Fun Cleaning Games For Kids

Entertaining kids in the evenings and weekends is a difficult task, but have you thought about making cleaning fun for the kids?

We’ve put our heads together and come up with a list of fun cleaning games that your kids will enjoy!

fun cleaning kids

 

Fill Up Fun

Fill Up Fun is all about recycling, although the first part of this game may be boring for the kids so you might want to do this!

  • Wash and dry the plastic and other recyclable items ready for recycling (Do this beforehand for the kids)
  • Split all the recycling into two equal piles
  • Place the recycling bin a short distance away from the piles
  • See who can get their recycling into the bin quick enough
  • Alternatively, see who can throw the plastic items into the bin from the greatest distance

This would be fun for adults, let alone the kids! Haha!

Spot The Recycling

Another bit of recycling fun for the kids is to firstly give them two bin bags each; one for recycling and the other for general waste.

Get your children to walk around the house and put in their bags what rubbish they think should be recycled and what should be thrown into general waste.

This can help with a bit of family exercise as well, especially if you do a timed race and see who has the most amount of items in the correct bags in the allotted time period.

Fold It Fast

This one is quite an easy one, but yet fun for the kids, as it doesn’t involve much setting up.

You will need:

  • A pile of clean, dry washing
  • Two or more enthusiastic children
  • A parent to supervise

All this game involves is for you to show the kids how to fold the laundry and then time them to see who can fold the most amount of items in the chosen time.

Kids Clear Out

A good clear out of old items needs to be done completed on a regular basis, especially with growing kids in the house.

As kids grow up they go off certain toys, books or games etc, and also as adults, we love to keep things we don’t need!

  • Go through the whole house putting items in three piles
    – Keep Pile
    – Charity Pile
    – Throw Pile
  • Get your kids to go through their old items and get rid of anything they don’t want anymore (if it’s broken throw it and if it’s still intact give it to charity)
  • While they’re doing this, you can go through some of your own things that you may not want to clutter the house with
  • Once all of the items have been put into piles, check to see if the kids have put things in the correct piles
  • Let your children bag the items and anything going to the local charity store, take them with you so they can hand over the bag

We’re sure there are plenty more cleaning games that can get kids liking cleaning, so if you know of any, let us know by sharing this post on social with your game idea!

If you’ve exhausted yourself and your kids playing all these games, then give your local Merry Maids a call to help with the housework so you can live life’s moments.

Back to School Organisation

With Summer coming to a close and the new school term edging closer, getting back into a routine can be challenging.

The following tips can help you get your home ready for the upcoming days of homework, and other school activities within the next few months.

Create a Homework Station

It’s important for a small, quiet area, preferably with a desk, to be tidied and organised for your children to have their own space to do their homework.

You can organise all of the school/office supplies within this area, including pens, scissors, highlighters, pencils and anything else they may need.

Having everything in one place should discourage them from getting distracted and wander off to search for any items they may need.

Organise the School Bags

Always make sure that before and after school the kid’s bags are organised, as they will get out of hand if you’re not careful!

Our recommendation is to keep the backpacks hanging up near the front door, making sure homework and anything like permission slips are removed from the bag. Everything else, if not needed to stay within the bags.

Create a school bag checklist for you and your kids to go through every morning to ensure nothing is forgotten.

Have it All on a Checklist

We’ve all got out of routine by now after spending summer days out with the family, but now it’s time to get organised.

For younger school children have a point by point checklist, which should include things such as;

  • Make the bed
  • Eat breakfast
  • Clean dishes
  • Brush teeth
  • Organise bag etc.

The checklist should include after school chores as well, such as cleaning and packing lunchboxes, doing homework & taking care of chores.

Have Clothes Ready To Go

Laying out clothes for the next day is a huge time saver for you and your kids.

You could even be extremely organised and lay out clothes for the whole week, including clothes for the evening as well as school uniform.

Get your kids into a routine of doing this on a Sunday afternoon, and then check they’ve got everything they need for the whole week.

What to include;

  • School uniform for the week
  • Gym kit for gym day or any after school sports
  • Evening clothes to change into when they’re home

 

With the help of these back to school organisation tips, you’ll be back on a slick schedule in no time at all.

However, the increased amount of activities during school time can leave you begging for more time to complete your daily housekeeping schedule. That’s where we can help, get in contact with your local Merry Maids today.

Hiring a Cleaner is a Lifestyle Choice

A clean home is important for a number of reasons, but cleaning can be tiring and exhausting, let alone having time to actually do it!

A lot more people nowadays opt for a domestic cleaning service like Merry Maids to do the main bulk of house cleaning for them.

How would hiring a cleaner help my busy lifestyle?

One of the main reasons nowadays that people hire a cleaner is because of their more active and social lifestyle.

Having someone do all of your house cleaning for you, gives you precious time to do a numerous amount of tasks you may not have been able to do before, like:

  • Spending more time with family & friends
  • Heading to the gym early in the morning or in the evening
  • Rediscover your talents & hobbies, like cooking or sewing
  • Catch up on your favourite Netflix Original series, or go to the cinema

I’m sure you would be able to think of plenty more interesting things with your time!

Can I leave my house while a cleaner is in?

This is entirely up to the homeowner, some would prefer to stay at home when the clean is going on, and others are not as concerned.

Here at Merry Maids, we thrive on having a trustworthy and professional service for all of our customers.

You can leave your key at our offices and we will return it safely after your clean has been carried out.

Have a more organised life

Having a cleaner can lead to a more organised mind as well as an organised home.

A lot of people admit to cleaning up the home before the cleaner arrives.

This being said, all we would suggest doing is clearing enough room for us to get around the house and our cleaners will clean and organise your home, just the way you want it.

So, there is no need to “Clean” before your cleaner arrives, just relax, we’ve got it covered.

 

So to get on the road to a better and more organised lifestyle find your nearest Merry Maids here and call us today.

Making Your Bed Is Important For Your Health

There are a million and one excuses for not making your bed in the morning, here are a few common ones:

  • “I got up late and I didn’t have time to make my bed.”
  • “What’s the point? I’m getting back in it as soon as I get home.”
  • “My pet is curled up on the sheets and I didn’t want to wake them up”.

making your bed

Make bed making a morning habit

We all hate making our beds, but it’s scientifically proven that making your bed is overall better for your health and your sleeping habits.

Think of making your bed as your first successful task of the day, apart from trying to get up of course.

Your bed is the focal point in your bedroom and having that clean and tidy creates a sense of accomplishment and puts you in a better mood for the day to come.

Make it a part of your morning routine like brushing your teeth or combing your hair.

The science of making your bed

A study completed by the National Sleep Foundation proved that those who made their bed every day had a better night’s sleep to those that didn’t.

This study also states figures that people with clean sheets get a much more comfortable sleep. So, clean your sheets more often than you already do, simple!

“53% of respondents rated sleeping on sheets with a fresh scent an important contributor to their sleep experience” – Bedroom Poll by National Sleep Foundation.

The myth of letting your sheets breathe

Many people are convinced that they need to let their bed “breathe” during the day, and the reasons being that we are told that airing your bed out can prevent dust mites, mould and bedbugs etc.

However, the best way to get rid of dust mites and prevent mould is to keep your mattress clean, wash your sheets and your mattress protector frequently.

You can still have that little bit of air flow through your sheets if you really want, by slightly folding the top of your duvet cover over.

All in all, making your bed can help with your actual sleeping and make you feel accomplished before starting your day, so get bed making!

 

If you really don’t like making your bed, your local Merry Maids can always do this for you while making the rest of your house spick and span! Find your nearest Merry Maids here.

The Ugly Truths About Dust

Dust contains hair, pollen, soil, mould spores, textile fibres and dust mite faeces, amongst other matter.

vacuum dust

Fatty Dust

Who remembers Marjorie from Little Britain saying, “Dust, anybody, dust? It’s actually very low in fat and you can eat as much as you like”?

Marjorie is actually incorrect when it comes to dust being low in fat.

Research has shown that certain types of matter within household dust can turn on a protein called PPAR-gamma (peroxisome proliferator-activated nuclear receptor gamma).

This protein may be involved in obesity, because of the protein triggering fat cells to grow in our bodies.

More research is currently being completed in regards to the correlation between PPAR-gamma and obesity.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are tiny little arachnids that are usually between 0.2-0.3 mm in length.

They are smaller than a grain of sand and not visible to the human eye!

  • A 2013 study found that household dust mites have actually evolved from parasites.
  • Dust mites feed mainly on dead skin that we shed.
  • One of the most common triggers of allergies in the home is the decomposing bodies and faecal matter of dust mites. Yuck!
  • Half a teaspoon of dust can contain up to 1,000 dust mites and around 250,000 faecal pellets!
  • The average mattress contains anywhere between 100,000 to 10 million dust mites.

The Dustiest Places

There are some places in your home where dust will accumulate more often than others.

  • Window blinds– Wipe your blinds with a duster and vacuum them regularly.
  • Electronic devices– Collect dust because of static electricity, so make sure you frequently wipe with a duster.
  • Fixtures and fittings– Light fittings, lampshades, light switches and ceiling fans attract dust, so clean these in your weekly routine.
  • Upholstery– Dust mites love upholstery because of the warm environment between the textile fibres. Make sure hoovering your upholstery is in your weekly cleaning schedule.
  • Carpets– Like upholstery, dust mites thrive in the carpet fibres, so again make sure you’re regularly hoovering.

 

Our friends over at ServiceMaster Clean can help you with professional carpet cleaning.

If you’re not a fan of dust after reading some of these horrible facts, find your local office here and contact us today.

 

How to remove mould in your home

The build-up of mould in your home is a certainty, but you can get rid of it with the right products and a little bit of elbow grease.

mould

The main two areas you’ll find mould are on the grout in between tiles, in your bathroom and kitchen and on your window sills.

Why you get mould in your home

According to experts, mould has existed for millions of years, meaning it has had the opportunity to evolve and affect new areas in different ways.

Our teams across the UK see mould in bathrooms, kitchens, basements and other rooms on a regular basis.

Mould is essentially a type of fungus, and it accumulates in damp and poorly ventilated buildings or generally moist and warm areas.

Why you need to remove mould

Prolonged exposure to mould within your home can cause inflammation of your airways and nasal congestion. These symptoms are caused by the inhalation of air bound spores from the mould.

Removing mould safely and efficiently is important for your health and those in your household, so we have accumulated some tips to help you get rid of mould altogether.

How to remove mould in your home

First things first, make sure the cleaning products you’re using won’t cause any damage to the area. (You may need to use different products on different areas).

  • Make sure the room you’re working in is well ventilated, by opening a window or leaving a door ajar.
  • Wear non-porous gloves to stop irritation.
  • Protect your eyes with safety goggles from any kind of splash back.
  • Put on a mask to avoid inhalation of certain cleaning products and mould spores.

Fortunately for all of us, there are several cleaning products you can use to remove it in your home.

Bleach 

Bleach works well to remove mould from areas, such as white grout, tiles and window sills.

  • Mix one part bleach with 3 parts warm water
  • Scrub the affected area with a non-abrasive brush that has been dipped in the bleach mixture
  • Repeat the previous step until a sufficient amount of mould has been removed
  • Use a clean rag to wipe away the loosened mould

Distilled white vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is best to use for the areas that bleach would affect, such as coloured areas.

  • Ideally, use a spray bottle to saturate the area with white vinegar
  • Allow the vinegar to do its magic and let it sit for 30 minutes
  • Scrub with a soft bristled brush/non-abrasive brush
  • Spray affected area again and let it sit for another 30 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water and a clean cloth
  • Repeat the above steps, if necessary

Baking soda paste

Baking soda paste is usually ok to use on most areas, however, still, check beforehand just in case.

  • Stir ½ cup of baking soda and two or three teaspoons of water, adjust the mixture until you have a spreadable consistency
  • Spread the affected area with the baking soda paste
  • Allow to sit for 10 minutes
  • Scrub the area with a soft bristled brush/non-abrasive brush
  • Rinse with warm water and a clean cloth
  • Repeat the above steps, if necessary

 

Some mould problems cannot be tackled with homemade remedies or commercial cleaning products that can be found in your local supermarket. If you’re having trouble, you can always contact your local Merry Maids here.

How to declutter your clutter

We’ve all got those items in our home that we haven’t used for a while or never used at all, well, it’s time to get rid of them, declutter and have a spring clean!

Here a few tips on how to declutter all of that stored clutter!

Organise your time

When it comes to spring-cleaning organisation is key!

If you’re not organised, or have an idea of where you’re going to start, then you will make the whole spring-cleaning task a lot harder for yourself.

Make a list of your tasks, in order of how you’re going to do them and do a room at a time. However, cut it down into smaller tasks to show the illusion that it isn’t a big task after all!

The organisation focuses your efforts onto smaller tasks, which are more achievable and, in the end, more rewarding when the tasks are completed.

Imagine a clean home

Imagine your home the cleanest it’s ever been and try and set your goal to make your house look like that!

Don’t just imagine it though, as this defeats the point!

declutter the clutter

Ask yourself four simple questions for all of your items:

  • Should I throw it away?
  • Do I want to recycle it?
  • Do I want to give it to charity or to a friend?
  • Is there any need for me to keep it?

Get into the right mindset and be brutal with what you throw away and don’t keep everything!

You never know…..

There is that one trap that a lot of us fall into and it’s the “You never know when you might need it” trap.

If you put in a pound for every time this was said in your household, you would probably be a millionaire by now!

If you haven’t used an item regularly or at all for the past year, pick it up and throw it or give it away! YOU DON’T NEED IT!

Here are some items that are usually the “you never know” culprits:

  • Magazines – They stock up in your magazine rack and/or magazine box, if you’ve already read it, then recycle it!
  • Batteries – When batteries are dead a lot of people head into the kitchen and straight to ‘The Junk Drawer’, where they sit, forever! If you say you haven’t got one of these, your lying, we all do!
  • Takeaway menus – Yes, even with the ability to jump on your phone and get a delivery from Deliveroo or Just Eat nowadays, we still get menus through the door. Guess where they usually go…. yes, you guessed it ‘The Junk Drawer’!
  • Wires – Every man on the planet has a drawer full of wires and when it’s opened they jump out at you like snakes! “I’m not throwing that wire away, that was for my Nokia 3210, you never know, I might need it again”.

Book time with your books

We bet that in your kitchen you have at least 10 recipe books, and some of you a lot more!

Do you use all of these books on a regular basis? The answer is probably no.

If you answered no to the above question, you need to go through your recipe books and be ruthless about throwing them out or giving them away.

One quick tip is to photocopy your favourite recipes and put them in one of those empty recipe books with plastic wallets.

This will help declutter your kitchen sideboard and give you more room to store more useless things! No really don’t do that! That was a joke!

 

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5 Top Tips to Cut Your Cleaning Time

Nowadays, we all seem to be leading very busy lives and not having enough home time!

This also means, that trying to keep your home clean and tidy in the short time you have, can end up being quite difficult.

Try these 5 tips to cut your cleaning time:

Cleaning Time

Freshen up in a flash

You can keep your rooms smelling fresher by sprinkling the carpets with baking soda, just before you go to bed.

When you wake up in the morning all you need to do is give the carpets a quick hoover and this will leave you with nice fresh smelling rooms.

Overnight Oven Cleaner

Get some oven cleaner applied to your oven and the end of the day and leave overnight, this way you will cut down all that scrubbing time!

We would recommend using a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda as a quick and easy oven cleaning solution.

  • Moisten the inside of the oven with a sprinkling of water
  • Apply a thick layer of baking soda and let it sit for 2-3 hours
  • Spray vinegar on the baking soda and watch it fizz into action right before your eyes
  • Then, just leave overnight and wipe clean with a cloth, sponge or kitchen roll in the morning

Scrub a dub dub

The bath and/or shower is one of those things that we use every single morning and evening, so keeping it clean is very important.

There is one quick tip that can save you a large amount of time when it comes to giving your house a weekend clean.

  • Buy a mini squeegee and micro fibre cloth, and keep them on the side in the bathroom
  • When finished in the shower, use the squeegee to remove the excess water on the shower door
  • Also, give the bath a quick rinse with the cloth, wring it out and leave to dry

Multi-tasking while chatting

I’m sure this one will only be for the ladies, because being a male myself, multi-tasking is quite difficult for me!

If you have that one friend or family member that insists on chatting on the phone for an hour every night, pop the phone on loudspeaker or connect it to Alexa and arm yourself with a cleaning cloth.

Go around the room dusting all of the surfaces and getting rid of cobwebs with a feather duster.

Kids can clean too

Teaching your kids responsibility at a young age is important for growing up, and cleaning the house is one of those things that needs to be taught.

Give them small chores at first, like dusting the surfaces or hoovering the lounge, and then eventually move them over to bigger chores once they are older.

 

With these 5 tips in your pocket, you will have a lot more time in your life to spend with the family or even get 5 minutes more to yourself!

If you want even more time and don’t want to clean at all, then pick up the phone and call your local Merry Maids to organise a weekly or fortnightly clean.

Find your local Merry Maids here.

A New Beginning a Clean Start

Another year has passed and the start of 2019 is upon us. I hope it turns out to be a good and successful year for you.

Anyway, here are some Merry Maids new year cleaning tips to help you with your clean start to 2019.

Clean start

Don’t be messy you’ll get stressy

Take a walk around your house and pick the messiest room to start cleaning from top to bottom.

If you start with the messiest room, your other rooms won’t seem as bad!

Get your cleaning supplies all sorted and start cleaning until everything is sparkling!

Set a date

Unfortunately, in this circumstance, I don’t mean setting a date for the wedding of your dreams, but instead a date to start your new year clean!

Writing in your new year clean on your calendar will give you time to prepare yourself for a big clean and make sure you give yourself ample time to complete it all.

List your chores

Make a list, don’t worry about checking it twice, it’s not Christmas anymore and you’re not Santa!

Making a list will help you remember the important chores that need to be done around the house, along with the less important chores that still need to be completed, but not as often.

After completing your daily and/or weekly lists you will feel a warmth of accomplishment and you now have time to relax and maybe watch a bit of Netflix.

Get a little help from your friends

Don’t try and do all of the chores yourself, get your husband, wife and/or kids to assist in your new year clean, because teamwork will make the clean work!

Another bonus in getting some help will obviously decrease your workload and the time it takes to complete your big clean!

No time? Call in for some help

Most of you are back at work now and catching up with all of your emails and starting new year projects, so you may not have time to clean your house.

That is what Merry Maids are here for, for a great price we can clean your home from top to bottom and all with a smile on our faces.

To find your local Merry Maids, just click here.

5 Winter Cleaning Tips

To quote every character on Game of Thrones, “Winter’s coming”. Well, from today I think it’s already arrived, it’s freezing!

The start of winter is the time to start cleaning specific items and areas in your house to get ready for the colder weather.

Winter cleaning

Radiating radiators

The most important items in your house during the winter are your radiators! Not sure how the majority of us would live without these incredible heat dispensing boxes on the walls!

After the accumulation of dust over the past year, your radiators will not work to their full capacity and cleaning them is important.

All you have to do is these two things:

  • Use a cotton cleaning cloth and just rub around the radiator, including the top and bottom areas
  • Use a long dusting brush, an extendable one is even better, and move it in and out of the top vent until as clean as can be.

Muddy mess

With the British weather the way it is our shoes always get dirty in the winter, meaning our hallways get messy!

Here are a few tips to keep your hallway clean and not a muddy mess instead:

  • Ensure you have a doormat with bristles to clean your shoes efficiently
  • Put down a bit of old carpet, shoe rugs, or sheeting and place your shoes on here every time
  • Always ask guests to take their shoes off.

These three tips will minimise the number of germs that are brought into the house and keep your carpets and flooring clean.

Chim Chim Cher-ee Chimney

If you have a fire to keep you and your dog warm during the winter then I would always recommend hiring a chimney sweep.

Don’t worry you’re not going to get a young boy with a peaked hat and a long sweeping brush come to your house, nowadays they are slightly more efficient and have different equipment.

The build-up of dirt and chemicals over the past year will need to be removed as these will end up being a fire hazard and potentially cause an influx of smoke in your home.

Love your laptop

Our laptop and desktop computers are used a lot more in the winter as all we want to do is wrap up warm in bed and watch the latest Netflix series.

Use these three tips to help clean your computer:

  • Vacuum all of the visible vents
  • Wipe all of the external surfaces with rubbing alcohol, make sure your screen is cleaned with a screen cloth
  • Spray a can of compressed air into your keyboard slots and vents. You will be amazed at how dirty your keyboard can be.

Clean your cleaning supplies

You have now finished cleaning and dancing around to dare I say it… Christmas songs. Or is it too early?

After all of that cleaning, you need to make sure you clean your cleaning supplies, as you don’t want to clean with a dirty cloth!

  • Fill your sink with hot soapy water and put all of your sponges in to soak, then disinfect them
  • Disinfect your mop and vacuum your broom
  • Replace your hoover bag and give the hoover a quick wipe down
  • If your duster is detachable put this in the washing machine along with your cleaning cloths

 

Now after doing all of that all you want to do is sit back and relax. However, instead of even attempting to do a full house clean like this, why not call your local Merry Maids UK franchise and we can do it instead!

Find your local Merry Maids UK here.

Your Halloween Cleaning Checklist

Your Halloween Cleaning Checklist

It’s that time of year where being scary is the norm and we dress up as our favourite Halloween characters, a zombie maid or something along those lines.

If you have a Halloween party at home it can get very messy, and turn your party it to a Halloclean party instead! Here is a Halloween Cleaning Checklist just for you.

Halloween Cleaning Checklist

Dripping Blood… (fake. Usually anyway!)

Blood stains are a pain in the neck at Halloween, especially because of the bloodthirsty vampires that come to your party!

With fake blood being made from corn syrup and red dye, this can leave a horrifying stain on pretty much anything it touches.

You will need:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A microfibre cloth
  • A bit of elbow grease
  • Kitchen roll

How to remove:

  • Apply the rubbing alcohol to the surface or fabric
  • Rub in a circular motion using a little bit of elbow grease
  • Dab the area with some kitchen roll

Crushed Candy

During your party, your guests may play a bit of candy crush, and I don’t mean the popular mobile game. I mean the actual crushing of dropped candy all over your carpet and other surfaces.

Be it a sticky drumstick lollipop or hard-boiled sweets, these can leave a ghastly sticky mess everywhere!

You will need:

  • Sponge or cleaning cloth
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hot Water

How to remove:

  • Soak your sponge or cleaning cloth in the hot water
  • Take out of the hot water using your rubber gloves and wring out
  • Apply like a compress on the area

The heat and moisture from the sponge or cloth will help in reducing the dried-on sugar, which will make it easier to wipe away.

Rotting Pumpkins

Pumpkins have the tendency to rot very quickly and ooze a nasty smelling liquid that can make the pumpkin itself stick to the surface it is placed upon, be it your doorstep or window sill.

You will need:

  • WD40
  • A scraper or small shovel
  • Access to water

How to remove:

  • Apply WD40 to the bottom of the pumpkin, dispose of the pumpkin
  • Apply a small bit of warm water to soften the pumpkin residue
  • Gently scrape pumpkin residue and pieces off the surface
  • Apply water again to wash away

Messy Makeup

At a Halloween party, most of your guests will be wearing makeup apart from the ones that….um…. don’t need to (too mean?!).

Costume makeup is a bit thicker than normal makeup, as most are oil based and tends to smear on surfaces more.

You will need:

  • Makeup Remover (for normal makeup, surfaces only)
  • Cleaning cloth or sponge
  • Cleaning spray (for costume makeup, surfaces, and fabric)

How to remove:

  • Apply makeup remover or cleaning spray (dependent on normal or costume makeup stain) onto the stained area.
  • Clean off makeup remover straight away with sponge or cloth.
  • Cleaning spray, leave for 10-15 minutes, especially on fabric
  • Wipe away with sponge or cloth

 

Happy Halloween to you all! I will leave you with a joke to make you cackle like a witch!

Q. What do you call a cleaning skeleton?

A. The Grim Sweeper!

 

If you can’t deal with all of the cleaning yourselves, then give your local Merry Maids UK a call. Find your local Merry Maids UK here.

This blog may also interest you and assist with cleaning your house Interesting & Yucky Facts About Cleaning Your House.

5 Ideas for Under Bed Storage

5 Ideas for under bed storage

There may be a monster under your bed at the moment. If there is, then tell them to move because you need this area for storage!

Just like that, you have solved the scary monster under the bed situation for your child! Anyway, this blog isn’t about the monster, instead, it is about how you can utilise the space under your bed for storage.

UNDER BED STORAGE

Already made storage

An easy way to get under bed storage is to buy an already made bed frame that has drawers inside it, however, these can be expensive, so keep on reading for more great tips

Wheely Wheely Cool

No this isn’t Jonathon Ross saying really, I mean actually using wheels, trust me, just roll with it!

A great way to use the space under your bed for storage is if you have an old set of drawers, take the drawers out and put some wheels on the bottom.

If you haven’t got any old chest of drawers or anything, head to your local Facebook Selling page and just ask, there is bound to be someone selling something like this.

You can pull these drawers easily in and out on all types of flooring.

Utilise old suitcases

“Can I borrow a suitcase? I only have a little trunk” said the elephant. Anyway, sorry I’m always going off subject.

All you need to do with this is take your old suitcases, fill them up with the clothes you wouldn’t wear in the current season and stick them under the bed. There is no longer a monster under the bed, instead, there is one in a suitcase, just don’t tell the kids!

Think inside the box

Let’s think inside the box for a minute and use old cardboard boxes for storage!

We all have old cardboard boxes that are waiting to be thrown in the recycling bin, but instead of throwing them away, just give them a lick of paint and use them as storage under your bed!

Do it yourshelf

Another great idea for under bed storage is to use a bookshelf!

I bet your thinking, wait, what, a bookshelf is for books! Well, yes technically they are, but this is the 21stcentury!

All you need to do is reinforce the back of the bookshelf, which will end up being the bottom, screw some handles into the side and place some wheels on the bottom again.

 

After using these under the bed storage tips you can now enjoy a tidier house! We will make sure your under-bed storage is kept clean, along with everything else in your home when we visit you!

To find your local Merry Maids click here.

 

5 Tips On Keeping Your House Clean With Kids

5 Tips on keeping your house clean with kids

Most parents sit down after a long day and remember how easy it was keeping your house clean before you had those precious little pains in the backside. However much you love your kids, cleaning up after them really is a chore in itself!

Child Playing

There are a few quick little tips that you can teach your kids to do that will really cut down the workload of picking up all of their toys yourself. Now I’ve got your attention! Here goes:

Make a daily chore checklist

This is one for you all to take away and implement straight away. You may not think so, but children like structure just as much as us adults do and implementing a daily chore checklist can really help.

Implementing a daily store checklist needs to have quick and easy jobs at the start and then more jobs can be added once your child gets older and used to the current chores.

For example:

Chores for young kids:

  • Put toys back in the toybox
  • Place dirty clothes in the washing basket
  • Get shoes on the shoe rack

Chores for older kids:

  • Make bed
  • Set the table for dinner
  • Get lunchbox and homework out of school bag

These small chores will make your lives that little bit easier and give you more time for a snuggle with your little one, and of course, that bit of time to yourself when the kids have been put to bed.

Reward your kids

One of the best ways for your children to get used the idea of doing their daily chores is to implement some kind of reward scheme.

For example:

Rewards for young kids:

  • A sticker chart with stars or smiley faces
  • Make them promises to take them to the park (always keep those promises)

Rewards for older kids:

  • Give them 15 minutes of time on their technology
  • Play with them in the garden for half an hour

The best reward for the older kids in the world we live in today is to change the password for the Wi-Fi every day, once their chores have been completed, give them the password to have a small amount of time on the internet.

Make cleaning fun

Yes, cleaning can be fun! Here are a quick few ways of making cleaning fun for your children:

For the younger children:

  • Put on a song like the Tidy Up Rhumba which your kids really will love and dance along to while cleaning!
  • If you have more than one child, let them compete to see who can tidy up first!
  • Let them organise their toys by colour or type

For the older children:

  • Put on their favourite songs, like a Little Mix track or something along those lines. (The Tidy Up Rhumba does work on older kids sometimes as well)!
  • Let the older ones compete as well, it may be a bit more competitive, but it will eventually get done!

Don’t let chores be a punishment

If you tell your child to do a chore as a punishment, this will turn a chore into a negative and not a positive. Instead of making them do a chore, put them on the naughty step and then encourage them to do their chores after you have let them play for a bit and take their mind off being naughty.

Make it a habit

Make sure your children get used to doing your selected chores every single day to ensure they stick in their minds. They will eventually do this on their own, without you having to tell them and also not expect a reward every time as well.

 

After all of this you don’t have time to keep the other parts of your house clean, then give your local Merry Maids a call. Find your local Merry Maids here.

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Hiring a maid will make you smile more

Hiring a maid will make you smile more!

How would hiring a cleaner make you smile, you may ask. Well, are a few reasons you why you may want to consider hiring a maid

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Do you have no time to clean?

The average family now works more hours during the day, gets home to cook the dinner, entertains the kids for an hour or two and then puts the kids to bed. After all of this, all you want to do is zonk out on your sofa, watch the latest drama on TV and not think about cleaning at all.

We totally understand why you don’t have enough time in your daily schedule to clean. So, to make your life easier and your house cleaner, all you need to do is call Merry Maids and we can have your house sparkling by the time you get home!

Do you suffer from any allergies?

With over 12% of the UK population having some form of asthma, cleaning for these people can cause sneezing and even asthma attacks from just wiping up a small bit of accumulated dust.

If you’re one of that 12% that suffers, you won’t want to be cleaning all the time, because you don’t want your asthma to be triggered. The best option for you is to give Merry Maids a call to make your home an allergy-free zone!

Do you want to spend more time with the family?

The weekend comes around quickly, usually anyway. All you want to do at the weekend is spend time with your family and friends.

Merry Maids can give you the gift of family time by cleaning during the week. All you need to do at the weekend is to have fun, live your life to the fullest and maybe even tick something off your bucket list!

So, what are you waiting for? Turn that frown upside down and smile more by hiring a maid from Merry Maids!

 

Find your local Merry Maids here and receive a free quote.

 

Interesting and Yucky Facts About Cleaning Your House

Interesting and Yucky Facts About Cleaning Your House

Your house is your pride and joy, and you want to keep it looking spick and span all the time. We have listed below some interesting and yucky facts about cleaning your house.

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Interesting Facts

Here are 5 interesting facts you can take away and help keep your home clean!

Burn those calories: You can burn up to 100 calories an hour while cleaning your house! Who needs a treadmill at the gym when you can lose weight by cleaning! If you have a large house then you can do the hoovering and lose 100’s upon 100’s of calories!

Lemony Clean It: When life gives you lemons, start cleaning! Lemons have anti-bacterial properties and can help disinfect your home. All you need is half a lemon and a damp bit of kitchen roll. Firstly, rub the half of the lemon on the area you want to clean, wait 30 seconds, and then wipe the damp kitchen roll over the same area to get rid of the stickiness. Then just like magic, your side is clean and lemony fresh!

Blend away the germs: Did you know that your blender can clean itself? All you need to do to get rid of the protein shakes or fruit smoothie that is left over is put some hot water with a dash of soap in your blender and turn it on! Hey, presto! A clean blender!

The news can clean: I bet you didn’t know that the news can help you clean! Well, a newspaper can do just that on mirrors and other glass surfaces. Just spray it with antibacterial spray and get rubbing with the newspaper. Make sure you read the paper first though!

Nothing is permanent: Have your kids been writing on the walls and on the table with permanent marker? Well don’t panic, toothpaste can save the day! Toothpaste is a fine abrasive that will remove pretty much anything it touches!

Yucky Facts

Now for some yucky facts that will make you want to get home and clean straight away!

Dirty dust: Dust is a pretty horrible thing! It contains 70-80% of dead skin flakes that have come from you and your family. The other 20-30% is usually from outside substances that have been draped in by footwear or on your clothing. Yucky!

Type away the dirt: You can’t literally type away the dirt, you actually have to clean your computer keyboards, unfortunately. Computer and laptop keyboards are actually dirtier than a toilet seat! Get cleaning yours now, because I bet you never have! Yucky!

Clean that sponge: Your washing up sponge on average contains 10 million bacteria! Yucky! Make sure you regularly clean your sponge by washing it with your washing up liquid and hot soapy water after every washing up session. There are other ways to clean your sponge, we can touch on that on another post for you.

A mattress of mites: On average a mattress contains a whopping 6 billion dust mites! Yucky! Give your mattress a hoover at least once a week or get our friends ServiceMaster Clean in to give it a good clean.

Flush away the germs: Make sure you have the toilet seat down when your flushing the toilet because germs will fly everywhere, maybe even on your soap or toothbrush! Yucky!

Hire a cleaner

Although you can do a bit of cleaning yourselves, the majority of you will not have time to do a good long clean and keep your house germ free. That is where Merry Maids come in. We are a professional and friendly domestic cleaning service that will clean your house until it is glistening, every time.

To find your local Merry Maids business click here.

Top 8 Things You Usually Forget To Clean At Home

Top 8 Things You Usually Forget To Clean At Home

When you have completed your daily/weekly clean do you sit back and admire your work? Or is that just me? I am betting there are a few things around the home that you have forgotten to clean! Naughty, naughty! No, only kidding, we all do it trust me!

Here are the top 8 things at home that you forget:

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Wash your washing machine

You may think you don’t need to clean your washing machine because it is constantly on and cleaning your laundry. Well, that is far from the truth to be honest, as washing machines get surprisingly dirty.

  • The easiest way to start a good clean is to put your washing machine on the highest temperature setting you can and pour a cup of white vinegar into the machine. The vinegar is added to assist in sanitising the drum
  • Once the cycle has finished, keep the machine door open for a while to allow it to air dry
  • Get yourself a damp cleaning cloth or sponge and get right into the rubber seals, as these are the main culprits for mould and other horrid stuff to accumulate
  • Then make yourself a cup of tea and relax before going onto your next job on the list

Don’t let the bed bugs bite

How often do you wash your bed covers?

It should be every week! So, if you have had your sheets on for more than a week, then get them in your perfectly clean washing machine right now!

You don’t need a step by step guide on how to clean your sheets because it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy (ooooo don’t get me started on lemons, I’ll leave them for another post)!

Shower away your sins

There is nothing better than a nice hot (or lukewarm for some people) shower at the end of the day. I bet you all just jump out, dry yourself and get on with your night straight away.

Cleaning your shower door or curtain can save a lot of time when you’re doing a deep clean of your house. One of the best things to do is keep a cleaning cloth in the bathroom and just wipe down the shower door every time you finish in the shower. This will help reduce water stains and limescale build up on the door.

With a shower curtain, all you need to do is put the curtain over the bath and swipe your hands from the top to the bottom, getting rid of as much of the excess water as possible. This will again help with reducing water stains on the curtain. Every so often with both, make sure you give them a good clean with hot soapy water.

The dirty extractor fan

The dreaded extractor fan! One of the most annoying things to clean in your house, but one that you 100% want to keep clean, because of it being near the food you cook.

Cleaning your extractor fan properly can be a long and tiring job. However, if you do a big clean every couple of weeks, by taking out the top trays and giving them a good clean, wipe the rest of the extractor fan with a damp cloth, the long tantalising job turns into an easy little job, by just giving a quick wipe every week.

Clean your gym equipment

Yes, some people have gym equipment at home, aren’t they the lucky ones! They are not so lucky on the other hand in that they need to keep them clean! Just think how sweaty you get and the number of skin cells that drop onto your equipment handles and mats etc.

To easily clean your equipment, just do the following:

  • Turn off all electronic equipment, like your treadmill
  • Spray your equipment with disinfectant spray and use a cleaning cloth to wipe them down
  • Wipe your yoga mats with hot and soapy water, then hang them to dry over the bath or a hang over a radiator that is turned off

Let there be light

You have got to clean your light fittings! Lights are amongst the main things that we neglect when it comes to cleaning. All you need to do is grab a duster and wipe the fittings, make sure the light is off, cool from not being turned on for a while and give the bulb a good wipe also. It’s as easy as pie!

Clean your fridge and freezer

Having a clean fridge and freezer is of the utmost importance because obviously, you keep all of your food you’re going to eat and give to other people in these big cold boxes. Harmful bacteria can build up over time and cleaning both regularly will keep them at bay. Make sure you take out the drawers in your fridge and freezer and clean them with hot soapy water, but ensure they have cooled down before putting them back in.

Every so often your freezer will need to be defrosted, so while the drawers are cooling down, leave the freezer door open and leave a towel on the floor to collect the water.

Give your electronic devices a fresh look

Nowadays we spend a lot of time on our phones and tablets, but how often do you clean them?

Even if it’s just a wipe with a microfibre cloth every so often to get rid of the greasy fingerprints all over the device, this will help keep germs off your phone. A quick tip is to get yourselves some glasses cleaner or something similar, spray some onto the cloth and wipe your device from top to bottom, always make sure your device is switched off before doing this.

Hire some help

Now I bet you’re sitting there thinking you haven’t got time to do all of this! Give your local Merry Maids business a call today for a quote and a spotless clean of your home sweet home! While we are cleaning your house, you can go out or just relax and enjoy another cup of tea!

Find your local Merry Maids UK here.

Expert Tips for a Gleaming Bathroom:

We know the bathroom; the dreaded bathroom, may seem like a mammoth task after you’ve forgot to tackle it for a few months. Or maybe you’ve just been putting it off, but we’ve compiled a few means of confronting the mission head on.

The mucky tap

The sink has the ability to breed the worst soap, dirt and germ collection. It builds up that much, if left untouched, you may contemplate chiselling it off… False, all you need is cleaning vinegar and some paper towels.

Place a bunch of vinegar-soaked paper towels around the areas of the tap and leave for 15 to 30 minutes. Afterward, wipe the surface clean and ta-da!

De-splattering the mirror

For this, you can use a natural mix of white vinegar and water, or a mix of ammonia, water, rubbing alcohol and washing up liquid – this works a treat.

Spray whatever you’re using evenly on the mirror, leave for a few seconds, and then wipe with a microfiber cloth to remove the specs of toothpaste and dirt. Next, use a squeegee to wipe away drips – alternate between the squeegee and the cloth to avoid the wicked streaks.

The bad aim

Okay, this is the most unglamorous part of your bathroom cleaning mission.

The only way to completely clean your toilet, is to grab a flat head screwdriver and remove the lid. Then use anti-bacterial disinfecting wipes and latex gloves to get into all the crevices.

The slow drainer

You really don’t need some fancy drain unblocker for this one.

First, Pour 170 grams of salt and 170 grams of baking soda into the effected drain, afterwards, 120 ml of white vinegar. This will all fizz up and the salt will act as a corrosive, removing any grime and hair. After 10 minutes, pour 2 litres of boiling water into the drain, this will dissolve the mixture and leave it running clear and free of any blockages.

You can reduce this drastically buy purchasing a hair catcher that’ll stop any hair even reaching the bottom of the drain.

Focusing on your wellbeing.

Let’s face it, you’re busy. Christmas has passed, you’re back to work, your next holiday is months away, deadlines are piling up and it’s starting to take its toll.

We believe that looking after yourself is just as important as you looking after others. Stressful times are an everyday occurrence in most people’s lives, but how well do you deal with it?

One effective way, is the act of Mindfulness. “It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’ – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour,” says Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

So just how you do you be more mindful you ask?

More like this: Cut cleaning time in half.

Take notice of the everyday.

Be more aware of the sensations around you and try to remind yourself to do so in the mornings. “Even as we go about our daily lives, we can notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk,” says Professor Williams.

Watch your thoughts.

You might find practicing mindfulness difficult, when you stop what you’re doing your thoughts may ‘flood’ in. It’s helpful to know that mindfulness exercises are to help see them as mental events, rather than push them away. Noticing your thoughts and what feelings they bring will help you recognise what makes you stressed the most, then giving you the chance to act on it in the future.

Be active.

You don’t have to go to the gym or do anything rigorous. Take a walk or go for a short bike ride. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life and a daily routine.

If you’d like to find out more about mindfulness, you can do so here – Or you could download the ‘Headspace’ app which is available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

How to Spring Clean in a Flash.

Ah, winter’s just about gone (maybe), the days are getting longer, and the trees are getting greener… It’s now time to shift the stuffy, winter dust and to really freshen up all of the rooms in your home. However, not all of us can or want to spend a day scrubbing away so we’ve thought of a few ways you can spring clean in a flash.

  1. The top to bottom rule.

    Start a clean off by de-cob-webbing the celling corners, then work your way down towards the floor and vacuum last. It’ll pick up all the dust and dirt that fell off all your surfaces. Start at a particular point and clean in a clockwise direction as well so you don’t re-clean some areas.

  2. Tackle the windows when it’s cloudy.

    In the sun, window and glass cleaning solution will dry out and evaporate before it has time to work its magic and you’ll have to start over because it’s turned in to a streaky mess.

  3. Change your vacuum settings.

    Turn the brush roller on your vacuum cleaner off to clean hard floors, so that dirt and mud isn’t being scattered across the floor again.

  4. Work smarter, not harder.

    Don’t forget to clean or replace your cleaning products as and when needed – Wash cloths and dusters often and clean brushes in warm soapy water. Remember to empty to the vacuum too, an empty vacuum works wonders.

  5. Reel the kids in

    This may seem like a long shot… but we think little hands can still do a good job! With a bit of show and tell, you can give them a spray bottle and a cloth and they’ll be off like no one’s business. Just make sure they don’t spray the dog.

If you just really can’t face the idea of spring cleaning in a flash, you can always find your local Merry Maids team to help out.

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