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The holidays are coming and you need to get your home into tip top shape fast!

After reading this post, you will know what to clean so your house will be spotless before your holiday guests arrive.

Cleaning Tips for the Holidays

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1. Remove baked on grease and stains from your glass dishes and bakeware with a Magic Eraser. 

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Using Magic Erasers to clean those hard to remove stains from your glass dishes and bakeware is an excellent idea! Your dishes will sparkle and shine! For more amazing Magic Eraser hacks check out this page.

2. Clean your oven range hood filter with degreaser. 

Clean your oven hood filter using water based degreaser.

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If you are planning on doing a lot of cooking for the holidays, it might be a good idea to clean your oven range hood filter with a water based degreaser. This will ensure proper ventilation in your kitchen while you cook.

3. Use tools to clean the nooks and crannies of your window blinds and seals… 

Windows are often neglected and can collect a ton of dust and debris. Use a cleaning tool such as this window blind brush, to help you easily sweep up dust and dirt.

… or soak blinds in the bathtub with dish soap and white vinegar. 

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You can try taking your blinds down completely and allow them to soak in a warm bath of dish soap and white vinegar. Scrub with a soft bristle brush and rinse with cool water. Let dry before hanging them up again.

4. After cleaning your baseboard, keep them free of dust by wiping it with a fresh dryer sheet. 

Clean your baseboard with a dryer sheet to repel dust.

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After cleaning your baseboards, make sure to take a fresh dryer sheet and rub it along the base of your wall and molding. The anti-static chemicals in dryer sheets will help repel future dust. For more cool dusting hacks click here.

5. Whiten yellow pillows and linens by washing with these ingredients. 

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Breathe new life into dingy looking linens and pillows by washing them in a mixture of Borax, bleach, dish soap and powdered laundry detergent. For full instructions click here.

… or you can soak the items in a pot of hot water and chopped lemons. 

Soak white lemons in a pot of hot water and lemon to naturally bleach stains out of them.

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Bring a pot of water and lemons to boil then remove from heat.To naturally bleach stains from white linens or other items, allow them to soak in this mixture for an hour before washing as normal. For more laundry cleaning hacks click here.

6. Dust your ceiling fan blades using an old pillowcase. 

Use this microfiber pillow case to dust your ceiling fan blades.

Capture all the dust from your ceiling fan in one quick swoop by using an old pillowcase to enclose the dust and dirt. Or you can use the microfiber fan blade cleaner like the one the woman is using in the picture found here on Amazon.

7. Give your oven a complete deep clean by unscrewing the door…


Using a set of special tools, you can remove your oven glass and get rid the grease or debris that has fallen into the crevices.

8. Remove your toilet seat to clean hidden odor-causing germs and bacteria. 

Clean underneath your toilet tank to get those hidden germ spots.

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If your toilet is smelly despite constantly cleaning it, there may be hidden filth under the tank that’s out of sight and mind. Remove the seat and with a disinfecting wipe quickly clean in there using a screwdriver or other slim object.

9. Use Rain-X on your shower door and windows to prevent water stains, streaks and soap scum buildup. 

Use Rain-X to remove water stains and soap scum buildup on your shower doors and windows.

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Keep your shower doors, mirrors and windows spotless with this insane hack. Simply spray and wipe with Rain-X, the auto-glass cleaner and they will remain spotless for weeks!

10. Lift stains from your microfiber couch using rubbing alcohol and baby wipes.

Rubbing alcohol, a brush and sponge is all you need to clean your microfiber couch.

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Easily lift stains from your microfiber couch by spraying with rubbing alcohol and rub remaining stains with baby wipes. Afterwards, brush the couch with soft bristle brush. For full instructions visit here.

11. Clean deep crevices in your shower tiles with a Clorox Bleach pen. 

Clean those hard to reach crevices in your shower with a bleach pen.

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For those hard to clean areas in your tub such as between the cracks and crevices of your shower tiles and bathtub corners, use a Clorox Bleach pen. It’s easy to use and works wonderfully!

12. Use a mirror and clothes hanger to clean mineral deposits from the rinse hole in your toilet. 

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If you find that your toilet is flushing a little bit slower than usual, take a mirror to examine the rinse holes. They may be clogged with mineral deposits that need to be cleaned away to make your toilet flush more efficiently.

13. Deep clean your dishwasher with a cycle of bleach and baking soda. 

Clean every nook and cranny of your house with these amazing house cleaning tips and tricks.

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Using a 4-step process, you will use baking soda, bleach, and vinegar in a separate washing cycles to deep clean smells, mold and bacteria from your dishwasher. For more house cleaning hacks click here. 

14. After cleaning your faucets, rub them with wax paper.

Rub chrome faucets with wax paper to keep them shiner long after cleaning them.

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After cleaning your chrome faucets, try rubbing them with wax paper. The wax transfers living your faucets shining brilliantly for days.

15. Use a warm iron set to the highest steam setting to remove set in carpet stains…

Use an iron to lift stains from carpet.


Spray the stain with white vinegar and water. Place a white towel over the stain. With a warm clothing iron set to the highest steam setting place over the towel for a few seconds and lift every few seconds until stain has transferred to towel.

… or for small, fresh stains use a Tide-to-go pen. 

Use a Tide pen to quickly and easily remove pesky stains from your furniture.

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A Tide-to-go pen is a quick an easy solution to removing those small embarrassing stains from your furniture and other items around the home.

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