7 Quick Tips For a Happy Holiday Gathering

A helpful holiday-prep cleaning checklist

The house is nearly ready. Holiday decorations are in place, you've bought enough food to feed a small nation, and your guests are almost on their way. But a few overlooked items on your prep list could spell trouble if left untended!

Here's a quick holiday cleaning prep checklist, to make sure your upcoming festive get-togethers go off without a hitch!

  1. Smell Test: We adapt to the smells in our home very quickly, which makes them harder for us to notice than a visitor. Light a scented candle or place some potpourri throughout the house to create a pleasant aroma throughout your home.
  2. Bathroom: Set out the seasonal hand towels, stock up on toilet paper, and don't forget to disinfect the bathroom thoroughly. This is especially important if anyone in your home has been sick recently. There's an average of 6,267 bacteria per square inch crawling on bathroom faucets, even when your family and guests are feeling fine!
  3. Fireplace:Make all the necessary preparations for warm family time by piling a stack of firewood next to the fireplace (it also makes a stylish display). To avoid a mess or unpleasant smells, you should clean your fireplace thoroughly ahead of time.
  4. Pet Problems: Got a nervous or excitable dog? Then you know how easily accidents can happen. Be prepared for a quick cleanup and odor control. Here's a great tip on cleaning up after pet accidents in the house.
  5. Kitchen Counters: Families tend to gravitate to the kitchen. To avoid spreading germs around, skip the sponge. With an average of 134,630 bacteria, the kitchen sponge can spread more germs than it kills. You're better off using a good spray and paper towel to disinfect counters and cupboards, to help prevent any foodborne illness
  6. Throw Pillows: Freshen up the living room and guest rooms by giving those throw pillows a little TLC. Here's how to lift dirt and stains with a little Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner."
  7. Knobs & Handles: One sick person can infect an entire house in just four hours, just through common use of door handles, knobs and fixtures. Make sure to properly disinfect ahead of time, and once guests have made their way home. Here's how.

Germ statistics source: WebMD