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Mother’s Day Contest

May 5, 2017 by admin

Mother's Day Contest

 

Bring Her An Unforgettable Experience

I was playing around with a few ideas for mother’s day and I got something really cool. As you know, I can give your mother the joy of a fantastically clean home without any extra work… That’s Good, but I want to deliver something Great for my mom and maybe you do too? So I talked to Jay, at Willow Creek Florist and Homa, a Mary Kay beauty consultant. They run great businesses that deliver gorgeous flowers or help women look (and feel) their best. They’re also good friends of mine, and I vouch for them as great businesses.

Anyway, we put together a great package to treat your mom to a new look, some wonderful flowers, and an immaculately clean home. Then, to make it even better, you’ll get the chance to WIN this entire package for free! That’s a $314 value! You could bring that to a deserving mom in your life 100% free. How cool would that be?

 

How to Enter the Contest

To enter the drawing here’s what you’ve got to do…

  1. Go to any of our facebook pages. Dallas Maids: https://www.facebook.com/maids/,  Willow Creek Florists: https://www.facebook.com/willowcreekflorist/, and  Homa’s Mary Kay Page: https://www.facebook.com/HomaBAhmed/
  2. Leave a comment on the contest post (it’s cross posted on all the pages) and tag up to three of the Moms who you think deserve to win this the most.
  3. Repeat (if you like) on one or all of the other facebook pages to get more entries (it can be the same mom’s you tagged before).

That’s it!

You can snag yourself up to 3 entries to make the mom’s in your life feel fantastic.

 

The Drawing

We’ll do a drawing on May 12th and inform the winners.

1st Prize = a free house cleaning, a bouquet of flowers, and a Mary Kay gift basket — so your mom can relax in a clean home, enjoy some beautiful flowers, and look her best.

2nd Prize = bouquet of flowers and a Mary Kay gift basket.

3rd Prize = Mary Kay gift basket.

 

Treat your mom even if you don’t win

Don’t JUST rely on luck. Your mom raised you better than that, right? Secure this amazing package for your mom right now and we’ll throw in the following for FREE:

  • Free Delivery and Bag of Dallas Wild Flowers Potpourri ($35.00)
  • Free Beauty Consultation with Homa Ahmed ($25.00)
  • Free Oven & Refrigerator Cleaning ($37.00)

This means you get $411 of value but save $97 because it’s for your mom and I want this to be a no brainer for you.

Give your mom a fantastic experience for the big M-Day with a) the relaxation of a hassle free, clean home, b) wonderful flowers to make her feel like the special woman she is and c) a Mary Kay basket so she can look her best while she’s being pampered. 

This is a special offer for Mother’s Day only. Call now and ask about reserving the “special MDay offer” and I’ll get you taken care of. If you win the contest, it’s FREE. But either way, you can get your mother’s day shopping done right now. Call now (469.487.6669).

And don’t you forget to enter that contest!

 

Warm regards,

Greg,

~ Dallas Maids, Recommended by D Magazine

www.dallasmaids.com

 


P.S. Jay and Homa run great businesses – I know because I’m a frequent customer of theirs!  If you are looking for gorgeous flowers or need help looking (and feeling) your best, I highley recommend them. Here’s a bit more about them (an me):

 
Jay – Willow Creek Florists – (214) 369-3776
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/willowcreekflorist/

Willow Creek can deliver anywhere in the United States or internationally. Whether it’s around the corner or around the world, we work within a network of preferred florists to ensure everything we provide will be of the best quality and freshness. Your 100% satisfaction is guaranteed.

 

Homa – MaryKay Beauty Consultant  – (972) 850-6657
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/HomaBAhmed/

I am a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I’m a skin care and color specialist who can help women look their best by teaching and selling Mary Kay skin care and makeup. I also help, mentor, and train other women who are interested in starting their own Mary Kay business.

 

Greg – Dallas Maids – (469) 487-6669
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/maids/

Dallas Maids, recommended by D Magazine, A+ rating by the BBB, and voted “best house cleaning” in Dallas by CitySearch, delivers quality home cleaning for our awesome customers in Dallas, Texas. Our mission is to “Retain satisfied customers by providing the most value in maid service, guaranteed!”. So treat yourself to a clean and healthy living environment while you have more time to spend with family, friends, and yourself!

Refrigerator Redo

April 13, 2017 by admin

Refrigerator

 

By keeping your refrigerator clean and organized you will eliminate any bacteria that will harm the overall status of your food and beverages it will help you have fresh veggies for longer periods of time. If you’re a little like me…! An organized fridge is somewhere down the bottom of the priority list.

Now don’t get me wrong I like fresh food and I’m all about vegetables, fruits, and healthy products, so I’m aware that keeping it clean is essential for preserving the freshness. Before I get into the “how to”, let me say that it all started with a phone call from my doctor, he wanted to let me know the results of my last checkup; Don’t worry, I’m Ok! But my cholesterol was a bit higher than expected.

Next morning, determined to get that fixed ASAP, I started searching in my kitchen for all the goodies and I noticed that most of my products were rotten, expired or in bad condition.  Ooohh my, ooh my. Picture my face when I found out that the mustard expired about 3 months ago. Instantly the idea of an organized fridge will avoid the waste and the bad smell coming from my veggies compartment. Ugh.

So, I started by getting everything out. Yes, everything, including the plastic and glass separators. You should unplug it before so we help save the planet and the electric bill too. Wipe the surface with liquid dish soap and remove any residue with water. Separate all the products; the good from the bad (you know what to do with the bad). Use see through containers to store your leftovers and zip lock bags for your veggies and fruits, this will remind you that you still have some of the neighbor thanksgiving turkey, sitting in your fridge. Label the expiration date with masking tape and a marker.

My advice, repeat the process every 15 days.

Just in case you get any bad smells before your next cleaning appointment, first check where the smell is coming from, once you have taken care of that, add 2 spoonfuls of coffee grains in a cup and leave it overnight, this will eliminate the odor and give you a light fragrance of coffee in the morning.

 

How to Wash Your Washing Machine

March 30, 2017 by Dallas Maids

washer and dryer

I never thought about cleaning my washing machine, since its functionality is to wash I will imagine that it’s always clean, but for my surprise, it does need some cleaning once in a while. The washing machine is a very frequently used appliance in my home because of this it only makes sense that some of the of the dirty stuff that gets off the clothing stay in the machine. To improve performance and ensure a longer lasting equipment its best to keep it clean. 

 

  • Fill the machine with hot water and add a liter of white vinegar and let it wash as usual, some machines have the auto clean cycle option. Mine don’t so this works just as good..! 
  • Clean the filter and remove all fuzz and wash with soap and water.
  • Don’t forget to wipe vigorously the softener and soap compartments. 
  • After each washing cycle leave the lid open to make sure the machine gets completely dry, this will help reduce the humidity that stays in it and avoid the creation of germs 

 

Do this twice in a year and your washing machine should serve you for years on top of years.

A Clean Home As a Weight Loss Supplement

January 19, 2017 by Dallas Maids

A journey of a thousand miles, must begin with a single step. Lao-Tzu

 For some of you, thinking about organizing your home or office space might seem daunting, but getting organized can improve both your physical and mental health!

Endless to do lists and piles of paper (or laundry) are exhausting. Becoming organized will allow you to have more time for yourself.  Cleaning up clutter will help you make healthier choices, improve relationships and even improve your sleep.

People who describe their homes or office space as “cluttered” and full of “unfinished projects” were more depressed, fatigued and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone released when an animal is running from a predator.  Did you know that can make you gain weight? Even working on piles and lists in the middle of the day will lower your cortisol and make you feel more relaxed and happy. So start checking off those items on your To Do list.

Did you know that people who eat in a clean space eat better? They are twice as likely to choose an apple over a chocolate bar. Clutter is stressful for the brain, so you resort to eating poorly as a coping mechanism.

Did you know clearing up the clutter will boost your productivity? Clutter is distracting and affects your ability to focus. Looking at too many things overloads your brain’s ability to process information. When you’re organized at work, your more productive and efficient—and this leads to being able to leave on time, possible exercise and prepare a healthy meal.

Did you know that less mess will help you sleep better? Less mess equals less stress, which results in better sleep. People who make their beds every morning are 19% more like to report getting a good night’s sleep ad 75% said they slept better on fresh sheets.

So start organizing your workspace, meeting your deadlines and eliminating stress.

by Maria Leach

Vinegar, A Very Versatile Cleaner

November 3, 2016 by Dallas Maids

vinegar the very versatile cleaner

What is vinegar?

Vinegar is a bitter-tasting liquid, which comes from the acetic fermentation of the alcohol in wine. It has been used in cleaning and as a condiment for thousands of years, and is one of the most easily-available acids (if a mild one) on the market.

How can it be used in house cleaning?

The main advantage of the use of vinegar in house cleaning is that is non-toxic and is readily available in supermarkets and stores. Besides, it is so versatile that it is still used today over many commercial cleaning products. For example, it can help eliminate bad smells, remove stains from fabrics (like rugs and clothes) and rust in metals, as well as clean surfaces and household appliances, among other uses. However, it is best used accompanied by disinfectants.

And now for some of the many uses of vinegar in home cleaning:

  • Clean general surfaces: With vinegar, you can clean wood, tile and stainless steel. Simply mix 4 cups of water with ¼ cup of distilled vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. This will allow you to clean almost any surface possible, from your kitchen appliances to the tiles in your bathroom, and almost all furniture imaginable.
  • Clean glass objects and surfaces: Like before, mix 4 cups of water with ¼ cup of distilled vinegar, but without the baking soda. This can be used to clean glass surfaces and objects, especially if you use it in combination with a newspaper page that has been slightly crumpled (that kind of paper won’t leave fibers behind).
  • Clean kitchen appliances: Pour water and vinegar in equal parts into a spray bottle and mix them thoroughly. Use this as a general surface cleaner for your appliances. It can also be used to deodorize your microwave, by placing a container of water and vinegar inside it and then heating it until it boils for a few minutes.
  • Clean the bathroom: If soap debris and scum has gathered up in your bathroom surfaces, you can soak them in vinegar for a few minutes to soften them up. Then, rinse them with water. It can also be used to remove calcium carbonate deposits on showers and faucets. To do this, one must remove them from the sink or tub and let them soak in a solution of water and vinegar for two hours, to then rinse. If these deposits have been there for a long time, it might be necessary to scrub them with a brush or an abrasive sponge.
  • Remove sediment from small kitchen appliances: With time, many coffee pots and kettles will gather up whitish or brownish sediments from boiling water and coffee so frequently. To remove these sediments, you can fill the pot or kettle with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and boil it as if you were preparing your morning coffee. Let it boil for several minutes, then pour the solution out and rinse.
  • Remove rust stains: If you have a metallic utensil at home that has become rusted (for example, a bicycle, a potato peeler, a can opener), you can clean it with pure vinegar and let it rest for 24 hours before rinsing it. You can also clean other metals, like bronze or copper, by mixing baking soda or table salt with vinegar until you make a paste. Then, apply the paste and scrub until the stains have disappeared, to finally rinse with warm running water.
  • Remove stains from your rugs and carpets: To remove tea or coffee stains from your rugs and carpets, scrub them with a mixture of water and alcohol in equal parts.
  • Clean tile floors: Mix ½ cup of distilled vinegar in half a bucket of cold water. Scrub your floors with this solution to leave your tile floors shiny and cleaner than ever.
  • Clean pots and pans: To remove food scraps from your pots and pans, soak them in vinegar for 30 minutes and then wash them well with dish soap. If you’d like to polish them, dampen a washcloth with more vinegar and some salt and scrub thoroughly.
  • Deodorize the fridge: To remove food smells from your fridge, place an open container of water and vinegar inside it.
  • Deodorize rooms: Fill a large jar with water and pour a few splashes of vinegar in it. Place the open jar inside the room until the smells disappear completely. This is great for freshly painted rooms. Of course, it’s also recommended that you let the air flow, if possible.
  • Remove stickers and labels from containers: If you want to remove the labels from your jars or stickers from furniture and such, soak them in pure vinegar and wait until the labels peel off on their own or soften enough to be removed manually.
  • Remove wine stains from clothing: Soak the affected clothing in vinegar and let it air for a few minutes, before placing it on your washing machine. This will help only if the fabric is cotton or polyester and if the stain is less than 24 hours old.
  • Deodorize your garbage disposal: Pour a splash of vinegar inside or make ice cubes out of vinegar and water and grind them inside the garbage disposal.
  • Remove water stains from wooden surfaces: If you have a wooden table and somebody placed a wet glass or cup on top, leaving ring marks on the wood, you can scrub them away with a solution in equal parts of olive oil and vinegar.

These are only some of the uses of vinegar, but they will surely help you out in having a clean home!

Tidying Tiny Homes and Apartments

October 19, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Cleaning small apartments and tiny houses

Do you live in a small place? Typical 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and tiny kitchen? Keeping them always clean and maintaining order can become a nightmare. You need to be constantly washing dishes, doing laundry and making sure nothing is left around because with one single piece of paper out of its place and the whole apartment looks like a trash can.

Well, here are a few tips to make sure you don’t end up turning into an organization obsessive compulsive maniac.

  1. Minimalist decoration. Avoid unnecessary ornaments at all costs. We all like to get souvenirs from anywhere we travel to, but, if you’re going to get a Buddha statue that will end up in a corner next to a Mexican hat, think about it twice. Fridge magnets are a nice way of getting a souvenir that will not use any space but will remind you of the good times you had during your holidays.
  2. Have a small trash bin in every space. This way you will make sure all the unnecessary papers, pens, empty containers and bottle caps end up where they need to be. And please, don’t collect wine corks in a jar. That will only show your friends how much you like wine and in a couple of weeks your whole apartment will smell like an old western canteen.
  3. Shelves are your best friends. The best way to keep a small place in order is by using shelves. A small shelf in the kitchen will keep your dishes lined up like army soldiers, another shelf in the living/dining room can help you organize your electronic appliances, and one in the bathroom will avoid confusing your toothbrush with a pipe cleaner in the dark.
  4. Don’t have any pieces of furniture that can allow you to hang things on them. Then, you will have to put your jacket in the closet where it belongs. It is a fact, once you place one jacket on the back of a chair, you will start piling up clothes. And then you’ll have one less place to sit on and a mountain of clothes that, at some point, you’ll miss and wonder – hey didn’t I have a black hoodie? I wonder where I left it. Well, it’s in that pile.
  5. Take advantage of new technologies. Recently TV screens, speakers, laptops and phones are getting slimmer and smaller. Good for you! The less space they take, the less cluttered your place will look.

Virtual Tour of Dallas Maids’ Office

September 10, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Ever wondered what an inside of a maid service looks like?

Well, here’s your chance!

Now granted, it’s not your typical maid service office. Then again, Dallas Maids is not your typical maid service. To get top-notch results you need to do everything, well, top-notch. Office not exempted.

Take a tour of where the cleaning magic happens. Click below and once in, use your mouse or keyboard to navigate around in the 360 tour of our office.

Come on in! Take a tour of our office.

 

An Office Blessing

September 6, 2016 by Dallas Maids

An Office Blessing

 

Colossians 3:23

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…”

Dallas Maids’ Office Blessing

When was the last time you blessed your office?

Cleaning homes is a tough job. Our cleaning crews are on their hands and knees, scrubbing toilets and mopping floors while our office staff feverishly work hard aiding our cleaners in anyway possible so our cleaning crews can focus on their job: making customers’ homes sparkle!

Though when not providing the best maid service in Dallas, our professional house cleaners are often at the office. In the morning they meet for breakfast. After a hard days work, they may meet to socialize and relax a bit (especially on Fridays!)

Therefore we want plenty of positive energy at Dallas Maids’ office.

We want them to feel the office is their second home, their sanctuary; a place to relax from a hard days work and before running home to take care of their families; another tough job!

Enlisting holy help felt right. After all, God is THE source of positive energy.

I thank Father Will Brown and Father Paul Wheatley of The Church of The Holy Cross who took time today to bless our office. As they wandered from room to room, praying and splashing holy water (even I got wet), it felt lighter, more peaceful.

I thank God for blessing us with wonderful workers who make Dallas Maids what it is: The best house cleaning service in Dallas! From when I started till today, things seemed to magically come together to make Dallas Maids a success. It was a like an invisible hand guiding the right people, the right opportunities, the right events to happen when we most needed them. Feels like predestination.

May Dallas Maids have many years making life easier for our awesome customers and providing a good livelihood for our valued people. It has been an absolute joy providing house cleaning to Dallas. Thank all of you!

The Worker’s Prayer

Lord, I thank you for this job and
the blessings it provides.
May you watch over me this day
and keep me safe from harm.
Create in me a willing spirit
and happy heart.
Grant me the ambition to work hard
and give me the strength to finish
what I have started.
May my hands always be prepared
to help lighten another’s load.
And finally, Lord, remind me that
the quality of my work is a reflection
of you to those around me.

Amen.

Credit to Mike Stevens for The workers Prayer.

Baking Soda: A Very Versatile Cleaner (part 2)

August 24, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Cleaning with baking soda, part 2

 

 

 

Baking Soda: A Very Versatile Cleaner (part 2)

Specific uses for baking soda in cleaning

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an extremely versatile compound, and has countless uses in cleaning and other fields. It can be useful for eliminating bad smells, cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom, cleaning your body and can even be used in cooking. It is affordable and eco-friendly, which means that it will not pollute the environment if you use it. In this article, we will see some specific uses for baking soda in cleaning so you can keep your home pristine.

General home cleaning:

  • Cleaning surfaces: To clean places like the bathtub, bathroom tiles, drains and other surfaces (even fiberglass and delicate tiles), sprinkle baking soda in a slightly damp sponge and scrub them as you would if you were using a chemical product, then rinse and dry. If you need to clean a particularly dirty spot, you can make a paste with baking soda, salt and liquid soap, mixing them in a bowl. Then, let the mixture rest for 5 minutes, apply it to the sponge, scrub the affected areas and rinse.
  • Cleaning your shower curtain: Eliminate stains and bad smells from your shower curtains by sprinkling baking soda over a brush or clean sponge. Then scrub the curtain thoroughly and rinse. Hang to dry.
  • Cleaning the microwave: Sprinkle baking soda on a wet sponge and scrub carefully the inside and the outside of the microwave. Then, rinse with water and dry.
    Washing dishes, pots and pans: Add 2 full tablespoons of baking soda to your regular dish soap to help remove grease stains in your tableware, pots and pans. If your pots have food stuck in them, let them soak in a mixture of baking soda, dish soap and water for some time, then use dry baking soda with a sponge or soft cloth to avoid scratching their surfaces.
  • Removing bad smells from your kitchen and bathroom sponges: Soak your sponges in a saturated solution of baking soda to remove dirt. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of lukewarm water.
  • Cleaning the oven: Sprinkle baking soda inside the oven, then add a few drops of water to moisten the powder. Let it rest overnight. The next morning, scrub and remove the baking soda and dirt with a sponge or cloth and rinse.
  • Cleaning floors: Mix ½ cup of baking soda in a bucket with warm water and use it to scrub floors, then rinse. This will help remove dirt and grime from tile floors and floors without a wax coating. If you want to remove scratch marks and similar marks from your floors, scrub them with a wet sponge where you applied baking soda and then rinse with water.
  • Polishing silverware: Make a paste with baking soda (3 parts baking soda and 1 part water) and scrub the silverware with a sponge. Make sure to rinse them very well and dry them with a soft cloth to polish them.
  • Cleaning coffee and tea stains from your pots and cups: Mix ¼ cup of baking soda in 1 quart of hot water. Scrub the pots and cups with a sponge soaked in this solution to remove coffee and tea stains and get rid of any bitter remnants. If the stains are hard to remove, soak your pots and cups in a solution of baking soda and dish soap overnight.
  • Cleaning fruits and vegetables: Using baking soda is a great way to eliminate all traces of dirt from your fruits and vegetables. Sprinkle the powder on a damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
  • Cleaning combs and brushes: Soak your combs and brushes in a solution made with 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a small amount of warm water. This will help keep them clean and remove any traces of dust or scalp skin and hair from them.
  • Washing clothes: Add ½ cup of baking soda to your clothes before washing them. This will help balance the pH of the detergent and will leave your clothes cleaner and feeling fresher.
  • Clean furniture and walls: Using baking soda can help remove stains and scratches from your furniture and wall. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the surfaces carefully. Then, clean them again with a soft, dry cloth.

Removing smells:

  • Removing smells from the fridge: Place an open box or container of baking soda in the back of your fridge to absorb any smells from food and other products.
  • Removing smells from drains: To remove smells from the drains in your sink and bathtub, pour ½ cup down them while the water is running. The warm water will mix with the baking soda and neutralize the smells. This is also a great way to use the baking soda that you put inside the fridge.
  • Removing smells from tableware: Scrub all tableware with a sponge and baking soda before placing it inside the dishwasher. You can also put it in the dishwasher for mild cleaning.
  • Removing smells from rugs and mats: Sprinkle large amounts of baking soda on your rugs. Let it rest overnight or for as long as possible (it works better the more you let it rest). Then sweep off the baking soda and vacuum the rest (it will likely fill out your vacuum bag).
  • Removing smells from vacuum cleaners: Cleaning your rugs and mats with the aforementioned method will also help remove smells from your vacuum cleaner.

These are only some of the uses of baking soda in cleaning, but they are the most important ones. You will see that it is truly a miraculous substance!

 

 

Baking Soda: A Very Versatile Cleaner (part 1)

August 8, 2016 by Dallas Maids

Cleaning with Baking Soda, Part 1

 

 

Baking Soda: A Very Versatile Cleaner (part 1)

What is baking soda?

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a solid, crystalline, white-colored compound, soluble in water, which can be found naturally in nahcolite or produced artificially in the lab.

This compound has many uses, from health to cosmetics to house cleaning, among others. It would take a very long article to list them all, so for now, we will focus only on its uses as a household cleaner.

Why is baking soda a great household cleaner?

Baking soda is a chemical compound that does not harm the environment, as it occurs naturally and does not need to biodegrade. It also does not contribute to pollution of water sources and the soil, which means that you can flush it down the drain safely.

Furthermore, baking soda is easy to find and very affordable. You can find it in most supermarkets and stores, and can purchase it for very little money. For example, a box of 4lb of Arm & Hammer Baking soda costs $6.64 at Walmart. This amount could potentially last you a long time.

Why house clean with baking soda?

Every person has chemical products of some sort in their home. However, many of them contain toxic compounds that can irritate or burn skin if touched, and damage internal tissues if inhaled or ingested. Baking soda does not do that (it can lead to stomach problems in large amounts, however).

Main uses of baking soda

Baking soda is a powerful acid neutralizer. With a pH of 9, it is considered a base, and thus reacts with acids in a neutralization reaction. In the human body, it can react with the acids in the stomach (mainly hydrochloric acid), which is why it is sometimes used as an antacid. Chemists often use baking soda to cause these reactions, but that is not its only use. It also:

  • Neutralizes and removes bad smells in almost all areas of the home.
  • Removes stains, especially grease or oil stains.
  • Softens water, which allows the person to use less detergent and thus clean surfaces easily in their home without polluting the environment.

How to use baking soda to clean large and small objects

  1. Soak a sponge, cloth or rag in water.
  2. Apply the baking soda (if desired, you can also add a few drops of essential oils, which are great disinfectants – particularly lavender oil and tea tree oil).
  3. Clean the object.
  4. Dry it with a soft, clean cloth.

For small objects, let it soak for some time in water mixed with baking soda, and then rub and dry it with a clean cloth.

Next article, we will be having specific uses for baking soda in house cleaning. Stay tuned!

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