5 Thanksgiving Cleaning Hacks
Y’all. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I don’t mean to panic you but…are you ready? We know that this time of the year can be really stressful for some, especially if you’re hosting guests. You have so many things to coordinate, and so many loose ends to tie up, not to mention an enormous turkey to roast. Half the stress is even getting to the day of Thanksgiving!
Fortunately, your neighborhood Maid Right is here to help you prepare, execute and recover from your wonderful Thanksgiving day. Not only are we here to help you prepare for the day – let us get the guest room ready because you definitely don’t have time – but we have some great hacks for the immediate cleaning disasters that always tend to crop up right before something important needs to be put in the oven.
Read through our hacks and then remember to call Maid Right to schedule a thorough clean for after Thanksgiving. Save yourself the trouble of a thorough clean-up and allow yourself some free time, whether for yourself or to spend with family and friends.
Scorched roasting pan
Uh-oh. This frustrating moment happens to all of us! Did you leave the turkey in a little too long? Did the green bean casserole adhere to the pan in a thick layer of burnt food? Are you in a rush to be able to use the pan again for the next side-dish? Get rid of the thick, burnt-on layer of food by sprinkling the pan with a healthy dose of baking soda and vinegar. Let the fizz work it’s magic – leave it for at least 15 minutes. If all of the detritus doesn’t wipe away, pour Coca-Cola and let stay overnight. It’s a little terrifying to see how well Coca Cola cleans a dish!
Streaky, sticky little hands on stainless steel appliances
It is so wonderful to have friends, family and many children flood your home with joy during Thanksgiving! But…it can also be pretty messy. If you have stainless steel appliances, little sticky hands can leave streaks. Even if you don’t have kids coming over, the sink, the oven, the fridge, and the dishwasher can be left looking less-than-spectacular. This is a little messy, but a definite eco-friendly way to buff your stainless steel appliances is by covering the surfaces in flour (or a flour-water mixture) and then buffing it away.
Gizzards, and leftovers, and stuffing, OH MY! The trashcan post-Thanksgiving can be a real nightmare. All of the different foods and spices you’ve used to cook with are now sitting in your trashcan – the smell can even linger after you’ve taken the trash out! Get ahead of the stench by soaking a cotton ball in your favorite essential oil and dropping that into the bottom of your trash can. It’ll help clear the post-Thanksgiving perfume.
With all the fats, oils, and various other things going down the sink in the lead-up to Thanksgiving, it’s natural that your sink may not be in *optimal* working condition. Don’t use a corrosive drain cleaner that can cause long-term damage to your pipes – opt instead for the natural method. Pour boiling hot water down the drain and then follow it with baking soda. Let it fizz for 2-3 minutes and the follow with half a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain if possible until the fizzing stops. Then pour another pot of boiling hot water down the drain.
Every meal has some sort of last-minute microwave explosion disaster and your Thanksgiving dinner is no different. If you accidentally let the gravy explode, we have just the right hack to clean it up. Fill a bowl with one part vinegar, one part water, and some lemon. Microwave on high for one minute and then let the steam sit in the microwave for another 2-3 minutes. Do not open the microwave door! The steam will loosen up all the gunk in your microwave, making it easy to just wipe it all away.
Enjoy this Thanksgiving and let the little messes slide! Give Maid Right a call to clean up for your guests and then to clean up after your guests. That’s the secret to making sure you can enjoy the holidays too!