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Don’t Rely on Luck – 3 Ways to Avoid Spreading Germs in the Office

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St. Patrick’s Day may be coming up, but you shouldn’t rely on the luck of the Irish when it comes to staying healthy. Of course, washing your hands frequently and staying home when you’re sick can prevent the spread of germs, but those aren’t the only useful tips. Here are three additional ways to avoid spreading germs in the office:  Keep the Office Cool  A warm environment is the perfect incubator for germs to breed, meaning a heated office can be a winter wonderland for viruses. Instead of…

Keep Your Family Healthy with Top to Bottom Cleaning During Flu Season

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Flu season is considered to be October to May, which means March is not the time to slack on healthy habits. Parents often take precautions to protect their children from the virus, such as sending them to school with hand sanitizer handy and taking them to get the flu vaccine. However, the flu virus is easy to spread and can be passed on before you even know you’re sick. People carrying the virus can be contagious one day before their symptoms appear and about five to seven days after they first…

Don’t Fight About Cleaning This Valentine’s Day – Pay Somebody Else to Do It!

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Twenty-five percent of people who were divorced in the U.S. named “disagreements about housework” as the number one reason for their divorce, according to this working paper from the Harvard Business School and the University of British Columbia. Using data from nine studies of cohabitating working adults in committed relationships, scholars found that both men and women become frustrated working a “second shift” at home.  The suggested solution? Pay somebody else to do it. “The key finding is that couples who spend money to save time — think hiring a house cleaner or sending…

Game-Winning Tips for Cleaning Up After a Super Bowl Party

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So, you just won the Vince Lombardi Trophy of Super Bowl parties, complete with delicious snacks, cold drinks and game-winning decorations. Not only will your friends be talking about it until next Super Bowl Sunday, but your carpet will be holding those wing sauce and beer stains until then also… unless you have the right tools to clean them.  Follow these tips to ensure your Super Bowl party is a big hit – not a big mess:  Be Prepared Before Kick-Off  Stocking up on materials like paper towels,…

Glitter: That Gift That Keeps on Giving (And How to Make it Stop!)

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Tis the season for all things bright and shiny!   Unfortunately, this often includes that ghastly thing called GLITTER!! Glitter on sweaters, glitter on ornaments, glitter on crafts, glitter on wrapping paper, on gifts, in gifts.  And of course, all this glitter also means you are likely to find it in your hair, on your clothes, on your furniture, in your carpet…you name it, it’s there! And often it’s there for what seems like FOREVER! Some Moms have even declared their homes a No Glitter Zone! But before you…

Holiday Guests – Why You Gotta Be So Messy, Huh?!

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Oh those festive family dinners…where all the memories are made…and all the messes. Sweet Aunt Lauren makes the best butterbean casserole and the biggest lipstick smudges. Your cloth napkins are a mess! Uncle Jeff has the most amazing laugh and the worst aim. The cranberry sauce and chocolate pie on the area rug is proof! Cousin Katie always looks like she just stepped out of a fashion magazine…and right into a mud puddle. Your poor living room floor. But, hey! You can’t ditch the family, but you can ditch…

Move Over Spring Cleaning, Fall Wants A Turn!

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It’s time for Fall Cleaning! The weather may say otherwise, but according to the ‘ol calendar it is officially Fall folks. And when I think of Fall, I think about football games, sweater weather (please!!), pumpkins, and cleaning. Ok…maybe I made up that last one, but why should Spring get all the deep cleaning glory? I say that from now on you and I commit to making Fall Cleaning a thing! Go Fall!! Now that we have that out of the way…let’s talk about what needs to be…

Two Maids & A Mop – Proud Supporter of Cleaning For a Reason

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Two Maids & A Mop is a proud supporter of Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit serving women with cancer. Cleaning For A Reason partners with residential cleaners throughout the United States and Canada to offer free house cleaning to women who are battling cancer.  Since its founding in 2006, Cleaning For a Reason and its partners have donated more than $10 million in free services and helping more than 30,200 women. Two Maids & A Mop is honored to have received the award for Top 10…

Is Your Kitchen Truly Clean?

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According to a study by the National Sanitation Foundation(NSF), areas where food is stored or prepared has more bacteria and fecal contamination than any other place in the home. (Yep, you just read the words fecal and food in the same sentence.) Specifically, the study showed that 45% of kitchen sinks and 18% of cutting boards had Salmonella, E. coli, and fecal matter compared to 9% of the same contaminants found on bathroom faucet handles. What?! Your kitchen is nastier than your bathroom! YUCK! YUCK! and YUCK!   …

You Really Need to Clean Your Cell Phone – Trust Us!

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The cell phone. Oh how did we ever make it before we had these little guys? These extensions of ourselves? A recent study shows that Americans check their phones on average 47 times per day.  That’s 47 times a day your hand is swiping, searching, liking…and 47 times a day you are interacting with tens of thousands of germs! While research varies as to the exact amount of germs that are living on a typical cell phone, a recent study found more than 17,000 bacterial gene copies on the phones…