Easy Fixes For 8 Post-Holiday Problem Spots

Tackle your post-holiday to-do list with ease

Congratulations! You survived all the holiday noise, fuss, lines and traffic. Your family and friends made it home in one piece and, after all of the craziness of a holiday gathering, it's actually nice to spend some time around the house getting things back in order. To avoid setting stains, unpleasant odors or, worse yet, an illness resulting from all the germs your visitors carried in when they came to visit, make sure these clean-up jobs are at the top of your post-holiday to-do list.

Here's how to get those post-holiday problem spots under control!

  1. Tree Sap Removal - The decorations have come down, and the tree is out, but still have some sap behind? Spray it down with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, let it sit for a minute, and wipe away with a damp paper towel. Repeat if needed.

  2. Toilet Funk - One bacteria can multiply to over 8 million in 24 hours - and you just had how many guests over? Get rid of the germs faster than you can calculate how many you need to kill. Here's how.

  3. Baking Pan Stains - In all the preparation rush, that last pan of cookies was forgotten in the oven and burned. Here's an easy way to clean up the charred, baked-on stains.

  4. Coffee On The Carpet - You told the kids a million times, "No drinks outside the kitchen!" But grownups are another story. Let's not point fingers, let's just get rid of it. Here's how.

  5. Counter Crisis - With all those cooks in the kitchen, who knows how thorough the clean-up really was? On an average day, kitchen counters have nearly 500 bacteria per square inch. Play it safe with a disinfection. Here's how.

  6. Candle Wax On Tablecloth - Dripping candles during your holiday celebrations? Simply set up an iron, then grab a paper bag. Place a paper bag over the wax area, then use an iron on the area on top of the bag. Repeat as necessary until the wax is absorbed into the bag as much as possible, then spray the stain with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. Agitate and rinse thoroughly, then wash as usual.

  7. Handles/Knobs/Fixtures - How many people grabbed those handles, knobs and other fixtures while visiting? Here's a quick & easy way to prevent the spread of cold and flu, as well as a host of other bacterial illnesses.

  8. Trash Can Trouble - There are about 400 bacteria per square inch living and breeding on the surface of your trash can, ready to spread the next time you open the lid. Here's how to handle it.

Germ statistics source: WebMD