No one wants to waste precious days off scouring and scrubbing over Christmas. So it pays to organise yourself early, then keep on top of it all as you go.
Take a deep breath, gather your cleaning tools, and give your home its annual declutter and deep clean in late autumn. Then, all you’ll need to do is light maintenance cleaning all the way up to Christmas Day.
Clear out your kitchen cupboards
There’ll be lots of Christmas goodies to pack away, so use this opportunity to go through your cupboards. You might find some still-in-date pickles or mincemeat at the back to save you buying more.
Prep your fridge
Your fridge may well be groaning under the weight of food and drink come Christmas day so it pays to deep clean it ahead of the festivities. Take everything out, wash removable parts and shelves with warm soapy water then clean the inside with a baking soda and water paste.
Empty and defrost your freezer
Choose a week and plan meals to use up everything in the freezer. Dinners may be more creative than usual (fancy veggie burgers and soya beans?) but you’ll save money. Then defrost the freezer so it’s ready for Christmas food.
Do a charity shop run of kids’ toys, clothes and books
Your kids will be getting shiny new things for Christmas, so make space for these by donating pre-loved items to charity.
Cut sink grime with lemons and limes
If your stainless steel sink has seen better times, it’s time to make it shiny for Christmas. And you don’t need to spend a fortune either. Ingrained dirt will vanish in seconds after you’ve scrubbed at it using half a lemon or lime dipped in a small bowl of baking soda. You may need to go over the same spot a few times, then rinse away for a sparkling finish.
Tackle the dreaded washing up head on
If you can marshal an army of helpers, great. Fill the dishwasher with as much as you can. While that’s running, task two people with washing and drying all the glasses. Then, soak all the greasy oven dishes in hot soapy water for 15 minutes for the detergent to work. For really burnt-on grease, fill the pans with hot water and bio laundry detergent and soak them overnight – you can hide them in the oven.
Clean your oven on the cheap and chemical-free
You don’t have to fork out for foul-smelling oven cleaning products to make your oven sparkle. Set aside a night to tackle your oven and your family and friends will thank you for it on Christmas day – did you know a clean oven makes your food taste better?
Organise rubbish and recycling
Your spotless living room will become a sea of wrapping paper, polythene and little wire ties unless you tidy as presents get opened. Make sure you’ve got enough space in your recycling bin outside and keep two bags inside – one for recyclables and one for rubbish. Stick both outside at the end of the day, with a sigh of relief, before settling down with the family to watch some Christmas telly.
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