3 Tips to Cleaning Your Home for the Holidays

Prepping your home for the holidays can be quite an undertaking especially if you have not taken the time to thoroughly clean and de-clutter prior to the season. The holiday season is extremely busy and it may be hard to find time to clean your home. Between the shopping, wrapping of presents, baking, and sending out holiday cards to loved one’s far away, the holiday season often leaves people feeling overwhelmed and stressed beyond measure. This year, be sure to take care of yourself and one way that you can do so is to be more efficient in your cleaning. This article will highlight a few tips that will help you be more efficient in your cleaning so that you can get your chores done in record time.

  • Make your home smell great. Did you know that much of what is associated with a clean home is the smell of the house? Have you ever walked into a home that smells of animal hair or one that smells musty? You most likely have an impression that the home is dirty even if it is spotless and clean. It is important that you make sure that your home smells naturally good instead of like animals, dust, or any other unsavory scent. The easiest way to do accomplish this is to burn candles or plug in air fresheners. A good smelling home goes a long way in the perceptions of having a clean house.
  • Clean your kitchen. In most homes, the kitchen is the heart of the house. This is where the family gathers for meals and to chat while food is prepared. Cleaning off your countertops and around the sink can make your home appear clean. Make sure that you have washed your dishes and swept the crumbs up off of the floor. Light a festive candle to make the space smell extra warm and welcoming.
  • De-clutter. If there is one thing that you spend a great deal of time on, it should be de-cluttering your home. There are several reasons for this. With the holidays comes gifts, and with gifts comes more things to add to your home. If you have already gone through your home and de-cluttered, you will feel more organized in putting new gifts away. Otherwise it can be overwhelming to put new gifts away while sorting clutter at the same time.

Another perk to decluttering your home before the holidays is that it will make your home appear cleaner. While you may have stuff in stacks on the counter or papers piled in a corner in a basket, these things add to the overall ambiance of your home. If you were to take them out of your home, you would notice a difference. A small change such as recycling old newspapers and clearing out the magazines off of your coffee table can go a long way in the appearance of a clean home.

 

   

 

Holiday Prep with BIZ

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Many of us dedicate November and December to holiday preparations. This includes decorating, shopping for groceries and gifts, and holiday baking.  Of all the things on our holiday to-do lists, I believe that cleaning is probably the least exciting, but sometimes you have to take the good with the bad!  As I work to clean my home for company coming over, I try to remind myself that it’s all for a good cause.  I remember just how much I enjoy hosting holiday events and how much everyone seems to enjoy themselves, and that makes things seem a little easier.  Another thing that makes the work easier, is having the proper cleaning products and supplies on hand. For our laundry needs, I am happy to have BIZ® as my little helper!

All year I’ve been partnering with BIZ and telling you, my readers, how much I like having this product as part of my laundry routine, and when it comes to holiday prep, there is no exception.  Today I’m going to give you a few examples and tips on how BIZ can assist you with your holiday cleaning and preparations.

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Hashbrown Casserole and Clean Up with Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to brainstorm recipes and menu ideas and prepare for that big holiday grocery outing.  While preparing your shopping list, it’s just as important to add cleaning products and tools that you will need.  Enter Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots Previously I’ve written about the Scotch-Brite™ Brand and how their wide range of products helps me with my household cleaning.  Recently I purchased their new Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots sponges and dishwands.  Today I’m going to share these products with you and show some examples of the products at work in my kitchen, including how I used Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots to clean up after making a Hashbrown Casserole. (Recipe included!)

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Why You Need Biz and Why Biz Works

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As a wife and mom, I like to send my family out in to the world, not only feeling but also looking great.  For me, looking great starts with clothing.  I know that people often get initial impressions of us based on what we are wearing.  Even people we’ve known for a while will take notice when we get dressed up or wear something new.  Whether you’re wearing a dress shirt or an old tshirt, the key is to have on clothing that is bright and clean.  In our house, I achieve this objective with Biz.

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Dirty Little Secrets with BIZ

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Of all the chores in our house, laundry is the one I am most particular about. I have to have everything sorted properly and washed in the proper cycles that will get everything clean, while also preserving the clothes to keep them looking great. (No fading and absolutely NO fuzz balls here.)  Luckily I can count on BIZ® to help me fight stains!

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Biz: Eliminating Stains and Odors

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As a wife and mom I find myself doing laundry almost daily!  To make sure our clothes look their best, I like to use high quality products.  One product that I use is BIZ®..  It is a stain remover and laundry booster and the first enzyme based pre-soak and color-safe bleach.

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Saving Money with Dryel

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With the holiday season upon us,  we could all use a few money saving and time saving tips!  Using Dryel at home for your dry cleaning needs is one way to save money and get your clothes cleaned with convenience!  (And you’ll have more money to spend on Christmas gifts for the family and yourself!) [Read more…]

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Earlier this year I’ve talked a couple of times about the challenges of laundry and things that you can do to make this very important chore a lot easier for you.  Today I have another solution for you: Dryel At Home Dry Cleaner.  This product is an easy and affordable way to do dry cleaning at home. [Read more…]

Clog 101: Tips to Prevent and Fix Clogs

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Here on the blog, we’ve discussed a lot of tips and strategies to make housekeeping easier.  Just in the last month, I’ve shared tips and along with printable checklists for cleaning your kitchen and your bathroom. One thing that can quickly throw a kink in having a clean kitchen or bathroom is a clog in your sink, bathtub, or toilet.  Today I will be sharing tips to prevent and fix clogs in these important areas. [Read more…]

Car Cleaning with Mean Green

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This year I’ve been discussing the great cleaning products that Mean Green has to offer, and I’ve discussed the various ways you can use their products.  Whether you’re looking to clean and sanitize your kitchen and bath, or you’re looking to clean your garage, grill, or deck furniture, Mean Green has the perfect  product for any job!  Today we’re going to talk a little bit about that heavy duty cleaning outside the house.  For the outdoor jobs previously mentioned, I turn to Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser. (We’ve even used it to wash out our aluminum siding!)  But today I’m going to go a little bit small scale and talk about how we  use Mean Green to clean the inside of our car. [Read more…]