Quick ways to clean for guests
With the holidays approaching some guests might be expected to arrive which means we have to find time in our already busy schedules to get our homes clean for them. Good Housekeeping shared some wonderful tips we can sneak in before they arrive.
1. Sprinkle rugs with baking soda
You don't have time for a deep cleaning, but make sure your carpeting is fresh and odor-free by dusting it with a bit of baking soda. Wait 15 minutes, then vacuum the powder (and the stink) away.
2. Clean your fixtures as you prep dinner
Slicing lemons for your famous chicken? Reserve half of one and run the cut side over chrome to make it shine again. Then, toss a few rinds through the garbage disposal to get rid of any offending smells.
3. De-stink your kitchen
You can erase any lingering cooking odors (yesterday's fish dinner, last night's microwave popcorn) by hardly lifting a finger: Simply fill a saucepan with 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 cup of water, and allow to boil for several minutes. Then, if you like, switch it out for a sweet-smelling simmer pot, with aromatics like oranges and cinnamon sticks.
4. Spray trouble spots with this handy solution
Survey your home for any obvious stains, and give them a quick spray with a vinegar and water solution. This impressive cleaner is helpful almost anywhere, like for whisking away spots on a mirror or toothpaste drippings in the bathroom. Just don’t use it on natural stone, like granite; it could etch the surface.
5. Be forgiving about clutter
There's no shame in putting catalogs, mail, and more into a basket and stowing it in a closet until guests depart. If you'd rather not move things, make neat piles out of messy mountains of stuff. Tidiness can step in for "organized" for the time being.
6. Swiffer your kitchen floor
We love this tool for a quick pick-me-up under foot. And all you have to do is toss the disposable cloth when you're done.
7. Scoop up pet hair with a rubber glove
After you're through washing dishes, don't remove your damp gloves. Take a detour through the living room and wipe away any lingering fuzz.
8. Zap dust fast with a lint roller
Take a lap around your house and sweep this sticky, lightweight tool over any spot that's looking a little dusty (like stereo speakers, lamp shades, and stuffed animals). Or, banish debris in awkward spots by wiping them with a sock on your hand.
9. Be sure to clean the toilet
Guests will surely visit this high-traffic spot, so brush with bleach or your favorite cleaner before people arrive.
10. Stick to spots you can see
Our homecare expert Heloise knows her way around any cleaning issue, but also loves a handy shortcut. "My mother liked to do what she called top cleaning," Heloise says. "She'd tackle only the surfaces that were going to be seen or used." So if you have to skip making your bed on party day, so be it.