Quick pre-party cleaning tricks
For many of us, this is the best time of the year to spend with friends, family and lots of food. The weather has turned colder and we’re ready to invite guests over to eat, laugh and make new memories for the new year.
Let’s face it, because you spend more time indoors this time of year, you’re also probably a bit more anxious when it comes to keeping the house tidy and making sure you’re keeping yourself and your guests healthy. So, what’s the best approach to cleaning up before your get-together starts?
You’ve likely heard this before, but it’s true: Clean only what your guests see. There’s no need to push all your furniture into the middle of the room to clean your baseboards or grab those dust bunnies from underneath the china cabinet. Of course, you want the guest bathroom to be shipshape, as well as a few of the following areas, before guests arrive.
Home is where the oven is
Most people like to mingle in the kitchen, so you want it to smell like all your wonderful food, not harsh chemicals. While you might be tempted to clean every inch of the kitchen, keep it simple and remember to clean as you go, especially during food prep. From raw cookie dough to chicken wings, you want to be careful not to cross-contaminate surfaces, so disinfect and clean those food-prep areas often, including cutting boards. (Use a product like PURELLL® Multi Surface Disinfectant, which contains no harsh chemicals.) Don’t let those dirty mixing bowls pile up, either.
After the kitchen, you probably know where your guests will gravitate.
Maybe the kids hit the basement or rec room and sports fans huddle in the family room around the TV. Vacuuming and dusting are a must, as well as putting away all non-essential items. Place anything you don’t need into your laundry basket and stash it in the laundry room.
So many things to touch
Now think about all those hands touching surfaces like doorknobs, remotes, toys or playpens, especially if you have little ones crawling about or you’re expecting lots of toddlers. No one wants to be sick, especially when there is fun to be had. To prevent the spread of germs, disinfect those often-touched items and surfaces with PURELL® Multi Surface Disinfectant, which not only kills 99.99 percent of germs on hard surfaces, but also sanitizes soft surfaces and other areas in the house where you normally wouldn’t use traditional products.
For every hostess gift or side dish people bring, you should also expect some sniffles and sneezes. Keep your guests comfortable by putting out some boxes of tissues and an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in key areas, like near the buffet line and next to the tissue box.
A little elbow grease and some targeted cleaning should leave you time for the important stuff: cooking, eating and enjoying time with loved ones.
This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.