Part of the fun of celebrating the holidays is spending time with extended family and friends. We love having them in our home over the holidays, but there is always the worry about getting the house clean for company…and finding the time to do that in advance. Because really, who wants to race around picking up toys and scrubbing floors just before the guests arrive? Luckily, I’ve got a few Holiday Cleaning tips up my sleeve to prep for guests effortlessly.
Get your home ready for the holidays with these Holiday Cleaning Tips! These quick cleaning tips will get the important areas of your home into company-ready shape in just minutes so you don't have to spend all day with your mop and sponge.
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Scent is the first thing your guests will notice when they walk through the door, so the absolute easiest way to make it seem like you spent all day cleaning is with some fabulous smelling products. Start by snagging this free seasonal set of Mrs. Meyer’s holiday soaps + Multi-Surface Spray + Bubble Up soap dispenser from Grove Collaborative, then use these holiday cleaning tips & tricks to make your house feel festive and party-ready:
-Roll out the welcome mat — literally! When your guest show up with muddy or snowy boots, a special mat feels inviting and keeps messes outside.
-If your windows are covered in fingerprints and dog nose prints, how will you be able to see who’s coming? Mix 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 1 drop of Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap in a spray bottle. Spritz your windows, grab an old t-shirt or an e-cloth, and give them a quick wipe. (The dish soap helps prevent streaks, and the scent helps cover up the vinegar!)
-Stash clutter…like junk mail or kids’ backpacks…in baskets or closets until after guests leave. (I won’t tell if you don’t!)
-Turkey and pumpkin pie just taste better when they’re baked in a clean oven. Skip the scrubbing and give your oven a quick steam bath: Fill a casserole dish with water and ½ cup of vinegar. Heat the oven to 350, let the water boil for 30 minutes, then let it cool down. Grab a paper towel and wipe the grease away.
-While you’re simmering the sauce for your famous lasagna, wash the pasta pot and colander. Washing as you go will keep dishes from piling up in the sink so you can actually focus on enjoying your party.
-Squirt some Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap down your garbage disposal and run it for 30 seconds to get rid of smells. The suds will clean your drain and spread the soap’s scent around your kitchen.
-The kids wanted to help bake, but now there’s flour from one end of the kitchen to the other. Give your counters and appliances a quick wipe down with a damp microfiber cloth. I prefer the e-cloth from Grove Collaborative — it grabs dirt and germs like a magnet.
-Bonus tip: Before the holidays are in full swing, stock up on essential cleaning supplies. Grove Collaborative delivers the best natural household products from Method, Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation and more right to your door. Talk about a holiday cleaning hack!