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    If Your Family Is Visiting For The Holidays, Deep Clean Your House With These 41 Tips & Tricks

    Bad news: your whole extended family is about to descend on your house. Good news: they're about to be so impressed with how sparkling clean your place looks.

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    1. Before you stick that huge turkey you've been brining for eight hours, make sure you remove all those pieces of burnt, spilled food in your oven with a combination of dish soap, baking soda, and water.

    2. Or if you have some seriously stubborn stains and burn marks in your oven, you can deep clean with this hard-working oven scrub cleaner. Don't forget to scrub the sides and the door of your oven!

    3. And for a way to keep your oven clean while you're using it to cook a million pies this holiday season, place a shallow cookie sheet on the bottom rack of your oven (or a reusable liner) to catch any spills.

    pie in oven; beneath, the mat on a rack, catching the sugary drips from the edges of the pie

    4. If you have houseguests this holiday season who love to have a cup of java in the morning, you might want to deep clean your Keurig! Wash your Keurig K-Cup holder in regular old soap and water, just like you would any other dish in the sink. Then, to flush the machine of any bacteria or calcium buildups, you'll fill up the water reservoir three-quarters of the way with white vinegar and run the machine for a full cycle.

    5. Or for an easier way to get rid of any ~funky stuff~ inside your Keurig, use these cleaning pods like you would a regular K-Cup, and you'll be back in business.

    6. Because lots of food will be coming in and out of your fridge, line your refrigerator shelves with these washable mats — it'll prevent any spills from drying, getting crusty, and becoming impossible to clean off. Plus: it's much easier to wash these mats than your entire fridge shelf!

    7. Get rid of hard water rings, calcium buildup, iron, and rust with this pumice stone toilet bowl scrubber. Trust us — your guests don't want to see ~suspicious~ stains in the toilet bowl they're about to use!

    8. And while you're cleaning your toilet, make sure to get underneath the rim and scrub the water jets to eliminate any hard water buildup.

    9. Soak your showerhead in a plastic bag filled with vinegar and a sprinkle of baking soda for a couple of hours, and then proceed to be shocked at how much mildew, rust, and build-up dissolves away.

    10. Have fun and clean at the same time with these mop slippers you can slide on over your shoes so you can literally dance all around your house to Christmas songs and still get your cleaning done.

    reviewer wearing peach mop slippers on their feet

    11. Get rid of those pesky stains in your white bathtub with a classic soft cleanser.

    blogger's tub before, looking grey and brown with some dirt, and after, looking bright, shiny white, and clean

    12. Blast away all that stuck-on grime in your shower with this mold and mildew remover spray so powerful, it could lift the filth from an old abandoned house. Or that one suspiciously stained corner of your shower.

    13. And to really impress Grandma with your cleaning skills, scrub the tile grout and shower door track with this Rubbermaid's power scrubbing brush. This oddly entertaining motorized tool will take the pain and suffering out of using just elbow grease.

    14. Transform the notoriously annoying chore of dusting with this microfiber duster that actually attracts and holds onto dust like a magnet, instead of just moving it into the air for it to land on other surfaces. Now your Uncle Larry won't complain about all that dust disturbing his allergies!

    15. To capture all the dust on your ceiling fan in a clean, easy way, wipe down the blades with an old pillowcase — all the dust stays inside!

    hands putting fan blade inside of pillowcase

    16. And for those pesky window blinds, use this nifty blind cleaner with three blades that clean two blinds at once. You'll be done in no time and finally be able to cross off it off your (lengthy) to-do list.

    17. Can't forget to dust the lampshades! Just whip out a simple lint roller to quickly pick up all the dust that's been accumulating for....forever.

    blogger using lint roller on lampshade

    18. Got a pet who sheds a lot? Run this rubber squeegee brush over your carpet. It's capable of lifting up so much pet hair that you didn't even know was trapped in there. You might think your vacuum is picking up all your pet's hair, but just you WAIT.

    19. Before you start whipping up your famous mashed potatoes recipe, make your glass stove top shine in under five minutes. All you have to do is drizzle on some Dawn and hydrogen peroxide, sprinkle with baking soda, and scrub in circles with a dish brush.

    20. Or, if you have some seriously dried-on cooking stains, try a cooktop cleaning kit that comes with a cleansing polish and a razor scraper.

    21. Don't forget to deep clean your stainless steel sink just like you would your dishes! All it needs is a quick dusting of flour and a microfiber cloth — that'll scrub away all of that food and gunk regular cleaners can leave behind.

    hand scrubbing out stainless steel sink with flour

    22. Scrub the underside of the splash guard of your garbage disposal with an old toothbrush. It'll blast away all that gross food trapped in there that might be giving off a foul smell.

    finger pulling up a garbage disposal's splash guard, revealing gunk stuck to the underside

    23. After that, stuff one of these garbage disposal cleaners down the sink to complete your cleaning. Once you shove one of the packets down there, turn on your disposal, and watch in amazement as the cleaner foams up and chomps away all the grunge.

    24. Spray this magical carpet cleaner on those intense spills and stains you thought there was no coming back from. It's a much better solution than placing a piece of furniture over the stain so your judgy aunt doesn't say anything.

    reviewer's stairs with red food stains completely removed from a carpet and walls

    25. To keep your carpet and floors clean without even trying, feel free to splurge a little on a robo vac. Between cooking a dozen different side dishes and setting up your dining room table, it can be very hard to also squeeze in vacuuming while preparing for the holidays. Now you don't even have to think about it!

    26. If you're lucky enough to live somewhere warm and plan on hosting your holiday dinner outside on the deck, you might want to give it a deep clean with a good old-fashioned water pressure cleaner. You'll find it so satisfying to see the wood literally change color before your eyes as it blasts off all the dirt, algae, and built-up sediment.

    27. If your dishwasher has a funky smell, check your dishwasher's filter for any food. Then run the washer on hot with some vinegar in the bottom to help dissolve anything that's left.

    an open dishwasher with the words "remove the bottom rack and check for food blockages" on it

    28. And if there's still some white film or gunk in your dishwasher, run a cycle with these dishwasher-cleaning tablets that will restore it to its fresh-smelling, sparkling glory.

    29. Does your microwave look more like a Jackson Pollock painting than a kitchen appliance? Squeeze some lemon in a bowl of water, microwave it for six minutes, and just wipe away all the grime with a paper cloth.

    graphic of someone cleaning the microwave with the mentioned hack

    30. Or use an Angry Mama cleaner to soften all the dried splashes of food in your microwave. Just add water and vinegar to the device, microwave for seven minutes, and all the food particles can be wiped away.

    31. If your guest room bed frame or dresser is looking a little worn, you can fill in any nicks or dents in your wooden furniture with these furniture touch-up sticks.

    32. Blast away set-in rust stains in your kitchen sink, burnt-on food in your oven, and dark scuffs on your wall with a jar of the TikTok-famous Pink Stuff. It's harder to find something this miracle cleaning paste can't do!

    33. Make your windows and faucets shine like they're brand spanking new with just water + vinegar + vodka.

    34. Get your couch looking good as new by investing in a fabric defuzzer. Just run it over the part of the furniture that's covered in fuzzies and all those loose strings and pills will just disappear. Now you can watch the big game on Thanksgiving afternoon on a couch that looks basically brand-new!

    On the left, the arm of a couch with fabric pilling on it, and on the right, the same arm of the couch but the defuzzer got rid of the pilling

    35. Get rid of those water rings your cousin left on your coffee table last Thanksgiving by using mayonnaise + a paper towel + a hair dryer.

    36. Did your kid decide to create a "masterpiece" on your dining room table? Use these cleaning erasers to make those marker or crayon marks disappear. Here's to hoping next time they'll stick to their coloring books...

    37. Or you can spray some hairspray on permanent marker scribbles to dissolve the stain so you can easily wipe it away.

    38. Keep those pesky handprints at bay thanks to this stainless steel cleaner. It won't leave behind any streaks, and your appliances will look so clean, people will think you got brand-new ones! Don't worry — your secret's safe with us.

    A reviewer showing before and after of a stainless steel oven after being cleaned with stainless steel cleaner

    39. Get into small crevices like AC vents, window grooves, and shower tracks with this 2-in-1 ultra-slim brush and scraper. You can't forget that detail work when cleaning!

    40. If you haven't cleaned the plastic shower curtain liner in your guest bathroom in a while, throw it in with a couple of towels in the washing machine to get rid of those soap scum stains.

    shower curtain liner in sudsy washing machine with towels

    41. Finally, it's a good idea to make sure you're stocked up with an all-purpose cleaner to keep clean before, during, and after your holiday guests are staying at your house. This great-smelling option does it all — it'll clean floors, counters, walls, windows, tubs, sinks, you name it!

    a bottle of cleaning concentrate

    Now that all the cleaning is done, you are now free to focus on the most important part of the holidays....the FOOD, of course!

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