How To Clean Your Dishwasher

Sometimes the appliance that does the cleaning needs to be cleaned itself. Dishwashers do some heavy lifting in the cleanup arena. An average family runs their dishwasher once a day. With all that use, the dishwasher can build up with grease, food, and even soap scum. This valuable piece of equipment needs some TLC on a regular basis to help

Cleaning Stainless Steel from the Inside Out

In the late 1960s and into the 70s, the favorite colors for our appliances were earth tones which really meant they were different shades of brown. You would find kitchens with Avocado Green, Harvest Gold or Almond appliances. In the 1980s, black fronted appliances became the rage. The black shiny surfaces were very difficult to keep clean and showed every

How to Clean Cast Iron, Wooden Cutting Boards, & More

After years of trying to clean those “hard to clean” kitchen items, I’ve found that it’s really not the technique but the tools that make the task easier.  Things like cast iron or wooden cutting boards have been around for hundreds of years but just recently technology has caught up to make them easier to clean.  Let’s look at some

Naturally Remove Mold from Window Sills

Sometimes, windows don’t get the attention they need, especially in the winter. Windows can “sweat’ in the wintertime and the combination of condensation and warm temperatures in a room are the perfect conditions for growing mold and mildew.  Let’s look at some techniques you can use to clean your windows, sills and remove mold and mildew.   Control the humidity

How to Take Care of Hardwood Floors

Taking care of your hardwood floors can be difficult, especially if you are using the wrong cleaning products, mop or vacuum.  Foggy, smeary floors look old and abused, but with a few simple tips and tricks we can have your floors looking shiny and new! Vacuum often with a canister vacuum - Sand and dust can damage the shine on

Removing “Back to School” Stains

For some families, back to school can be a terribly sad day in your household or parents are secretly throwing a “BTS” (back to school) party! It’s officially the end of the summer and the kids are off to school. For younger children especially, the school year brings stains and marks on their clothes. Be prepared to fight each stain with

Microfiber Cloth Cleaning Hacks

Microfiber was developed in Japan during the 70’s for swimwear. Ten years later, European scientists found that it was the perfect fabric for cleaning due to its absorbency.  By the early 2000s, the microfiber industry had exploded.  Even though microfiber has been around for decades, there are many who have yet to try cleaning with microfiber tools. Take a look

Tips for Cleaning Patio Furniture

It's time to take out the outdoor furniture and relax outside! The sunshine and warmer weather has us craving grilled dinners on the deck. Whether you’ve had your patio furniture sitting outside all year or hidden away in the basement, you’ll want to give it a complete cleaning before lounging. After all, you want it looking its best before you

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!  

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 big