After two days of baking, making Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas morning breakfast, Christmas brunch, Christmas dinner for 30+ people AND three rounds of present opening, my house is a disaster — or it was until I let the kids loose on their new electronics and spent a few hours cleaning, tidying and disinfecting (because did I mention I also have two coughing kids and one with a random fever?).
Step One: Dish Towels. After all those dishes I didn’t have a single dish cloth left that was clean and some smelled downright nasty from Turkey droppings and beer spills (we definitely know how to throw a party!). Thankfully I had a brand new stock of the most amazing Gain laundry products. Thanks to the amazing lasting scent Gain is known for and the extra cleaning power of Oxi Boost, my dish towels (literally all of them) were ready for the next round of dishes.
Step Two: The Dish Washer Dishes. Most of the dishes I have in my house, including my good Wedgewood wedding china is dishwasher safe which means everything goes in after big parties and thanks to Cascade everything comes out clean!
Step Three: The Other Dishes. I typically clean the pots and pans as I go, but often after parties the fragile dishes like crystal glasses get left overnight. Thanks to Dawn the pots and pans and the leftover glassware all came clean with minimal scrubbing (ps: this was a full bottle of Dawn which I bought just a few days before the holidays – that’s how many dishes I’ve been washing!).
Step Four: Bathrooms. Especially the main floor powder room. We had a few little (and some not-so-little) boys who still forget to aim over for Christmas dinner… need I say more except for thank you Mr. Clean?
Step Five: The Floors. I am loving my new Swiffer Bissel Steam Boost Steam Mop. I use this on my tile and my hardwood and it cleans both deep down thanks to the steam and the Swiffer steam activated pads. As a bonus, it leaves the floors smelling fresh and clean. I know some of you might be turned off by the cord since we are used to hands-free everything these days but the cord is long enough that I did my whole main floor (kitchen, eat-in area, living room, dining room, family room, powder room and foyer) and only moved the plug twice.
Also, check out all the yuck that came off JUST MY KITCHEN FLOOR (ewww):
Those five things were all I had time for before heading off to the next event but I think it’s pretty good progress. Next step is purging, organizing and of course more laundry but at least I have my new stock of Gain to help me with the latter and now you can too simply by entering the Giveaway for a Gain Prize Package Valued At $60 below:
Happy Cleaning Everyone!
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