Dec 1, 2010

Holiday Clean-up

by Kiku Reidhead

Holiday Clean-up
Whether you're the host, or just one of the family, there's no doubt you'll be involved in some kind of holiday clean up. We have gathered a few tips to help you get the place sparkling clean and clutter free!

In the kitchen:
After a big holiday feast, the last thing you want to do is clean - just as you find yourself happy and full (and ready for a snooze), you have to sit at the sink for hours and scrub. So, here are few things that will help you speed up the process.
  • Glassware: If you are washing dishes by hand, add a little vinegar to your rinsing water to get rid of soap streaks.

  • Greasy pans and dishes: If anything you are washing is too stinky to bear, again, vinegar will do the trick. Put a few tablespoons in the dishwasher to cut down the grease and get rid of the smell.

  • Silverware: For nice flatware, like ones made of real silver, clean and use silver polish. If you don't have any polish on hand, you can actually use a dab of white toothpaste. Rub the toothpaste on the silverware with your finger, rinse with hot water and polish with a clean cloth.

  • Wax drips on material: Wait for the wax to cool and scrape off the hardened wax. Press the spot between paper towels and sponge with a cleaning fluid before washing in hot water. Do not dry until you have gotten the stain completely out.
Around the house:
  • Cards: Christmas cards can clutter the fridge and the kitchen counters. Rather than throw them away, cut out the artwork on the card cover and use them as gift tags next Christmas. You can also use pretty cutouts as ornaments or an extra addition to your wreath.

  • Candy canes: Everyone is always left with extra candy canes. These can be used as toppings for a cake, a stirrer for hot chocolate, an ornament, or even as a gift topper.

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