Fighting Holiday Grime and Slime
When the guests have gone home and you've recovered from your holiday high,
it's time to start thinking about the cleanup. As much as we dread it, behind
every good holiday bash is a task list of things to clean once the fun has
finished for the year.
The cleaning experts at THE MAIDS Home
Services suggest the following cleaning tips to help ease the pain of
post holiday cleaning:
- Pot roast a little overcooked? To clean burnt baking pans, coat
the bottoms with baking soda and add just enough water to cover. Let stand
for three hours, then gently scrape out the burnt food with a plastic
- To clean your glassware, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to
dishwater to cut grease and leave your glasses sparkling. Do not scour
glassware with abrasives.
- After all of your holiday cooking is over, you'll want to clear
all the grease and grime inside your oven. To clean, set the oven
temperature to low for about 20 minutes and then turn off. Place a small
dish of full-strength ammonia on the top shelf. Put a large pan of boiling
water on the bottom shelf and let it sit overnight. In the morning, open the
oven and let it air awhile before washing with soap and water. Even the
hardest baked-on grease will wash off easily.
NOTE: be careful not to mix ammonia with bleach,
vinegar or anything else acidic while cleaning. When mixed together, the two can
create a toxic chemical cloud that is dangerous for you and your entire family.
- To rid your refrigerator of nasty leftover odors, pour a box of
baking soda onto a jelly-roll pan and place it on a shelf inside the fridge.
- To clear you microwave of odors and splattered food particles,
drop a lemon wedge into a cup of water and boil inside the microwave for a
few minutes. The food particles will easily wipe off.
- Remove melted wax from tablecloths or clothing by placing a brown
paper sack, free of any writing, over the wax stain. Gently rub a warm iron
over the sack. The heat from the iron will re-melt the wax, and the paper
from the sack will help absorb it.
- Start at the top and work your way down. Making use of a large
laundry basket, start on the top floor of your home and work your way, left
to right, gathering miscellaneous items that need to find new homes. Once
the basket is filled, you can round up family members to put the items away.
About THE MAIDS Home Services:
THE MAIDS Home Services, founded in
1979, was rated as the fastest-growing residential cleaning franchise in
Entrepreneur magazine for the past two years. It is one of the oldest
and largest residential cleaning franchisers in the United States and
Canada, serving over 800 territories in North America. For more information,
visit THE MAIDS Home Services' web site at
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