'Tis the season to spend your whole time cleaning — but it doesn't have to be! Cut the cleaning chores in half and get back to doing the important stuff — like eating more pie and spending quality time with family — using these simple shortcuts and genius cleaning hacks for the holidays, courtesy of household cleaning brand BizzyBee.
- Clean dusty tinsel or artificial trees by securing an old pair of tights over the nozzle attachment of your vacuum and using a very low setting to gently suck up all the dust.
- To remove dust from fragile tree ornaments, give them a light brushing with a soft artist's paintbrush.
- In the build up to Christmas, start clearing out your freezer to make room for festive goodies and leftovers.
- Don't leave it until the last minute to get the turkey-sized roasting dish out of the cupboard and find it covered in grease! Clean it in advance with dish detergent. For really tough, burned-on grime, clean as you would clean an oven and rinse thoroughly
- If sap from the Christmas tree gets on your hands, rubbing with milk will help to remove it. (Helpful hint: mayonnaise will work too!)
- After opening your presents, use a bundle of sticky tape to dab around and pick up bits of polystyrene and other small bits of stray packaging — no need to get the vaccum out.
- Extra people using the bath and shower can create more steam than usual, so be sure to use air vents, fans, and open windows to prevent any mold or mildew build-up.
- Always wash champagne flutes and other precious glassware by hand. The heat of a dishwasher can cause them to crack.
- It’s never fair for one person to be burdened with all of the cleaning, so share the tasks between your family and it will be done twice as quickly. Grandchildren love to be helpful, so ask them to be your little elf helpers for the day.
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- Scouring Pads ($6.39, Amazon): Washing dishes after Christmas dinner is an unenviable task, but you can rejoin the festivities in a flash with the help of a little elbow grease and a gentle but effective scourer to defeat the toughest marks (even on stainless steel and ceramics).
- Sponge Cloths ($12.99 for 12 cloths, Amazon): Spills at parties are inevitable, but acting fast is the key. The layered construction of these cloths makes them super strong and absorbent, and they're machine washable so they can be used time and time again.
- Microfiber Cloths ($10.92 for a 24-pack, Amazon): The secret weapon in any cleaning cabinet, no task is too great for this set of premium cleaning cloths. One is designed to polish up your special glassware, another to add shine to your bathroom, and a third to remove stuck-on dirt from kitchen surfaces — job done!
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