They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. At Bee Maids, we can’t help but agree. It’s the time of year when families gather together. Frequently, these family get-togethers require people to travel long distances and to stay in their various family members houses.
The hallmark of all these family gatherings is the ringing sounds of laughter and joy. The unfortunate side effect of these soirees, though, is the mess they are prone to leave in their wake.
Never fear, Bee Maids are here! As your go-to cleaning service, we’ve compiled a complete list of the essential projects you need to tackle once the holiday fuss is over.
Before all of the hullabaloo of the holidays begins though, we would recommend a thorough and deep cleaning of your whole house. If that sounds like too much of an exhausting hassle for you, contact us for a free quote. We will put you on the right track for a pain-free holiday season.
Now, without further ado, let’s get cleaning!
Fridge and Freezer
When your house is full, your fridge and freezer are sure to be packed as well. With so many cooks in the kitchen and twice as many hands in and out of the refrigerator, it’s hard to keep track of which foods are still good and which have gone bad.
Once the guests are gone and the holiday merry-making is over, it’s time to empty the fridge. We recommend a full deep clean.
- Toss out any expired or spoiled food.
- Make a note of the foods you have leftover so you can utilize those ingredients in your meal planning.
- Replace the frozen foods you are planning to keep and move on to your fridge.
- Use a disinfecting wipe or spray to clean out the inside of your fridge.
- Plan a special treat for yourself with the money you’ll save on groceries the next few weeks!
If any appliance in your house takes a massive beating over the holidays, it’s your oven. The varied range of dishes that you cook over the holiday weeks pretty much guarantees a wide array of splatters and spills. My oven looks a bit like a Jackson Pollock painting!
One of the best oven cleaning methods is excellent for two reasons. Firstly, it’s all-natural. Second, you can make it yourself from just a few ingredients you probably have lying around your house.
All you will need is baking soda, water, and vinegar. If you have a spare spray bottle handy, great. Here’s what you do:
- Add just enough water to about ½ cup of baking soda to make a paste. You may need more or less depending on your oven size and how messy it is.
- Remove your racks and clean those separately.
- Cover the entire oven with the paste and allow to sit for 1-2 hours.
- Spray with vinegar or use a vinegar-soaked rag to scrub the stains.
- Wipe up any excess paste and replace the clean racks.
After your oven, the second biggest beating experienced by your kitchen would have to be that of your dishwasher. It is genuinely terrifying the amount of gunk that can accumulate in the bowels of this often-overlooked appliance.
When your world slows down a bit after the chaos of holiday fun, take the time to give your dishwasher a bit of love. A clean dishwasher will work better and last longer. Here’s what to do:
1. Clear the drain
- Remove the bottom dish rack.
- Check the drain for food residue and gunky debris
- Remove as much waste as you can.
2. Vinegar cycle
- Fill a dishwasher-safe container with 1 cup cleaning vinegar.
- Place container on the top row.
- Run one hot-water cycle.
3. Baking soda rinse
- Evenly disperse one cup of baking soda throughout dishwasher
- Run a hot water cycle
Voila! You are the proud owner of a sparkly, clean dishwasher.
Cleaning the bathroom is often your least favorite task, but it is also one of the most essential. Your bathrooms, especially the guest ones, will need some extra attention after the holidays.
For your toilets, now would be a good time to deep clean.
- Turn off the water line
- Empty the water from the bowl
- Fill the now-dry bowl with a thin layer of baking soda
- Pour about a ½-1 cup of vinegar over the baking soda
- Scrub with your toilet brush
- Turn the water back on
- Admire your sparkly bowl!
Next, focus on your bathtubs and showers. Clean your shower curtains with a heavy-duty cleaning spray and a rag. Lastly, you need to deep clean your tubs and showers with either a mix of baking soda and vinegar or a store-bought bathroom cleaner.
In an ideal world, carpet stains would be cleaned up immediately. Sometimes though, life gets in the way. When your house is full of relatives, many of them children, spills can often go unnoticed.
When your family is all back home, take the time to go over all your carpet with an eagle eye. Pay special attention to high traffic areas but don’t forget to check those places that are out of the way.
Most people don’t know this, but it is incredibly easy to keep your upholstered furniture in mint condition with just a few simple steps.
To remove stains, fill a medium-sized bowl with near-boiling water. Add a few drops of dish soap and scrub any stains with a microfiber cloth. Wear kitchen gloves if the water is too hot.
Spray heavily soiled areas with hydrogen peroxide (always make sure to spot check!) Use a scrub brush or a microfiber cloth to remove any stains or discoloration.
Use a straight razor to shave off any piling gently. Be careful not to slice your furniture, steady hands for the win.
There you have it. There are, of course, many more areas of your home that you will need to thoroughly clean after the holidays, but this is an excellent place to start.
As always, if you want a helping hand in your clean-up, the friendly faces at Bee Maids are always eager to help. Give us a chance to be your go-to cleaning service.