$99 for Housecleaning for a Home of Up to 2,000 Square Feet from Maids on Duty ($210 Value)

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Professional maids tidy up bedrooms, clean kitchen counters, and dust surfaces throughout the home

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per household. Appointment required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Valid for up to 2,000 SQ FT. Larger houses will have an additional charge. Not valid for deep cleaning, windows, or inside appliances. Distance restrictions apply. Service area includes Arlington, Alexandria, Springfield, Falls Church, Fairfax. Additional fees apply for service beyond these cities. Not Valid within Washington DC. Not Valid for move in/move out jobs. Gratuity not included; please tip on the pre-discounted amount Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $99 for housecleaning for a home of up to 2,000 square feet (a $210 value)

Microbes: Squatters in Every Square Inch

Along with dust and dirt, house cleaners help evict a less visible menace—microbes. Get an understanding of germs with Groupon's overview of these out-of-view houseguests.

Are there more microbes living in your trash can than in your bathtub? According to a telephone survey funded by Reckitt Benckiser, the makers of Lysol, 97% of Americans think so. To find out, this same group surveyed 35 homes in person, searching 32 common areas for lurking microbes—or microscopic living organisms, more commonly known as bacteria or, simply, germs. The results defied public opinion: bathtubs hosted 119,468 bacteria per square inch, whereas trash bins held only 411 per square inch. Beating out the tub was the kitchen sponge—home to a whopping 134,630 bacteria per square inch.

The implication of this study is clear: these invisible critters are crawling throughout your home, often hiding where you least expect. But before hiring a mountain lion to hunt down every single germ, consider this: microbes are actually so common that up to 200 trillion of them may be residing inside your body at any given time, according to an article in Discover magazine. Additionally, Dr. Rintala of Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare asserts that children exposed to microbes at a young age are less likely to develop allergies.

However, Dr. Rintala also notes that excessive exposure to some microbes such as mold can heighten the risk of developing asthma, and the fact remains that not all microbes are benign. For example, Harold McGee of the New York Times chronicled research on the “five-second rule,” the common belief that dropped food is okay to eat as long as it’s picked up within five seconds. He found evidence that both E. coli and salmonella could contaminate dropped food almost instantaneously. Although these harmful microbes are quite rare, the best way to avoid them—and reduce the chance of getting sick—is to clean high-risk surfaces regularly.


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