If you host a party or 2 for the holidays, then you know it’s about that time to start preparing for the Christmas events. Remember you can always call Tri Maids to get a full house cleaning or we also offer customized cleans, where we’ll just do whatever you want us to do in your home.

As for any and all other options- here’s a quick breakdown of those “necessary” to-do items to get ready for the holidays and any parties that are associated with it.

First things first – Do a “visitor” walk thru and just take notes of everything that you see that are out of place. This is a great time to give out these little tasks to any other people in the house if possible to get a little bit of help with this hectic time.

Depending on your time limit that you have, I recommend these are the things that you take care of 2-3 days beforehand.

–Clean windows and vacuum window tracks. Damp mop baseboards.

–Deep clean bathrooms and straighten bedrooms.

–Clean all top kitchen surfaces. Wipe fridge and make room for extra food in there.

–Dust all surfaces and sweep entryway.


–Hang fresh hand towels, and check hand soap.

–Wipe any dirty areas in the bathrooms using a wet rag.

–Put toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets and give them a quick brushing.

–Wipe mirrors, countertops, and bathroom floors with a damp towel.

–Take out the garbage, and line trash receptacles with clean liners.

–Straighten stacks of magazines and books.

–Straighten and fluff sofa pillows and cushions.

–Carry a laundry basket throughout the house, picking up clutter as you go. Once filled, put everything in its place or you can just hide the basket.

–Vacuum high-traffic areas.

–Place fresh flowers and light scented candles.


Now your home should look and smell great. This will take off the extra stress that can be associated with having visitors and/or family over to your home.



It’s that time again!  There are hundreds of missed school days every year because of germs and sicknesses that could’ve been avoided. Here are some simple tips to help keep your kids a little bit cleaner and healthier every day.

  • Use a disinfectant wipe on high-touch points every day when your child comes home from school. You can do this right when they’re taking everything out of their backpack to do their homework. Wipe down zipper and straps of their backpack, binders, pencils and other items they are using all day.
  • Give your child hand sanitizer for their backpack and also have extra bottles of it everywhere you can. Encourage the use at all times possible.
  • Teach your child to cough or sneeze into the crook of their arm if they don’t have a tissue available. This way the germs are not “caught” in their hands and spread to surfaces and other children by their hands. Make sure you explain to them how important it is not to spread germs and diseases.
  • Teach your child to keep their hands away from their face and mouth. Hands are too often carrying germs. Eyes, nose, and mouth are the entry points for germs to get into our body and make us sick.
  • Remind your child not to share water bottles or chapstick with other children. Anything that goes in your mouth shouldn’t be shared.

Above all else, just remember the most important way to keep your child healthy is a balanced diet, exercise and sleep. These are by far the most important things in a child’s life. Also, a daily multivitamin! ?

The Various Uses of Vinegar

Most households have some form of vinegar in the kitchen: whether it is the standard white or the popular Braggs apple cider vinegar, to the salad dressing and bed dipping favorite, balsamic vinegar. Vinegar contains 5-20% acetic acid and water. The acetic acid is made by a fermentation process from the acetic acid. Although we may think of using vinegar for food only, there are many uses for vinegar around your home. The next time you have household chores; use white vinegar to help you do everything from cleaning your home, laundry and perking up fresh cut flowers.

Vinegar has many household uses that can benefit even your wardrobe. Did you know vinegar can be used to remove wrinkles from your clothes? Imagine not having to use your iron again! Well, maybe not forever, but a great alternative is to use vinegar. Take a spray bottle and put 1 part vinegar to 3 parts of water. Put your clothing item on a hanger and spritz it with the solution. The vinegar smell will go away as your clothes dry.

One of the best home uses for vinegar is for fresh cut flowers. Vinegar helps to prolong the life of flowers and perks them up for you to extend their beauty in your home. Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar along with 1 tablespoon of sugar in a vase for your fresh flowers. This mixture is safer and non-toxic compared to the packets that may come with your flowers.

A hot cup of tea helps to melt the stress away and makes you relax. Unless the inside of the beloved tea kettle is stained and dirty with minerals from tap water that can leave hard water stains on the inside and outside of the shiny stainless steel. To remove those stains, mix ½ cup of vinegar and pour into the kettle and fill the kettle with water. Do the same by filling a bucket with water to the top of the kettle with 1 cup of vinegar in the bucket. Leave this solution overnight.

The next time you’re looking for a natural cleaning solution, think of using vinegar. Vinegar has many household uses from salad dressings, removing wrinkles in clothes, prolonging the life of fresh cut flowers, and cleaning tea kettles. The wonderful various uses of vinegar is a low cost way of making your home chores cheap and easy!