Holiday Cleaning Guide
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Hello & Happy Monday!!
I don’t know about you, but when the holidays hit, my normal routine of keeping things clean goes out the window. I don’t know if it’s because I’m cooking in a larger capacity or entertaining guests as I cook, but whatever the case..
My usual clean kitchen looks as if a bomb went off in it (true story)
However, over the years I’ve developed a black belt in mitigating cleaning time, dish water used, and unpleasant smells.. As a full time recipe developer and MS nutritionist I cook 7 days/wk. Needless to say, what I use to clean my kitchen effectively is most imperative especially around the holidays. I’ve compiled a list below to help you bring your A game with cleaning this holiday!
Holiday Cleaning Tips
The holidays are fast approaching. To aim for a stress free holiday it’s time to start home prepping long before Christmas Eve when you’ve been cooking for 10 hours and have headache along with cranberry sauce in your hair. The biggest challenge can simply be decluttering to make room for your guests. So when the times comes to even pick up your family Christmas tree, that’s your cue for the decluttering party to commence.
Declutter and Clean:
Now’s the time to start cleaning and decluttering your home. Once you’ve done the major, heavy-duty work, you’ll maintain it throughout the holiday season. Hopefully, you did your fall cleaning, but if not, you’ll do the heavy cleaning now before the holiday rush. In all honesty, most homes have too much stuff, and the homes I enjoy being in the most typically have less. (true story). Decluttering has been found to make way to shift focus from material things to other things that are intangible, putting more money in your pockets and allowing you to have a better perspective on what’s important.
Here’s a few things you can toss today to make way for the holidays. I recommended tossing items that have no use or value in the trash, set aside others to donate, and another box for selling:
- Junk mail
- Knick knacks you don’t like or hate to dust
- Coffee mugs you never use
- Plastic containers that are missing the covers
- Expired medication
- Expired food that isn’t opened
- Clothes that haven’t been worn in 18 months
- Old makeup and toiletries you no longer use or don’t like
- Broken kitchen equipment
- Anything that’s broken for the matter
- Old shoes
- Old manuals
- Books you’ve already read
- Old Greeting cards that have no sentimental value
- Cables and wires you don’t use
following the removal of unwanted items set time aside to get down to the dirty work of taking care of your home such as cleaning behind and under furniture, washing windows, cleaning out the oven, scheduling your upholstery, blinds and window treatments for cleaning and much more.
The biggest mistake people make is that following a deep clean they don’t maintain. Keeping a home clean is a 7day/wk job. I make a point to return items to where they should be and wipe down the counters on a nightly basis.
Christmas Day Tips:
I’ve tried every cleaning product under the sun from those with harsh chemicals to those that are too organic that just don’t do the job, abrasive brushes, to sponges that just spread bacteria, and I’ve yet to come across something that not only works, but is reusable, thus a much more sustainable choice. While I do use dish towels in my kitchen they typically are utilized just to dry my hands and resolve light messes. They are not useful with scrubbing or cleaning up anymore than just a mild spill.
As I reached an impasse with cleaning cloths I figured I’d have to stick to my traditional brushes to clean dishes. However, I discovered the new premium Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth that features scrubbing dots technology on one side, which allow you to take on tough messes in the sink and across a variety of surfaces and mitigate cleaning time. If you’re looking to cut dish washing time, save your kitchen from lingering bacteria, decrease waste, you need to try these dish cloths!
More ways to improve your dish washing routine with the holidays? Fill a sink with large soapy water. You can rinse plates for a faster clean and set your dish washer to a quick rinse versus a full cycle to decrease your water usage and protect your dish washer. I can’t tell you how many times dishes were thrown in with food still stuck to them, which is damaging to your dishwasher and means more washers, and more water to get them clean.
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Create an aroma to go with your clean home:
Another epic fail when it comes to preparing for the holidays is having a home that doesn’t smell like Christmas. With a handful of ingredients that are typically found in your kitchen during this season, you can turn an everyday home in to a holiday haven. Simply toss some oranges, cranberries, cinnamon sticks and cloves into some water, boil, and enjoy! Another way to rid your home of food smells? Follow this recipe again post holidays!
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 orange (sliced)
- 2 cinnamon sticks (broken in half)
- 1 TB cloves
- 2-3 cups water
- Combine ingredients in a small pot and simmer over low heat for as long as desired. Add more water if it gets low. Enjoy the holiday scent!