How much time do YOU spend on “Me” Time?

If you’re like most of us, the time spent on household chores like cooking and cleaning takes away from our Me Time. And the thing is, we can never get that time back.
But if you’re a Maid Brigade customer, you probably have more Me Time than your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Our research shows that about half of US women spend more than 5 hours per week on cooking, cleaning and other household chores. What’s really interesting isthat Maid Brigade’s customers had nearly 40% more Me Time than those who did not have any help with cleaning. That’s a big difference:
During the holiday season, it’s important to be mindful of the need for a healthy balance. With schedules tighter than ever this time of year, a few 30 minute quality Me Time sessions per week will help ease stress and improve moods, optimism and well-being.
Let us help you find more Me Time! Here are some incentives as a way to say, we’re grateful to be your cleaning expert, and we wish you a Thanksgiving abundant with food, warmth and love.
Call us – 330-453-6000.
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Not All House Cleaners Are Equal

There have been a number of people who have called us recently and shared the horror stories of their experiences with other cleaners. Whether they had an individual or a team from another cleaning company, we’ve heard some unbelievable stories about their experiences.

In the world of household cleaners, not all companies have the same standards, hiring practices or training programs.

At Maid Brigade of Northeast Ohio we:

  • Offer a free in-home visit for the most accurate pricing estimate.
  • Are fully bonded and insured.
  • Drug test all of our employees, not just at the time of hire but randomly throughout their employment.
  • Fully train each employee by sending them with our top experienced teams members for hands-on training.
  • Provide all of the cleaning supplies and cleaning equipment.
  • Only use chemical-free products that are Green Clean certified.
  • Offer Maid Brigade’s exclusive VapurCleanTM Advantage…the most powerful cleaner and disinfectant and yet the gentlest cleaning process for your family. VapurCleanTM deep cleans and disinfects kitchens, bathrooms, counters, floors, upholstery and every other surface in your home using only water.

So if you haven’t tried Maid Brigade and are looking for a company that offers a difference in household cleaning, why not give us a try.

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7 Tips for Dealing with Dust

dustingIs there anything more annoying than dust? It is like laundry…you are never really done because just when you think you’ve finished, you aren’t.

So how can you deal with dust without going bonkers?

We checked out some great articles and have compiled a list of 7 tips you may find helpful.
1.  Recycle your used fabric softner sheets by using them as dust cloths. Used fabric softener sheets can be used to dust as a substitute for more expensive electrostatic cloths.
2.  Use a large makeup brush lightly sprinkled with water to dust your delicate trinkets – start at the top and work your way down.
3.  A great way to dust baseboards and ceiling corners is to turn a sports sock inside out and pull it onto the handle of your mop – it is easy to get into corners without getting on a ladder or crawling on your hands and knees.
4.  Place an old pillowcase over ceiling fan blades, one at a time, to pull dust off the blades without scattering it all over the room and floor.5.  Ball up a pair of old pantyhose and use a rubber band to attach it to a coat hanger or yardstick. Use this to grab dust bunnies from underneath and alongside your fridge.6. Grab the dust off your lamp shades with a lint brush.
7.  Make sure you periodically clean out your air ducts – they trap dust and then recycle it into the air.
Need help? Give us a call! Our Maid Brigade teams are experts at getting rid of dust and we offer a variety of one time only, specialty cleaning and regular cleaning schedules to meet your specific needs. Call us!
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Back to School Back to Germs

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Green Tips for Removing Pet Hair & Odor

We love our pets, in fact, they become members of the family, but we sure don’t like the odor or pet hair that seems to accumulate when we aren’t looking.
Check out this video from Marie Stegner, Maid Brigade’s Consumer Health Advocate, and Leslie Reichert, the Green Cleaning Coach:
How Stuff Works offers five more tips for ridding your home of pet fur. Here are just two:
Cover the surfaces your pet uses frequently with blankets and area rugs. More hair on washing machine friendly surfaces like slipcovers and mats will mean less hair in your carpeting and furniture — and less wear and tear on your vacuum cleaner, too.
The lazy sock method — If you find mounds of pet hair on your kitchen floor in the morning or when you get home from work, “skate” around your kitchen while wearing athletic socks (or get your kids to do it). The advantage of using this trick is that it doesn’t stir up the hair like vacuuming or sweeping can. It’s also a fast chore you can perform before meal prep that will keep pet hair from becoming an ingredient in your recipes.
Here is a fruity recipe to help getting rid of pet odors. This one takes a bit of patience:
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
Funnel 7 tablespoons of brown sugar into your container, and add the fruit. Next, add the water, and tightly screw on the cap, giving everything a good shake to mix it around. Loosen the cap and leave it on halfway to release the gases and ensure your bottle doesn’t explode due to the build-up. After 3 months, you’re natural enzymatic cleaner will be ready to use!
Need help? Give us a call! Maid Brigade offers a variety of one time only, specialty cleaning and regular cleaning schedules to meet your specific needs. Call us!
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Get Organized in a Flash

Let’s Get Organized!

Sometimes the simplest ideas can make the biggest different in the organization of your life. Take this clever way of storing your scarves – a quick trip to the Dollar store for a package of shower curtain rings and you have a neat way of keeping your accessories organized and easy to see.
Use shower curtain rings to store your purses as well!

How about organizing all those wires behind the television, under your desk or next to your bed? Use the plastic bread clips from a new loaf of bread to identify which wire goes to what equipment! You’ll never unplug the wrong thing again.

I don’t know about you, but those plastic bags from the store seem to multiple over night. Keep them organized and handy by stuffing them in an empty tissue box. This is a great and pretty way to keep the bags on hand when cleaning out the litter box or grabbing a bag on the way out the door to take the dog to do his business.

It is back to school time and already the kitchen table is overrun with supplies. Keep them handy by using clear plastic boxes to organize. They look pretty and even the smallest hands can help with the clean up.

Finally, if you need to spread the organizational goodwill to your office – check out this article from Entrepreneur magazine: 10 Quick Tips for Getting Organized. 

Maid Brigade is also a great option to help get organized. We’ll work side-by-side with you to help organize your garage, kitchen, basement, closets – you name it. Give us a call and let’s see how we can work together to get you on the right foot this fall.


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Back to School Cleaning

Tips for Back-to-School Cleaning & Organizing

The summer comes and goes and before you know it – back-to-school frenzy hits.
  • Last minute annual physicals
  • Supply shopping
  • New clothes shopping
  • Open House to meet new teachers
  • Getting back into the routine
  • Homework
The disruption to your normal schedule can be overwhelming. Hopefully the dust has begun to settle on the chaos and you can start to make sense of your life again. To that end, we wanted to offer a few tips to keep your organized!
1. Family calendar – keep on top of everyone’s obligations by using different colors of ink on a dry erase board. You’ll know who needs to be where at a quick glance.
2. Colorful bins – these are a great way to be organized and get rid of the clutter. The bonus is that even young children can help keep their room clean when organized by colorful tubs or bins.
3.  Donate clothes – this is the perfect time to go through closets and pull out the items that no longer fit. What is it about summer that seems to make our children grow? Pull out all of these items and donate to your local charity – it is a win-win.
4. Dump the dippity-do from your bathroom. Here is a great tip from Clean Organized Family Home:
Help the kids clean out their bathrooms of last semester’s hair gels and stretched-out scrunchies.
Make sure your son or daughter has everything needed to streamline morning grooming. This is especially important if you’ve got teens.
If you have a couple of kids with a shared family bathroom, keep it simple and avoid the “It’s her/his mess!” argument before voices (and tempers) rise.
Get each child a different color handled tote, inside which he or she can stash all his or her grooming supplies.
Then just pick up and go! (to the bathroom for tooth brushing and other pre-school hygiene essentials, that is.)
5. Weekend cleanup. “She Knows” offers this great tip:
Every single weekend, make sure your children clean out their corners, closets and underneath their beds. My daughter, in particular, loves to stash items from school all around her room. What’s the result? Piles and piles of unnecessary stuff just lying around. I start out the school year sitting alongside her and talking her through the process and then eventually allowing her to work on her own.
Finally, Tonna offers 12 Must dos for back to school cleaning that are worth checking out.
By the way – now that the dust has settled – why not give us a call to help sweep it up! Maid Brigade offers a variety of one time only, specialty cleaning and regular cleaning schedules to meet your specific needs. Call us!
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