular dislike of such jobs, Budget Maids®

can definitely help as we specialize in providing a professional service which will leave your home appliances spick and span. But for those of you who want to tackle the job yourselves, here are our top tips for cleaning home appliances.

Dishwasher

Dirty dishwashers can’t clean crockery and cutlery properly – and food morsels can build up inside them, leading to unpleasant odors. Replace the dishwasher salt and the rinse aid regularly (we advise you to do this once a month) and clean the filter out as that’s where those food morsels can hide. Finish up the job by cleaning around door edges to prevent rotting and buff the fitting of the door. Job done!

Fridge/Freezer Firstly, turn the appliance off, remove all the food, and take out the drawers and shelves. Leave to defrost for a few hours and then clean the interior with warm soapy water. Diluted sodium bicarbonate can also do the trick and it’s also good for removing bad odors.

Leave the door open to allow the interior to dry and scrub the shelves and drawers in the sink in warm, soapy water. Rinse well, dry and replace. Turn the fridge back on and wait for the temperature inside to drop to the appropriate point before putting your food back in.

Washing Machine Wipe the inside of the rubber band surrounding the opening to prevent water residue from settling and forming a grimy, moldy layer that could lead to rot. About once a month, clean the powder holder. Remove it from the washing machine and rinse it in the sink with warm, soapy water.

Dislodge the soap-encrusted areas and then replace. Use a sponge and a bowl of warm soapy water to wipe down the entire front of the machine once every two weeks and then polish with a micro fiber cloth for shine.

Handheld Housekeeping Devices:

Vacuum cleaner – empty the contents after every use, check the brushes aren’t obstructed by large debris, and check the cable for cracks or kinks.

Iron – after use, pour out any leftover water and apply a bespoke iron-cleaning solution to get rid of limescale and give the base a wipe with a wet cloth.

Blender – disconnect the grinder from the handle and soak the blending attachment in a bowl of hot, soapy water. Carefully remove the stray bits of food with a sponge, dry and reattach to the blender.

Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Arlington, a maid service in Oakton or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure that your home appliances are sparkling clean and working efficiently for you and your family?