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These 10 holiday cleaning tips will not only help you keep your house cleaner, but they will also make entertaining easier. Cleaning a house for the holidays shouldn’t be stressful, so follow the guide below to making your holiday cleaning a breeze.

All-purpose cleaner spraying with greenery and ornaments in the background

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The holidays can be a very stressful time of the year. Between cooking, cleaning, family, friends, and the many events both big and small, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. But keeping your house clean should not be one of those overwhelming things! The first, most essential thing to do is make sure your family doesn’t live there.

Just kidding.

But seriously, between the two girls, my husband, the dog, and our super on-the-go busy schedules, it can be hard to get the house clean (and to stay clean) for the holidays. It can be even tougher when the things you’re using to clean your home have the potential to be unsafe, which isn’t fun for anyone.

Unfortunately, many of the cleaning products we use today contain harmful chemicals, endocrine disruptors, and toxic fragrances. It is now being said that fragrances are the new secondhand smoke. According to the EWG, only 7% of companies actually disclose what is in their products, and they even found some cleaning products to contain formaldehyde (source). Yikes.

Because of this, I’ve started making the switch to natural cleaners over the years for the health of my family, especially the girls. It’s funny how kids will do that to you. I’m so thankful we found Branch Basics. It is all natural, but it seriously works. Tough on dirt, but safe on us. Plus, check out below to get a special coupon!

A clean, comfortable home and fun holidays are within reach. These are my favorite tips for cleaning a house for the holidays, so you can get your holiday cleaning done with less stress and with safe, natural cleaning products.

10 Tips For Holiday Cleaning – Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays

Start With The Right Cleaners

Branch Basics is my new favorite cleaner. They make cleaning not only natural, but also super convenient and streamlined. You don’t need 20 different products; the concentrated solution does everything from the kitchen, to the bathrooms, to the floors, and even the laundry with just a few natural ingredients. You can check out how to use Branch Basics Products Here.

Plus, the bottles in the starter kit make it so easy. You just fill the bottles up with water to the line it says, add the correct amount of soap labeled on the side, and fill it back up with water.

This stuff is tough on grease and grime. I even used the all-purpose cleaner as a pre-treatment for a sweater that had a stain on it. It came out perfectly. We couldn’t get a tough stain on our couch covers out, but it came out so easily with Branch Basics Oxygen Boost and laundry detergent. It might be concentrated, liquid magic. 

Branch Basic Beginners set arranged on a table

Begin Holiday Cleaning Early- 5-7 days before

Start holiday cleaning a few days before a holiday or holiday party. Make a list of everything that needs to be done and what day you want them completed. I like to get some of the hard stuff done in the beginning; that way, the closer I get to the holiday, the less I have to do, and I can just spot clean. Don’t forget anything that needs to be cleaned outside as well.

A few days before, deep clean the bathrooms, vacuum, dust and wipe down the baseboards, clean the windows if they need to be, get guest rooms ready (make sure the bed linens are washed and put on the bed, guest towels are clean, etc.), work on any stains in carpets or couch covers, and clean carpets.

Keep Up

It is much easier to have a clean house and keep it clean than having to do a major cleaning overhaul all the time. Get your home organized, clean, and clutter-free before the holidays come around.

Divide & Conquer

I’m not the only one who lives in the house, so when it comes to cleaning, it’s all hands on deck. Once we make a list, we go over it as a family. Then, I give the girls a few simple chores they can do, and then try to make it fun. How fast can we dust or pick up some toys, or who can pick up the most toys? If I can make chores into a game or a competition, then they are down. Also, I’m not above bribery, so sometimes that may happen. The best part is, since these products are natural and non-toxic, the girls can help clean without me having to worry about their safety.

Purge Things You Don’t Need

This is a great time to go through closets, the kids’ toys, kitchen cabinets, etc. Less stuff means fewer things to pick up. With the holidays, we tend to get a lot of presents, so making room beforehand makes life a little easier. And while we’re talking about purging things, take a look at your cleaning supplies. Get rid of anything you wouldn’t want a child to use (which will make it easy to replace those things with great, natural cleaners, like Branch Basics).

One Room At A Time

Start with one room and clean that room top to bottom. Some things like vacuuming and mopping (which just takes a 1-2 oz of the concentrate per gallon of water)  I like to just do all at one time, but for other cleaning it works well to complete an entire room and then move on..

Cleaning the kitchen top to bottom:

  • Clean out the fridge: toss any old food, wipe down the inside and outside with Branch Basics all-purpose cleaner, put back food/condiments, and organize it.
  • Wipe down all appliances.
  • Use the all-purpose cleaner to wipe down countertops, vent hood, and decor pieces.
  • Clean inside and outside of cabinets or any open shelves.
  • Purge anything you won’t use (hello, plastic lids without containers).
  • Vacuum and mop (1-2 oz of the concentrate per gallon of water).
  • Clean windows using Branch Basics Streak Free Cleaner.

Cleaning the bathroom top to bottom:

  • Clear off the counter, and put away anything left out.
  • Go through cabinets and purge anything that you won’t use, is expired, or is broken.
  • Clean out bath and/or shower using Bathroom Cleaner – you can use the Oxygen Boost with the Bathroom Cleaner for extra scrubbing power.
  • Clean toilet by spraying the seat, inside the bowl, lid, and the floor around it with the all-purpose cleaner. Wipe the top, lid, seat, and around the floor. Sprinkle in Oxygen Boost in the toilet and allow to sit for a few minutes. Then, using a toilet brush, scrub in the bowl. 
  • Mop floors using the amount above.
  • Add new fresh towels and refill Branch Basics hand soap if needed.

Wash Linens In Advance

There are so many linens needed for the holidays and when you have guests over. Make sure to wash towels, bed linens, table clothes, napkins, and blankets. Spot treat any stains that may have popped up. This is something that can be done a week or more before the holiday or when your guests arrive. I’m loving the Branch Basics laundry detergent. It gets out tough stains and makes my clothes clean without the fake toxic scents. If you need extra stain-removing power, pre-soak in the Branch Basics Oxygen Boost and the Laundry Concentrate.

It’s so important to wash linens, and especially clothing, in a natural, non-toxic laundry detergent. Because the chemical residues and toxic fragrances from conventional detergent remain in the fabrics, when you wear them all day or use them, the residue can be absorbed by your skin. Don’t do that to yourself.

Stock Up On The Essentials

Nothing is worse than going to use something or having the motivation to really clean something, only to realize you are out of cleaning supplies. Huge bummer.

Make a list of everything you will need, and purchase it ahead of time. This is just another reason I love Branch Basics: they make it so easy to clean every room in your house, and it’s made with just the concentrate and some water in their own containers. The concentrated solution should last you several months, typically about 2-4.

Spraying table with Branch Basics all-purpose cleaner

Get The Table Ready Early

Clear the table, spray it with all-purpose cleaner (always make sure to test furniture on areas you can’t see), use a natural furniture polish if needed, and then set it. If you have a separate dining room, then you could get it ready and decorate it a few weeks in advance. I would just leave plates off, or place them on the table and wash them the day of or day before the holiday festivities.

Get Holiday Cooking And Baking Done Ahead Of Time

There are so many things you can cook a few days before, and even a few weeks before (cookies and other baked goods freeze great). Getting a few of these things out of the way helps your house (especially your kitchen) stay cleaner and will take a few things off your plate right before the holidays.

Bonus Tip: Outsource if Necessary

If all else fails, hire a professional to clean your house. Sometimes, it’s worth the investment to have someone else handle the cleaning to give you some extra time and take some stress off your plate. Just make sure they use Branch Basics cleaners, so your house will be cleaned naturally.

What are your tips for holiday cleaning?

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