How Often You Should Clean the Most Commonly Neglected Parts of Your Home

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You probably do the basic stuff when you clean your home, like wiping down counters and washing sheets, but some things undoubtedly get forgotten. This visual guide can help you establish a regular cleaning schedule for the stuff that tends to fall by the wayside.

The guide, from housewares provider Moshells, shows you the parts of a home that often go neglected, and how often you should actually give them some attention. For example, garbage disposals should be cleaned out once a week, bath mats should be washed every two weeks, indoor trash cans need to be rinsed every couple months, window screens should be tidied up once a year, pet bowls are best washed daily, and even children’s toys could use a wipe down or wash once a month. The guide also tells you the best way to go about caring for each area. You can check out the full graphic below.

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10 THINS I LEARNED ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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You would be surprised and motivated to read our thoughts about how to run a small business, specially if you are in a family business. When I started, I had already years hearing that entrepreneurship is great and is a noble cause. But the cold hard truth is that it’s hard, you get into a position where you must make sacrifice for you, your family, and your business. If you make a mistake, clients and the general public don’t really often care and want to crucify you for not calling them back right away, for not giving them as much of a discount as they want only because they want it.  There are many things I have learned and many things I can share with you. We mention things like how to delegate, what to expect, when to ask for advice, how your kid’s Godparents tie into your world of business. Read more about the 10 things we’ve learned about entrepreneurship on my husband’s blog post on Medium.

Dirty laundry in the bedroom attracts bed bugs

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Bad news: Bed bugs like the smell of your dirty laundry

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Bed bugs are more likely to be attracted to dirty clothes than clean clothes

If you’ve been putting off doing a load of laundry, it could be an idea to stick it on now. We’ve all heard the expression “sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite”, but there could be a way of stopping this from happening. Far from being a fictional creature, bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and bite exposed skin but it seems that dirty laundry could be a major cause of the problem. Although they end up in beds, to feed on blood, new research has suggested that the problem could start in your laundry basket.

 

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An experiment, led by the University of Arizona, found that leaving worn clothes exposed in sleeping areas when traveling may facilitate the dispersal of bed bugs. The insects commonly find their way into clothes and luggage but are twice as likely to aggregate on bags containing soiled clothes compared to those containing clean clothes. Four tote bags of dirty clothes were placed – two containing soiled clothes, two with clean clothes – in the presence of bed bugs. Both the rooms were temperature controlled but only one room received an increase in carbon dioxide concentration to stimulate the effect of a human breathing. The study concluded that, in the absence of humans, bed bugs were twice as likely to head for bags containing soiled clothes.

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This suggests human odor on dirty clothes acts as an elicitor of host-seeking behavior in bed bugs. So, dirty laundry left in an open suitcase or left on the floor of an infested room may attract bed bugs. Scientists have recommended that keeping laundry in a sealed bag, particularly when staying in a hotel, could reduce the chances of people taking bed bugs home with them. Dr. Hentley from the University of Arizona said: “Bed bugs are a huge problem for hotel and homeowners, particularly in some of the world’s biggest and busiest cities. “Once a room is infested with bed bugs, they can be very difficult to get rid of, which can result in people having to dispose of clothes and furniture that can be really costly.”
One of the most common questions we get is, “I’ve got bug bites, does that mean I have bed bugs?” This can be especially concerning if you notice bites on your children and aren’t sure where they came from.

 

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Here is what you need to know about bedbug bites.

Most bedbugs feed exclusively on human blood to grow and survive. Phoenix bed bugs do not feed every day, so depending on how many bedbugs are living in your home, you may not have new bites consistently.

While bed bugs are most active at night, they are not exclusively nocturnal. What attracts them is the warmth, moisture and carbon dioxide released from warm-blooded animals, according to Purdue University. If you or your family are being bit by these bed bugs, you’ll most likely find the bites on exposed areas of the body like your face, neck, arms and hands.The problem is, bedbug bites can look very similar to other bug bites you might find in or around your home, like fleas or mosquitos. People also react differently to bedbug bites, so they don’t always look the same.

Luckily, while bed bug bites may cause allergic reactions in some people that do need to be treated, they are not known to carry other diseases. You do want to avoid scratching any bug bites though because scratching your skin can increase your chances of getting an infection.
Simply having bug bites is not a guarantee that you have bed bugs.
If you notice bites on you or your family and are concerned you may have bedbugs, first do a thorough check of all of your bedding and mattresses, looking not only for live bugs but also looking for tiny black dots that may look like dirt in the seams of your mattresses, pillows, and linens.

 

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If you’re still not sure if bed bugs are biting you, give Eco-Tech a call! We are happy to answer any questions you have, and will provide a free in-home assessment.

This is Heather, she was traveling from a vacation with her family when she got bit by bed bugs on the plane ride, and because she had to make her way home, she unknowingly carried the bed bugs into her house which ended up also biting her child.

 

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Avondale Glendale Peoria Homeowner Tip: How To Prevent and Get Rid of Bed Bugs!

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Sometimes with children, it can be near impossible preventing certain things such as bed bugs. Then, of course, we don’t help ourselves when we go thrift shopping or looking for antiques and let me tell you, even the best antique auction houses have been known to sell bed bugs along with their items.

Really Good Measures To Prevent and Get Rid of Bed Bugs!

#1 – Good Consistent Vacuuming

Thorough vacuuming can help prevent bed bugs. Carefully vacuum all your rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. If your vacuum uses a bag, change the bag after each use so the bed bugs don’t spread or escape if you happen to catch any.

#2 – Store away your clothes in vacuum sealed bags

Seasonal clothing or decorations should be sealed away and properly put away. Although we tend to simply want to put these items away for the year, it’s important we plan things out and consider that your clothing items will sit there attracting bed bugs and other pests all year long. 

#3 – Don’t overlook your pets

If you have pets its extremely important that you regularly clean, wash and vacuum their favorite spots around the house. Cats especially since they tend to roam around the community during the day if they are indoor/outdoor pets. 

#4 – Don’t Do It Alone

This is especially important if you think you already have bed bugs in or around your house! Contact a local pest control company to help you get rid of them and show the best possible next steps. 

Eco-Tech in Peoria, is our preferred company not just because of their customer service but because they use specialized equipment that kills this pest with really high heat which means you’re not left breathing nasty poisons lingering around your house. 


#5 – Don’t Use Unclean / Unsourced Coverings

They sure are handy! When we move we rent them from places like U-Haul to cover our furniture but sometimes they get pricey, and if you need many of them you may want to look for extra protectors through Craigslist or from friends and family but I truly recommend that you don’t. If you do, please make sure that they are cleaned and good to use.

#4 – Use ClimbUp Monitors!  

ClimpUp Monitors are pretty handy because you can place these under almost any bed stand and easily spot any activity. They are really inexpensive and super useful, Amazon has these for sale for about $15 per set. Get them here.

If you suspect of any bed bug activity, please please don’t fight them it alone! Call a professional and get rid of them for sure. Give Eco-Tech a try, I’ve had the pleasure to work with them in the past and really do recommend them.  If you do happen to need them, they often offer 15-20% OFF if you let them know you are a referral. 

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The Crazy-Looking Yoga Slippers People Can’t Stop Asking About

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It happens like clockwork: Yoga class ends, and a curious yogi walks toward me, points at my feet, and asks, “What are those?”

The items in question are the Nike Studio Wrap, a product that Nike calls a “women’s training shoe,” but that’s more accurately described as a “not-a-sock, not-a-shoe, slipper thing that everybody will ask you about.”

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I don’t mind the nonstop questions and inquisitive stares. After all, the wraps have been an absolute game-changer for me, so why not spread the love?

I first discovered the wraps back in 2014, when they first came out. I’d been practicing yoga for a few months, and while I was enjoying the classes, I was really struggling with certain poses.

Take, for example, warrior I. I couldn’t figure out how to fully square my hips toward the front of the mat. I wrote it off as my body just not being able to stretch that way, but as it turned out, I wasn’t pushing through the outer edge of my back foot enough. And that was happening because my sweaty feet simply weren’t gripping the mat.

Now, some people are magical yogi unicorns who don’t sweat during a typical vinyasa flow. They can sun salute from dawn to dusk and never have to worry about their mat turning into a Slip ‘N Slide. I, however, am not one of those people, so I needed to call in some backup.

Why not just wear socks? Well, I tried that. It wasn’t much of an improvement. Regular socks didn’t offer the extra grip I needed. Sticky socks (like the ones used for barre class or children’s jungle gyms) were a slightly better option, but something about wearing socks during my practice didn’t feel quite right.

After watching a video about the wraps’ origin story and product development, I was sold. They were exactly what I’d been looking for, and I was eager to put them to the test.

That was three years ago. I haven’t looked back since.

I no longer struggle to root myself to the floor during a pose, and my feet no longer slip all over the place. The wraps provide much-needed traction and functionality while still looking cute and stylish. They fit comfortably yet snug, so I never have to adjust them during class. It’s like having a second layer of skin that grips the mat with ease, making each pose fluid and each transition seamless.

Perhaps what I love most about the wraps is that they’re part of what I call my “yogi tool kit,” which gets me in the right headspace for my practice. You have to “be in the present,” as they say, but of course, between daily stresses and to-do lists, that’s easier said than done. Having my designated tools—my mat, blanket, and wraps—ready to go helps clear my head, whether it’s for a 10-minute session at home or a 75-minute flow at a studio.

So now, when someone inevitably asks about what’s on my feet, I just respond with my well-practiced spiel: They’re the Nike Studio Wrap 4. Here’s why they’re cool (see above), how much they cost (at $55, not exactly cheap, but definitely worth it), and where to get them at Nike stores or online.

Thank you for reading!

If the Nike ones are a bit too pricey for something you may not be too sure you want to commit using to, you can definitely use these by  ToeSox Women’s Bella Half Toe Grip Non-Slip for Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, Barre Toe Socks

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Yoga Exercises You Should Be Doing

Yoga is known to decrease stress and increase body awareness and flexibility. But despite its seeming superpowers, it falls a little short in one area: dynamic, pulling movements.

“All of yoga involves pushing,” says Trina Altman, certified yoga teacher and creator of Yoga Deconstructed. “There’s no pulling. It’s bodyweight training, so you’re missing out on external resistance from a weight or a stretchy band.”

With that in mind, Altman created a series of unique exercises using a yoga blanket and two blocks to incorporate pulling and strength-based movements into her yoga classes. “Most yoga poses involve being in an end range of motion, and that’s where we’re very weak,” she explains. “By doing blanket exercises, you have to strengthen in your end ranges of motion, so it’s going to help you with your yoga poses.”

Altman shared 10 of her favorite blanket exercises to help you balance out your regular yoga practice, build strength, and reduce your risk of injury.

1. Blanket Slide

Do this exercise to target the pulling muscles along your back and help balance your shoulders from all the pushing done in traditional yoga poses.

Lie on the blanket on your stomach with arms extended in front of you, hands on floor, and gaze toward floor. Draw shoulders down back as you press into hands and bend elbows to pull body across the floor. As hands near hips, lift shoulders and legs to come into a slight backbend. Reach hands back out in front of you to continue pulling yourself straight across floor.

2. Sliding Side Split

Your inner thighs are often stretched in yoga classes. Use this exercise to strengthen them as well.

Stand tall on a blanket with feet slightly wider than hip width and hands on hips for balance. Engage core, then push into feet and use inner thighs to pull your legs together. Reverse the motion and push legs back out. Continue to repeat.

3. Block Tap

This move targets the “turnout” muscles in your hips to help you prepare for standing balance poses.

Lie on back with a yoga block between heels and legs turned out. Bend knees to bring legs into a tabletop position. Slowly lower heels toward the floor, keeping core engaged (no arching your back off the floor), and balancing block between heels. Lift legs back up and repeat.

4. Sliding Forearm Plank

This variation of a forearm plank builds core and shoulder strength to prep your shoulders for the transition between downward-facing dog and plank and when lowering during chaturanga.

Kneel with a blanket under knees and forearms resting on two yoga blocks. Slide knees out into a kneeling forearm plank. Pause for two counts and then pull knees back in. When you slide out, focus on keeping neck long and abdominals lifted.

5. Heel Push and Pull

Try this footwork move to strengthen your hamstrings, which will help balance out all the backs-of-the-legs stretching done in yoga.

Lie on your back with both legs straight, a blanket under your heels and block between your ankles. Keeping hips still, push into heels and drag the blanket toward your butt. (You can also do this exercise with your legs turned in and turned out as variations.) Push legs back to starting position and repeat.

6. Hamstring Slide With Internal Rotation

For an additional hamstring challenge, use this move to target the backs of your legs and create strength and balance in the lower body.

Lie faceup with your head and torso resting on the blanket. Place a yoga block between your knees to activate inner thighs and place feet wider than hip width on the floor for internal rotation. Extend arms straight up. Push into heels to drag your torso toward feet then push back to starting position. (You can also do this exercise with your legs in parallel or turned out for additional variations.)

7. Yogi Leg Lift

Many yoga poses focus on stretching the hip flexors. Try these leg lifts to strengthen your hip flexors and keep hips balanced.

Sit tall with legs extended out in front of you and arms by sides with fingertips resting on the floor for support. Without leaning back or rolling your pelvis under, lift right leg off floor. Lower it slowly with control. Repeat on other side. (If you have tight hamstrings or difficulty sitting up straight, you can sit on top of a folded blanket or a yoga block.)

8. Floor Eraser

Strengthen your chest and prepare for arm balances and handstands with this move.

Come into a modified plank position on knees with hands on the blanket, shoulder-width apart. Engage chest muscles to slowly draw hands together, using the blanket to slide across floor. Make sure neck stays long and shoulders and lower back don’t collapse. Slowly push hands back out to starting position and repeat.

9. Sliding Side-Over

Use side-overs to strengthen your spine and obliques for side bending, a movement that isn’t usually trained in yoga.

Lie on back with entire body on the blanket, legs extended straight out. Hold onto your right wrist with left hand. Use obliques to pull right wrist toward left foot, so you come into a banana shape. Return to starting position for one rep. Then repeat on left side.

10. Swimming Cobra

Try this cobra-with-a-twist to strengthen the pulling muscles in your shoulders that aren’t easily targeted with traditional yoga poses.

Lie facedown with arms extended out straight and the blanket gathered between hands. Legs are extended long with abs and glutes engaged. Making a circular breaststroke motion with hands, pull the blanket toward you as you bend your elbows and lift your chest into extension. Push arms forward and lower chest with a relaxed neck to complete the movement. Only lift chest as high as you can without pinching in your lower back—like cobra pose.

 

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Kids Bedrooms should reflect their interests

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Parents, do you want your kids’ bedrooms to be relaxing oases where they can decompress and escape the academic and social pressures of school? Don’t assume that means muted colors and quiet sanctuary.

Instead, designers say, let the room reflect your child’s personality, even if that involves some more vibrant colors and patterns.

“Many parents find that hot pink walls are better than hot pink hair, right? And it’s only a bucket of paint. Such a space allows kids to be themselves, and that is a calming thing in today’s world,” said interior designer Kelee Katillac, who enjoys designing children’s rooms and runs a studio in Kansas City, Mo.

She and other designers recommend working with kids to create an organized, multifunctional and comfortable bedroom with an interesting color palette.

WHAT’S THE BEDROOM FOR?

A first step to creating a great space for kids is defining what purposes the room must serve, Katillac said. Most kids do more than sleep in their rooms. They play, do homework and entertain friends there. Delineate a place for each of the room’s main functions, she said.

If your children intend to study in their room, supply a desk, chair, and of course good lighting. Create a reading nook for the bookworm. For the kid who likes to have friends over, provide a seating area — even if it’s just cushions and a rug — and have mood lighting or even decorative string lighting.

Defining separate areas helps kids relax because it creates a sense of structure, Katillac said.

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FINDING THE RIGHT COLORS

Sometimes subtle colors are best, slight variations in the shades will add layers to any room without over compromising on any one strong color. Keeping things versatile and affordable as they grow. In our house, we use this approach to even the things we decorate with or use for their development such as the hanging height ruler.

Wall color can impact your mood, said Sue Wadden of Sherwin-Williams in Cleveland. She recommends avoiding primary colors in favor of more natural or neutral tones like greens, browns, light grays or soft blues.

“It’s easier on the eye,” she said. “It’s easier on the brain.”

To promote easy clean relaxation, consider using softer or less saturated versions of the bright colors typically used in kids’ rooms, she added. If you’re concerned that your child’s color choices could get too bold, pick several colors you could live with and let them select from those, Wadden suggested.

You can also use other elements to add the pops of color that kids crave. Consider painting a colorful accent wall, or adding a vibrant rug or patterned comforter.

“Bring in brighter tones with secondary pieces,” Wadden said.

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BRING IN THEIR INTERESTS

Let your child help choose the room’s theme, said Janet Paik, an editor with the interior decorating website Houzz. “If you want it to feel like their personal sanctuary, it needs to be their own space chosen by them,” she said.

It can be easy and inexpensive to incorporate a favorite hobby, sports team or activity into the room. Decals, bedding, artwork, and accessories can highlight a child’s interests, and are easy to change out as they get older, said Melisa White of Melisa White Interiors in New York.

Writable surfaces such as chalkboard paint or large marker boards also let kids customize their room.

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EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

Provide bins, shelving, and storage that children can reach to take out and put away their things, White said. Everyone enjoys a tidy clean room if not their entire home to be neat and clean: “Clutter can cause stress and anxiety, although children may not understand that or recognize it,” she said.

An organized clean room will help children relax, agreed Heather Turgeon, co-author of “The Happy Sleeper: The Science-Backed Guide to Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep — Newborn to School Age” (TarcherPerigee, 2014).

“A lot of clutter and toys can keep kids’ minds activated, the same way having an office desk in your clean room or a pile of stressful papers beside your bed might do for you,” said Turgeon, a psychotherapist.

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USE WHAT THEY LOVE

Consider including a shelf or bulletin board where kids can display items important to them, she said. When Katillac was working with a teenager who collects shoes, she put in shelving where he could set out some of his favorite pairs. That not only kept things orderly; it created a meaningful vignette in the room.

“Kids are very vocal about the things they like,” Katillac said. “Look at their interests and see if you can turn it into a piece of artwork.”

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I love these My Heart Bubble New York City Prints from My Heart Bubble and think they are absolutely perfect for Airbnb homes. Imagine having a wall with a few of these babies in them! Your guest will love you for thinking of them and their places of origin.

MONITORING SCREENS

Ideally, the room should be media-free at bedtime, Turgeon said.

One of the biggest differences in our house actually is not that hard to replicate – We have created a communal charging station where the entire family charges our electronics in some place other than our individual bedrooms.  – Diana Valle

“Have everybody say good night to their devices at least an hour before bedtime,” she said.

If children keep a computer in their room, try to separate it visually from the sleep space with a bookshelf, curtain or another creative design idea.

Most houses have outlets at the bottom of where our night stands would be, but when it comes to our kids room and night time – its important to have a subtle dim night light for them. If you don’t have space in your house for a dedicated charging station, try using one of these round lights by Anpress, they have USB connections so that you can hide the night light behind the stand, making it more subtle and easy on the shut eyes, while providing you clutter free way to keep their iPads or phones charging in their room.

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After having to hire them due to a medical condition I had, I experienced their unreliability, bad service, and highly expensive pricing!
I figured I couldn’t be the only one, so I made it my mission to create a service that addresses all expectations. I created our 360 cleaning system, built a great team, and figured honest transparent pricing so that anyone who needs help can actually afford it too!

Honest Maids was created for the hard working family who cares about their community and the products used in their home. We’ve made cleaning a truly affordable luxury.  Hire us or read our reviews anywhere online and you will see that we are truly better.

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Dinnerware Trends For 2018

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Dinnerware Trends For 2018

Keeping up with trends isn’t about keeping up with the Jones’

 

Sometimes, it’s about us enjoying our space and what we have built for ourselves in our own home. So for this coming winter of 2017 and upcoming 2018 trends I wanted to share some really beautiful sets that I have found and have started collecting myself.  I gotta tell you that from all the homes that we visit when Honest Maids gets a call onto people’s homes. We see trends, we clean them, and organize them. One of the biggest trend I have seen coming is the hand drawn patterns and sketches on plates is becoming more and more popular.

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The colors are meant to be organic, natural and reminiscing of what nature has to offer. Natural patterns are becoming so trendy that even fish scale tiles and wall decor on baths and showers are growing fast in demand. Here are some sets you can find at affordable prices and that we seen enjoyed in homes all the way from Avondale, to Scottsdale and other cities like New Jersey and Chicago where we get to help as well.

 

Godinger Silver Art Marble Design 16 Piece Dinner Set

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Elegant, timeless dinnerware finds a permanent home in your cabinet with this stunning set

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Pioneer Woman Dinnerware Vintage Bloom

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Galleyware Octopus Melamine Non-Skid Dinner Plates

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NOVICA Multicolor Floral Ceramic Serving Plate, ‘Wilderness’

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This one is one of my favorite plates by far!! I love the patterns and the sublte color variations that compliment each other. Plus the colors themselves are very natural and easily found in nature.

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A New Way To Franchising

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Many of us have a dream of owning our own business and while the majority of us can’t figure out what to do, how to start, and when to take the plunge there are a lot of of us who look into franchising as an option to get in business for ourselves.

Franchising however is too damn expensive!
Forget about the time it takes to research the right company, the right market and industry and then go through the application process, the financing process and then training… Woah! …and you still have monthly royalties to have to pay and minimums to meet.

That’s why Honest Maids has come up with a new way to do Franchising
Let’s face it, the cleaning industry is very competitive because is so easy and affordable to start on your own right away. The cleaning janitorial industry is so sought after because is so lucrative, you can make as much money as you are able to earn working directly on the jobs yourself or simply running a business and closing deals for your teams. Starting a business might be easy, but what most don’t realize is that is super hard to actually grow a cleaning business by yourself promoting the same way everyone else does and to the same people. The fact that this industry is so easy to get into is actually a huge reason why many don’t make it – most new owners lack the discipline and insight to grow sustainably. That’s where Honest Maids comes in.
This Arizona based company has figured out that instead of competing against one another, business owners should work together to help control prices and expectations by consumers. This company has also leveraged the power of social media and digital inbound marketing which has helped it grow in to a total of 7 cities and several states. For those who are starting out and want to compete solely based on price, the harsh reality is that they won’t last but if they join forces under a brand that is helping promote their business in their market and requires no monthly minimums, no royalties – well that just a no brainer – why wouldn’t you join?
Honest Maids sells Branding Memberships!
A new business owner interested in a franchise just has to pass an initial application process, and then subscribe to the companies marketing campaign efforts. Each month that you pay you have the right to leverage their brand, get included in their marketing campaign, receive training, leads, support and more. Similar to a franchise but without the ridiculously high fees! This is how franchises should always operate because when a company helps their new members succeed their overall brand power increases, their profits increase and their sustainability increase. Is how franchising should be done – on membership with no minimal almost-zero financial pre-requisites. Start your own business as a membership owner of an Honest Maids in your city. Email info@honestmaids.co for more details.

 

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Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, but often times it’s just a rectangle in the middle of the room with some blankets thrown on it. Have you ever wondered how to make your bed look as picture perfect as the ones you see in magazines? And furthermore, have you ever questioned if it’s actually worth making the bed every morning?

To answer the latter question, the latest report from Psychology Today indicates
that over 70 percent of morning bed-makers consider themselves happy, whereas over 60 percent of non-bed-makers consider themselves unhappy. Is a straightened comforter the route to joy? It doesn’t hurt to find out! And to help you make your bed as perfect as the ones in TV shows and magazine spreads, here’s a helpful guide.

Step 1: Invest in Good Quality Sheets and Tuck Them in
Luckily for us, we live in Arizona where there is much variety in styles, quality and prices to chose from! Give your linen the attention the deserve, let them express who you are and remember that just like your daily clothes, they go through a lot of use, so invest in great quality! While you don’t need to buy 1000-thread count Egyptian cotton, it is important to get something that’s going to feel comfortable night after night. Once you have the ones you want, start making your bed by putting on the fitted sheet first. Make sure that all the corners are lined up and pulled extra tight. Next, place the top sheet upside down (you do this so that when you fold over the top edge, the pattern or finished edges are visible).

Step 2: Add a Thin Blanket
These are fluffy over through type blankets that you might use during summer but not in winter.  A thin blanket (which by the way is perfect for our Arizona weather!) paired with a fluffier one makes you more cozy and comfy but it also makes the bed look so freakishly amazing when is all done! At the head of the bed, fold the top sheet and blanket over together about 12 inches. Tightly tuck the sides of the top sheet and blanket under the mattress. When winter starts blowing in, consider investing in a microfiber blanket or wool blanket to best trap the heat and keep you warm at night.

Step 3: Spread Out the Comforter
Whether you have a #duvet (we’ve noticed that a lot of our clients are using these more and more!!) or a comforter, drape it over the blanket. The comforter should be centered on top of the bed with equal amounts of overhang on the sides and bottom. Then, fold over the top half of the comforter to reveal the top sheet and blanket underneath. Coverlets are also popular these days. These are thicker blankets that can act as a lightweight comforter during the summer months. Are you on Facebook? Add us too.

Step 4: Throw on the Pillows (of various sizes!)
A trick we’ve learned about pillows is that you need to arrange them in triangular fashion; you want to start by placing the larger pillows at the very back, these are your foundation, then go for the standard size (sleeping pillows) and place them on leaning but have 1 less pillow than the row before, so if you started with 3 now you will have 2. Next the smaller decorative pillows go last.

Step 5: Add Details
Adding a folded quilt or blanket at the foot of the bed can add another layer of visual interest to the overall look of your bed. Be careful not to get too crazy with the patterns, but if it fits within the design, go for it! If you are a realtor here in Phoenix, call your local maids, when we clean the properties for you we will make sure to make the bed be focal point of a space to showcase what a house can really look like when is nice and clean and nicely staged.

What’s the best part of having an inviting bed?  Getting into those crisp cool sheets after a long day and drifting off into a good night’s sleep. And remember, if you don’t feel like changing the linens yourself, Honest Maids can help. We’re here to up tidy up and clean your bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom. Call us at 602-500-2285 today!

http://www.honestmaids.co/the-perfect-way-to-make-a-bed/

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Kylie Katz is 16 and already she has learned some of the biggest and toughest lessons in life.

As a competitive equestrian, she practices six days a week and has learned to work in partnership with her horse, Tucker. When ring-like rashes started appearing on her face, her family and doctors suspected ringworm. But the medications didn’t work, so she had blood tests and a biopsy before being diagnosed with Discoid Lupus approximately six months later.

Her mother Michele is a registered nurse and her mother’s wife, Melissa, is a nurse practitioner. Kylie has two brothers– Jonah, age 3, and Grey, 8 months old. The absence of common symptoms, such as joint pain and fatigue, made her parents overlook lupus as a possibility. Kylie’s parents were persistent in advocating for her care and pushing for a diagnosis quickly, and the family believes that supportive healthcare providers make all the difference in Kylie’s health.

After her diagnosis, Kylie’s immediate concern was for her future.

Currently, she has seven doctors. Her choice in colleges will be limited by the need to stay close to home, or face finding a whole new care team. She has had to start wearing coverup make-up and sunscreen, monitor her stress levels, and wear sun protective clothing. She’s constantly managing her health in order to minimize symptoms.

Understandably, kids at school asked a lot of questions about her skin, and the family decided early on to be open about Kylie’s diagnosis. While they initially feared that people would focus on the physical effects of the disease, they began to see a shift in attitudes based on their willingness to talk about lupus.

Ultimately, Kylie was named prom queen and her optimism about the future rebounded.

“I won’t change the plans for my life because of this disease. I won’t let lupus define who I am and who I’m going to be in the future. I am not afraid.

My plan is to face the challenges with a positive and optimistic attitude. I will continue to ride horses and I will go to college. I am the same person inside, I may have lupus but lupus does not have me.”

As for right now, Kylie is organizing a purple foam dance party for lupus awareness in August, and her Walk to End Lupus team “K. Crew” has already exceeded its fundraising goals. We’re so inspired by your optimism and energy, Kylie!
Honest Maids continues to do good by our community through volunteerism that takes our teams to churches, fairs, community centers but just as important for us is our dedication and deep personal understanding of what lupus does to people and we are very proud of offering free home cleaning to those who are struggling with this condition. Unfortunately lupus cannot be cured but through healthy lifestyle changes that include more rest and less stress – lupus can be put to sleep and kept that way. We try to be an asset in that fight.

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Cleaning with bleach at home linked to some childhood illnesses

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Health conscious parents who keep their homes clean and disinfected may have a new worry: a new study suggests that the home use of bleach might be linked to an increased risk of infections in children.

After surveying the parents of more than 9,000 children from three countries researchers saw a modest 20 percent increase in influenza, a 35 percent increase in tonsillitis and an 18 percent increase in any kind of infection, among kids between the ages of 6 and 12, according to the report published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Even after accounting for factors such as passive smoke exposure in the home, parental education, the presence of household mold and the use of bleach to clean schools, the researchers determined home use of bleach was linked to the illnesses..

This is why you will never see Honest Maids using harsh compound chemicals – we care about our little ones – pets and children.
The researchers, led by Lidia Casas of the Centre for Environment and Health in Belgium, suspect that irritating compounds released into the air by bleach are breathed into the lungs by children, leading to inflammation and a higher susceptibility to infections. Also, independent experts say the findings fall in line with other reports linking cleaning products to adverse health effects in children with asthma.
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Make Polish Not War

how to make polish naturally to clean your home naturally and green

Is easy, You’ll think your in the 70’s

Ingredients:
1. Extra Light Olive Oil
2. Two large fresh full lemons

Get yourself an empty spray bottle, around 12oz, and pour 2/3 of the light olive oil into it. Cut and squeeze the lemons onto the spray bottle, shake it all up and voila! You got yourself a very efficient, good for your furniture treatment. Happy cleaning!

Up next, we’ll show you some nifty uses for this polish! Even if you don’t make it and just go buy the wax or buy the liquid…You will love these little tricks.

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Never Self Clean Your Oven

Be Honest, when was the last time you cleaned your oven?

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Stop before you hit the self-clean button on your appliance — it’s unfortunately not that easy. Most oven repair calls are due to that very feature. During the self-cleaning process, modern ovens get so hot — we’re talking, like, 1,000 degrees — that the fuse pops and burns out the control panels. Despite this common problem, customers demand the option, making ovens without self-cleaning options difficult to sell.

What’s a germ-fearing baker to do with this vicious cycle? Grab the baking soda.

This easy, toxic-chemical-free way to clean your oven will not only make your appliance shine, it will also keep it in good working order.

1. Remove all that is inside
2. Mix 3-4 table spoons of baking soda with water and lemon juice until you have a thick paste
3. Coat everything inside the oven… it should turn brown.
4. Let sit for minimum 5 Hours.
5. When is time, spray with vinegar…let sit for a few minutes.
6. Wipe off with a wet rag (no napkins, you need something sturdy)
7. Enjoy a clean oven that is naturally cleaned :)

For a clean oven and all another cleaning just give us a call.
602-500-2285

Related: How To Clean Burnt Food Off A Stainless Steel Pan Without Damaging It

Tis the season song

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To Deck the clean halls with boughs of holly!
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to FIRE Molly,
Hire Honest Maids Fa la la la

Don we now our scrub apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Sweep and roll the Vacuum, Carol,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing grime before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Safe and green we save forests.
Honest Maids is better, la la la la.

Welcome us in merry measure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of cleaning treasure stories,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

I save with Honest Maids,
Fa la la la la, la la.
Enjoy your clean home, lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Bonded and insured, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Forget of the mess and weather,
Hire Honest Maids, Fa la la la la.

Think a house cleaner is a luxury you can’t afford?

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Here’s the going rate for professional house cleaning services and what additional tasks may cost you.

Keeping your house clean can be a monumental task, especially if you work full time, have young children and or pets. As a result, many busy homeowners are hiring professional house cleaner to help lower their stress and make their lives easier.

House cleaning services are fast becoming a necessity due to longer commute distances, stagnant wages, increased child upbringing demand and combination of all other home ownership errands.

But how much should house cleaning services cost?

How house cleaning services charge

Professional house cleaners typically set house cleaning prices one of two ways: By hour or by square foot. But there is a catch! With franchise cleaning companies their fees are structured in a way that they exploit the most out of their every sale. They charge you by the size of windows, number of windows, number of corners, length of doors, hallways… estimate number of decor items or picture frames… Like any of that really matters.

Rates will also differ based on how often you want these professionals to clean. The more times a house cleaner comes in a month, the lower the price per visit, though this is often a matter of $5 or $10 per clean. At Honest Maids this savings can sum to hundreds of dollars per visit.

Individual cleaners versus cleaning companies

Cleaning companies have to be bonded, most offer insurance protection to its maid employees that cover personal and property damage for each service visit. Traditional freelance individual cleaners do not offer bonded or licensed services. Having to pay for Bonding and Insurance does typically mean an automatic increased in fees, maybe up to $5 per visit. Choosing an individual just to save $5 is not really worth the risk. Hire HM Today!

Many individuals also run their own cleaning businesses but may not be licensed and often want to be paid in cash or by personal check. Their rates are typically lower, and often their ability is equal or superior to large companies. But there’s little recourse for a homeowner if a job isn’t done completely to your satisfaction, especially if the cleaner chooses to shut down his or her operation. There’s also a concern if an individual cleaner gets ill or has a personal emergency. Some who have hired individuals have reported being taken advantage of by their individual housekeeper. Companies, like Honest Maids have backups available all trained for efficiency and reliability.

What you get for your money

While there’s no “standard” for cleaning services, most house cleaners in phoenix will include basic tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, toilet scrubbing, shower cleaning, general kitchen cleaning and tidying up. All Honest Maids visits are considered deep because we do more during each visit such as cleaning base boards, dusting/wiping floor corners, scrub bathroom and tile as needed and more.

According to according to Dr. Gupta being constantly stressed can cut up to 5 years off your life.

Some professional house cleaners bring their own tools and products with them, while many individuals want you to provide the necessary cleaning supplies.

Extra costs in house cleaning

For those who charge primarily by the hour, if you want a particularly deep clean in an area, or require specific products, expect to pay more.

When you hire Honest Maids either for 1 time visit or recurring you will get truly honest, reliable, screened, and efficient professionals who won’t charge you more for special requests, bring their own state of the art tools and best selection of cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and safe for your and your family.

Having a cleaning service visit your home is no longer a luxury, it has become a necessity that is needed for many to remain happy, have stable homes, less stress, less hassle and enjoy more personal free off-work time doing what you like. Honest Maids was created with that purpose – help eliminate stress because we know first hand how horrible this silent killer can be. Without services like ours, long work ours and even longer commutes, short days, children and family needs… you don’t stand a chance. Check out our services and fight for a healthier life.

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Maids, We’re Not Losers

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We have been in business for a short while, but this is a good thing. Our team is working harder than any other maid service out there to ensure your complete satisfaction. Honest Maids team members are not afraid to work hard and earn your trust and complete satisfaction.

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Running a business is harder than it seems, you might think “Oh, she has a cleaning business. That’s super easy to launch!” or “Wow, she got a business degree and is doing that?” Some people even go as far as assuming that me and my team are doing this because we can’t do anything else. Well let me tell you that running a cleaning company is difficult, growing it much more. Also know that you offering house cleaning as owner operator is not the same thing as running a company that is competing with large multi-million dollar franchise companies.

I’m writing this because I want to share some aspects of growing a business.

Part of our compensation and benefits to our maid team is that we will work with them to build a team of dedicated members under each who commits to the values and efforts Honest Maids is about. We will do our best to get them their own franchise in their own area fully and independently operated by them. This letter should give them a bit of insight too onto what they should expect. There are days were Honest Maids receives 10 calls a day, there’s others where we get none. In this environment marketing and pricing is everything but we are working hard to build a trustworthy brand that doesn’t have to compete on price alone and instead compete based on quality and commitment.

To do so, there is a branding effort that must take place, the strategies for this are time consuming and any misstep can cause the entire plan to fail. We depend a lot on social media- why? Well

  • Franchise companies have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in Google Search results, we can’t compete with that.
  • Referrals are huge in this type of business, we are still building ours – most clients will freely share with friends but is harder than it seems to get customers to go to Yelp or others to leave a good review. Unless that review is bad, then you better bet they will be there.
  • A lack of Yelp or Google or BBB reviews is actually a good thing because of this, but few people realize that. Social Media remains key.
  • My husband is a marketing genius! Really! He has achieved for our website to receive hundreds of visits a day on a $0 ad budget. All content and all just good PR which is free.

We would love to use Yelp, and although you can leave reviews there of us we don’t promote in it. WHY NOT?

  • Yelp is running like a mob, unless you are a business you might not realize that you get blackmailed into spending “advertising” with them.
  • Competing businesses are promoted in your own profile!! Unless of course you pay hundreds of dollars a month to keep them from doing that.
  • My personal thought is that once you receive a call from them and reject their “ads service” they stop or reduce the search results for your business!! I tracked this after I noticed a sudden drop in visits where before we had a ton of traffic. – Again, my thoughts based on experience.
  • This leads me to this, if you want Yelp to show more of your business you guessed it! You gotta pay!
  • If you want to have a slideshow of your products or completed services…Yup! You gotta pay!
  • Restrict Competitors Ads on your own page? Yup, you gotta pay!
  • Then they have their actual ad services which help you in return appear in competitors profiles.

So as you see, marketing can be difficult and expensive. Social Media is by far the best approach, as a business owner there are many things I need to make sure get done, like payroll and other HR issues, sales are being processed, insurances and bonding get added to each job and maid member, answer customer and employee phone calls (although my husband takes care of this for the most part).

My husband, he has been helping with a lot of the workload, but the burden falls on me since this is my business and my company. Employee and Customer satisfaction is a team responsibility. So as you can see, there is a lot to do no matter what business you are in and marketing, building a reputation, crafting an image, spreading the word, getting visitors to your website, complying with state and local laws, keeping customers happy, earning trust, building a team, helping with cleans, training and growing the business is not a menial task. It requires a savvy entrepreneur who can take on big enterprises and do so with her chin up.

Yes we clean homes and do so with pride.

-Diana

Don’t forget, let us clean your home before or after guests visit. Call or Text 602-500-2285

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November is the best month to sell a home

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Believe it or not! November is by far the best month to buy and or list a home in Phoenix, AZ!

 

senior home buyersHi! I’m Humberto (Marketing) I hold an Arizona Realtor license, although I don’t ‘hang it’ at a broker’s office, and I tend to look at the trends in the market (I also do this for marketing purposes for Honest Maids) and I have found out that November is actually the best time of the year to list a home here in our lovely Phoenix Arizona.

Most Arizona home buyers refuse the idea of listing a house near thanksgiving or Christmas time and this holds true to buying. WHY? Well think about it, you might have plans to travel to visit family or family might be planning to visit you for the holidays, the last thing you want to do is be in the middle of packing or unpacking all of your belongings. October/November  is just the right moment during the year giving you plenty of time to work on the house, clean it up to take some nice pictures and have it listed through the month and end of year. The beginning of the year is when a lot of those who don’t buy in September or October will buy in because the holidays are past and income tax season for many equals down payment money. Plus families are eager to start the year in a new home.

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Those who are looking to purchase a home before the holidays negotiate more aggressively and those who don’t have the time for it simply often offer more than original asking price – If you are a seller what I find even better is that a lot of sellers often take their homes off the market during the holiday season (You know, to avoid having to show their home during their Thanksgiving break). Less homes listed means less competition and more exposure. Motivated buyers and sellers can take advantage of the perfect timing October brings to the Phoenix real estate and get a home sold with reduced asking prices, maybe having the appliances or that pretty coffee table they have included.

Are you getting ready to move out of your home?

Give Honest Maids a call at 602-500-2285 or visit www.honestmaids.co/shop to purchase an entire house deep cleaning service today!

Fast & Easy Fridge Organizer!

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Fast & Easy Fridge Organizer!

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We often throw away food that we really wanted before but because it gets lost in the abyss of our #fridge it expires before we find it again.

This trick is super easy and cool!

1. get yourself transparent plastic shoe containers from stores like Walmart.
2. Stick a piece of white scotch tape and label 3 containers: Priority,
About to Expire,
(Person’s Name) Snacks
3. You guessed it, place items accordingly.

You can have extras for EGGS, CHEESE, ETC.

This should help you stay organized, reduce food waste and enjoy more of that yummy food you have already paid for.

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