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Remove Rust Stains Hack with Lime and Salt

May 4, 2017 by admin

Remove rust with lime and salt hack

Have you ever had one of your best pieces of clothes stained with rust? It’s pretty annoying especially if it is your favourite white t-shirt, tablecloth, shorts or golf shirt. You make the mistake of throwing it in bleach, getting an ugly looking yellow t-shirt. Then you’d toss it, never use it again. Sad. I know. Though don’t worry! Continue reading and discover the best way to remove those difficult stains with only 2 ingredients?

While growing up my mom would always have the best hacks for pretty much for anything. Cleaning hacks, stain hacks (for all kind of stains by the way), and even nursing hacks. We didn’t had to worry if we stained our uniforms at a school party or while enjoying a nice juice mango.

So came a day when my mom was doing laundry and one of my dad’s best shirts had a horrible rust stain. I thought that was going to be the last for Dad’s shirt… but I was wrong. Super mom got to work. She sent me to the kitchen for salt and a lime…

Now for my Mom’s removing rust hack with lime and salt:

What we need

  • Lime
  • Salt
  • Sun light

How to do the magic

  • Cut the lime in half
  • Rub half of the lime on the area that is stained
  • Place a nice amount of salt on the area
  • Rub it all together with your hands
  • Place your shirt, shorts, table cloth tennis etc. outside directly under the hot sun.
  • Leave it outside for some few hours while you’re doing laundry
  • Then wash your peace of clothes as you normally do
  • If the stain does not come off the first time you can repeat the procedure.

Voila! No more rusty steel stains.

Emily’s is Your Cleaning Cupid

February 8, 2017 by admin

We want to share the love with you this February! Book any Monday and Tuesday through the month or buy a gift certificate and get 10% OFF when you use the coupon code WELOVEYOU14.

Happy Valentines!!

valentines special

Cleaning Kitchen Windows

November 3, 2016 by admin

Cleaning Kitchen Windows

I noticed that the windows in the kitchen were a little foggy. When I got close they were filthy with a combination of dust and grease. If you are trying to get your windows sparkling using only Glass and Multi-Surface Cleaners, they won’t do the trick. You need a little extra effort to get them looking like new. These simple steps will help you recover the brightness in your kitchen area by getting that clean sparkling look on your windows.

First, let’s start by mixing some liquid dishwasher soap, some grease remover and little bit of water; spray this concoction all over the glass surface and let it react for a couple minutes. Second, if needed you can scrub with a sponge to remove the excess of grease. Third, with a damp cloth and water remove the mixture, add any glass cleaner that you like and wipe down.  Finally, before it gets dry, use a sheet of newspaper over the damp area and cleans it in a circular motion
This will diminish the fogginess look on your glass windows.

Voilá here comes the light!


13 Home Remedies To Clean Out Ants In Your Home & Garden

August 8, 2016 by admin

Clean out ants from your home13 Home remedies to get rid of ants in your home and garden

Although most ants are harmless and can even be beneficial to the environment, they easily become pests, since they reproduce quickly and have very few predators in urban areas. They usually invade homes in search of food and shelter, so the very first step in eliminating ants in the home is to keep it free of crumbs and debris.

Clean every room in your home thoroughly, but especially the kitchen (particularly its floors and shelves), since this place is where dust and food crumbs gather the most. Also, leave foods that can spoil easily, like fruits and vegetables, inside the fridge.

After cleaning everything very well, you can use the following home remedies to get rid of your ant problem and live happily ever after:

  • Cayenne/red pepper: sprinkle the pepper over all affected areas, especially anthills. Repeat this process regularly.
  • Garlic: prepare a mixture of garlic and water. Put several cloves of garlic inside a pot filled with water, and let them rest inside for a day. The next day, simmer the mixture for 15 minutes and, once it’s done, apply it to all affected areas. Repeat this process regularly.
  • Aromatic herbs: ants dislike the scent of many common aromatic herbs, so it’d be a great idea to plant some of these in your garden to keep ants at bay. Give lavender, mint, spearmint and thyme a try.
  • Lavender: you can also prepare a lavender infusion with 10.5 oz of fresh lavender leaves in 1 quart of water and spray it over all affected areas.
  • Lemon juice: spray pure lemon juice over all affected areas. You can also use it to protect your plants by rubbing their stems with it.
  • Baking soda: you can protect your plants by putting baking soda on the earth around them. Sodium bicarbonate is a natural repellent for all kinds of pests.
  • Boiling water: pour boiling water directly over any anthill you see, and repeat the process until the ants are no more. Also, make sure to destroy them.
  • Soap: prepare a mixture of water and soap (detergent will also work) and spray it over the ants.
  • Vinegar: vinegar is toxic to ants, yet harmless to plants if applied in small doses. Prepare a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar and spray the entirety of your garden with this solution.
  • Rice: this is a perfect ant repellent if one lets it rot enough so that it produces mold. Leave a small handful of rice over a spot where you know ants gather often. The ants will leave what they’re carrying to pick up the rice and take it back to their nest. Once there, the heat inside the nest will cause the rice to rot and grow mold, which will repel any ants living around it.
  • Orange peels: most people throw orange peels away without knowing how useful they can be. Not only can they be used in cooking and have many health benefits, but also secrete a substance that is toxic to ants. So, to take advantage of this, cut up orange peels until you have a handful of small pieces, and sprinkle them over the places where ants usually gather. The ants will leave what they’re carrying to take the orange peels back to their nest, where they will die, due to the actions of this toxic substance.
  • Yeast: ants are very attracted to yeast, although it is usually lethal to them if they ingest it. To use it to get rid of ants, mix 3.5 oz of yeast with 1 quart of water and 3.5 oz of sugar. Put this mixture in small containers and then place these containers around your home, in places where the ants gather the most.
  • White pepper: ants are repelled by the naturally-occurring compounds in pepper. Mix equal parts ground white pepper and water, then spray the mixture on the stems of affected plants and other places where ants tend to gather.

Make Your Stainless Steel Shine

July 20, 2016 by admin

Keeping your stainless steel spotless!

My shiny fridge!Last night we had our new refrigerator installed we were so excited, since the old one flunked out on us a few days back, when we went to the store to buy it the salesperson waxed poetry about it but there is something that they don’t tell you about stainless steel appliances, it’s not fingerprint proof! In no time it looked dirty and felt sticky, you get all these spots on it and them don’t get out with just wiping it with a wet or dry cloth… what a bummer!!

When you’re in a rush and you have people coming over and you want your house to be at its best, your stainless steel appliances are not the exception for a clean looking house. After several failed attempts, I came across this recipe that listed simple ingredients that you will probably find in your house. So here goes… with just water and paper towel wipe down your stainless steel appliances, once it’s dry, spray rubbing alcohol and wipe it off with new and dry paper towel then using a microfiber cloth rub a small amount of olive oil evenly through the stainless-steel , now I have to admit that I was not sure about this last step since I was under the impression that the oil will be a mess and make the refrigerator stickier than before, but I was very impressed with the results. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself or ask your housekeeper to do it! You will not only vanish the fingerprints from your appliances it will be shining like a dollar piece, good as new!

Yes, mine is new but now it’s spotless!

10 tricks to eliminate bad trash can smells

April 28, 2016 by admin

Smelly trash can

10 easy tricks to eliminate bad smells from your trash can

There isn’t anything more disgusting than a house that smells like garbage. In this article, you will learn 10 easy tricks to get rid of any pesky smells in your trash can, and they will also help keep insects at bay. First things first, make sure to wash your trash can thoroughly before applying these tricks.

  1. Baking soda: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of baking soda at the bottom of your trash can. This will absorb any bad smells. Leave the baking soda inside the trash can and put a bag on top of it. Replace the baking soda every week or so.
  2. Juice of citrus fruits: Squeeze the juice of a citrus fruit (can be half an orange or a grapefruit, or an entire lemon) inside the trash can. Wait until the juice dries and put a bag inside the trash can. When necessary, remove any traces of the old juice with a damp cloth, and put new juice inside.
  3. Peel of scented fruits: Put the discarded peels and leaves of any scented fruits (like citrus fruits and mints) to eliminate bad smells from your trash can. Just make sure to change them frequently to prevent them from rotting inside the can and making your problems worse.
  4. Coffee beans: Put some coffee beans inside a bowl, and then put the bowl inside the trash can so it can absorb the bad smells. You can also put the beans in a bag and put that inside the trash can.
  5. Tea tree oil: Spray the trash can, every day, with a mix of water and 20 drops of tea tree oil, before putting the garbage bag. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, so it will not only eliminate the bad smells, but it will also disinfect your trash container. If you want to give the trash can an even better smell, consider adding some lavender oil to the mixture.
  6. Vanilla extract: Apply a few drops of vanilla extract to a cotton ball, and then place it inside the trash can. Leave it there all night.
  7. Color catching sheet and cinnamon: Recycle your color catching sheets to eliminate bad smells. Cut a sheet in half and soak it in cinnamon water. When it has absorbed enough of the cinnamon, place it at the bottom of the trash can.
  8. White vinegar: Put 3 cups of vinegar inside the trash can, and then fill it to the brim with hot water. Let the vinegar rest for about an hour, then empty the trash can. Let the container dry all night.
  9. Cat litter: Cover the bottom of the trash can with approximately 2 to 4 inches of cat litter. Since some litter varieties are scented, you won’t need an extra product to perfume the container. Make sure to change the litter every 2 weeks.
  10. Charcoal: Use any leftover charcoal from your last barbecue to get rid of bad smells. Crush the coals and sprinkle them all over the inside of the trash can. Let them rest inside the container all night so that they can absorb any smells.

Hopefully these tips will help you keep your home smelling wonderful!

Happily Sponsoring Little Forest Hills Funky 4K & Festival

October 8, 2015 by admin

little_forest_hills Emily’s Personnel Service is a proud sponsor of Little Forest Hills Funky 4k & Fall Festival being held Saturday on November 21st. The race begins at 3pm. It is $14.00 to sign up and children run for free. Music, games, kids activities, and picnic (bring your basket and blanket), starting at 4pm. Free Dessert served! To register and for more information, go to Little Forest Hills neighborhood association.

LFH Funky 4K – Mark Your Calendars

Little Forest Hills is holding its 5th Funky 4k & Fall Festival Saturday, Nov. 21st from 3-6 at Casa Linda Park.

The race begins at 3pm and we hope you will wear your funkiest outfit to run through Dallas’ funkiest neighborhood! The cost to participate in the race is $14 for adults and free for children 12 years or younger, so bring the whole family! Adult price includes a race t-shirt, and kids t-shirts can be purchased for $5.

Afte the race, join us back at the park at 4pm for music, games, kids activities, and a picnic. Bring your picnic basket and a blanket. We’ll bring the dessert!

We are looking for local “community friendly” businesses to sponsor the event. If your business is interested, or if you know of a local business that any be interested, please contact us for more information.

Welcoming Dial A Maid to the Emily’s Family

July 7, 2014 by admin

This letter from Julie, the previous owner of Dial-A-Maid. On July 1st Emily’s Maids took on Dial a Maid to continue their tradition of good service at a great price. It has been a pleasure knowing Julie over the years. She is one of the most caring, pleasant people you will ever know! Thank you for your kind words and we wish the best for you and yours.  

I am very excited to introduce Greg and his team at Emily Personnel Service to you. Due to the possibility of relocation for my husband’s work, we decided to begin marketing the business to sell; we felt that while we may be able to run Dial-A-Maid from a different city, that it would be better run by someone close by to the customers that we care for. I was both happy and relieved whenever Greg contacted me and said that he was interested in taking on the Dial-A-Maid customers and staff into his existing business! I have known Greg over the years that I have owned Dial-A-Maid; we have helped each other out on more than one occasion when the other is over booked, and I was always confident when referring a new lead to him that I did not have the availability to service that they would be well taken care of by Greg and his staff.

My husband Ryan and I purchased Dial-A-Maid from the previous owner, Kristy Bean, in June of 2008. Kristy actually began the company by doing the cleaning herself, about three or four years before we purchased the business from her. She had a background in web design, but had a desire to be self-employed. So she created her own website, hired someone to create the very cute logo that we still use, and began cleaning! As her customer base grew, she hired someone to help her clean the customers’ homes, and then eventually she hired another lady to take her place cleaning, so she could devote more time to customer service and growing the business. Kristy got married in the spring of 2008, and her husband owned a landscaping business at the time. He was spending most of his time out in the field, and had a great need for someone to run the office end of things. They decided to sell Dial-A-Maid and just focus their efforts on his landscaping business. So Kristy posted an ad on Craigslist advertising the business for sale. My husband Ryan called me from work one day, very excited about this ad he had seen for a business for sale on Craigslist and asked me to check it out. Fortunately we were the first ones to call!

I worked in the fashion industry before my children were born, so Dial-A-Maid was very different from my previous work experience. But I had always worked for small companies in the fashion industry, so I have enjoyed being a hands on owner (I’ve been my own office staff the whole time!) so that I could work closely with the customers and employees. Whenever my husband first called me and asked me to check out the ad, he suggested that maybe it would be something that I would enjoy doing and still be able to be home with our son. He was two and our only child at the time, now he is eight and our daughter is five (Perhaps you’ve heard them in the background from time to time while on the phone with me, or maybe you’ve just heard the Sponge Bob Squarepants theme song). It has definitely been a learning experience, in taking on being business owners for the first time for my husband and I, in taking on a very different career for me, and in taking my children along for the ride since so much of their early years have been involved with Dial-A-Maid (I hope that they have learned some things along the way as well!).

I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed working with each of you, and how much I appreciate your loyalty and support over these last six years; you have been a blessing to my family, as well as to the employees families. Thank you, thank you, thank you again for your business; I hope that you will enjoy getting to know and working with Greg and the Emily Maids team!

Why Cleaning Companies Go Out Of Business.

June 24, 2014 by admin

why cleaning services go out of business
When starting out some of the best advice I had received was from Sally Schopmeyer at Maintenance Inc: Make sure your pricing appropriately because you are here to make a profit. Sure, seems reasonable enough. Though when running a house cleaning service one of your main concerns is getting and keeping customers. Some business owners see ultra-low pricing as the way and soon find themselves in a precarious predicament.

Over the past few years I’ve been approached by five cleaning services seeking a buyer. After reviewing the financials, a theme appeared: Their pricing was too low making none profitable. Three were un-buyable, price was simply too low. I could save two of them because, though not profitable, only a slight increase in pricing was needed.

Increasing prices sucks. Every cleaning service owner I’ve known dreads it. And sometimes it’s necessary less you lose your business completely. So when raising pricing you need to show concrete data, you need to be 100% transparent.

For example, with the recent acquisition of Dial-A-Maid we mailed a welcome letter including the three previous years of tax statements. We owed the customers an explanation of why the price were increasing by showing Dial-A-Maid’s unprofitability. When people see the genuine, crucial necessity for raising rate, they can be VERY understanding. They understand a little help from them goes a looong way for the greater good of preserving employees’ livelihoods and providing top-notch customer service.

So price appropriately!

Not only do you need to cover your costs, you need to take care of your people. They are the MOST important asset to your cleaning company. With good pay and respect, you will retain the top performers. Yes, that’s obvious. Though without the cash flow you only attract the mediocre.

Warren Buffet once said “it’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price”. Same with a house cleaning service, you get far more when paying a fair price. Better people. Better service. And peace of mind knowing the people that serve you today will be there tomorrow for you!

P.S. Again, kudos to Sally Schopmeyer who knows the cleaning industry; Maintenance Inc. is lucky to have her!

Tricky Travertine

March 5, 2014 by admin

Not all floors can be handled the same, the most important advice I have for this kind of floor is to know what you are doing! If you are hiring a cleaning service make sure to let them know you have this kind of flooring  and don’t hesistate to ask how they plan on cleaning it!

Here are our tips on how to care for  this floor

Dip a soft cloth in hot water, proceed to remove dirt , dust and residue buildup. Then use a microfiber cloth to dry excess water to prevent water spots and leaks from moisture in the stone.

Fill a bucket with hot water and add a natural soap or cleaning ceramic tiles and mix. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how much to use (usually is 1 to 2 tablespoons per gallon of water). You can also use an aerosol cleaning natural stone , for which you simply spray the product directly on the travertine.

Finally , change the soapy water and rinse clean cold water a clean cloth. Immerse the cloth or cloth in water. Rub gently from top to bottom surface of travertine to remove soap scum . Remove all debris before cleaning to prevent the travertine from looking cloudy or opaque.

Dry the remaining water from the surface of travertine with a cloth or microfiber towel .


Never clean your travertine floors, walls or countertops with acidic products such as vinegar or ammonia or products containing chlorine. They can stain the stone surface and cause discoloration. Never use abrasive cleaners which can scratch the surface

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