Preparing for the New Year
The after Christmas blues, everyone gets it. The time to clean up all the dishes, take down all the Christmas decorations and prepare to be dragged back down to normality. Here are three tips to help you clean up after Christmas celebrations…
Removing Glitter and tinsel from floors
After removing all the Christmas decorations you can find that those beautiful tree decorations have left glitter and tinsel all over your flooring. To remove glitter and tinsel from your floors you can:
- Vacuum up as much as you can. For hard floors it is best to sweep away as much as possible
- For any remainders, wrap the non-sticky side of cello-tape to your hand and gently dab away the rest of the glitter away. A simpler alternative option is using a lint roller
- Use a stiff hairbrush or a dog brush to comb away the tinsel from carpet
Degreasing the Oven
After all the Christmas cooking is done we can find ourselves with so much to clean: plates, cups, mugs and platters. But it’s important not to forget the oven! Cleaning the oven can be one of the most daunting tasks. Sometimes it hard to know where to start, and how to properly clean it. To clean your oven efficiently and degrease it you must:
- First remove contents of oven
- Put the racks from the oven into plastic bags and add oven cleaner solution
- Set the bags aside and let the racks soak
- Next create a paste with baking soda and water
- After this paste has been made, coat the inside of your oven with the paste. You can choose to let it sit overnight for a more effective clean or leave it for a couple of hours until paste has dried
- Whilst waiting wash the racks with soap and a sponge.
- The next day, or when the paste is quite dry, get a wet rag or sponge and wipe away the dried paste from the oven
- Any spots you cannot wipe spray vinegar on and then wipe away
Clean the Cupboards
We can sometimes get a little carried away purchasing excess food before Christmas, and cupboards can still be left brimming in the New Year. Taking time to organised and clean your cupboards and shelves will lead to less frustration when looking for ingredients or condiments. Address each cupboard individually, leaving the option to tackle other cupboards at a later date.
Be sure to get rid of any spices, sauces or cans that may be out of date. Items that are still in date – which you don’t need - could be donated to local food banks.
Once your cupboards have been emptied, follow these steps:
- Dust your shelves and cupboards, use a cloth or duster to do this
- Spray your cupboards or shelves with cleaning solution, then clean with a sponge
- If you find grease spots, be sure to spritz white vinegar on the area, and scrub with a sponge
Now you don’t have to dread the post Christmas clean!
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