With the holiday’s fast approaching you’re probably thinking, “I’d better get my house ready!” And you’d be right.
What I love to do is give my home a really good deep clean before I put up any of my holiday decorations. This way the home has a solid “clean” base. I find this step to be super important because let’s face it, you’re more than likely not able to move some of your decorations and will likely have to “clean around them.”
To get started I put on my favorite holiday music ( I personally like the classics – think Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Carpenters), and grab some of my favorite holiday scented cleaning supplies and I’m off and running!
The holiday scents help to make the cleaning feel a little less like cleaning and the holiday music keeps me pumped up and happy.
The smell of your home will be one of the first things your guest will notice when they step through the front door! So why not snag this free seasonal set of Mrs. Meyer’s holiday soaps + Bubble Up soap dispenser from Grove Collaborative! Then use my holiday cleaning tips & tricks to make your house feel festive and party-ready.
Christmas Cleaning Tips To Get Your Home Company Ready
- Roll out the welcome mat — literally! When your guests 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 cloth diaper, and give them a quick wipe. (The dish soap helps prevent streaks, and the scent helps cover up the vinegar!)
- In your fantasy life, the kids never leave their backpacks by the door and junk mail never piles up on the counter. Right? Make it a reality (momentarily) by stashing clutter in baskets or closets until after guests leave. I won’t tell if you don’t!
- Turkey (make sure you try this unbelievable recipe!) and pumpkin pie just tastes 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 or try my overnight method.
- 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 wipedown 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!
- Who doesn’t love lathering up with a nice hand soap? Put out one of these Mrs. Meyer’s holiday soaps and your guests won’t be able to resist. I have the Peppermint scent in my bathroom right now!
- Fluffy towels make your bathroom feel like a five-star hotel. Toss towels in the wash with ½ cup of vinegar to refresh and soften them up.
- Keep Aunt Kathy from rummaging through your cupboards by leaving extra toilet paper in sight. A pretty basket is a great place to stash a few rolls.
- Don’t forget to empty the trash can. It’s an easy step, but it goes a long way toward making your house feel “clean”.
- Just before guests arrive, light a few candles and flip off the light for instant ambiance. Candles add warmth, coziness, and cover up any less-than-fresh smells — plus they give off just enough light for guests to find your light switch in the dark.
- Spritz couches and upholstery with a deodorizing room spray. I love Mrs. Meyer’s room spray — it smells like I just cleaned the whole house!
- It’s tempting to wait until after the party to clean crumbs off your carpet, but a quick vacuum beforehand will make your house look polished. Sprinkle your carpet with baking soda before vacuuming to deodorize and revive the carpet fibers. I also keep a basket of socks and cozy slippers by the door to encourage guests to take their shoes off.
- Your friends love Fido, but they don’t love having his fur stuck to their black pants! Put on a damp rubber glove and rub it across your couch. The fur will stick to the glove until you rinse it off.
Don’t forget, this offer from Grove Collaborative ends November 19th so grab your free Holiday Set now before they are all gone!