Christmas cleaning hacks
Christmas. We all love spending it with our favourite people, but we don’t love the cleaning that goes with it. Make it easy with our cleaning hacks.
Don’t fancy wasting your precious days off scouring and scrubbing before the family arrive at Christmas? Here are our top tips for getting the house in shape for festive get-togethers with as little stress as possible.
We’re talking late autumn – a much better time to do an annual declutter then in the crazy run up to the big day.
So, take a deep breath, gather your cleaning tools, and take the plunge on a blustery November weekend. With the deep clean done and dusted, you’ll just be left with easy cleaning top-ups in December – and trust us, it’ll feel worth it!
Clear out your kitchen cupboards
Mince pies, Christmas pudding, stuffing, cranberry sauce, extra booze… Maybe you find it a bit of a squeeze fitting all those extra Christmas goodies into a kitchen that’s already rammed full?
It might be an idea to go through your cupboards and have a clear-out during your November blitz of the house. You never know, you might find some still-in-date pickles or mincemeat lurking at the back of a cabinet which could save you buying more this year.
Prep your fridge
It’s the fridge that really has to handle a lot in the run up to Christmas dinner – with shelves rearranged for the turkey to fit, trifles and puddings crammed around a cheese selection and a variety of sauces and creams…plus the usual fridge fillings.
You don’t want your guests seeing the fridge in a state, so get ahead of the curve and give it a deep clean in advance, so it can sparkle underneath all of that gorgeous grub.
Take out removable parts for a warm soapy water wash down and go to town with baking soda and water paste (2tbsp soda and ~100ml water) on the inside.
For instructions, take a look at this handy how-to page.
Empty and defrost your freezer
It might lead to eating some slightly ‘creative meals’, but it’s worth clearing out those random items left at the back of your freezer. Fish fingers with leftover chilli anyone?
It might be a pain but look on the bright-side – you’ll save money that week. And your freezer will be prepared for the Christmas deluge.
Try a charity shop run of kids’ toys, clothes and books
Don’t leave it until Boxing Day before you realise there’s nowhere for your kids’ shiny new toys to go. Attack the toy box and make space for the new in the weeks leading up to Christmas by donating any unused playthings to charity.
It’s a great way to get kids into the giving mood of the season while also benefitting others. Plus, they’ll probably be more willing to part with their old toys if they know they’ve got new treats coming soon from Santa.
Clean your oven on the cheap and chemical-free
Did you know a clean oven makes your food taste better? And you don’t have to fork out for foul-smelling oven cleaning products to make your oven sparkle, just follow these simple steps.
- Mix up 1/3 cup of salt and one cup of baking soda, add water to make a paste
- Lather up the oven – spreading your paste on the walls, door and bottom – then soak overnight
- Soak the shelves in hot soapy water
- In the morning wipe off
- Stubborn grease that won’t budge? A lemon juice and salt combo can be effective
- Awkward nooks and crannies you can’t reach? Introduce your old toothbrush to a new line of work
- Glass oven doors come up a treat after a wipe with
Cut sink grime with lemons and limes
Has your stainless-steel sink seen better times? You can make it shine for Christmas.
Here’s a quick and easy tip – dip half of a lemon or lime in a bowl of baking soda and then use the fruit to scrub away. Rinse down and stand back to admire your handiwork.
Organise rubbish and recycling
After all that hard work getting everything in order, on Christmas Day the living room can quickly become a sea of wrapping paper.
The solution – be prepared to enable your family to tidy up as you go along. Have a bag for recycling and general rubbish circulating during the mayhem, so that when it’s calmed down all you’ll have to do is pop the bags into the bins outside, and sit down with the family for some Christmas telly.
Tackle the dreaded washing up head on
It can be manic with so many family members around at Christmas, but you can use this to your advantage when it comes to washing up.
Marshal an army of helpers and allocate tasks – a few to clear the table, a couple of dishwasher stackers and two to wash, dry and put away all the glasses. While they’re busy, soak all the greasy oven dishes in hot soapy water – for really burnt-on grease, add bio laundry detergent and soak them overnight.
You might even have some helpers leftover to do a round of tea!