Removing carpet stains and keeping your sanity!

Removing carpet stains and keeping your sanity!


Having carpet throughout your home is almost nearly impossible to keep clean and stain free. Coffee, juice, ink and yes, even wine stains will vanish in no time at all. Here I have 5 simple and quick tips that will remove those embarrassing carpet stains. Bonus part is that most of these carpet friendly stain removers can be found in your home.

Shaving Cream

Kids and juice together means spills, and those spills will normally happen on any surface, including the carpet. Be sure to soak up all the juice with a clean towel by blotting. Never rub the carpet; this will only make matters worse. Next apply a small amount of shaving cream to the area and then with another clean towel wipe away.

Baby Wipes

Who doesn’t like baby wipes? They are super handy not just to tiny fingers and faces, but stains as well. Baby wipes will soak up coffee and the spot it left behind. Just gentle dap the stain with a wipe and watch it vanish!


2 liters of warm water and I cup of ammonia will cause that carpet stain to lift right up and disappear. The great thing about this little trick is that you can repeat it over and over again. Just gently dap the spot with a clean sponge with your solution and the stain will lift right up.


This helpful quick tip works wonders on ink stains. Take a little bit of cornstarch and mix it with milk until it has turned into a paste. Once you have your paste apply it to the area and let it dry. Once dry, vacuum over it and just like that it’s gone!


Vinegar is some pretty powerful stuff. Not only will it clean and disinfect any area in your home, but it’s also great on carpet stains. Take ½ cup of white vinegar and just 2 tablespoons of salt, mix together and then apply where needed. After the spot has dried vacuum over it and just like magic, it’s disappeared.

So there you have it. A few quick and easy tricks to removing carpet stains without losing your sanity. We all have a spot that one stain that drives us crazy and after scrubbing, dabbing, blotting, it’s still there. Not anymore! Just try one of these tips and that spot will be gone in no time.

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Household Cleaners: Damages They Can Cause

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With everyone going green these days it got me thinking, what exactly is in your typical household cleaner? What I found was astonishing! I’m still confused as to what exactly each of these chemicals is, but I learned enough to know what they are found in and what damage they can cause, for me that am enough! Here are just a few to start with.

  • Formaldehyde – It’s found in spray deodorizers and is known to be a respiratory irritant. Doesn’t smell so great now, does it?
  • Petroleum Solvents – Found in floor cleaners. This chemical causes damage to the mucous membranes.
  • Chlorinated Phenols – This can be found in your toilet bowl cleaner. So after you get done scrubbing that toilet you might want to see your doctor and have your respiratory and circulatory systems checked. This cleaner causes harm to both.
  • Diethylene Glycol – This nasty little chemical is in most window cleaners. Yes, it may get those windows shined but it also depresses the nervous system.
  • Butyl Cellosolve – You can find this ingredient in our beloved all-purpose cleaners. We all love these types of cleaners because it tackles multiple surfaces that need cleaning. It’s also tackling your liver, kidneys, nervous system, damaging bone marrow and in some cases causing cancer. Talk about multiple purposes that are multiple risks to your health.

I bet your thinking twice now about what’s in your cleaning cabinet. All these hazardous chemicals can easily be replaces by safe and non-toxic products. The down side is that it’s hard to tell which product contains what. Most household cleaners contain these harmful chemicals. However the law does not make manufacturers list their damaging recipes or ingredients on their product. Basically the government is backing up the products that contain all these toxic chemicals and forgetting the health of all humans and our environment. I hope that after you have read this you will have a better understanding what’s being used in your home and the damage they can cause.

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The Power of Baking Soda!

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Baking soda has become a must have item any everyone’s home. It’s not just for baking or just popping a box in the fridge, although it does help to keep food fresh. I have a compiled a list of ways you can use baking soda. Here’s to the power of baking soda and its many uses!

1. Drains/Pipes – Sprinkle a little baking soda down your drains and let it work its magic. This will help unclog those pipes in no time at all.

2. Carpet Freshener – Lightly dust your carpet or rugs with a little baking soda, let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum it up. This helps with any odors that may be hiding in your carpet.

3. Oven Cleaner – Toss a small amount around the bottom of your oven. Then spray a little water over the baking soda and let that sit overnight. The next morning wipe everywhere you see it needs cleaning.

4. Laundry – Throw in a very small amount with your next load of clothes. This is a really great way to getting your clothes super clean!

5. Dish washer – Add a small amount to the dish washer and let it run its cycle. This will not only clean your dish washer beautifully but will also help in cleaning out the pipes once it empties.

6. Trash Cans – Sprinkle a small amount into the garbage cans to help prevent any odors.

7. Cutting Boards – Scrub the cutting board with a tiny amount of baking soda and it will put an end to onion smells, garlic smells and much more.

8. Tupperware – Make a paste with baking soda and a little water and use this to scrub your Tupperware. You will notice all the stains are gone!

9. Diaper Genie/Pail – Throw some down in the bottom of your diaper pail and this will help rid of all lingering smells.

10. Grease Cleaner – Not only will this help put out grease fires but it will clean up the mess that grease caused.

So now you have a list of just some of the ways that baking soda can be used throughout your home. This is a cheap and safe way to clean; the power of baking soda can go on and on.

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Shedding Some Light: Tips on Cleaning Windows

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It has come to that time when we have to put on the gloves and just face it head on. Let’s pull back those curtains and raise those blinds, it’s now or never. Here I’m sharing a few tips on cleaning windows that will get the job done and live your home a little brighter.

1. Cloudy Weather is the trick to shiny windows. If you’re going to clean windows do it when the sun isn’t shining so bright. The sun will only dry up any product that you have applied before you even get a chance to properly wash it away. In the end you will be left with a window full of streaks.

2. Mix equal parts vinegar and equal parts hot water. Spray evenly and Wipe away with a clean soft cloth. To help with any product that may have not of washed off from previous cleaning try using a few drops of dish soap mixed in with you vinegar and water solution.

3. Shine those windows up! Using a clean dry chalk board eraser will do work great!

4. Next tackle those screens! You can use any soft bristle brush and gentle give your screens a light scrub. Finish them off with a good rinse.

Window washing is one of the biggest dreaded jobs on everyone’s list. With these tips on washing windows they will for sure to be streak free and shining like new!

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Kids and cleaning: Tips to getting your Kid involved

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As mothers we all know that kids and cleaning is like oil and water, they don’t mix! Getting our little ones to pick up their mess or do their chores is easier said than done. At times we feel it’s just easier to do it ourselves. I have here a couple ideas that may get those toys put up, and the best part is you didn’t have to start a screaming match to get the job done.

This is one of my favorite tricks! Trying to get your toddler to pick up all those toys can be a battle but turning it into a game is sure way to get that little guy involved. See who can pick up the most toys the fastest! Your kid wins leaving him proud of himself and encouraging him to want to do it again! Pretty slick, huh? I thought so.

Another fun idea is letting kids pick their own chore. Making sure the chore is appropriate for the age. Taking trash out or feeding the dog is great chore for your 6 year old. For the older ones they can take on something a little more heavily. As the younger ones get older you can always switch up chores.

Hand out a list of very simple of chores that need to be done. This list will have chores for every age. Then set a certain amount of time for the list to be completed. If the list is completed before the time is up the team wins and they get a prize. Whether its ice cream or renting their favorite movie. This is a great way to get all the kids working together.

Kids and cleaning have never gone hand in hand. With these fun little ideas it’s a for sure way to get everyone to pitch in and help out. Keep rewards simple. We don’t want kids thinking that every time the trash is taking out he goes for ice cream. Kids have to understand that it takes a lot to keep a house clean and having a clean home is a reward itself!

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Messes Be Gone!

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Just face it, it’s going to happen. Some days it won’t be as bad as others, and well those other days it will look like a tornado hit. Having children is having messes. Your windows have become a canvas to their love of finger painting, and their fascination with shoving all the toilet paper down the toilet is all things as parents we deal with daily. As mothers we have be given the task to clean up. Cleaning up all day, the same mess over and over can be frustrating. I have made a step by step guide that will help with your frustration.

Room to Room, Mess to Mess.
1. The entire house needs to be picked up. Don’t freak! Take a deep breath and start with one room, focusing only on that mess. Take one room at a time. Once that room is tidied up move on to the next. I get more satisfaction out completing a job then having started something but never finishing. Go throughout the entire house applying this method and voila! Your home will be spic and span before you know it.

Stop, Drop, and Clean!
2. Once lunch is done or finger painting time is up, clean up right then and there. You may need to make a quick trip to the store or run an errand and the last thing you want is to come home to a mess. Leaving the finger paint out will only provoke your little Picasso to take his artistic abilities through the house. In other words, he’s going to finger paint the sofa. So my best advice is to tackle the mess once it’s made, preventing other messes in the very near future.

Designate Areas
3. Kids are notorious for ripping everything out of draws and never putting them back in their right place. Try assigning certain areas for craft projects, making sure that paint brushes and crayons stay in that area. Try enforcing that snack and meal times are to be eaten in the kitchen. This will help keep any food messes in one spot rather than tracked from room to room.

Kids will be kids and with that said there will be messes. Trying to be organized and staying ahead of your little ones will make a big difference in your home. Keep these 3 steps in mind and your home and mental state will be mess free!

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House Cleaning in Collierville – Are you getting the Service you deserve?

Collierville, TN


House cleaning competition is growing rapidly throughout Collierville. There are numerous companies offering services, but not all are equal. Once you have finished reading this you will know just what to look for and what to avoid when choosing the right services for your home.


Reputation and Documentation

When setting out to find the right cleaning service you should always remember to ask for references. Asking for references is one the best ways to get a good feel for a company. It’s one of the easiest and best ways also to find out what others think. A company that can’t or won’t provide references is also a company that won’t provide quality service. You can also look up the company’s site on line and review any comments customers have made.
Also, you will want to know if the company is insured for your own safety and protection. You want to make sure in the case of any property damage, stolen items, or any injury claims that you will be covered if this may occur. This is a very important question to remember to ask any company when in search of cleaning services.


Communication and Convenience
A reliable company is there to meet the needs of their customers. They are there to answer all phone calls and any questions or concerns that a client may have. The company should operate during normal business hours to ensure steady communication with the customer. All customers should be top priority.
A company should be well informed of their services and what they have to offer. Most of all they should be confident with the quality of services they provide. A good cleaning company should also offer flexible scheduling and be able to explain their rates and what they are based upon.
From your first call to your first scheduling you want to be sure you that you are getting the most diligent and professional house cleaners available. Memphis Maids doesn’t have to be your first call but we do want to be your last!
At Memphis Maids we enjoy being in contact with our customers. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter!


Integrity and Performance

Of course no one can ever be for sure how well a company will perform their services until they have actually done so. Every housekeeper should be able to follow directions and the requests of customers; if they don’t then they are not the cleaning company for you.

Every company should have pride in their services and their ability to perform. They should be committed to providing the best quality service possible. At Memphis Maids we do just that.

Putting it All Together

When in search of the house cleaning in Collierville, these are just a few tips to remember. You want a company that you can trust and rely on and that values customers and holds them as first priority. Keeping these insightful ideas in my mind you are guaranteed to find the best service that fits all your needs.

Memphis Maids likes to play it safe. All housekeepers go through an extensive background check and even more extensive training. At Memphis Maids we want the customers to have the very best. We feel it’s important that our customers feel at ease with their housekeeper, that’s why we think paying a small fee to have background checks done before we hire is a no-brainer.
If you still are left searching for house cleaning in Collierville, then we invite you to give Memphis Maids a call today for a fast free and easy quote. We feel so confident in our services that we can guarantee 100% satisfaction. All you have to do is give us call and we will be happy to schedule you today. Then sit back, relax and let us work our magic!

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