Maid Savvy Blog Check out blog posts below!

8 Ways to Make Cleaning Fun for Kids

  • Lee
  • October 15, 2015

8 Ways to Make Cleaning Fun for Kids

When it comes to children and cleaning they usually need a little motivation. Here are 8 ways to make it more fun for them.

  1. Setting a timer is a great way to get started. When you set a timer it becomes a challenge to get everything completed before the timer dings. Children generally get excited about racing anyway.
  2. Another way to make it fun would be to encourage friendly competition. See you can pick up all their dirty laundry and get it to the laundry room the quickest.
  3. Turn some music on and let them clean to it. Children love to bounce around and dance to music. This makes cleaning much more fun, even for an adult.
  4. Play hide and seek with your child. Hide a few quarter or dollars around the house were you know each child will get a little reward. Money really helps to motivate them.
  5. Make sure to set clear rewards. Make sure that they know they only get the big reward if everything is done right, but do not be super picky. After all they are children, you will know if they put the effort in that was needed.
  6. Keep it as simple as possible. Most children need simple tasks, such as, make the bed or put laundry away. Don’t just say clean the whole house that is discouraging to a child and in no way fun. Help them out by writing down their task on a note card.
  7. Also remember to keep it sweet and pleasant. Don’t yell at them because they got side tracked and forgot something. Make sure that you are reassuring them and reminding them in a loving manner that maybe they forgot to make the bed or pick up their towel. Children are not going to enjoy cleaning all day long, make sure that you giving them small goals, but teach them to do it right. I think if we make it fun enough they will learn to like to clean up and do it correctly.
  8. Another fun way is to figure out which job is your child’s favorite. If your child loves to dust let her end with that so she is motivated, but yet excited about getting to do her favorite chore.

Have a few more ideas? Shoot us an email or grab our phone number for your charlotte house cleaning. Kids can be a real pain to deal with, especially with chores, but a few simple tips can help make it more fun. In the end, kids really wan more structure in their lives, it just needs to be in creative ways that don't feel like they are being forced into doing things. Most of the time they don't understand why they need to do something, so making it fun distracts them enough to just do it.

Read more

6 Simple Tips To A Cleaner Home

  • Lee
  • October 12, 2015

6 Simple Tips to a Cleaner Home

Are you struggling to keep your home clean? Do you feel like you drowning in house work?

Here are a few simple tips that will help you keep your home clean (besides booking a cleaning with Maid Savvy).

Let’s start with the laundry. This is something every single house hold has and the more people the more laundry. When you get up in the morning put a load of laundry in the washing machine first thing. After you get ready or after breakfast is over switch them to the dryer. Whether you get to fold them immediately or when you get home from work, this keeps you ahead by doing at least one load of laundry every single day. Laundry can be very depressing especially if you let it pile up. It also helps your home to smell nice when you keep laundry going.

Unloading the dishwasher is another way to keeping your home cleaner. Each morning put all the clean dishes away and replace them with the breakfast dishes. You can add to the dishwasher all day and then turn in on just before bed. This helps keep dirty dishes out of the sink and keeps the kitchen looking very nice.

Another tip would be to put a basket at the front door. I know that you have heard this a million times, but this really helps. Plus it keeps all the mail, the kids homework or assignment papers, and whatever else needs to be dealt with a place to go. Each day go through your basket and put everything were it needs to go.

Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping is another important task that helps keep your home cleaner. If you keep your home vacuumed and swept then it eliminates dirt and germs from being spread throughout your home. If you can take that extra 30 minutes if that long to vacuum, sweep, and mop at least the main areas it will help you keep the house much cleaner.

Another small tip is when you come home take your shoes off at the door. You have been to the park, the shopping center, the post office, and in your yard, think about all those germs your bringing home with you. This small thing keeps your house clean because they are not in the middle of the floor and you know exactly where they are the next day.

My last tip is taking the time to dust, running a dust rag over the furniture a couple times a week. You can deep clean and dust monthly, but if you run over your furniture a couple times a week it keeps everything looking nice and smelling clean.

If you are really struggling to clean your home, give us a shout! In our upcoming posts we'll look at how to get kids involved in cleaning and how to make your home look spotless...without us!

Read more

3 Homemade Cleaners to Remove Pet Stains

  • Lee
  • October 09, 2015

3 Homemade Cleaners to Remove Pet Stains

1. Vinegar-Baking Soda Spray

This spay is damn near perfect, it will do the trick 99% of the time, it is cheap to make, and really simple. It will get even the toughest of odors out because of the vinegar and baking soda mixture. To use the spray, first blot up the stain that you are looking to neutralize. Mix everything below together and then spray on the stain. Let it sit for a couple of minutes so that the spray can work it's magic. Finally, gently rub/blot the area to get the spray up from your floor/furniture.

You will need…

  • -2 cups white vinegar
  • -2 cups of water
  • -1/4 cup baking soda
  • -Spray bottle (optional)

2. Hydrogen-peroxide/baking soda mixture

Hydrogen peroxide is another great substance when it comes to breaking down the urea in urine. Once the urea is broken down the baking soda can come in to absorb the odor and neutralize it.

You will need…

  • -Paper towels or rags
  • -A cup or so of baking soda
  • -1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • -1 teaspoon eco-friendly dish liquid
  • -A bowl

Cover the stain with paper towels or rags and walk lightly over or place something heavy on top to soak up any excess liquid. Sprinkle a generous handful of baking soda over the stain when no more liquid can be pulled up, and mix together ½ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of dish liquid. Slowly pour the solution over the stain and baking soda. Gently scrub the mixture into the carpet fibers with a scrub-brush or cloth, and then let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Vacuum the area thoroughly. For tough stains, repeat the above steps.

3. Citrus-enzyme cleaner

Most of the really popular "citrus sprays" are just a fancy way of selling you water with some citrus juice in it. You can easily make your own with the following ingredients.

You will need…

  • -7 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • -1 ½ cups of lemon and orange peels/scraps
  • -1 liter of water-a bottle or clear container large enough to hold the liquid and peels/scraps

Mix all items in a mason jar and shake well. Unscrew the cap and let it sit for 3 months. At the end of 3 months you will have a natural enzymatic cleaner! Blot with a cloths first then spray on stains. Enjoy from Maid Savvy.

Read more