To get your home prepped and ready for the festive season – and the main event on the 25th – we’ve enlisted the help of expert guest Russell Bristow, who’s gathered together some fantastic tips to ensure this Christmas is the best yet.
Let us know your favourite tips and tricks to ensure a sparkling home in the comments section below!
Christmas cleaning tips
Well, I can’t believe that Christmas has come around again, the year has really flown! I’m lucky enough to live in the same town as my rather large family, and we will be having our Christmas Day at my parents’ house, which is great as my mum makes the best roast potatoes and gravy.
So, how do we keep a clean home over the holiday – well, my advice would be to have your Christmas celebrations in the home of a close friend or relative, therefore keeping your own home clean and clutter-free! But as that’s not always possible, here are my top tips for keeping your home clean this holiday.
1. Be prepared
Have a good look in your cleaning cupboard, make sure you have plenty of the basics as accidents will happen (and the shops might be closed). Also, make sure your vacuum is ready for the tinsel, glitter and the many needles that will fall from your tree. Clean or change your vacuum filters, and check your vacuum pipes for blockages.
Not something we would normally think of, but at this time of year lots of fat from food and other waste is poured into the kitchen sink, add to that the cold weather that we are currently experiencing, and you’re left with hard fat and protein deposits that will not only make your kitchen smell, but can also cause a blockage.
So arm yourself with Fast Attack 2 Piece Drain Cleaning Kit, which you simply pour into the plug hole, and then the fat and protein will be removed.
3. Protect your furniture
Lifting a glass off your lovely wooden table to find an annoying ring or liquid mark is annoying to say the least, so oil or wax your wooden furniture to give added protection from water damage. Personally at Christmas, I love to use a product with the smell of oranges, it reminds me of the clove oranges we made in the Bristow household, happy days.
4. Don’t bring the outside in
It’s so annoying when someone walks mud or snow into your carpet or freshly steamed floor, so to protect your floors it’s best to invest in a couple of absorbent door mats.
I have one from the Camouflage Company, and it’s saved my carpets from all manner of mud related accidents.
Also, house-only shoes are a really good idea to save you from excess vacuuming and mopping.
5. Kitchen smells
It’s never pleasant at this time of year to have a smelly kitchen, which manages to share its bad smelling bounty with the rest of your home, so here are a few top tips:
- Combat cooking fumes – by adding three tablespoons of white vinegar to a cup of water and boil in a saucepan for seven minutes, the acidic vinegar will neutralise the offending odour.
- Bag the trash – nothing causes more ripe smells in your home, so empty your bins more often, and wipe inside and out with an antibacterial wipe. Also, keep your food bin smells under control by adding a scented laundry sheet between the bag and the bin.
- Deodorise your dishwasher – as always, it’s good practice to give your appliance a clean, but it’s a great idea to give it a deep clean before the big day arrives. For one, it will give a fresh smell to your kitchen, and your dishwasher will be fighting fit for lots of pots and pans.
- Freshen your fridge – this is a really simple but effective way of removing smells from your fridge, simply get an used plastic butter container, fill with two table spoons of baking soda, make a few holes in the lid, and put it in the bottom of your appliance, it’s so simple, and it works!
6. The toilet of terror
There’s nothing worse than having guests walking into your bathroom only to be met with a wall of odour, so let’s save our guests from embarrassment with a few simple items.
Firstly – ditch that old brush.
Guests will always see your toilet brush, but (due to the mess they leave) they will never use it, so give them a usable alternative: a toilet brush that can be used without any mess or embarrassment, like this very clever, simple brush with antibacterial qualities.
Secondly – stop smells in their tracks.
Picture this, you’ve used the toilet at a friend’s house, and there’s a smell, but you can’t find anything to tackle it. Plus – nightmare – someone’s waiting for you to exit, it can be so embarrassing!
QVC stock a great brand called Poo Pourri that use essential oils to block the odours in the toilet bowl. Your guests simply spray into the toilet pan, use the toilet, and leave with the sweet smell of a successful visit to your bathroom.
Which of these top tips will you be testing out this festive season?
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