How to treat head lice

A case of lice does not reflect a lack of cleanliness or personal hygiene as some would like to think.  Head lice cause itching and discomfort but are not found to transfer dangerous diseases in the United States like lice in other countries. Here are answers to the most common questions about lice:

How can I get infected with lice?

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Don’t lose sleep over bed bugs

Although bed bugs are normally considered a summer pest problem, with the ability to lower the freezing point of their bodily fluids bed bugs do have a high tolerance for cold and thus present a problem even during winter months.

Everyone’s first reaction to a bedbug infestation (let alone their bodily fluids!) is one of disgust. But surprisingly bedbugs are [...]

Holiday stain guide

Holiday stains are like little presents no one intended to give you. But don’t stress, we’ve got a stain guide that will help you get through the holidays – stress and stain free. Download it free, then post it in your laundry room so it will be at your fingertips if there’s a fumble.

Happy Holidays, from Maid Brigade!


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How to deep clean the guest room

Preparing for holiday visitors forces us to address chores and projects we kept postponing when the weather was warmer and the days were longer. Even during this busy time of year, it’s possible to get things checked off “the list” whether routine maintenance or improvement project. But it’s important to start early, so it can all happen before the [...]

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    Smoke alarms: How to clean them, when to maintain them, where to install them

Smoke alarms: How to clean them, when to maintain them, where to install them

Smoke alarms: a How-to Guide
A fire fighter once told me, “The best way to survive a fire is to prevent it. If you can’t prevent it, you want to use early detection as your shield.”  Early detection means having smoke alarms properly installed throughout your home and maintaining them regularly. These small devices will save your life, but [...]

How to clean table linens

October marks the start of the entertaining season. Nothing makes entertaining easier than having all your tablecloths, table runners and cloth napkins cleaned and ready for use.  Knowing how to clean table linens and store them correctly is the key.


Start by knowing exactly what material your table linens are. Fifty years ago you could assume your table cloth [...]

Deep Cleaning the Kitchen – Part 2

Deep cleaning the kitchen is a large undertaking with many smaller projects that need your attention.  Try to break down this deep cleaning project in to smaller bites so you don’t become overwhelmed.  That’s why we used two blogs to cover how to deep clean the kitchen and everything in it. If you missed Part 1, click here.

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Deep Cleaning the Kitchen – Part 1

Once in a separate building altogether, kitchens have become the centerpieces of our homes today.  They are now meant for living, not just cooking.  Some modern kitchens have open floor plans that include a great room and a fireplace and some even flow outdoors. But regardless of whether your kitchen dated or updated, it is probably the place where [...]

How to disinfect high touch surfaces

When we use the phrase “high traffic area” when talking about our home, we usually think of places that get a lot of foot traffic. But there are also “high touch” surface areas, ones that get touched a lot.

Surveys have shown that many people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, working around food or after coughing.  A [...]

How to clean tile grout in the bathroom

Tile on the walls of your shower can have a very dramatic look. I love how the Fixer Upper Show uses the different colored Subway tiles in all their renovations.  But when I’m watching them install it, I have a little voice reminding me that the grout is going to be a real job to keep clean.  Grout is [...]