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12 Days Of Christmas Cleaning Tips From The Maids

OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- You want your home to look perfect during the holidays, especially when you expect more visits from friends and relatives. You decorate with twinkling lights and greenery and spend more time cooking – and cleaning. And your schedule is busier than ever. The Maids, the only franchised residential cleaning service to clean for health using environmentally preferable products, offers these 12 days of holiday cleaning tips to make your home sparkle without adding extra stress to your life. Sing it to the tune of the famous song to make your chores more enjoyable.

First Day of Christmas: Clean the inside of the oven and the top of the stove.  You don't want the smell of roast turkey, ham or chicken mixed with the smell of last Thursday's "meatloaf surprise."

Second Day of Christmas: Clean out your refrigerator to make room for leftovers.  Make sure you have adequate storage containers and space for the extra food before the meals begin.  Leave an open box of baking soda inside to absorb any odors your holiday goodies might leave behind.

Third Day of Christmas: Empty coat closets of extra outerwear like spring jackets and sweatshirts to make room for your guests' outerwear.  Consider donating any outgrown apparel to a local charity organization.

Fourth Day of Christmas: Empty all trash containers.  Clean and disinfect inside and out with warm, soapy water and a neutral disinfectant.  Drop several extra trash liners inside each container before relining for a quick and easy way to remove future trash when it really starts to pile up.

Fifth Day of Christmas: Clean the tops of ceiling fan blades and inside ceiling lamp globes.  This ensures no surprising plummeting dust bunnies!

Sixth Day of Christmas: Remove clutter from tops of kitchen counters as this gives a more open feel, plus family and friends tend to congregate in the kitchen during holiday gatherings. Find a home for mail, magazines, books and other items that tend to pile up on tables and in the home office.

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