It is hard to clean your house during the holidays with so much going on in a busy household. You just want to spend time with your family and friends. Therefore, people postpone their household chores. However, the day of reckoning must come.
After the holidays are over, it’s time for you to bring your home back to normal by removing the Christmas decorations and cleaning up. To help you from distractions we have prepared a checklist for you to make sure your house is sparkling clean.
Some of these post-holiday cleaning hacks will save you time so you can work on your New Year resolutions instead! If keeping your home clean is one of them, then these tips would be perfect for you!
Use of the fridge goes into overdrive during the festive period. Now all the food and drink are consumed, it’s time to clean it thoroughly. The way to do it is by emptying everything first, or in sections (your choice). The food that is outdated should be thrown away (or compost).
Second, start cleaning the inside of the fridge with a mix of vinegar and water. It would be easier if you remove all the shelves and drawers beforehand. You can wash them in the sink, with warm soapy water and leave them on the side to dry out while you are wiping the inside of the fridge.
After cleaning the inside it’s time to wipe down all the items/food that were in the fridge with a damp cloth, so the mess doesn’t spread around. Put back all the shelves and drawers and then return the food to the fridge.
The dishwasher is a lifesaver during Christmas and has a heavy workload. Some people think that the dishwasher should be constantly washing itself, but sadly it doesn’t. There is gunk that builds on the inside of the dishwasher that makes it less effective.
An effortless way to clean it is by placing a cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack and run a normal cycle but with no detergent or dishes.
Cooking so much food during Christmas and New Year, you may find unfamiliar stains on the carpet. It is better to clean them as soon as possible, but often get left during the holidays.
Grab the vinegar and spray the stain with it. Sprinkle baking soda on top as it needs to start bubbling. Use your fingers to spread it well so it gets into the stain. Leave it to dry and vacuum up the baking soda. If you find a slight discoloration of the carpet, just rinse it with cool water, blending out the edges of the discoloration and then blot firmly with a cloth.
4. Clean and store the Christmas Decorations
When the New Year comes, most people think it’s time to take the Christmas decorations down. There are a couple of tricks that will make your Christmas decorations cleaning easier and faster.
If you have had the Christmas Garland around the house for long, probably they got dusty. An easy way to clean them would be using your hair dryer and blow the dust off.
If you have decided to keep that wrapping paper from the Christmas presents, it is the perfect thing to use and wrap up the Christmas tree ornaments before you store them.
When taking down the ornaments, put a couple of towels under the tree, so you can prevent the risk of broken pieces on the floor. Additionally, all the tree needles would fall on the towels and not on the floor.
After removing the Christmas tree is time to sweep the tree needles. After sweeping, you want to make sure you have cleaned everything. If you sprinkle baking soda over the needles, this will make them stick together and it would be easier when you vacuum after that.
Everyone loves Christmas and New Year celebrations, but when it comes to cleaning, we all try to avoid it during these times. These few tips and recommendations on how to clean after holidays will help you bring your house back to normal.