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The Magic of Baking Soda

Baking soda is a traditional cleaning product, renowned for its deodorising and mild abrasive properties. The residential cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID believe that baking soda is an extremely versatile product that has a number of useful properties. Baking soda can be used for the following household tasks:

Cleaning Your Kitchen. Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on a wet cloth and use it in the kitchen to clean your stove, sink and any other hard to clean areas. The 'gritty' texture of baking soda allows you to break down and loosen stuck on food spills in your kitchen, making cleaning those problem areas a whole lot easier.

Keeping Your Fridge Fresh. Add a small bowl of baking soda to your fridge to neutralise odours and keep your food fresh.

Cleaning Your Sink. Pour 200g of baking soda and boiling water down your sink once a week to keep it clear and clean.

Cleaning Your Tupperware. Fill your sink with warm water and add a little bit of baking soda. Place you Tupperware in the sink and let them soak overnight. This will help get rid of any leftover food in your Tupperware containers making them easier to clean.

Maintaining Your BBQ. Sprinkle baking soda on your BBQ grill and let settle. This will help loosen any cooked on food and reduce the amount of scrubbing needed to clean your grill.

Freshening Up Your Surroundings.  Add 4 tbsp. of baking soda to a spray bottle filled with ¾ cup of boiling water - shake well. Allow the solution to cool a little then add your favourite scented essential oils and let it stand. Once the solution has completely cooled spray your clothes and furniture with it for a nice fresh smell.

Cleaning Your Carpets.  Lightly sprinkle your carpets with baking soda and leave it overnight. Vacuum your carpet the next morning. Your carpets will be fresh and clean.

Maintaining Your Toilets. Pour a cup of white vinegar down your toilet, followed by 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Allow mixture to fizz and settle; then flush.

Washing Your Oven. Clean your oven with a paste made from salt, baking soda and warm water. This will make your oven look good as new!

Cleaning Your Thermos. Clean your thermos with baking soda and water. This will get rid of any unwanted food or drink odours left inside your thermos.

Posted by MOLLY MAID at 08:35

Tackling Common Household Odours

No matter how much you clean your home, the odours of everyday life are unavoidable. But don't let that get you down - here are some helpful tips from the experts at MOLLY MAID to help you rid your home of odours.

Maintaining a Fresh Smelling Garbage

Wash indoor and outdoor garbage bins with warm water and soap to remove excess garbage debris. Leave fabric softener sheets in the bottom of your kitchen garbage to absorb odours.

Cleaning Up Burnt-On Food Spills in Your Oven or Stove

If food from a casserole dish bubbles over onto the stove or oven floor, sprinkle a bit of salt on the spill to absorb the burnt smell. Adding salt to the area will also make it easier to clean up later.

Freshening Up a Stale Freezer

Place a clean sock filled with dry coffee grounds inside your freezer to deodorise it. This will keep your freezer fresh.

Maintaining a Clean Microwave

The awful smell of burnt popcorn seems to remain in your microwave for quite some time until it eventually disperses. To speed up the process, fill a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 and 1/2 cups of water and 3 or 4 sliced lemons along with a fragrant spice such as like cloves. Bring the water to a boil in the microwave, and leave it to steam for 15 minutes. Leave the door of your microwave open for an hour or so to let it air out.

Keeping Your Dishwasher Smelling Fresh

If your dishwasher develops an odour, check to ensure that there is no food at the bottom of your machine. Next, pour some white vinegar into the bottom of your dishwasher and let it sit for about an hour. Run the dishwasher through a full cycle to eliminate the smell. If the odour is still present after the cycle, call your local plumber.

Maintaining a Clean Wooden Cutting Board

To keep your wooden cutting board clean, scrub the wood with a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda or salt. Rinse well and wipe with mineral oil.

Keep Your Fridge and Kitchen Smelling Fresh

Cooking foods such as fish or cabbage can leave behind strong aromas in your kitchen. To help eliminate these odours you can place a small bowl of white vinegar on the flat surface of your stove. You can also freshen up your fridge by pouring baking soda into a plastic margarine tub with holes in the lid. Wipe down fridge walls with white vinegar to get rid of any other remaining odours.

Keeping Your Toilet Clean    

When your toilet needs cleaning, pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the toilet bowl and let it stand for at least 5 minutes. Scrub briskly and flush.

Keeping Your Bathroom Smelling Fresh

Dab an essential oil such as cinnamon or orange onto a hand full of cotton balls, and place them in a small bowl on a shelf. This will help keep your bathroom smelling fresh.

Freshening Up Your Carpets

To quickly and effectively freshen up your stale carpets, sprinkle a box of baking soda over its surface and let it settle into the carpet for 30 minutes. Run a vacuum over your carpet to remove the remaining baking soda.

Freshening Up a Stale Mattress

Spray your mattress with a disinfectant to kill the bacteria causing the odour. In between cleanings, sprinkle some baking soda onto your mattress and let it stand for 15 minutes. Run the vacuum over your mattress to remove the remaining baking soda.  

Keeping Your Closet Smelling Fresh

Just like your freezer, hanging clean socks filled with dry coffee grounds will help you maintain a fresh smelling closet. 

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Room Fresheners for the Kitchen

As temperatures begin to drop, we tend to close the windows - and the lack of fresh air means cooking smells tend to linger longer.

But there are easy ways to keep air fresh, say the house cleaners at MOLLY MAID, who utilize a Green Housekeeping Program for all of their customers.

In some cases, fragrance will seep into the rest of the house too, so here's how to make the air smell fresh and clean:

  • To deal with sharp odours, such as fish and onion on utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with white vinegar and wash in hot soapy water.
  • Keep fresh coffee grounds in a bowl on the counter, as the grounds help absorb odours.
  • Grind up a slice of lemon in the garbage disposal - it will release a delicious citrus scent.
  • Simmer water, citrus fruits and cinnamon, or other spices, on stove.
Posted by MOLLY MAID at 08:30
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How to Make Your Home Smell Amazing - Naturally

Finding the right air freshener for your home can be difficult. While there are lots of manufactured air fresheners in stores, many contain chemicals that may be harmful to the environment while others are expensive.

So, how can you get a natural, fresh, clean scent in your home?

It's easy - the cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID show you how in just two simple steps:

  1. Open the windows  and let fresh air circulate within your home. Weather-permitting, not only will the fresh air push out any stale scents but opening windows will allow natural light inside too.
  2. Dab pure essential oil onto light bulbs. When light bulbs are cool, dab essential oil onto them. When the light is turned on and the bulb heats up, the fragrance will fill the air. 

For more great tips on how to naturally freshen the smell in your home, click here: BREATHE: Natural Air Fresheners for your Home.

Posted by MOLLY MAID at 08:35

BREATHE: Natural Air Fresheners for Your Home

When the rooms in your home begin to smell a bit dusty, try these natural, air freshener ideas. They're a refreshing change to chemical air fresheners that you buy.

  1. Open the windows.
  2. Set out bowls of vinegar, which absorb odours.
  3. Make your own citrus air freshener for the bathroom:

Ingredients:

2 cups hot water
1/8 cup baking soda
½ cup lemon juice

Directions:

  • Dissolve the baking soda in hot water, then add the lemon juice and allow to cool.
  • Pour liquid into spray bottle, shake, and use as needed.
  1. For bedrooms, try a vanilla air freshener:

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 cup household vinegar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Bring all ingredients to a boil then simmer over medium heat for two minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Pour liquid into spray bottle, shake and use as needed.

Note: Increase/decrease the amount of vanilla to your preference.

  1. Fill a pot with water and add favourite fragrant ingredients such as cinnamon, herbs and citrus peels, and simmer all day.
  2. For the fridge or bathroom, try an orange freshener:

Ingredients:

1 Orange
Salt

Directions:

  • Cut an orange in half and remove the pulp;
  • Fill the empty shell with some salt;
  • Put the freshener in the back of your fridge or behind your toilet.
  • Keep the orange shell in a small bowl so it won't tip over and spill the salt.

The salt absorbs stale and unpleasant odors while the shell releases a fresh, orange scent.  

(Recipes/ideas from http://tipnut.com/easy-air-fresheners)

Posted by MOLLY MAID at 08:30

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